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Written answers

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the recommendations made to the Government by the Competition and Markets Authority regarding the Bus Services Bill, published on 29...

    • Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to provide funding for the expansion of the Manchester Metrolink after the UK leaves the EU.

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 October to Question 46630, if his Department will amend train franchising contracts to regulate train operating companies...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, House of Lords Official Report, 12 October 2016, column 1897,...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage changes from diesel to electric vehicles.

      Southeastern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Question 47481, when he plans to make an announcement on the provision of additional rolling stock to...

      A34: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State of 26 October 2016, Official Report, column 136WH, when he plans to begin consultation on...

      Driving: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses his Department received during the public consultation on advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicle technologies.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials of his Department are working on the Government's response to the Law Commission's review of taxi and private hire services,...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the physical and mental health of rail users of overcrowding on trains.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the potential uptake of social care precept by councils in each year to 2020-21.

    • Home Shopping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of online retailers on small high street businesses.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the scheme administrator of the levy-funded Energy Company Obligation on...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of client contributions that could be sought by obligated...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Committee on Fuel Poverty on providing additional funds for energy efficiency from...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial commitments to support global climate mitigation and adaption the Government plans to make as part of...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 October 2016 to Question 44431, which businesses related to the space sector his...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the provision of state aid in the event of the UK...

      Home Loss Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times the Secretary of State has exercised his powers to make payments above £15,000 under the House Loss...

      Coal Authority: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Coal Authority has spent on external legal advice in each of the last five years.

      Coal Authority: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have been employed in the Coal Authority in each of the last five years.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question 49170, how many checks Ofgem has carried out to ensure that...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the value for money case for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon; and whether that assessment has...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the potential effect of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Venezuela.

    • Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department has undertaken a recent assessment of the welfare and treatment of Mr Andargachew Tsege; and if he will make...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has been advised by the Ethiopian authorities that Mr Andargachew Tsege has been visited or contacted by...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the observation and effectiveness of the recent ceasefire in Yemen.

      Diplomatic Service: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK embassies, high commissions and consulates are required to declare donations they have received in their annual accounts.

      Namibia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British High Commissioner to Namibia on the acceptance of donations for corporate...

      Malawi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British High Commissioner to Malawi on the acceptance of donations for corporate...

      Ethiopia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British Ambassador to Ethiopia on the acceptance of donations for corporate sponsorship...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Business: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Answer 48518, which businesses in each sector his Department has consulted on reform...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Apprentices

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

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of the City of London financial sector since...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Location

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

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils attending state-funded (a) grammar schools and (b) schools that are not grammar schools (i) are eligible for free schools...

    • Extracurricular Activities: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2016 to Question 45985 on extracurricular activities: offenders, what measures are in place to protect children...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which (a) selective, (b) partially selective and (c) comprehensive local authority areas in England ranked by correlating guaranteed per pupil against...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research her Department has commissioned on the effect of selective education on the educational attainment of children in the last 12 months;...

      Schools: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of schools are currently in debt; and to whom such schools are in debt.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the current sources of financial pressure on schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities' children's social work services have been rated inadequate; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to address mental health issues in children potentially caused by pressure at school.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the policy in Schools that work for everyone, published on 12 September 2016, with the (a) UK's...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision her Department has put in place for SEND pupils who will not be able to pass selective school admission policies.

      Free School Meals: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of girls were (a) White British, (b) White British eligible for free school meals, (c) White Non-British, (d) White Non-British...

      Free School Meals: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of boys were (a) White British, (b) White British eligible for free school meals, (c) White Non-British, (d) White Non-British...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children were (a) White British, (b) White British eligible for free school meals, (c) White Non-British, (d) White Non-British...

      Minimum Wage: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to mitigate the effect of planned increases to the national minimum wage on the ability of childcare providers to recruit staff.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received from childcare providers on funding concerns relating to the Government's commitment to offer three and...

      Pre-school Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the proposed changes to the (a) funding of each local authority in London and (b) hourly rate that providers will receive in...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average five A* to C percentage pass rate for (a) low, (b) middle and (c) high attainers was in (i) selective, (ii) partially selective and...

      Comprehensive Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of grammar stream programmes in comprehensive schools.

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of free school meal students in (a) selective and (b) non-selective schools achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE in each of the last...

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of white working class boys progressed from (a) selective and (b) non-selective schools to higher education institutions in the last...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of early years intervention on the educational effect of child poverty.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment she has made of the pre-16 and post-16 attainment of pupils attending (a) high performing non-selective and (b) grammar...

      Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in receipt of free school meals dropped out of grammar schools in each selective and partially-selective education authority area in...

      Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in receipt of free school meals (a) sat and (b) passed the 11-plus exam in each fully and partially-selective...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of boys from white working class backgrounds from (a) selective, (b) non-selective and (c) state boarding schools have gone on to...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the role of independent training providers in post-16 years' education.

      Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many grammar schools have sought to end selective admissions under sections 104 to 109 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to raise the attainment level of pupils from low-income families at primary school.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department is giving to rural nurseries to ensure they are able to meet the Government's commitment of providing 30 free hours of...

      Protected Characteristics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy that executive agencies collect data on funding allocated to people who have protected characteristics as listed in the...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence her Department holds on the merits of grammar schools for social mobility.

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence her Department has gathered on the effect of good quality pre-school education on social mobility in the last five years.

      Schools: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much capital funding for (a) basic needs and (b) school maintenance has been provided from the public purse to Calderdale Council in each year...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answers of 8 September 2016 to Questions 44446 and 44447, what steps she plans to take to ensure that specific language and...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 10 of her Department's consultation, Schools that work for everyone, whether the suggestion that the 50 per cent cap on...

      Art History: GCE A-level and GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the non-availability of History of Art AS and A Levels on disadvantaged young people with an...

      Art History: GCE A-level and GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in (a) London and (b) England and Wales studied History of Art at AS and A levels at state schools in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii)...

      Department for Education: Location

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

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent evaluation she has made of the capacity of childcare providers to provide 30 hours of free childcare from the eight pilot schemes that are...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in her Department are engaged in measuring the effect of the new entitlement for free early years education and childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will publish the data that it is using to measure the effect of the free childcare entitlement on disadvantaged children.

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of qualified early years staff in preparation for the proposed changes to entitlement to...

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers who signed up to take part in the National Teaching Service pilot in the North West beginning in January 2017 have subsequently...

      Children and Young People: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what grants her Department has made to (a) children and young people's charities and (b) children and young people's organisations in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of demand for school places in the London Borough of Newham for (a) boys and (b) girls in the next five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Children: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the opportunities to present evidence in child custody cases; and if she will make a statement.

    • Homosexuality: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will ensure that her Department includes an extension to Northern Ireland of a pardon for gay and bisexual men convicted under now abolished...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the extent to which Crown Courts operate at their full capacity.

      Ministry of Justice: Location

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

      Ministry of Justice: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 December 2010, Official Report, column 7WS, what consideration her Department has given to the...

      Family Proceedings: Judgements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions she has had with the President of the Family Division on the issuance of new guidance on the anonymisation of judgments.

      Companies: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to her Department's press release of 12 May 2016, entitled New plans to tackle corporate fraud, when she plans to launch a consultation...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many care cases there have been in the English Family Courts in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team since June 2015.

    • Armed Forces: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to prevent vexatious lawsuits being brought against British servicemen.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained Army Reserve soldiers and officers there have been in each of the Army's regiments and corps in each year since 2010.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Spartan and CVR(T) vehicles are (a) in operational service, (b) used for training, (c) held in reserve, (d) undergoing the inspection and...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained soldiers and officers there have been in (a) the Queen's Royal Hussars, (b) the King's Royal Hussars, (c) the Royal Tank Regiment and...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reserve Challenger 2 crew have passed Annual Crew tests on the platform at what level in each year since 2010.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of regular armoured regiments that operate the Challenger 2 main battle tank; and if he will make a...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger 2 main battle tanks are expected to go through the Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to procure the F-35A for the Royal Air Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Reserve: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army Reserve soldiers who started but did not complete either phase 1 or phase 2 training have been discharged in each year since 2010.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army reservists in the (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Corps of Signals, (d) Army Medical Services, (e) Adjutant General's Corps,...

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support veterans into employment.

      Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 49642, on the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, when he was first made aware of the contract; and if...

      Defence Intelligence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian staff within Defence Intelligence are (a) men, (b) women and (c) from black and minority ethnic groups.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent estimate he has made of the level of procurement of British steel by his Department in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Independent Review of Consumer Protection Measures concerning Online Secondary Ticketing facilities, published in...

    • S4C: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how she plans to ensure that the Independent Review into S4C's recommendations are published in time to be incorporated into the final...

      BBC Radio: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many submissions from (a) employees of media companies and organisations and (b) from those not employed by media companies and...

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will suspend the planned budget reductions to S4C until the review of that channel has been published.

      Theatre: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to encourage low-income families to visit theatres.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and which social impact boards have been promoted by government departments since 2010.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Programme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of disabled people who will lose access to specialist help to find work as a result of...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) the UK and (b) resident in overseas countries over the age of 100 received the state pension in each of the last three...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance decisions have been amended at the mandatory reconsideration stage in each of the last five years.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance decisions have been amended at the tribunal stage in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many care leavers aged between 18 and 25 as identified through the self-identified marker used by his Department had their sanctions...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment decisions have been amended at the mandatory reconsideration state in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many grievance complaints by staff of the Environment Agency against team leaders and managers in the Environment Agency...

    • Environment Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many grievances against Environment Agency team leaders and managers have been upheld since January 2012.

      Environment Agency: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provisions are in place in the Environment Agency to protect employees working in the field of criminal investigation...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 December 2010, Official Report, column 7WS, what consideration her...

      Farmers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance her Department is providing to support young people who wish to (a) pursue a career in farming and (b)...

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to develop export markets for British food products outside the EU.

      Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on farmers.

      Gamekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many gamekeepers there were in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value of grouse-shooting to the UK economy was in each of the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were detained for immigration purposes at ports in the UK in each of the last three years; and how many such children were...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the use of the Community Trigger to tackle anti-social behaviour on a (a) national, (b) regional...

      Terrorism: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that social media activity by terrorist groups both within the UK and abroad is effectively monitored.

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2016 to Questions 47748 and 47749, on terrorism: British nationals abroad, how many people have been...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library the correspondence she had with Judge Goddard asking for her to appear before the Home Office committee...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish Dame Louise Casey's review into opportunity and integration without alteration or delay.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what correspondence she has received from members of the panel of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on the conduct of Dame...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates she held meetings with Dame Lowell Goddard between her appointment as chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on work by Ben Emmerson QC during the period that he served as the most senior lawyer for the Independent Inquiry into...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenses were claimed by Dame Lowell Goddard during her time as Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; and if she...

      Assisted Voluntary Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which countries her Department has not been able to return people through the assisted voluntary return programme in 2016 due to there...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 49304, on correspondence with Judge Goddard, when she plans to provide a substantive...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training asylum caseworkers receive on processing and considering asylum claims involving allegations of torture or serious harm where...

      101 Calls: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on charging for calls from mobile telephones to the police non-emergency number 101.

  • Department for International Development

  • HM Treasury

    • National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the National Infrastructure Commission is to be established as an executive agency rather than as a non-departmental public body.

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will carry out an impact assessment on the effect on child poverty levels of limiting tax credit payments to two children.

      Revenue and Customs: Croydon

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of staff being relocated to Croydon regional centre by HM Revenue and Customs have been deemed as living within reasonable daily travel of...

      Revenue and Customs: Dismissal

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs' staff have been dismissed in each year since 2006; and what proportion of those staff were disabled.

      Revenue and Customs: Cumbernauld

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans are in place to mitigate the potential economic effect of the proposal to close HM Revenue and Custom's Cumbernauld tax office.

      Aviation: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a levy on second and subsequent journeys taken by air passengers in a single year.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in implementing the reforms set out in Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation, published in July 2015; and...

      Treasury: Location

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of senior civil service graded posts in his Department classified as (i) deputy director, (ii) assistant director,...

      Treasury: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 December 2010, Official Report, column 7WS, what consideration his Department has given to the...

      Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) review and (b) ease restrictions on intermediary balance sheet lending by platforms under 36H of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the review by the Financial Conduct Authority into the Royal Bank of Scotland's Global Restructuring Group to be published; and if he will...

      Charities: Living Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the national living wage on charities who are not subject to corporation tax in the (a) care home and (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business Appointments Advisory Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of whether the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments takes sufficient account of the potential risk of (a) an...

    • Departmental Coordination: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department monitors the effectiveness of cross-cutting initiatives that involve more than one government department.

      National Cyber Security Centre

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on establishing the National Cyber Security Centre.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to introduce automatic electoral registration.

      Public Sector: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the performance of the One Public Estate programme.

      Public Sector: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish its initial findings from its audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes.

      Public Sector: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress has been made on the use of digital technologies to improve public services.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the UK economy in the event that the EU-Canada free trade agreement is not...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make representations to the EU Exit and Trade Committee to examine the needs of UK citizens living along the border with the...

  • Department of Health

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of breast radiologist posts were unfilled in each of the last five years for which data is available.

    • Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for mental health nursing were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the optimum length of contracts for the provision of GP services by clinical commissioning groups in terms of (a) raising...

      Truvada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make representations to Gilead to ensure the lowest possible price for Truvada is offered to NHS England in the next Clinical Priorities...

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS Private Finance Initiative schemes have been signed since 2010.

      Radiography: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for diagnostic radiographers were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for general practice were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

      Health Professions: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of employing one (a) nurse, (b) midwife, (c) doctor and (d) GP.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make additional funds available to NHS England to ensure as many specialised treatments as possible are offered in the next Clinical...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to introduce further provisions to ensure that people using the NHS from outside (a) the UK and (b) the EU pay for their...

      Cholesterol: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the innovative potential of PCSK9 inhibitor medicines for the treatment of high levels of cholesterol.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to publish a third annual suicide prevention report.

      General Practitioners: MOD Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on provision for a families and civilian GP surgery outside the wire at MOD Lyneham.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the use of clinical answering services for commissioning and decommissioning of treatment and support relating to...

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 1.86 of the Autumn Statement 2014, how much of the £150 million made available for child and adolescent eating disorder...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's announcement on 27 September 2016, of an additional £25 million for children and young people's mental health...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the level of VAT imposed on women's sanitary products; and what...

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will bring forward proposals for a consultation on extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples in England and Wales.

      LGBT People: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what support the Government plans to provide to Hull for the national LGBT+ Pride festival in 2017; and if she will make a statement.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to reduce the gender pay gap.

      Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48607, on equality impact assessments, if her Department will publish the Public Sector...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) gender equality, (b) the rights of disabled people and (b) the...

      Females: STEM Subjects

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what estimate she has made of the proportion of professional people working in STEM-related industries that are female.

  • Department for Transport

    • Southern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist in the resolution of the industrial dispute between Southern Rail and some of its staff and their unions.

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give local authorities the power to issue on the spot fines to commercial vehicles that disregard weight and other restrictions on...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the RAC, AA and other motoring organisations regarding the timely conduct of pothole repairs on roads in England.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion they have had with local authorities and the emergency services to ensure that roads in England and Wales are kept open in the event of poor...

      Cycling: Delivery Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL475), what is the justification for requiring self-employed vehicle courier drivers...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 2 August (HL1221), given that Euratom is a separate legal entity from the European Union, whether...

    • Timber

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 25 October (HL2459), what figures were used for carbon dioxide emissions from wood, per unit of...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to draw up their own Intended Nationally Determined Contribution as an independent signatory to the Paris Agreement or remain a party to...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the capital cost of new-build offshore wind farms is rising or falling; and what impact that has had on cost estimates for the level of subsidy...

      Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the price paid per megawatt hour for (1) onshore wind, and (2) offshore wind, is higher in the UK or Germany; and how important the relative wind...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the additional greenhouse gas emissions reductions required to be made by remaining EU member states if the UK is no longer bound...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 13 October (HLWS187), what was the average price paid by Government Hospitality per...

    • Somalia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Somalia.

      Turkmenistan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Turkmenistan.

      Gambia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in The Gambia.

      Kenya: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Kenya.

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that ammunition used by Boko Haram in Nigeria is manufactured in Sudan; that Boko Haram buys its weapons from...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the International Criminal Court of the stated decision by South Africa and Burundi to withdraw from the...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about the extent to which the Zimbabwe Election Commission acted to support election law in...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of South Africa regarding the threat to the political stability of Zimbabwe arising out of the extent to...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe regarding the remarks made by Vice President Mnangagwa during the recent parliamentary...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about reports of violence inflicted on supporters of the victor of the recent parliamentary...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about the use of violence and intimidation in recent electoral contests in Zimbabwe.

      Adam Hanieh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the detention, questioning and subsequent deportation of Dr Adam Hanieh, senior...

      Gaza: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning electricity supplies to Gaza, which are now limited to six hours per day.

      Gaza: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the tightening of its policy for granting exit permits to cancer patients in Gaza;...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports that the Israeli Defence Force have instructed Israeli soldiers to...

      West Bank: Olives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the British Consulate General which has launched an initiative of help to the Palestinian olive harvest in Area C.

      Sudan: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk of the government of Sudan becoming a secondary or tertiary beneficiary of funding dedicated to the Better...

      Darfur: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of chemical weapons by Sudanese government forces in Darfur.

  • Department for Education

    • Greenwich School of Management

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of public money spent on maintenance fees individual students received by studying at the Greenwich School of Management in the...

    • Greenwich School of Management

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of students in receipt of publicly-funded bursaries studying at the Greenwich School of Management for degrees validated by Plymouth...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Photographs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the deletion from Twitter by the Ministry of Defence of an Army photograph showing a soldier wearing black camouflage cream, what assessment...

    • Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times over the past 12 months RAF helicopters have flown from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to provide assistance to injured persons.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in resolving problems of damage to rights of way caused by off-road vehicles and trail motorcycles.

    • Plants: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UK exiting the EU, what steps they plan to take to tighten the rules governing the bio-security of imported trees and other plants.

      Palm Oil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on the implementation, through public procurement policy, of their commitment to achieve 100 per cent sourcing of credibly...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made, and when they plan to implement their commitment in the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests to work on new procurement...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK civil servants, and of what grade, who work in units, directorates or sub-departments within DEFRA are charged with EU policy formulation,...

  • Home Office

    • Europol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to opt in to the new Europol regulation; and if so, when.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the EU Commission proposal to introduce a European electronic system for travel authorisation (ESTA), and (2) the...

      Police: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage the provision and wearing of body cameras by operational police officers to improve police and public confidence in...

      Stun Guns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration is being given to prohibiting the use of tasers in detained settings for people with mental health conditions.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the fire risk posed by e-cigarettes and what discussion they have had with the LGA, London Councils and the leaders of Fire...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK civil servants, and of what grade, who work in units, directorates or sub-departments within the Treasury are charged with EU policy formulation,...

    • Sterling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent fall in the value of sterling.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the new members of staff appointed to work in the Department for Exiting the European Union have been recruited from outside the civil service;...

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they intend to put in place to allow representatives of the regions of England the same access that has been granted to the governments of...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department of Health

    • Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 25 July (HL1283), and in the light of the need to maintain compliance with EU law until the UK...

    • NHS: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 16 September (HL1576), what is their assessment of the proportionality of a requirement for...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, whether they intend to publish a national Mental Health Strategy.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in creating parity of esteem between mental and physical health and how they are currently measuring this.

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 15 June (HL593), whether the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) also has plans to...

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