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Written answers

Thursday, 24 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Government funding has been allocated to rail capital investment projects in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in...

    • Department for Transport: Procurement

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

      Department for Transport: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring techniques.

      Cycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of cycle lanes on traffic in London.

      Cycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of cycle lanes on traffic flows between Parliament Square and the City of London.

      Transport: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for future investment in the (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex transport network.

      Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Expert Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to appoint the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Expert Committee.

      Cycling: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on options for incentivising cycling through the tax system in order to double the...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy tackles the barriers to children, women, older people...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of construction jobs that are likely to be created through each construction contract as part of High Speed 2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the recruitment of local workers for the construction and operation of High Speed 2 (HS2) in (a) London, (b)...

      M25: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average speed was on vehicles travelling between junction 2 and junction 31 of the M25 on weekday evenings between 4pm and 7pm in August (a)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition will be used for the term local workers in relation to recruitment policies introduced for the construction phase of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the chart entitled HS2 Review Phase 1 Target Schedule on page 10 of the High Speed 2 Plus supporting slides, published by HS2...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33141, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the removal of the tollbooths at...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with local authorities to encourage coordination between local transport plans and High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created in (a) Cheshire and (b) the North West as a result of High Speed 2.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is undertaking market research to improve its estimates on the number of incidents relating to truck and bus wheel loss.

      M3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of progress of the work to upgrade the M3 motorway.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of the toll that is levied on HGVs using the Dartford Crossing during peak hours.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 52862, if he will make representations to (a) the Home Secretary and (b) Chief Officers of...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the date at which physical work to construct the extensions of Heathrow Airport will commence.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the likelihood of judicial review delaying the Heathrow Airport construction timetable.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the likelihood of the planning inquiries phase of Heathrow Airport expansion being (a) extended and (b) delayed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Privacy Notice on data collection on the HS2 website was removed; and what the reasons for that removal were.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will negotiate to fast-track the public national policy statement consultation on Heathrow Airport expansion in order to deliver that project...

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward an accessibility action plan to improve access to taxis and private hire vehicles for guide dogs and their owners.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to promote best practice amongst licensing authorities on the use of taxis and private hire vehicles by guide dog...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will take steps to ensure that the expansion of Heathrow Airport supports job creation and economic growth in the Tees Valley.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of foreign-registered vehicles using the Dartford Crossing in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Combined Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to enable the establishment of combined authorities which have the...

    • Private Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on requiring landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in all private rented sector properties with gas...

      Public Houses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect on pubs of a rise in the small business rate relief threshold.

      Communities and Local Government: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring...

      Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times his Department has (a) terminated a contract, (b) imposed a penalty and (c) denied permission for a company to...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on 100 per cent business rate retention; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take to promote the construction of modern, high-quality prefabricated housing.

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of how many starter homes the Government's starter home scheme will deliver by 2020; and if he will...

      Social Rented Housing: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes for social rent were started in each year since 2010 in (a) East Ham constituency and (b) the London Borough...

      Affordable Housing: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of affordable homes to rent in (a) East Ham constituency and (b) the London...

      Homelessness: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of statutory homeless households since 2010 in (a) East Ham constituency...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure that local authorities in London promote diversity and equality in their procurement strategies.

      Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his decision to reopen the planning inquiry into the highways safety aspects of Cuadrilla Resources' appeal...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times the power he has under section 17(7) of the Town and Country Planning (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of his Department's digital and IT projects are (a) under review and (b) subject to probable cancellation.

    • GKN: Yeovil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with GKN on the future of the workforce at that company's Yeovil helicopter plant.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times his Department has (a) terminated a contract, (b) imposed a penalty and (c) denied permission for a company to...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria his Department plans to use in order to decide whether to recognise Palestine statehood.

      Turkey: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Turkish government on students who are being held in prison for lengthy periods without...

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 November 2016, WS260, how he plans to use the £40 million offered in support of...

      Occupied Territories: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the demolitions in Khan Al Ahmar.

      Russia: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recent decision by the Spanish government...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to review the full breadth of UK financial transactions with illegal Israeli settlements.

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to publish up-to-date guidance to businesses and banks on investment links with illegal Israeli settlements.

      Nigel Farage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) discussions and (b) meetings he has had with Nigel Farage since 23 June 2016.

      Kamal Foroughi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN statement of 7 October 2016 calling for the immediate and unconditional release of British Iranian...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received reports on other countries' ambassadors to the UK having arranged female genital mutilation for their...

      Kamal Foroughi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet the families of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi to update them on steps the Government has taken...

      Kamal Foroughi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will ensure that the cases of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi are raised in all discussions with...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's presence is on the UN's Internal Board of Inquiry into the attack on the UN aid convoy in Syria on 19...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of progress in the Cyprus peace talks in Mont Pelerin; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department will have in negotiations on the UK's exit from the EU.

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the matter of compensating UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism was not discussed at the recent...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to help facilitate a meeting between the Cross-Party Parliamentary Support Group campaigning for...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for the viability of successful peace talks between the government of...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the implications are for his Department's assessment of the Palestinian Authority's level of adherence to the principle of...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek compensation for the demolition of UK or EU-funded buildings by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the UK Ambassador to Ethiopia has raised with the Ethiopian government the case of Andargachew Tsege; and if he...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to parties involved in the conflict in Yemen on the safety and kidnapping of journalists.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what UK representation was involved in John Kerry's negotiations on the conflict in Yemen during his visit to Oman on 14...

      Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the case of the seizure of the retreat centre in Mohammadshahr in Karaj belonging to the Council of Assemblies...

      Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations on the banning of the publication of bibles and Christian literature in Farsi.

      Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the closure of (a) church-owned theological schools and (b) leadership development...

      Hong Kong Legislative Council: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the banning of Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Sixtus Leung from taking office in the...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the health of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to (a) write to and (b) meet his Iranian counterpart to discuss the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

      Dominican Republic: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Dominican Republic to assist with the flooding in that country.

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has sought recent legal advice in relation to the espousal of compensation claims by the UK victims of...

      Libya: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations within the UN to amend the UN Resolution governing the freezing of Libyan assets in the UK; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Sick Leave

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

  • Attorney General

    • Barristers

      To ask the Attorney General, how much (a) the Government Legal Department, (b) the Attorney General's Office and (c) HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate spent on counsel fees to independent...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has a methodology for ranking countries and regions on the adequacy of care and treatment that is available to...

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which international summits and conferences on tackling HIV and AIDS Ministers of her Department plan to attend in the next 12 months.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on changes in the level of international donor funding for tackling...

      Dominican Republic: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the Dominican Republic to assist with the flooding in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Grammar Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what equality impact assessment has been carried out on the consequences of selective education, as outlined in the Schools that work for everyone...

    • Schools: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will undertake an impact assessment on the compatibility of the Schools that Work for Everyone green paper consultation document with section...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to Answer Questions 49159, 49160, 49203 and 49204.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2016 to Question 47153, if she will list each faith included in the category other faith designations given in...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the presumption against closure of rural schools in England contained in the Education and...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Schools that work for everyone Government consultation, published in September 2016, page 7, paragraph 10, what the evidential...

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many citizens of other EU countries in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK work as (i) teachers, (ii) teaching assistants and (iii) school...

      Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have studied at least two arts subjects at GCSE level in York in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children for whom hearing impairment is a primary need and who attended a grammar school achieved five GCSEs including English and...

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children for whom hearing impairment is a primary special educational need attended a grammar school in each of the last five years.

      Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many GCSE entries for arts subjects there were from students in York in each of the last five years.

      Music: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students studied music at GCSE level in York in each of the last five years.

      Modern Greek Language: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students took (a) a GCSE and (b) an AS/A2 Level in Modern Greek in each of the last five years.

      Department for Education: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring techniques.

      Japanese Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to encourage schools to teach Japanese as a foreign language.

      Pre-School Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of trends in the rates of early years development; how many and what proportion of children are reaching expected...

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to update its guidance to early years providers on online safety for children.

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to ensure that children who do not attend registered early years settings meet the physical and emotional development...

      Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.102 of Budget 2016, HC 901, what progress her Department has made on reviewing the gaps in support for lifetime learning.

      Children's Centres: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of reductions in local authority funding to children's centres in Greater Manchester on...

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to make funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium available to provide activity opportunities for children during school holidays.

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how (a) her Department's plans for post-16 education, (b) the Post-16 Skills Plan and (c) the apprenticeship levy will provide improved support for...

      Pre-school Education: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the change in the early years funding formula on the number of places in maintained nursery...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who is responsible for carrying out the end point assessment for an apprenticeship standard when there is no approved organisation in place to do so.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether Trailblazer groups which develop new apprenticeship standards will continue to be known as Trailblazer groups once the Institute for...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is her policy to sign protocol 16 of the European Court of Human Rights, as set out after the Brighton Declaration.

    • Ministry of Justice: Migrant Workers

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

      Ministry of Justice: Sick Leave

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

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many trials were (a) effective, (b) cracked, (c) ineffective and (d) vacated in each year from 2010.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Peterborough

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52646, for what reason no timetable is in place to expedite...

    • Church of England: Antisemitism

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to tackle anti-semitism.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

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

    • Yahoo!: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department's cyber security department investigated the recent hacking of Yahoo in order to inform its policies; and...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to allow football fans to have a greater say on the running of the football clubs they support.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she has made an assessment of the relationship between the proportion of National Lottery funding on projects in each English region...

      Tourism: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to make major tourist attractions affordable for children from lower income families.

      Leisure: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has for further investment in local facility infrastructure to increase activity levels.

      Big Lottery Fund: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to repay, with interest, funds diverted from the Big Lottery Fund to National Lottery distributors...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the average amount of public funding provided per property under the Broadband Delivery UK scheme.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of premises which will be eligible for the broadband Universal Service Obligation in (a)...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of premises in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland (i) will have access to...

      Small Businesses: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the finding of the 2016 Lloyds Business Digital Index...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring techniques.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

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

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) people with arthritis and (b) musculoskeletal conditions and employers are aware of the Access to...

      Employment Schemes: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with a musculoskeletal condition who require support to return to work in order...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52442, how much has accrued to the public purse from (a) the £20 fee charged for...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what accreditation process he plans will be used for the training received by the work coaches described in his Department's publication...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants made calls longer than (a) one and (b) two hours on non-Freephone lines relating to their claim for benefit for each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the level of historic income in a non-resident parent's salary within the...

      Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners live in (a) other EU countries, (b) Commonwealth countries and (c) the rest of the world; and how many of those people...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to work allowance on the incomes of working households in receipt of...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the review, entitled What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children, published in...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason provisions on the long service cap within the Pensions Act 2014 have not yet come into force.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of employment support staff employed by his Department have undergone training to help them identify and...

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of pensioners whose contributions were paid prior to 1997 who are not receiving annual...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants transferring from disability living allowance to personal independence payments have had their claim disallowed due to...

      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

    • Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with the Head of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team on the use of covert surveillance on serving...

    • Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the capability of the Harpoon missile after it leaves service in 2018.

      Germany: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on running British Forces Germany in each year since 2010.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, whether the Government...

      Middle East: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department has provided to the Jordanian and Turkish armies for the training of new recruits.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the US Department of Defense on the System Development and Demonstration phase of the F-35 Lightning II...

      Apache AH-64 Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to maximise the UK workshare in the AH-64E Apache programme.

      Iran: International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on whether the legal and contractual issues between International Military Services Ltd and the Republic of Iran...

      Ministry of Defence: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding the Capita-led consortium receives from the public purse to manage the defence estate annually.

      Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) name the company providing payroll services to his Department and (b) publish details of that company's charge to his Department of...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish on a weekly basis information on Russian and Syrian air assets engaged in attacking civilian targets in Syria; if he will publish the...

  • Home Office

    • Cedars Pre-departure Accommodation Facility: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many families detained at Cedars Pre-Departure Accommodation were (a) removed from the country and (b) released into the community in...

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department's Joint Fraud Taskforce has made since it was established; and whether that taskforce plans to publish a report...

      London Airports: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ePassport gates were not in operation at any time on 12 November 2016 at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) Luton Airports.

      Vetting: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Dutch and (b) Latvian nationals applying to work with (i) adults and (ii) children failed the enhanced Disclosure and Barring...

      Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visitor visa applications have been refused in each of the last five years.

      Home Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on advertising in each of the last six years in (a) Trinity Mirror, (b) the Sunday Times, (c) the Mail on...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many tribunal users of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) had permission to work in the UK for each of the last...

      Police: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the average annual cost to a police authority of employing a (a) police officer and (b) police...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on maintaining visa free, free travel to EU countries after the UK leaves the EU.

      Kyrgyzstan: Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will investigate whether any stolen Kyrgyz state funds ended up in the UK.

      Home Office: Liverpool City Region

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

      Immigration Enforcement Directorate

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

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status is of the report of the inquiry into overseas funding of extremism in the UK.

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of the misuse of bots for the harvesting of event tickets through primary ticketing platforms have been reported to the...

      Detention Centres: Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to appeal Renfrewshire Council's decision to refuse planning permission for a short-term immigration detention...

  • HM Treasury

    • British Nationals Abroad: Australia

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reciprocal arrangements are in place to allow UK citizens who have worked in Australia to import the pension contributions that they paid while working...

    • Treasury: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times his Department has (a) terminated a contract, (b) imposed a penalty and (c) denied permission for a company to tender on the grounds of grave...

      Treasury: Social Networking

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring techniques.

      HMS President

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to fund the restoration of HMS President in Hull.

      Money Laundering: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs has prosecuted a company formation agent for facilitating money laundering in the UK in the last 10 years.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs has (a) refused to register a company formation agent or (b) withdrawn the registration of a company formation agent due to a...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to review the current rates of insurance premium tax.

      Companies: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there have been any prosecutions in relation to companies which have significant funds paid into their bank accounts yet report in corporate filings...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing the remit of the public sector pension cap in order to harmonise its...

      Occupational Health

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers have claimed exemptions from tax charges on payments made to support employees to return to work after a health-related absence since his...

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the banking sector on the closure of branches in rural areas.

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.19 of the National Audit Office report, Delivering the defence estate, published on 15 November 2016, if he will provide...

      Taxation: Ivory

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue accrued by HM Treasury through tax on ivory artworks and objets d'art in each of the last five years; and if his...

      Non-domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of increasing Small Business Rate Relief for businesses in London.

      State Retirement Pensions: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs holds on the number of UK pensioners who receive state pensions from other EU member states.

      Mortgages

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to assist those mortgage holders who are seeking to switch to mortgage providers which offer better repayment terms.

      Assets: Sales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion 689, Sale of Public Assets.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2016 to Question 52165, whether his Department plans to publish its report on Equitable Life in December 2016.

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs plans to publish its post-implementation review of Real Time Information.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Nigel Farage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what (a) discussions and (b) meetings he has had with Nigel Farage since 23 June 2016.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department is monitoring content that is publicly available on social networking sites using overt monitoring techniques.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the Government's appeal to the Supreme Court on triggering...

  • Department for International Trade

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Nurseries

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to provide crèche services for the children of hon....

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers had not received money due from the Rural Payments Agency under the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme by the end of...

    • Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to relax laws and restrictions imposed by the EU on homeopathic medicines, herbs, vitamins and...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applicants for common agricultural policy payments from (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c)...

      Ivory: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the level of ivory imports to the UK in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times her Department has (a) terminated a contract, (b) imposed a penalty and (c) denied permission for a company...

      Dairy Farming: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of zero-grazing on the welfare of dairy cows; and what steps she is taking to...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received from the dairy industry since the March 2016 publication of the revised...

      Environment Protection: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for members of the public to contribute to the consultation on its 25 year plan for the...

      Waste Disposal: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Environment Agency on removal of the mound of rubbish at the site operated...

      Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2016 to Question 52825, what estimate she has made of the level of funding support...

      Low Emission Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce an air quality national framework for low emission zones.

      Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the sheep dip sufferers support group on organophosphate poisoning.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure timely payments from the Rural Payments Agency.

  • Department of Health

    • Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Congenital Clinical Reference Group which advised the Clinical Advisory Panel leading the NHS Review into congenital heart disease services...

    • Health Professions: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours worked by (a) nurses, (b) junior doctors and (c) consultants in each year for which records are...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many referrals to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme started each type of therapy offered by the programme in each clinical...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many referrals to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme were classified as ended by problem descriptor in each clinical...

      Department of Health: Procurement

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

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether meetings relating to the proposed re-configuration of congenital heart disease services will be (a) open to the public and (b) minuted; whether...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend the deadline to apply for £10,000 lump sum payments for the widows and widowers of people who died at least partially as a result...

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote and facilitate the diagnosis of autism in children between the ages of two and four years.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department makes available to support NHS providers in renovating, maintaining and developing properties that form part of the NHS estate.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to reduce access to high-lethality means of suicide; and what such steps have been taken to reduce the availability...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the documentation his Department has received from hepatologists and other medical professionals on the potential proportion of...

      Mental Health Services: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to improve access to mental health services for black and ethnic minority people in the London Borough of Southwark.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will guarantee stage 2 payments to people with stage 1 hepatitis C who are co-infected with HIV from 2017-18 rather than requiring those people to...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the reformed English support scheme for those affected by contaminated blood, whether allocated funds not spent on beneficiaries (a) in...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an estimate of the number of properties that form part of the NHS estate that are not used for clinical purposes.

      NHS Property Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are employed by NHS Property Services in (a) the UK and (b) each region and constituent nation.

      NHS Property Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified surveyors are employed by NHS Property Services in (a) the UK and (b) each region and constituent nation.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many properties owned by NHS Property Services in (a) the UK and (b) each region and constituent nation are (i) vacant, (ii) partially occupied and...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will respond to the recommendations of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative UK Report 2016, published in November 2016.

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides to women who are (a) expecting and (b) have given birth to a baby with Down's syndrome.

      Hip Replacements: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on providing physiotherapy to patients who have had hip replacement operations.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people detained under section 13 of the Mental Health Act 1983 were held in police cells in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b)...

      Mental Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health community outreach programmes focussed on traditional male environments have been set up to engage with men in each local...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the difference in the number of sessions required for different geographical areas for doctors to remain on the National...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the change in the level of NHS England's administration costs since the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Education

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Nash on 1 November (WS231) that the new safeguarding strategy will not be published until May 2017, what specific...

    • Brexit: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 November (HL2741), whether they intend to provide schools and other educational establishments with...

      Schools: Census

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Nash on 31 October (HL Deb, col 510), whether they have given any further consideration to allowing parents the ability to...

      Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the recently published State of the nation 2016 report by the Social Mobility Commission.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 8 November (HL2645) about appeals made by litigants in person, when they stopped recording those...

    • Prisons: Prescription Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is given to prison officers, in addition to methods of control, in the care and treatment of offenders who suffer from dependence on, and...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Access

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what measures are available to ensure that access to the House of Lords is maintained when road works or other obstructions occur.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the names and firms of all lawyers involved in pursuing claims against soldiers and former soldiers for alleged abuses in...

    • Army: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications or other expressions of interest have been received from female soldiers for ground close combat roles.

  • Home Office

    • Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers were in post in each police force in England and Wales in each year from 1996 until the last year for which figures are available.

    • Radicalism: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the Muslim Council of Britain on achieving a common strategy to combat the radicalisation of young people.

      Migrant Workers: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to guarantee the residence status of non-UK EU nationals who are currently employed as teachers of modern foreign languages in British...

      Migrant Camps: Dunkirk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ask the government of France not to close or reduce numbers in La Linière Camp, Grande Synthe, Dunkirk, until alternative safe...

      Public Sector: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to guarantee the residency status of non-UK EU nationals currently working as public service interpreters in the criminal justice system...

      Fracking: Protest

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many regional Counter Terrorism Units have been involved in monitoring anti-fracking protests, and how many arrests for a serious crime have been made by...

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by the US President-elect that he intends to reinstate the Glass-Steagall rules, what assessment they have made of the impact...

    • Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Bank of England should be independent of the Government.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 9 November (HL2723), where children born abroad to British citizens without a property in...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of eligible citizens registered to vote.

  • Department of Health

    • Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many centres carry out complex thoracic surgery in NHS England; what is their annual procedure volume; and when they will publish risk normalised outcome...

    • Health Services: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 November (HL2865), what steps have been taken to encourage joined up working by local...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards they have put in place to ensure that children and young people’s mental health Local Transformation Plans are delivered, and that the...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what long-term mental health service provision they have made for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving in the UK.

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