Written answers

Thursday, 15 September 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Local Partnerships: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure his Department has given to local partnerships to date; and what estimate he has made of the value of his...

    • Financial Institutions: Incentives

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to discourage the financial sector from using performance bonuses in his Autumn Statement.

      Concentrix: Standards

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2016 to Question 44771, how he has evaluated the performance of Concentrix against each target as set out in the...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to publish legislation to create the National Infrastructure Commission as a statutory body.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Arrears

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to change HM Revenue and Customs practice of not repaying incorrectly withheld arrears or underpaid tax credits to claimants as a lump sum.

      Child Tax Credit: Appeals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce any hardship associated with the target of 42 days to resolve appeals on child tax credit claims.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has conducted research on the effect of a suspension of child tax credit payments when a change in circumstance has been assumed.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of child tax credit have had their payments restored following investigation in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters his Department has sent to recipients of tax credits cancelling payments because of claims by HM Revenue and Customs that an unreported...

  • Prime Minister

    • World Expo: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has held discussions with Ministerial colleagues on Manchester's bid to host the 2025 World Expo.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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...

    • Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much universal credit has been overpaid in each year since roll-out began; and how much of that overpayment has been recoverable.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff are employed by his Department to investigate claims from HM Revenue and Customs that an unreported adult is living in the home...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to amend the eligibility criteria for pension credit so that all men and women aged 60 and above can access that...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date he expects the full roll-out of universal credit to be completed.

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people affected by the closure of SSI Redcar have been supported back into employment through the Rapid Response Service.

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding has been provided to the Rapid Response Service to support those affected by the closure of SSI Redcar in 2015.

      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, what processes his Department uses to collect information on allegations of...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will exempt crisis, refuge and homeless accommodation from any extension to the Local Housing Allowance cap.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish its review into supported accommodation; and whether it has carried out an impact assessment on the...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the Exchequer was of providing free television licences to people over 75 years of age in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 for...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what investigations his Department carries out to confirm the accuracy of information provided by HM Revenue and Customs that an unreported...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of asylum-seeking minors in France with family members in the UK.

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to (a) ensure effective consultation with the Muslim community on the provision of the proposed Counter-Extremism and...

      Hanif Qureshi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department took to assess the grounds for granting a visa to Mufti Hanif Qureshi.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that there is not a backlog of visa applications after the UK leaves the EU.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees the UK will accept in each of the next five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the lead time required for the introduction of a redesigned British passport; and if she...

      UK Border Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Border Force has adequate staffing levels at major ports and airports to ensure (a) high...

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what work her Department is doing with other countries to support refugees with family members in the UK with their asylum claims.

      Asylum: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with (a) Germany, (b) Sweden and (c) other European countries on best practice for the management of the system...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what psychological support the Government is providing to lone children in Europe.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public protection orders or other legal instruments are available to prevent adults without violent or sexual convictions working with...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children have entered the UK under the refugee family reunion rules in each of the last three years.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has conducted surveys with asylum seekers accommodated under her Compass contracts on what they felt about their (a) housing and...

      Refugees: Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Yazidi refugees have been supported into the UK from (a) Syria and (b) Iraq through the (i) Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme,...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2016 to Question 42791, if she will publish the list her Department holds of the registered social...

      Immigration Controls: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to support the management of the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland border when the UK leaves the EU.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees who have medical evidence that they are vulnerable persons have suffered (a) state and (b) non-state violence.

      Asylum: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted asylum in the UK on the grounds of a well-founded fear of persecution on account of religion in each year...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the finding of the Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees currently in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre who claim to have suffered persecution in their home country claim to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the service standard is for cases handled by the Complex Casework Directorate.

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of applying the narrower Article 1 definition of torture in the draft guidance on adults at risk...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the growth of and strength of local business associations and trade partnerships in Northern...

    • Coastal Areas: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has taken steps to support the Northern Ireland Executive in the regeneration of coastal areas in Northern Ireland.

      Electricity Interconnectors: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of progress in negotiations with the Irish Government towards the construction of the North South Electricity...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2016 to Question 40553, whether (a) local Health and Wellbeing Boards, (b) Clinical Commissioning Groups, (c) NHS...

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Coast, Humber and Vale.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent staff from (a) his Department, (b) NHS England, (c) NHS commissioners, (d) NHS providers and (e) local authorities are...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of mobile surgical health theatres; and whether such centres are included in the Sustainability and...

      Health Services: Mid Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on delivering the integration of primary and community services with seven-day access in Mid Sussex constituency since 2015-16.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital with malnutrition in England in 2015-16.

      General Practitioners: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on accident and emergency services waiting times of homeless people being unable to access GP services.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made on reducing the time taken to publish UK suicide statistics.

      Drugs: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an estimate of the annual (a) volume and (b) value of medicines supplied by Israeli-owned or Israeli-based companies to the NHS.

      Department of Health: EU Nationals

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

      Gender Recognition: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to localise provision of treatment for transgender people in order to minimise the distance patients have to travel...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on including measures to tackle price promotions in the childhood obesity strategy prior to...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of current (a) healthcare professional staffing levels and (b) resources to achieve a seven-day NHS.

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on general practitioners of the affordability of personal medical indemnity.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of NHS trusts that submit the mandatory required data on secondary breast cancer.

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the sample size from which NHS England concluded that second stem cell transplants for patients with blood cancer will be...

      Diabetes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on drugs related to diabetes in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Analgesics: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of prescribing (a) paracetamol, (b) ibuprofen and (c) asprin in (i) England, (ii) each English region and (iii) in each...

      Slaughterhouses: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the Foods Standards Agency to review the licence granted for BHM Food Group Ltd to operate an abattoir in Boosbeck.

      Lyme Disease: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve GP training for the diagnosis of Lyme disease.

      General Practitioners: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries do not have access to a high-speed broadband internet connection in each region.

      Lyme Disease: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has plans to improve the quality of Lyme disease tests.

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage a greater awareness of the (a) symptoms, (b) diagnosis, (c) research, (d) treatment and (e) support for...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed in (a) Liverpool and (b) England in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners in (a) Merseyside and (b) London spent more than six weeks in prison in-patient units for (i) mental and (ii) physical health...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths by suicide have been recorded in England among people within (a) seven days, (b) 14 days and (c) one month of being released from prison...

      Death Certificates: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the fees paid to medical professionals for death certifications in (a) the North East and (b) England in each of...

      Katrina Percy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS Improvement on Katrina Percy since 7 June 2016.

      Paracetamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to the NHS was of paracetamol prescribed by GPs in each of the last five years.

      Chronic Illnesses: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from clinical experts and health economists on prescription charges for people with long-term medical conditions.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has had any meetings with representatives of the Prescription Charges Coalition.

      European Medicines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department expects the European Medicines Agency London headquarters to be relocated.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of women dying as a result of breast cancer.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Astrophysics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the outcome of the EU referendum does not have an adverse effect on...

    • Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to improve the performance of the Feed-in Tariff scheme for solar power.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a breakdown of the costs incurred in the creation of his Department.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many British students have studied at universities in other European countries as part of the Erasmus programme in...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it remains Government policy to (a) offer specific financial support to the UK steel industry and (b) take a 25...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications his Department has received for modifications and adapted housing in each year from 2010 to date.

    • Armed Forces: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel are based in Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.

      Antiaircraft Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected lifespan is of the Sea Ceptor Anti-Air Missile System.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times his Department has used the services of (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) other...

    • Planning: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the (a) social and (b) other effects on rural areas of paragraph 49 of the National Planning...

      Planning Permission: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the economy of the time taken to process planning applications.

      Homelessness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the concluding observations of the recent UN Committee on the Rights of the Child fifth Period Report, what...

      Mayors: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to lay draft regulations on the conduct of the regional mayoral elections planned for May 2017.

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of planned business rates rises on existing commercial solar rooftop...

      European Union Solidarity Fund: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on finalising the Government's application to the EU Solidarity Fund for flood relief...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many citizens of EU countries other than the UK work in (a) his Department and (b) agencies and other bodies for which his Department is responsible.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his Department's policy to ensure that trade negotiations are linked to the UK's human rights obligations.

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his policy is on the export of UK arms to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if his Department will conduct a review into the export of UK arms to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to implement the actions identified for it in the Government's Ending Violence against Women...

    • Government Equalities Office: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what activities (a) she and (b) officials of the Government Equalities Office have undertaken to promote breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to (a) ensure that support services for transgender people are made more accessible and localised and (b) enhance...

      Civil Partnerships and Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many (a) civil partnerships, (b) conversions of civil partnerships into marriages and (c) same sex marriages have taken place since 10 December 2014.

      LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to page eight of the Government's response to the First Report of the Women and Equalities Committee of Session 2015-16, on...

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Transport Systems Catapult plans to publish its report on current and future skills for the intelligent mobility sector.

    • Driverless Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its response to the call for evidence on driverless vehicle testing facilities which closed in July 2016.

      Submarines: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's report on the collision between the stern trawler MV Karen and a dived Royal Navy submarine...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what payments his Department has made or is projected to make to Network Rail in respect of the rail network used by Govia Thameslink Railway for each...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) has been and (b) is the projected balance between the fee paid to Govia Thameslink Railway for delivering the current franchise and the...

      Bypasses: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce when construction of the Isham bypass in Wellingborough constituency will (a) commence and (b) be finished.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45389, and with reference to his Department's press release, End of the road for grey speed...

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45155, at which stations will planned Control Period 5 Access for all improvements be deferred...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of accessible taxis.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve access to public transport for disabled people.

      A14: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on designing and planning the new junction 10A on the A14 near Kettering; and when that junction is expected to be built.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid in compensation for train delays by Network Rail to Govia Thameslink Railway related to Southern railway in each of the last four years.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the role of transport infrastructure in delivering economic growth.

      Vauxhall Motors: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Vauxhall on safety standards of the Zafira model; and if he will make a statement.

      London-Brighton Railway Line: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what long-term investment plans the Government has to improve the Brighton Main Line.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding on passenger rail services.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce a graduated driving licensing system for young drivers.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the Government has received on the operations of Daesh in Yemen.

    • Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to expand the list of Iranians responsible for human rights violations.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support an end to the conflict in Yemen.

      Yemen: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate his Department's spending related to the crisis in Yemen.

  • Department for International Development

    • Bangladesh: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of the Government's aid to Bangladesh which is allocated to tackle child...

    • Yemen: Department for International Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate her Department's spending related to the crisis in Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the number of (a) refugees, (b) internally displaced persons and (c) persons of concern resulting from conflict...

      Kurds: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department provides for medical support for internally displaced people in Kurdistan.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with officials in her Department on the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on...

      Department for International Development: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of which policy areas in her Department will be affected by the UK vote to leave the EU.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has made to reallocate UK aid funding from cross-EU funds and programmes.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of overseas development assistance she estimates will be spent by departments other than her Department for each year...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many full-time equivalent officials in her Department have been seconded to the Department for Exiting the European Union; and...

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase investment in decentralised renewable energy to benefit the world's poorest people.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to prevent self-employed adults with violent convictions providing extracurricular classes or sessions to children for sports...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that apprenticeships are undertaken by people in less affluent households.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the availability of social workers throughout the adoption process.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Skills Funding Agency on that body's proposal to reduce 16-18 apprenticeship funding.

      Universities: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote closer links between UK and non-EU universities.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies have been removed from their multi academy trust on the initiative of (a) Regional School Commissioner and (b) Minister in each of...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the procedures are for people involved in assessing applications for the Condition Improvement Fund to contact applicants seeking further...

      Education Funding Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff at the Education Funding Agency assist with assessing applications to the Condition Improvement Fund; and how many staff assisted with...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications were made for funding for substantial building repair work at (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in 2015-16; and how many...

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will ensure that the current number of places in adult education classes on numeracy and literacy will be maintained following the...

      Academies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many multi-academy trusts her Department has closed in each year since 2010.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2016 to Question 43735, how many decisions to approve or decline applications from maintained schools to convert...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2016 to Question 43274, what estimate she has made of how many people will attend an Executive Educators programme...

      Pupils: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that appropriate pastoral and other support is available in schools for people who identify as transgender.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children receiving free school meals obtained five GCSEs, including English and mathematics in each local authority area in England...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of children from each local authority area in England go to university in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that nurseries have sufficient funding to afford access to early years teachers.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) how much funding and (b) how many full-time equivalent staff will be transferred to her Department from the former Department for Business,...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the differences are in the requirements for proposed new grammar schools and existing grammar schools for fairer access.

      Education Funding Agency: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Education Funding Agency has in place for the use of the former East Ham police station.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that every apprenticeship includes formal training.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on consumers of the practice by certain mobile phone companies of enforcing a two-week wait...

    • Arts: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether UK citizens remain eligible to apply for grants from the Creative Europe scheme for grants that potentially last beyond the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the lessons to be learned from the policies undertaken by the Department for...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to recruit additional staff to meet the additional workload arising from preparations to leave the EU and...

      Local Air Quality Management: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff of her Department work on Local Air Quality Management support matters.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to replace existing clean air EU directives with...

      Farms: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of registered farm businesses which have access to superfast broadband.

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to announce her decision on the Scottish Government's consultation on the five remaining cross-border or...

      European Landscape Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to implement provisions in the European Landscape Convention.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which treaties the UK is a signatory to as a member of the EU which will require renegotiation as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent steps he has taken to decide the immigration system to be implemented upon the UK leaving the EU.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans for the UK to initiate Article 50; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many citizens of other EU countries work in his Department.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many (a) consultants and (b) seconded staff (i) are working or (ii) have been recruited to work at his Department; and from which...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings he has had to date with HM Government of Gibraltar on exiting the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings he has (a) had to date and (b) scheduled for a future date with trades unions.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many citizens of other EU countries work in (a) his Department and (b) agencies and other bodies for which his Department is responsible.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to implement the actions identified for it in the Government's Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy...

    • Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time is from first appearance to trial in magistrates' courts in (a) all cases and (b) cases that proceed at the first trial...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many crimes have been committed by people on post-conviction bail, by each category of offence, in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to address increases in deaths by suicide among women in prison.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to prevent people being released from prison without support because they could not be transferred to a resettlement prison.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will review entry to employment in the National Probation Service to (a) enable more public sector staff to access the vacancies in that service...

      Prison Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total cost to the public purse of prison officer recruitment was in each quarter since June 2013.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to educate prisoners nearing release so that they are able better to reintegrate into society.

      Law Reporting: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to date has been of the current tender process for civil and crown court reporting and transcribing services.

      Law Reporting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the proposed budget is for court reporting and transcribing services after the completion of the current tender process.

      Law Reporting: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on court reporting and transcribing services in (a) civil and (b) Crown courts in England and Wales in each financial year since...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the members of the committee that oversees special advisers' pay are.

    • Policy Lab

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister oversees the Policy Innovation Lab.

      Extended Ministerial Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any ministerial extended offices have been set up since 13 July 2016.

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Car Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has access to the Government Car Services.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets he has set for the senior talent team in his Department since taking up office.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answers given on 21 July 2016 to Questions 43013 and 43014, what information his Department holds on legal advice expenditure by the (a)...

      Honours: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made by the Cabinet Secretary on his inquiry into the recent leak of information concerning honours and peerages.

      Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on ministerial red boxes in the last 12 months.

      Government Digital Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his plans are for the future of the Government Digital Service; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that regulations governing the exploitation on a significant scale of shale gas by fracking will be robust and will...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of India about allowing a delegation of members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir for...

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 24 November 2015 (HL3593), whether it is their policy to continue the UK–Germany...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the security and political stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the planned referendum in the entity of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks regarding litigation over the Balfour Declaration made by the Foreign Affairs Minister and the President of the Palestinian...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks made by the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian Authority calling for legal action against the UK over the Balfour...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 19 July (HL1204), whether they will now list the competent courts that can recognise genocide.

      Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on relations between the UK and Turkey of the closure of media outlets in Turkey following the attempted coup of 15 July.

      India: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of violence against Dalits and minorities in India, and what discussions they have had with the government of India about that...

      India: Dalits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of India’s National Crime Records Bureau that, in a three-year period there was an almost 40 per cent...

      India: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Joint Statement of UK anti-caste organisations submitted on 18 August to the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, the...

      North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following North Korea’s launch of three ballistic missiles on 5 September, the UN Security Council will be convened to consider the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication of the review of Islamist extremism in prisons and the probation and youth justice services, in what ways they plan to...

    • Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Offender Management Service plan to adopt a regime based on isolation and solitary confinement for all those Muslim prisoners who are assessed as...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Males

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of men now aged between 58 and 62 inclusive who are aware that they will not receive their state pension when they...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters they have written to (1) women, and (2) men, to inform them of changes to their state pension age; of those letters sent out, how many were...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the number of women who were unaware in (1) 2011, (2) 2012 and (3) 2013, that the Pensions Act 1995 had changed their...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to inform people what their individual state pension age will be (1) directly using individual letters, and (2) indirectly such...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters the Department for Work and Pensions has received from Members of Parliament since May 2015 on behalf of women who have complained about the...

      Occupational Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Department for Work and Pensions has taken to inform employers and pension scheme members of the implications for those on low pay of using a...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government  how many non-associated multi-employer defined benefit pension schemes in the UK are covered by the Pension Protection Fund, and what estimate they...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Starter Home Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total cost, by 2020, of the discounts available under the starter homes scheme created by the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

    • Starter Home Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total untaxed capital gains that will accrue to the beneficiaries of the starter homes scheme by 2020, taking into...

      Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the guidance issued under the Building Regulations 2010, in particular that guidance relating to fire safety.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the emerging findings of the Local Government Association’s Housing Commission report Building our Homes: communities...

      Council Tax: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of extending the council tax referendum provisions introduced by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 to...

      Local Government: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests have been received from local authorities in the last three years for permission to sell land at undervalue under section 123 of the Local...

      Government Departments: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public land held by central government departments and their agencies has been disposed of for house building since 2012, broken down by department.

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the target date for the 73 councils across England to complete their brownfield registers.

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities (1) have applied for Secretary of State consent for discretionary landlord licensing schemes since new rules were introduced in 2015,...

  • Department of Health

    • Drugs: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the paper presented to members of the Ethical Medicines Industry Group on 5 September, stating that new drugs and treatments can be...

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