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Written answers

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Travel: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) London's economy and (b) household incomes of the introduction of a five euros charge...

    • Trade: Channel Islands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the net benefits to the UK economy of trade with Jersey and Guernsey.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with their counterparts in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial...

      Treasury: EU Law

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

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to allow the incremental introduction of VAT for small businesses.

      ICT: Rural Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to build up UK digital infrastructure in rural areas.

      Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to increase the housing supply for those with social care needs.

      Treasury: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many projects in operation in his Department are related to the UK's exit of the EU.

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what benefit HM Revenue and Customs will derive by requiring VAT registered unincorporated businesses to send a quarterly cash in/cash out update.

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish an analysis of the estimated tax gap caused by unincorporated businesses; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of this tax gap...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 25631, and pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2016 to Question 40988, whether HM Revenue and Customs...

      Combined Authorities: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is offering to combined authorities to help fund non-transport infrastructure projects.

      Research: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.29 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the additional £4.7 billion for research and development will be spent in...

      Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.36 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if he will take steps to ensure that the £400 million Patient capital funding supports...

      Public Private Partnerships

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.37 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what the (a) bidding and (b) assessment process will be for the new pipeline of projects...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.4 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships will be allocated to (a) the North...

      National Productivity Investment Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding will be allocated to each region under the National Productivity Investment Fund announced in the Autumn Statement 2016.

      West Midlands Combined Authority: Borrowing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic effect of granting the West Midlands Combined Authority the power to borrow to fund...

      West Midlands Combined Authority: Borrowing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will grant borrowing powers to the West Midlands Combined Authority for non-transport infrastructure projects.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.18 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the proposed £390 million funding for future transport will be spent in each...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.17 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what proportion of the proposed £1.1 billion funding for roads and local transport will...

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on applications of appeals processes for commercial banking overdraft refusals being conducted by the...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on reforming the reporting of air passenger duty to attribute that duty to each airport.

      Insurance: Competition

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking as part of the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU to improve the competitiveness of the UK insurance industry.

      Credit: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many criminal prosecutions there were against illegal consumer credit providers by the Financial Conduct Authority in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Local Growth Deals: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Growth Deal funding he plans to make available to the Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority from May 2017.

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Prime Minister, what (a) facilities and (b) other support 10 Downing Street provides for (i) visitors and (ii) staff for (A) lactating mothers and (B) the expressing of breast milk.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: EU Law

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

    • Social Security Benefits

      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) the constituency of Tottenham, (b) the London Borough...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Breastfeeding

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

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 16 November 2016 to Questions 52327 and 52328, on housing benefit: social rented housing, whether his Department...

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the number of people who have been signposted or referred to a food bank by each Jobcentre Plus office in...

      Trussell Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the statistics on emergency food aid released by...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Means-tested Benefits: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hardship payments have been issued by his Department to people living in Greater Manchester in each year since 2012.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Greater Manchester have been classified as under occupying their homes in each year since 2012.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in Greater Manchester have had their benefits suspended in each year since 2012.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have applied for leave to remain in the UK as a stateless person since 2013; and how many such applications have been successful.

    • Entry Clearances: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of students who have taken the Test of English for International Communication tests...

      Fraud: Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have resulted from Operation RICO.

      Police: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police dogs were assaulted in the line of duty in each year since 2009-10.

      Israel: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the extension of the UK Registered Travel Service to Israeli citizens will have any conditions or exemptions to those Israeli citizens...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will issue a response to the report by Freedom from Torture, Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible, Home Office mistreatment of...

      Home Office: Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Elections: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the operational names given by the Metropolitan Police were to recent investigations into election offences in Tower Hamlets.

      Refugees: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the private sponsorship of refugees scheme introduced in Canada.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 17 November 2016 to Question 52097 and 22 November 2016 to Question 53632, on higher education: finance, what...

      Fisheries: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to ensure the timely resolution of immigration queries relating to people working on fishing boats.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department's definition of a skilled worker includes labourers on fishing boats.

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration queries have come from Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and which industry sectors each of those queries related to.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the French government on the welfare of unaccompanied minors living in the vicinity of the...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy not to charge the immigration health surcharge for repeat visa applications where the applicant has been...

      Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to assess the safety of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the purposes of removing people from the UK to that country.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 51921, who is given responsibility to carry out the specialist international...

      Asylum: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications for asylum seekers housed in Greater Manchester have been refused in each year since 2010.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • National Asset Management Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the National Crime Agency on its investigations into allegations of political influence on the...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Breastfeeding

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

  • Department of Health

    • Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure greater cohesion and integration between clinical commissioning groups to better enable the transfer of...

    • 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 (a) Kent, (b) Surrey and (c) Sussex have access to a...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded cases there have been of each type of nosocomial condition by NHS England in each year since 2000.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of antibiotics use has been in each year since 2000.

      Nivolumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NICE plans to publish its guidance on the commissioning of Nivolumab for the treatment of breast cancer.

      Department of Health: EU Law

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

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is expected to make a recommendation on the issuing of HPV vaccination for adolescent boys.

      Human Papillomavirus: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of men who have sex with men are estimated to have been infected with the human papilloma virus strains covered by the quadrivalent...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's assessment of the cost-effectiveness of HPV vaccination for boys includes the (a) social...

      Transplant Surgery: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has held with medical practitioners on preventing patients from travelling to China for organ transplants.

      Health: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the correlation between high incidences of medical conditions and the changing of the seasons.

      Retinitis Pigmentosa: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the prospective timetable for new treatments to be made available for retinitis pigmentosa.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has requested legal advice on whether HPV vaccination for boys is required under the terms of equality legislation; and if he will make a...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all breast cancer patients for whom bisphosphonates would be a beneficial treatment are able to access such medication on the NHS.

      Health: Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect of steps to increase capacity on planes by reducing legroom...

      Strokes: Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on the potential benefits of egg consumption in preventing strokes.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address increasing rates of cancer in people of middle age.

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Miscarriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address the incidence of post-traumatic stress syndrome among women who have had miscarriages.

      Sleep: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on the potential connection between lack of sleep and over-eating.

      Sepsis: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the four-hour sepsis blood-test to be made available on the NHS.

      Health Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has received from the Health Lottery ELM Limited in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will introduce a new public health campaign to increase awareness of (a) prevention and (b) early intervention for avoiding the onset...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision is in place for people with dementia who go on to develop a co-morbid health condition.

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on NHS England's decision to stop funding second stem cell transplants for blood cancer patients; and if he will...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 53061, how many care homes inspected by the Care Quality Commission in 2015-16 did not meet the...

      Department of Health: Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to introduce a new National Stroke Strategy when the existing strategy expires in 2017.

      Home Care Services: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of dementia training provided to homecare workers delivering care to people with dementia.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the number of people requiring social care who do not receive such care.

      Terminal Illnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to support terminally ill children and their families.

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to contribute more funding to palliative care organisations.

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the implications are for his policies of the decision by the French parliament to establish a national compensation fund for people affected by the...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53657, what the (a) planned and (b) budgeted spend was for mental health in (i) 2014-15 and (ii)...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) outturn, (b) planned spend and (c) budgeted spend in programme allocation growth for specialist commissioning was in each category in...

      Pharmacy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 22 November 2016 to Questions 53110, 53111 and 53107, how many pharmacies qualify for Pharmacy Access Scheme funding in each...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 22 November 2016 to Questions 53110, 53111 and 53107, how many pharmacies will qualify for funding from the Pharmacy Access...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what change there has been in the number of households using pre-payment meters in the last 10 years.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to identify those responsible for the Medical Research Council's policies towards ME research...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will review the policy of the Medical Research Council (MRC) in so far as it relates to addressing the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) facilities and (b) other support his Department provides for (i) visitors and (ii) staff for (A) lactating...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to respond to the Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons, led by Charles Hendry.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the letter from the Committee on Climate Change to his Department, of 22 November 2016, if he will...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: EU Law

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

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated profile is of British military units in Afghanistan over the next five years.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF crews there are embedded in the New Zealand military on maritime patrol aircraft duties; how many such crews were so embedded in (a) 2010,...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of UK and NATO support for the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia in the Mediterranean.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will investigate for what reasons military helicopters flying over Manchester on 27 October 2016 did so without running lights; and what...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters flew over properties in Manchester on 26 October 2016 as part of a military exercise.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to give the Crown Estate notice that it will be releasing its tenancy of the Citadel.

      MOD Caledonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's report, a Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, what the annual running costs were for MoD Caledonia in...

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45624, on war widows' pensions, what recent progress he has made with his Department's review of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: EU Law

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

    • Travellers: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the 2011 EU Framework for National Roma...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides to homeless people to help them access the private rented sector.

      Non-domestic Rates

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

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2016 to Question 52441, if he will issue supplementary guidance to local enterprise...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on their future access to European structural funding.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local government representatives are included in the negotiations on the UK's exit from...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of regional variation in levels of homelessness; and if he will make a statement.

      Communities and Local Government: Breastfeeding

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

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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...

    • Scotland Office: EU Law

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

      Citizens Advice Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when Ministers of his Department last met Citizens Advice Scotland; what was discussed at that meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      Scotland Office: Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Opencast Mining: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to his oral contribution of 23 November 2016, Official Report, columns 879-80, how much the Government has spent on enabling open cast...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Breastfeeding

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

    • Department for International Trade: EU Law

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

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications from people with a manufacturing background have been received for non-executive positions in his Department.

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: EU Law

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

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on implementing the conclusions of Working Together to Build a Safer Road System, published December 2015; if he will make...

      London Airports: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 52730, what steps he is taking to ensure the consultation on night flights is completed in time...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with counterparts in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reported commercial aircraft cabin and flight deck smoke or fume events there have been in each year since 2014.

      Renewable Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made to date on meeting the Renewable Energy Directive obligation of 10 per cent of transport fuels coming from...

      Drugs: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the DVLA takes to notify the public that poppy seed consumption could lead to a positive result in a drugs test.

      Drugs: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people refused a driving licence after testing positive for poppy seeds during a drugs screening.

      Department for Transport: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect that the planned expansion of Heathrow Airport will have on Northern Ireland.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that connectivity between Northern Ireland and London is improved as a result of the planned expansion of Heathrow...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations the Government has received from the aviation sector on priorities for its negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the potential benefits of allowing road users to turn left on red traffic signals at junctions.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for road safety of drivers wearing spectacles purchased online.

      British Transport Police: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department provides to serving officers in the British Transport Police with post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department has received from Govia Thameslink Railway on the effect on service levels of the shortage of train crew on the Govia...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on driver-only operation from (a) the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and (b) any other...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the amount of time it takes to despatch a train under (a) driver and (b) guard conductor dispatch.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department has received from Govia Thameslink Railway on what the exceptional circumstances are that will allow trains to run...

      Trams: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Tram-Train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham to start its passenger service.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with Transport for the North on the roll-out of an Oyster card-type system for the North of England.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to increase its overseas diplomatic representation after the vote to leave the EU; and if he will...

    • Israel: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will inquire into the current status, treatment and location of Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed...

      BBC Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with Ministers and officials of the (a) Ministry of...

      BBC Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what risk assessments government departments have carried out of the proposed restructuring of BBC monitoring services and the...

      Syria: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on potential investigations by the International Criminal Court...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with governments of the Gulf states on their contribution to the campaign...

      Malaysia: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Malaysian counterpart on the (a) use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the change in high needs expenditure in Warrington since 2013; and if she will estimate how much of this expenditure has been...

    • Schools: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will assess the effect on the budget of Newham Borough Council of the removal of the Educational Services Grant.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 3 May 2016 to Question HL8119, what (a) her policy is on and (b) criteria will be used to allocate the £300...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: War Memorials

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the Church of England's policy is on erecting new war memorial plaques.

    • Churches: War Memorials

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support the commemoration of the contribution of the armed services...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with her Chinese counterpart on illegal sale of religious, cultural and historical artefacts.

    • Telephone Services: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the finding of the website stammeringlaw.org.uk on voice recognition systems and duties on companies to make...

      BBC: Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to enable the BBC to introduce subscription charges for viewing content on its iPlayer outside the UK.

      Sports: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to take up sport activities; and if she will...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Breastfeeding

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

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: EU Law

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

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate she has made of the number of library closures in each of the last six years.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the comparative contribution of the UK, Europe and China to international standards development for...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contribution the Government is making to the development of standards in the digital industry; and how many employees in her...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Breastfeeding

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

    • Cats: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to introduce regulations on the breeding and sale of kittens in the UK.

      Cats: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent kittens being sold younger than eight weeks of age.

      Cats: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish guidance on the buying and selling of cats and kittens.

      Total Allowable Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to (a) ensure that Total Allowable Catch (TAC) quotas are set in line with scientific advice and (b)...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to publish its 25 year environment plan.

      Floods: Leeds City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which postcodes in Leeds City Region her Department has identified as being vulnerable to potential winter flooding.

      Flood Control: Leeds City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has identified any existing flood defences in Leeds City Region as being inadequate to deal with potential...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he intends to formally enter discussions on a future trade deal with the EU before the UK leaves the EU.

    • NHS and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans he has to consult representatives of the (a) NHS and (b) care sector as part of his Department's preparations for the UK...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the status of the UK's membership of the EU Customs Union.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on plans for Government funding to replace EU regional funding after...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Law

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

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Breastfeeding

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

      EU Institutions: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many employees of EU institutions are British subjects.

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what his plans are for engaging with external stakeholders and experts to inform the Government's negotiating position on the terms...

      UK Trade with EU: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what work his Department has undertaken to assess the amount of EU product, consumer and environmental legislation the UK will need...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many full-time equivalent civil servants employed by his Department are working exclusively on issues arising for Wales as a...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: EU Law

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Environmental Audit Committee on 25 October 2016, Question...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will ensure that the prosecution of cybercrime is prioritised by the CPS.

      Victim Personal Statements

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure that courts take account of the content of victims' statements in considering judgments passed on people found guilty of committing...

      Attorney General: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Attorney General, what (a) facilities and (b) other support the Law Officers' Departments provide for (i) visitors and (ii) staff for (A) lactating mothers and (B) the expressing of...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: EU Law

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

    • Wales Office: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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...

      Infrastructure: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many meetings he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer specifically to discuss Welsh infrastructure projects between July 2016 and the Autumn...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with (a) his Ministerial colleagues and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on future infrastructure development in Wales.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of (i) men and (ii) women were refused bail and remanded in custody before conviction when the allegation related...

    • Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations her Department has received on conditions at HM Prison Pentonville in the last five years; and if she will place those...

      Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions she has had with the President of the family division of the High Court on the review that the President has commissioned of Practice...

      Ministry of Justice: Social Networking

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

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what fees were levied for an appeal to each of the seven chambers of the First-tier Tribunal as of (a) 1 January 2010, (b) 1 January 2013 and (c) 1...

      Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts requiring the payment of fees operate a fee remission system.

      Prison Accommodation: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison cells have required repair as a result of concerted indiscipline incidents in each prison establishment in each month since May 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: Breastfeeding

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

      Judiciary: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 52601, how many (a) magistrates and (b) judges have attended domestic abuse training courses in...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the evidential basis is for the £40 reduction in insurance premiums referred to in her Department's press release entitled New crackdown on...

      Tenants: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tenants in Greater Manchester were evicted through the courts in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Property Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the value of savings accrued from government land and property by the Government Property Unit since 2010; and what the running...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing the ways in which public funding may be obtained under the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes...

    • Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where the £1.8 billion of extra spending by Housing Associations from sources other than central government is coming from.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus Plus programme following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, and if not, what assessment they...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to improve target level attainment for languages for diplomatic and other staff based in...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of children in schools currently graded by OFSTED as good or outstanding, which were graded as requiring improvement or inadequate in 2010,...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the funding allocations to initial teacher training courses for 2017–18 apportioned by (1) primary phase, and (2) each secondary subject,...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 7 November (HL Deb, cols 894–6), how many children have gone missing from care in each year since 2009.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, over the age of 80 are currently serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales; and how many of those were over the...

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in prison in England and Wales have been granted compassionate release on grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years for which...

      Prisons: Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average food budget per prisoner per day in prisons in England and Wales for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Criminal Proceedings: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, there will be a continued commitment to the right of interpretation services in the criminal justice...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the rate of suicide among UK armed forces personnel who have seen active service in Afghanistan or Iraq.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the recommendations published in the National Flood Resilience Review have been implemented; and whether they have developed plans with...

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 8 November (HL Deb, cols 1025–7), how much of the £2.5 billion reserved for flood protection...

  • Home Office

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many restricted certificates of sponsorship were (1) returned to the Home Office during the previous month, and (2) reclaimed because they were not used...

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the annual cap of 20,700 on restricted certificates of sponsorship has been breached in any of the five years since its permanent introduction in...

  • HM Treasury

    • Foreign Exchange

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to review the regulation of foreign exchange providers to ensure the protection of consumers buying foreign currency during periods...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to prevent the use of aggressive tax avoidance schemes under which employers reduce their national insurance payments and exploit...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 3 November (HL2764), whether they will exceptionally publish on a weekly basis details of...

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