Written answers

Monday, 10 October 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector Debt

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether public sector net debt will fall by the end of financial year 2016-17 in line with his Department's published estimates.

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on children of the suspension of child tax credit when investigations are carried out.

      Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many high-cost, short-term credit firms have (a) been fully authorised and (b) had their authorisation denied by the Financial Conduct Authority.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken was to complete an investigation into the alleged presence of an unreported adult in the household of a tax credit claimant in...

      Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed in the UK by the high-cost, short-term credit sector.

      LIBOR: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has (a) collected in Libor fines since May 2015 and (b) expects to collect in Libor fines in each of the next three years.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs and Ministers of the Scottish Government on changes to the rates and bands of income tax in Scotland.

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section A8.1 of the Benefits and Credits, Error and Fraud Adding Capacity 444 contract between SYNNEX-Concentrix UK Limited and HM Revenue...

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have had their tax credits stopped and subsequently reinstated by Concentrix in each of the last 12...

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire have had a tax credit claim stopped by Concentrix; and how many such claims were...

      Fuels: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the economy of reducing both fuel duty and VAT on all fuels.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the surplus/deficit in the National Insurance Fund is.

      Annuities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department is making on the implementation of the proposed secondary market for annuities.

  • Prime Minister

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will appoint a new Apprenticeships Adviser.

    • Parliamentary Private Secretaries

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45481, where the information on Parliamentary Private Secretaries has been published; and at what time on 12...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support allowance and (c) universal credit had their benefit sanctioned...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed at the carers allowance building at Palatine House, Preston; and what his Department's plans...

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the contract with Maximus for delivery of the Fit for Work programme includes provision of public funding for taxi journeys for anyone...

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has given to Maximus to ensure that centres used for Fit for Work assessments are accessible to wheelchair users.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which three transitional options the former Pensions Minister, Baroness Altmann, commissioned from his Department to address the effects on...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to monitor the effect on housing rent arrears of the length of time taken for initial payment of universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that universal credit is effective in supporting an increasing number of people into self-employment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with how many local authorities his Department has worked to improve budgeting advice for universal credit claimants.

      Mining: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44365, what assessment the Health and Safety Executive has made on the effect of long...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department assesses whether benefit appointees should be appointed; what factors are taken into account in such cases by the assessor;...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to publish its green paper on disability employment.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have lost their entitlement to motability cars during their reassessment from disability living allowance to personal...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government's planned Green Paper on disability employment will include proposals related to people with musculoskeletal conditions.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's timetable is for publishing and implementing the secondary legislation required to implement the increase in the Pension...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of Pension Wise to meet the volume of over the telephone and face-to-face appointment...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Government has made to reduce the disability employment gap.

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to written statement WS154 of 15 September 2016, how he plans that the localised pots will meet demand on supported housing.

      Joint Work and Health Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision the Government has made for the long-term future of the Joint Work and Health Unit.

      Carer's Allowance: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many adults in Ashfield constituency have received carer's allowance for caring for children under the age of 16 in each of the last three...

      Supported Housing: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to monitor the effect of a new funding system for supported housing on people with a learning disability.

      Social Security Benefits: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many under 16s in Ashfield constituency have received personal independence payment or disability living allowance in each of the last...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy that people with a learning disability will continue to be entitled to independent living after the introduction of...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to implement annual uprating to ensure that funding matches demand for supported housing.

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many respondents to the first consultation on reforming housing benefit for supported housing in 2011 responded that a localised pot would...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans that the new funding system planned for 2019/20 will apply to existing supported housing tenants.

  • Home Office

    • Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on hire cars by each constabulary in the North West in 2015; and what steps are being taken to reduce expenditure on such...

    • Security Industry Authority: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for customer service of changing the operation of the Security Industry Authority contact...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unsolved murders there are in cases where the remains have not been recovered in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Undocumented Migrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish (a) how much spending has been committed from the public purse, and on what, (b) the outcomes proposed and (c) the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had housing support terminated following a failed asylum claim in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people her Department has granted asylum to in each year from 2010 to 2016.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it the policy of the Government to enable councils in England to operate combined registration districts.

      Refugees: Middle East and North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Syrian refugees and (b) vulnerable persons from the Middle East and North African region the UK plans to resettle in the UK...

      Police: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on police safety of the distinction between the offences of assault on a police officer or police...

      West Midlands Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total budget was for West Midlands police force in each of the last seven years.

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Action Fraud.

      Anti-slavery Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to mark Anti-Slavery Day 2016; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2016 to Question 46027, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the provision of Compass...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has provided to support victims of human trafficking in each year since 2010.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the daily payment for unaccompanied asylum seeking children was for (a) under 16 and (b) 16-17 year olds in each of the last six...

      Seasonal Workers: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that farmers continue to have access to sufficient seasonal labourers after the UK leaves the EU.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people the Government sought to deport from the UK in 2015-16 where the immigration status application had not been finally determined.

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2016 to Question 43315, on asylum: families, what additional support her Department provides to (a)...

      Visas: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications by Syrian nationals for UK visitor visas have been (a) received and (b) granted in each annual quarter for the last...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the incidence of vishing fraud.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to work with NHS health trusts to identify and resolve problems in recruiting the required number of doctors, nurses...

    • Strokes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on the Act FAST campaign in each year since that campaign began.

      West Cumberland Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will visit the West Cumberland Hospital (a) before the start of the formal consultation stage of the Success Regime and (b) during the formal...

      Childbirth: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many babies were born by the side of the road in England in each of the last six years.

      Childbirth: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many babies were born in transit between Stafford and Stoke Royal University Hospital in each of the last...

      Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings and on what dates he has had meetings with NHS Improvement on Southern Health since the start of 2016.

      Mental Patients: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45664, what data his Department holds on adult mental health service inpatients that have taken...

      Antidepressants: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for anti-depressants have been issued in each month of 2016.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the adequacy of the availability of talking therapies to young people.

      Aphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who suffer from aphasia are given the support needed to communicate effectively.

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have (i) been recruited and (ii) started training in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response his Department plans to make to the reports published on 9 September by (a) the Office for National Statistics and (b) Public Health...

      Employment: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that work status is routinely recorded in health records.

      Exercise: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to raise awareness among schools and head teachers of solutions they can choose to help children enjoy physical activity every day.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45067, whether the Sustainability and Transformation updated plans which will be submitted in...

      Breast Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote breast cancer awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016.

      NHS: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) when and (b) by whom the decision was taken to withdraw funding for the NHS retirement fellowship; and what evidence on the health benefits of...

      Department of Health: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department uses used wheelchairs, zimmer frames, crutches and other ambulatory equipment.

      Prostate Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the outcome of the ProtecT randomised trials into prostate cancer among men.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits derived for people with dementia from recent increased expenditure on dementia research.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that there is adequate time for public consultation on the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths by suicide in each age group have been recorded within one month of being released from prison in England in each year since 2010.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce obesity in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on hearing and sight tests being carried out by school nurses in primary schools.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths have occurred in the last five years following abortions provided through the NHS and carried out by the private sector.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Care Quality Commission and (b) Marie Stopes International on the suspension of Marie Stopes' abortion...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure that (a) vulnerable women and (b) under 18s who undergo abortions receive follow-up support.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 44394, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal units meet the standard for overnight accommodation for parents as recommended in paragraph 3.11 of the Toolkit for High-Quality...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that ending the NHS bursaries for nurses does not deter people from training to be a mental health nurse.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the vote to leave the EU on the UK's (a) space sector and (b) role...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times his Department has used the services of (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e)...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Consultants

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

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of his Department's budget in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to publish an updated cost-benefit analysis of the smart meter rollout programme.

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that unspent financial resources from the Redcar Taskforce are spent in the local...

      Retail Trade: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he will respond to the Report of the Law Commission Consumer Prepayments on Retailer Insolvency HC543, published...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45149, how many climate change experts are employed by his...

      Insolvency Service: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many advertisements the Insolvency Service has placed (a) in newspapers, (b) in magazines, (c) on television, (d)...

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with HM Treasury on the use of Farepak unclaimed funds in 2019.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the current value is of Farepak unclaimed funds.

      Arm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from (a) employees of and (b) agencies connected with ARM Holdings plc on the...

      Solar Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the report, Seeing through the...

      Universities: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which UK universities are being excluded from joint funding applications...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 43629, what plans he has to review the aspects of the BIS 2020...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials of the Department for Energy and Climate Change have not transferred to work at his Department; and...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will lay a revised departmental minute detailing the most recent estimate of costs of Hinkley Point C before...

      Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans Innovate UK has to develop a business plan across the UK for liaison with universities on the promotion of...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the Financial Reporting Council's ability to work with other financial regulators in the...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion 400, on applying the results of experiments on animals to human...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential risk of a cyber attack at the Hinkley C nuclear facility and...

      Infrastructure: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the company annual turnover threshold is for government intervention to block any sale or transfer of the...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral statement of 15 September, how the measures announced in that statement will increase...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether EDF will incur a penalty in the event that Hinkley Point C starts to generate electricity by 2025.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department made before the announcement of 15 September 2016 of the extent of the potential...

      Technology: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent the loss of technologies being developed in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his response to the results of his Department's consultation on tips, gratuities, service and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Northern Ireland Universities Air Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 20 March 2015 to Question 227862 and pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45109, on Northern Ireland...

    • Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 44194, how many and what proportion of the total number of successful claims for the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the Future Combat Air System.

      HMS Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the state of readiness is of HMS Lancaster; and when HMS Lancaster will return to operations.

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of military personnel serving in the 77th Brigade served in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force before...

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits have joined the 77th Brigade as (a) regular and (b) reserve personnel since the formation of that unit in 2015.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to increase the number of Departments of Community Mental Health.

      Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to procure general purpose frigates, and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Estate Optimisation Strategy to be published.

      Single Source Regulations Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Single Source Regulations Office's remit will be expanded to include government-to-government and Foreign Military Sales arrangements.

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's planned expenditure is for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in each year until 2020.

      Army Air Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to transfer the Army Air Corps' Islanders and Defenders to the RAF in 2018; and what plans his Department has for 5...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support high street retailers.

    • Landlords: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which district and unitary councils in England prosecuted landlords under (a) section 80, (b) section 95 (1), (c) Section 95...

      Economic Growth: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the deliverability of the recommendations of the independent report, Tees Valley: Opportunity...

      South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is trades union representation on the Shadow Board of the South Tees Mayoral...

      Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make representations to the National Association of Estate Agents to encourage private-rented accommodation sector...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department remains committed to a target of delivering one million homes by 2020; and what recent projections his...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy to continue the use of energy efficiency assessments when renting out or selling domestic properties;...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will extend the Help to Buy scheme to enable first-time buyers to buy property off-plan in order to avoid being priced...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government plans to take to support providers of supported housing affected by planned reductions in social...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to written statement WS154 of 15 September 2016, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the 1...

  • Scotland Office

    • Overseas Trade: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Scottish businesses and trade bodies in Scotland about opportunities for overseas trade.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September to Question 45236, to which destinations (a) ministers and (b) officials have taken flights as part...

    • Department for International Trade: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many overseas visits he has made for the purpose of negotiating trade deals since his appointment as Secretary of State.

      Trade Agreements: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade deals the UK has with other Commonwealth countries.

      Department for International Trade: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will estimate the total amount his Department has spent to date.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of UK trade was with (a) Germany, (b) France, (c) Italy, (d) Spain, (e) Australia, (f) China, (g) Singapore, (h) US, (i)...

      Defence: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the decline in defence exports.

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2016 to Question 46072, what plans he has to replace the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Disability: Self-employed

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 in improving...

  • Department for Transport

    • Tolls: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to address non-payment of tolls, charges, penalties and fees by non-UK drivers.

    • Tolls: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount in tolls, charges, penalties and fees which remain unpaid by (a) commercial and (b) domestic...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2016 to Question 40383, when he plans to make an announcement on when passengers will have access to compensation...

      Selby-Hull Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the electrification of the Hull to Selby rail line; and what his provisional timeline is for those works to...

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the dangers of using a hands-free kit while driving.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission the Behavioural Insights Team to conduct research on efficiency and passenger journeys in the rail sector.

      Beaches: Gwynedd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which authority is responsible for the safety of (a) beach users and (b) swimmers at beaches in Gwynedd.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of total spending on High Speed 2 has been on (a) wages and (b) performance bonuses.

      Taxis: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on child sexual exploitation and the licensing of private hire vehicles.

      Taxis: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many child sexual exploitation issues prosecutions have been brought in relation to private hire vehicles in each year since 2000.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the DVLA does not give out motorists' data to organisations which will misuse it.

      Stansted Airport: Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of offering Public Service Obligation Route status to the Londonderry to Stansted...

      High Speed Two: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Simon Kirby's resignation from HS2 Ltd on achieving the 2026 target date for opening phase one...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met Simon Kirby, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd; and when he was made aware of Mr Kirby's decision to resign as Chief Executive of that company.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential implications for its policies of the European Court of Justice ruling of September...

      Railways: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to inform rail commuters of the protections available to them under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to establish a body with the remit of ensuring that the rights of public transport users are protected.

      Tolls: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the tunnel and bridge tolls in Merseyside on the (a) finances, (b) employment levels, (c) employment...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice his Department offer local authorities on issuing Hackney carriage or private hire driver licences to people based outside their local...

      Railways: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what change there has been in passenger numbers on trains in Suffolk since 2010.

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on rail companies charging taxi drivers to use taxi ranks at train stations.

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Southern Railway has paid in compensation to Network Rail since the start of that franchise.

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Southern Railway (a) has paid to passengers in compensation and (b) received in compensation from Network Rail since the start of that franchise.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2016, to Question 31738, when he plans to publish the findings of the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study.

      Edinburgh Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department expects an updated Strategic Noise Map for Edinburgh Airport to be available.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the timetable for a decision on Heathrow expansion.

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the composition of the project board for Southern Rail, announced on 1 September 2016.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the next appraisal of the High Speed 2 project is planned.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its responses to the consumer group, Which?, super-complaint on rail delays compensation made to the Office of...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that people who lose their driving licence on the grounds of poor vision and subsequently receive a letter from their...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the introduction of a graduated licence system for young drivers.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much in compensation payments has been paid by Network Rail to Govia Thameslink Railway since the start of that franchise.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much in compensation payments has been paid by Govia Thameslink Railway to customers since the start of that franchise.

      Abellio Greater Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to seek compensation for passengers from Abellio Greater Anglia.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the UN Security Council on the persecution of Christians and other minorities living in...

    • Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome has been of his Department's efforts to secure a lawyer for Andargachew Tsege; and what other steps his...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39705, what assessment his Department has made of Ethiopa's progress on...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff employed by his Department have been (a) seconded to and (b) directly recruited by the Department for Exiting the EU.

      British Nationals Abroad: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2015 to Question 43633, what the terms are of his Department's emergency loan agreement...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Saudi Arabian government on the effect of its programme of air strikes on...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of Yemeni civilians that have been (a) killed, (b) injured and (c)...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK will support an independent, international investigation into alleged breaches of international humanitarian law...

      Mohamed Ramadan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the Bahrain Ombudsman's investigation into the case of Mohammad Ramadan has complied...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to discuss the political situation in the Maldives with the UN Secretary General.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had on putting the Maldives on the agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group for the United...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Commonwealth Secretary General about the Maldives.

      Maldives: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what he discussed in his recent meeting with his Maldivian counterpart.

      Rohingya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the situation of Rohingya refugees at the UN Summit on Refugees on 19 September 2016.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to discuss the situation in the Maldives with John Kerry.

  • Department for International Development

    • Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she has had with those non-governmental organisations which receive funding from her Department since she took up office.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she has had with the Prime Minister on the status of the 0.7 per cent gross national income to be used as Overseas...

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings her officials have had with non-governmental organisations which receive funding from her Department since she took up...

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will continue to support at present levels the Energy Africa Campaign.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent meetings she has had with the National Security Adviser on transparency and effectiveness of the cross-government aid funds.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her article in the Daily Mail, entitled Too much of your money is simply stolen or squandered, published on 13...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what forecast she has made of which countries in receipt of UK aid will no longer require UK aid in (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 40083, what recent assessment her Department made of the feasibility of air drops...

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to increase investment in decentralised renewable energy in developing countries.

      Syria: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received on reports that Syrian businesses approved by the EU and by the US government have...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation on the ground in Yemen.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on increasing the volume of aid delivered on the ground in Yemen in the last six months.

      Iraq: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its humanitarian response in Mosul minimises child protection risks.

      Iraq: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its humanitarian response in Mosul does not involve screening procedures for...

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department plans to spend on supporting low-income communities to access renewable energy in developing countries in each...

      Department for International Development: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which private consultancy firm her Department holds a contract with; what the value is of each such contract; and what services are...

      Government Departments: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues in other departments on the use of the development aid budget by...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which of the recommendations made by the APPG for Yemen in its report, Conflict in Yemen, the forgotten crisis, published in October...

      Iraq: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department is providing for children displaced in the Iraq conflict against Daesh; and what that funding will be used for.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the amount of student loans outstanding was as of 31 March in each of the last three years.

    • Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to implement the measures in the Skills Plan.

      Apprenticeship Delivery Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made by the Apprenticeship Delivery Board.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the (a) quality and (b) availability of PSHE in England.

      Schools: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of non-selective schools in selective areas is rated by Ofsted as (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made on implementing 30 hours' free childcare for working parents.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that 16 to 18 year-olds take up apprenticeships.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to ensure funding parity for the fast track and graduate training schemes for social workers.

      Further Education: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the Sussex Area-Based Review post-16 education and training.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school nurses were employed to work in primary schools in England in the academic year beginning in September (a) 2015 and (b) 2010.

      Education: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in educational standards in Northamptonshire; and what plans she has to improve such standards.

      Sixth Form Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of schools and sixth form colleges not accepting students who have failed to achieve a C grade in English...

      Mandarin Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to ensure the Mandarin Excellence Programme is delivered to all local authorities in the UK; and how many (a) schools and (b)...

      Primary Education: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary school places, (b) primary school age pupils on the roll, (c) pupils in excess of school capacity and (d) unfilled primary school...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were absent from school due to having a mental health condition in each year since 2010.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the link between a family and their social worker in the event of a failed...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils at maintained comprehensive schools achieved five A*-C grade GCSEs in each of the last five years.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage companies to use digital funds from the proposed Apprenticeship Levy to pay for apprentice training for (a)...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authority children's services departments subject to improvement notices have been visited by Ministers of her Department in each of the...

      Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase opportunities for young people to access skills and vocational education.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to reduce differences in urban and rural school funding.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that funding is in place to implement its policy of 30 hours free childcare.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the emergency services can be contacted in areas where mobile phone service is poor...

    • Tourism: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote tourism in Scotland.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will provide an update on the mission-led business review.

      Historic Environment Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to replicate the system of Historic Environment Records used in Wales in England.

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to monitor compliance by betting shops with the gambling minimum age.

      Telecommunications: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to ensure that telecommunications companies do more to protect customers from vishing fraud and similar scams.

      Heathrow Airport: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with her Cabinet colleagues on the effect on tourism of an expansion of Heathrow Airport.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the framework for her Department's 25-year plan for the environment; and what the timetable will...

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the 25 year plan for the environment.

      Lions: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many lion trophies were imported into the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Lions: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of lion trophies imported into the UK.

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to receive the £2 billion green dividend that the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 43456; when he expects the objectives and approach of the UK to negotiations...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many negotiators his Department has recruited.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45147, what his Department's total spend has been to date.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff, at what grades, his Department has recruited in the (a) Market Access Budget, (b) Justice, Security and Migration,...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45148, if he will estimate the number of meetings Ministers of his Department...

      Didier Seeuws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with Didier Seeuws on the UK's exit of the EU since his appointment to the EU special task force.

      Guy Verhofstadt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many times he has met with Guy Verhofstadt to discuss the UK's exit from the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44230, whether the staff in his Department are new employees or have been...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he expects to have a permanent address for his Department.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department is undertaking sectoral analyses of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on different sectors of the economy.

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, whether there are plans to review the nature and type of offences that are capable of referral to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of leniency of sentencing.

    • Abortion: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions, and on what dates, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to prosecute medical professionals for abortion-related offences since 1997-98.

  • Wales Office

    • Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Government on the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project; and what recent assessment he has made of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Child Arrangements Orders: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of prohibited steps orders on access to families across the Scottish English border; and on the...

    • Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many murderers are serving sentences in cases in which the remains of the victims have not been recovered.

      Children: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the equality between mothers and fathers of court judgments on child custody and access to children; and if she...

      Alexander Blackman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on expediting its investigations into the case of former Marine Sergeant...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of an appeal being cancelled at (a) First-tier Tribunal and (b) Upper-tier Tribunal due to documents...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment have been appealed in (i) Bury St...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people earning less than £11,000 per year are full-time employees.

    • Service Industries: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the hospitality industry workforce in (a) Cumbria and (b) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency was born in another EU country.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is his Department's policy to reduce the overall civil service headcount in the current Parliament.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made an estimate of overall headcount and spending on civil servants across all Departments over the next five years.

      Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate has been made of the forecast change in the number of people aged 80 and over between 2015 and 2035.

      Government Departments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department takes to ensure that government projects are delivered on time and within budget.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish a list of its special advisers in post.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department have responsibilities for cyber security.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to improve the clarity of advice to government departments on protecting data.

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the estimated annual annual cost to the public purse is of the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish the Codes of Practice for Part 5 of the Digital Economy Bill.

      Apprentices: Government Departments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many apprenticeships each government department will contribute to the Government's target of three million apprenticeships by 2020.

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