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Written answers

Monday, 11 July 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Shareholding

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies the Government retains golden shares in for the purpose of limiting overseas ownership; and what the terms are of such shares.

    • Treasury: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, (a) how much has been paid to officials of his Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime payments, (b) how...

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the automatic application to Northern Ireland of any change in corporation tax in Great...

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reverse plans to close HM Revenue and Customs offices in Northern Ireland following the UK vote to leave the EU.

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what year he predicts the UK will achieve a budget surplus.

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate when the Exchequer will next achieve a surplus.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of excluding agency workers from the pay bill when determining a company's liability for paying the...

      Infrastructure: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government spent on infrastructure projects in each of the last three years.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of HM Revenue and Customs' preparedness for handling customer enquiries in advance of the January 2017 self-assessment deadline.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which existing agreements on taxation jurisdictions of individuals will be affected by the UK leaving the EU.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update the Business Tax Road Map in light of his recent proposals on the change to corporation tax.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out his plans for reaching the new target for corporation tax of less that 15 per cent.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a reduction in corporation tax to (a) 15 (b) 14 and (c) 10 per cent on (i) GDP, (ii)...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential annual cost to the Exchequer of a reduction in corporation tax to (a) 15 (b) 14 and (c) 10 per cent.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a reduction of corporation tax to (a) 15 (b) 14 and (c) 10 per cent by (i) UK region and...

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his speech of 15 June 2016 on the effect on taxation and spending of the UK leaving the EU, for what reason his oral contribution of 4...

      Budgets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral contribution on 4 July 2016, Official Report, column 626, on what date he (a) decided not to introduce an emergency budget and (b)...

      Budgets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on financial markets of (a) his announcement on 15 July 2016 of plans to introduce an emergency Budget in the...

  • Prime Minister

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Prime Minister, what process will be used to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union.

    • Armed Conflict: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Prime Minister, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to give Parliament a veto on proposed future military action.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of programmes commissioned by his Department's Dynamic Purchasing System in (i) St...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on obtaining pension transfer reports when making transfers from defined benefit schemes; and if he will make...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in successful appeals against decisions on personal independence payment and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential policy implications for his Department of the UK leaving the EU.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis have taken early retirement after receiving that diagnosis.

      Whooping Cough: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 31 May 2016 to Question 37766, if he will assess the potential merits of collating information about vaccinations...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families accessed support from the Child Support Agency in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West and (c) the UK in (i)...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of advice by people accessing pension freedoms.

      Health and Safety Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 13 of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Business Plan 2016-17, what steps the HSE plans to take to meet the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse is of a claim for (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment and support allowance which is (i)...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of auto-enrolment to pension schemes for people who are casual or seasonal workers;...

      Department for Work and Pensions: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on supporting disabled people through (a) the work programme and (b) work choice in (i) each year since 2010 and...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2016 to Question 41331, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential policy implications for his Department of the UK leaving the EU.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support people with disabilities and health conditions who are looking for work.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training her Department provides to immigration officers on handling asylum cases in which a claimant has been raped or sexually abused.

    • Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the outcome of the EU referendum on levels of (a) inward and (b) outward migration.

      Passports: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken (a) to improve cyber security and (b) prevent hacking as part of proposals for members of the public to submit...

      Passports: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether HM Passport Office has trialled and tested the professional photo trade association ICAO compliant Digital ID Photo Sending Service...

      Passports: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to seek professional photographic trade association (a) accreditation, (b) sanction and (c) support for...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was to HM Passport Office of handling and processing rejected passport applications in each of the last three years; and on...

      Passports: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were reported as containing fake identification photos in the (a) last and (b) previous 12 months.

      Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how much has been paid to officials of her Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on funding of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme;...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to uphold the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969 allowing existing EU citizens already living and...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of reports from members of the public on possible illegal immigration have (a) been investigated and (b) resulted in...

      Refugees: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees that have been settled in Cumbria in the last 12 months; and whether she has further...

      EU Nationals: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to provide EU citizens with information on applying for (a) the permanent right to remain and (b) citizenship;...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of her Department's employees identified as (a) BME and (b) non-BME in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens hold (a) dual and (b) multiple nationality; and what the five most common nationalities so held are.

      EU Nationals: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Urgent Question of 4 July 2016, on EU Nationals: UK Residence, what assessment she has made of whether her Department's...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contractual obligations on the handling of potential victims and victims of human trafficking are placed on her Department's...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (a) referred themselves to her Department as victims of human trafficking and (b)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to review the level of funding it provides to NGOs and charities that support EU nationals in making...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the £500 million designated to shared education and housing from the Fresh Start deal has been spent to date.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps she has taken to address the outstanding legacy issues from the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

      UK Withdrawal from EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive and government of the Republic of Ireland on the effect of the UK...

      Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, (a) how much has been paid to officials of her Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime...

  • Department of Health

    • Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to implement the ban on menthol cigarettes in the UK after 2020; and what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of...

    • Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 22462, if he will place in the Library a copy of NHS England's report on individual funding...

      Older People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data is held by local authorities on suspected abuse of the elderly by social carers.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the market cost was of drugs provided through prescriptions in each of the last three years.

      Older People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to tackle suspected abuse of the elderly by social carers.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on trends in the prominence of relationship break-up as a contributory cause of suicide over the last five years.

      Chronic Illnesses: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the effect on NHS resources was in each of the last three years of charging people with long-term health conditions for prescription drugs.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the change in student funding for nurses on the number of people applying to...

      West Cumberland Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2016 to Question 41367, if he will visit West Cumberland Hospital in his official capacity as Secretary of State for...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) modify and (b) remove the 75 per cent target for Red 1 ambulance calls.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces.

      East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase clinical resources for the East of England Ambulance Trust.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neurology consultants employed by the NHS specialise in the treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the diagnostic process for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Prescription Drugs: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the contribution of free delivery services for medicines from community pharmacies to the number of prescriptions which...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he made of trends in future deficit levels in NHS trusts in England; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the year-on-year changes to NHS funding between 2010 and 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which areas will be eligible for the proposed Pharmacy Access Scheme.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve local pharmacy dispensing arrangements; and if he will regularly review service levels.

      Rickets: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the Liverpool City Region have been diagnosed with rickets in each year since 2010.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with learning disabilities are on the waiting list for a Care and Treatment Review.

      Keswick Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to help (a) retain and (b) increase the number of beds at Keswick Hospital.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the childhood obesity strategy.

      Mental Health Services: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support patients and families affected by the closure of the Antelope Centre in Southampton; and if he will make a...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many clinical commissioning group areas specialist services are provided for people diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) extent of the implementation of the Making Every Contact Count initiative by clinical commissioning groups and...

      Antidepressants: Liverpool

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

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of NHS efficiency savings on waiting times in each of the next five years; and if he will make a...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason his Department's consultation on infected blood, published in January 2016, did not include proposals on provisions for widows or...

      Mental Health Services: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with a diagnosis of autism have been held on mental health wards in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce anxiety disorder in women under 35.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Universities: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of leaving the EU on university research.

    • Iron and Steel: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking in response to the result of the EU referendum to ensure that investment in the Hartlepool steel pipe...

      New Businesses: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many women started businesses in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) the Liverpool City Region and (c) England in...

      Trade Agreements: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions the Government has had with the government of India on a potential free trade agreement between the UK and India.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions the Government has had with the US administration on a potential free trade agreement between the UK and the US.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 24 May 2016 to Question 37703, when he plans to establish the reading room for hon. Members to...

      Steel Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what dates the Steel Council or its sub-working groups have met in the last month.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many bilateral trade agreements the UK has with countries outside the EU.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of the (a) UK and (b) North East of the UK leaving the EU and British...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2016 to Question 40488, on civil service recruitment, who has been appointed the board level...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2016 to Question 39339, on his Department's reorganisation, whether the projected £7.5...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2016 to Question 39361, on his Department's reorganisation, how many of the 1,500 policy posts...

      West of England University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will instruct Student Finance England to respond to student number 03530036915 at the University of the West of England on...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2016 to Question 39715, on his Department's vacancies, what plans he has to use secondments...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39360, on his Department's reorganisation, whether graduates taking part in...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy that student maintenance loan payments are paid on a monthly basis to nursing students.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

    • Special Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess the potential merits of appointing a committee of parliamentarians to oversee the operations and budget of special forces, similar to...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is still planning to purchase 13 Type 26 Ships.

      Ministry of Defence: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what official contingency plans his Department had in place prior to the referendum result planning for the eventuality of a vote to leave the EU.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of how the decision to leave the EU will affect the procurement of defence equipment and the cost of procuring defence...

      Armed Forces: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many enlisted soldiers aged (a) under and (b) over 18 gained A*-C GCSE qualifications in (i) English and (ii) mathematics in the most recent year...

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his long-term plans are for the operation and use of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Supported Housing: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce the result of the Government's consultation on supported housing; and whether he expects supported...

    • Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will respond to the National Housing Federation's recommendation of 29 June 2016 that supported housing providers should...

      Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (a) how much has been paid to officials of his Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were living in the private rented sector by (a) age group and (b) local authority area in each of the last five...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost was of his Department's communications team in each year since 2007; and what the projected costs are for 2016.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay: Liverpool

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what information her Department holds on gender pay gaps by sector in the Liverpool City Region.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to endorse automated cone laying and retrieval for road maintenance worker safety.

    • Motorcycles: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that there are sufficient motorcycle instructors to meet demand.

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations and conclusions of the report of the Institute for...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2016 to Question 41125, on shipping exhaust emissions, what ongoing assistance his Department is providing to support...

      Department for Transport: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings his Department's focussed shared service centre has made in each year since its creation.

      Department for Transport: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Southern: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the emergency timetable for Southern rail services to be introduced by Govia Thameslink Railway from 11 July 2016 was agreed by his...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) planned and (b) unplanned train service cancellations in each reporting period would place Govia Thameslink Railway in breach of the...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on the threshold for (a) planned and (b) unplanned train service cancellations...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July to Question 41425, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the UK aviation sector on the...

      East Anglia Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29384, for what reasons the announcement of the award of the next East Anglia rail franchise...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the EU institutions on the job security of UK citizens employed by those institutions.

    • Burma: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the government of Burma to establish an independent investigation into the...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Iran on the cases of (a) Kamal Foroughi and (b)...

      Nigeria: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent or reduce the incidence of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iraqi authorities on the rocket attack on Camp Liberty, Baghdad on 4 July 2016.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Article 2 of the North Atlantic Treaty will be on the agenda of the forthcoming NATO summit.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2016 to Question 41301, whether he has made an estimate of the total cost to his Department...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) the territorial integrity and (b) improved border arrangements with Spain of Gibraltar.

      Cayman Islands: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to publicly support LGBT rights and progress towards the recognition of same-sex unions in the...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to seek a referral to the International Criminal Court of acts committed against religious and...

      MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the release of the British citizens detained after...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, (a) how much has been paid to officials of her Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal...

    • Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to commence aid drops in Syria.

      Philippines: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to assist people in the Filipino province of Davao del Norte affected by the recent drought.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in the Middle East on steps to tackle the refugee crisis in that region.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to publish a response to the finding of the National Union of Teachers survey, published in March 2016, that 70 per cent...

    • Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) how much has been paid to officials of her Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime payments,...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the ability of schools to meet demand in each of the next 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Parkfield School Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what date the Education Funding Agency applied to Christchurch Borough Council for planning permission to erect temporary classrooms for Parkfield...

      Parkfield School Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the estimated cost to the public purse is of the further delay in Parkfield School being able to move to the new site in Hurn.

      Parkfield School Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all asbestos has been removed from the proposed premises for Parkfield School at Hurn, Christchurch; what works have been carried out to...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to publish additional sample test material ahead of the 2017 SATs.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to modify the level of difficulty in the SATs tests for 2017.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the reasons are for the omission of any substantive reference to religious education in the Educational Excellence Everywhere white paper,...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of (a) getting young people engaged in sport and fitness early and (b) encouraging...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the Government ensures that schools are held accountable for their statutory responsibilities in respect of the provision of religious education.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2016 to Question 40823, how many applications to expand a multi academy trust were refused in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many areas will be involved in the badger cull in 2016; and what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) tuberculin skin tests and (b) gamma interferon tests have been conducted in each year since 2010; and how many...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on making all outstanding back payments to commoners entitled to payments under the Single Farm Payment...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance her Department is giving to landowners to facilitate the work of land agents in trial badger culls; and if...

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the accuracy of information provided by supermarkets to consumers on country of...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the accuracy of digital mapping; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40362, (a) for what reason the Government has concentrated gamma...

      Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to reduce the likelihood of future flooding in Whalley, Ribchester and surrounding areas.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish her Department's 25 year plan on food and farming.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the vote to leave the EU on her policy on the EU nature directives; and if she...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2016 to Question 41211, what steps she plans to take to ensure that heat networks provide value for...

    • Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect that the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards for the private...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, how much has been paid to officials of the Law Officers' Departments as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime payments in (a)...

  • Wales Office

    • Legislation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of legislation currently in force applies to Wales only.

    • Rural Areas: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps the Government is taking to improve the (a) electronic and (b) physical connectivity of rural villages in Wales.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many posts have been advertised at HM Prison Berwyn for which Welsh language skills were stipulated as (a) essential and (b) desirable; and what...

    • Prisons: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many 999 calls were made by each prison establishment as a result of substance misuse including alcohol and new psychoactive substances in the last...

      Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what weight is given to the ability to provide services in the Welsh language when assessing tenders for (a) learning and skills and (b) industries at...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the prison population was above its operational capacity in the most recent period for which figures are available.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make arrangements for opposition party leaders or their nominated representatives to be granted advance sight of the conclusions of the...

    • Government Departments: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to encourage Government-funded agencies and departments to move their offices outside London.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on future levels of recruitment of civil servants.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support the Government plans to provide to veterans of the Iraq Conflict who are concerned by the findings of the Chilcot Report and its...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many retired civil servants have (a) not received an annual benefit statement and (b) received such a statement late from MyCSP in each of the last...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to provide similar support for injured veterans of the Iraq conflict following the publication of the Chilcot...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2016 to Question 38697, what steps his Department has taken to provide injured veterans of the Iraq conflict with...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases marked as urgent are currently waiting resolution by MyCSP.

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many telephone calls MyCSP has received in each month since September 2014; and how many of those calls were abandoned before being answered in...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many retired civil servants have been adversely affected by the performance of MyCSP since that company has been responsible for the processing of...

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, (a) how much has been paid to officials of his Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime payments, (b)...

      Cabinet Office: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the remit and composition is of the Cabinet Office unit charged with examining the options and possibilities of negotiating the UK's exit from the...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency planning the Government undertook in the event of a vote to leave the EU.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the potential merits of using the electoral registration data relating to the recent EU...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cabinet Office EU Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 27 June 2016, Official Report, column 23, on the outcome of the EU referendum, which officials from...

      Cabinet Office EU Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants he plans to employ in the new EU Unit once that unit is at full capacity.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish statistics on the size of the UK electorate by age band on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      EU Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government Department or Executive Agency will be responsible for looking after the interests and pension rights of UK nationals working for EU...

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will bring forward proposals to limit the duration of public inquiries.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether companies employed to remove crashed vehicles have a legal obligation to collect detached parts of the vehicles from hedgerows, ditches and property...

    • Southern

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Southern Rail about the ongoing disruption to service on their network.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they estimate the Cardiff Rail Operating Centre will be commissioned.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electric vehicles they estimate will be using British roads by 2030.

      Air Space

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to introduce measures for airspace modernisation.

      Helicopters: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase the minimum permitted flying height for helicopters in central London with a view to improving safety and reducing noise and air...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Transport has ever consulted ExxonMobil and other lubricant manufacturers about whether they have ever undertaken inhalation...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether incidences of fumes and contaminated air in the cockpit or in the passenger compartment of commercial aircraft that have, or could have, endangered...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 June (HL503), on what basis they state that European Aviation Safety Agency certification...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 June (HL503), and in the light of the fact that there are no detection systems fitted in...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they expect fairer charges for open access operators on railways to be introduced by the Office of Rail and Road.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research or analysis they undertook prior to consulting on proposals to cut train services to intermediate stations on the InterCity West Coast service.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed proposals from the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority that more carriages should be added to trains on the InterCity...

      Merchant Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider merchant shipping part of the UK's critical national infrastructure; and what advice they give to UK shipping companies about cybersecurity.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Withdrawal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek parliamentary approval before deciding whether to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

    • EU Withdrawal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Scottish legislative consent is a necessary condition before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty can be invoked on behalf of the UK.

      Rwanda: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Rwanda concerning reports that women are being imprisoned for having an abortion after being raped.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they have received about whether the result of the EU referendum is legally binding.

      European Parliament Members

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the result of the EU referendum, what is the current position of the British members of the European Parliament.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each month since May 2005, (1) what was the total size of the Post Office network, and (2) how many post office closures took place.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have made for bilateral and multilateral aid to the Palestinian Authority after the UK has left the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether jet engine oils and hydraulic and de-icing fluids contain substances that attract harmonised and notified hazard classifications under the CPL...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Atos and Capita about introducing audio recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they monitor Personal Independence Payment assessments for accuracy.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that all medical reports presented by claimants at Personal Independence Payment assessments are read by assessors.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all Personal Independence Payment assessment centres are accessible for disabled people.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the three-day interval between the notification and arrival of forest reproductive material in preventing...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the announcement by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, on 8 June of an extension until 15 October of the payment...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Thames Tideway Tunnel project will send clean excavated materials to landfill permit sites as a waste or to be beneficially reused as a material...

      Landfill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of leakage at landfill sites in Britain, and what plans they have to investigate landfill sites to identify any that are leaking.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Population: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Office of National Statistics' statistical bulletin Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: mid-2015 published...

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the result of the EU referendum, whether British companies can still tender freely and on equal terms for active public procurement...

      Members: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether concerns of MPs about their personal security have adversely affected their confidence in carrying out the full...

  • Department of Health

    • Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the implementation of NICE's commissioning toolkit for the use of natriuretic peptides assessment in primary care.

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 June (HL566), what assessment they have made of why the UK has claimed £49,736,125 from...

      Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 28 June (HL663), what policy the UK Stem Cell Bank has implemented regarding the process for...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 June (HL566), what the calculation systems are for payments by the UK to France, Ireland and...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 June (HL566), what assessment they have made of the discrepancy between the total claims made...

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