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Written answers

Friday, 18 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will estimate the potential effect on the number of flights to be taken from Birmingham Airport as a result of High Speed 2.

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether routine checks are made on the non-UK driving licences of foreign nationals driving on UK roads when they are stopped or otherwise required to...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in reference to page 11 of the Tourism Action Plan, published in August 2016, whether deregulating an element of private hire vehicle licences will be...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in reference to page 11 of the Tourism Action Plan, published in August 2016, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on consumer safety...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in reference to page 11 of the Tourism Action Plan, published in August 2016, what discussions he has had with representatives from the Department for...

      Heathrow Airport: Greenwich and Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of noise from flights approaching Heathrow Airport on people living in Greenwich and Woolwich...

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37602, when in 2017 he plans to publish the contracted researcher's findings on the effect and...

      Manchester Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of noise from flights approaching Manchester Airport on people living in Calder Valley constituency.

      Garden Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 48801, whether the remaining £22.5 million committed towards the Garden Bridge cannot be...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the potential economic effect on (a) Calderdale and (b) West Yorkshire of the High Speed 2 rail link.

      Aviation: Free Movement of Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with UK airlines and their staff on maintaining the Posting of Workers Directive in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the capacity of Birmingham International Airport when examining the question of London...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with airlines on Sharm el Sheikh; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to review the situation in England whereby the age of eligibility for an older person's bus pass is linked to the female state...

      Railways: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department makes available to assist with measures to limit noise from rail lines.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on driver access to LPG pumps of the proposed removal of such pumps from some petrol stations.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to amend the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 to proscribe the use of blue coloured decorative lights on HGV...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total electrical output from electrical vehicle chargepoints in the UK in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions from heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of ultra-low emissions vehicles registered in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has conducted on the effectiveness of noise-reducing road surfaces.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise agreement that stipulates as to whether it is in default of its franchise agreement for...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the actual level of cancellations was compared to the default threshold cancellation level for the southern section of the Govia Thameslink...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the actual number of train cancellations was compared to the default threshold number of train cancellations for the southern section of the...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the actual percentage level of cancellations was compared to the default percentage threshold cancellation level for the Govia Thameslink Railway...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the actual number of train cancellations was compared to the default threshold number of train cancellations for the Govia Thameslink Railway...

      Motor Vehicles: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking with the Cabinet Office to ensure that public sector fleet operators utilise alternative fuels such as LPG in...

      Model Aircraft: EU law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52128, if the Government will reject any new proposals for further regulation of new...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many additional new homes he estimates will be built as a result of the Home Building Fund in each financial year from...

    • Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to facilitate the submission of applications by local authorities with significant Roma populations...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Institute for Public Research report on Roma...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties there are in the private rented sector in each energy efficiency rating.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Homes and Communities Agency on funding support for private providers of affordable homes...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on ensuring that all registered social housing association tenants have the right to buy their own...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Living Wage

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff aged under 25 working on the parliamentary estate are paid below the national...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • BBC Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on national security of the (a) proposed reductions in the (i) staff and (ii)...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the US administration on a UN Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

      Uzbekistan: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the freedom of the press in Uzbekistan.

      Uzbekistan: 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 Uzbekistan.

      Turkey: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals living and working in Turkey have been (a) detained, (b) deported and (c) forced to leave the country...

      Turkey: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Turkish government on the protection of the rights and freedoms of UK nationals living and...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on reported human rights abuses in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

      Stephen O'Malley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2016 to Question 41097, what further information he has on the progress being made by the...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to discourage illegal settlements in Palestine.

      Israel: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the overnight detention of Palestinian minors.

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria the Government uses in order to assess whether the recognition of Palestinian statehood would be conducive to...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, where he plans to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in the UK in 2018.

      India: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 18...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has requested a copy of the extradition agreement or security agreement from either the Yemeni or...

      Office of UK Permanent Representative to EU: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are employed in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants in his Department have responsibilities which include EU-related matters.

      Kashmir: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of people (a) killed, (b) blinded and (c) otherwise seriously injured...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has met representatives from (a) Hong Kong pro-democracy groups and (b) the Hong Kong Democratic Party since taking...

      Hong Kong Legislative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Chinese counterpart on the banning of Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Sixtus Leung from...

      Hong Kong Legislative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has met his Chinese counterpart to discuss the banning of Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Sixtus Leung from taking office...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase investment in decentralised renewable energy in developing countries.

    • Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase provision of decentralised renewable energy in developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential cost to the public purse of replacing her Department's funded assistive listening devices, such as radio...

    • Department for Education: Pay

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

      Russell Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she last met representatives of the Russell Group of universities; and what subjects were discussed at that meeting.

      Higher Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to commit to maintaining funding for Scottish and UK higher education institutions from EU sources at or above current...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted-registered childcare providers have been inspected by Ofsted in the last (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many inspections have been carried out by Ofsted arising from information given to Ofsted by managers of childcare providers in each year since...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children (a) with special education needs, (b) in care and (c) on a child protection plan attend (i) maintained nursery schools,...

      Academies: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to make support available to parents and carers who are required to purchase new school uniform due to academisation; and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the number of cases of possession of legal highs by prisoners of an increase in the number of...

    • Prison Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to her speech of 3 November 2016, on prison reform, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the new 2,500 prison officers are from...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the level of reoffending by former prisoners (a) who have had mental health treatments and (b) in general.

      Companies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Question 47208, if her Department will ensure that commercial companies do not have access to sensitive...

      Judges: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many judges have had publicly-funded security improvements made to their homes for personal safety reasons in the last five years.

      County Courts: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) relocation costs, (b) lease surrender costs, (c) legal fees and dilapidations and (d) other costs...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have (a) escaped and (b) absconded from each prison establishment in each year since 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personal independence payment tribunal decisions the Department for Work and Pensions has appealed in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016 to date; and how...

      Magistrates' Courts: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on identifying the future use of the former Oldham Magistrates' Court site and buildings.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Department for Work and Pensions was represented at personal independence payment appeals tribunals in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016 to date.

      Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time spent out of cell per day for prisoners in HM Prison Pentonville was in each year since 2010.

      Defamation: Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of paying compensation to people who have paid damages in libel cases arising out of the giving...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates were registered in the (a) Yorkshire and the Humber region and (b) UK in each year since 2009-10.

      Offences against Children: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make it her policy to financially compensate victims of child sex abuse in North West Wales.

      Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the level of violence in youth offender institutes in addition to making extra staff available for adult...

      Prisons: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on prison officers there were in South Yorkshire prisons in each year since 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether her nomination of people for a peerage takes account of age as well as merit; and if she will make a statement.

    • MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she received assurances during her recent visit to India of assistance from the Indian government to secure an early return to the UK for the six men imprisoned...

      Prime Minister: Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she or officials of 10 Downing Street have met representatives of Rolls Royce since July 2016.

      India: Visas

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether during her recent visit to India she discussed the cases of Indian nationals who had their visas curtailed following investigations into the Test of English for...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2016 to Question 45329, on the culture, practices and ethics of the Press Inquiry, which cases...

    • Football: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how her Department monitors the Football Association's effectiveness in maintaining participation numbers of people playing football;...

      Football: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to undertake any further action to prevent corruption within football.

      Television: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of restricting High in Fat, Salt or Sugar (HFSS) food advertising during all programmes...

      BBC: Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will discuss with the BBC Trust what steps it plans to take to support people with visual impairments to register for the BBC...

      Dormant Assets Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Dormant Assets Commission has made since it was established in March 2016.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will implement the recommendations of the report of July 2016 from the Social Security Advisory Committee on introducing...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect of reducing the benefit cap to £23,000 in London and £20,000 elsewhere...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to report on the pilot of the yellow card scheme for benefit sanctions.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will take steps to roll out the yellow card scheme for benefit sanctions.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department is making on the rollout of the pilot yellow card scheme for benefit sanctions.

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of how many properties have been released for letting in Peterborough since the introduction of changes...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse has been of Government legal action in respect of the case brought by the Rutherford family on the spare...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on (a) the link between increased...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on advertising in each of the last six years in (a) The Sun, (b) The Sunday Times, (c) The Mail on Sunday,...

      Social Security Benefits: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appointments for claimants transferring from disability living allowance to personal independence payments have been rearranged or...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of (a) food, (b) alcoholic beverages, (c) non-alcoholic beverages and (d) other items served on each journey taken to date using the...

    • Military Bases: Glencorse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent renovating and upgrading the Glencorse Barracks in the last 15 years.

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Ministers or officials of his Department have held discussions on the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into Rolls Royce at any meeting with...

      Military Bases: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many residential properties there are on the Dale barracks site in Chester; and how many such properties are (a) occupied by servicemen,...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) cost efficiency of the system for repair of defects on the UK's Type 45...

      Russia: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy that Royal Navy warships should always escort ships of the Russian Navy when they are within UK waters.

      Veterans: Employment

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

      Military Bases: Brecon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of closing the barracks at Brecon before the assessment which led to the decision...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's report, a Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, how the figure of £140 million running costs saving...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office report, Delivering the defence estate, published 15 November 2016, page 8, paragraph 17, what key...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the his Department's report, a Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, which projects and programmes are projected to be...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average rental price paid by his Department was for Annington Homes-managed properties in each year since 1996.

  • Home Office

    • Motor Vehicles: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the article, DVLA works with the police and HM Revenue and Customs to crack down on illegal foreign registered vehicles,...

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in each force area were assigned to response in each year since 2014.

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of police body-worn cameras in (a) capturing evidence leading to successful prosecution...

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of body-worn cameras in preventing harassment and abuse of police officers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 23 August 2016, reference ZA3542.

  • HM Treasury

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how his Department plans to spend the revenue raised by the soft drinks industry levy.

    • Treasury: Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many apprenticeships have been created in his Department in each region in each of the last five years; and how many of those apprentices subsequently...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to accelerate the processing of tax credit change of circumstances notifications.

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has received legal advice on data profiling in relation to the contract between HM Revenue and Customs and Concentrix and the...

      Minimum Wage: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices of underpayment of the national minimum wage HM Revenue and Customs has issued to firms in (a) Kingston upon Hull and (b) Yorkshire and the...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on the landfill levy after the UK leaves the EU.

      Minimum Wage: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers in Greater Manchester have been found not to have paid employees the national minimum wage.

      Holocaust Victim Compensation Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in reviewing how holocaust restitution payments by the government of the Netherlands are disregarded for UK tax and benefit purposes.

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the European Commission's proposals for Eurozone public country-by-country reporting for tackling...

      Mortgages: Affordable Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage mortgage providers to develop financial products which support shared equity affordable housing; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish details of the guidance given to HM Revenue and Customs staff on the offer of hardship payments to people who have had tax credit...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the funding formula implications for Scotland are of the £2.1 billion increase in the estimated cost of the modernisation of the Great Western...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Vellum

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Cabinet Office has spent on purchasing vellum in each of the last five years.

    • Electoral Fraud Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish its response to the report by the right hon. Sir Eric Pickles on his review into electoral fraud.

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of funding the House of Lords Appointments Commission has been in each year since 2010.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Airbus SAS: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what date UK Export Finance started a temporary freeze of Airbus export credit cover; and whether that freeze is still in place.

    • West Bank: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether public bodies are covered by the advice on the UK Trade and Investment website not to trade with illegal settlements in the West Bank.

      Overseas Trade: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether public bodies are covered by the advice on the UK Trade and Investment website not to trade with illegal settlements in the West Bank.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Parks: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of National Parks allow shooting sports.

    • Animal Welfare: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been grated to farmers in respect of animal welfare commitments made under Article 33 of Regulation (EU) No....

      Flood Control: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to conduct further research on the utility of trees in flood prevention.

      Agriculture: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to conduct further research on the value of trees to farm productivity.

      Animal Welfare: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the deterrent effect that increased maximum sentences for cruelty against animals have had...

      Diesel Engines: Nitrogen Oxides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for publication of her Department's proposed consultation on Proposals to regulate generators with...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspections Trading Standards has undertaken of animals during transit for slaughter abroad in each of the last...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new incidents of bovine TB there have been in each month in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Agriculture: Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total application of (a) nitrogen, (b) phosphate, (c) potash and (d) sulphur on farmland...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been for breaches of the animal welfare regulations governing live animal exports in each...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support he plans to provide to communities where coal-powered power stations are to be phased out.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of customers of (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) E.on, (d) Npower, (e)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the proportion of customers of (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) E.on, (d) Npower,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on how much commission (a) ComparetheMarket, (b) GoCompare, (c) MoneySupermarket,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on whether (a) ComparetheMarket, (b) GoCompare, (c) MoneySupermarket, (d) uSwitch...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing (a) guidance on and (b) legislative...

      Fracking: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies in England of the conclusions of the...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures in non-fuel poor households.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of capacity that diesel generation could make up in the Capacity...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people were on pre-payment meters in each of the last five years.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the publication of the Post Office Network Report for 2016 pursuant to section 11 of the...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the recommendations by the Low Pay Commission made in the National Minimum Wage: Low Pay...

      Accountancy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to transpose the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive into UK Law.

      Business Premises: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to improve the energy efficiency of non-domestic premises.

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been spent since January 2010 from the public purse on refurbishment of Crown post offices which are...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 4 November 2016 to Question 50657, if his Department will collect centrally information on the cost of staff sickness to the...

    • Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to reduce health spending inequalities between (a) the UK and other European countries and (b) UK health authority districts.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's national three-to-five strategy is for supporting the training and development of advanced paediatric and neonatal nurse...

      Circle Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice NHS England gave to Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the contracting process for musculoskeletal services in Greenwich on (a)...

      Circle Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48889, whether it is standard NHS procurement procedures to allow clinical commissioning groups...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS new congenital heart disease review, how many hospitals in England and Wales meet each of the Government's recommended...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times NHS Protect has taken (a) disciplinary proceedings and (b) civil proceedings against NHS staff for issues relating to fraud and corruption...

      Pharmacy: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made an assessment of the way in which the General Pharmaceutical Council sets and administers the final registration examination for...

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent to limit excess winter deaths in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials work in his Department's Exiting the EU team.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52127, on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which countries are receiving direct...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52428, for what reason there is no information given in that Answer on the proportion of patients...

      Hospitals and Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) hospitals and (b) care homes inspected by the Care Quality Commission in each of the last six years did not meet the requirements set out in...

      NHS: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff have (a) taken medical severance, (b) taken early retirement on health grounds and (c) been redeployed due to work-related injury or...

      Hospital Beds: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed transfers of care there have been in West Sussex in each of the last three years; what steps he is taking to reduce the number of such...

      Department of Health: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on advertising in each of the last six years in (a) The Sunday Times, (b) The Times, (c) The Mail on Sunday, (d) The...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2016 to Question 42560, if he will provide the figures in that Answer by each (a) English region and (b) parliamentary...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much remains in the budget of the Cancer Drugs Fund; and how the monies available to that Fund have been allocated.

  • 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 a London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Companies House

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposal to reduce the amount of time that records of dissolved companies at Companies House are retained...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of households in (1) the County of Lancashire, and (2) the Borough of Pendle, that will experience reductions in...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how businesses wanting to be involved with the Disability Confident Business Leaders Group can do so.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will define those individuals with severe and lifelong disabling conditions who will not be subject to repeated reassessments for benefits.

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