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Written answers

Thursday, 9 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average waiting time for an assessment by the DVLA Drivers Medical Group was for (a) all drivers and (b) drivers requiring re-assessment on a...

    • Railway Stations: Horden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had about funding the construction of a new rail station at Horden.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time was for processing driving licence renewal applications for people over 70 years old in the latest period for which figures are...

      Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has asked Vauxhall to reclassify the root cause of the risk of fire in Zafira B models that have been subject to vehicle safety recalls to...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government spent on vehicles for (a) Ministers and (b) Senior Civil Servants in each year since 2010.

      Department for Transport: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the...

      Department for Transport: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to assess the potential merits of its proposals on drones to be included in the planned Modern Transport Bill; and...

      Cars: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many registered car owners there were in Stafford constituency in each year since 2005.

      Travel: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportional real terms change in the cost of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) train and (d) aeroplane...

      A1: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason several cameras are being installed on the A1 north of Colsterworth; how many accidents have occurred on the stretch of road being...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his latest assessment is of the effectiveness of the foreign lorry user charge; whether he has been in discussion with any representatives of the...

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release, Rip-off pedicabs to be driven off the road under new proposals, published 26 May 2016, whether he...

      SS Gairsoppa: Salvage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any officials of his Department have been transferred, disciplined or dismissed in relation to management of the contract for SS Gairsoppa.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was made aware of Volkswagen's decision to delay Jones Day's comprehensive investigation into diesel emissions until the fourth quarter of 2016.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he has had with representatives of Volkswagen to discuss diesel emissions in 2016 to date.

      M56: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reported personal injury road accidents in each category of severity there were on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14 in each month during...

      M56

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what level of funding was allocated to Department for Transport Incident Support Units serving the M56 between junctions 12 and 14 in each of the last...

      Railways: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37977, what estimate his Department has made of future levels of passenger travel (a) to and (b)...

      Railways: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37977, what comparative assessment he has made of trends in the number of passengers travelling from...

      Driving Tests: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to increase the number of driving test inspectors based at the Hull testing site so as to ensure a driving test at that...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average wait is for a driving test appointment (a) in England and (b) at the Hull test centre.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of Clause 21 of the Bus Services Bill on the ability of Transport for London subsidiaries to bid...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent changes he has agreed to the rail franchise agreement with Govia Thameslink Railway.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he or officials of his Department have had with Govia Thameslink Railway on changes to that company's rail franchise.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which hon. Members were notified about (a) discussions between his Department and Govia Thameslink Railway on changes to that company's rail...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the punctuality record of Govia Thameslink Railway in the last six months.

      Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has carried out a rural proofing assessment of the likely effects of measures contained in the Bus Services Bill.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on local authorities creating new municipal bus companies in England.

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 May 2016 to Question 37933, how much of the £13 billion investment in transport across the North of England referred...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • West Midlands Combined Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of how many full-time equivalent civil servants will support the West Midlands Combined...

    • West Midlands Combined Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to relocate Civil Service staff from London to the West Midlands to support the West Midlands...

      Housing: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, whether he plans to ensure that private tenants affected by (a) cancer...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 on levels of homelessness...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, following the review of homelessness legislation undertaken by the charity Crisis entitled The homelessness legislation: An...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) the mass arrest of members of the Baha'i community in Golestan province, Iran and (b) the...

    • Bahrain: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in Bahrain on the health risks to Zainab al-Khawaja and her child in...

      Malawi: Albinism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the President of Malawi on the rise in albinism-related crimes in that country.

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to the Ethiopian authorities to secure the release of British citizen Andargachew...

      Egypt: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Egyptian counterpart on the charging of Mr Mina Thabet with undermining national security.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the number of people defending human rights in Egypt who are under arrest or subject to travel...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to develop a long-term strategy for Ascension Island.

      Ascension Island: Piers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimates his Department has received for the cost of refurbishing the pier head at Ascension Island.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the future of the Chagos Islanders.

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in the Iranian government on violations of human rights through...

      Scottish Government: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which overseas trips by Ministers of the Scottish Government were supported by (a) his Department and (b) British embassies and...

      Iran: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department provided to the delegation to Iran led by the Rt. hon. Member for Gordon and the hon. Member for...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many projects related to freedom of religion of belief are being funded by the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN Secretary-General's report on Children and Armed Conflict, published in April 2016, if the Government...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will suspend arms export licences and reject new applications for arms exports to any parties that risk using them in...

      Members: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which overseas visits by hon. Members have been supported by his Department or by British embassies and consulates in (a) 2014,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Abortion

      To ask the Attorney General, what his policy is on the prosecution of women who seek a medical abortion under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which steel plants in the UK have (a) closed and (b) been bought by a new owner in each of the last 10 years.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average hourly earnings were of his Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether lease renewal and rent review will remain trigger points for the market rent only option procedure, as set out in Part 6...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to lay the revised statutory instruments for the Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016 and Pubs Code (Fees, Costs and...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to make changes to the procedure of the market rent only option once triggered, as planned in Part 6 of the...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answers of 19 April 2016 to Questions 34108, 34137 and 34138, when the data on overseas and UK-based...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding is available for third-sector training providers to support young people who are not in education, employment or...

      Apprentices: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will make funding available for discounted or complimentary travel for apprentices.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) male and (b) female apprentices have undertaken their apprenticeship on a part-time basis in the last three years.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what data his Department collects on a local authority basis on the number of young people classified as (a) not in employment,...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices enrolled on a Level 7 (Master's) apprenticeship for (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) representations he has received from and (b) meetings his Department has had with companies based in the British...

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the letter he received from the hon. Member of Tottenham of 2 June 2016, if he will make an assessment of the...

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the letter he received from the hon. Member of Tottenham of 2 June 2016, if he will make an assessment of the...

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to ensure that Land Registry service fees do not increase in the event of the privatisation of the...

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to ensure that information held by the Land Registry that is subject to Freedom of Information...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and UK Space Agency cross-boundary research proposals...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many of his Department's staff based at St Paul's Place, Sheffield, have a length of tenure of (a) under one year, (b)...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 May 2016, on BIS consultation, HCWS30, how much vacant office space there currently is...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of research proposals submitted through the Joint Electronic Submission System which have been judged to cross...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanism exists to ensure that research proposals which have been judged to cross the boundary between the Engineering and...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 May 2016, on BIS consultation, HCWS30, what assessment he has made of the effect of the...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 May 2016, on BIS consultation, HCWS30, what proportion of his Department's £350...

      Apprentices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of apprenticeship pay rates for young people in supported accommodation.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the expected Resource Accounting and Budgeting charge is for student loans paid out to EU students studying in England.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms there will be under the Apprenticeship Levy for additional support to incentivise employers to take on...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is offering to small and medium-sized enterprises to assist with the cost of setting up an...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase reporting and improve data collection of violence against women and girls in...

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to publish a specific strategy for policy-influencing work relating to violence against women and girls...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what training and learning activities her Department undertakes to improve evidence collection for the design and implementation of...

      Pakistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of potential steps to reduce corruption in Pakistan (a) in general and (b) within the...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will take steps to increase prevention programmes for violence against women and girls in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage donor organisations and partner countries to include action on violence against women...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to (a) create awareness of and (b) encourage access to its research on violence against women and...

      Department for International Development: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to...

      Department for International Development: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from her Department circulated to (a) stakeholders...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to increase the number of interventions to tackle violence against women and girls through programmes...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has made an assessment of (a) the adequacy of its expenditure on and (b) the value for money of its work on...

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the finding of the Concern Worldwide (UK) report of 20 May 2016, Still Paying the Price, on the proportion of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its aid is spent appropriately and on those in greatest need.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the UK aid budget is spent on water and sanitation; how that proportion was decided; and if she will increase that...

      Bangladesh: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help (a) women and (b) all people in Bangladesh affected by Cyclone Roanu.

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help people in Bangladesh build resilience against future extreme weather events in (a)...

      Pitcairn Islands: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to include best practice bio security and waste management requirement clauses in the next contract for...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase recruitment of teachers of priority subjects in secondary schools.

    • Grammar: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set out the reasons for the requirement for year five children in schools in England to learn the meaning of fronted adverbials.

      Department for Education: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the annual budget is for food produced for her Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for her Department was sourced from...

      Department for Education: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) nursery schools, (b) day-care facilities and (c) children's centres have closed due to funding shortages in each of the last three years.

      Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to monitor the (a) location and (b) activity of young people under the age of 18 for the purposes of monitoring...

      Teachers: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of qualified early years teachers in nurseries.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the level of affordability of childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to implement the provision of 15 additional hours of free childcare for working parents provided for under the Childcare Act 2016.

      Schools: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to close attainment gaps within schools in the north of England that are rated good or outstanding.

      Schools: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the National pupil projections statistics release, published on 22 July 2015, how many people were defined as (a) migrants and (b)...

      Academies: Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.37e of the Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper, when she plans to announce the recipients of the Excellence in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.37e of the Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper, when she plans to launch the National Teaching Service.

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.89 of Budget 2016, what progress has been made on Professor Sir Adrian Smith's review of mathematics teaching for 16 to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines were issued for disability discrimination against blind people with guide dogs by licensed taxi drivers in each year for which...

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review the position of people serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection who are significantly over tariff and...

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members of...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2016 to Question 38441, what role he has asked the Chairman of the Parole Board, Professor Nick Hardwick, to undertake...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 37057, tabled on 18 May 2016.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2016 to Question 38441, what estimate he has made of the date by which all prisoners serving sentences of imprisonment...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2016 to Question 38441, what average rate people serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection have served...

  • Leader of the House

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make it his policy to bring forward proposals on timetabling for Private Members’ Bills

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether obligations on private owners to preserve scheduled monuments and listed buildings are applicable to government departments; and what his policy...

    • Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the investment made by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust from his Department's reverse...

      Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the proposed transfer of land and historic buildings from his Department to Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust by the end of 2016 has...

      Portsmouth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent reports he has received on the state of disrepair of (a) the Block Mills, (b) numbers 1, 4, 5 and 6 dry docks, (c) the South Office Block,...

      Ministry of Defence: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members of...

      Armed Forces: Mefloquine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) financial and (b) non-financial support is offered to current and former army personnel affected by mental health problems related to the use...

      Mefloquine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stocks of Lariam his Department currently holds.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37663, if he will provide the hon. Member for Nottingham North with (a) details and (b) copies of the...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the defence procurement budget was spent on foreign military sales in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the target to spend two per cent of GDP on defence.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to build smaller warships.

      Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks are held in reserve in the UK.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what will comprise a Carrier Escort Group in respect of (a) air-defence, (b) counter-mine and (c) anti-submarine escorts.

      Armed Forces: Mefloquine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department first knew of the possible psychotic side effects of Lariam form of mefloquine.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36437, if he will publish a list of cultural events and organisations located...

    • Tourism: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Great Exhibition of the North on tourism.

      Information Commissioner: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the one per cent rise from 2016-17 on the (a) wage levels in real terms, (b)...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to accelerate the rollout of broadband in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of recent trends in (a) the level of and (b) regional variations in the level of domestic tourism.

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on increasing the contribution of creative subjects to...

      Sports: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support Paralympic sport.

      Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for funding of broadband provision in Scotland of the UK voting to leave the EU.

      Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a vote to leave the EU on policies in the Culture White Paper.

  • Home Office

    • Islam: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a list of all Islamic cultural centres in the UK primarily funded by foreign donations; and if she will make a statement.

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average hourly earnings were of her Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

      Human Trafficking: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Border Force has taken to identify and assist potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery at ports across the UK.

      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 in (a) England...

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to increase the effectiveness of the UK Border Force as a law enforcement organisation since it was...

      Egmont Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made on assisting the Egmont group to establish a Centre of Excellence for Financial Intelligence Units.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions took place between December 2015 and May 2016 between Ministers and (b) officials of her Department with the Scottish Legal...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas were processed using the priority visa service in 2015.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average processing time is for settlement visas using the priority visa service.

      Migration: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on levels of inward migration from other EU member states of (a) an economic downturn and (b) a...

      Borders: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Managing migratory flows in Calais: joint ministerial declaration on UK/French co-operation, published on 20 August 2015,...

      Home Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain...

      Asylum: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees have been accommodated by each London borough in the last three years.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to accelerate the family reunification process for unaccompanied children in Europe with family members...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average amount of time spent in post was for all Prevent co-ordinators who both began and left employment in the last five years.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to implement the family reunification process for unaccompanied children in Europe with family in the UK.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will develop a coordinated refugee dispersal policy with (a) all nations of the UK, (b) other government departments and (c) local...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interviews with people making accusations of child abuse have been carried out by Operation Pallial under the Achieving Best...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police forces have the necessary resources to tackle dealers of substances banned under...

      Assisted Voluntary Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which countries her Department returns people through the assisted voluntary return programme.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to accelerate the family reunification process for unaccompanied children in Europe with family in the UK.

      Slavery: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what way the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2016 will support child advocates.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to support children trafficked from abroad.

      Hamde Abu Rahma

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the application from Mr Hamde Abu Rahma to visit Scotland was rejected; and if she will instigate a review of that decision.

      UK Border Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to improve levels of knowledge within Border Force about the threats and risks associated with maritime and...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the current Parliament.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse has been of investigations into sexual offences in (a) Wiltshire and (b) the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members...

    • Scotland Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the...

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on steps to tackle ticket touting.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members of the...

    • Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was allocated to the married couples tax allowance in 2015-16; and how much was spent on that allowance in that year.

      Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on requests from developing countries with whom the UK has taxation treaties to renegotiate the terms of such treaties.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from her Department circulated to (a) stakeholders...

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will (a) list the titles of and (b) publish on her Department's website all reports prepared by (i) officials of her Department...

      Sizewell B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information she has been provided by the Office for Nuclear Regulation to demonstrate the safety of Sizewell B nuclear plant...

      Hinkley Point Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the oral evidence given by the Minister of State for Energy to the Energy and Climate Change Committee on 24 May 2016, at...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Civil Nuclear Constabulary conducts an annual survey of its staff.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Queen's Speech

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Gracious Speech is printed on vellum.

    • Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which countries attended the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Companies: Anguilla and Guernsey

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 11 May 2016 to Question 36368, what timescale Anguilla and Guernsey have given for putting in place central registers...

      Prime Minister: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly earnings were of 10 Downing Street's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

      Government Digital Service: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the amount spent on non-payroll staff in the Government Digital Service in 2015-16.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members of...

    • Wales Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on research by her Department in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Low Emission Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what requirements are in place to ensure that local authorities seeking to introduce a low emission zone follow government...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date she plans for the National Litter Strategy to be launched.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the complexity of the rules and requirements for applications under LEADER 5...

      Rural Development Programme: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for grants under LEADER 5 North Devon Plus have been (a) received and (b) granted in Torridge and...

      Greyhounds: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what records the Government maintains on the destinations of greyhounds that are exported abroad for commercial use.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the rules and requirements for LEADER 5 do not deter individuals and businesses from...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent the trade of (a) greyhounds and (b) other animals to countries with little or...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential (a) negative and (b) positive effects on (i) society and (ii) human health of...

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15358, what recent progress has been made on the review into...

  • Department of Health

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the (a) commissioning framework and (b) tariff payment for bereavement care for families who have suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that training in the diagnosis and treatment of ME forms part of medical students' training.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of (a) special care neonatal and level three cots and (b) transfers between...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors were employed by the NHS in (a) London and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with nursing care providers on the number of clinical placements available for nursing students.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of ending the NHS bursary system on (a) female, (b) BME, and (c) older students.

      Department of Health: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members of...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address barriers faced by people with ME in accessing care and support; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) incidents have been reported to trading standards teams and (b) prosecutions there have been related to food and drink products substituted...

      E. coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between hand hygiene compliance levels across the NHS and rates of E.coli bacteraemia in 2015.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect on people caring for family members of the closure of the Independent Living Fund and the...

      Neuroendocrine Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of treatment and provision of support through the NHS for patients of neuroendocrine cancer.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase provision of neuromuscular care advisor support in (a) London and (b) the South East.

      NHS: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the total NHS budget was spent on translation services in 2015-16; and how much was spent on translation services in each NHS (a)...

      Mefloquine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions GPs have issued for Lariam in each year since 2010.

      Smoking: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential link between stopping smoking and obesity levels.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to ensure that applications for Continuing Healthcare are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost to the NHS of each new HIV infection.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the average waiting time between cancer diagnosis and treatment in each of the last 10 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will arrange for the Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service to send a reply to the hon. Member for Walsall North to his letter of 9 May...

      NHS: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 38058, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally information on the costs incurred by the NHS...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the NHS's policy is on prescribing gluten-free food items to coeliacs; and whether any changes have recently been made to the allowance for such items.

      NHS: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2016 to Question 38480, whether his Department is taking steps in response to use of the NHS logo by the Vote Leave Campaign.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37840, what discussions he had with (a) the Chief Nursing Officer for England and (b) the Chief...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 20 of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published in February 2016, what steps he is taking to oversee implementation...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made to date on Recommendation 19 of the NHS England Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37371, how many people are in the team with specific responsibility for those areas of policy on...

      NHS Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 6 June 2016 to Questions 37441 and 38348, why North Middlesex Hospital is not being supported by the Emergency Care Intensive...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37876, what (a) number and (b) proportion of penalty charge notices issued between January and December...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Combined Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the members of combined authorities are not all male.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth: Travel Requirements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in connection with the reference in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting communiqué to the proposal for a...

    • North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of claims that in 2015 North Korean labourers in Poland were employed to construct a ship that was later deployed on a British...

      North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Poland to discuss the issue of North Korean forced labourers in that country and the latest findings...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parity of esteem as established in the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to people who have previously lived in Northern Ireland as well as those who...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what comparative analysis they have conducted of the number of children in privately operated children's homes and those in other homes who become entangled...

    • Criminal Proceedings: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to respond to the report from the Prison Reform Trust In care, out of trouble; and whether they will publish an assessment of the position...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 May (HL7985), in the light of their policy of not cutting the education budget of individual schools, what...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities provide (1) free transport, and (2) subsidised transport, for students in years 12 and 13.

      Social Services: Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Birmingham City Council has corporately decided to place their children's social care services into an arms-length trust; when this decision was...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been issued by the Department for Education to local authorities about the transfer of children's social care services to an arms-length...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to local authority accountability for children's social care services take place if these services are transferred to the management of an...

      Social Services: Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Ofsted inspections of Birmingham City Council's children's social care services have been made since April 2014; whether Ofsted have indicated since...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have had their children's services transferred into arms-length trusts; whether these transfers cover all such services; what Ofsted...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when children's social care services in Doncaster were transferred to a trust; what were the costs, including legal fees, of making the transfer; how long...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 5 May (HL7790), what assessment they have made of the cause of the rise in the number of applications to the...

    • Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether someone in prison is defined as residing at home or in prison.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plants: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase awareness amongst travellers at all points of entry to the UK of the threat from imported plant diseases to trees in...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees from Iraq have been (1) granted asylum under the UN mandate or gateway scheme, and (2) granted asylum whilst resident in the UK.

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will distinguish in their statistics between persons seeking entry to the country refused admission to the UK who are free to travel to other...

  • HM Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to devolve Airline Passenger Duty to the Welsh Assembly or Welsh Government.

    • Banks: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with UK banks about proposals to remove protection from customers whose accounts have been fraudulently accessed.

      North Korea: Overseas Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Treasury ascertains that the funds of UK companies that operate in North Korea do not contribute to that country’s nuclear and ballistic...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ballot Papers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is permissible for the ballot papers sent to postal voters to be a different colour to the ballot papers issued in a corresponding polling station.

    • Ballot Papers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the present design of ballot papers for persons with difficulties of sight.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had regarding the creation of a legal status for those participating in full-time, long-term volunteering programmes, such as...

      Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many distinct issues have been stated by Ministers to be a "priority" in this Parliament.

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