Written answers

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • FairFuel UK

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet FairFuelUK to discuss fiscal incentives for the use of cleaner fuels.

    • Concentrix: Cheshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency and (b) Cheshire West and Chester have had a tax credit claim stopped by Concentrix; and how...

      Concentrix: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credits claims have been reinstated by HM Revenue and Customs as a result of (a) adjustments and (b) cancellations by Concentrix in the...

      Concentrix: West Midlands

      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) Warley constituency, (b) Sandwell...

      European Banking Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the UK of the UK withdrawing from the European Banking Authority.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much EU Solidarity Fund flood relief funding the Government applied for after the 2015-16 winter storms.

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to receive funding awarded by the EU Solidarity Fund.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review his Department's policies in light of the relative gain in strength of the Euro against sterling.

      Living Wage: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the introduction of the national living wage on the UK's international competitiveness.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effect of the personal independence payments rollout for disabled people in work and using...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Access to Work; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) deafblind...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what standard of medical expertise is expected of personal independence payment assessors; and what (a) experience and (b) training is...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse is of the contracts with (a) Capita and (b) ATOS Healthcare for the assessment of personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are paid as personal independence payment assessors in Scotland.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of isolation in the workplace on disabled people and the effect of such isolation on...

      Pensions: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the financial cost of unfreezing UK-issued pensions in those British Overseas Territories where they...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people who would have been entitled to a larger income due to the proposed changes to the Pension Protection...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in cases when someone in receipt of a state pension passes away, (a) whether their family is automatically notified on any pensions payments...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on employment outcomes of moving care leavers from jobseeker's allowance...

      Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent measures the Government has undertaken to ensure that people with mental health conditions are properly supported into work.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data protection measures his Department has in place to ensure the safety of claimant's personal information from a potential online data...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that personal independence payment assessments are undertaken fairly and appropriately.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implication for his Department's policies of the findings in the recent report from the charity Sense,...

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implication for his Department's policies of recommendations made by CLIC Sargent in its report on cancer...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of work allowance for universal credit will be for people (a) with and (b) without a housing element included in their...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47675, if he will publish the recommendations made by his Department's internal process...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2016 to Question 42974, when the written responses from external stakeholders on child maintenance service...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance British police have provided to Bahrain in the last 12 months; what the (a) dates and (b) titles of those assistance...

    • Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of Islamophobic abuse have been recorded in each of the last 12 months.

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of UK nationals who have travelled overseas to engage in terrorist activity.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence her Department holds on the effect of the creation of police and crime commissioners on police accountability.

      Refugees: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the total number of refugees who will attempt to cross the Mediterranean in 2017.

      Hamza Sodagar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the admission of Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Migrant Workers: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK-based science research teams can employ foreign researchers without restriction.

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been charged with terrorism offences committed overseas on their return to the UK in each of the last three years.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) key stakeholders on ensuring that researchers who are EU nationals and who...

      Malawi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take immediate steps to reopen consular facilities in Malawi to enable Malawian nationals to obtain UK visas in that country.

      British Nationality: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to review the citizenship process for EU nationals married to British citizens.

      Domestic Violence and Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent from the public purse on (a) police officers and (b) Crown Prosecution Service training in respect of (i) stalking...

      Knives: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to work with the Crown Prosecution Service, other Government departments and the police to improve the...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what work her Department undertakes with (a) refuges and (b) women's support groups on forced marriage.

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to review the efficacy of sections 103 and 104 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Government's policy is on the nature of the border controls between the UK and the Republic of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department of Health

    • Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total budget is for dental care in England in each of the next five years; and how much of that budget is allocated to dental care education in...

    • Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 3 May 2016 to Question 35653, how much Public Health England plans to spend on campaigns promoting the cessation of...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to encourage local communities to input into individual sustainability and transformation plans; and if he will publish...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on ensuring that repurposed, off-patent drugs are consistently available to NHS patients where evidence supports...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his Ministerial colleagues on encouraging young people in deprived communities to pursue a career in medicine.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to analyse and expand health service capacity in areas of expected high population growth.

      Birmingham City Hospital: Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has (a) received and (b) made on eye health services at Birmingham City Hospital.

      Stem Cells: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had stem cell transplantation procedures interrupted in England in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish a consultation on proposals to introduce fixed recoverable costs for clinical negligence cases.

      Stem Cells: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost per patient is of carrying out stem cell transplantation.

      Stem Cells: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the interruption of stem cell transplantation.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish sustainability and transformation plans.

      Chronic Illnesses: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of reviewing the medical exemption criteria of prescription charges for people with long-term...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of the NHS Citizen scheme has been to date; and what assessment he has made of its success since its creation.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Cheshire Patient Transport Service in the last 12 months.

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on Category M of the Drug Tariff of the proposed changes to the pharmacy funding formula.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS trusts have agreed financial control totals for the next two years.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for approving sustainability and transformation plans.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) residents, (b) children and (c) adolescents from Lambeth and Southwark were admitted to a mental health facility outside the London boroughs...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much time has been allocated for the public consultation on the sustainability and transformation plans for Birmingham and Solihull and the Black...

      European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the Government's policy to negotiate to continue participation in the European Food Safety Authority after the UK leaves the EU.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most recent rating by the Care Quality Commission was of each Ambulance Trust.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to replace or renew the National Stroke Strategy, published in December 2007.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to put in place the Government's commitment to parity of esteem between mental health treatment and physical health treatment.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision is available to help people with multiple sclerosis access the care and support they need.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recommendation of the Independent Cancer Taskforce report, Achieving World-Class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020,...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of GPs to (a) be recruited and (b) retire in each of the next five years.

      European Medicines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) health and (b) economic effects of the UK withdrawing from the European Medicines Agency.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the Government's policy to seek to maintain free emergency medical treatment for (a) citizens from EU countries in the UK and (b) UK...

      Blood and Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the Government's policy to comply with EU rules on the exchange of (a) blood and (b) organs after the UK has left the EU.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 44948, what the ratio of (a) nurses and (b) midwives is to administrators in the NHS.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he take steps to raise awareness among pregnant women of the (a) risks of alcohol consumption and (b) benefits of zero alcohol consumption.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of (a) obese and (b) overweight children under the age of 11; and if he will take steps to cooperate with...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, when he expects terms of reference to be published for (a) the clinical expert groups and...

      Childbirth: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 October 2016 to Question 46089, if his Department will collect information on the number of babies born in transit between...

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on improving the performance of ambulance services which are in special measures.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the proposal tabled for the forthcoming World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties...

      Health: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 1.104 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether the Government carried out an equality impact assessment of...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) on how many occasions during the most recent negotiation period Ministers and officials of his Department met with representatives from the...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the reduction in the number of community pharmacies in England of (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 25 per...

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the diagnosis of stroke in children.

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is provided to NHS clinicians on diagnosing childhood stroke.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector on the effect of the UK...

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to advice published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the effect of varicella vaccination on shingles, if he will make...

      Royal Brompton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake a consultation with patients, staff and the public on the proposed closure of congenital heart services at Royal Brompton Hospital.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Biofuels: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he will allow combined heat and power biomass plants pre-accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive that are...

    • Biofuels: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the relative merits of changing the (a) subsidy structure and (b) tariff...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons his Department has not renegotiated the Contract for Difference for Hinkley Point C; and if he will...

      Conditions of Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what workplace protection is in place for young people under the age of 25 to protect them from exploitation by their...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it his policy to continue to take part in the EU negotiations on phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on investment in energy intensive industries of increased regulatory...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that consumers are adequately informed about the option to...

      National Measurement System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the budget for the National Measurement System was spent through (a) NEL Ltd, (b) the National...

      Tidal Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what level of funding his Department has allocated to schemes that encourage investment in tidal energy in each of the...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to prioritise the sourcing of UK-made components and materials for the construction...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal the UK carbon fibre industry has used per annum in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to formally respond to Lord Oxburgh's report on carbon capture and storage in the UK,...

      Coal: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Colombian government on the amount of coal mined in...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in Scotland with dynamically teleswitched meters receive their electricity supply from Scottish...

      Coal: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Colombia on reducing the incidence of children and young people...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal the UK carbon fibre industry used in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on carbon capture and storage for coal and gas; and if he will make a statement.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal the UK used for non-power generating purposes in each of the last 10 years.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the UK received from the European Regional Development Agency in (a) total, (b) each action region of...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward proposals for a further round of Regional Growth Funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Pregnancy: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to address levels of discrimination in the work-place for women who are pregnant.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote and enable partners to share parental leave.

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research his Department has recently undertaken into the potential benefits of increasing paternity leave for men.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which agreed EU directives have not yet been transposed directly into UK law; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been paid to social care workers by employers since HM Revenue and Customs introduced the self-correction...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what verification process is used by HM Revenue and Customs to ensure that the level of arrears paid to workers using...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with energy suppliers on tariffs for customers who do not elect to pay for services online.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2016 to Question 44820, whether any subsequent action is taken by HM Revenue and...

      Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the publication of the Bonfield Review, due to be published in March 2016, has been delayed; and when...

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral contribution of 10 October 2016, Official Report, column 81, on the Neighbourhood Planning...

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the outcome of the discussions that are due to take place between the Government and the Post Office on a...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to safeguard the provisions of the EU Working Time Directive once Article 50 has been triggered.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a British firm made a bid to supply steel for the Trident replacement.

    • Trident Submarines: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Government made a decision to use French steel for the new Trident submarines.

      Ministry of Defence: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which agreed EU directives have not yet been transposed directly into UK law; and if he will make a statement.

      Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with senior officials in the Royal Navy on the recommendations of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report on the...

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the contract award date for the Defence Business Services corporate services integration and innovation provider contract; and...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had with UK steelmakers before the decision was made to use French steel in the construction of Trident successor submarines.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

    • Future High Streets Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the future high streets forum has met in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mining: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote investment in former coalfield communities.

      Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will review the operation of the scheme requiring letting agents to publicise their fees to consumers.

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an application to the EU Solidarity Fund before December 2016.

      New Towns: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the expression of interest made to his Department by Shepway District Council on proposals for a...

  • Scotland Office

    • Air Routes: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has made representations to the Department of Transport on negotiations on the bilateral agreement regulating direct flights between the UK...

    • Transport Scotland: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the number of complaints Transport Scotland has received on over-staging on its dedicated...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what incentives are provided by the Government to encourage electricity providers to create opportunities for households with dynamically teleswitched...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what opportunities are available to households in Scotland with dynamically teleswitched meters to switch between electricity suppliers.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many households in (a) Scotland and (b) the Highland area of Scotland have their electricity supplies controlled by dynamically teleswitched meters.

      Scotland Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which agreed EU directives have not yet been transposed directly into UK law; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Transport

    • River Mersey: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will produce a cost impact assessment for users of the new Mersey Gateway.

    • Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on road infrastructure per head of population in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency, (b) the North West, (c) the...

      Eurotunnel: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with Eurotunnel on providing incentives through its access charges for increased long distance transportation of...

      Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what further devolution is being considered to the Mayor of London; and how his Department is working with the Mayor to tackle rail challenges facing...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of Heathrow Airport expansion on UK industry.

      Railways: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent from the public purse on rail services per head of population in (a) Ellesmere Port & Neston constituency, (b) the North...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with local authorities on the possible expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick airports; and if he will make...

      River Mersey: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the introduction of tolls on the Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges;...

      River Mersey: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of tolls on the Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges on the (a) finances, (b) employment levels, (c)...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons his Department deploys speed cameras that photograph vehicles from the (a) front and (b) rear on (i) trunk roads and (ii) motorways;...

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for the next public consultation on Crossrail 2.

      British Transport Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reports have been made to the British Transport Police using the 61016 text service in each territorial division in each quarter since its...

      British Transport Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent from the public purse on promoting and publicising the British Transport Police's 61016 text service in each quarter since its...

      Public Transport: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the outcomes of its proposed Accessibility Action Plan will improve the accessibility of public...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the High Speed Rail Committee's recommendations on ecology in its report of March 2016, Government overview of the case for High...

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its Accessibility Action Plan.

      Rescue Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure effective working between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and local Fire and Rescue services on...

      East Anglia Rail Franchise: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the delay repay scheme to begin operating on the (a) Greater Anglia franchise and (b) West Anglia route.

      Motor Vehicles: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department holds data on the level of motor vehicle ownership in (a) England and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Mexican government on co-operation with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights...

    • Iraq: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the UK is supporting the Iraqi government in its preparations to restore inclusive governance in Mosul after that city is...

      Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of enforcement of international humanitarian and human rights law in respect...

      Norfolk Island: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations from the people of Norfolk Island on administrative and constitutional changes being...

      Israel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received on the compatibility with (a) Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and...

      Palestinians: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the statement issued by his Department on 7 October 2016 on death sentences issued in Gaza, what discussions...

      Ethiopia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what account his Department took of the case of Andargachew Tsege in its decision to fund the executive MSc programme in...

      Libya: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to persuade the Libyan government to issue compensation for UK victims of...

      Norfolk Island: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met the administrator of Norfolk Island since 1 July 2016.

      Royal Yacht

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the possible diplomatic benefits of recommissioning HM Yacht Britannia.

      United Nations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2016 to Question 44301, United Nations: finance, how much his Department contributed...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Ethiopian counterpart on the case of Andy Tsege.

      Imdad Ali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Pakistani government on overturning the death sentence of Imdad Ali.

      Pakistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the death penalty in that country.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Yemen following the air strike on a funeral hall in Sana'a on 8...

      Somaliland: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the Government plans to take in helping to facilitate a resumed dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia after...

      Ministers: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what overseas visits he has made since his appointment.

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Chinese counterpart and (b) officials from Tibet on human rights in Tibet.

      Commonwealth: Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Commonwealth of the recent announcement by the government of the...

      Commonwealth: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the economies of Commonwealth states of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth on the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Somaliland government's work on reconciliation between the communities in the Sool and...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential implications for Zimbabwe's political and economic future in the event...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policy on Yemen of the airstrike in Sanaa on 8 October 2016.

      UK Withdrawal from EU: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the role of that Government in negotiations on...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the UK's support for the Saudi-led coalition forces operating in Yemen.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department has taken in discussions with the EU on UK membership of the single market after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for International Development

    • Marriage: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in co-operation with UN agencies to tackle the increase in child brides in refugee camps and...

    • Department for International Development: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2016 to Question 44352, for what contracts the largest three total payments were made to (a)...

      Department for International Development: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which agreed EU directives have not yet been transposed directly into UK law; and if she will make a statement.

      Malawi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government will take steps to ensure that UK aid to Malawi funds long-term transport infrastructure, irrigation,...

      Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on UK support for the global eradication of polio; and what discussions she has had with her counterparts in...

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget is planned to be allocated to projects administered by other Departments in 2017-18.

      Developing Countries: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of withdrawing overseas development assistance funding to countries in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she plans to publish an updated list of her Department's priority countries.

      Kenya: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian effect of the closure of the Dadaab camp on Somali refugees in that region.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Derby

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

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to differentiate between the roles of her Department and the Institute for Apprenticeships on the (a) quality of...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of a reduction in international student numbers on university finances.

      Higher Education: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on work permits and immigration rules for EU citizens working in higher education,...

      Medicine: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications for medicine courses were (a) received and (b) accepted at higher education institutions in England in each of the last five years.

      Foreign Students: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to ensure that UK students will retain the ability and funding to study at universities elsewhere in the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will ensure that the sex and relationships education curriculum includes (a) LGBT issues and (b) supporting young people's long-term...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average amount of student loans outstanding for graduates has been in each of the last three years ending on 31 March 2016.

      Educational Institutions: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many colleges which were not recognised or listed have been shut down in each of the last three years; and how many such colleges are currently...

      Extended Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the proportion of funding for extended school activities in primary schools in 2015-16 which came from parental contributions in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils with special educational needs in schools in England (a) have an education, health and care plan and (b) are educated in a special school.

      Extended Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve participation rates in extended school activities of primary school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect the availability of childcare provision of extended schools has had on reducing (a) the gender pay gap, (b)...

      Apprentices: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to prevent wage discrepancies between male and female apprentices.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase diversity in apprenticeships.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2016 to Question 40132, whether there have been any changes to her Department's plans for the roll out of the...

      Teachers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers left the profession or took early retirement in each year for which data is available since 2011.

      Sixth Form Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools with sixth forms there are where the proportion of students achieving GCSE A*-C in English and A*-C in mathematics is lower than the...

      Teachers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the findings of the research on teachers' working hours, published by the Education Policy Institute on 10 October 2016, whether she...

      Special Educational Needs: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what role Ofqual has in the setting of the requirements for special needs access to examinations specified by the Joint Council for Qualifications.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to ensure that people with audio or visual impairments benefit from the Digital Economy Bill; and if she will...

    • Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will issue a response to the report Scientific and factual? A review of breastmilk substitute advertising to healthcare...

      Advertising: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to restrict television advertising for unhealthy food on programming likely to be watched by children.

      Gaming Machines: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Part 10 of the Gambling Act 2005.

      Radio Frequencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures her Department is taking to ensure that all mobile phone operators have sufficient spectrum to meet future demands for...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which agreed EU directives have not yet been transposed directly into UK law; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuisance Calls: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of establishment of the Fundraising Preference Service on charitable donations.

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made on increasing funding for greyhound welfare from gambling operators since publication of the...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit advertisements for fast food on television before the watershed.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pate De Foie Gras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consider taking steps to ban the sale of foie gras in the UK.

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on developing a futures market for UK dairy farmers.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to consult stakeholders in the development of proposals for a post-Common Agricultural Policy system of...

      Self-sufficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to address the change in Britain's self-sufficiency rating.

      Agricultural Products: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish an estimate of the UK share of EU tariff rate quotas on agricultural products in (a) each of the last...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle the threat from the Asian hornet to the honeybee population in the UK.

      Schools: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many schools in Birmingham are located in areas with pollution higher than World Health Organisation limits.

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to encourage local authorities to implement a voluntary Clean Air Zone; and what estimate she has...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with water suppliers on tariffs for customers who do not elect to pay for services online.

      Pigmeat: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates Ministers and officials in her Department met with (a) representatives from the British pork industry and (b)...

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to respond formally to the Soil Association's Save Our Anti-Biotic campaign.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend badger vaccination schemes in 2017.

      Bees: Beetles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the small hive beetle from affecting the UK's bee population.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she estimates that the BCG vaccine will be available to resume the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme; and what plans her...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has set its negotiating position for exiting the EU as being that it will not seek to remain in the single market.

    • Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector on...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which agreed EU directives have not yet been transposed directly into UK law; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • 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)...

    • First Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department has taken to ensure first-time offenders entering the prison system are (a) made aware of gang culture in prisons and (b)...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving indefinite sentences in England are awaiting re-offending courses.

      Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of domestic abuse victims in child contact cases in the family court have been in receipt of legal aid in each year since 2010.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civilian enforcement officers were employed by HM Courts and Tribunal Service in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of proposals set out in January 2016 by Lord Justice Jackson to set fixed costs on all personal injury claims...

      Codes of Practice: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to include the key entitlements for victims and witnesses set out in her Department's Code of Practice for Victims of...

      Muslim Arbitration Tribunal: Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions her Department has had with the Judicial Office on permitting district judges to sit as presiding judges at the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal.

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to improve the safety of prison staff at work.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has to re-open Wellingborough Prison.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans are in place to improve security at Wellingborough Prison to prevent travellers encroaching on the site.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Unpaid Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what statistics are held by the Government relating to incidences of unpaid trial shifts since May 2010 relating to (a) individuals not claiming...

    • Public Sector: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of using blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the public sector.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the net change in the number of jobs in the UK since 23 June 2016.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, (a) how many former Civil Servants have taken up employment in roles that directly relate to their work for the Government since May 2015 and (b) how...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of people given security clearance and passes in 2015 to work for...

    • Palace of Westminster: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of people who have security clearance for catering and cleaning purposes in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what controls exist relating to the release of information on vehicle ownership held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to ensure that electric cars emit a warning noise so that those cars are audible.

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many disqualification decisions taken in another EU member state have been given effect in the UK, in each of the last three years, under the terms of...

      Road Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve street works organisation and reinstatement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people living in communities of 150 residents or more in the UK have no access to mains gas.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disability: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people who are deafblind, and those with complex needs, benefit from plans to halve the disability employment gap.

    • Disability: Employment Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the recent report from the charity Sense, Realising Aspirations for All, to break the link between...

  • HM Treasury

    • Sterling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the drop in the value of sterling in recent months reflects the markets' view of the likely future health of the UK...

    • M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Infrastructure Commission will examine the economic impact of (1) the deployment of Operation Stack in 2015, and (2) their plans for a...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of comments by Kristin Forbes, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, on possible over-counting of the economic effects...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for International Trade

    • Liam Fox

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what experience the Secretary of State for International Trade has had of working inside British business.

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