Written answers

Thursday, 13 October 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • London City Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of security at London City Airport after the recent protestor security breach.

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many government-owned goods vehicle test stations are based in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.

      Cycling: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to amend the Cycle to Work scheme to incorporate a higher maximum allowance for disabled cyclists requiring specialist...

      Roads: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) status and (b) latest estimated or final cost is of each of the 19 road schemes announced in December 2014 for the Midlands.

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of making the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory for cyclists on UK roads.

      London Airports: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to upgrade the (a) rail and (b) underground connectivity to (i) Heathrow and (ii) Gatwick Airport.

      Airports: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many airside incursions by protestors there have been since 2015; at which airports those incursions occurred; and what the average delay to...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens resident in the UK are eligible to apply for permanent residency.

    • Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the e-gates at UK airports have broken down since 2015.

      Care Homes: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what past roles her Department has had in (a) appointing superintendents of children's homes and (b) the inspection of such homes in the...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the funding of English for speakers of other languages services on the ability of...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to provide additional financial assistance to local authorities to help support resettled Syrian refugees who...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported to (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) China, (d) Nigeria, (e) Uganda and (f) Iran in the latest period for...

      Labour Market: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how frequently her Department reviews engineering jobs on the occupational shortage list to prevent over supply.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether special case funding to meet exceptional needs costs of resettled Syrian refugees beyond their first year of resettlement in the UK...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to maintain the use of the Dublin System in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

      Assisted Voluntary Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to maintain the Assisted Voluntary Returns schemes after 2020.

      Frontex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans continued participation in Frontex after the UK leaves the EU.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has carried out a (a) policy equality statement, (b) equality impact assessment or (c) any equality monitoring on its...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Company Accounts: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Financial Reporting Council on ensuring that companies follow the law when...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of distribution-connected plants that might close in the event of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Correction of 8 September 2016 to the Answer of 1 June 2016 to Question 38139, how much of the...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the next Carbon Plan.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will implement the recommendations of the Deane Review into Self-Employment, published in February 2016.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to begin the ratification process of the December 2015 Paris Agreement.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he or his officials have had with UK businesses on the consequences on them of leaving the EU Customs...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of leaving the EU Customs Union on (a) businesses and...

      Research: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on science research funding in the North East.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the costs to UK businesses of being outside the common external tariff of the EU.

      Unemployment: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of unemployment in the North East of (a) the outcome of...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what change there has been in the UK's share of global steel output over the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gibraltar: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to article 3 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea's classification for the breadth of the territorial seas...

    • Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the cases of (a) Ali al Nimr, (b) Dawoud al...

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 12 September 2016 to Questions 45151 and 45154, on Iraq: Genocide, whether the character and scope...

      Yemen: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will (a) carry out its own assessment and (b) support an independent international inquiry into whether the...

      British Nationals Abroad: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which convictions of UK citizens in foreign countries the UK is currently challenging; and what guidance his Department follows...

      Libya: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with officials from (a) the EU and (b) the UN on obtaining compensation for UK...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts on war crimes allegedly carried out by Russia and Syria; and if he will...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has commissioned any studies in 2016 from (a) LSE, (b) UCL, (c) King's College London, (d) University of Cambridge...

      St Lucia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the new high commissioner for St Lucia will be accredited to the Court of St James.

      Asia Bibi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make urgent representations to the Pakistani government on the case of Asia Bibi.

      Kenya: Al Shabaab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Kenyan government on the attack of 6 October 2016 carried out by Al-Shabaab militants in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 5 September 2016, Official Report, columns 38 to 41, how many of his Department's 300 officials...

    • Property: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government plans to take to protect the property ownership rights of UK citizens who own property in the EU after the...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the staffing costs are of the secondees to his Department from elsewhere in the Civil Service.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the cost of negotiations with the EU in the two years after Article 50 is invoked.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what he expects the total staffing costs of his Department to be in each of the next three years.

      Manufacturing Industries: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings he has had with manufacturers in the North East on the (a) immediate effect of the outcome of the EU referendum and (b)...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the costs and benefits to the UK of leaving the EU Customs Union; and if he will make a...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2016 to Question 45944, on Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff, how many offers...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had any discussions with officials from the automotive industry on levels of future investment in the UK.

      EU Institutions: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many jobs in the UK would be at risk if the (a) European Medicines Agency and (b) European Banking Authority relocated out of the UK.

      Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions the Government has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the future of higher education research funding...

      UK Trade with EU: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions the Government has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on access for Scottish businesses to the single...

      Erasmus+ Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions the Government has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on future access for Scottish students to the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield of 16 August 2016, inviting him or a Minister...

  • Attorney General

    • Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Hunting Act 2004 in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

    • Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Wild Animals (Protection) Act 1996 in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Badgers Act 1991

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Badgers Act 1991 in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Deer Act 1991

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Deer Act 1991 in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department plans to publish its Civil Society Review.

    • Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to increase investment in decentralised renewable energy.

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK will take to safeguard children and other civilians in any assault on IS in Mosul; what steps she will take to put...

      Overseas Aid: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 10 October 2016 to Question 46379, how many instances of fraud have been identified by her Department's...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of the flexibility of the scheme of the CBI's proposal to delay implementation of the...

    • Further Education: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Sussex Area Review of post-16 education and training is planned to be published.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children obtained five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) selective, (b) partially selective...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department's guidance on sex and relationships education will be revised.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children achieved (a) five A* to C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics and (b) two or more A grades at A-level...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children in (a) England and (b) Northern Ireland achieved five A* to C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics in the last...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review the implementation of new SEND system by local authorities; and what assessment she has made of how transitional funding is being...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the new National Funding Formula for schools will be introduced.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has made to the Prime Minister on the Apprenticeships Adviser role since the current Prime Minister took office.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of prisoners released on licence to a bail hostel have been subsequently recalled to prison in 2016 to date.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Peterborough Cathedral: Finance

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps are being taken by the Church Commissioners to address the financial difficulties at Peterborough...

    • Cathedrals: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has made an assessment of the effect of the First World War Centenary Cathedral...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to provide additional funding to cultural and heritage projects previously funded by EU programmes when...

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will bring forward proposals to reduce the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals.

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage female participation in sport.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to what forms of hostel accommodation he plans to apply the housing benefit cap.

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations made by the Work and Pensions Committee in its report of 23 March 2016 on...

      Funerals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are affected by funeral poverty.

      Funerals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of funerals.

      Funerals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations his Department has (a) received and (b) made to the Scottish Government on its approach to funeral expenses.

      Maternity Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to make changes to the eligibility criteria for the Sure Start maternity grant for families affected by changes...

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the autism employment gap.

      Social Security Benefits: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease and who are in receipt of disability living allowance are waiting reassessment for personal...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on its investigation into alleged UK violations...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the hon. Member for Walsall North did not receive a written response to his letter of 25 May 2016 on a constituent's concern...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45252, whether he plans to routinely publish future reviews carried out by his...

      Mining: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 44288, how many of these incidents led to fatalities.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what modifications are needed to the two Queen Elizabeth-class carriers in order for them to deploy Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

    • Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the pre-concept phase activity for the General Purpose Frigate programme to conclude.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the then Minister for Defence Procurement of 24 May 2016, column 403, on Yemen: cluster munitions, that his...

      Kurds: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to provide equipment and training support to the army of the Kurdistan regional government; and if he will make a statement.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much repairs to Type 45 ships will cost; and whether the cost will be borne out of existing funds or a new allocation.

      Yemen: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2016 to Question 41376, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of evidence provided by...

      Military Attaches: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent under each cost heading by UK defence attachés in each year since 2010.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK-supplied weapons are which are known to have been used in Yemen since January 2015.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his proposals to time-limit civil claims made in relation to military operations will apply to Operation Banner.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39787, if he will place a copy in the Library of the Joint Doctrine Publication 030.2, Unmanned...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to promote the welfare of members of the armed forces.

      Gulf States: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what involvement the UK armed forces have had in training armed forces of Gulf states in each of the last 15 years.

      Turkey: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the participation of assets of the Turkish armed forces in NATO Operation Joint Warrior 2016 had been planned.

      Ethiopia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account his Department took of the suspension by the Department for International Development of a security sector management programme in Ethiopia...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total estimated net present value was of all outstanding equity loan advances in UK residential property held by...

    • Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total value was of all reclaimed equity loans in UK residential property where the holder was a government department...

      Councillors: Candidates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage people with ability to seek election to local councils; and if he will make a statement.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Parish Councils in which areas have been established since 2010; and how many new expressions of interest for creating...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from English local authorities on the effect of UK withdrawal from the EU; and if he will...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what monitoring his Department undertakes of the number of homes built on surplus public land sold for housing development; and...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations he has received on reform of the Local Government Pensions Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • HM Treasury

    • Asylum, Immigration and Integration Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to make available funding at the same level as currently received from the Asylum, Immigration and Integration Fund after the...

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on the employment of the introduction of tax on soft drinks.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect of leaving the EU Customs Union on UK GDP.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his announcement on EU regional funding dated 3 October 2016, what conditions will need to be passed by funding projects to ensure they...

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received any reports that Concentrix has used postcode areas to target tax credit claimants with allegations that they have provided...

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the announcement by HM Treasury on EU regional funding, dated 3 October 2016, whether his Department plans to (a) guarantee and (b)...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Northern Region

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the result of the EU referendum on inward investment to the (a) North and (b) North East of England.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

    • Cabinet Office: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of staff employed by his Department are non-UK nationals.

      Consumers: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will extend the proposed audit of public services to reveal racial disparities to all organisations and companies which provide (a) car insurance...

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to update the List of Ministerial Responsibilities.

      Duchy of Lancaster

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what correspondence he has received from English Heritage on Duchy of Lancaster properties under the guardianship of English Heritage in the last 12 months.

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish an updated edition of Ministerial Responsibilities.

      Duchy of Lancaster

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the proportion of time Ministers in his Department spent on the management of matters relating to the Duchy of Lancaster in the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) China, (b) USA, Canada and Hong Kong, (c) Australia, (d) Brazil, (e) India, (f)...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to determine how many trade negotiators his Department will require in the next six months.

      Department for International Trade: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are non-UK nationals.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will register the UK's support for closing domestic ivory markets irrespective of the EU support of this position.

    • Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to close the UK ivory market; and if she will make a statement.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45646, on what basis she will make recommendations to HM Treasury on...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45646, how she will assess local needs and value for money to inform...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45646, when her Department plans to complete the assessment of local...

      Flood Control: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to improve flood defences in (a) Woking constituency, (b) Surrey and (c) the South East since 2010.

      European Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to continue to participate in the European Environment Agency after the UK leaves the UK.

      Exclusive Economic Zone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to reform management of the waters in the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to maintain or enhance the UK's environmental protection standards following an exit from the EU.

      Goats: Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to negotiate with the Chinese government to seek concessions for UK companies affected by the...

      Agriculture: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of the outcome of the EU referendum for future employment levels in the...

      Food: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Great British Food Unit in opening up new markets for British food...

      Food: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote British-made produce in the UK and abroad.

      Wetlands: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will visit the New Forest to see the effect of wetland restorations.

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to work with the art and antiques industries to address the sale of ivory in the UK.

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken with the food, farming and agri-tech industries to treble the number of apprenticeships...

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women waited longer than two weeks for an abortion (a) in NHS hospitals and agencies and (b) with private providers in each year since 2009-10.

    • North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the North East Ambulance Service.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has provided for research on pancreatic cancer in each of the last three years.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has made to the Government on the potential effect on health of restricting television advertising for unhealthy food...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to engage with the Daily Mile to help implement the physical activity objectives of the childhood obesity strategy.

      Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Law Commission as part of its scoping work on reform of surrogacy law.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) have access to and (b) use an insulin pump.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS England is able to meet its aim of extending waiting time standards for mental health.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mental health crisis care concordat in improving cooperation between mental health services,...

      Mental Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) improve access to and (b) increase funding of mental health services in (i) the North East, (ii) County Durham and (iii)...

      Common Cold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of the common cold.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of so-called smart drugs.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to publish guidance on the use of bisphosphonates for the indication of preventing secondary breast cancer.

      Mental Health Services: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase mental health support to UK students in the last 12 months.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bariatric surgical procedures were carried out in (a) the UK and (b) each local health authority in 2015.

      Doctors: Recruitment and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to recruit and train more doctors.

      Craniosynostosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS treatment of craniosynostosis; and if he will take steps to increase training and awareness of...

      Health Services and Pharmacy: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of relative levels of productivity in community pharmacy and secondary care in each year since 2005.

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to pharmacy funding on the availability of essential medicines.

      Junior Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and the Royal Colleges on proposals to make junior doctors repay training costs if they...

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue a response to the report Scientific and factual? A review of breastmilk substitute advertising to healthcare professionals, published by...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the relevant departments in the devolved administrations on ensuring the maximisation of treatment for life...

  • Prime Minister

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 46313, if she will appoint a new Apprenticeships Adviser by the end of 2016.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 September (HL1473), who are the members of HS2 Ltd.’s Conflict of Interest Panel; which...

    • Luton Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the planned expansion of Luton Airport from 10 million to 18 million passengers a year, they intend to include in the specification...

      Road Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the impact of highway works and their management by utilities and local authorities on traffic congestion and delays to road...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to tackle traffic congestion.

      Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact on the bus industry of increased traffic congestion, in particular in respect of (1) bus speeds, (2)...

      Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the bus industry to meet the challenges arising from the need to deal with levels of air pollution in cities.

      Railways: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 September (HL1612), why their estimates of the financial impact of the Office of Road and...

      Network Rail: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions over each of the last five years Network Rail has been fined for breaches of health and safety legislation; and what safeguards are in...

      Network Rail: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any link between the salaries of senior managers in Network Rail and health and safety performance.

      Delivery Services: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or agreements they have made, with Amazon and other retailers about the use of drones for deliveries.

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Camps: Dunkirk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the presence of British citizens, particularly British children, in the La Linière refugee camp outside Dunkirk.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims have been made by young asylum seekers in Calais in the past 12 months; of those, how many have been accepted; and how many applicants have...

      Slavery: Court Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders, and (2) Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders, have been made in the last 12 months.

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent article in the journal Science "Motherless babies!"How to create a tabloid science headline in five easy steps, what...

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls for food manufacturers to be forced to put traffic-light nutrition labels on the front of packs.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Apache AH-64 Helicopter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their decision to buy Apache AH-64E helicopters through a foreign military sale with the United States government, how many UK companies are...

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