Written answers

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of devolving full rail powers to the Scottish Government.

    • Department for Transport: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of payments by his Department to small businesses are made on time and in accordance with the prompt payment code.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department plans to meet growth in aviation passenger demand before the completion of a new runway in the South East.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that HS2 Ltd takes account of the report by RPS Planning and Development, entitled Acoustics assessment of the effects...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines his Department has issued on (a) increasing the number of buses which have room for more than one wheelchair user and (b) other steps...

      Lighthouses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to gain jurisdiction over lighthouses on islands off the coast of Northern Ireland after the UK's exit from...

      Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 18 December 2015 to Question 19401, what progress he has made on the review of his Department's Inclusive Mobility...

      Network Rail: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Network Rail has spent on the specialist and support services of (a) Amey Rail, (b) Bridgeway Consulting, (c) Carillion Rail, (d) Colas Rail,...

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that employment practices used by companies and organisations working on railway infrastructure are conducive to the...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the threshold levels of compensation available by the Delay Repay scheme on...

      Chester-Manchester Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has a timetable for the electrification of the Chester to Manchester line.

      Southeastern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made by Network Rail in identifying stabling capacity for additional rolling stock on the Southeastern network.

      Railway Stations: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 8 November 2016, Official Report, column 522WH,...

      Transport: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the UK transport system's progress towards the 2020 target of having 10 per cent of its energy generated by renewables.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government made of the relative net present values of the potential expansion of Gatwick and Heathrow Airports when making its...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on smart ticketing schemes in the rail industry in each year since 2010-11; and how many smart ticketing projects were...

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 2244, what the current amount is of outstanding government debt on the Severn Bridges; and...

      Severn River Crossing: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51784, when he plans to launch the public consultation on the future of the Severn Bridges.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2016 to Question 52837, what statistical evidence he has received from train operators on delays or...

      Southern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications for compensation were submitted to Govia Thameslink Railway by passengers using Southern rail services in each month from August...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates (a) his and (b) predecessor departments received force majeure claims from train operating companies since January 1996; and what the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the funding allocations are for each of the three Growth Deals through the Local Growth Fund by NUTS 1 region.

    • Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what definition of sustainable his Department uses in relation to planning, infrastructure and strategic priorities.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England)...

      Flood Control: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the Government's application to the EU Solidarity Fund for flood relief.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate the Government has made of the projected use of biomass fuels in each of the next 20 years.

    • Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential implications for its policies of the recommendations of the...

      Educational Exchanges: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to meet his Russian counterpart to discuss a programme of student exchanges between the UK and Russia.

      Mental Health: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of flexible working from the commencement of employment for people...

      GB Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Ofgem on customers of GB Energy Supply who will be given a new energy supplier due to...

      Ports: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what shortfall in capacity UK ports and harbours are expected to identify in regard to managing the importation of...

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to remove subsidies for biomass fuels to discourage their importation.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52385, how many of the 92 employers named by his Department for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to answer the letter of 10 August 2016 from the right hon. Member for Slough on assistance in dealing...

      Product Recalls and Safety Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations his Department is planning to seek from consumer groups on the working group on product recalls...

      Met Office: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to devolve the Met Office functions for mountain weather forecasting to Scotland.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on the number of households using foundation stage meters which have switched...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made in improving the interoperability of early smart meters.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Golan Heights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterparts on demolitions, settlement expansion and land appropriation in the...

    • Golan Heights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the conflict in Syria on the Occupied Syrian Golan.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on renewed construction by Hamas of cross-border tunnels into Israel.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on its duties under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of...

      Pakistan: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Pakistan on its National Action Plan of December 2014; and what...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support investigations into the recent killings of communities in Beni and the North...

      Taiwan: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of Taiwan's engagement with UN agencies on that country's progress in tackling...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on ensuring that people who are responsible for deaths as a...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on securing compensation for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA bombings.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on the statement of 20 June 2016 by the Office of the UN High...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Irish government on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the relations between Northern...

    • First Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the First and Deputy First Ministers on the implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Irish government on the implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecution on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the prosecution of criminals.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to identify the needs of displaced people living outside the camp structure in Iraq; and what...

    • Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value was of all official development assistance scorable investments in each of the multilateral development finance...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value was of (a) Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) assets held and (b) financial plans relating to CDC...

      Iraq: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of displaced children who have been separated from their families at checkpoints...

      Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will conduct a formal review of humanitarian provision for displaced people in Iraq.

      Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take in response to the reforms agreed at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 to make operational...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support the development of a stable government in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and whether...

      Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is her Department's policy to implement the recommendation in the report by the UN High Panel of Access to Medicines,...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is her Department's policy to implement the recommendation in the report by the UN High Panel of Access to Medicines,...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department funds that are targeted at women; and how much her Department has allocated to those such projects.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department is currently supporting in Palestine.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to Afghanistan for the period 2017 to 2020; and whether her Department plans to review that...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on providing additional funding to support sport and exercise in primary schools from the soft drinks levy.

    • Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on providing additional funding to expand breakfast clubs provision in schools from September 2017 from the soft...

      Free Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools have been inspected by Ofsted in the (a) first and (b) second year of their operation.

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many advice sessions the National Careers Service provided in each region of England in each year since 2009-10.

      Careers and Enterprise Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people have benefited from money allocated through the Careers and Enterprise Fund in each region of England in each year since 2014-15.

      Vocational Guidance: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to fulfil the commitment made in the Northern Powerhouse Strategy, published in November 2016, on ensuring that...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Colin Pitchfork

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether representations were (a) sought and (b) received by the Parole Board from the families of the victims of Colin Pitchfork in relation to the...

    • Ministry of Justice: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials of her Department have opted out of the EU Working Time Directive.

      Dogs: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to her oral contribution of 15 November 2016, Official Report, column 130, on training dogs to detect new psychoactive substances, how...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department expects to complete its review into employment tribunal fees.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the number of former prisoners who are currently involved in prisoner mentoring.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released on temporary licence in each year since 2010.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who died while detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 did not have an inquest into their death in each year since...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral statement of 7 November 2016, Official Report, column 1286, on the Defence Estate, how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will hold discussions with the football authorities in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland on alleged...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of providing free (a) bus passes, (b) television licences, (c) medical...

    • Hewden: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications of the company Hewden going into administration for the security of pensions...

      Work Capability Assessment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of Work Capability Assessments for people with multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps is he taking to ensure that people with multiple sclerosis are able to stay in work; and if he will make a statement.

      Means-tested Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have had their (a) jobseeker's allowance or (b) employment and support allowance payments sanctioned have received...

      Means-tested Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have had their universal credit payment sanctioned received hardship payments in Preston constituency in each month from 1...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the dogs listed on the index of exempted dogs have subsequently been deemed dangerously out of control for the...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice or guidance her Department has issued to (a) the Police, (b) local authorities and (c) rescue centres on...

      Dangerous Dogs: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs are listed on the index of exempted dogs in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.

      Pit Bulldogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the population is of pit bull terriers in the UK.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to review the maximum prison sentence available for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of payments by her Department to small businesses are made on time and in accordance with the prompt payment...

      Dangerous Dogs: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs have been returned to their owners under the Interim Exemption Scheme through the Dangerous Dogs Exemption...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to review the sentencing available for offences committed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

      Assistance Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the maximum permitted penalty is for an attack by a person on an assistance dog in England and Wales.

      Animal Welfare and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has made an assessment of whether there is a link between trends in the level of offences committed...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 on the population of types of dog prohibited under...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in reducing the number of attacks by dogs...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's consultation on the review of animal establishments licensing in England, which closed on...

      Water Companies: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies and procedures are in place to apply special administration orders for water companies which become insolvent;...

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on UK science, plant breeding and food production of changes...

      Packaging: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage businesses to reduce waste by using appropriately-sized packaging for their products.

      National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department had with the devolved administrations in the development of the National Flood Resilience Review.

      Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

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

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of ivory that will no longer be bought and sold in the UK market as a result of the...

      Flood Control: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of utility assets she plans will be covered by National Flood Resilience Plan.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 55351, for what reason she does not plan to bring forward proposals to...

  • Home Office

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the Historic Child Abuse Inquiry to publish the review into its proceedings.

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has made an estimate of the number of refugee children awaiting entry to the UK who have gone missing in refugee camps.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what extra funding her Department plans to provide to reflect recent changes in the level of recorded hate crime.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2016 to Question 47644, if she will clarify whether an assessment of the (a) legal and (b) financial...

      Home Office: Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on providing vehicles for each Minister through the Government Car Service in each year from 2011 to 2016 to date.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process the Government plans to use for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

      Social Networking: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle online abuse and harassment on social media networks.

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date she expects the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority to be operational; and how many staff she expects that Authority to...

  • Wales Office

    • Debt Collection: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received on the potential effect of the revised provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 on aggressive...

    • Apprentices: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of the UK's decision to leave the EU on apprenticeships in Wales.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish any representations he has received on the devolution of Air Passenger Duty.

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of money service businesses which have had their business bank accounts withdrawn by banks in 2014-15...

    • Infrastructure: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how (a) much funding and (b) many full-time equivalent staff the National Infrastructure Commission has allocated to its projects on (i) London transport,...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which date local authorities will be able to bid for funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund; and how the Government plans to assess which areas...

      Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the Institute for Fiscal Studies' forecast of potential wage stagnation for...

      Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the forecast in the Office for Budget Responsibility's Economic and fiscal...

      Credit Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.45 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if he will publish details on the working of the expansion of the scheme to encourage credit...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that communities which have been proactive in instigating housing growth will gain access to the infrastructure funds announced in...

      Airports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Table 7.1 of the Final Report of the Airports Commission, published in July 2015, if he will commission an assessment of the effect on the...

      Airports: South East

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Infrastructure and Projects Authority will assume responsibility for future projects to increase airport capacity in the South East.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which NUTS 1 regions of the UK are to receive the £7.2 billion to support the construction of new homes announced in Autumn Statement 2016.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the current value of the UK's share in the capital of the European Investment Bank.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the geographical distribution of funding previously paid to the EU to regions and constituent parts of the UK after the UK has left the EU.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with which trade unions representing civil servants on what dates his Department has met to discuss its plans to limit tax credit payments to two children...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the measures announced in the Autumn Statement 2016 on coastal communities; and if he will make a...

      National Productivity Investment Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the National Productivity Investment Fund that is expected to be invested in coastal communities.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for International Trade

    • Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to page 9 of the Northern Powerhouse Strategy, published in November 2016, how the £15 million for Northern Powerhouse...

    • Northern Powerhouse Investment Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff are employed in the Northern Powerhouse Investment Taskforce; and how many meetings that Taskforce has held since it was...

      Exports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to increase the value of exports from Scotland.

      Department for International Trade: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54496, if he will provide a list of the representatives from the defence sector that...

      Department for International Trade : Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54496, if he will provide a list of the representatives from the aerospace sector...

      Department for International Trade: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54496, if he will provide a list of the representatives from the pharmaceuticals...

      Department for International Trade: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of payments by his Department to small businesses are made on time and in accordance with the prompt payment code.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how (a) much funding was allocated to and (b) many full-time equivalent staff were employed by UK Export Finance in each year from 2009-10;...

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has met representatives of any social media companies to discuss the effect of social media on child and adolescent mental health.

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of each sustainability and transformation plan on the number of placements available for nursing,...

      Self-harm: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who presented to hospital after self-harm were offered a psychosocial assessment in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to establish ways to encourage blood donations from people with rare blood types.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of diagnosis of (a) vCJD and (b) vCJD among haemophiliacs.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) training places and (b) clinical placements have been funded by Health Education England in each year since 2012.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Health Education England has spent on funding training places in each year since 2009; and how many of those training places were provided in...

      Surgery: Vale of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish correspondence between NHS England and Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the recent review into that CCG's policy of...

      Ophthalmology: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of ophthalmology appointments were cancelled or delayed by hospitals in (a) NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that people diagnosed with HIV infection will retain the same standards of care under the new structuring of contaminated...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many charitable trusts that specialise in supporting people who have received contaminated blood are solely funded by Government grants.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount owed to NHS trusts in Yorkshire and the Humber by non-EU nationals for health care they have received on the NHS.

      Hospitals: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital sites and accompanying facilities have been placed in special measures as a result of poor building conditions in 2016; and if he will...

      Department of Health: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of capital funding his Department has transferred to current spending for 2016-17.

      General Practitioners: Home Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has given to GPs on emergency home visits during Winter 2016-17.

      Surgery: Vale of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) NICE on the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group's plans to delay treatments for obese...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has offered guidance to NHS trusts on how to deal with potential black alerts during winter 2016-17.

      Hospitals: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of hospital procedures that have been transferred to private contractors by each NHS Trust in each...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the performance of each ambulance service in reaching severe patient call-outs within eight minutes; and if he...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has been made of the effectiveness of bisphosphates in the treatment of breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who has the duty of commissioning bisphosphonates for the purposes of reducing the risk of breast cancer.

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to promote funding and research into treatments for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department offers to GPs on the aftercare of diabetic patients.

      Milk: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the revisions to the Eatwell Guide on levels of milk consumption among children.

      Down's Syndrome: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the Nuffield Council for BioEthics to report to his Department on the non-invasive pre-natal test for Down's syndrome.

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2016 to Question 54957, if he will introduce a national compensation fund for people affected by the teratogenic...

      Hepatitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who are seeking access to NICE-approved hepatitis C therapies but are unable to be...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent mental health professionals have been employed by trusts providing mental health services in prisons in each year since...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2016 to Question 53611, what information his Department holds on the number of clients assigned to different care...

      Paediatrics: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric intensive care beds were free and available for use on 3 and 4 December 2016 in NHS hospitals in England.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the report, Acting on equalities: are local authorities in England meeting the duties of the Equality Act 2010 and addressing...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 November (HL3081), what criteria were used to identify the major cities of the north as...

    • Streatham Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding is still available under the Access for All programme to make Streatham Rail station more accessible by April 2018; and if so, when the work...

      Sheffield Supertram

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cause of the delay to the Sheffield to Rotherham train tram scheme.

      Sheffield Supertram

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work the Department for Transport and Network Rail are undertaking to ensure that the Sheffield to Rotherham train tram scheme is given a start date.

      Sheffield Supertram

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any budget gaps have been identified which may prevent the completion of the Sheffield to Rotherham train tram scheme; and if so, what.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered making mandatory the wearing by under-19 year olds of high-visibility clothing while cycling or walking on the roads network...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the recommendations in the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report Driven to Despair.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency improves its communications in line with the recommendation set out in...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to amend the rules limiting the amount that local authorities can borrow against the value of their existing housing stock; and if...

    • Council Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 40,000 affordable housing starts announced in the Autumn Statement they expect to be council houses.

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they envisage the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund being spent on, and over what timescale.

      Housing: Co-operatives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £7.2 billion housing investment announced in the Autumn Statement is earmarked for co-operative housing.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the imminent demolition of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.

    • Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 15 November (HL2957), what were (1) the number of incursions by British State vessels into...

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Sir Kim Darroch was appointed as UK Ambassador to the USA; and how many meetings he has had with the now President-Elect since he was appointed.

      Peru: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to implement the European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders in Peru.

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 22 November (HL Deb, col 1836), whether the details of those prosecuted as ISIS insurgents in the...

      Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the content of school text books in Saudi Arabia, in the light of the extent of compliance by the Saudi authorities with...

      Taiwan: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the warning by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 25 November that countries should not establish or maintain military ties...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the calls from Palestinians and humanitarian organisations for the protection of Palestinian children walking to and from...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 21 November (HL 3109), what assessment they have made of the number of rocket attacks from...

      Palestinians: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority concerning the case for municipal elections to be held in the West Bank and Gaza.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the proposed demolition of the village Umm Al Hiran.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministers or officials met (1) Ignatius Aphrem II, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, or (2) Mr Salih Muslim Muhammad, co-leader of the...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the 1966 UK–US Exchange of Notes concerning British Indian Ocean Territories, the US were consulted about the possibility of...

      Pope Francis I

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been advised of a visit to the UK by the Pope in 2018; and if so, whether such a visit will be pastoral or a state visit.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge the UN Secretary-General to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and others in Burma to discuss the lifting of all current restrictions imposed on...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reconvene the Girl Summit 2014 which concerned efforts to end female genital mutilation.

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Teaching Methods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review published by the Teaching Schools Council on 18 November.

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 16 November (HL3148), whether they will publish the questionnaire used in the Children's Services Omnibus...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 September (HL1779), whether they are planning to provide a mechanism for external stakeholder input into...

    • Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Shipbuilding Strategy report by Sir John Parker will be published; and when the new shipbuilding strategy will be announced.

      Navy: Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offshore patrol vessels are planned to be available to the UK Border Force for fishery protection and assistance.

      Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in accordance with the National Security Strategy, what is the minimum number of frigates required by the Royal Navy at any one time.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use the design build finance and operate method to manage private sector input into flood defence schemes.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional funding has been provided to (1) Kent County Council, and (2) Croydon Council, to support the arrival of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

    • British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 April and 10 May (HL7517 and HL8199), what progress has been made on the review of British...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK Border Agency regularly screens vehicles entering the UK for the purpose of detecting illegal immigrants.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to accommodate and rehabilitate future child refugees in the UK.

      Fires

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatal fires have there been in each fire authority area in England this year to date; and how this compares with the previous 10 years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which raising of funds by Thames Water with a Cayman Islands registered company to finance the Thames Tideway...

  • Department of Health

    • Agency Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 22 November (HL Deb, cols 1831–2), what percentage of the NHS nursing budget was spent on agency...

    • Department of Health: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement the recommendations in the Report of the Independent Working Time Regulations Taskforce to the Department of Health.

      General Practitioners: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, is their policy in respect of GPs who use their NHS surgeries after hours or at lunchtimes for private consultations, while employed by a...

      Hospitals: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they regard as necessary with carers, or future carers, before patients are discharged from hospital.

      Hospitals: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether communication with carers before patients are discharged from hospital will be included in the forthcoming carers strategy.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what forms of data they hold on the level of care available to older people needing care in (1) their own homes, (2) care homes, (3) nursing homes, and (4)...

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