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Written answers

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential number of vehicles using (a) the Dartford River Crossing and (b) a Lower Thames Crossing in each direction...

    • Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on bus service provision in rural areas.

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Highways England on its policy of contraflow and reducing lane size during maintenance or other work on...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2016, on which schemes the £100 million of investment in road resilience projects...

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.8 of the Autumn Statement 2016, which projects will receive funding for rail resilience.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the findings of the Ollerenshaw Review of Local Council Tax Support.

    • Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 6.6 of the Autumn Statement 2015, if he will publish the application process for applying for extra...

      Night Shelters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has for the future support of voluntary night shelters.

      Homelessness: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the level of homeless need in Greater Manchester.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it will be the responsibility of local authorities to collect information on household income in relation to the...

      Social Rented Housing: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will increase the pay to stay income threshold for South East England to that of Greater London.

      Communities and Local Government: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many projects in operation in his Department are related to the UK's exit from the EU.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of affordable homes built in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years.

      Communities and Local Government: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2016 to Question 52835, how many full-time equivalent civil servants employed within the...

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of the Cities and Local Growth Unit has been in each year of its operation.

      Mayors: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities in Yorkshire on creating a Mayor of Yorkshire role.

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many meetings officials of his Department have had with (a) elected Councillors from Dorset's nine Councils and (b)...

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, at whose request his proposed meeting with elected members and employees of Dorset Council, for 30 November 2016 has been...

      Homelessness: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of homeless people in (a) East Ham constituency and (b) the London Borough...

      West Midlands Combined Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much grant funding West Midlands Combined Authority will receive in financial year 2017-18 for (a) adult education, (b)...

      Local Government Finance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish funding allocations for Birmingham City Council.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Magnox: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on Magnox workers' pensions of those pensions being included in the...

    • Nuclear Power: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has met employers in the nuclear industry in relation to their pensions being included as part of the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of domestic energy consumers switched tariff in each of the last three years; and what proportion of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many domestic consumers whose energy was supplied by one of the Big Six suppliers and who were on a standard...

      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 domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme since it opened in April 2014...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) mode and (b) mean length of time is that Big Six energy customers stay on their supplier's standard...

      Public Houses: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of pub tenants are protected pub tenants.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research the Government is conducting on carbon capture and the energy-making process.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices are in Bargain Booze shops; where each of those post offices are located; and in what branches...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the potential effect of...

      Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total value is of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on that country's relationship with Taiwan.

    • North Korea: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on steps to improve relations between North Korea and the UK.

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the £40 million compensation for Chagossian people will be effectively distributed.

      USA: British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the annual average payment was to the Government from the US Administration for its use of the Chagos Islands.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Breastfeeding

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

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the UN on trends in the number of attacks on aid workers in Sudan.

      China: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with his counterparts in China on that country's organ transplant programme; and if he will...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many projects in operation in his Department are related to the UK's exit of the EU.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Environmental Audit...

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policy on relations with Russia of the election of Donald...

      USA: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on international co-operation to tackle climate change.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry on the Government's approach to...

      UK Special Representative for Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to retain the role of Special Representative for Climate Change within his Department.

      UK Special Representative for Climate Change: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to appoint a new Special Representative for Climate Change.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has raised with Burma State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (a) the banning of media from areas of Rakhine State,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the decision by President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to delay elections due to...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on agency staff in each year since 2009.

    • Wales Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff of his Department at each civil service grade are employed in a press or communications role.

      Wales Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff of his Department are employed in its (a) press and (b) communications department.

      Wales Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many full-time equivalent civil servants in his Department are working exclusively on issues arising as a result of the UK voting to leave the EU; and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone.

    • Department for International Development: Breastfeeding

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

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which independent auditor vets UK aid to the Palestinian Territories; and whether that auditor is regulated by any UK regulator.

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the proportion of Government investment in energy support that is currently...

      Department for International Development: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Environmental Audit...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects funded by her Department in which countries have had work carried out relating to that project in a third country in the...

      International Citizen Service: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people participated in the International Citizens Services from (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency and (b)...

      Department for International Development: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects in operation in her Department are related to the UK's exit of the EU.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the time it will take to process all applications for the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

    • Training: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence the Skills Funding Agency will require from training providers to prove that they are a high quality training provider; and what steps...

      Apprentices: Bristol South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) men and (b) women in Bristol South constituency began apprenticeships in (i) construction skills, (ii) engineering, (ii) IT and telecoms,...

      Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the take-up of apprenticeships by women in construction, IT and engineering.

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a decision has been made on the location of the new Institute for Apprenticeships.

      Pupils: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have been judged by Ofsted to not provide the necessary level of support to children with medical conditions in each of the last five...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's target number for new entrants to early years initial teacher training programme has been for each academic year since that...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new entrants of the early years initial teacher training programme received a bursary and subsequently withdrew or failed to complete the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many entrants to the early years initial teacher training programme received a government bursary of what amount in each year since 2013-14.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many entrants to the early years initial teacher training programme have (a) completed, (b) withdrawn from and (c) failed to finish that programme...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners on Remand: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of (i) male and (ii) female offenders convicted of each offence in the violence against the person offence category...

    • Prison Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the introduction of a higher normal pension age in the Alpha pension scheme on the life...

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to Answer Question 49066, tabled on 18 October 2016 by the right hon. Member for Camberwell and Peckham, on the use of compainants'...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions during the last four years a serious further offence investigation involving probation services in England and Wales concluded...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether data on numbers of offenders breached by a community rehabilitation company is given on request to the local police force.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) average cost of a fit for work appeal and (b) total cost to the public purse of such appeals from July...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of First-Tier tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) users represented themselves as litigants in person; and what proportion of...

      Courts and Tribunals: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total amount of unpaid (a) court and (b) tribunal fees was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the prevalence of the use of the psychoactive substance, spice, in prisons.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of London

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church Commissioners will make it their policy that the next nominee for the Bishop of London will ordain...

    • Clergy: Peterborough

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church of England has made of the appropriateness of procedures and practice relating to the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what procedures are in place for consumer compensation if the 90 per cent geographic voice coverage target set by Ofcom across the UK...

    • Mobile Phones: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to enable Ofcom to fine mobile operators who do not provide the promised level of service.

      Mobile Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential use of macro hot spot roaming in areas that suffer from poor mobile coverage.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of trends in the level of dissemination of fake news by...

      London Eye: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to encourage the operators of the London Eye to increase the affordability of that attraction's prices for lower...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to make operating in areas with poor or non-existent mobile coverage commercially viable for mobile...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate she has made of the number of households capable of receiving 30 megabits a second.

      Television: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative assessment she has made of trends in levels of television programming by and for BME groups in the US and UK.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of benefit sanctions on levels of homelessness.

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) low, fair and transparent charges and (b) robust standards in auto-enrolment schemes; and if he will...

      Pensions: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has put in place to support self-employed people to save into a pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the planned new procedures to tackle child maintenance evasion by non-resident parents who fail to declare their full income...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of all fit-for-work decisions made in initial assessments for employment...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the level of equality of treatment of different business types under the Pension Protection Fund Levy;...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions his Department has held with (a) Experian and (b) the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) on the equitable treatment of...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what minimum written notice was given to women affected by state pension age increases under the Pensions Act 1995 and Pensions Act 2011.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the minimum written notice to be given to people who will be affected by future changes to the state pension age.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on mutual societies of changes in assessing the relative risk under the Pension Protection...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the number of people in Scotland subject to a benefit sanction who have used food banks in the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) medical and (b) work capability assessments were conducted to assess claimants' eligibility for each benefit for which his...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what number and proportion of claimants for each benefit administered by his Department require a home visit for the purpose of conducting...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on the provision of support for disabled people whose condition precludes them from attending face to face...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people will lose entitlement to carer's allowance as a result of increases to the national minimum wage taking their income over the...

      Jobcentres: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many older people champions are employed in job centres.

      Employment Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent from the public purse through the Work Choice programme on employment support in each of the last six years.

      Welfare Reform and Work Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution by the Minister of State for Welfare Reform of 27 January 2016, in the House of Lords, Official...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work of 17 November 2016, Official Report, columns 462...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the level of antibiotic use in meat-producing animals in each of the last five years; and if...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Environmental...

      Animals: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inappropriate advertisements for animals were removed from websites as a result of work with the Pet Advertising...

      Rural Development Programme: Countryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of (a) the total and value of grants issued under the Countryside Productivity Scheme in each of...

      Floods: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what analysis her Department has made of the risk of flooding in the West Midlands; and if she will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many offshore patrol vessels the UK has at its disposal to monitor fish stocks, and if she will make a statement.

      Environment Protection: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how members of the public will be able to contribute to her Department's upcoming consultation on the 25 Year Plan for the...

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of tackling the recent outbreak of ash dieback disease; and if...

      Total Allowable Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ensure that total allowable catch quota top-ups for stocks subject to the landing...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the 25 year environment plan to include accountability mechanisms to ensure that new policies from...

      Flood Control: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent from the public purse on flood (a) defence and (b) prevention schemes in Cumbria in each of the last...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have been underpaid under the 2015 Basic Payments Scheme.

      Flood Control: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2016, which schemes will receive the £20 million of investment...

      Beaches: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her plans are for replacing the EU Blue Flag Scheme to ensure the cleanliness of beaches, protection of wildlife and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual value is, excluding testing costs on farm or in a laboratory, of TB reactor salvage to the Government.

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Prevent Strategy in countering radicalisation.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the incidence of cyber-fraud; and by what means she plans to advise the public of the steps to...

      Primates: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations her Department has received from primate users to reassess its prospective assessment of the term severe for...

      Primates: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences her Department has approved for scientific procedures on non-human primates that involve head and/or body...

      Primates: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will maintain a severity level of severe for procedures on non-human primates involved in neuroscience research that involves...

      Primates: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria her Department applies when considering applications for licencing neuroscience research on (a) non-human primates in general...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the accuracy and independence of retrospective reporting by researchers performing scientific...

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2016 to Question 50781, on asylum: young people, for what reasons the planned trial of the use of...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any investigations into UK citizens who hold nominee directorships which pertain to companies suspected of money laundering have...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that EEA citizens who (a) have resided in the UK for a period exceeding five years and (b) are married to a UK citizen...

      Maxim Bakiyev

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what processes were followed by her Department when granting Maxim Bakiyev asylum; and if she will make a statement.

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to put on statutory basis the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 by the UK and Ireland to...

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to put the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland on a statutory basis; and if she will make a...

      Iraq: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will reassess and extend the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme to accept minorities from Iraq who have been...

      Criminal Proceedings: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to seal an agreement with Ireland on introducing equivalent Schengen criminal justice provisions between...

      Detention Centres: Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of Renfrewshire Council's refusal to grant planning...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has carried out any investigations into UK companies being used as money laundering vehicles since 2010.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passport holders there are in each (a) Westminster parliamentary constituency, (b) local authority area and (c) region of the...

      Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2016 to Question 53413, how many people suspected by UK law enforcement of involvement in (a)...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children are waiting assessment or transfer from Italy to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children were transferred from Italy to the UK as Dublin III transfers in each month in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been removed to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on assessing the relative merits of (a) scrapping and (b) preserving the aircraft carrier Illustrious for the nation; and if he will...

    • HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the contract with the Turkish company to scrap the aircraft carrier Illustrious makes provision for that contract to be set aside if a viable...

      HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the letter from Artis Legal, bidding to preserve the aircraft carrier Illustrious, what obligations exist for the Dispersal Services...

      HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond to the letter from Artis Legal including a bid to purchase the aircraft carrier Illustrious by a consortium of UK businessmen.

      HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy not to approve the departure to Turkey from Portsmouth of the aircraft carrier Illustrious until the bid to purchase it...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 52514, how many meetings on what dates since December 2013 involving routine engagement between...

      Antiship Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to replace the GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missiles when they are withdrawn from Royal Navy service at the end of 2016.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons publication of the National Shipbuilding Strategy has been delayed.

      MOD Caledonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Fife Council on the disposal of MoD Caledonia.

      Railways: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to establish a separate railcard for armed forces veterans as part of his policy initiatives arising from the Armed Forces...

      Burma: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken a review of offering further training to the Burmese military to take account of recent serious human rights...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil or criminal cases against people related to tax evasion have been made as a result of information supplied by the (a) Child Maintenance Group...

    • Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to integrate a state pension summary into the pensions dashboard.

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the pensions dashboard has functionality built in to prevent people from overspending their lump sums.

      Financial Services: Euro

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on maintaining euro-denominated clearing in the UK after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Treasury: Breastfeeding

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 breast...

      Banks: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recent EU Commission capital requirement directive proposal for foreign banks operating in the EU...

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with credit card companies on changes to the charges which apply to people using their cards.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the full analysis undertaken by his Department's tax and benefit microsimulation model on the Autumn Statement 2016.

      Economic Growth: Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to publish the Midlands Engine strategy.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the amount of funding the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership will receive under the Growth Deal announced...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with external organisations on the effect of the Autumn Statement 2016 on child poverty.

      Death: Weather

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Autumn Statement 2016 on excess winter deaths.

      Domestic Visits: Copeland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he next plans to visit Copeland constituency.

      Taxation: Forms

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many P800 adjustments were issued to individual taxpayers to correct for an over or under-payment of income tax in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, Table 2.1, line 32, what proportion of that total spend is subject to Barnett consequentials; and what the...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Ministerial Statement of 18 November 2016, HCWS 269, if he will ensure that the £53.9 million due to policy holders who could not...

      Low Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people receiving low pay.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of public spending from departments other than the Department for International Development will be classified as official...

      Fiscal Policy: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that women are not disproportionately affected by the Government's fiscal policies.

      Science and Technology: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage investment in innovative UK science and technology projects.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse which will accrue from changes in housing benefit for people under 21 years of age.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to assist women born in the 1950s who are affected by changes in state pension age equalisation.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support economic growth outside London and the South East.

      Fiscal Policy: Disability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with disabilities are not disproportionately affected by the Government's fiscal policies.

      Fiscal Policy: Disability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with disabilities are not disproportionately affected by the Government's fiscal policies.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support economic growth outside London and the South East.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support economic growth outside London and the South East.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the minimum competency criteria are for evaluating applications for civil service job opportunities for applicants with a sensory disability.

    • Cabinet Office: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

      Cabinet Office: EU Law

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

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the amount the Government has spent on the 2018 boundary review to date; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Business: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department has taken to improve awareness among businesses in the East Midlands of (a) exporting opportunities and (b)...

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the salary will be for non-executive board members in his Department.

      Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the number of staff in his Department who have responsibility for processing freedom of...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to ensure that all future trade and investment deals are consistent with the UK's international obligations to...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions the UK representative at the World Trade Organisation has had on future arrangements which may be necessary when the UK...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings he and Ministers of his Department have had with members of the Mexican government in (a) Mexico and (b) London in the last 12...

      Trade Agreements: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what preparation work is being conducted on negotiating a trade deal with Mexico after the UK has left the EU.

      Overseas Trade: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to increase trade with Mexico.

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, Global ambitions for British food and drink could boost economy by nearly £3...

      Heritage Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether in his meeting with Heritage Foundation staff during his trip to the US in July 2016, he discussed (a) climate change and (b)...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many officials his Department employs; and what proportion of those officials worked in the Civil Service prior to July 2016.

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government agreed to the provisional application in spring 2017 of provisions under exclusive EU competence for the...

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which Government Minister represented the UK during EU discussions on its negotiating lines relating to geographical indications on the...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of providing hire cars for officials of his Department based at (a) Richmond House, London and (b) Quarry House,...

    • Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce genetic testing for inherited heart conditions.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Regulatory Policy Committee has made of the regulatory impact assessment published by his Department in relation to recently...

      NHS England: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require NHS England to conduct its annual specialised commissioning prioritisation process in line with guidance issued...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England will announce final funding decisions for the treatments considered through its specialised commissioning prioritisation process.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with muscle-wasting conditions living in Kent, Surrey or Sussex have access to a local...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many students undertook the MRCGP exam in each year since 2014.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the potential merits of issuing qualifying patients with medical identification cards as part of his Department's policy on health...

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on future death reports that have been issued in relation to NHS trusts in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many referrals to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme ended after (a) entering treatment and (b) completing treatment without...

      Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were prescribed vitamin B12 treatment for a mental health condition in each year since 2010.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in each month of each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53657, whether the figures given on mental health spending for 2014-15 and 2015-16 include...

      NHS: North West

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

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital bed days were lost in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK due to a lack of social care provision available...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK that waited longer than 18 weeks between GP referral and beginning...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation providing for an automatic driving ban on drivers using a mobile phone whilst in charge of a moving vehicle.

    • Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consult on proposals to make companies liable for the illegal use of mobile phones by their drivers whilst working on company business.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 November (HL2743) and in the light of the number of people killed or seriously injured on...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to work with the Local Government Association to raise public awareness of the publication Don’t be left in the dark: Adult Social Care.

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Pay to Stay working group to next meet; and whether they expect that the implementation date for Pay to Stay will be April 2017.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 relating to the higher value levy will come into force.

      Social Rented Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make it easier for social housing tenants to form housing co-operatives.

      Housing and Planning Act 2016

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many working groups have been established, and how many times each of them has met, since the passing of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

      Housing and Planning Act 2016

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which voluntary sector organisations they have formally consulted on matters contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 since that Act came into force.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage the growth of the construction industry.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 31 October (HL2396), whether the issue of investigations into human rights abuses in...

    • Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Turkey following the arrest of the Chairman and nine journalists of the Cumhuriyet...

      Turkey: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey concerning the arrest and detention of Turkish MPs, including the co-chairs of the opposition...

      Egypt: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of other European countries having now lifted their flight bans to Sharm el Sheikh, why the Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises...

      Turkey: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey following reports of the shutting down of non-governmental organisations and associations,...

      Africa: International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to those African nations which have made statements regarding their withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

      Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of the trial in Sudan of four Christians, Rev Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour, Rev Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri,...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 November (HL Deb, cols 1424–5), what steps they are taking to reduce the number of leaks of...

      Gaza: Prosthetics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel to expedite the passage of materials for prosthetic limbs through Erez Crossing for patients...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the raid on the Health Development and Policy Institute in Ramallah by Israeli forces, whether they intend to make representations to the...

      South Sudan: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication on 15 November of the Interim Report of the UN panel of experts on South Sudan, what measures are being taken to avert the...

      Commonwealth: Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that Government ministers are able to meet and hold discussions with ministers from Commonwealth countries,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of figures published by the Office for National Statistics which show that, in the past year, around 95 per cent of new...

  • Department for Education

    • Adult Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 19 September (HL1536) about government-funded adult education and training, when they intend to place the full...

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications they have received from groups wishing to become apprenticeship trailblazers and how many employers are involved.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many occupational standards have been developed as a result of the apprenticeship trailblazers programme and to what occupations they relate.

      Teachers: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of figures showing that 85 per cent of modern foreign language assistants in British schools are non-UK EU nationals, what steps they are...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the outcome of the referendum to withdraw from the EU, whether they have reviewed their target of 90 per cent of pupils entering the EBacc...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the consultation on renewing the faith schools' selection cap, what plans they have for developing religious and ethnic integration in the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the maximum prison population and how many prison officer staff were employed in 2010–11 and each succeeding year to date in (1) HMP Deerbolt,...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Cycling: Millbank

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he will make representations to the Metropolitan Police about the dangers caused by cyclists ignoring the law to members of the public, Parliamentary...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the erection of telephone poles in conservation areas is compliant with the code of practice.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure the provision of specialist employment support to disabled jobseekers from 2017 onwards.

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the loss of access to the European Social Fund on the provision of employment support; whether they are...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK pensioners whose pensions are frozen because they live overseas have moved back to the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

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

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Defra staff (1) have been seconded to other Departments to work on the Brexit agenda, and (2) continue to be employed within Defra but are now...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a comprehensive list is being compiled of environmental, agricultural, fisheries and food regulations which are affected by withdrawal from the EU;...

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to integrate the EU's Circular Economy package into UK legislation.

      Agriculture: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the potential impact on agriculture and food production if strict limits on migration are imposed following withdrawal from...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the statutory instruments currently in force which were made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, the subject...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the refugees taken under the Syrian vulnerable person resettlement programme are (1) Christian, (2) Yazidi, (3) Muslim, and (4) male.

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 November (HL2631), what defines which institutions qualify as amongst the best...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have been granted leave to remain in the UK under the provisions of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it takes on average to transfer an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child to the UK from France under the provisions of section 67 of the Immigration...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to address the concerns raised in the report by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and Stonewall No Safe Refuge:...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • HM Treasury

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of women who will lose part of their state pension entitlement as a result of not claiming child benefit following...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association’s submission to the Autumn Statement 2016.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 14 November (HL2994), whether they will set out in the body of their response the values in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are putting in place for the preservation of key records relating to the Brexit process in order to ensure their availability to an...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants are employed by the Department for Exiting the European Union; and how many more they plan to recruit.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist small and medium-sized enterprises with language skills in order to help build export growth in preparation for, and...

    • EU External Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Price on 8 November (HL2605) concerning trade in goods and services with the EU, whether non-EU countries listed in...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Price on 8 November (HL2954), in what respect the terms of UK membership of the World Trade Organisation will need...

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