Written answers

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report by the British Red Cross, entitled Are pre-hospital deaths from trauma and accidental injury preventable?, published in...

    • Mersey Tunnels: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to comments made by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer at a meeting in Birkenhead on 4 May 2015 and pursuant to the Answer of 14...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the cycling and walking investment strategy will include investment for the proposed cycling and pedestrian bridge linking Rotherhithe to...

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Great Western Railway and (b) South West Trains on the provision of wifi services on those trains.

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2016 to Question 906370, if he will publish the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study; whether he plans to...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department received applications from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to activate the force majeure clause in the franchise agreement for...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to put in place for an operator of last report for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern passenger rail...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the operator of last report provisions are for each franchise agreement for passenger rail services currently in operation.

      Biofuels: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to launch its consultation on biofuels; and whether that consultation will address the issues of indirect land use and level...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the service on Southern Rail.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans that the Northern Chord at the Manchester junction will be retained in the route of HS2.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the rail electrification programme in the North West; and if he will publish a revised timetable for...

      Northern Rail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Northern Powerhouse Rail rolling stock will be permitted to operate on HS2 infrastructure.

      Network Rail: Thales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of the contract between Network Rail and Thales has been by heading for the supply of two first deployment traffic management systems...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many taxi licences have been issued in each local authority area in each of the past three years.

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue the Office for Road and Rail and its predecessor raised through the Railway Safety Levy in each financial year between 2006-07 and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on the requirements for property owners to check for asbestos before selling their property.

    • Fracking: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will take into account that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have passed 400ppm when deciding on whether to...

      Public Houses: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to provide financial assistance to support rural community pubs.

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on maintaining the ring-fence on devolved funding for supported housing; and what steps he plans to take to...

      Local Government: Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make available to the hon. Member for Easington, in electronic form, (a) all Local Government Pension Scheme pooling...

      Planning Permission: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will assess the merits of increasing the penalty charged to developers who regularly build without planning permission.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much social housing for rent was built in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England in each year since 2010; and how...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of whether retrospective planning permission is more likely to be granted if the...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to raise standards for energy efficiency in (a) new-build housing and (b) other new buildings.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to lay an explanatory memorandum before Parliament on the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate...

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral statement of 15 September 2016 on Hinkley Point C, how the measures proposed in that...

      ERASMUS: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to enable young people from the UK to take part in the Erasmus scheme after the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in Government investment in home energy efficiency on levels of...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that smart meter software is secure by design.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45332, for what reasons the use of wood which has not reached...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45332, what assessment he has made of the use of biomass for...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will reform the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme to ensure that the surplus is used to benefit former mineworkers.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of the report, Lowest Cost...

      Nuclear Installations: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) national and (b) local arrangements are in place for issuing iodine tablets in the event of a radiation...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of whether his Department is on course to complete the roll-out of smart meters by 2020.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason his Department has not implemented the Department of Energy and Climate Change's commitment to a...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his Department's policy to implement the Department of Energy and Climate Change's commitment to...

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the UK's status as a signatory to the Euratom Treaty after the UK leaves the EU.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 45332, whether his Department still plans to hold a review into...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many country specialists for (a) Russia, (b) China, (c) North Korea, (d) the US, (e) Syria and (f) India are employed by...

    • Diego Garcia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome has been of recent discussions with the US administration on renewal of the military base in the British...

      Gibraltar: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the implications for Spain's capacity to affect commercial activity of the three...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to make extension of the 1966 UK-US Agreement on the British Indian Ocean Territory conditional on...

      USA: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what planning his Department is carrying out to prepare for the change of US President; and what assessment his Department has...

      Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what outcomes the Government expects from the recent and planned strategic dialogue with the government of Sudan.

      British Nationals Abroad: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on preventing the execution of UK nationals sentenced to death abroad.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent events in Sudan on the success of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Sudan on the use of funds earmarked under the Khartoum Process by Sudan's...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff of his Department's resigned in each half of each year since 2010.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on a potential establishment of a no-fly zone over parts...

      Japan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with representatives of Japanese businesses operating in the UK on the memorandum presented by...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) carried out by his Department in the last three years on the reputation of the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on funding for inquests into the killings allegedly carried out by the British...

  • Attorney General

    • Volkswagen

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the CPS on potential prosecution of Volkswagen in connection with diesel emissions data; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many companies her Department has excluded from public procurement for (a) a conviction for wrongdoing defined by the Public...

    • Overseas Aid: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the Government has committed to the Global Fund Investment Case, Fifth Replenishment 2017-19 for fighting infections.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 45930, on the Palestinian Authority, if she will place a copy of her...

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government has made plans to assist with additional funding or aid subsequent to the changes in refugee numbers entering...

      Developing Countries: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effect of changing levels of funding for non-conflicting affected states on the...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of her Department's country offices have direct bilateral expenditure that is coded under HIV prevention, treatment and care;...

      Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations in the UN High Level Panel on Access to...

  • Department for Education

    • First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the British Red Cross, entitled Are pre-hospital deaths from trauma and accidental injury preventable?, published in...

    • GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students who have not achieved at least a C grade in English and mathematics GCSE will be required to resit those exams as many times as it...

      Further Education: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional resources are being provided for post-16 students who are required to resit English and mathematics GCSEs.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason gender issues are not a compulsory part of the PSHE curriculum; and whether she has any plans to so introduce such issues into that...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Skills Plan, what her policy is on enabling students to continue to study a mixture of both (a) academic and (b) vocational subjects.

      Apprentices: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships have been taken up in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) the East Midlands in each of the last three years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21530, how many serving prisoners were not in prison on 25 December 2015; what offences were...

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44521, what information her Department holds on how many (a) petitioners and (b) respondents who...

      Birmingham Prison and Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the contractual agreement between her Department and G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) Limited at HM Prison (a) Birmingham and (b)...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people released from each prison in England and Wales (i) reoffended and (ii) went into employment within six...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether all European funding for schemes to improve the employability of prisoners has been protected for the duration of their funding period.

      Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drones have been intercepted operating over prisons in England and Wales (a) in 2015 and (b) from January 2016 to date.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Insolvency: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the Government's policy is on maintaining the provisions of European Commission Directive 2008/94/EC on the protection of...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which EU Commissioners he has met with since taking office; and when and where such meetings took place.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recommendations in the fourth report of the...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings his Department has had with representatives of each sector of the economy on exiting the EU since he took office.

      Foreign Companies: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had discussions with representatives of Japanese businesses operating in the UK pursuant to the memorandum presented...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for developing for a crewed successor to Typhoon.

    • Syria: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian casualties have resulted from the 26 brimstone missiles dropped by UK aircraft in Syria in 2016 to date.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK plans to provide any assistance or reconnaissance intelligence for airstrikes against Daesh conducted as part of the Syrian Counter...

      Puma Helicopters: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether an Airborne Collision Avoidance System and a Digital Advanced Flight Control System (Low Visibility Landing) were fitted to Puma helicopter...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2016 to Question 32492, to which countries RAF Reaper or Watchkeeper drones have been deployed on intelligence,...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 40083, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of the British military conducting...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish details of the £8 million investment at the RAF base in Leuchars.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the location and timing was of each known use of UK-supplied weapons in Yemen since January 2015.

      Ministry of Defence: Golf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost is of retaining each of his Department's 15 golf courses.

      RAF Henlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on armed forces and civilian staff of the planned sale of RAF Henlow.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the total revenue expected to have been accrued upon the completion of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter programme.

      France: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made with the government of France on developing the scale and scope of the unmanned combat aerial vehicle programme...

      Navy: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase the level of retention in the Royal Navy.

      Warships: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Royal Navy is taking to maintain its warship repair capability after the sale of RFA Diligence.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained regular army soldiers there were in each of the Army's regiments and corps in each year since 2010.

      South Korea: Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the US's decision to deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system in South Korea.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Division (UK) in each year since 2010.

      Middle East: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Brimstone missiles have been used in Syria and Iraq to date as part of Operation SHADER; and what the cost of the use of those weapons has been...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the strategic military importance of Gibraltar to the UK and her allies.

      Armed Forces: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to give people with dyslexia in the armed forces protection under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

      Veterans: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Legion d'Honneur applications are outstanding in his Department.

      Intelligence and Security Committee: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have delayed providing information to the Intelligence and Security Committee in order to make a...

      Military Intervention: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2016, to Question 44003, whether the battle damage assessment regarding airstrikes in Libya carried out by US...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military service complaints on the reversion of rank have been (a) made and (b) upheld in each of the last three years.

      HMS Warrior

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the value of artefacts illegally salvaged from the site of HMS Warrior since the discovery of the wreck in...

      Army: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the army has been of teaching children in private schools in the UK and abroad in each year since 2010.

      RAF Aldergrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's plans are for the future of RAF Aldergrove.

      Ethiopia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the current executive MSc in security sector management programme, run in Ethiopia with oversight from his Department, differs from the Department...

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to continue to participate in the European Defence Agency after the UK leaves the EU.

      Military Bases: Northwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to require that EU staff employed at Northwood relocate to another country after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of the Government's welfare reforms on low-income households who are in fuel poverty...

    • National Offender Management Service: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his announcement of 13 August 2016 on guaranteeing EU funding beyond the date the UK leaves the EU, whether funding for the...

      Public Buildings: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the removal of asbestos from public buildings.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the transfer of attendance allowance to local authorities; and if he will...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pregnant women in each constituency in Lancashire have been sanctioned for failing to attend back to work interviews for (a)...

      British Steel: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings he has had with Ministers of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the British Steel Pension Scheme.

      Jobcentres: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to make training materials for work coaches available.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

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

    • Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) stakeholders on repealing the birds and habitats...

      Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) stakeholders on reforming pesticide regulations from a...

      Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the manufacture, sale, possession and use of animal snares.

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there are any remaining staff on the former SSI site responsible for environmental management; what estimate she has...

      River Ribble

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to improve flood defences on the River Ribble from the Ribble Estuary to junction 31 of the M6...

      Livestock: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the prevalence of livestock-associated MRSA in live breeder pigs and meat...

      Pigs: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to undertake a national monitoring survey of the pig population for the presence of MRSA.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with representatives of (i) Bayer CropScience...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 44687, on trapping, which animal welfare experts were consulted on...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 43711, if she will take steps to increase the number of transfers to the UK of...

    • Ivory: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to police forces on initiatives to stop the illegal trading of ivory.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to (a) monitor the welfare of unaccompanied refugee children who arrive in the UK and are in the care of...

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases the Civil Penalty Compliance Team referred to HM Revenue and Customs in 2015.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to address the issue of non-British citizens tricking British citizens into marriage to obtain a UK visa...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role her Department plays in Government plans to ensure a higher rate of prosecution for knife crimes.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to locate missing refugee children in the UK.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases each presenting office referred to HM Revenue and Customs in 2015.

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many churches from each denomination in each region have applied for funding under the Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme up to...

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date her Department began to record details of sponsorship of non-EU nationals entering the UK on student visas.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is taking steps to promote cooperation on the resettlement of Syrian refugees between local authorities with...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department plans to issue to local authorities on their responsibilities to resettle Syrian refugees in the second to...

      New Businesses: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications for Tier 1 entrepreneur visas have been unsuccessful in each of the last four quarters.

      New Businesses: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the main reasons for rejection of applications for Tier 1 entrepreneur visas have been in each of the last four quarters.

      New Businesses: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications her Department received for Tier 1 entrepreneur visas in each of the last four quarters.

      EU Nationals: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to require EU nationals to gain visas before entering the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

      Hate Crime: Disability

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

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which EU Commissioners he has met since 23 June 2016; and when and where such meetings took place.

    • Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps the Government is taking to support businesses in Scotland.

  • HM Treasury

    • Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets the Government set for Concentrix on reviewing tax credit claims for each month in 2016 and 2017; and what targets the Government set in...

    • Valuation Office Agency: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45282, where staff who work at the Valuation Office Agency in Preston are planned to be deployed...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Preston constituency have their tax credits suspended.

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what processes his Department has in place to review decisions made by Concentrix which resulted in the suspension of tax credits.

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many amendments to tax credit awards Concentrix have made due to error on behalf of (a) Concentrix and (b) since the beginning of the contract between...

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason HM Revenue and Customs Corporate Communications did not provide adequate notice to hon. Members of the drop-in session on constituent...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Road Haulage Association on lorry drivers setting up personal service companies for tax purposes; and what...

      Banks: Incentives

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government will maintain the cap on bankers' bonuses after the UK leaves the EU.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by when his Department plans to report its funding on a proposed breathing space mechanism for problem debt.

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many outstanding applications for mandatory reconsideration of a tax credit decision by Concentrix there are in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) Wirral...

      Concentrix

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

      Tax Incentives: Exercise

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce tax incentives for people who engage in regulated and supervised exercise to off-set the likelihood of diabetes; and if he will make a...

      Credit Reference Agencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints have been made about credit rating agencies; how many investigations the Financial Conduct Authority has launched into the performance...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what protections his Department plans to put in place for rape victims who have more than two children and will be subject to the Government's proposal to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Living Wage: Croydon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Croydon North constituency and (b) the London Borough of Croydon are paid less than the Living Wage as defined by the Living...

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45594, on public sector: procurement, where the Crown Commercial Service analysis can be found...

      EU Nationals: Croydon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU nationals were living in the Borough of Croydon in September 2016.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish his Department's budget for the next four years.

    • Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what targets the Government has set for the growth of UK exports by 2020.

      Foreign Companies: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with representatives of Japanese businesses operating in the UK on the memorandum presented by the Japanese...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make representations to the BBC as part of the Charter renewal process on the level of coverage of (a) World Youth Day 2016...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the amount of its own capital that BT has invested in the rural broadband rollout programme to date.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will take steps to match the commitment made by the EU to equip every town and village with free wireless internet by...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will take steps to match the commitment made by the EU to fully deploy 5G by 2025.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to publish detailed plans for achieving a minimum 10Mbps broadband connection as a universal service...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the Government plans to use regulatory powers to ensure that an adequate broadband service is provided.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether non-payment of the television licence for solely accessing the BBC iPlayer will be treated as a criminal or civil offence.

  • Wales Office

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on Wales of the proposal to transfer responsibility for attendance allowance to local authorities; and...

  • Department of Health

    • Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the implementation of the Healthy Child Programme; and what recent meetings (a) Ministers and...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to undertake a formal evaluation of the new Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are plans for NICE to review the process of patient involvement in technology appraisals.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the 46th Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2014-15, HC971, what steps he has taken to ensure that the public purse is...

      Hinchingbrooke Hospital: Circle Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the 46th Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2014-15, HC971, An update on Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, what the...

      Circle Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the performance of Circle Holdings Plc in the delivery of musculoskeletal services in Bedford and (b) whether Circle...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2016 to Question 36655, if he will direct NHS England to issue a directive through the Clinical Commissioning Group...

      UN High-level Panel on Access to Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations in the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines report,...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45660, what estimate he has made of the number of general practices that require assistance from...

      Pharmacy: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on behalf of local independent pharmacies in Warrington on their future funding.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the range of therapy available on the NHS to people with autism.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report of the Independent Cancer Taskforce, Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: A strategy for England 2015-2020, published in...

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of (a) doctors and (b) nurses recruited by the NHS.

      NHS: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much overtime was paid to NHS staff in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2013-14.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 July 2016 from the hon. Member for Ashfield on the proposed closure of the children's heart surgery unit at...

      Persistent Vegetative State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds in the number of people in a permanent vegetative state in the UK; and how many such people are cared for by the...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that oncologists are able to routinely prescribe bisphosphonates for the indication of preventing secondary breast...

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to target the recruitment of new GPs to practices with high levels of clinical need and deprivation.

      Doctors: Career Breaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training and support the NHS provides to doctors who have returned from long-term career breaks.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to oblige electricity supply companies to forward feed-in tariff payments to small or domestic suppliers to a similar timescale as that...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the discussions with the government of the US over the extension of the 1966 agreement concerning the British Indian Ocean Territory will be followed...

    • Egypt: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 19 September (HL1630), when flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh will resume.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the Department for International Development's total overseas development aid was spent on sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health...

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether international relief and resettlement aid has reached Manbij in Syria; and if not, what plans they have to make this possible.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football Association

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 12 September (HL1480), how they will establish whether the Football Association is adhering to the...

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the UK leaving the EU on the audio-visual industry.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Lebanon: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Lebanon has requested British air support for its frontier and other military forces; and if so, what their response was.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guarantees they plan to give that, once the new funding system for supported housing comes into place in 2019–20, existing tenants will...

    • Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that the funds allocated for new housing are used promptly; what steps they are taking to ensure that the housing revenue account...

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