Written answers

Thursday, 8 September 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • London Airports: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the environmental assurance work his Department undertook in December 2015 in connection with runway expansion has been completed; and what...

    • Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure that British citizens continue to benefit from the rules on flight delays covered by EU Regulation 261/2004.

      Stechford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 10706, and to the letter sent by Network Rail to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will make it its policy not to take a decision on the location of an additional runway until its reviews of UK airspace and the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate the Government has made of the cost to the public purse of constructing a third runway at Heathrow Airport over the course of the...

      Taxis: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training taxi and private hire drivers are required to complete to support blind and partially sighted passengers.

      Taxis: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to review the regulations and guidance governing taxi and private hire vehicles working outside their primary licensing authority area.

      Blue Badge Scheme: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department plans to take steps to extend eligibility for the Blue Badge scheme to the parents of children with autism.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2016 to Question 41593, when the additional works on passenger train impacts from any transportation of excavated and...

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to make any changes to the budget it has allocated to the Northern Powerhouse initiative for investing in transport.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2016 to Question 41593, for what reason HS2 Ltd is supporting a two rather than three railhead option at Euston for...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the DVLA on waiting times for HGV driving licence renewal; what the (a) rate of renewals, (b) number of new...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic effect of High Speed 2 on the local economy in Coventry; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to launch his Department's public consultation on new Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Practice Guidance.

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the Government's policy that anti-terrorism cooperation under the Schengen Agreement should continue after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former special advisers of her Department submitted applications under the business appointment rules between June 2014 and October...

      Calais: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on the conditions at the refugee camp in Calais; and what assistance the UK is...

      UN Refugees and Migrants Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to review the Government's commitments on the number of refugees to be granted access to the UK at the UN General Assembly...

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2016 to Question 41352, (a) by how much and (b) from what date the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority's...

      International Modern Slavery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) specific functions and (b) scope of the recently established International Modern Slavery Fund will be.

      Animal Welfare: Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations her Department has received on alleged conflicts of interest in the appointment of Sir John Chadwick to head an inquiry...

      UN Refugees and Migrants Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to make a commitment at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 and 20 September 2016 to provide more...

      Home Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a list of all secondees to her Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other...

      UN Refugees and Migrants Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will represent the Government at the UN General Assembly meeting on refugees and migrants on 19 and 20 September 2016; and if the...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to roll out the independent child trafficking advocate scheme nationally beyond the early adopter sites; what response she...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans for a training programme on human trafficking for existing independent advocates to be available to all looked-after children...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many trafficked children she estimates will receive an advocate in the next phase of trials of the Independent Child Trafficking...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria were used to select Wales, Hampshire and Greater Manchester as the locations for the early adopter sites for the second phase...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department of 28 June 2016, Official...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms there are to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of children who received an independent child trafficking advocate under the...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to reduce racist hate crimes since the EU referendum.

      Threat to Life Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many threat to life notices each police force in England and Wales has issued in the last five years.

      Asylum: Liverpool Wavertree

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the application waiting times for people resident in Liverpool, Wavertree constituency who are seeking asylum.

      Human Trafficking: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 11 April 2016 to Question 32631 on human trafficking: females, if she will take steps to ensure that data...

      Police: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her plans are to tackle trends in stress-related illnesses among police officers in Lancashire.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what number and proportion of (a) overall visa applications and (b) applications from Syrian passport holders have been rejected by her...

      Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) ability and (b) willingness of police forces to catch those using their mobile phone...

      Hate Crime: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hate crimes were committed against disabled people in each of the last five years.

      Vetting: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that self-employed tutors are subject to criminal records checks.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce (a) trolling and (b) cyber-bullying.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on community cohesion of the presence of (a) Mufti Hanif Qureshi, (b)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 1 June 2016 to Questions 38139 and 38140, how much of the £10.3 million of minimum wage...

    • ARM: Softbank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for the security of the UK of the proposed takeover of ARM Holdings by...

      ARM: SoftBank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for the technological competitiveness of the UK of the proposed...

      Renewable Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the response of the then Minister of State in the Department for Energy and Climate Change to the Oral...

      Electric Cables: Lake District National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the North West Coast Connections Project if cables through the...

      Electric Cables: Lake District National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide assurances that the North West Coast Connections Project will include underground cables through the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2016 to Question 41740, when he expects to answer Question 39267, tabled by the hon....

      Industry: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on producing a long-term industrial strategy for the Yorkshire...

      Electric Cables: Lake District National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will meet with Millom Without Parish Council to discuss options to ensure that the North West Coast Connection...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the average annual energy charges paid by (a) existing and (b) new customers in each of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make it his policy that energy from renewable sources will be produced at (a) similar or (b) higher...

      Nuclear Power Stations: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to support a role for Chinese companies in the construction or ownership of new nuclear...

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department provide any alternative support for people who have been refused a Start-up loan due to their...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the UK plans to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to set out its own nationally-determined contribution to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

      Renewable Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department's policy to comply with the EU 2020 target on renewable energy.

      Energy: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cyber-attacks there have been on the UK's national energy infrastructure in the past five years.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the role of his Department was in drafting the Government's childhood obesity plan.

      Directors: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the annual returns or confirmation statements submitted to Companies House since 1 July 2016 did not...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what levels of UK consular access the government of Iran has granted for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

    • Bangladesh: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions took place between (a) his Department and the British Council and (b) the UK High Commission in Dhaka and the...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the availability of legal representation for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian government on the killing of protestors in the Kashmir Valley in July 2016.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Commonwealth Secretary General on the situation in Kashmir.

      Bangladesh: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the changing level of threat of Islamist terrorism in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to assist Bangladeshis living in the UK to bring their families to the UK in the event...

      Bangladesh: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what account his Department plans to take of alleged human rights abuses in Bangladesh in advising on any future trade deal...

      Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to (a) hold fair and open elections in 2019...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the follow-up report to Children in Military Custody, a report written by a delegation of British lawyers on...

      China: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese government on the treatment of dogs during that country's Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the United Nations to provide an update on progress towards the construction of Antony...

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received from representatives in Abyei on the alleged detention without charge of members of the...

      Yemen: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what operational orders are given to the armed forces serving in Yemen on the protection of cultural property.

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage recognition of same-sex marriage in countries where it is not currently recognised.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he and his Department have had with the Indian government on recent violence in Kashmir.

      South Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the obstruction of humanitarian agencies delivering assistance to civilians and the expulsion of international NGOs in...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs' comments...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on UK...

      Mining: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of putting in place a comprehensive system of environmental...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library all emails, notes, letters or other documents or records relating to his Department's exercise...

      Iran: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British nationals are currently detained in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government is making to the governments of India and Pakistan on finding a peaceful solution to the...

      Iran: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on British nationals detained in that country; and if he will make...

      South Sudan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the security of British Embassy employees returning to Juba, South Sudan after the attacks on...

      South Sudan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his South Sudanese counterpart on tackling recent violence in Jonglei state in South Sudan;...

      UK Mission to United Nations: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many additional staff have been deployed to the UK's mission to the UN in Geneva to work on World Trade Organisation (WTO)...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times his Department has used the services of (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms in...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish a list of all secondees to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 10 May 2016 to Question 36447, how much of the £10.3 million of minimum wage arrears...

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 8859, how many employers took advantage of the National Minimum...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to answer Question 39267, tabled by the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion on 3 June 2016.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish a list of all secondees to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms in...

    • Wales Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times his Department has used the services of (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms in the last...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Knowsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has of future provision of post-16 education provision in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough; and if she will make a statement.

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage professionals from the private sector to train as teachers.

      GCE A-level: Knowsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that A-level provision will be available in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough by September 2017.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on opening up school facilities to the local community for use outside the school day.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the recruitment of more male teachers.

      Department for Education: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people working for her Department or its executive agencies on a (a) directly employed, (b) agency or (c) outsourced basis are paid less than...

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has provided to teachers on the value added measure for 2016-17 for Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.

      Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on uptake at secondary schools of (a) art, (b) drama, (c) music and (d) other arts subjects at GCSE of the...

      Further Education: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has for future provision of post-16 education provision in Calderdale; and whether she has received any representations on that subject...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cash balance held by schools in England as a percentage of their annual budget was on 31 March (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will ensure that the review of fair funding for early years education includes steps to close the attainment gap in children at age five.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential of the early years workforce strategy to increase recruitment and retention of early years teachers in...

      Department for Education: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a list of all secondees to her Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per head is received for childcare in (a) St Helens North, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK in the latest period for which figures are...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has for the distribution of funding from the soft drinks undertaking levy between schools across the UK for sporting activity.

      Children's Centres: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on children's centres in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter of 1 August 2016 on behalf of a constituent concerning the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will bring forward proposals to bring prison officers' retirement age into line with that of staff in the police force, fire service and armed forces.

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government intends to publish its consultation relating to death by dangerous driving and driving without due care and attention.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time was for fee remission in employment tribunal claims between receipt of such claims and final processing in the latest...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has to open new prisons.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to create a new legal status of guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person by 1 December 2016.

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the tribunal service from appellants in (a) Glasgow South West constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) Scotland regarding (i)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to his Department was of its communications team in each year since 2007; and what the projected cost is of that team in 2016.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Widowed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the single-tier state pension on the level of income of widows.

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in housing benefit has been paid (a) to tenants in private-rented sector accommodation and (b) directly to private landlords in each...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on plans to cap housing benefit and (b) assessment he has made of the...

      NHS: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the NHS Injury Cost Recovery scheme successfully claimed back by charging insurance companies for the costs associated with the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have transferred to universal credit since its implementation; and how many of those people have challenged the payment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for its plans to roll-out universal credit on a constituency-by-constituency basis; and whether that timetable includes...

      Mining: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent accidents in the mining industry.

      Mining: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make financial support available to improve health and safety (a) at Boulby Potash mine and (b) in the mining industry.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of protocols on touching disability benefit assessment centre attendees on the accessibility of...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish data on the number of (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high level sanctions applied to universal credit...

      Jobcentre Plus: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability employment advisers are employed by Jobcentre Plus.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average number of days was from the posting of a medical certificate by a claimant in support of an employment and support allowance...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken was to process hardship payments between the day the application was made and the day the claimant received the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of accessibility of assessment centres for work capability assessment and...

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether housing benefit recipients living in supported housing due to mental health problems will be subject to the benefit cap.

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic violence refuges that will be potentially close as a result of changes to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average end-to-end processing time of personal independence payment claims was in April (a) 2016 and (b) 2015; and what steps he is...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current processing time from application to award for personal independence payments.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of technicians working with electric vehicle technology.

      Social Security Benefits: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is for the transition from one employment and support allowance entitlement to jobseeker's allowance in Fife.

      Funeral Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for funeral payments were (a) made and (b) granted in Scotland in 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on advertising the attendance allowance scheme in 2015-16.

      Attendance Allowance: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people applied for attendance allowance under the special rules for people with terminal illness in each of the last five years.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on administration costs related to attendance allowance in 2015-16.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 32920, where the allegations of fraudulent benefit claims are collected.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is providing to support the development and innovation of (a) pure fibre and (b) FTTP broadband delivery...

    • Arts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what Government funding schemes are available to member trusts for restoration of cultural venues in Yorkshire.

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of regulatory frameworks related to algorithms for (i) Facebook,...

      Sportsgrounds: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of wheelchair access at sports venues.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the role of her Department was in drafting the Government's childhood obesity plan.

      Mobile Phones: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of moving from the current system of rooftop valuation for mobile network base...

      Mobile Phones: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on how to replace the funding potentially lost to...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to tackle problems associated with the rise in availability of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

      Tourism: World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support tourism through increasing the number of UNESCO-recognised World Heritage sites in the UK.

      Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the devolution of responsibility for broadcasting policy.

      Olympic Games: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the success of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps her Department has taken to roll out superfast broadband; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with UK Anti-Doping and its international partners on doping in sport.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2016 to Question 42908, for what reasons he does not plan to release the Planning Inspector's...

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to increase the powers of local authorities to (a) remove travellers camped illegally on public land...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 3 May 2016 to Question 35113, what powers his Department can exercise if the Social Housing...

      Social Rented Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5576, on social rented housing: EU nationals, whether it remains his...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the causes of the increase in homelessness in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the concluding observations and recommendations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and...

      Communities and Local Government: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish a list of all secondees to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e)...

      Communities and Local Government: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the UK to leave the EU since 23 June 2016; and what further such steps his...

      Homelessness: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of helping to provide a legal address at which homeless people...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage local authorities to consider minor and major planning applications...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that planning permission for major housing developments can only be granted if the application...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will take steps to provide additional support for people who need to dispose of a property after the death of...

      Shops: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to encourage business owners to provide accessible toilets for customers.

      Social Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has given to support children and young adults in social care in (a) St Helens North, (b)...

      Community Relations: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support the work of anti-racism groups in North East England and celebrate the support shown for...

      Council Tax: Increases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on the maximum threshold for council tax increases in England in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion that net revenue expenditure by local authorities...

      Non-domestic Rates: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the potential annual proportion increase in yield from business rates available for...

      Local Authorities: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued on whether responses from residents to public consultation questionnaires issued by...

      Council Tax: Increases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities in England have held referendums seeking increases in council tax beyond the maximum threshold in each...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the UK to leave the EU since 23 June 2016; and what further such steps his Department plans to take...

    • Scotland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish a list of all secondees to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms...

      Scotland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times his Department has used the services of (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms in the last...

  • HM Treasury

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's plans are for the implementation of the soft drinks industry levy; and if he will publish a timetable for the implementation of that levy.

    • Health Services: Cambridgeshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.14 of the National Audit Office's investigation into the collapse of the UnitingCare Partnership contract, for what reasons...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure continued cooperation with EU member states to prevent money laundering after the UK leaves the EU.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the consequences of the referendum result on (a) the British economy and (b) investment spending in the UK in 2016-17.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) internal and (b) externally commissioned research his Department has conducted on potential links between the levels of tax and illicit trade in...

      PAYE: Dual Jobholding

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people pay tax through PAYE with two or more employers concurrently; and of those people, how many have a combined gross income of less than...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on the cumulative effect of introducing a general sugar tax in addition to the soft drinks...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests for taking a trivial commutation of an occupational pension have been (a) granted and (b) refused due to the pension value exceeding...

      Planning: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to lay secondary legislation on changes to the rate of interest on late payment of compensation under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 before...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme and LEADER Programme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will continue to make funding available for new and existing LEADER and Countryside Stewardship schemes when the UK ceases to be a participant of the...

      Bank Services: Standards

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.3.2 of the Open Banking Standard report published in February 2016, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) cyber...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme and LEADER Programme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to ensure that the LEADER and Countryside Stewardship schemes continue to be funded when the UK leaves the EU.

      Married Couple's Allowance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many couples claimed the married couples allowance in each financial year since 2001.

  • Department for International Development

  • Cabinet Office

    • Senior Civil Servants: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to have targets for BAME representation in the Senior Civil Service.

    • Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2016 to Question 43378, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people by (i) region, (ii) county and (iii)...

      Cabinet Office: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a list of all secondees to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other consulting firms...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to change the staff headcount across the Civil Service in each of the next four years; and what the projected expenditure on staff is...

      Self-employed: Westmorland and Lonsdale

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are currently registered as self-employed in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency; and what the average salary is earned by those people.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, to which countries of concern on human rights the Government has authorised arms sales in the last year.

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking in response to the outcome of the EU referendum to boost the UK's inward investment promotion and delivery effort.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to retain current inward investors in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to reform UK Trade and Investment.

      Research: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK retains its research and development relationship with Israel after the UK leaves the EU.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will estimate the potential cost to the economy of trade barriers between the UK and EU countries after the UK has left the EU.

      Trade Promotion: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the potential role of the Prime Minister's Trade Envoys in increasing future levels of UK exports.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to meet with UK automotive sector representatives to discuss that sector's role in future trade deals.

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to secure a trade agreement with Israel after the UK ceases to be party to the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Shrimps: Morecambe Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the potential merits of giving protected name status to Morecambe Bay shrimps.

    • Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make representations to the Competition and Markets Authority on investigating the price of milk at major...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ensure the UK maintains the requirements of Council Directive 1999/74/EC on battery hens.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a list of all secondees to her Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of dumping steel flue dust on the surrounding environment; and what...

      Agricultural Products: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote farm produce made in the UK.

      Agricultural Products: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that produce labelling does not suggest that produce not from British farms is from such...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for a further round of Countryside Stewardship schemes in (a) January 2018 and (b) other years.

      Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ban the use of microbeads and microplastics in all personal care products, washing...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to maintain air pollution targets set out in the ambient air quality directive following UK withdrawal...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ensure that UK fisheries are managed at or below maximum sustainable yield by 2020; what...

      Coastal Areas: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on coastal defences for each UK region, in each of the last five years.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is planning to take to assist farmers in the (a) North West and (b) Ribble Valley constituency...

  • Department of Health

    • Aditya Agrawal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how many months Mr Aditya Agrawal was (a) employed and (b) not suspended by East Lancashire Hospitals Trust.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether everyone who was registered with Skipton and received the £20,000 lump sum payment will be automatically entitled to the new annual payments.

      Mental Health Services: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's (a) procedures and (b) protocols are for the placing of mental health patients in care homes.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK affected by each strand of the hepatitis virus.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS workforce statistics, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of school nurses since...

      Strokes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the use of mechanical thrombectomy in treatment of stroke on length of stay in hospital and bed...

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage GPs to undertake collaborative work with Muscular Dystrophy UK to increase their knowledge of care and...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with NICE on increasing capacity for highly specialised technology evaluations.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all sustainability and transformation plans that were submitted within the June 2016 deadline.

      Agency Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts use agency nurses who are brought in from other countries.

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS is of using agency doctors who are brought in from other countries.

      Department of Health: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many performance meetings the Departmental Board has held since his appointment; and how many of those meetings he has attended.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the minutes of all the meetings his Department has held related to each of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the eight key actions recommended in the Public Health England report entitled Sugar Reduction, the evidence for action, published in...

      Capita: Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of Capita in delivering primary care support.

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who received redundancy payments from the NHS in 2015-16 were subsequently re-employed by the NHS on a (a) consultancy and (b) permanent...

      Mental Health Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent mental health inspectors are employed by the Care Quality Commission.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health services he has visited in his capacity as Secretary of State since December 2015; and what the date was of each such visit.

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 21 July 2016 to Question 42766, whether he has accepted the recommendation of the independent Mental Health Taskforce in...

      Primary Health Care: Mid Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the primary care transformation fund will be invested in Mid Sussex constituency in the next four years.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the efficient and timely transfer of prisoners to hospitals under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983; and how...

  • Home Office

    • Social Networking: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce criminal sanctions against social media companies and their managers in the UK who refuse to take down tweets, pages or...

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