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Written answers

Friday, 16 December 2016

  • Prime Minister

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she has had with King Salman on her visit to the Gulf in December 2016 on the situation in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance claimants in (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) North East England and (c) the UK who have reapplied for...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the highest-paid and lowest-paid full-time employee in his Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the pay of full-time staff in the highest pay grade in his Department and average full-time pay...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

      Child Poverty Unit: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff currently work in the Child Poverty Unit.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect on recipients of working age benefits of the benefits freeze; and if he will...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the cost to claimants of the length of waiting times when making calls to his Department related to universal...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average call waiting time was for (a) a claimant and (b) an hon. Member's office enquiring about a universal credits claim.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had on what dates with the landlords of the Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) Shettleston, (b) Parkhead and (c)...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who the respective landlords are of the Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) Shettleston, (b) Parkhead and (c) Easterhouse.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2016 to Question 56188, on children: day care, if he will publish the methodology used to calculate the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to deal with the backlog of universal credit claims; and what support there will be in December 2016 for...

      Universal Credit: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit payments have been paid back to claimants in the Borough of Halton in the last 12 months.

      Fulfilling Potential Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Fulfilling Potential Forum last met; and when the next meeting of that forum is planned to take place.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish on the Government's website the public consultation on proposed job centre closures in Glasgow; and if he will extend...

      Disabilities Charities Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when Ministers from his Department last met the Disabilities Charities Consortium.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2016 to Question 56414, if he will establish a programme to make regular contact with a group of people...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Employment of 22 June 2015, Official Report, column 608, whether it is his...

  • Home Office

    • Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications were processed by UK Visas and Immigration in the last five years; and what proportion of those applications were...

    • Travel Restrictions: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussion she or her Department has had with the (a) incoming and (b) outgoing US administrations on the possibility of banning...

      Breathalysers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether approval orders for breath test measuring devices are statutory instruments, subordinate to primary legislation.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures his Department has in place to support those of its staff who have mental health problems.

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Northern Ireland Office Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme, published on 5 July 2016, what steps his Department is taking...

      Independent Reporting Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the Independent Reporting Commission on paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland to begin its work; and how many full-time...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to publish information on the gender pay gap among its employees.

    • Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the £20 million budget cap on the number of available cancer treatments.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2016 to Question 54228, whether he intends to respond to the finding of Breast Cancer Now that three in four UK...

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to NHS Trusts on making payments to third parties in connection with data sharing agreements; and whether any such...

      Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers or officials in his Department have had with the Royal Free Hospital on safeguarding the confidentiality of patient information.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new cervical screening database will be ready in time for the rollout of HPV primary screening.

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on the ability of people awaiting joint replacement surgery to participate in exercise.

      Surgery: Vale of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instruct the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group to end its policy on postponing surgery for patients who smoke or have a BMI over 30.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients do not face delays in obtaining access to treatments for rare and ultra-rare diseases.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that proposed delays to NICE's process for highly specialised technologies will not delay access to...

      Food: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2016 to Question 55157, how his Department plans to ensure that progress will be regularly and transparently...

      School Meals: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Childhood Obesity Plan, page 10, published in August 2016, what progress has been made on the development of revised menus for...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 August 2016 to Question 43383, when he plans to publish the next Tobacco Control Plan.

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the causes of regional variation in rates of iron deficiency and anaemia.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he, Ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department have had with Public Health England to discuss the nutrient profile model since...

      Agri-Food Technology Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he, Ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department have had with the Agri-Food Technology Council since 18 August 2016.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) increase the amount of healthy food and (b) improve the quality of dietary advice accessible to people on low incomes.

      UKactive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times he, Ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department have met with UKActive since 18 August 2016.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the dairy sector is consulted ahead of future revisions of the Eatwell Guide.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to help to encourage the spread of best practice for stop smoking services.

      Exercise: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he and his ministerial colleagues have had with (a) the Chief Medical Officer, (b) officials and Ministers from other Departments and (c)...

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of expanding the accessibility and availability of intravenous iron services to treat...

      Care Homes: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54057, how many vaccinations were provided to care home staff (a) in 2015-16 and (b) to date in...

      Patients' Rights: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on ensuring that patients have the right set out in the NHS Constitution to access any NICE-approved treatments that are clinically...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of litigation related to people affected by contaminated blood and the related support scheme his Department is involved in resolving.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the move from bursaries to student loans on the volume of applications for nursing...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the move from bursaries to student loans for nursing courses on the volume of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate levels of a wide range of adult social care is available in each local authority area.

      Care Homes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he provides to local authorities on the commissioning of 24-hour care places for adults with severe disabilities.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 56048, what proportion of referrals ended had a valid mental health care cluster recorded; and how...

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received electroconvulsive therapy in each year since 2010 for each mental health condition.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2016 to Question 55994, how many sustainability and transformation plans contain proposals to reduce the number of...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 53369 on Capita, if he will make an estimate of the number of medical records that are currently...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2016 to Question 55911, what information NHS Digital holds on the number of appointments conducted (a) in person,...

      NHS Trusts: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2016 to Question 55033, if he will make an estimate of the level of outstanding fees from private patients.

      Dental Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cost of dentistry services on the number of people who seek to treat their own dental problems.

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons TB vaccinations are not available on the NHS to children in all London boroughs; and what the requirements are for boroughs to provide...

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for dental treatment at dental hospitals in the last 12 months.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children are registered to a dentist; and what estimate his Department has made of the average frequency with which children visited a...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentist surgeries there are in each region and; and how many dentist surgeries have closed since 2010.

      Folic Acid: Flour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on mothers' health of compulsory folic acid in flour; and if he will make a statement.

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of recent trends in consumption of sugary drinks by children; and if he will...

      Cereal Products: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had discussions with breakfast cereal manufacturers on the levels of sugar in their products.

      Diets: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to monitor the potential effect of novel dietary regimes on those adopting them.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to encourage people between the ages of 45 and 55 to keep fit and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to provide stop smoking services.

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recommendations of NHS England's Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, what progress has been made on the development of a...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department plans to provide to the secretariat of the World Health Organisation framework convention on tobacco control in each of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish (a) his industrial strategy and (b) consultation on industrial strategy.

    • Companies, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to maintain in force the Companies, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Non-Financial Reporting)...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the public investment needed to maintain the UK's energy capacity in the next 20 years.

      Living Wage: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people receive the national living wage in (a) Wales and (b) Newport East constituency.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many water mills there are in the UK in (a) total, (b) fully working condition, (c) need of repair and (d) need of...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average hourly earnings are of (a) female, (b) male, (c) BAME and (d) non-BAME employees of his Department.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to publish the gap in earnings between the (a) highest-paid and lowest-paid full-time employees in his...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2016 to Question 50624, what the reason is for the discrepancy between figures...

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to respond to the evidence received by his Department's inquiry into tips, gratuities and service...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there is a representative of his Department's employees on its departmental board; and what plans he has to...

      Manufacturing Industries: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to expedite the Government's application to the European Commission to exempt energy intensive...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to secure contingency funding for the continuation of compensation for the indirect costs of...

      Databases: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that appropriate data standards for (a) the automotive sector and (b)...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to promote literacy in digital skills within industries to help reduce the skills gap in...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on the use of data and cyber security for autonomous vehicles; and if he will make...

      UK Research and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how UK Research and Innovation will be accountable to (a) Parliament, (b) universities, (c) industry and (d) the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he or Ministers of his Department had with representatives of the renewable energy industry on the...

      Regulation: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether the Regulators Code has met the objectives set for it in those sectors where it...

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of sustainable, renewable energy which can be generated from a...

      Conditions of Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to include provision in the Great Repeal Bill to transpose all EU case law affecting...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the level of unemployment of former armed service personnel.

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the F35B Lightning II's progress in flight sciences testing in 2016.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likelihood that the F35B Lightning II will achieve full Block 3F combat capability within the current timetable.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department expects testing on the Autonomous Logistics Information System version 2.0.2 for the F35B Lightning II to be completed.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department expects testing on the F35B Lightning II's gun pod to be completed.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety of civilians in Mosul.

      Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will report on the proportion of UK steel that has been procured through contracts in the last 12 months.

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effect staffing levels in the RAF are having on UK commitments in Iraq and Syria.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure equality of opportunity for construction firms in Northern Ireland to apply for defence contracts.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the maximum UK steel content in Type 26 frigates currently being procured.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Coastal Areas: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recommendations of the New Economics...

    • Accommodation Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that private letting agencies do not (a) transfer costs to landlords and (b) redefine tenant fees.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the British values are, as referred to in the Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration, published on 5...

      Coastal Areas: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on coastal communities of the recommendations contained in the...

      Coastal Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support sustainable economic regeneration in coastal communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the health benefits of retirement housing and its...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2016 to Question 52707, on local government finance, if he will make an assessment of the...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in council tax arrears in each of the last five years.

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department holds information on the number of times that bailiffs have been used in cases of council tax arrears in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential role of timber-framed construction in the Government's plans to...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance cases HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has settled prior to litigation in each of the last five years; and how many of those cases were...

    • Construction: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to prevent cases of false self-employment in the construction industry.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on (a) per capita GDP and (b) overall productivity of changes in the migrant share of the adult population.

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many amateur sports clubs have lost their community amateur sports club status since 2002.

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has had to pay in tax rebates since the 2012 Franked Investment Income judgment.

      Telecommunications: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 2.1, line 10 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how the funding for telecoms will be allocated across the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufacturing Industries: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to provide contingency funding for the continuation of compensation for the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation and small...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there will be an overspend on the Northern Ireland block grant from the Renewable Heating Incentive over the lifetime of the scheme.

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of the childcare element of working tax credits in each year since 2010.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have registered a tax-free childcare account in anticipation of that scheme opening in 2017.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fisheries: Norway

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he discussed the future of the UK fishing industry with the Norwegian Foreign Minister during his recent visit to the UK.

    • Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many representatives of businesses in the West Midlands he has met since his Department was created; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many specialist trade negotiators are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants in his Department are working full-time with the World Trade Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for International Trade: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many third party (a) consultants and (b) consultancy companies his Department plans to commission; and what the cost to the public purse...

      Department for International Trade: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many third party (a) consultants and (b) consulting companies have been commissioned by his Department since it was established; and...

      Department for International Trade: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has to publish information on the gender pay gap among its employees.

      Department for International Trade: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to page 21 of the Northern Powerhouse Strategy, published in November 2016, when his Department plans to put in place sector...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the six-month validity period for Gender Recognition Certificates will be reviewed as part of the commitment to review the Gender Recognition...

    • Government Equalities Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the average hourly earnings are of her Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees.

      Staff: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether there is an annual survey of staff in the (a) Government Equalities Office and (b) Equality and Human Rights Commission.

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the (a) South West region and (b) UK of the lack of new rolling stock available to train...

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 56154, which local authorities have received funding allocated in the Autumn Statement 2016 from...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the evaluation of the longer semi-trailer trial: annual report 2015, published in August 2016, whether the information supplied by...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the evaluation of the longer semi-trailer trial: annual report 2015, published in August 2016, what roads are being used by longer...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the Growth Track 360 proposals on rail improvements; and if he will make a statement.

      Network Rail: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 55987, on what dates (a) his and (b) predecessor departments received force majeure claims from...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women in each year since 2010.

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will undertake a review of its HIV programmes to assess the progress made on the Government's global strategy on HIV...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 49486, on apprentices, what plans she has to provide extra support for ex-offenders.

    • Department for Education: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria her Department uses to allocate funding to the voluntary and charitable sector; and if she will publish those criteria and any scoring...

      Department for Education: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which voluntary and charitable sector organisations are funded by her Department; how much each such organisation received in 2015-16; and how much...

      Department for Education: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to publish information on the gender pay gap among its employees.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she expects the findings from the Education Funding Agency's 2016 data collection on asbestos management in schools to be published.

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children attending (a) maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in schools, (b) private, voluntary or independent nursery...

      Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average hourly earnings are of (a) female, (b) male, (c) BAME and (d) non-BAME employees of her Department.

      Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average hourly earnings are of her Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees.

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of early years settings including maintained nursery schools, nursery classes, private, voluntary or independent nursery settings and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent promoting British tourism in (a) Europe, (b) Asia, (c) North America and (d) total in (i) 2016, (ii) 2015 and...

    • Football: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the number of volunteers in the football industry who work unsupervised with children.

      Small Businesses: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Quesiton 48089, what progress has been made in signing up small and medium-sized...

      Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the results of the call for evidence on the Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the recommendations of the New Economics...

    • Animals: Licensing

      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...

      Deer: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many reindeer imported into the UK in the last five years have survived for longer than two years; and if she will make...

      Fishing Catches: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a maximum price for bass landed as allowable by catch...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the highest-paid and lowest-paid full-time employee in her Department.

      Biodiversity: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to match EU funding for biodiversity projects in the UK Overseas Territories after the UK...

      Dogs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's consultation, Animal welfare: reviewing animal establishments licensing in England,...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to increase the number of local authorities providing food waste collections.

      Flood Control: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department received applications for flood defence funding from (a) Lancaster City Council, (b) Lancashire...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of household waste she estimates will be recycled in each of the next three years.

      Pet Animals Act 1951: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department takes to monitor the enforcement of the Pet Animals Act 1951 by local authorities.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the use of water...

      Sheep Dipping: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 55615, if she will provide to the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans his Department has to publish information on the gender pay gap among its employees.

    • Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will support free movement for EU nationals who contribute to dementia research in the UK when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Wales Office

    • Brexit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Wales Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent in total on salaries for staff working in press or communications roles in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in Payment Plus to prison officer grades in each prison establishment since January 2016.

    • Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average tariff given with a mandatory life sentence was in each of the last 10 years.

      Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report 2015 on HM Prison Pentonville, published by the Independent Monitoring Board in July 2016, what progress her...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has to review guidance in Prison Service Instruction 09/2016, cell, area and vehicle searching, in respect of the regularity of...

      Immigration: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid applications for exceptional funding in relation to immigration matters were refused on means grounds in each of the last four years;...

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to her oral contribution of 15 November 2016, Official Report, column 131, what her policy is on the introduction of a programme to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for (a) recruitment and posting of the extra prison officers and (b) the special measures for vulnerable and mentally ill inmates...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of implications for its policies of the findings of the report of the Howard League, Preventing prison suicide,...

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraph 5.17 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how many of the additional prison staff paid for by the £500 million of extra...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many safer cells were built in prisons in England in each year since 2010; and how many existing prison cells were converted into safer cells in...

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on access to justice for the most vulnerable...

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to incentivise employers to recruit ex-offenders.

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers are employed in England and Wales.

      Ministry of Justice: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans her Department has to publish information on the gender pay gap among its employees.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to fully implement section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 relating to sexual communication with a child.

      Prisons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of searches of (a) prison staff and (b) visitors when entering prisons on reducing the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans his Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the highest-paid and lowest-paid full-time employee in his Department.

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 56146, how many people registering their identity have used the service to (a) report a medical...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which initial teacher training providers were allocated places for three years from 2017–18; and how many places were allocated to each provider (1)...

    • Adult Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop an adult education strategy.

      Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of Church schools to community cohesion.

  • Department of Health

    • Dementia: Home Care Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all homecare workers receive training relating specifically to dementia.

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost to the NHS of bed-blocking delays in discharging elderly patients from hospitals because of the lack of adequate social care...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reassessed their plans to replace bursaries with loans for all nursing students in the light of the potential impact of the decision to...

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 16 November (HL2985), if the information about the number of NHS consultant appointments...

      Refugees: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support refugees arriving in the UK, who are medical students or trainees, to complete their training.

      Doctors: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided not to proceed with the proposed refugee medical fellowships for refugee doctors which were planned for London, Manchester and Oxford.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) apprenticeship nurses, and (2) post-graduate qualified nurses, are expected to complete training before the end of this Parliament.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce new innovative technologies into the NHS and to assess laser technologies and the impact which they can have on cataract...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hedgehogs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to raise awareness of the rapid decline in the UK hedgehog population and the reasons for this decline.

    • Pets: Animal Breeding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any studies of the impact on pet animal welfare of brachycephaly; and if not, whether they intend to do so.

      Pets: Animal Breeding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations about the breeding of brachycephalic pet animals.

      European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to sign the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals; and if not, why not.

      Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace funding for the fishing sector derived from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund once the UK has left the EU.

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