Written answers

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the penalties for mobile phone use while driving.

    • Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to simplify rail fares for journeys between London and Scotland and reduce the fare anomalies that lead to split...

      Cycling and Walking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 8 of the Government's report entitled, Childhood Obesity: a Plan for Action, published in August 2016, how much the Government...

      Department for Transport: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2016 to Question 40558, from which sources other than vehicle excise renewals his Department receives credit card...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the size of (a) rail franchises and (b) the Govia Thameslink rail franchise on the efficient...

      Walking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 8 of the Government's report entitled, Childhood Obesity: a Plan for Action, published in August 2016, whether the clear target...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect that a possible Heathrow Airport expansion will have on UK industry.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the importance of direct long-haul air links with a hub airport when opening trade discussions around the world.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the letter of the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the right hon. Member for Rotherham on 8 July 2016, on clause 145...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of job losses in the rail supply chain in connection with his Department's decisions to pause and unpause the...

      Rolling Stock: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require the ordering of new Intercity bimodal rolling stock as a condition of the next East Midlands rail franchise.

      Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11754, whether Network Rail has estimated the cost to the public purse of the decision to...

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to respond to his Department's consultation on the draft cycling and walking investment strategy, published in March 2016.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide performance data for each month from January 2015 to August 2016 for the Thameslink (a) 0657 Brighton to Bedford, (b) 0722 Brighton...

  • Home Office

    • Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries the UK has a visa waiver agreement.

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people refused asylum under the non-suspensive appeal policy were removed from the UK in the first six months of 2016; and how many...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to create more cohesive societies in areas with dispersal centres for asylum seekers.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to remove international students from the Government's migration targets following the decision to leave the EU.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to speed up the process of family reunification for unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been resettled through the Vulnerable Persons Relocation programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were made by (a) EEA nationals for registration certificates and (b) EEA family members and extended family members...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the cost of private-rented sector accommodation on the ability of London boroughs to...

      British Nationality: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to simplify the citizenship application process for EU nationals.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the geographical distribution by parliamentary constituency of unaccompanied minors who have...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to accelerate the family reunification process for unaccompanied children in Europe.

      Visas: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals to amend visa regulations to better support international university staff and student mobility in order...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many test centres there are in England for citizenship applicants to take the (a) life in the UK and (b) English language test.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to support local authorities in integrating refugees into British society.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) target and (b) actual average timescale was for the return of forensically analysed evidence in cases involving (i) burglary,...

      Home Office: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of other EU countries work in her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Visas: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals to amend visa regulations to better enable highly skilled people to come to the UK to work in the space...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to introduce a timetable for the re-unification of refugee children in Europe with family members in the UK; and if...

      UK Border Force: Port of Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Border Force officers or equivalent roles under the previous UK Border Agency have been employed at the Port of Hull site in each...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that people deported under Operation Nexus have an opportunity for legal challenge.

      Smuggling: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44370, how many stun weapons have been seized at the UK border in each year since 2011-12.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on advertising and promoting the proposed points-based immigration system in the latest period for which...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Cabinet Office EU Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many full-time equivalent staff of his Department (a) have moved and (b) are planned to move into the EU Unit.

    • Department For Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review the BIS 2020 programme in the light of the restructuring of government departments.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will reverse the former Department of Business, Innovation and Skills plans to centralise that Department's...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for tacking corruption.

      Science: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support and develop the UK life sciences industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people working for his Department or its executive agencies on a (a) directly employed, (b) agency or (c)...

      Cern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on future British involvement in the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the CERN...

      Research: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the status of British academics wishing to be included in...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to encourage research into myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to re-examine the potential merits of establishing a materials catapult for manufacturing.

      Migrant Workers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many professionals from other EU member states in each regulated profession or holding qualifications from other EU...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Withdrawal from EU

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

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the contribution of the manufacturing industry to the UK economy in each of the last six years.

      Motor Vehicles: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions overseen by Trading Standards have related to (i) the mis-selling of...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the period of maternity leave for mothers of...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve the confidence of suppliers and customers in the future of the UK steel industry.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of alternative plans for the development of Hinkley Point in the event that China...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to promote the British renewable energy industry.

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy that the proposed changes to the subsidy regime for CHP biomass plants allow schemes...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Rebecca Coriam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2016 to Question 42328, for what reasons his Department did not provide the schedule of...

    • Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Sudan on bringing peace to South Sudan.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2015 to Question 42913, on Yemen: Armed Conflict, what representations he has received from...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people executed in Iran in the last 12 months.

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps in addition to his discussions with his Iranian counterpart his Department is taking to encourage the cessation of...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make it his policy to ensure the UK maintains the requirements of Council Directive 1999/74/EC on battery hens.

    • Free Movement of People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department is taking to secure the free movement of volunteer workers from the EU.

  • Attorney General

    • Barristers

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will take steps to encourage barristers who are employed through the Service Prosecuting Authority to enter the selection competition to become Queen's Counsel.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what activities have been undertaken by Ministers of her Department to promote breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week 2016.

    • Developing Countries: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects to tackle domestic violence and violence against women and girls her Department has funded since 2010.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent meetings she has had on the aid budget with the Secretary of State for International Trade.

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent meetings she has had on her Department's budget with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

      Ethiopia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether funding for her Department's executive masters programme in security sector management in Ethiopia is classified as Overseas...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's commitment to allocating 50 per cent of her Department's spending to...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of uprating the earnings threshold for graduate repayments of student loans.

    • Free School Meals: Hounslow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what effect the change in eligibility criteria for free school meals has had on schools funding in Hounslow in 2016-17.

      Sign Language: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will consider changing adult learning funding to fund British Sign Language courses for families of children who are born deaf.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding will be made available for English for Speakers of Other Languages in each of the next five years.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence the Government holds to demonstrate that merging further education colleges will create savings; and what assessment she has carried out...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason her Department's review of further education institutions does not include sixth forms or universities.

      Teachers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of graduate teachers secured a permanent teaching post within a year of graduation in each of the last five years.

      Apprentices and Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to increase the number of (a) young people and (b) young men from deprived areas entering further education...

      Special Educational Needs: Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many one-on-one classroom assistant tuition hours were provided on average each week for children with special educational needs in state schools...

      Social Work: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage the recruitment of graduates into the social work sector.

      Schools: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department holds data on the (a) use and (b) prevalence of setting and streaming in schools in England.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the proportionate level of effect of her Department's proposals for changes in apprenticeship funding, published on 12...

      Grammar Schools: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of grammar school entrants were eligible for free school meals in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Grammar Schools: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average annual spend per pupil was in grammar schools in each region in 2015-16.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of offenders on probation housed in Approved Premises.

    • Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the sale of the contract for Oakhill secure training centre.

      Ministry of Justice: Consultants

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

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she plans to take to ensure adequate care and safeguarding of young people at Medway Secure Training Centre in response to findings of the...

      Sentencing: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what requirements are in place to ensure that the mental health of a defendant is fully considered before sentencing.

      Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners left prisons with settled accommodation in each (a) financial year since 2010 and (b) month since April 2016.

  • Leader of the House

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2016 to Question 43403, what the evidential basis is for his assertion that no hon. Members have handed in the text of their...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Apache AH-64 Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has not negotiated a workshare component in its contract to buy Apache helicopters off-the-shelf from Boeing in the US.

    • Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British airstrikes have been conducted in (a) Iraq from September 2014 to September 2016 and (b) Syria from December 2015 to September 2016.

      Syria: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Brimstone missiles have been used in Syria in each month since December 2015.

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2016 to Question 43906, what forecast he has made of the amount that will be spent on UK defence attachés in...

      Infantry Battle School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of physical training provided at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the supply chain for the Vanguard-successor programme will be procured from the UK.

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent under each cost heading by UK defence attachés in each year since 2005.

      Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps is he taking to ensure that the General Purpose Frigate programme leverages the wider supply chain built up for the Queen Elizabeth-class...

      Warships: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to renew the capabilities provided by the former RFA Diligence for repair and maintenance of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet...

      Defence Business Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what functions undertaken by Defence Business Services are being considered for inclusion in the Corporate Services Integration and Innovation Provider...

      Armed Forces: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) reservists, (b) Cadet Forces adult volunteers and (c) cadets of the three services there are in West Sussex.

      Bassingbourn Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the plans for the use of the Bassingbourn Barracks.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase the level of defence spending that goes to small firms.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on private school fees for children whose parents are stationed (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in the last...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to make a decision on the (a) theme and (b) names of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes to the timetable in the procurement of Type 26 Frigates on (a) jobs, (b) apprenticeships and (c)...

      RAF Fairford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to activate RAF Fairford for use by US visiting forces; and whether he (a) has had or (b) intends to have discussions with...

      Armed Forces: Otterburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of accidents during exercises at the army training ground at Otterburn in each of the...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on Gulf War Syndrome.

      Veterans: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on progress made by the Office for National Statistics in reviewing its decision not to record veteran service...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people applied for the 200 support role vacancies advertised by his Department in May 2016 when it waived the five year British citizenship...

      Forces Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's announcement of 4 October 2015, on the Forces Help to Buy Scheme, whether his Department is on target to achieve an...

      War Widows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to restore compensation for war widows who remarried between 1973 and 2005.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving members of the armed forces have dependent children.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving armed forces personnel are in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance; and in respect of how many children such allowances are...

      Middle East: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are stationed in (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Yemen, (c) Oman, (d) Qatar and (e) UAE.

      Yemen: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received on whether a UK-made cluster munition was (a) found and (b) used in Yemen in the last two years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: SCC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide details of the contracts that his Department has with the technology company SCC.

    • Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time a person making an initial inquiry claiming social security benefit spent...

      Employment: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to encourage and support graduates in finding a job.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the reviews carried out by his Department on the deaths of social security claimants since 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question HL691, if the Government will publish the information it holds on the proportion of...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the Government's welfare reforms on deprivation in (a) Glasgow East constituency, (b) the city...

      Universal Credit: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances compensation will be made available to universal credit claimants as a result of a breach of security that has been...

      Housing Benefit: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the housing benefit cap does not have an adverse financial effect on refuges for domestic...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the ability of companies to fund their long-term pension obligations after the reduction in the Bank of...

      Housing Benefit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the housing benefit cap on the ability of people with severe mental illness to afford suitable...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dog Fighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the incidence of illegal dog fighting.

    • Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that the UK continues to comply with the (a) Bathing Waters Directive and (b) Marine Strategy Framework...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many racehorses (a) died and (b) were destroyed on British racecourses or shortly afterwards due to injury sustained in...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many racehorses (a) died and (b) were destroyed as a result of training injuries in Britain in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and...

      Bees: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from scientists and other experts on the use of neonicotinoids and their effect...

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what grants her Department has paid to the RSPB in each of the last five years; and for what purpose each such grant was paid.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential of rewilding to reduce the risk of flooding in the UK.

      Ports: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the archaeological survey for Sutton Harbour in Plymouth will be allowed to commence.

      Ports: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for the time taken by the Marine Management Organisation to process the licence application for the...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the announcement on page 4 of her Department's publication entitled Central Government Funding for...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the population in (a) Birmingham, Northfield constituency and (b) Birmingham city was homeless in each year...

    • Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to enable communities with neighbourhood plans that are (a) complete and (b) being developed to appeal...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many social houses were (a) built and (b) sold under the Right to Buy scheme in (i) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency,...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2016 to Question 45035, what guidance he has issued on how specific local authorities...

      Local Government: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice his Department has issued on whether there are maximum or minimum permitted size of the population to be served by...

      Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on much (a) Dorset County Council, (b) Bournemouth Borough Council and (c) Poole Council...

  • HM Treasury

    • Valuation Office Agency: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to retain the Valuation Office Agency office at Preston.

    • Housing and Planning Act 2016

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the statutory instruments relating to clause 196 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 will be laid before the House.

      Audit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the next national audit register.

      Small Businesses: Tax Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for small businesses of his Department's plans to introduce quarterly digital tax returns by 2020.

      Treasury: South Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times he has visited South Wales in an official capacity since his appointment; and what future plans he has to visit South Wales.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 17 August 2016 to the Director General, Benefits and Credits,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have registered to vote in the UK since 23 June 2016.

      Cabinet Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2016 to Question 43066, on Cabinet Office: Ministerial policy advisers, whether his Department has now calculated the...

      Digital Technology: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the rollout of digital infrastructure in rural areas as part of the move to deliver public...

      Cabinet Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the pay grade is of each special adviser in his Department.

      Ballot Papers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42682, whether he is taking steps to reduce the number of spoilt ballots in elections.

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are employed for the purposes of working in the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma have been diagnosed in each of the last ten years.

      Ministers: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what annual pension entitlements are due, and to whom, for service as (a) Prime Minister, (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer, (c) Foreign Secretary and...

      Electoral Register: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that residents of women's refuges are automatically entitled to anonymity on the electoral register.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many full-time equivalent trade negotiators his Department has in post (a) in total, (b) with at least a year's experience, (c) with at...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his policy to (a) establish a prosperity zone among countries with similar approaches to the UK to have trade, completion...

      Trade Agreements: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has in place to include the devolved administrations in UK trade negotiations in the future.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in his Department are currently engaged in (a) London and (b) Geneva on World Trade Organisation policy.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff at what civil service grades his Department employs.

      Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings have been held between Ministers of his Department and their international counterparts on future trade deals since his...

      Nuclear Power: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to promote the Cumbrian nuclear industry in international trade negotiations.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Celtic Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had on the BBC's investment in Gaelic broadcasting as part of the BBC Charter Review; and if she will make a...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department provides to rural communities to install their own fibre networks when commercial and other Government...

      Broadband: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the imposition of broadband service cessation fees by...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who is responsible for taking action against data users who misuse personal data; and what sanctions are available to that body.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what toilet facilities her Department provides for transgender people.

      World Expo: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will meet representatives of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish to discuss...

      Scots Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the contribution of Scottish Gaelic language to British culture and the creative industries.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to initiate a further review of gambling advertising to follow up the review by the Industry Group for...

      Broadcasting Programmes: Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to include in the BBC Charter a commitment to broadcast a minimum of 10 hours of in-house Gaelic...

      Lake District National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support the Lake District National Park Partnership in its bid for status as a UNESCO World...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of medical staff to administrators is in the NHS.

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to introduce new care models across the UK similar to those introduced in England to date.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the findings of the report of CLIC Sargent, Cancer costs: financial impact of childhood cancer revealed, published on 1 September 2016,...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been provided to prevent and tackle Group B Strep infection among pregnant women in the last five years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of nurses (a) qualifying and (b) subsequently working in the UK.

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the CLIC Sargent report of 1 September 2016, entitled Cancer costs: financial impact of childhood cancer revealed, what assessment his...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals are forecast to (a) open and (b) close in each of the next five years for which figures are available.

      Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust: Cerner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has paid Cerner in the last 10 years.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government plans to take to (a) reduce the number of patients receiving an incorrect initial heart diagnosis and (b) provide the correct...

      NHS England: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) job description and (b) salary is of the Head of the NHS England EU Transition Team.

      NHS England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual budget is of the NHS England EU Transition Team; and what the remit of that team is.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Sustainability and Transformation plans will be (a) made public and (b) fully consulted on before being implemented.

      Department of Health: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what activities have been undertaken by (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department at (i) Richmond House, London and (ii) Quarry House, Leeds to...

      Department of Health: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what toilet facilities there are for transgender people at his Department at (a) Richmond House, London and (b) Quarry House, Leeds.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's paper, Infected Blood: Government Response to Consultation on Reform of Financial and Other Support, published in July...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's paper, Infected Blood: Government Response to Consultation on Reform of Financial and Other Support, published in July...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how much the administration of (a) the discretionary support scheme and (b) the stage 1 hepatitis C special appeals...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a date for the introduction of (a) the 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18 additional support packages for people who were infected with contaminated...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 3.26 of his Department's paper, Infected blood: Government Response to Consultation on Reform of Financial and Other Support,...

      Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44738 and with reference to the Report by Mazars, entitled Independent review of deaths of people...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether restrictions on advertising and promotional deals on unhealthy foods were included in drafts of the Government's childhood obesity plan prior to...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the implementation of the General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) hon. Members, (b) members of the local authority and (c) the public are consulted about the sustainability and...

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitor student training places were commissioned in each year since 2010.

      Mental Illness: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adults have take their own life while in inpatient mental health care in each year since 2010.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to conduct a review to assess the public health effect of the reduction in the number of health visitor posts in England.

      Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the appointment of the former Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Trust to a new £240,000...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's legal costs have been in connection with the judicial review on HIV PrEP to date.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical trials relating to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma have taken place in each year since 2010.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been made available for research into paediatric brain tumours in each year since 2005.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from patient organisations on the results of the NHS England clinical policy prioritisation process for specialised...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the results of the provisional investment decisions for specialised services.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been allocated to finding treatment for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma in (a) each of the past three years and (b) 2016-17.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Sanitation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what toilet facilities there are for transgender people at the Government Equalities Office at (a) the Sanctuaries Building, London and (b)...

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (HL783), whether they have now considered the judge's remarks made during Taiwo v Olaigbe and...

  • Department for Education

    • Prisoners: GCSE

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 8 July (HL849), what is the difference in the rate of GCSE attainment between prisons where...

    • Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 1 August (HL1311), what progress has been made so far in relation to the consultation on the future of Sure...

  • Department of Health

    • Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last meeting of the Public Health Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network was held, what actions have been taken since that meeting, and when the next...

    • NHS: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the NHS England Research and Development plan for 2016–17; if so, when, and if not, why not.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of the European Health Insurance Card in the light of the EU referendum result.

      Thyroid Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 25 July (HL1340), what assessment they have made of the relative clinical benefits of the drug...

      Thyroid Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to put in place to ensure that patients with radioiodine refractory differentiated thyroid cancer can receive all effective...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their plan to reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity, in what practical ways they intend to increase physical activity amongst children...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Prior of Brampton on 22 October 2015 (HL Deb, col GC37), what progress has been made in establishing across the country a...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their plan to reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity, in the light of the absence of...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why in some areas doctors will not prescribe the blood testing strips for use in devices intended to help control blood glucose levels.

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is not possible to get a device which keeps track of a diabetic's blood glucose levels for up to eight hours, or continuously, on the NHS.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their total expenditure on military action in Syria and Iraq.

    • Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fixed-wing jet trainees are projected to graduate from the Ascent Flight Training programme between 2016 and 2019; and when the programme is due to...

      HMS Ocean

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned out-of-service date for HMS Ocean, and how her landing platform helicopter capabilities will be provided prior to the entry into service...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance the MoD will give to serving and ex-service personnel to sue Public Interest Lawyers and their individual partners for the stress caused by...

      Warships: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the refits of HMS Dauntless and HMS Lancaster will commence.

      Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which five Type 23 frigates will be replaced by the new light frigate, and what are the planned out-of-service dates for each.

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