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Written answers

Monday, 7 November 2016

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Statutory Sick Pay: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the capacity of small businesses to pay statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payment claims have been (a) submitted and (b) successful in each year from...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment applications were received between April 2015 and October 2016.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken has been for a decision to be made on a (a) personal independence payment (PIP) and (b) mandatory reconsideration...

      Employment: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of losing the European Social Fund on the provision of employment support; and what plans the...

      Chemical Engineering: Standardisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how compliance with the UN Global Harmonised System of classifying and labelling chemical processes will be regulated after the UK leaves the EU.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which local authorities plan to roll-out the lower benefit cap for newly-affected claimants from the week commencing (a) 7 November 2016, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants affected by the lower benefit cap in (a) Westminster City Council and (b) the Royal Borough of Kensington and...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many notices of finalised Child Support Agency (CSA) arrears have been sent to parents with care whose CSA liability has ended in each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases have been referred for arrears cleansing in each month since March 2016.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of former Child Support Agency arrears has been written off at the parent with care's request since the end of March 2016.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what amount the total of Child Support Agency (CSA) maintenance arrears held on CSA IT systems has been reduced since January 2015 as a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications were made for short-term benefit advance and hardship payments in the last 12 months; and what proportion of such...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance were processed within (i)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for universal credit were processed and paid within 42 days in the most recent 12 month period for...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) East Ham constituency and (b) the London Borough of Newham will be affected by the extension of the benefit cap to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in East Ham constituency (a) are entitled to claim child maintenance and (b) have experienced payment arrears due to...

      Child Poverty Unit: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff have worked in the Child Poverty Unit in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to make an announcement on the timetable for the future roll-out of universal credit.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the date of receipt was of the oldest outstanding further submission related to an asylum claim.

    • British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what projection she has made of future demand for the Knowledge of Life in the UK test.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK test centres for the Knowledge of Life in the UK were operating in each year from 2010 to date.

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review immigration rules for students.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made, other than by using passenger survey data, of the number of international students each year who break their...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times DNA testing has been used in immigration cases in each of the last three years.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times her Department has disputed the age of someone claiming to be a child when making an asylum application in the last 12 months.

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to change the £18,600 income threshold for immigration of non-EEA partners of British citizens.

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department holds information on the number of times (a) territorial support groups and (b) other police officers have been...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on (a) food, (b) drinks, (c) rail fares, (d) air fares, (e) mileage allowances, (f) taxis, (g) other travel costs, (h)...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy on migrant detention of the report published by Detention Action entitled,...

      Immigration Enforcement Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish her Department's Immigration Enforcement Business Plan for 2016-17.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was to the public purse of (a) room hire, (b) food and (c) hot and cold drinks for the UK Visas and Immigration North West MP...

      Passports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been confiscated from Syrian citizens by UK officials in Turkey in 2016 on the basis of those passports having been...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the safety of unaccompanied refugee children who have not been placed in alternative accommodation or...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive and business leaders on the promotion in the Irish Republic of retailing...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the budget deficit for Cheshire and Merseyside if the current sustainability and transformation plans are implemented.

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made toward the publication of NHS transformation and sustainability plans for Cheshire and Merseyside.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to allow public consultation after the publication of NHS transformation and sustainability plans for Cheshire and Merseyside.

      Motor Neurone Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of care and treatment available to patients diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

      Mental Health Services: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 1.233 of the Budget 2015, how much of the £1.25 billion allocated to children and adolescent mental health services (a)...

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS priority treatment for armed forces veterans is delivered by private health care providers when...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with NHS England on the operation of its specialised commissioning prioritisation process in 2016.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS England (a) proposed and (b) abandoned the introduction of a soft market testing exercise as part of its specialised commissioning...

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how health care professionals assess whether a veteran's illness or condition is related to service in the armed forces and therefore eligible for...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether recommendations made by NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group on the basis of inaccurate costings provided by NHS England are subject...

      NHS 111: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls the NHS 111 helpline received from people experiencing mental illness in the last 12 months.

      Self-harm: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 317 of the NHS Digital report, Mental health and wellbeing in England, Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014, published on 29...

      Mental Health: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase public awareness of mental health in Worcestershire in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to talking therapies in Worcestershire.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average length of stay in hospital for people with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) dementia in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that mental health service practitioners routinely enquire about women's experience of violence and abuse as standard...

      Mental Illness: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children and young people being detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in police...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking in response to the findings of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership response report, National Confidential...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to signpost mental health patients with financial difficulties to specialised support services.

      Mental Illness: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the services offered by crisis resolution and home treatment teams to reduce the number of patients who die by suicide while...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of high drug prices on NHS funding.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued on acceptable waiting times for patients prescribed talking therapies by their GP.

      Mental Health Services: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have used mental health services in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch in each of the last three...

      Macular Degeneration: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding provided to researching age-related macular degeneration.

      Plastic Surgery: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chinese government on safety standards for UK citizens travelling to China to have cosmetic surgery.

      Fractures: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with medical companies on the potential merits of using 3D printers to help those with broken bones.

      Stomach Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to make high definition cameras available on the NHS to detect and treat stomach cancer.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which person or body has overall ownership and copyright of Health Records in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Dense Deposit Disease: Eculizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on the use of eculizumab to treat a patient with dense deposit disease at Evelina Children's Hospital.

      Hospitals: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what average home-to-hospital journey time his Department uses as its benchmark for acceptable travelling time for patients using (a) accident and...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has had discussions with Fertility Fairness on clinical commissioning groups' adherence to NICE guidelines on the provision of NHS funded...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the average waiting times for access to child and adult mental health services.

      Prisons: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of dental services in prisons.

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that all people with diabetes have access to a multidisciplinary footcare team at their local hospital.

      General Practitioners: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the process of patient data transfer when moving from one GP to another.

      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have had polycystic ovary syndrome in each of the last five years.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Artificial Sweeteners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is made available to women participating in IVF treatments on avoidance of artificial sweetners.

      Headaches: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on the potential link between headaches and depression.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of the HPV vaccination.

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential level of cost pressures on learning disability service provider wage budgets arising from...

      Injuries: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of accident and emergency admissions in October, November, December and January in each year since 2010 resulted from fireworks-related...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the average travel distance for treatment for child mental health inpatients.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of mental health inpatient treatment for (a) children and (b) adults in (i)...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many psychological therapists were employed in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Step 4 services in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency,...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many repeat referrals there were to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool, (c)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clients with common mental health conditions were seen by an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Step 4 service in (a) Liverpool,...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to publish recovery rates for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Step 4 services.

      Young People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's publication, Future in Mind, published in March 2015, if he will take steps to implement the recommendations in that...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Cancer: Research

      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 on rare and childhood cancers.

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of installed smart meters that cannot work because they do not have...

      Space Technology: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2016 to Question 45694, how much the Government spent on space funding in each...

      Chemical Engineering: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the retention of automatic EU-wide marketing licences for chemical...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the recognition of UK firms' trademarks and patents in the EU after the UK has left the EU.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many equality impact assessments his Department carried out in 2016; and how many such assessments the Department...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many sub-1000MW reciprocating engines have prequalified for the Third T4 Capacity Market auction; and whether his...

      Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Consumer Protection Measures concerning...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to offer flexible working conditions to (a) improve productivity and...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK's decision to leave the EU on the UK manufacturing sector.

      Economic Growth: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how (a) Midlands devolution and (b) the West Midlands growth engine plan will apply to Redditch constituency.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people are deemed to live in fuel poverty; and how this figure has changed over the last three years.

      Nissan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he had with his counterparts at the Department for Transport prior to Nissan's announcement of 27...

      Fireworks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the level of public sales of fireworks in each year since 2010.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the effect of delays to the DCC go-live date.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of recruitment agencies which require clients to register as a business before...

      Wind Power: Scottish Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the potential economic benefits of the remote Scottish islands onshore wind...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish an updated impact assessment for the smart meter programme.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question 49363, what the technical issue which triggered the revise or confirm offer procedure was; and if...

    • Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding has been allocated to the East Europe and Central Asia Conflict, Stability and Security Fund budget-funded teams delivering training to...

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained regular Commonwealth nations armed forces personnel joined the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy in each year since 2010.

      Veterans: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to support armed forces veterans who are disabled or have a long-term health condition.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that retired Gurkhas and their families settled in the UK have access to adequate welfare support and advice.

      Russia: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of Russia's military manoeuvres in Eastern Europe and through the English Channel for (a) UK...

      Ministry of Defence: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which environmental impact assessments have been made of each of the Operation Joint Warrior military exercises since 2009.

      Reserve Forces: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tasks he has assigned to reserve forces to assist the civil powers in emergencies.

      Baltic States: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British armoured component is planned for the NATO deployment to the Baltic states.

      Armed Forces: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress the Government has made on protecting the armed forces from persistent legal claims.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to maintain its NATO commitment to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on the order for Type 26 frigates.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many small businesses in (a) Hornsey and Wood Green constituency and (b) London have claimed small business rate relief in...

    • Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the level of small business rate relief.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequate provision of housing for older people across all housing types and...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to improve the supply of shared equity affordable housing in (a) Peterborough and (b)...

      Landlords: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on drawing up a register of rogue landlords.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage developers to offer optional eco-friendly extras in new-build properties.

      Private Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to strengthen the protections afforded to private rent tenants under section 4 of the Defective...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Building More Homes, HL 20, published on 15 July...

      Land: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow local...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to consider the housing needs of older people as part of the forthcoming housing white paper.

  • HM Treasury

    • VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the rate of VAT for small businesses.

    • Concentrix: Garston and Halewood

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Garston and Halewood constituency have had a tax credit claim stopped by Concentrix.

      Treasury: Migrant Workers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station and Trident Submarines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the contracts relating to the provision of (a) Trident and (b) Hinkley Point are denominated in pounds, euros or dollars.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station and Trident Submarines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on the cost to the public purse of the (a) Trident renewal programme and (b) Hinkley Point contracts of the change...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the level of fraud linked to the use of pension lump sum payments.

      Enterprise Zones: Coleraine

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to clear all paperwork on the pilot Enterprise Zone near Coleraine, announced in 2014.

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK Trade with EU: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of products and produce exported from Scotland to the rest of the UK are passported for consumption in nations that are...

    • Products: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of products and produce manufactured in Scotland are exported from Scotland to the rest of the UK.

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to promote trade with other Commonwealth nations.

      South Africa: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the Government plans to appoint a new trade envoy to South Africa.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what proportion of women are employed by the Government Equalities Office on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Pollution: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on securing access to (a) pollution notifications delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency and (b) the EU's pollution...

    • Public Transport: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to recent research on pollution particles potentially triggering Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases, whether his Department...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the potential proportion of High Speed 2 journeys that will be taken by passengers who plan to fly through...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2016 to Question 49208, for what reasons statistics on supported bus service mileage by local authorities are not...

      Airports: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the take-up of electric and low emission vehicles by airport staff on airport-owned land.

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) Highways Agency and (b) Highways England funding has been allocated to the Driver Education Budget in each of the last 10 years.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities possess to effectively regulate private hire vehicles that operate outside of their primary licensing area.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Somalia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of whether the ongoing election process in Somalia is free and fair; and if he will...

    • Ethiopia: Arrests and Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to address the recent arbitrary arrests and the media shut down in Ethiopia.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking in response to President Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo delaying elections in that...

      Middle East: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget was for projects in (a) Israel and (b) the Palestinian territories within the Conflict, Security and Stability...

      Middle East: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Gulf Cooperation Council and (b) governments of other countries on plans to...

      Middle East: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the Government is providing to each (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisation through the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the need to tackle HIV and AIDS in its youth strategy.

    • Department for International Development: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many officials of her Department have opted out of the EU Working Time Directive.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what priority her Department's strategy on women and girls accords to tackling HIV and AIDS.

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries and for how many projects her Department provides microloans to local communities or small businesses.

      Department for International Development: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Free Trade: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of launching a second phase of the Africa Free Trade initiative after the UK...

      Free Trade: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the development of an African Union Continental Free Trade Area.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will undertake a stocktake review of her Department's bilateral HIV programmes to assess gaps and shortcomings of her...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what principles her Department invests in HIV/AIDS programmes.

      Southern Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress the Government has made on work with the US and the UN to respond to the request from the President of Botswana on...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the percentage change there was in spending by her Department on programmes coded under HIV treatment, prevention and care in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is spent on coexistence projects.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the financial assistance provided to (a) projects through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school leavers in (a) Warley constituency and (b) Sandwell who went to university in the last five years for which figures are available were...

    • Apprentices: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she plans to encourage public sector employers to set gender targets when recruiting apprentices.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per head is received for childcare in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) the UK in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount and proportion of funding for the free childcare entitlement which is currently retained by local authorities...

      Archaeology and Classics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have taken (a) archaeology and (b) classical civilisation at GCSE and A-level in each of the last 10 years.

      Primary Education: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the level of performance in West Sussex in the 2016 Key Stage 2 results in (a) reading, (b) mathematics and (c)...

      Young Offenders: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the rate of attainment of (a) five good GCSEs and (b) further education qualifications by ex-young offenders;...

      Students: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in Cambridge have completed courses funded by advanced learner loans in the last five years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage (a) further education institutions to apply for an advanced learner loans facility agreement with the Skills...

      Students: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many further education institutions in Cambridge are in receipt of an advanced learner loans facility agreement with the Skills Funding Agency.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many trainees were recruited to the National College of Teaching and Leadership's teacher training programme in each year since that programme was...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many learners have started more than one apprenticeship at the same level since April 2009.

      Apprentices: West Bromwich West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) public and (b) private sector employers offered apprenticeships in West Bromwich West constituency in each year from 2010 to 2015.

      Apprentices: West Bromwich West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 24 and (c) 25 and over are employed and training in apprenticeships in West Bromwich West constituency.

      Department for Education: Iron and Steel

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

      Universities: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of atypical employment contracts used by universities for (a) research and (b) teaching as a proportion of...

      Arts: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase uptake of creative subjects in secondary schools.

      Institute of Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 48981, what the staff numbers for the Institute for Apprenticeships will be in (a) 2017-18, (b)...

      Technology: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the take-up of technology-based subjects in secondary schools.

      Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people with a home postcode in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Birmingham and (c) Birmingham, Northfield constituency have undertaken an...

      Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of women are employed by her Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 149 of her Department's consultation on an early years national funding formula, published in August 2016, how much...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to provide extra funds to higher education institutions after the UK leaves the EU in the event of a reduction in income from...

      Overseas Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the tuition fees expected to be paid to UK universities by overseas (a) EU and (b) non-EU students in each of...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the extent of the reduction in the number of children being adopted; and what steps she is taking to address that reduction.

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to limit increases in the cost of student accommodation.

  • Leader of the House

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementation of the English Votes for English Laws Standing Orders of the House of Commons; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Newspaper Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications of bringing into effect section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 for the...

    • Voluntary Work: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) participants and (b) people who have completed the National Citizenship Service received financial assistance for the...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had on proposals to reduce the maximum bet per spin for fixed odds betting terminals to £2.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal: Domestic Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of local authority refuse collection points to dispose of white goods.

    • Soil: Carbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on that country's global initiative to increase carbon levels in soil.

      Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy for the Government to remain part of the UN ECE Aarhus Convention regardless of the outcome of the...

      Heather Burning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had on the potential merits of heather burning for countryside habitats.

      Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of harmonising with the Council of Europe's Emerald Network of Areas...

      Trees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to assess the potential threat to chestnut trees from moth-borne diseases.

      Flood Control: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to policy 62 of the Calderdale Flood Action Plan, published in October 2016, for what reasons the Environment...

      Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what analysis the Environment Agency has conducted on the condition of blanket bog on moorland currently managed for grouse...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Conditions of Employment: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he plans to give domestic effect to the Pregnant Workers Directive 92/85/EEC through the forthcoming Repeal Bill.

    • Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2016 to Question 49982, what the effect on the operation of the Ponsonby rule would be of the...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of women are employed by the Law Officers' Departments on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the ratio of staff to young people at HMP Glen Parva in 2016; and what the adequacy of...

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were received into each prison under licence recall in the 12 months (a) prior to and (b) following the introduction of Transforming...

      British Nationals Abroad: Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47485, whether member states will be bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is her policy to introduce legislative proposals to make the UK Supreme Court the ultimate arbiter of human rights in the UK.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personal independence payment decisions were appealed after the mandatory reconsideration stage between April 2015 and October 2016; and how...

      Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) staff and (b) inmates there were at HM Prison Pentonville in each of the last five years.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what her policy is on the UK remaining a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what date she expects all UK Crown Dependencies to have adopted central registers of beneficial ownership accessible to UK law enforcement.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of unsuccessful claims for personal independence payment were overturned on appeal in each year from 2013 to 2016 to date.

      Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to ensure appropriate sentencing for people convicted of attacks and assaults on police and all front line emergency officers.

      Bail Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2016 to Question 49987, how many offenders who absconded from approved premises in each financial year since...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Stationery

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made in reducing the cost of stationery across all government departments; and if he will take steps to promote the use of the...

    • Part-time Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in the proportion of the part-time working population who earn less than £10,000 per annum in the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Educational Visits

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission plans to review the travel subsidy available for schools visiting the...

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hours have been spent by the staff of the House on the certification process...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the death of a man hit by a train at Horley Station on 22 October, what steps they are taking to ensure that passengers delayed by such...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which elements of the future surface transport needs required for the proposed third runway at Heathrow would be state funded or guaranteed.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the amount of compensation due to passengers for delays and cancellations which was unclaimed from each train operating company...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have made to, or discussed with, train operating companies to simplify procedures for passengers to claim compensation for delays and...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect each train operating company to implement passenger compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the extra road traffic and motor vehicle pollution likely to be generated near the expanded Heathrow airport, and whether they...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

    • Kids Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive a report of the Official Receiver's winding up of Kids Company.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister intends to raise the issue of Kashmir with the government of India during her forthcoming visit to India.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the current numerical strength of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is adequate to meet current demands.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to protect civilians in Mosul; how many additional refugees from Mosul they anticipate will need to be cared for; and what...

    • Gaza: Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is being made in aid programmes to Gaza for the provision of family planning supplies; and what is their availability there.

      Commonwealth: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much bilateral aid the UK has provided to individual Commonwealth countries in each of the last two years.

      Middle East: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they are planning to make to the statement by the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on 19 October on the Palestinian Occupied...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are planning to make for shelter and emergency assistance for people in need as the offensive in Mosul develops, in particular for the...

      Gaza: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to increase psycho-social support for children and young people traumatised by war in Gaza; and if so, what steps they are taking.

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many English state school pupils applying to UK universities for undergraduate study in 2015–16 did not have (1) maths GCSE, (2) English GCSE, and...

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to change the status of all secondary schools in England to become academies would mean that those schools which are now maintained...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information schools are required by law to collect regarding their pupils.

      Pupils: Sexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 12 October (HL Deb, col 1889), who has responsibility for (1) securing the answers to, and (2)...

      Pupils: Sexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to local authorities, in particular Brighton and Hove Council, concerning requests for information about children’s...

      Young People: Education and Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of data published by the Department for Education on 13 October showing that the proportion of 16- and 17-year olds in England not...

      Adult Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 19 September (HL1536), when they expect to place the full answer in the Library of House.

      Ellie Butler

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the case of Ellie Butler, what guidance they are providing to local authorities about the discharge of their statutory duties on children's...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which schools unlawfully or disproportionately exclude pupils with special educational needs; and what steps...

      Ellie Butler

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what findings and observations they received from the serious case review about the conduct of the court in placing Ellie Butler with her father; and what...

      Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they intend should be available to the proposed new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel to draw to the attention of the judiciary any...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the devolved administrations arising from the new apprenticeship funding model.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the total number of apprenticeship starts in the latest year for which figures are available were in (1) jobs for new employees, and (2)...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Peers: Attendance

      To ask the Leader of the House how many of the current members of the House of Lords have attended the House on an average of two days per week during full sitting weeks during the last year for...

    • Palace of Westminster: Asbestos

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment has been made of the extent and location of asbestos in the Palace of Westminster.

      Work of the House of Lords

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much the report Work of the House of Lords 2015–16 cost to produce and distribute.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether orders have been placed for boats 6 and 7 of the Astute-class submarines, and, if so, when are the expected launch dates.

    • Social Security Benefits: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review financial support for ex-service personnel resident in Northern Ireland who suffer from disabilities as a consequence of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether measures are in place to protect Ministry of Defence procurement budgets from the fall in the value of sterling against the US dollar and the Euro;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Mersey Forest

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the Mersey Forest was extended during (1) 2014, (2) 2015 and (3) 2016 to date; and where new woodland was created as part of that forest.

    • Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that, following the UK's departure from the EU, fishing in British waters will be brought under the control of the UK.

      Cats: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to prohibit the sale of kittens under eight-weeks old.

      Ivory: China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with representatives from the People’s Republic of China regarding the closing of domestic ivory markets.

      Clean Air Zones: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to introduce clean air zones in cities in the north of England which have been identified by Defra as having high pollution...

  • Home Office

    • Europol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will clarify the situation on whether the UK needs to opt into the new Europol Regulation, which will apply from 1 May 2017, to be able to continue...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the UK’s national debt.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of EU domiciled students who entered the UK to study in 2015; and how that number is estimated.

    • National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Flood Resilience Review continues to meet following the publication of its report, and what is its current membership.

      Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure political impartiality in the public appointments process.

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 11 July 2016 (HL1098), which members of the expert panel convened by the Human Fertilisation and...

    • Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 26 July (HL1281), of the 1,095 doctors from the EEA who have been unable to demonstrate to...

      Mental Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportions of black and minority ethnic (BME) (1) staff, and (2) patients, there are in mental health hospital psychiatric settings; and what...

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