Written answers

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the British Road Safety Statement, published in December 2015, what progress has been made on the revision of government buying...

    • Department for Transport: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many unpaid internships there are in his Department.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a map that identifies the High Speed 2 Phase One geographic construction zones covering (a) area south, (b) area central and (c)...

      Department for Transport: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people employed in human resources roles in his Department have (a) prior experience and (b) qualifications in human resources.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency assesses people's fitness to drive within the targets set...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on resolving the grievances raised in the eight complaints...

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average amount of CO2, in grammes, emitted per metric tonne of freight coming into or leaving the UK was, per kilometre of transportation,...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to accelerate access for train-operating companies delivering services (a) to the South West and (b) nationally to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities his Department has consulted on the progress of plans for the construction of High Speed 2 since May 2015.

      East Midlands Trains: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include the provision of four fast trains per hour between St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway in his Department's consultation on the new...

      East Anglia Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the East Anglia rail franchise has integrated operating teams between train services and infrastructure.

      Metropolitan Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received from (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Transport of London on the cost of the Croxley rail link; and...

      Mirfield Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55070, which funds are potentially available for redevelopment of Mirfield railway station.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department provides to communities seeking to establish their own not-for-profit bus operator.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of bus miles on English roads in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, and (c) 2019.

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the benefits of not-for-profit delivery of community transport operators.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) benefits and (b) methods of increasing passenger involvement in bus service procurement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons no regional Factsheet covering Buckinghamshire has been published by HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what insurance cover is in place on properties purchased by HS2 in Buckinghamshire.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what security arrangements have been put in place at properties in Buckinghamshire purchased by HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what properties have been purchased by HS2 in Buckinghamshire.

      Railways: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has assessed the potential merits of developing magnetic levitation trains as part of the Government's industrial strategy.

      Metropolitan Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the deficit is for the delivery of the Croxley rail link; and what plans his Department has for allocating additional funding required for that...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people employed in human resources roles in his Department have (a) prior experience and (b) qualifications in human...

    • Green Belt: Sutton Coldfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the exceptional circumstances were in relation to his decision to permit building on greenbelt land in Sutton Coldfield.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the levels of homelessness were in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England in each year from...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the outcomes of his Department's consultation on Council Tax collection which closed in November 2015.

      Help to Buy Scheme: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many young people have received assistance from the Government's Help to Buy scheme in (a) the UK, (b) Greater London, (c)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's future plans are for carbon capture and storage.

    • Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultations he had with the Pubs Code Adjudicator prior to the publication of the Adjudicator's conflict of...

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases have been submitted to the Pubs Code Adjudicator for arbitration; and in how many of those cases (a)...

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of future trends in the level of investment in the North Sea oil and gas sector.

      EU Framework Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 54579, what plans he has to facilitate participation in the EU's...

      Drugs: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many pharmaceutical companies have been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority in each of the last five...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to bring forward new gas generation in the event that no new combined cycle gas...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate the Government has made of the proportion that gas-fired generation will form of the new proposed 14GW of...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department spent on travel that was not standard class in each of the last five years.

      Employment Agencies: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to prevent recruitment firms advertising for jobs exclusively abroad before they have...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the average carbon capture capabilities of a single tree.

      Shell: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2016 to Question 55870, if he will assess the merits of retaining the ownership of...

      Business: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to support business growth in the north of England.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has received on the status and rights of agency workers.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support businesses as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Balkans: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department offers to countries of the Western Balkans that seek membership of the EU.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people employed in human resources roles in his Department have (a) prior experience and (b) qualifications in human...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British ex-patriots residing in EU countries have contacted (a) UK embassies and (b) the Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Foreign Policy: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas of 17 November 2016, Official...

      Azerbaijan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the Azerbaijan authorities on recent reports of the persecution, arrest and fining of...

      Uzbekistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the authorities in Uzbekistan on reports of the prosecution of Christians and confiscation...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on the raid of the publications office of the Ahmadi Muslim community headquarters in Rabwah,...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make available English translations of all foreign language articles or interviews which he provides for...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the transition team of the President-elect of the US.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to answer Question 53905, tabled on 21 November 2016 by the hon. Member for Edinburgh East.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many unpaid internships there are in his Department.

    • Lough Foyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Government of the Irish Republic on ownership of Lough Foyle.

      Lough Foyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans to take steps to resolve the ownership of the waters and seabed of Lough Foyle before 1 April 2019.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Official Cars

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the charges for Government Car Services supplied ministerial cars between 2012 and 2015, published on 17 December 2017, what the (a) purpose, (b)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department (a) has given in the last year and (b) plans to allocate in 2017 for the support of democracy and...

    • Department for International Development: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days she has spent abroad on government business since her appointment.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55212, how she will assess the (a) value for money and (b) performance; and by...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55212, on what previous occasions the Overseas Development Assistance budget has...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department has agreed to fund in the 2017-18 financial year; and what the budget is for such funding for that year.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many three and four year old children in England have a disability; and how many of those children are benefiting from free childcare.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Ofqual's Vocational Qualifications Dataset published in October 2016, how many level 3 childcare certificates were awarded in each...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve regional inequalities in early years provision; and if she will make it her policy to include measures...

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of school-based early years providers in (a) academies and (b) free schools had staff with (i) Early Years Professional...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish all the submissions to her Department's consultation, Early years funding: changes to funding for three and four-year olds.

      Pre-school Education: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research her Department has conducted on the reasons for exclusions of children from early years settings.

      Young People: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to make anonymised ward level data on post-16 student work, education and training destinations, as reported by local...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that housing benefit data is used by local authorities in England to identify and automatically register all...

      Department for Education: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans any office closures for her Department or its departmental agencies.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants are based at each office location in which her Department employs staff.

      Department for Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies on those units and agencies that were formally the responsibility of the...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many international students have been enrolled on (a) STEM and (b) Vocational Education and Training courses in each year since 2012; and how many...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the provision of (a) health and nutrition advice and (b) personal finance advice in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason line 1 of her Department's press release, published on 17 November 2016, announcing the consultation on whiplash reforms, uses the word...

    • Family Courts: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans her Department has to modernise family courts across England Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many concerted indiscipline incidents of each type have occurred in each prison establishment in each month since May 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) children under 18 years of age and (b) young people aged 18 to 24 were granted legal funding under the Exceptional Case Funding Scheme in...

      Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents involving the use of drone technology have been recorded at each type of prison facility in each of the last three years.

      Prison Officers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have taken long-term sick leave and for what reasons in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hostage incidents in which a (a) prison officer and (b) prisoner was taken hostage there have been in each prison establishment in each year...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many days he has spent abroad on government business since his appointment.

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on European structural funding for each region of the UK of the UK leaving the UK;...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people employed in human resources roles in her Department have (a) prior experience and (b) qualifications in human resources.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to encourage people from C2DE families to participate in programmes funded by the Youth Social Action Fund.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what commemorations her Department (a) has held and (b) plans to hold to mark the centenary of First World War and the participation of...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings she has held with the UK Information Commissioner since her appointment.

      Sports: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 55347, on sports: equality, if she will promote the application of similar...

      Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department proposed candidates to Ofcom for vacant Channel 4 non-executive director posts in 2016.

      Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason she rejected the appointment of Althea Efunshile as a non-executive director of Channel 4.

      Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account she took of the diversity of public appointments in her decision relating to the approval of Ofcom's candidates for vacant...

      Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many candidates for vacant Channel 4 non-executive director posts her Department has discussed the appointment process for those...

      ICT: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on including the subject of cyber resilience in the teaching of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unpaid internships there are in his Department.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people employed in human resources roles in his Department have (a) prior experience and (b) qualifications in human resources.

      Social Security Benefits: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Garston and Halewood constituency have received sanctions on their benefit payments in each year since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Garston and Halewood constituency have had more than one sanction in their benefit payments in each year since 2010.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of additional sanctions likely to be issued in enlarged jobcentres in Glasgow as a result of increased...

      Jobcentres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to met meet with his counterparts in the Scottish Government to discuss the Jobcentre Plus estate in Scotland before making...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support will be made available to jobseekers in Glasgow who will face additional travel costs and time in the event of the...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the travel times to the nearest jobcentre from each of those eight jobcentres earmarked for closure in Glasgow; and if he...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the equality impact assessment made on the proposals to close the Glasgow jobcentres that was announced on 7 December 2016;...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department uses to determine whether a jobcentre earmarked for closure should go out to public consultation; and if he will...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the eight Glasgow jobcentres earmarked for closure will be subject to public consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he had with his counterparts in the Scottish Government on the proposed closure of job centres in Glasgow before the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she is having with the Secretary of State for Justice on increasing the penalties available for...

    • Furs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the importation of (a) cat, (b) dog and (c) seal fur...

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve enforcement of (a) paragraph 15 on environmental enrichment for pigs of Schedule 8 to...

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Article 10 certificates for ivory items have been (a) applied for and (b) issued in the last 10 years for which...

      Energy: Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential benefits of used cooking oil in generating carbon-neutral electricity.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase take-up by supermarkets of the Red Tractor Scheme.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Natural England on the level of resources needed for the roll-out of trial badger culls.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many unpaid internships there are in her Department.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that farmers are provided with detailed breakdowns of the claims paid to them when they...

      Flood Control: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) flood prevention work has taken place in areas prone to flooding by the River (i) Ribble, (ii) Lune, (iii) Darwen,...

      Lions: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to identify the country of origin of lion trophies imported into the UK in 2015 and 2016.

      Lions: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what types of lion trophies were imported into the UK in 2015.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) the process is and (b) permissions required are for a reservoir to be drained.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of each of the 11 million trees the Government has committed it...

      Pigmeat: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 40357, what progress has been made on the implementation of the protocol...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the main reasons were for non-payment of Basic Farm Payments to those who made claims that resulted in no payment in...

      Cats: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take further steps to prevent the sale of underage kittens.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in her Department in each of the last three years.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of her Department's asylum caseworkers are trained in how to treat evidence from the Medico-Legal Report...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants who have been refused a settlement visa have subsequently been refused a visitor's visa in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the nationalities are of each of the people granted indefinite leave to remain in the Peterborough City Council area since 2010; and if...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the UK's international allies have procured P-8 Poseidon aircraft; and what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the number of...

    • Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned out-of-service date is for the Tornado fast jet fleet.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters his Department has sent in the last two years asking soldiers to come forward with any information that could help the Police Service...

      Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy submarines are due to be scrapped; and for how long those submarines have been decommissioned.

      War Widows: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent meetings he has held as part of his Department's review into the Government's policy on compensation for war widows who re-married between...

  • HM Treasury

    • Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of income tax is estimated to come from the top one per cent of earners in the UK in 2020.

    • Customs: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many additional staff have been allocated to assist with the implementation of the new EU Customs Code which was introduced on 1 May 2016.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that 0.7 per cent of gross national income is the maximum amount to be allocated to overseas development assistance.

      Customs: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications made pursuant to the implementation of the new EU Customs Code have been processed.

      Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what costs (a) have and (b) will accrue to the public purse as a result of the 2012 Franked Investment income judgment.

      Shell: North Sea

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of Shell's sale of its North Sea field assets on the sustainability of UK jobs in that area.

      Terrorism: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what preparations his Department is making for the coordination of efforts to tackle the financing of terrorism with EU member states in line with the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to relocate civil servants outside of central London as part of the 2018 move to 10 South Colonnade.

    • Cabinet Office: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to publish information on the gender pay gap among its employees.

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 6.7 of Budget 2016, what plans additional to the move of 5,700 staff from Whitehall to 10 South Colonnade, have been made...

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 6.7 of Budget 2016, what substantial savings for the taxpayer will result from moving civil servants from central London to...

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of (a) the cost, (b) expected savings and (c) changes to overall civil service staff numbers of plans to move staff from...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to fund the expansion of the NHS graduate management scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were admitted to hospital for obesity-related illnesses in each calendar year since 2010.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people admitted to accident and emergency departments for flu were (a) pregnant, (b) suffering from a long-term health condition and (c) 65...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of smokers in each English region in each year from 2010 to 2016.

      Exercise: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many children meet recommended weekly physical activity guidance in each year from 2011 to 2016.

      Pregnancy: Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has plans for routine screening for vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnancy.

      Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve education for health professionals on screening, diagnosis and effective individual treatment for Vitamin...

      Depressive Illnesses: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of people with depression who go on to die by suicide.

      Paralysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal College of Nursing and (b) other Royal Colleges on the potential merits of using neural interface...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with Vertex on bringing Orkambi to the market.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of Orkambi in improving life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis.

      Patients: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will issue guidance to GPs on seeking information on a patient's employment during appointments.

      Orkambi: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Kalydeco form of Ivacaftor has been deemed unsuitable for use by children aged between two and five in England; what assessment he...

      Homeopathy: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the public consultation announced in 2015 on the availability of homeopathic products through NHS prescriptions.

      NHS Trusts: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2016 to Question 55033, what steps his Department takes to recover outstanding fees from private patients.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to encourage leaders of local health and care systems to work together with local services to deliver good-quality end of...

      Health Services and Social Services: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the needs of LGBT people are recognised when planning and commissioning health and social care...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 53369, if he will estimate the number of medical records which are missing.

      NHS: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of exempting undergraduate students from (a) dental charges and (b) prescription charges.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on ensuring that patients with muscle-wasting conditions who are served...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the use of portable surgical health centres to support (a) the delivery of care in a community...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of hospital admission for a child having teeth extracted under general anaesthetic.

      Health Professions and Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals related to the Law Commission's final report and draft Bill on the regulation of...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the General Medical Council guidance for doctors providing cosmetic surgery which came into...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the findings of its consultation on the expansion of Care Quality Commission ratings to include independent...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS England's General Practice Resilience Programme.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of General Practice Resilience Programme funding has been granted to vulnerable GP practices in London.

      Department of Health: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unpaid internships there are in his Department.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52227, whether the level of reported incidents has increased in the last five years.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51861, what the average amount is that each GP practice will receive from GP Resilience Programme...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outpatient and community contacts there were in adult secondary mental health and learning disabilities services, by team type, attendance rate...

      Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust: Deepmind

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) Ministers And (b) officials of his Department have had with the Royal Free Hospital on its new Streams app.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2016 to Question 55192, whether the development of evidence-based treatment pathways in community mental health care...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2016 to Question 55193, what national minimum standards exist to ensure the provision of psychological therapy in...

      Care Homes: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of food provided in care homes.

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners are receiving treatment for a (a) mental health problem and (b) substance or alcohol addiction in the latest period for which figures...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the implications of the analysis by the Office for National Statistics of time use data, published on 10 November...

    • Banks: Gender

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to encourage banks to include a non-binary gender option on their official documents.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railway Stations: Access

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 23 November (HL3151), which stations were affected by Network Rail's decision to defer works on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Burundi in the light of the recent attack on presidential aide, Willy Nyamitwe.

    • Burundi: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last met, and when they next plan to meet, President Nkurunziza of Burundi.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the court ruling in Hong Kong disqualifying two elected legislators from the Legislative Council.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Department for International Development's global nutrition position paper.

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to integrate UK-funded health and nutrition programmes in (1) Malawi, (2) Pakistan, and (3) India.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel in the light of the statement issued on 10 November by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any legal restrictions on the ability of an organisation or institution operating in England to use the term "university" as part of its title.

    • Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of overseas students coming to study in the UK over the last five years, and the impact of any decline in that...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of overseas students, excluding EU students, coming to study in the UK over the next five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Diego Garcia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any agreement by the US to defray the costs of maintaining the presence of UK military personnel on the island of Diego Garcia.

    • South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of (1) women, and (2) men, who will be deployed in the UK peacekeeping office in South Sudan.

      Ministry of Defence: Gender

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many gender focal points exist in (1) the UK's armed forces, (2) the Ministry of Defence, and (3) the UK's peacekeeping force in South Sudan.

      Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of human control they consider necessary for compliance with international law in the context of lethal autonomous weapons; and how they will work...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many one-star ranks and above in the UK armed forces attended a state school beyond the age of 16.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to attract more private funding into the construction of flood defences; and whether this will include providing a return to investors...

    • Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) as a viable approach to the funding of flood defence projects; and what...

      Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prioritisation of projects designed to address drainage, water level and flood risks; and what is their estimate of the...

      Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to planning public investments for flood protection over a 25 year timeframe in order to align public investment planning...

      Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of what is a fair form of contract between private and public sectors in flood defence funding.

      Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of investment required in resources and skills to undertake necessary flood prevention measures.

      Poultry: Slaughterhouses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what (1) currents, (2) frequencies, (3) waveforms, and (4) current type, AC or DC, are used in the electrical waterbath stunning of chickens; and whether...

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 November (HL3165), and following the open procurement exercise for the delivery of the...

    • Kyrgyzstan: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the US about Eugene Gourevitch, regarding his co-operation with the US Department of Justice's...

  • HM Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who was responsible for the processing error that resulted in families whose children qualified for Disability Living Allowance not receiving additional tax...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 December 2014 (HL2977), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority collects information about...

    • Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of child and adolescent mental health services in England imposed restrictions and thresholds on children and young people accessing their...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of health areas have Tier 3.5 assertive outreach teams.

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the decision to approve non-invasive prenatal testing was revealed in an article in the Guardian on 29 October, including a comment from the Health...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the compatibility of section 1(1)(d) of the Abortion Act 1967 with Article 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by the Department of Health Matching Department of Health abortion notifications and data from the National Down’s Syndrome...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 2 November (HL2508), whether they have plans to review the progress in Implementing the Five Year...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the recorded reasons why referrals to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme ended in each clinical commissioning group area in...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, what were the initial average anxiety and depression scores for (1) all referrals...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing is consistent with disability equality.

      Kidderminster Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term strategic plan for the future of Kidderminster Hospital.

      Kidderminster Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether spare capacity at Kidderminster Hospital could be used to relieve pressure on Worcester and Redditch Hospitals.

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