Written answers

Thursday, 1 December 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Agricultural Machinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will assess the potential merits of introducing licensing regulations for drivers of large tractors and farming machinery on public...

    • Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for applications to the next round of his Department's Access for All programme.

      Renewable Fuels: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of his Department's progress towards meeting the Renewable Energy Directive target that at least 10 per cent of...

      Mill Hill Broadway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of congestion at Mill Hill Broadway railway station in the (a) last three months and (b) the next...

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many programmes have received disbursements from the Station Commercial Project Facility.

      Motorcycles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making mandatory the use of side lights on motorcycles and mopeds with an engine...

      South West Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he plans to announce the successful bidder for the South Western rail franchise.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to include measures on spaceports in the Modern Transport Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Luton Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to specify the provision of a four fast trains per hour service between London St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway as part of...

      Department for Transport: Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2016 to Question 34680, what his Department's current involvement is with the European Aviation Safety Agency's...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) the British Airline Pilots' Association, (b) the Civil Aviation Authority, (c) the Metropolitan Police and (d)...

      A27: Worthing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the main elements are in the cost-benefit analysis conducted on alternative proposals for the A27 road in and around Worthing.

      A27: Worthing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make available online the 1996-97 conclusions of the inspector's report stemming from the inquiry on the A27 road proposals for Worthing...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the longer semi-trailer trial on residents in small villages.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of High Speed 2 on the (a) speed and (b) efficiency of travel for people travelling...

      Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the £50 million investment in rail resilience projects referred to in paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2016 is intended...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what cost benefit analysis the Government has carried out on the potential financial risk for council taxpayers of powers being given to local...

      A595: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce the number of road accidents on the A595.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal accidents there have been on each A road in 2016.

      Southern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the exact date is of the change in the delayed repay threshold on the Southern Rail franchise.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 53180, which two individuals reported minor perceived conflicts of interest; and what was the...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he or officials of his Department hold on the number of delays or cancellations caused to Govia Thameslink Railway services by faulty...

      Railway Stations: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been made available to his Department for redevelopment of rural rail stations in the Autumn Statement 2016.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.18 of the Autumn Statement 2016, on electric vehicle charging points, what plans he has to ensure (a) greater...

      Driver and Vehicle Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Driver and Vehicle Agency posts there were in (a) Fermanagh and South Tyrone and (b) West Tyrone constituencies in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) the...

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of planning by train operating companies of the availability of conductors or guards on train...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether civil servants employed in his Department have been consultants to Govia Thameslink Railway in its bid for the Thameslink, Southern and Great...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the DVLA's system for assessing older drivers.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the application of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to driver only operation; and if he will place a...

  • Home Office

    • Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which external groups her Department plans to consult on its review of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 under section 18 of that Act.

    • Money Lenders: Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 4.13 of the Autumn Statement 2016 policy paper, published on 23 November 2016, what the total value of...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms there are to measure the performance of police forces when dealing with firearm and shotgun certificate applications.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52095, on how many occasions in the last 12 months reviews and the exercise of the...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are applied by the UK Border Agency to Heads of State and Heads of Government, and their staff, who visit the UK.

      Visas: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the performance of VFS Global in providing visa services on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration in Iran.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of her Department's guidance, entitled implementation of section 67 of the Immigration Act...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve (a) response times and (b) consistency across the UK in such times for the renewal of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sellafield: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on when officials from the Office of Nuclear Regulation last met Sellafield...

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of Warm Home Discount recipients whose energy is supplied by (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) EON, (d)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times per year and in what format customers of (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) EON, (d) nPower, (e) Scottish...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional written communications each of the Big Six energy companies give to recipients of the Warm Home...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of Cold Weather Payment recipients whose energy is supplied by (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) EON, (d)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will discuss with energy companies the potential exclusion of customers who cannot access IT services from...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of customers of the Big Six energy companies have been on their supplier's standard variable tariff for...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the British Business Bank's investment portfolio is invested in life science businesses.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure the continued recognition of UK firms' existing trademarks and...

      Small Businesses: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support micro enterprises in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to UK businesses of resolving future cross-border trademark and patent disputes...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been paid to McKinsey for its work on the BIS 2020 project; and what further such payments are due.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the BIS 2020 project is ongoing.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of progress on the implementation of decisions taken at the Warsaw NATO Summit in July 2016.

    • Djibouti: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 52971, if he will instruct the UK Ambassador with responsibility for...

      Sudan: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sudanese counterpart on the trial of members and affiliates of the Centre for Training...

      Sudan: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the fairness of the trial relating to members and affiliates of the Centre for Training and...

      Sudan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sudanese counterpart on the six-month detention of Khalafalla Al-Afif Mukhtar, Midhat...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit Burma to discuss the (a) promotion of human rights, (b) strengthening of democratic process and (c)...

      Burma: Politics and Government

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

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Burmese counterpart, (b) Htin Kyaw, (c) elected officials of the National...

      Burma: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Burmese counterpart on the recently reported attacks on (a) Yekai Chaung Gwasone, (b)...

      India: Bank Notes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian government on ensuring that demonetised 500 and 1,000 rupee notes...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the alleged incident of rape of Rohingya women by security forces in Rakhine State, Burma, and...

      Egypt: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Egypt on the imprisonment of journalists and curtailment of the free...

      Egypt: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 52971, if he will urge the UK diplomatic representative to Egypt to make...

      Indonesia: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 52971, if he will urge the UK diplomatic representative to Indonesia to...

      Cameroon: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to prevent Boko Haram blocking UN aid to refugees in Cameroon.

      Ethiopia: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to tackle civil unrest in Ethiopia since its national state of emergency was...

      Prosperity Fund: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's Prosperity Fund was allocated to (a) coal, oil and gas projects and (b) renewable energy...

      Prosperity Fund: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's Prosperity Fund was allocated to energy projects in each financial year since 2013-14.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Higher Education: Finance

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

    • Transitional Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans his Department has to ensure transitional arrangements are in place prior to the UK leaving the EU.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his policy is to trigger Article 50 by 31 March 2017.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47680, if he will list the consultancy firms that his Department has utilised...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he plans to take during the UK's negotiations to leave the EU to ensure that (a) the financial and competitive position of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to undertake a stocktake review of her Department's work on HIV to assess its comparative performance with other...

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of its integration of HIV and AIDS prevention programmes into (a) the...

      Sierra Leone: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on (a) a proposed revision to the 2009 NGO Policy Regulations by the government of Sierra Leone and (b)...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian aid needs of people in Aleppo.

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in relation to paragraph 5.22 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what assessment she has made of the effect of the planned reduction in her...

      Occupied Territories: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2016 to Question 53572, whether the UK made a financial contribution to the EU's Humanitarian...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Government has spent on advertising in each of the last six years with (a) The Times, (b) The Sunday Times, (c) The Mail on Sunday, (d)...

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the English Baccalaureate in achieving its objectives.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers leaving the profession within five years of entering...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which free schools have moved premises from accommodation that was not designated temporary.

      Schools: Warrington

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

      Teachers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the reasons why teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools leave the profession within five years of entering...

      Pupils: Walking and Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will use revenues from the soft drinks industry levy to promote walking and cycling for school journeys.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to bring forward the legislative proposals that will be required as a consequence of the planned removal of the Education Services...

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to promote arts subjects in schools.

      Schools: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy, published on 23 November 2016, what estimate she has made of the level of underfunding of...

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of mathematics teachers who teach pupils at key stage (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4 have a mathematics degree.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the contribution to the UK economy of overseas students studying at (a) Russell Group, (b) University Alliance...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on providing additional funding to enable the extension of secondary school hours with the inclusion of...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children and young people in secondary schools across England have access to a school-based counsellor; and how many of those children are in...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what groups of children will be entitled to receive free school meals after the roll-out of universal credit.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's plans are for investing in early years education after 2018.

      Glenburn Sports College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the former Glenburn Sports College site in Skelmersdale is to be used for educational purposes; and whether she has placed any conditions on...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 29 of the Government response to the First Report from the Women and Equalities Committee, Session 2015-16, on Transgender...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Departmental Responsibilities

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

    • Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will meet with the constituent of the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North, Claire Clappison, to discuss the loss of the ashes of her son,...

      Prison Service: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers are predicted to leave the service in 2017 for reasons of (a) retirement, (b) reassignment, (c) dismissal and (d) redundancy.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 11 of the Government response to the First Report from the Women and Equalities Committee, Session 2015-16, on Transgender...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what foreign countries and in what formation the Army has conducted exercises in each of the last three years.

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the readiness of the Type 45 destroyers.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 28 November 2016, on the...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) feasibility and (b) risks of the RAF delivering aid through air drops to Aleppo; and if he will make a...

      Ministry of Defence: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the information provided to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree and pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51845,...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that levels of salary for armed forces personnel reflect changes in salaries for non-service personnel.

  • Scotland Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54636, what the timetable is for completion of the Government's consideration of splitting...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of pausing planned reductions in the employment and support allowance work-related...

    • Employers' Liability: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses which are threatened with legal action from previous employees affected by asbestos...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work of 21 November 2016, Official Report, column 604, if...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the incidence of pension fraud in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK since the introduction of the...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) East Ham constituency, (b) the London Borough of Newham and (c) Greater London have been classified as under-occupying...

      Child Poverty Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2016 to Question 54256, what steps the Child Poverty Unit is taking to reduce poverty among children...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have moved into work from receiving out-of-work benefits in each of the last five years; and how many such people have moved...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have moved into work and earn above the national minimum wage from receiving out-of-work benefits in each of the last five years.

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to enable people in low-paid professions to move into positions with a higher salary.

      Means-tested Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hardship payments have been issued by his Department to people living in (a) East Ham constituency, (b) the London Borough of Newham...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 6.2 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what the reasons were for the error which resulted in families with disabled...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2016 to Question 45492, on Fisheries, if her Department will publish, for each...

    • Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many exports categorised as (a) B1250 and (b) 16 01, under Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006, have been investigated by UK...

      Motor Vehicles: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many exports of end-of-life vehicles were found to (a) not have and (b) have the required consent for each year since 2010.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) average, (b) minimum and (c) longest time between an animal testing positive for TB at a farm test and being...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abattoirs in the UK process TB reactor cattle.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abattoirs in the UK processed TB reactor cattle in 2016.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the furthest distance is in (a) time and (b) mileage that a TB reactor cow has travelled to a UK abattoir which...

      Flood Control: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2016, which flood defence schemes in Lancashire have been granted...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether mechanisms to reducing the UK's international footprint outside the UK and in the UK's Overseas Territories will be...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her oral contribution of 24 November 2016, Official Report, column 1004, whether that investment is in...

      Livestock: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the annual expenditure by farmers on pre-movement testing and other short interval...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of a changing climate on flood defences across the UK; and if...

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the horticultural sector.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Selby-Hull Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the rejection of the proposal fort electrification of the...

    • Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what actions were agreed during meetings he had in the last six months with representatives from the Association of Residential...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)...

      Parking: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the Parking Reform: Tackling Unfair Practices consultation.

      Local Government Services: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the potential effect on (a) funding for and (b) services provided by local authorities is of the repeal of EU laws and...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regions have agreed or are developing plans for devolved government without the need for an elected mayor.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria he uses to decide whether a region can agree a devolution deal without a regional mayor.

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to each area from the Coastal Communities Fund.

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring private car parking firms to join an accredited body to ensure...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the announcement of successful bids to the Government's Garden Villages programme; and if he will...

      Highcliffe Community Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on when Historic England plans to respond to the letter of 22 September 2016 from...

      Housing: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of new housing being developed in the London Borough...

      Combined Authorities: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the correspondence between his Department and Dorset Councils since 1 July 2016...

      Combined Authorities: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application from the nine Dorset Councils to establish a combined authority for...

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent civil servants employed by his Department are working exclusively on issues arising for Greater...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Departmental Responsibilities

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

    • Wales Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on ministerial travel in each year since 2010.

      Tax Yields: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much tax revenue was collected from people in work in Wales in each year since 2009.

      Pay: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the expected average wage level in Wales in 2020.

      Free Movement of People: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the economy in Wales of restrictions to the free movement of people when the UK leaves...

  • HM Treasury

    • Railways: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.19 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the proposed £450 million funding for rail capacity and smart ticketing will...

    • Telecommunications: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.20 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the proposed £1 billion to be invested in digital communications will be...

      Local Government: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the value of local authority debts accrued from public-private partnership developments since 2010 in (a) England and (b) Wiltshire.

      National Savings Bonds

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the full terms of his planned Investment Guaranteed Growth Bonds.

      Railways: South East

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study; and if he will make a statement.

      West Midlands Combined Authority: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the West Midlands Combined Authority on granting that Authority power to fund non-transport infrastructure projects.

      Money Lenders

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.13 of the Autumn Statement 2016, on the term convicted loan sharks, (a) what those offences were and (b) which agency has...

      Insurance: Competition

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of support the prudential regulatory regime provides to ensure the competitiveness of the UK insurance industry.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing capital and revenue funding for flood risk management projects to local authorities.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs posts there were in (a) Fermanagh and South Tyrone and (b) West Tyrone constituencies in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) the most...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and which public telephone lines operated by HM Revenue and Customs are 0345 lines; how many calls have been made to those lines in the last 12...

      National Productivity Investment Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54558, whether it is his Department's policy that the National Productivity Investment Fund will fund...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 6.2 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if he will make it his policy that HM Revenue and Customs reimburses claimants for each year...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential future effect on households in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK of the freeze on working age benefits consequential...

      Sanitary Products: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.15 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much he plans to make available for the next round of Tampon Tax Fund allocations.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54558, what steps he plans to take to determine which infrastructure projects to fund from the...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT the Police Service of Northern Ireland paid in 2015-16.

      Highways England: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT Highways England paid in 2015-16.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the two per cent increase in insurance premiums on the number of uninsured vehicles in (a) Scotland...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether under the proposed limitation of child tax credits to the first two children in a household, a third child in that household with a date of birth...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on advertising in (a) The Times, (b) The Sunday Times, (c) The Mail on Sunday, (d) The Sun, (e) The Sun on Sunday,...

    • Government Departments: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many internships currently exist in all government departments.

      Government Departments: Personnel Management

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people employed in human resources roles in the civil service have (a) prior experience and (b) qualifications in human resources.

      Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds for the next UK general election.

      Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria determine the eligibility of publications to be destinations for publicly-funded advertisements.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Office for National Statistics on (a) its decision to delay the launch of its consultation on proposed national...

  • Department for International Trade

    • India: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government took to advise Scottish companies of the promotional opportunities provided by him visit to India of November 2016.

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many inward investment projects have been confirmed by his Department in the first half of the 2016-17 tax year.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make available the analysis presented to the Cabinet sub-committee on Europe at the meeting of 18 October 2016 on the...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he expects the UK will be in a position to confirm its status at the World Trade Organisation after the conclusion of the Article 50...

      Department for International Trade: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 44715, which legal firms have offered his Department pro bono support.

      Department for International Trade: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Question 48262, which external firms will be providing the (a) analysts and (b) lawyers...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2016 to Question 46441, what estimate he has made of the total annual value to the UK of exports and...

      Brexit

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

      Police: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what export licences have been granted for the sale of British-made policing equipment in the last 12 months; and to which countries each of...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any high commission, consulates or embassies offer co-working space to support (a) foreign companies who wish to trade with the UK...

      Fish Products: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value was of seafood exports from Northern Ireland in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16.

  • Department of Health

    • Nivolumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on delays in NICE providing its guidance on the Nivolumab drug; and whether any decisions have been made about the...

    • General Practitioners: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to GPs to ensure the regulation of self-prescribing by health practitioners.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department met representatives from the (i) NHS and (ii) pharmaceutical industry to discuss drug...

      DeepMind

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has paid DeepMind Health for its work related to the Streams app for the Royal Free Trust.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many TB reactor cattle were taken to each abattoir in the last 12 months.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abattoirs have adequate lairage for cattle kept overnight.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's welfare standards are for adequate lairage for TB reactor cattle which are kept overnight.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the longest time is that a TB reactor cow has spent in lairage before its destruction.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many proposals for new medical technologies the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee has discussed in the last five years.

      Science: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the proposals for changes to the arrangements for evaluating and funding drugs and other health technologies appraised through NICE's...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effect of NICE technology appraisal recommendations on the level of uptake of new medical technologies among NHS...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Improvement and Assessment...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the officials from his Department who attended the seventh conference of the Parties of World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco...

      Mental Illness: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health diagnoses were made in (a) Newton Abbot, (b) Devon and (c) England in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53350, if he will record the average number of hours worked each week by NHS job category in...

      Mental Health Services: Children

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

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to Capita on the time taken by that body to send GP in-patient records to pay practices.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of proposals for NHS Pensions to charge fees for members requesting pension forecast information.

      Vegetables: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to encourage increased consumption of vegetables.

      Ambulance Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage diversity in the workforce of ambulance services in England.

      Ophthalmology: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much missed or cancelled ophthalmology appointments in the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group area cost the NHS in 2015-16.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions between 1 October 2016 and 21 October 2016 (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have met...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to increase bisphosphonates prescription for the prevention of secondary breast cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of prescriptions issued for bisphosphonates to prevent secondary breast cancer in each year that figures are...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to decrease the number of people missing or cancelling ophthalmology appointments.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the introduction of accountable care organisations.

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many children have been prescribed anti-depressants in each year since 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, 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...

    • Government Equalities Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many projects in operation in her Department are related to the UK's exit from the EU.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will undertake a detailed analysis of (a) the pay gap between women of African, Caribbean, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to page 11 of the Government response to the First Report from the Women and Equalities Committee, Session 2015-16, on Transgender...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 November (HL2670), how the remaining 10 per cent of funding allocated for flood relief is...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • District Heating

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consumer protection exists in relation to energy pricing for customers of district heating networks.

    • District Heating

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what responsibilities Ofgem has in relation to consumer protection for customers of district heating networks.

      District Heating

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to conduct a review into competition between, and pricing of, district heating networks.

      Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks made by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation in evidence to the Commons Science and Technology...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Darfur: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning, through the UK's membership of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to ask for clarification from the...

    • Syria: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or are having, with the European Commission and the European External Action Service about the development of an EU strategy...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding damage to structures and access restrictions to grazing areas resulting from...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of the wounding of Palestinian students, with others suffering from tear...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the extension of Israel's wall which will block access to Palestinian lands in...

      Ahmad Manasra

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the 12-year prison sentence given to 14-year-old Ahmad Manasra.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the Israeli military blockade of Palestinian communities south of Nablus District...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel over the legislation currently before the Knesset which could retroactively legalise Israeli...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia concerning the detention of Andargachew Tsige, a British national, further to those made by...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 15 November (HL2871), whether they will raise the issue of access to Gaza for UN and other...

      Serena Shim

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call on the governments of Turkey and the USA to establish an independent investigation into the death of the US journalist Serena Shim in...

      Zimbabwe: Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) freedom of the press, and (2) the impact on freedom of expression, of proposals to empower police to...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ascertain how much land is currently occupied by the Turkish Army in al-Rai and Azaz near Jarabulus in Syria; what attacks the Turkish Army...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority the Foreign and Commonwealth Office places on climate change; how many of its civil servants work or worked on climate change in a full and...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had or plan to have with the government of Mauritius following their decision to deny the right of return to the Chagos people.

  • Department for Education

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to select and guide the foster parents of new child refugees.

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 24 November, when they expect to announce a date for the introduction of statutory sex and relationship education in...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries UK armed forces are providing training to (1) security forces, (2) armed forces, or (3) other armed groups.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many provisional benefit payments have been made by (1) HMRC and (2) DWP pursuant to Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 since 1 May 2010.

    • Supported Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (HCWS154), when they intend to publish their evidence review of the scale,...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and Stonewall, No Safe Refuge: the experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in...

    • Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to revise the Immigration Act 2016 guidance on adults at risk in immigration detention; and if so, whether they will include a...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT Syrian refugees have been resettled in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement programme.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to assist LGBT Syrian refugees to access the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to assist LGBT Syrian refugees who have been identified by the UNHCR as eligible for resettlement in the UK under the Syrian...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it takes, on average, to make a decision on member state responsibility for asylum claims under the Dublin III Regulation.

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many F-001 requests for information have been submitted by (1) HMRC and (2) DWP to other EU member states since 1 May 2010.

    • Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to reduce the current budget deficit.

      European Parliament Members: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be responsible for the finances of UK MEPs’ pensions following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Labour Market

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Brexit on the labour market.

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many HSA4 abortion notification forms were not submitted to the Chief Medical Officer within 14 days of termination in each of the last five years for...

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to measure the success of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

      Health: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to undertake a public consultation on the future of public health funding in England.

      Nurses: Resignations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of nurses who qualified in 2010 left the NHS within five years of qualification.

      Nurses: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the restoration of an apprenticeship-based route to qualification as a state registered nurse.

      St Mary's Hospital Paddington

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with NHS England and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for Central London over the future of the Jane Wadsworth Clinic, St...

      NHS: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which NHS Trusts require patients to provide two forms of identification before they can receive treatment; and whether this applies to persons who attend...

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