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Written answers

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will issue new guidance to local authorities on the issuing of Hackney carriage or taxi licences to include higher quality...

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the runway capacity was for each UK airport in the last 10 years.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date Govia Thameslink Railways' application for force majeure was received; whether there is a date by which his Department (a) must and (b)...

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake an Equality Impact Assessment of Driver Only Operation.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess whether (a) Govia Thameslink Railway and (b) his Department have met their public sector equality duty in relation to the extension...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which stations on the Govia Thameslink Railway Southern routes operate unstaffed some or all of the time; and if he will make a statement.

      Ports: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy that the EU Port Services Regulation is not replaced in UK law after the UK leaves the EU.

      Joint Air Quality Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question 49572, how often the Joint Air Quality Unit working group has (a) met to date and (b) will meet...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing the measures in the Nautilus Charter for Jobs; and if he will review his...

      Public Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage commuters to use carbon-free public transport in (a) England and (b) Cumbria.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral statement on Airport Capacity of 25 October 2016, Official Report, column 163, on what evidential basis the figure of £61...

      London City Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2016 to Question 48758, what steps have been taken to measure the effect of noise caused by flights going to and...

      London City Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 48759, what measures are in place to minimise the noise footprint around London City Airport;...

      Shipping: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what objectives his Department set for the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organisation of 24 to 28 October...

      Ashley Hill Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the re-opening of the Ashley Hill railway station in Bristol West constituency.

      Exhaust Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to establish the best means by which high-polluting vehicles can be accurately and efficiently identified to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support current and ex-service personnel to find a home.

    • Local Government: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to local authorities of translating documents into different languages and...

      Local Government: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on reviewing the cost of democratic arrangements to ensure that they...

      Compulsory Purchase: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum amount payable is under the Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2015.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on budget setting processes to ensure (a) value for money for...

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there is a process in place for local authorities to challenge central government decisions in relation to the allowing...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which EU commissioners he has met since taking office; and when and where such meetings took place.

    • Mining: Subsidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department's policy that compensation for subsidence damage under the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the potential economic benefits of tidal power lagoons will be considered in the development of the...

      Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with EU Science Commissioner Carlos Moedas on potential discrimination against UK academics...

      Universities: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on research funding across all disciplines...

      Climate Change Convention: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who the UK delegation to the 2017 UN climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco will be.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is on track to meet the UK target under the Climate Change Act 2008 to reduce greenhouse gas...

      Weather: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to improve the resolution of weather warning systems.

      Nissan: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Nissan's announcement of 27 October 2016 on the production of the next Qashqai and X-Trail models in...

      Nissan: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Question LH2367, what steps his Department is taking to ensure small...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of senior civil service graded posts in his Department classified as (i) deputy director, (ii) assistant...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many apprenticeships have been created in his Department in each region in each of the last five years; and how many participants in those...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Attorney General

    • Police: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many times (a) police and (b) police community support officer defendants have been convicted since the Crown Prosecution Service's victims' right to review in...

  • Department for Education

    • Adventure Learning Academy Trust and Bright Tribe Multi-academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will place in the Library copies of the cost assurance statements prepared by Bright Tribe Multi-Academy Trust and Adventure Learning Academies...

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to remove the presence of asbestos on school sites in (a) England and Wales and (b) Derby North constituency.

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of allowing schools to admit children from one religion on integration and social cohesion.

      Faith Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the relative proportion of children from poorer backgrounds who attend religiously selective schools.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evaluations and inspections are carried out on parents who home school their children to ensure that expected progress is made and the...

      Academies: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many legal cases have been brought against her Department by academy trusts in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school fires have been reported in each year since 2005; and what the cost has been of replacing or repairing the buildings affected by such...

      Free Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of removing the 50 per cent cap on religious selection in free schools on religious tolerance and integration.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to allow Parliament to vote on (a) whether to remove the current 50 per cent cap on religious selection in free schools...

      Free Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of removing the 50 per cent cap on religious selection in free schools on the ability of parents to get...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of changes to the cap on religious selection on the opening of new Catholic state schools.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has any plans to extend her Department's policy of free school transport for children between eight and 16 years old living over three...

      Faith Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the selection processes used by faith schools on academic attainment in those schools.

      Pupils: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data her Department holds on the number of children who rely on public transport to get to school in (a) England and (b) the North East.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to improve on the Sport England strategy to develop physical literacy in schools during this current Parliament.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school pupils in each year group in each (a) region and (b) local authority receive the pupil premium.

      School Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it the Government's policy to ensure that schools are open to pupils from a range of different religious and non-religious backgrounds.

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to monitor and support the mental health of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cost was of opening a university technical college in the last three years.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many university technical colleges have (a) closed and (b) converted to an academy or free school since 2010.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the successful Free School application form for the Kings Science Academy, Bradford.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many university technical colleges she expects to be open by 2020.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide a list stating the value of each grant that has been awarded by her Department to each academy sponsor matched to a school with an...

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2016 to Question 42278, if she will list the (a) schools for which Academy Orders have been made, (b) sponsors...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools hold academy status in (i) Suffolk, (ii) East Anglia and (iii) England and Wales.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support she is providing to standing advisory councils on religious education for developing syllabuses.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools are in temporary accommodation.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of exempting local authorities from statutory duties to children in social care on the...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of outsourcing children's social care services and the running of care homes to...

      Pupil Exclusions: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma pupils were excluded from school in each local authority area in 2014-15.

      Department for Education: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 December 2010, Col 7WS, what consideration her Department has given to the articles of the UN...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of funding from her Department for free childcare is retained by each local authority for central services.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many childcare providers have breached her Department's statutory guidance issued in September 2014 that states that providers which charge for...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to ensure that all local authorities are aware of their duty to clarify the complaints procedure for parents in relation to...

      Pre-school Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children with disabilities that are eligible for the early education offer for disadvantaged two-year-olds have taken...

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of two-year-olds eligible for free 15 hours early education are accessing care in settings that (a) are outstanding, (b)...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authority children's services departments are not run directly by the local authority; and what the nature is of the structure within...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local safeguarding children's boards have been inspected by Ofsted; and what the ratings of those boards are.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps her Department has taken to stop rogue solicitors and legal advisers from offering immigration advice.

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many requests from the probation service have been made for offenders to be fitted with electronic tags in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals to the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) have been awaiting allocation of a hearing for more than (a) six months and (b)...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle the rise in incidents of violence in male prisons.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to reduce waiting times for the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum).

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is her Department's policy to maintain current transfer arrangements for foreign national offenders with EU member states after the UK leaves...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to tackle drug use in prisons.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will clarify the remit of the review into driving offences and penalties for drivers who cause death or serious injury to other people on the roads.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to reduce re-offending rates.

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to increase prison staffing numbers.

      Employment Appeal Tribunal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect of employment tribunal fees on access to justice.

      British Nationals Abroad: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will take steps to ensure that British men accused of rape abroad can be brought to trial in the UK if they cannot be tried overseas.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Peterborough

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress has been made on disposing of land at the urban extension at Norwood Peterborough with a view to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding his Department has allocated for training members of the Royal Naval Reserve in each of the last five years; and what the projected funding...

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of current contracts is between his Department and suppliers based in Wales.

      Middle East: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on dealing with the threat posed by Daesh activities in the Middle East.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department was made of the effect that Turkish troops fighting in Iraq have had on the battle to regain Mosul.

      Ministry of Defence: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 11 of the National Audit Office report, Departmental Overview 2015-16, Ministry of Defence, published on 21 October 2016, if he...

      Ministry of Defence: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 11 of the National Audit Office report, Departmental Overview 2015-16, Ministry of Defence, published on 21 October 2016, how the...

      Military Alliances: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on European and American defence co-operation of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU; and if he...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.48 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, Cm 9161, what estimate he has made of...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.48 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, Cm 9161, what estimate he has made of...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger 2 main battle tanks will equip each of the Army's two new armoured infantry brigades.

      Artillery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to procure for the Army the M777 155mm lightweight howitzer.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the procurement decisions it makes benefits from the research and development work undertaken by...

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase the use of locally produced food in defence establishments.

      Military Bases: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to assess the social and economic effect of closures of military bases and other defence establishments in rural areas.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to prepare and improve ground-to-air defences for use by the armed forces.

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to monitor (a) staffing levels and (b) training of Royal Naval Reservists.

      Armed Forces: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid in incentive bonuses to trained regular armed forces personnel who have transferred to the reserve forces in each year...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained regular (a) sailors and (b) officers transferred into the Royal Naval Reserve in each year since 2010.

      Air Force: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained regular (a) airmen, (b) airwomen and (c) officers transferred into the Royal Air Force Reserve in each year since 2010.

      Army: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former soldiers and officers who have now left the regular Army in each year since 2001 have subsequently joined the Army Reserves.

      Army: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers and officers who started their service in the regular Army in each year since 2001 have left that service.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Sick Pay and Social Security Benefits: Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of access to sick pay and state benefits for women who suffer from severe endometriosis.

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with which organisations and on which dates his Department has discussed plans to protect survivors of rape and sexual abuse whose third child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements he has put in place to assess the effectiveness of the provisions in the 2012 Scheme for varying child support payments...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 19 of the Children's Society Report entitled the cost of being care free: the impact of poor financial education and...

      Working Age Benefits: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.137 of the Summer Budget 2015, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent changes in the level of...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it remains the Government's policy to publish a life chances strategy.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding is allocated internally by the Environment Agency to the (a) capital funding stream and (b) revenue funding...

    • Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account the Government has taken of the number of elephants killed for their ivory since 2010 in assessing the...

  • Home Office

    • Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average Fire and Rescue response times were to incidents in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Redcar and Cleveland and (d)...

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how (a) much funding from the public purse has been allocated to and (b) many full-time equivalent staff were employed by (i) UK Visas and...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the average length of time people going through the National Referral Mechanism remain supported by the...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police forces in Wales are required to contribute to the UK's Apprenticeship Levy.

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to improve the quality and comparability of data on assaults on the police.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 5.2.13 of the Review of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of human trafficking, published in November...

      Airbnb

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is available for police forces on their response to complaints from consumers who find out that accommodation booked and paid...

      Football: Hooliganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been banned from attending Premiership and Championship matches in England over the last five years.

      Crimestoppers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to advertise the independence of Crimestoppers to encourage more people, particularly young people, to...

      Asylum: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who are also either identified or potential victims of trafficking were housed in safe house accommodation rather...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for police forces across (a) regions and (b) the UK having variations in their...

      Criminal Records: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions have (a) EU member states exchanged with the UK and (b) the UK exchanged with other EU member states information...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how potential victims of trafficking whose type of exploitation is recorded as unknown in the National Referral Mechanism Statistics, end of...

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the letter from the Secretary of State for Defence to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North of 6 June 2016, what...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish the results of Dame Louise Casey's review into opportunity and integration in some of the UK's most...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of Metropolitan Police Service performance against the terms set out in its service level agreement with the...

      Bombings: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any Government departments, public bodies or other organisations have been allocated funds from the public purse for legal...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to submit any new police funding formula for England and Wales to a public consultation.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of training for the police on how to support people in custody who are experiencing...

  • Scotland Office

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether a recent assessment has been undertaken of the extent of the sale of counterfeit electrical goods in Scotland which includes the (a) cost to...

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on provisions in the Digital Economy Bill to...

  • HM Treasury

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the earliest date by which the UK will be able to discharge the liabilities entered into during its time as an EU member state...

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 48873, whether he plans to backdate the commencement date of secondary legislation to bring a...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the potential effect on Total Managed Expenditure in 2017-18 of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Combined Authorities: Borrowing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to give non-transport borrowing powers to combined authorities.

      Combined Authorities: Borrowing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on giving non-transport borrowing powers to combined authorities.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Affordable Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of stamp duty reform on the availability of affordable accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Queen's Constitutional prerogative, the legal prerogatives or prerogative executive powers will be used when triggering Article 50 of the...

    • Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will provide guidance to Government departments on the Government's current definition of the prerogative power.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 10 October 2016 to Question 46333, how much has been spent on the functions of the Department for...

    • China: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK Steel industry of granting China market economy status.

      Manufacturing Industries: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to work with manufacturing businesses in West Yorkshire to strengthen their export links.

      Business: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to work with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to strengthen the export links of businesses in West...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue.

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the People's Republic of China on the detention of human rights lawyers...

      Yemen: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a UK diplomat last visited Yemen.

      Yemen: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK diplomats have visited Yemen in each of the last 10 years.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions Ministers or officials of his Department have raised the case of Mrs Nazanin Ratcliffe with their Iranian...

      Hong Kong: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for political and human rights in Hong Kong of the election held there in...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Archaeology: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the additional workforce requirement of commercial archaeology in England over the next five years.

    • Sports: Public Participation

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

      Sports: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase participation in sport among people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Extended Ministerial Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether there are any extended ministerial offices in her Department.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Government's five point plan for tourism in achieving its aims.

      National Citizen Service Bill (HL): Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish an impact assessment for the National Citizen Service Bill [HL].

      Mobile Phones: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on consumers of the time taken to implement switching in the mobile market to a...

      Mobile Phones: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information she holds of when Ofcom plans to bring forward its proposals to reform switching in the mobile market.

      Mobile Phones: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on vulnerable consumers of the current switching regime in the mobile market.

      Voluntary Work: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of National Citizen Service participants are from independent schools.

      Voluntary Work: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the social and economic benefits of the National Citizen Service; and when she plans to publish an...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to increase the numbers of visits to museums and galleries outside London.

  • Department of Health

    • Docklands Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Docklands Medical Services Ltd were registered with the Care Quality Commission for the provision of patient transport services during July,...

    • Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to fund research to improve the care and treatment of people with the limb girdle 2b form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of ambulance waiting times in (a) London and (b) England in each month of 2016.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce ambulance waiting times in (a) London and (b) England.

      Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve access to mental health services for young offenders.

      High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 48818, if he will ascertain the value of invoices sent to the High Weald Havens Clinical...

      Nutrition: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of nutrition labelling in reducing obesity; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) email, (b) meetings, (c) letters and (d) other contact he has had with the organisation Action on Smoking and Health on the Refresh Smoking...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will suffer from arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in each of the next 10 years; and...

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement a process through which clinical commissioning groups are held to account on decisions relating to the restrictive prescribing of...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the five-a-day scheme to alter eating habits; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of Type (a) 1 and (b) 2 diabetes among the population of Hartlepool constituency; and what steps he is taking to...

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that clinical commissioning groups safeguard access to medical nutrition for all patients in their area for...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to refresh its guidance on the link between (a) stress, (b) diet, (c) lack of exercise and (d) other elements of...

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the quality of assessments of prisoners diagnosed with psychosis before they are released.

      Cardiovascular System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Strategy on patient outcomes since its publication.

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that private abortion clinics are registered; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that...

      Self-harm: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014, published on 29 September 2016, what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued on patients' travel distance to GP services.

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 48113, what proportion of funding for health services received by teenagers and young adults with...

      General Practitioners: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England monitors clinical commissioning group incentive schemes for evidence of payments to GPs for the reduction of outpatient referrals.

      General Practitioners: Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) proposals for outreach GP surgeries and (b) the proposed outreach GP surgery at Lyneham require approval by his Department.

      Life Expectancy: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for life expectancy of residents of Ashfield being lower than the national average.

      Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) consultations and (b) inspections took place at Royal Brampton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust prior to that Trust being notified on 30 June...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors commissioned by local authorities since October 2015 are employed in non-NHS organisations.

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many commissioned health visitor student places had been filled by September 2016.

      NHS Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed in NHS Improvement's Operational Productivity Directorate; what the total salary cost is for employing all such people; and...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014, published on 29 September 2016, what...

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families have been assisted by the Family Nurse Partnership in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool, (c) the Liverpool City...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of accident and emergency departments that will reduce their opening hours by 2020; and which accident and...

      Doctors' List of Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of patients per GP surgery is in (a) England, (b) Wiltshire, (c) Royal Wootton Bassett and (d) Calne.

      Circle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a formal assessment of the effect of awarding the contract for provision of muscular skeletal services to Circle Health at Lewisham and Greenwich...

      Restraint Techniques: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether mental health providers are required in recording data on the use of physical restraint to record the ethnicity of the person against whom such...

      Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of mental health support available for youth offenders in the criminal justice system.

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers are available to highway authorities to enforce traffic management law; how many highway authorities have decided to use any powers available to...

    • A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 September (HL1574), whether they have completed their review of the Lessons Learned workshop;...

      A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 September (HL1574), and in the light of the significant investment in improvements to the A1...

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 September (HL1845), on a convenient date in the last month, what percentage of the M1...

      High Speed Two

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 October (HL2001), which parts of the Data Protection Act 1998 prevent them from providing a...

  • Home Office

    • College of Policing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were received for the job of independent Chair of the Board of Directors of the College of Policing; and when they expect to announce...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the recent attacks in Silwan and the fatal shooting of Ali Alef Shyoukhi.

    • Liberia: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will offer support to the government of Liberia, in the context of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, to implement the recommendations...

      Turkey: Overseas Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation facing UK companies contemplating investing in Turkey.

      Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent official closing in Turkey of more than 20 media outlets; and whether they will make representations to the government...

      Office of UK Permanent Representative to EU and Treasury

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to replace the permanent secretary to the Treasury or the permanent representative at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Court of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many European Court of Justice rulings against the UK government have not yet been implemented; and whether they will give details of those rulings.

  • Department for International Development

    • Eritrea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks and potential human rights infringements arising from the repatriation of refugees from Sudan to Eritrea.

    • Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent ageing and older people in developing countries remain an issue of concern for the Department for International Development, why this matter...

      Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Project Literacy campaign, and whether they have plans to support and promote that campaign.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current arrangements for parents who decide to homeschool their children; whether children who are homeschooled are given a Unique Pupil Number;...

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what oversight is provided to private higher education providers enrolling students onto degree courses to ensure minimum criteria are met for entry onto...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulatory provision the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education makes to ensure that private higher education providers maintain minimum...

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total amount of land that has been disposed of by schools which have sold their playing fields since 2010.

      Physical Education: North West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of schools in Merseyside and Lancashire have a curriculum which includes physical education.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 14 March (HL7000, HL7001 and HL7002), when they expect to publish the outcome of the public consultation,...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the importance of landscape quality when new housing is built on greenfield sites.

    • Housing and Planning Act 2016

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring forward draft regulations under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

      Almshouses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the service provided by almshouses to local communities.

  • HM Treasury

    • Insurance Companies: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the impact of the potential loss of EU passporting rights on the international insurance and reinsurance companies...

    • Sterling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the fall in the value of sterling on the UK’s indebtedness.

      Corporation Tax: Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the merits of exempting social enterprises from paying corporation tax.

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to bring sixth form colleges in line with sixth form college academies in not having to pay VAT.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Dual Nationality: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK citizens also have citizenship of the Republic of Ireland.

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many allegations of personation were made to the police in respect of the EU referendum, how many of these are under active investigation, and what...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Liam Fox

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Price on 18 October (HL2097), whether they have assessed that the Secretary of State's curriculum vitae (CV)...

    • Overseas Trade: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to maintain, or improve, Commonwealth Caribbean trade with, and preferential access to, the UK market, particularly in relation to...

  • Department of Health

    • Children: Social Networking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 18 July (HL1279) and in the light of the recent report by NHS Digital concerning social media...

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to increase diagnosis of patients with atrial fibrillation.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Age UK report on self-funders in care homes published on 20 October showing that self-funded care home patients are in...

      Pharmacy Integration Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 20 October (HL Deb, col 2484–90), whether the Pharmacy Integration Fund is still planned to...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 20 October (HL Deb, col 2484–90), how much of the Pharmacy Access Fund will come from...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anual cost to the NHS of (1) people coming to the UK from overseas to receive non-emergency medical treatment, and (2) non-UK residents receiving...

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