Written answers

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on research conducted by (a) private bodies and (b) public bodies in each of the last five years.

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to assess the applicability of practices on continental European railway systems for developing measures to...

      Southern: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of extra funding he announced on 1 September 2016 on the performance of Southern Rail.

      M3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of smart technology easing congestion on the M3 motorway.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training approved Safe Urban Driving module a...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise agreement and remedial plan set out cancellation benchmarks whereas the Office of Road and...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 17 November 2016, what the timetable is for the...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the data provided by train operating companies to his Department on the level and cause of cancellations and delays is the same data that has...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the data provided by Govia Thameslink Railway, in respect of his Department's assessment of force majeure, on the number of train...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving licences have been revoked under Cassie's law in each year since it was introduced.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what independent verification his Department uses to assess the accuracy of information provided by Govia Thameslink Railway to his Department when...

      Freight: Common Customs Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the EU's Common External Tariff on the patterns of freight transport in the UK.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultants have been used to assist his Department's assessment of Govia Thameslink Railway's claims for force majeure; and what the cost of...

  • Home Office

    • Forced Marriage Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases the Forced Marriage Unit has dealt with since its inception; and how many such cases have been passed to the Crown...

    • Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many doctors are specially licensed to provide pharmaceutical heroin to addicts in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern...

      Mobile Phones: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing mandatory identification checks for people purchasing...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the potential financial benefits to universities involved in the introduction of the Tier 4 visa...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions Ministers of her Department have had with Leicestershire County Council on the level of central government grant funding...

      South Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will list the documents that her Department considered prior to her decision not to pursue an inquiry into alleged South Yorkshire...

      Refugees: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her oral statement on Calais of 24 October 2016, Official Report, columns 64-5, if she will take steps to put in place a...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has provided guidance to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse on supporting victims of historic child sex...

      Vetting: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Disclosure and Barring Service used information from the European Criminal Records Information System to make...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have applied under the statelessness determination procedure have not yet received a decision; and how many such people...

      Visas: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visit visa applications from Pakistan for applicants wishing to visit the UK were (a) made, (b) accepted and (c) refused in (i)...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans the second round of bids to open in the Places of worship: security funding scheme; and how much funding she plans to make...

      Travel Restrictions: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people known as being members of the Klyuev criminal group have been subject to visa bans to prevent them coming to the UK in each...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are held in immigration detention who have been detained for (a) less than three months, (b) between three months and one...

      Immigration Enforcement Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation is taking place to prepare her Department's Immigration and Enforcement Business Plan 2016-17.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential role of the part-time higher education sector in delivering his...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy not to include provision such as subsidy arrangements or preferential treatment...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Heathrow Airport expansion on the Government's industrial strategy.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Heathrow Airport expansion on the British steel industry.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department provides to energy-intensive users in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the issues created by nominee directors and nominee shareholders on the...

      Bereavement Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to establish bereavement leave as a statutory employment right.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the Ofgem review of Embedded Benefit grid...

      Solar Power: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many solar panels are installed on (a) state, (b) voluntary-aided and (c) privately-funded schools in England.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Government's policies on house building bring greater benefits...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has had discussions with Post Office officials on locating current and future post offices on...

      Shell: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Shell's sale of its North Sea field assets on the...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the political implications for its policies of the findings of the Learning...

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from (a) individual shipping companies, (b) the UK Chamber of Shipping, (c)...

      Post Offices: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of customer service standards at (a) Crown post offices and (b) post offices which have...

      Post Offices: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the average number of dedicated foreign currency counter positions there are at (a)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of exceeding the Levy Control Framework's forecasted...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people working for his Department or its executive agencies in the Liverpool City Region on a (a) directly...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to bring forward new measures to reduce the frequency of late payments to small...

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to update the section on enforcement on behalf of seafarers in section 3.9 of his Department's Policy on...

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 3.9 of his Department's publication, Policy on HM Revenue and Customs' enforcement,...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the most suitable fuel to be used for black starts to restore power after a...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to bring forward proposals for a cap on standard energy tariffs.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an outer London pay structure in the following pay grades (a)...

    • Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the combatibility of the UN negotiations to ban nuclear weapons with the Nuclear...

      Egypt: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the demonstrations over economic policy proposals in Egypt on 11 November 2016.

      Guyana: Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Guyana and Venezuela on the steps they are taking to resolve the border...

      Roya Nobakht

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Iranian counterpart on the detention of Roya Saberinejad Nobakht.

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16 November 2016, Update on the British Indian Ocean Territory, HCWS260, on...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under what circumstances the Government would permit private infrastructure or residential development in the British Indian...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make representations to the Ethiopian government on facilitating phone calls between Andargachew Tsege...

      India: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of diplomatic and economic relations between India and the UK.

      Russia: Baltic States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Russian counterparts on the sovereignty of the Baltic States.

      USA: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the incoming US administration on its policy on the conflict in Syria.

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of recent talks on the future of Cyprus.

      Usa: Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the incoming US administration on its policy on Article 5 of the NATO treaty.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Main Honours Advisory Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of the Main Honours Advisory Committee has been in each of the last six years.

    • Business Appointments Advisory Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has been in each of the last six years.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what performance data the Crown Commercial Services (a) collects and (b) recommends be collected from public sector fleet operators in relation to the...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many reports of misleading websites have been made to the webpage www.gov.uk/misleadingwebsites; how many different websites have been the subject...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 49829, what the timetable is for the data to become available on the number of apprentices given...

      Cybercrime: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has made an assessment of the level of potential risk of cyber interference by foreign governments in elections in the UK.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in her Department in each of the last three years.

    • Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Burma on the suicide rates of internally displaced people in camps in that country.

      Malawi: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the government of Malawi on growing alternative crops other than tobacco such as (a) tea...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the future reallocation of UK aid currently spent through the EU.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department achieves value for money in its investment in education.

      Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department supports the recruitment of more teachers in its aid projects.

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to allocate funds for the rebuilding of Mosul once the city has been liberated from ISIS.

      Visits Abroad: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent visits ministers of her Department have made to Africa with ministers of the Department of International Trade.

      Somalia: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving to the regions of Somaliland and Somalia experiencing drought.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) business-led, (b) Muslim-led, (c) Church of England-led, (d) Roman Catholic-led schools, (e) other faith schools and (f) other free...

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children obtained five or more GCSEs including mathematics and English at Grade A* to C at (a) non-selective schools in selective...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 48635, on pupils: personal records, whether any Home Office requests for information to the...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 48635, how many of the 520 records sent to the Home Office by her Department related to (a)...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policy on faith schools of (a) the Populus Poll commissioned by the Accord...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how often she plans to review the per hour funding allocated to providers as part of the 30 hours free childcare entitlement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are receiving 30 hours of free childcare under the pilot of that policy.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have qualified as teachers on the Troops to Teachers scheme since that scheme began.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what mechanism her Department uses to monitor the number of reportable incidents recorded in (a) nurseries and (b) other non-domestic childcare...

      Pre-school Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what budget was allocated to Ofsted's inspection team for early years settings in each year since 2010-11.

      Department for Education: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in her Department in each of the last three years.

      Faith Schools: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52486, what estimate she has made of the number of independent faith schools in Oldham; and...

      Rock Ferry School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for a decision to be taken on the future of the Rock Ferry High School site.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set a publication date for the Early Years Workforce strategy.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans for the Early Years Workforce Strategy to be published.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether additional support will be available for providers who are negatively financially impacted as a result of the introduction of 30 hours of free...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that providers receive the adequate level of funding to deliver the 30 hours of free childcare policy.

      Department for Education: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times her Department has (a) terminated a contract, (b) imposed a penalty and (c) denied permission for a company to tender on the grounds of...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's budget allocation was for reducing the number of young people who were classed as not in employment, education or training in...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to introduce a workforce quality supplement in the early years funding system to incentivise nursery settings to...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to align the goals of the apprenticeship levy with the Government's industrial strategy.

      Truancy: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of truancy rates in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Coventry, (ii) Coventry North East...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her Department's policy to fund early years education outside a national funding formula.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to introduce a new support package for parents of two-year old children.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to increase the value of the Early Years Pupil Premium in line with the recommendations of the Social Mobility Commission.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of Early Years Pupil Premium funding has been allocated by each local authority in England since 2015.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2016 to Question 52097, on higher education: finance, whether those wider discussions will be undertaken by her...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many providers are involved in the trial of 30 hours of free childcare.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to publish the consultation on the future of children's centres originally planned for July 2015.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the OECD entitled, Building Skills for All: A Review of England, published in February 2016, whether her Department...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the early years pupil premium in improving school-readiness; and whether her Department plans to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether she plans to review the law on use of complainants' previous sexual history as evidence in rape cases; and if she will make a statement.

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether she plans that vulnerable victims aged 16 and 17 will be eligible to have their cross-examination pre-recorded when section 28 of the Youth and...

      Community Orders and Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether supervision for an offender who is subject to two or more community orders or parole licences in the same or different areas is undertaken by...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the contents or findings of a Serious Further Offence review involving probation services in England and Wales are (a) given to or (b) discussed...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the number of offenders who have breached and subsequently not completed their community orders affects level payments made by the Department to...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on whether any community rehabilitation companies in England or Wales are using or plan to use virtual supervision...

      GEOAmey PECS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will investigate the failure of the prisoner transport constructor GeoAmey to deliver three defendants to Plymouth Crown Court on 28 October...

      Trade Agreements: Jersey and Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to make a decision on the entrustment to facilitate a trade agreement between Jersey and Rwanda.

  • Prime Minister

    • USA: Nigel Farage

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether Ministers have had discussions with Nigel Farage MEP on the President-elect of the US.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance the Government is providing to the Afghan National Army for (a) equipment and (b) accommodation in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he expects the role of the Royal Irish Regiment to be when that Regiment is in Afghanistan in 2017.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 November 2016, Official Report, column 1240, whether he plans to discuss the Coalition policy on investigating...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2016 to Question 43260, what methodology the Government follows for investigating civilian casualties until the joint...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2016 to Question 43260, what information he holds on the timetable for the joint policy on investigating civilian...

      Kurds: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) gas masks and (b) escape hoods required to protect Kurdish Peshmerga forces against chemical...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 3.28 of the National Audit Office report, Delivering the defence estate, published on 15 November 2016, what his...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, Cm 9161, paragraph 5.35; what assessment he has made of...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52051, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the UK budget for 2017-18 for the F35...

      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, on how many occasions officials of his Department met...

      Usa: Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions the Government has had with (a) President Obama and (b) President-elect Trump on NATO since 8 November 2016.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 2.1 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether his Department plans to reduce the number of personnel within...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many EU nationals who live abroad claim UK state pension in each non-UK EU country; and what the total value is of these payments annually.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the potential causal link between social security sanctions and the deaths of vulnerable claimants.

      State Retirement Pensions: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Portsmouth South constituency born on or after 6 April 1951 have been affected by the equalisation of state pension age for...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of allowing people to claim their state pension before reaching pensionable age if they have been...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 50965, if he will make it his policy to record the time taken for mandatory...

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2016 to Question 47647, whether his Department's policy on uprating the state pension of recipients in...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Oral Answer of 14 November 2016, Official Report, column 30, what the entire amount spent by his Department was on every...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the quality of business mentoring provided under the New Enterprise Allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the first annual report on full employment.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent through the Work Programme on employment support for claimants of employment and support allowance in each of the last six...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people diagnosed with Parkinson's are in the employment and support allowance work related activity group.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people working for his Department or its executive agencies in the Liverpool City Region on a (a) directly employed, (b) agency or...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for transferring the administration of Attendance Allowance to local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of women are employed by her Department on an outer London pay structure in the following pay grades (a)...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of women are employed by her Department on a non-London pay structure in the following pay grades (a)...

      Veterinary Services: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing price regulation in the veterinary industry.

      Agriculture: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect farmers from fluctuating energy costs; and if she will make a statement.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's most recent assessment is of the extent of the spread of ash dieback disease across UK woodland; and...

      Cats: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she made of the potential merits of the regulation of commercial cat breeding to improve safeguards for cat...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inaccurate Common Agricultural Policy payments were made to farmers in (a) St Helens North, (b) Merseyside and (c)...

      Arable Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons field margins have not been included in ecological focus areas on arable farms in England.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much under the shared ownership and affordable homes programme 2016 to 2021 has been allocated by (a) region and (b) tenure.

    • Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much transitional relief for business rates his Department has provided to businesses in each (a) NUTS 1 region and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount in devolved business rates which will be collected by each combined authority in each...

      Death: Weather

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

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52130, what criteria the Government applies when considering its...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to give local authorities full financial autonomy for social care funding.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the levels of home ownership has been in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many civil servants in his Department are assessing the effect of exiting the EU on Wales.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in respect of requests for documents relating to meetings held between the oil and gas...

    • Company Accounts: Multinational Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he or his predecessor have held with his EU counterparts during 2016 to discuss the European Commission proposals for public...

      Company Accounts: Multinational Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to participate in EU proposals to introduce a form of public country-by-country reporting after the UK leaves the EU.

      Multinational Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he, his predecessor or Ministers of his Department have had during 2016 to date with representatives of multinational enterprises which have a...

      Company Accounts: Multinational Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44206, what his policy is on which countries would need to introduce public country-by-country...

      Bank of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it remains government policy to maintain the Bank of England's independence.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on Scotland's public finances.

      Bank Services: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) the timetable for the implementation of the Second Payment Services...

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of employers' PAYE payments to HM Revenue and Customs could not be reconciled correctly to the employer's PAYE account for the PAYE period...

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers have formally disputed HM Revenue and Customs' calculation of their liability to PAYE in each month since real-time information began.

      Inflation: Food

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the change in the value of Sterling on the cost of food in the calculation of inflation for UK households.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what contingency planning the Government has undertaken on the role of the three devolved national parliaments in voting to trigger...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many civil servants are working on exiting the EU projects related to Wales.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which teams comprise his Department; which policy areas those teams work on; and how many people are in each such team.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of trade in Welsh goods and services was undertaken on a tariff-free basis in accordance with free-trade agreements...

    • Exports: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value of exports emanating from Swindon was in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative assessment she has made of the speed and reliability of UK broadband services with that of other EU countries.

    • Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the first grant the Government paid to Kids Company in 2015-16 is her Department seeking to recover for the public purse.

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government made any provisions for the purposes for which the first assistance funds paid to Kids Company in 2015-16 could...

      European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has budgeted for the overall running of the competition to decide the potential winner of the European Capital...

      Big Lottery Fund: West Ham United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2016 to Question 50167, on the Big Lottery Fund: West Ham United Football Club, if she will make...

      Broadcasting: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the date of implementation of the Audiovisual Media...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the operators of the National Lottery on inclusion in the negotiations on the UK leaving...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Offices

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2016 to Question 51170, if the Commission will purchase...

  • Department of Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he or Ministers of his Department plans to meet NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission to discuss accident and emergency closures in the...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities have published an autism strategy; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all local authorities are producing...

      Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency admissions there were in the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elective admissions there were in the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Cardiovascular Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the achievements of the (a) Cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes strategy and (b) CVD expert forum since their...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the lack of direct guidance to GPs on suspected cases of metastatic cancers in the NICE...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide the equivalent information given in the Answers of 15 October 2015 to Question (a) 11427 and (b) 11428 for fiscal years 2009-10 and...

      Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the financial health of the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to improve the financial situation of NHS trusts across England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that funding for NHS trusts remains in line with projected demand for services; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Brompton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost implications are of the proposed closure of congenital heart disease services at Royal Brompton Hospital, including (a) the cost...

      Paediatrics: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric intensive care unit beds there are in central London; and how many of those beds are at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of NHS trusts which were in financial deficit in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for people accessing psychological and specialist neuropsychological assessments for the diagnosis of dementia.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure families and carers are fully involved in the planning of care for the people experiencing dementia.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has been instructed to concentrate on ambient air pollution and not to carry out any work...

      General Practitioners: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the estimated £2.4 billion funding by 2020-21 for the General Practice Forward View is planned to be allocated to support GPs in...

      WiFi: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the risks posed by WiFi and related electromagnetic fields to children.

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Clinical Commissioning Groups have put into practice the NHS England Excellence in continence care guidelines published in November 2015.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers and officials of his Department have had with NHS England on the expiry of the National Stroke Strategy in December 2016.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS Trusts that provide both adult and paediatric audiology services have received accreditation for their adult service alone.

      Department of Health: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient referrals (a) GPs and (b) other NHS bodies received from pharmacies in each year since 2009-10.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to improve consumer access to food hygiene ratings through online food ordering platforms.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all correspondence between NHS England and (a) Hull City Council, (b) Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and (c) Hull and East...

      Chemists' Shops: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of pharmacies in Hull which are at risk of closure in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18 as a result of planned changes to...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Healthy Living Pharmacies there were in (a) Hull and (b) England in each year since 2009-10.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 51260, where an error in a recommendation made by NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group...

      Malnutrition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under the age of 16 were admitted to hospital with malnutrition in each (a) English region and (b) parliamentary constituency in each of...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct NHS England to develop a specialist referral clinic to support and treat people with persisting mild to moderate cognitive and...

      Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the possible link between the use of aspartame and seizures ahead of VimPat gaining approval by the European Commission.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Chief Medical Officer's alcohol consumption guidelines on public health.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of treatment sessions received by clients of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme was by clinical...

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on small retailers of the introduction of those bans on small and flavoured tobacco packs prescribed in the EU...

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) process and (b) timetable is for reviewing the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive in light of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Mental Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people aged 17 years or under by age were treated in adult health wards in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on research into suicide prevention in each year since 2010.

      Mental Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people aged 17 years or under were admitted to mental health hospitals outside their home (a) clinical commissioning groups and (b) area...

      Mental Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what informationhis Department holds on the number of occasions on which there were no tier four child and adolescent mental health services beds...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the level of consultation required before approval of a sustainability and transformation plan.

      NHS: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people working for the NHS in the Liverpool City Region on a (a) directly employed, (b) agency or (c) outsourced basis are paid less than the...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) his Department and (b) the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has reviewed the latest evidence, including evidence on...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the report entitled Ethnic Penalties in Motor Insurance Premiums by Webber Phillips, published in July 2016, what assessment her...

    • Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2016 to Question 49845, if she will provide a draft copy of the Public Sector Equality Duty guidance to the hon....

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that proposals for high-speed trans-Pennine rail services will integrate the City of Bradford into the proposed routes.

    • Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 November (HL2428), how many applications they have received since May 2015 from local highways...

      Railways: Cardiff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on passengers of the delay in the full electrification of the railway line from London to Cardiff.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Transport on 8 November (HC WS239), if the benefits expected by...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the project representatives for the Crossrail project, and what are their roles and responsibilities.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • 16 Air Assault Brigade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place 16 Air Assault Brigade's Critical Outstanding Spares List for the Pinzgauer range of vehicles in the Library of the House.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East and North Africa: Sovereign Wealth Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the directors of overseas sovereign wealth funds about increasing investment and employment across the Middle East and...

    • Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consult the UN Secretary-General, the regional UN agencies, and the authorities and embassies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem about the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future implications of continued nuclear weapons tests by North Korea on the stability of the Korean Peninsula.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, what plans they have to promote co-operation between members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

      India: Amalgamated Plantations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion they have had with the government of India about the housing and working conditions for families in plantations run by Amalgamated...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficiency of the Foreign Office's vetting process for new employees; and what is the average time a successful...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the ruling of the High Court regarding the triggering of Article 50, what assessment they have made of the legal validity of other...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the cost of setting up and running the Department for Exiting the European Union during the 2016–17 financial year.

  • Department for International Development

    • Refugees: Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Syrian and other refugees remain in conditions which do not meet international standards as determined by the UNHCR in (1) Greece, (2) Bulgaria, (3)...

  • Department for Education

    • Business: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that British school-leavers have the necessary business skills to attract employers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 3 November (HL Deb col 770), what estimate they have made of the financial cost of each suicide which occurs...

    • Judiciary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what criteria or guidance they have regard in performing their duty under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to uphold the independence of...

      Magistrates' Courts: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Magistrates' Courts there are in Wales, and what are their locations.

      Magistrates' Courts: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Magistrates' Courts in Wales have been closed since, and including, 2010.

      Justices' Clerks: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Magistrates' clerks there are currently serving courts in Wales.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Kids Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 8 November (HL2917), how Kid's Company spent the grant of £3 million, or any part thereof,...

    • Data Protection: Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Information Commissioner has complied with the duties set out in section 51 of the Data Protection...

      Data Protection: Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in ensuring that charities are well informed about the requirements of guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Information Commissioner is required to consult relevant stakeholders prior to issuing guidance; and whether there are any plans to review the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Meat Products: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing mandatory labelling of meat products to show country of origin, method of production and method of slaughter.

    • Agriculture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that leaving the EU will have on farming; and whether they plan to implement a new seasonal agricultural workers...

      Organic Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that farming standards are adapted to increase organic food production.

      Organic Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the costs of organic products.

  • Home Office

    • Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Home Office research indicating that only one per cent of foreign students fail to leave the country once they have completed their course,...

    • Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs to the Metropolitan Police Service measured in (1) manpower, and (2) other resources, to police London's cycle...

      Police: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any support is available from central government funds to assist police officers in England and Wales to acquire facility in a language other than...

      Refugees: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children they estimate are now able to be reunited with their families as a result of the publication in July of the revised guidance on family...

  • HM Treasury

    • World War I: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they owe any money to the government of the United States as a result of purchase of armaments and other equipment during the First World War; and if...

    • EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 8 November (HL2736) about the UK's EU budget contributions, whether they will now provide the full...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Rescue Services: Republic of Ireland

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

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the provision of £5 million to support measures to tackle continuing...

  • Department of Health

    • Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many human embryos were deliberately destroyed in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many human embryos were transferred to uteri in...

    • Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the position of Jane Fisher as both a member of the National Screening Committee (NSC) and Director of Antenatal Results and Choices which...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministers have met (1) Premaitha Health, or (2) any other biotech firm which develops non-invasive prenatal tests, in the last 12 months; and if so,...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 March (HL 7087), why, prior to the decision to introduce non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT),...

      Down's Syndrome: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Secretary of State for Health has not responded to (1) the letter of 8 March requesting a meeting with Lord Shinkwin and people with Down’s...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking action to reduce the number of late term abortions for reasons of disability; and if so, what.

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