Written answers

Friday, 16 September 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers are available to local authorities and what enforcement action can local authorities take to prevent cars parking at public bus stops.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 8 August 2016 on homes and the adoption of private roads.

      London Airports: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much private funding (a) Heathrow Airport and (b) Gatwick Airport declared to the Government would be invested as part of its expansion plans.

      Driverless Vehicles: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the development of fully autonomous taxis.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average processing time is for claims for the return of driving licences withdrawn on medical grounds; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 12 of Highways England's annual report, published in August 2016, whether Highways England is on track to meet its target of...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has made to rail franchises on above inflation rail increases.

      Highways England: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 21 of the Annual Report and Accounts of Highways England, published in August 2016, HC 529, what forecast he has made of when...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the haulage industry on the reported shortage of HGV drivers.

      London Airports: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of airport expansion at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick Airport on job creation in...

      Leeds-Bradford Airport: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the lack of a direct route between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow Airport on Yorkshire's economy...

      Leeds-Bradford Airport: BRIC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers from Leeds Bradford Airport travelled to (a) Brazil, (b) Russia, (c) India and (d) China via Heathrow Airport in 2015.

      Aviation: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many annual flight movements between airports in Yorkshire and the Humber and (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick Airport took place in each year between...

      Aviation: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers from airports across northern England travelled to (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Schiphol Airport in 2015.

      Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many business cases for projects were submitted to his Department in the 2015-16 financial year in each region; and what the value was of (a)...

      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.

      Tintwistle, Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide an update on his Department's preparations for the Mottram by-pass.

      Roads: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) local authorities and (b) other organisations on which (i) key net roads and (ii) highway...

  • Home Office

    • Security Industry Authority: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time taken was to respond to email enquiries by the Security Industry Authority in each month since January 2016.

    • Security Industry Authority: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Security Industry Authority has met its performance target of 80 per cent of applications being processed within 25 days in each...

      Security Industry Authority: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to process applications and renewals by the Security Industry Authority in each month since January 2016.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has in place to compensate individuals who have lost their job as a result of delays...

      Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been issued on the criteria used for deployment of police air support when a vehicle has failed to stop.

      Police: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the availability of police dogs nationally; and what estimate she has made of the number of police forces...

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) encourage police officers and police community support officers (PCSO) to report assaults sustained in the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of response officers (a) working as a single crew and (b) responding to 999 calls alone.

      Spit Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of spit hoods and the extent of their use by police forces.

      Radicalism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the counter extremism strategy.

      Asylum: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of training of assessors for asylum applications where religious persecution is the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Cost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will discuss with Cabinet colleagues prioritising the UK's continuing membership of and participation in the COST...

    • Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prepare an industrial strategy as a result of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage companies to capitalise on markets that make use of satellite data, such as...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans for the proposed UK spaceport to have vertical launch capacity.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage investment in British space and satellite companies.

      Motor Vehicles: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research his Department is undertaking on standards for short-range vehicle-to-vehicle and...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will pursue an expanded national space programme alongside the UK's contribution to the European Space Agency.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on UK business of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Uzbekistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the future leadership of Uzbekistan following the death of President Karimov.

    • Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take in respect of the recommendations in paragraph 41 of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial...

      Kashmir: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage a de-escalation of violence in Kashmir in response to the recent unrest in that region.

      South Korea: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the South Korean government on the dog meat trade.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the large increase in public sector contracts going out to tender since the EU referendum.

    • Government Departments: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy that all Government departments undertake a cross-cutting review on the effect of their policies on (a) inequalities in...

      Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2016 to Question 40168, what proportion of Civil Service Fast Streamers undertook a regional placement in each fiscal...

      Government Digital Service: Resignations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in the Government Digital Service have left his Department since 13 July 2016.

      Cabinet Office: Career Breaks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have applied for career breaks in the last 12 months.

      Honours: Males

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 44840, on honours: males, if he will take steps to ensure that all future press releases on...

      Cabinet Office: Heathrow Airport Limited

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of staff departing from (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office who accepted jobs with Heathrow...

      Cabinet Office: Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff have been seconded into his Department from outside the Civil Service in the last 12 months.

      Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current work priorities are of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

  • Attorney General

    • Bail

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will list by offence type the number and proportion of cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service has opposed bail on the grounds of the associated person...

    • Stalking: Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney General, what his policy is on offences under section 4A of the Protection from Harassment 1998 Act being referred to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of undue leniency.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

    • Kurds: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government is providing to the Kurdistan regional government related to internally displaced people in that region.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to (a) support the Yemen economy and (b) ensure that there is an adequate supply of food and oil imports.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to raise the profile of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the potential for a mass civilian...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government donated to the UN Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan in 2015-16; and how much the Government plans to donate to...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all children complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential trends in the cost of tuition fees to students over the next 10 years.

    • Higher Education: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school leavers in each of the local authorities of the Liverpool City Region who were (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals...

      Department for Education: EU Nationals

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

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans to ensure that the forthcoming review of fair funding for early years education will include measures to help close the attainment gap...

      Grammar Schools: Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of grammar school entrants are in receipt of the pupil premium in (a) England and (b) each region.

      Languages: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the potential effect of the decreasing uptake of languages at A-level on (a) the...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps have been taken to ensure that teachers are able to identify the progress of students in (a) English language, (b) English literature and...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential risks to further and higher education in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK of the UK leaving the EU.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on gender equality of school uniforms.

      Pre-school Education: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of boys aged under five who have not achieved expected standards of language and communication.

      Nurseries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that more nurseries employ qualified early years teachers.

      Pre-school Education: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to close the gap in language and communication skills between boys aged five and under from disadvantaged backgrounds and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Administration of Justice: Audio Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether litigants in person have a right to receive copies of audio recordings of cases they have been involved in; and whether any charge is levied for...

    • Forensic Science: Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect of current timescales for the return of forensic evidence on the length of time court cases are taking to...

      Prisoners: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) male prisoners who are homosexual and (ii) female prisoners who are lesbian.

      Mental Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to publish the Government's review of Section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of (i) male and (ii) female offenders were sent to prison by (A) offence type and (B) number of previous...

      First Offenders: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of (i) male and (ii) female offenders by offence type were sent to prison for their first offence in each year...

      First Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women were sentenced for a first offence of wounding with intent in each of the last 10 years; what the sentence was in each...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious further offences were committed between (a) June 2015 and June 2016 and (b) June 2013 and June 2014.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the ability of Working Links to provide a good quality service at Wales, Avon Bristol and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to publish the findings of the Probation Service Review.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) on how many occasions, (b) in which prisons and (c) for what incidents the (i) Tornado Team was called, (ii) Gold Command was opened and (iii)...

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training her Department plans to provide for prison officers working in extremism segregation units; and how much such training will cost.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to issue its response to the consultation on proposals for fees for the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that re-offending rates are reduced.

      Courts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether officials of her Department have discussed with non-governmental bodies proposals for further court closures in Greater London in the next 10...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of women were categorised as on a basic regime in prison in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14 July 2016, HCWS89, on the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in what cases...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: EU Nationals

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

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what contingency plan his Department has to address increases in the time taken to process planning applications by local...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many women's refuges operated in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of women's refuge services; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) membership and (b) terms of reference are of the Park Homes Working Groups.

      Accommodation Agencies: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fines have been issued to letting agents for failure to publicise their fees to landlords and prospective tenants...

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to reduce the planned increases in business rates on solar rooftops from April 2017; and if he will make...

  • Scotland Office

    • Employment: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department has taken to encourage investment and growth in the number of jobs in Glasgow East constituency.

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons there is a difference between the 30-day and the 42-day limit for HM Revenue and Customs and Concentrix to reply to mandatory...

    • World Expo: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on Manchester's bid to host the World Expo in 2025.

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the need to simplify the PAYE system; and whether the Government plans to take any steps to simplify that...

      World Expo: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with representatives of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Manchester's bid to...

      World Expo: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on providing support for Manchester's bid to host the World Expo in 2025.

      World Expo

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on regional trade growth in the UK of hosting the 2025 World Expo.

      Revenue and Customs: Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to Question 44728, how many (a) amended and (b) cancelled tax credit claims account for the savings in annually managed expenditure...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work his Department has done to assess the potential effect of the soft drinks industry levy on levels of obesity in children and teenagers.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what his policy is on future UK membership of Europol.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who has accompanied him on each of his foreign visits in his official ministerial capacity since the establishment of his Department.

    • Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value was of exports to non-EU destinations from (a) the Port of Felixstowe, (b) the Port of Southampton, (c) Gatwick Airport and...

      Investment and Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential risks to (a) trade and (b) investment of the UK leaving the EU for (i) Glasgow, (ii) Scotland...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Youth Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on the number of youth centres planned for closure in 2016-17.

    • Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of making the provision of youth services a statutory duty for councils.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies and those of local authorities of the findings of the Unison report,...

      Tourism: Battles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to promote battlefield tourism in (a) England and (b) Northam in Torridge and West Devon constituency.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the availability of health visiting services on patients receiving those services; and if he will...

    • Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to maintain or increase the number of district nurses; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department will take to monitor the number of UCAS applications for nursing courses in the next two years; and what contingency planning...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the availability of health visiting and school nursing services on health outcomes...

      Junior Doctors and Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average employer pension contribution is for a (a) junior doctor and (b) teacher; and what the average private sector employer contribution is...

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the potential financial loss incurred by a junior doctor would be for each week of strike action.

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average lifetime allowance on retirement is for existing consultants and GPs; and what the average private sector pension pot is on retirement.

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of five days' strike action by junior doctors each month until the end of 2016 on the...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse is of training a (a) consultant, (b) junior doctor, (c) GP and (d) nurse.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times he has met the Interim Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee since 7 July 2016.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many negotiation meetings his Department and NHS Employers have had with the BMA on the junior doctors' contract since 2013.

      Junior Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected pension benefits at normal pension age are for a junior doctor commencing training in August 2016 if they become a (a) consultant and...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what maternity pay is received by (a) junior doctors, (b) teachers, (c) police officers and (d) firefighters.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 1.10 of his Department's paper, Inflected blood: Government Response to Consultation on Reform of Financial and Other...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the special appeals process for people infected with Stage 1 Hepatitis C as a result of receiving contaminated blood will be managed by (a) his...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total budget in each year of the Spending Review Period will be for the new support package for people affected by contaminated blood.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 4.4 of his Department's document, Infected blood: Government Response to Consultation on Reform of Financial and Other...

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department makes available to families who are supporting relatives with Huntington's disease.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new single trust to be set up in 2017-18 to support people affected by contaminated blood will redirect all postage, telephone calls and...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether enhanced payments for people infected with Stage 1 Hepatitis C as a result of receiving contaminated blood will be backdated to April 2016 if...

      Blood: Contamination

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

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans that the new, single trust for people affected by contaminated blood will be a registered charity; whether he plans that that trust will...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who his Department plans to consult before finalising details of the reformed discretionary support scheme for people affected by the contaminated blood...

      Huntington's Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of help and support available to people with Huntington's disease.

      Huntington's Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the development of treatments for Huntington's disease.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date HPV vaccinations were made available to men who have sex with men; and how many such men have received that vaccination since that date.

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NICE has assessed the potential merits of producing guidance for managing delivery and birth in twin pregnancies; and if he will make a statement.

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of research into sickle cell disease in meeting the needs of people with that disease.

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have sickle cell disease in the UK; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision to improve the quality of life and life...

      Department of Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's (a) £10 million payment to the Macfarlane Trust in 1987 and (b) £500,000 payment to the Eileen Trust in 1993 was...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on reducing required variations in the care provided to people with diabetes.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Government's recently-published childhood obesity action plan, how he plans to work with the public health community to ensure that...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of kidney transplants in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland in each year since 2011; and if he will...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government takes to establish whether a woman is pregnant while in detention at an immigration removal centre.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to discourage pregnant mothers from consuming alcohol during pregnancy.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 7 July 2016 to Questions 41448 and 41439, what his Department's priorities are for the 7th Conference of the Parties to the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding is given annually by the UK to assist refugee projects in the Middle East.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding the Department for International Development is making available for family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights this year.

      Climate Change: Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with international partners on tackling the difficulties being experienced by low-lying island states due to rises in sea...

      Burundi: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans are in place to provide humanitarian aid in the event of a poor harvest in Burundi.

      Rwanda: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the government of Rwanda to tackle levels of inequality there.

      Developing Countries: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential contribution of addressing childhood cancer to the third Sustainable Development Goal.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments of Baroness Goldie on 8 September (HL Deb, col GC173), how much UK aid has been given in total to Pakistan over the past five years,...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will decide whether the airport at St Helena will open to commercial traffic; what criteria will be used in making that decision; and when they expect...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish and place in the Library of both Houses the Met Office Report on climatology and wind shear relating to St Helena airport,...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish all representations they have received following the delay in opening the airport at St Helena to commercial traffic.

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what detailed research was carried out into potential problems with the proposed airport at St Helena before the contract was signed in 2011, and what were...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what enquiries they have received regarding compensation claims arising from the delay in the opening of St Helena airport to commercial traffic, and what...

      St Helena: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with Comair, the preferred bidder for commercial air services to St Helena, and with what outcome.

      Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to increase access to information about health and health care for both members of the public and health workers globally.

      Healthcare Information for All

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of Health Information for All.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to eradicate the presence of asbestos on school sites in England and Wales.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Youth Clubs: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many youth centres have been closed since 2010 and what assessment they have made of the impact of those closures on young people.

    • Youth Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many youth service staff posts have been removed since 2010 and what assessment have they made of the affect of the reduced provision for young people.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what purpose is served by the National Citizen Service; who benefits from its provision; and what diversity data is available relating to that service.

      Sports Competitors: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Olympic Games in Rio, and the potential adverse impact on funding for elite athletes of Brexit, what steps they will take to ensure proper...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Olympic Games in Rio, what steps they will take to encourage greater participation in sport in the UK, in particular among women and ethnic...

      Busking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution that busking makes to community life.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the draft BBC Charter and Agreement will be laid before Parliament.

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow publicly owned museums and art galleries to impose charges for entry.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied child refugees have been transferred to the UK under the terms of the Immigration Act 2016 from (1) France, (2) Italy, and (3) Greece.

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many child refugees have been transferred to the UK because they had an existing family connection in the UK from (1) France, (2) Greece, and (3) Italy,...

      Fires

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) domestic fires, and (2) fires in industrial and commercial buildings, were recorded in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, and (c) 2015; and what estimate they...

      Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish the Short Term Holding Facility Rules and the statutory guidance governing such facilities following the most recent...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied child refugees have been accepted into the UK since the passing of the Immigration Act 2016.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that their pledge to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 is honoured.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that regular updates of the list of Tier 4 visa sponsors are published when sponsors are found not to be compliant with...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals have been tasered by the police in England since 2012 and what protected diversity characteristics applied to each individual.

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish details of the Islamist de-radicalisation treatment and of the organisations that deliver it.

      British Nationals Abroad: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide details of the de-radicalisation programmes used for British Jihadis returning from Iraq and Syria, including (1) how many have...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have agreed to accept Syrian refugees.

      Mobile Phones: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits to the police and intelligence agencies in combatting terrorism and crime of making it mandatory for...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether new guidance has been issued to the police on female genital mutilation following the Serious Crime Act 2015, and if so, when.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat metal theft.

      Metropolitan Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the disclosure by Equal Justice of details of six new discrimination claims involving race, sex and gender against the Metropolitan Police...

  • HM Treasury

    • Pensions: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much tax has accrued to the Exchequer from the reported removal of £6.1 billion from pension funds since the new pensions flexibility rules were...

    • Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the trend of investment in the British economy since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that “structural and investment funds projects signed before the Autumn Statement and...

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 7 April (HL7296), whether alcohol can be sold or consumed on the premises of Richmond...

      Debts: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help young people who are concerned about their debts from student loans and mortgages.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of higher stamp duty costs on activity in London’s housing market throughout 2016.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Cats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the costs of Larry the 10 Downing Street cat's veterinary treatment in July were met by donations from staff, and whether they plan to refund those staff.

  • Department of Health

    • Dentistry: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost per student to the public purse of providing bachelor-level education in dental surgery.

    • Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups on working with charities to provide comprehensive palliative care services for...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed full-time and part-time by NHS England as (1) audiologists, (2) cardiac physiologists, (3) gastro-intestinal physiologists, (4)...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the additional £1.25 billion made available in the March 2015 budget for child and adolescent mental health...

      Mental Health Services: Essex

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group has diverted finance intended for mental health services to...

      Mental Health Services: Essex

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the Basildon Clinical Commissioning Group spending less than the national average on mental health...

      Mental Health Services: Essex

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group in ensuring that mental health services are...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the letter to the Times of 17 August by doctors of the Federation of Specialist Hospitals suggesting that some EU doctors will leave the UK,...

      Zika Virus: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what warnings they are giving to prospective UK visitors to the USA about the dangers of contracting Zika virus, and whether they will highlight the most...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent research findings that magnetite, derived from pollution, can damage the brain, what further research they are funding into the...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new cases of Lyme disease have been diagnosed in each year since 2010; whether those figures are higher than the official forecasts of such cases;...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken under the national Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Programme.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there are sufficient obligations on local authorities to inspect food production companies, and on retailers, to...

      Developing Countries: Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of tobacco use on international development as well as on public health.

      Developing Countries: Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to share the UK's experience in implementing tobacco control policies with low- and middle-income countries.

      Smoking: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of smoking rates in low- and middle-income countries and how those rates are predicted to evolve over the next century; and...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants there were for the three-year full-time graduate nursing programmes to start in autumn 2016; how many students have been offered and...

      Nursing Associates: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to make a decision about commencing recruitment of nursing students onto nursing associate programmes of study.

      Nursing Associates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Nursing and Midwifery Council will make an announcement about the regulation and registration of qualified nursing associates.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to enable the Nursing and Midwifery Council to process disciplinary hearings in a more timely, effective and efficient manner.

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