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Written answers

Monday, 28 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of winter maintenance readiness on the road network.

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of (a) cars and (b) HGVs using the Dartford Crossing in the last 10 years.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the Dartford Crossing has been closed; and what the cause was of each such closure.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) cars and (b) HGVs that will use the Dartford Crossing in the next (i) year, (ii) five years...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate how many vehicles per day using all or part of the M25 between junctions 3 and 29 in an anticlockwise direction joined the...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the monthly volume of vehicles using the Dartford River Crossing is in each direction for the last 12 months for which information is available...

      Roads: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the predicted effect on congestion and uninterrupted free-flowing traffic on the M25/A282 at Dartford of (a) Option C...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 53161, what steps he is taking to ensure that the electrical vehicle chargepoint network has...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints were made to his Department or Highways England on congestion at the Dartford Crossing in the last 12 months.

      A282: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicle accidents on the A282 were registered by Highways England in the last 12 months.

      Blackwall Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed tolling of the Blackwall Tunnel on traffic levels using the Dartford Crossing.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the designated monthly capacity of the existing Dartford River Crossing is in each direction.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times per month traffic is stopped at the Dartford River Crossing to allow crossing control vehicles to escort hazardous vehicles through the...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures are being considered to reduce congestion at Dartford (a) before and (b) after the construction of a Lower Thames Crossing; and if he...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether contingency measures have been considered to reduce congestion at Dartford if the construction of a Lower Thames Crossing does not reduce...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to announce any further successful bids to the latest competition round of the Local Majors Fund in addition to those...

      Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) funding and (b) date of announcement of each project already allocated funding for promoting the uptake of ultra-low emission...

      Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.15 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what powers he intends to devolve to Greater Manchester relating to future transport...

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.6 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what guidance his Department plans to publish on the development of alternative aviation...

      Great Western Railway Line: Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.19 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the £450 million funding for trialling digital signalling technology...

      Bridges: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether traffic flow forecasting and associated modelling in relation to proposals for a Lower Thames Crossing have been based on toll charges at a...

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the £1.1 billion announced for English transport networks in the 2016 Budget he plans will be spent on rail projects in the South East.

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to maintain the UK's participation in the European Air Safety Agency's work on certifying aircraft, aircraft...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local authorities about their future access to European Structural Funding.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of affordable homes to (a) rent and (b) buy since 2010.

      Homelessness

      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 between 2009-10 and 2015-16.

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to allocate funding to parish councils for flood damage resulting from floods in 2015; and if he will make a...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to bring forward a framework for devolution within England.

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities and combined authorities are in discussion with his Department for devolution deals due to be announced...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Final local government finance settlement 2016-17, published on 8 February 2016, from what budget the...

      Waste Disposal: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Dorset Waste Partnership does not charge householders for the disposal of waste...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the potential effect of the...

      Economic Growth: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support the Midlands Engine.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage community cohesion.

      Derelict Land: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time, cost and complexity of processes to bring redundant publicly owned land...

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to extend devolution deals across England.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support the role of local communities in the design of new housing developments.

      Dementia: Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the adequacy of the level of dementia training for...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment the Government has made of progress towards its 2020 renewable target in the (a) heat and (b)...

    • Magnox: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support Magnox workers affected by the redundancy cap.

      Nuclear Power: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential savings to the public purse of Magnox and other nuclear workers' pension...

      Business: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what access to finance support is available to businesses in Oldham.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department has published on the (a) number and (b) names of cavity wall insulation providers who...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential revenue to be obtained from the proposed sale of Green Investment Bank shares.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what stake the Government plans to retain in the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date he expects the sale of shares in the Green Investment Bank to be completed.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment criteria are being applied to potential buyers of the Green Investment Bank.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in what areas under which spending headings the £2 billion post office transformation and modernisation fund has...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 52983, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Coal: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with his (a) Colombian and (b) US counterpart on ending the use of child labour in the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many projects in operation in his Department are related to the UK's exit from the EU.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the UK civil and military helicopter sector.

      Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies were in receipt of EU research and innovation funding in (a) the UK and (b) Wales in the most recent...

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department monitors the accessibility of franchised post offices for people with (a) mobility impairments, (b)...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his most recent estimate is of the number of civil servants working in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff of the former Department for Energy and Climate Change have not had their contracts renewed since the...

      Cadbury: Mondelez International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to meet any of the companies involved in the takeover of the Cadbury's biscuit licence by Mondalez/Craft.

      Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to undertake baseline monitoring of the health of residents living in close proximity to...

      Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to institute baseline monitoring sites for air quality in residential areas in close proximity...

      Post Offices: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the population of (a) deprived urban and (b) other urban areas in Hull has lived within one mile of...

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to run a communications campaign aimed at employers to emphasise the economic benefits of...

      Maternity Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (a) when he last met and (b) what future meetings he has planned with representatives of Maternity Action .

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made to date on meeting the Renewable Energy Directive obligation of 20 per cent...

      Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish advice for employers on how to support parents of premature or sick babies; and if he will make a...

      Cadbury: Mondelez International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on jobs of the recent takeover of the licence to...

      Food: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) food industry and (b) price for consumers of recent foreign...

      Pregnancy: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will develop a cross-government strategy to reduce the incidence of pregnancy discrimination.

      Post Offices: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department monitors the public funding used to refurbish Crown post offices to ensure those funds achieve the...

      Post Offices: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Post Office has paid in compensation to sub post masters as part of the Initial Complaint Review and...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will prevent the PACE trial researchers from being given further public research funding until an inquiry into...

      Productivity: Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he has had to discuss productivity with employers in low-paid sectors in each of the last six months.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the green purposes of the Green Investment Bank are retained after...

      World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of people who worked in munitions factories during the Second World...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the difference has been between the salary of his Department's highest paid director and the median salary of all...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many new applications have been made to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme since it opened in...

      Wind Power: Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were made under the renewables obligation for (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind; and what the...

      Telecommunications: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department met with their counterparts in the Department for...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department met small businesses to discuss company law reform in...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of limited companies operating under umbrella companies on official...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in South Sudan on stopping armed forces destroying food reserves and...

    • South Sudan: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in South Sudan on that country's restriction of employment of non-South...

      UN Mission in South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he or the UK representative to the UN have made to other UN Security Council member states on the...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had on the situation in South Sudan with member states of the African Union and representatives from...

      Faiz Mahmoud Ahmed Sherari

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Faiz Mahmoud Ahmed Sherari was provided with consular assistance from the British Government during his recent...

      Faiz Mahmoud Ahmed Sherari

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the recent detention of British citizen Faiz Mahmoud Ahmed Sherari.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the Human Rights Watch's...

      Burundi: Security

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

      Burundi: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the treatment of the Tutsi people in Burundi.

      Burundi: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) President Nkurunziza and (b) Foreign Minister Alaine Aimé Nyamitwe on the...

      Burundi: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) President Nkurunziza and (b) Foreign Minister Alain Aimé Nyamitwe on...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart since the outcome of the Colombian Referendum on the Peace...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to visit Colombia to meet his Colombian counterpart to discuss the progress of the peace process in that country.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on human rights in that country.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the forced closure of over 100 Baha'i shops in Iran during the first week of November 2016; and...

      Somalia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Somali counterpart on the level of voter participation in elections in that country.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the report by Amnesty...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many projects in operation in his Department are related to the UK's exit from the EU.

    • Childbirth: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) number and (b) proportion of births was where one or both parents were foreign-born in (i) London and (ii) each Greater London borough in...

      Childcare Implementation Taskforce

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Childcare Implementation Taskforce has met since its creation; what the full attendance was at each such meeting; and on what dates...

  • Department for International Development

    • UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will attend the sixty-first session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2017.

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on promoting a cross-government approach to implementing the UN's Step it Up for...

      UN Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to meet the Executive Director of UN Women.

      South Sudan: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to help to support food-insecure people in South Sudan.

      South Sudan: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to help support internally displaced South Sudanese refugees.

      South Sudan: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to help combat cholera outbreaks in South Sudan.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the needs of older people with AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

      South Sudan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya to support South Sudanese refugees.

      Nigeria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to mobilise other donors to respond to the humanitarian situation in northern Nigeria.

      Sahel: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in the Sahel and northern Nigeria.

      Nigeria: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of the food security crisis in northern Nigeria.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what targets and measures of success her Department has set for the integration of HIV within broader development programmes.

      Developing Countries: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to page 9 of the report of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, published in September...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the relationship between employees' working hours and the cost associated with childcare.

    • Pre-school Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce the difference in attainment for children under five between the North West and the national average.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much milk is consumed in (a) nursery and (b) primary schools.

      Nurseries: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that nurseries in County Durham recruit well qualified staff including early years teachers.

      Special Educational Needs: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils are registered with (a) high and complex needs and (b) special educational needs in (i) Liverpool and (ii) Liverpool Walton.

      Pre-school Education: Warrington

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

      Department for Education: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Environmental Audit Committee on 25...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of people claiming free childcare for two-year olds are working.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy conversions have taken place in each of the last 12 months.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the average annual cost of providing a place at a (a) maintained nursery school, (b) private, voluntary or...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing loans for second degrees to help people in and out of work to meet current and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will provide a breakdown of the proposed additional 2,500 prison officers by prison.

    • Young Offenders: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines have been issued by courts to children for criminal offences in each of the last five years.

      Secure Training Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what her Department's current assessment of the level of safety is for staff at (a) Medway, (b) Oakhill and (c) Rainsbrook secure training centres.

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ratio of prisoners to prison officers was in each prison in England in each year from 2006.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy: Females

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether a Bishop of London has ordained a woman as a priest.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with Facebook on regulation of fake news on social media.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 50339, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the...

      Dormant Assets Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 52931, how many new dormant assets have been identified since the Commission was...

      Mobile Broadband: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 3.20 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if she will take steps to address broadband not spots in York and North...

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53524, on Kid's Company, if she will publish the evaluation of the independent...

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53524, on Kid's Company, what information her Department holds on the...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53524, on Kids Company, whether the independent third party had any remit to...

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2016 to Question 53525, if she will publish the delivery targets that were contained in the grant...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether UK state pensioners who reside in the Irish Republic will receive annual updating of their UK state pension after the UK leaves the...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that people affected by the increase in the basic state pension age are contacted and made aware of that...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made on the effect of his Department's reforms to pensions on different age groups.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, of the 198,200 proactively selected Child Support Agency (CSA) cases and the 16,200 reactively selected CSA cases which had completed the case...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, of the 74,200 former Child Support Agency (CSA) cases which had made an application to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) by the end of June...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, of the 56,500 arrears only cases with the Child Maintenance Service at the end of June 2016, in how many cases the non-resident parent was...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the 239,300 Child Support Agency cases where, by the end of June 2016, liability had been ended but the case closure process had...

      Social Security Benefits: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants affected by the recent reduction in the benefit cap in (a) East Ham constituency and (b) the London Borough of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Protector programme for unmanned aerial systems is planned to be funded from his Department's core budget or as an Urgent Operational...

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will issue guidance on how local small and medium-sized enterprise businesses can benefit from defence supply chain procurement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to allow and support British companies to bid for contracts in the procurement process for the Trident successor programme.

      GKN: Yeovil

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

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much service personnel in Northern Ireland have paid as a contribution in lieu of council tax in each year since 2011.

      Military Bases: Glencorse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much by expenditure category his Department has spent on the Glencorse Barracks in each of the last 15 years.

      Ministry of Defence: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) facilities and (b) other support his Department provides for (i) visitors and (ii) staff for (A) lactating mothers and (B) the expressing of...

      HMS Duncan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the circumstances were that led to HMS Duncan being towed back to port on 23 November 2016.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the greatest length of time is that a veteran has claimed a pension under the War Pensions Scheme.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the US and (b) other countries on implementation of the Joint Declaration for the Export and...

  • Home Office

    • Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police cautions have been issued for offences under (a) section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 and (b) section 1 of the...

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been (a) sacked and (b) jailed in the last five years.

      Operation Bridger

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents have been reported under Operation Bridger in each police force area in each month up to and including October 2016.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation her Department paid due to errors made on applications for (a) indefinite leave to remain, (b) limited leave to...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has made to the police in each month since it was established.

      Home Office: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) facilities and (b) other support her Department provides for (i) visitors and (ii) staff for (A) lactating mothers and (B) the...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been allocated to each constabulary to tackle scrap metal theft and enforcement of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 in each...

      Motor Vehicles: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to end the charging of storage fees by police constabularies to victims of crime whose vehicles are seized or...

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Extended Area Service mast sites for the Emergency Services Network will be capable of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the Government has agreed to the request of the Scottish Government to delay for three years the transfer of welfare powers in April 2017.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • White Fish: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on a temporary ban on the commercial netting of sea bass.

    • Agriculture: Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 53157, what steps she is taking to reduce the level of application of...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had with counterparts in the Department for Business,...

      Environment Protection: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisation will provide external scrutiny of the UK's performance against environmental protection requirements once...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to publish new measures to improve air quality as required by the High Court judgement of 2...

      Air Pollution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many schools are located within (a) one mile and (b) five miles of the (i) Bury Whitefield Roadside and (ii) Manchester...

      Air Pollution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people live within (a) one mile and (b) five miles of the (i) Bury Whitefield Roadside and (ii) Manchester...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: Internet

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has undertaken or commissioned research on introducing an internet sales tax.

    • Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the Northern Ireland Executive on reducing air passenger duty in Northern Ireland.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of spending from the National Productivity Investment Fund in each of the next five years; and if...

      Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of predicted changes in the rate of inflation on consumer spending power over the next 12 months; and if he will...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum compensation payment paid to a claimant for maladministration of tax credits was in each of the last three years.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 87 of the Budget 2016, and page 58 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how the shortfall of £100 million in estimated revenue from the...

      Local Government: Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what process his Department requires to be followed to enable sign-off for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet a delegation from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equitable Life to discuss the closure of the Equitable Life Payment Scheme and the...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount is of Barnett consequentials for Northern Ireland of the Autumn Statement 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to continue to publish the Autumn Statement on an annual basis for the remainder of the current Parliament.

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to update the regulatory framework on suretyship.

      Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to assess the number of people working for (a) a single employer and (b) an online platform who are incorrectly...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the number of contractors working under the control and management of umbrella companies that are constituted as...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • County Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52620, on County Londonderry, what the legal basis is for the Government's position...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Engineering: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support is available to engineering companies in Oldham wishing to export to new markets.

    • Overseas Trade: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to advise businesses with respect to trading with illegal Israeli settlements; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which countries his Department plans to prioritise for future international free trade agreements in the event of the UK leaving the EU...

      India: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value was of commercial agreements reached during his visit to India of November 2016.

      India: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value was of commercial agreements involving Scottish companies reached during his visit to India of November 2016.

      Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reasons his Department has not responded to all of its Freedom of Information requests within the statutory time limit.

      Department for International Trade: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will provide a list of the representatives from external organisations that officials of his Department have met since the creation of...

      Department for International Trade: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will provide a list of the representatives from external organisations that Ministers of his Department have met since the creation of...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Acts: Publishing

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what information the Commission holds on the cost per page of printing bills on vellum in...

    • Vellum: Expenditure

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of purchasing of vellum has been in each of the last five years.

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis: Bristol West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Bristol West constituency (a) he estimates have undiagnosed and (b) have diagnosed hepatitis C; and how many people who have been so...

    • Hepatitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on its decision to limit the number of people able to access new hepatitis C treatments to...

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of people with diabetes in England who received a foot risk assessment within 24 hours of...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the World Health Organisation's Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, whether he plans to produce a national strategy for...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that GP surgeries are reimbursed for the training of GPs.

      General Practitioners: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries are in deficit.

      Doctors' List of Patients: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on GP surgeries of waiting times to process electronic patient registrations.

      Capita: Department of Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports his Department has received from the seven experts embedded in Capita on the level of performance of the contract between his Department and...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) names and (b) backgrounds are of the seven experts his Department is embedding within Capita to work on ratification plans to resolve the...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reusing prescribed medication in blister packs which has been dispensed but not used.

      Pharmacy: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes to community pharmacy funding on the delivery of pharmaceutical services in Greater...

      Health Services and Social Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the sufficiency of transitional/transformational funding for Greater Manchester health and social care devolution.

      Strangeways Prison: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the adequacy of mental health assessments in HM Prison Strangeways, Manchester.

      Docklands Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on what date (a) the subcontract for Docklands Medical Services Ltd was sent to High Wealds Lewes Havens Clinical...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had requests for (a) surgery on varicose veins and (b) other treatments refused under the Exceptionality Operational Policy in...

      St Bartholomew's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England has proposed that some congenital heart disease cases can be re-directed from the Royal Brompton Hospital to Barts Heart Centre; and...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to hold NHS England to account on the delivery of the diabetes metrics outlined in the Clinical Commissioning Group...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what help and advice on charitable post-natal support is available to expectant mothers who are due to give birth to a severely disabled child.

      NHS England: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the 10th Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2016-17, HC397, what progress has been made on the recommendation that NHS...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on NHS winter planning for 2016-17 of changes in pharmacy funding in the period from December 2016 to...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the publication of final decisions on commissioning policies under NHS England's annual prioritisation process for determining...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2016 to Question 50498 on the Care Quality Commission, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support clinical commissioning groups that need improvement or have the greatest need for improvement for diabetes...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set for publishing the next diabetes-specific ratings as part of the Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment...

      Baby Care Units: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) access to overnight accommodation and (b) facilities in maternity and neonatal care units for parents...

      NHS: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS England's budget is spent on (a) administration and (b) administering the internal market.

      Warrington Hospital: Operating Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 49091, if he will take steps to ensure that an answer is sent from the Chair of Warrington and...

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his comments in the Times article, entitled Nine health secretaries attack government for failing mentally ill, published on 18...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all supplier responses received to the infected blood scheme administrator services supplier questionnaire.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital due to a respiratory condition in each age group in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England in each year since...

      Circle Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the capability of Circle Holdings plc to provide musculoskeletal services in Greenwich on 1 December 2016 in advance of...

      Eltham Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that Eltham Community Hospital beds are used for the rehabilitation of people leaving hospital.

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of medication errors involving hospital patients with Parkinson's disease resulting in (a) no, (b) low, (c) moderate and (d) severe...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential of rolling out the meningitis B vaccine to teenagers and young adults; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has paid towards VAT on pharmaceutical drugs in each year since 2010.

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on statins in each year since 2010.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people accessing mental health services were misdiagnosed with the wrong mental health condition in each year since 2010.

      Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2016 to Question 52821, what assessment he has made of the likely financial health of the Coventry and Warwickshire...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2016 to Question 52821, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number and proportion of...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the potential savings to the public purse resulting from reduced NHS spending arising from predicted reductions...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Employment: Older People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on steps to increase opportunities for work for older women in the light of the recent raising...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Northallerton

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the expected journey times of passengers between London and Northallerton for (1) the existing train service, and (2) the proposed HS2 service using...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 November (HL 3036), what measures they plan to take to encourage the provision of public...

      Cycling: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the number of cyclists regularly using lanes of London's roads intended for other traffic where an alternative route...

      Pedicabs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made to ensure the safety of passengers who use rickshaws as a means of travel.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Scaffolding: Timber

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, estimate they have made of the amount of virgin timber and plywood sheeting used for the cosmetic cladding of scaffolding; and what legal...

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect Right to Buy to be available to housing association tenants.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether green gas from marginal grassland will be included in, or excluded from, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme; and what is the rationale for...

    • Energy: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many customers have switched their energy provider in the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Embassies: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 9 November (HL2740), whether they consider that the remarks by the Foreign Secretary in the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 15 November (HL2983), whether parity of esteem applies only to individuals, and not to communities.

    • Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 31 October (HL2454), whether the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland has the ability to make reference...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports by the World Food Programme and other aid agencies that millions of Yemenis are dependent on aid and half the population faces...

    • China: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact When aid relationships change: DfID's approach to managing exit and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to safeguard the future funding of small scale deliverers of the National Citizen Service when establishing its Royal Charter.

  • Home Office

    • Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy the Home Office applies in respect of responding to letters from Members of the House of Lords.

    • Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the five principles for building a post-Brexit immigration policy set out by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

      Interpol: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence of abuse of Interpol procedures by Russia; and if so, what action they plan to take, if any.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the contractual entitlement of Dame Lowell Goddard for the provision of accommodation in London in return for chairing the Independent Inquiry into...

      Amalgamated Plantations: India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the World Bank report on unsafe working conditions and the use of child labour on plantations run by Amalgamated Plantations Private...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to estimated net migration figures for 2014 and 2015, what number are estimated to be (1) EU domiciled students, (2) non-EU domiciled students,...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support British citizens having to show identification to obtain NHS care and treatment.

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