Written answers

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on making tax digital.

    • Local Government: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of local authorities in Scotland to ensure that devolution deals in Scottish towns and cities...

      Beer

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate what the share of the UK beer market was for products between 2.8 and 3.5 per cent alcohol by volume in each of the last three years.

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

      Government Contracts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14 November 2016, HCWS252, on off-payroll review 2014-15, how much was paid from the public purse to the 504...

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14 November 2016, HCWS251, update on HM Revenue and Customs' contract with Concentrix, of those Mandatory...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of national insurance contributions have been allocated to (a) pensions and (b) the NHS in each of the last 20 years.

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with children over the age of five have received support from the childcare element of Working Tax Credits since 2010.

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with children under the age of five have received support from the childcare element of Working Tax Credits since 2010.

      Treasury: Horizon 2020

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response to Q311, who in his...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional tax revenue his Department has collected since 1 April 2016 as a result of stamp duty reform.

      Economic Policy: Channel Islands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2016 to Question 56258, if he will publish an assessment of the net benefit to the UK economy of Jersey and Guernsey...

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of local bank branch closures on vulnerable older people.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Financial Conduct Authority report on the Global Restructuring Group of RBS to be published.

      Public Sector: Equality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to publish the equality impact analysis on compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

      Sanitary Products: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will confirm whether the £3 million announced in paragraph 5.15 of the Autumn Statement 2016 with regard to the proceeds from the Tampon Tax is...

      Air Passenger Duty: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has received from the Welsh Government on the devolution of Air Passenger Duty.

      Email: Unsolicited Goods and Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to prevent scam and unsolicited emails from pension and insurance companies.

      Self-employed: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to issue a response to the Intermediaries Legislation (IR35): discussion document, published in July 2015.

      Flood Control

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies and unincorporated businesses have received tax relief on contributions to partnership funding for flood protection.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been sanctioned by his Department in (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) the North East of England and (c) the UK in the last...

    • Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of future changes to housing benefit for claimants under 21 years of age on (a) claimants' labour...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Equal Pay

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

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, following changes to the weekly support for new work-related activity group (WRAG) claimants on employment support allowance effective from...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 55878, on social security benefits: children, whether his Department discussed that...

      Universal Credit: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated average annual cost to the public purse will be of removing the housing benefit element of universal credit from 18 to 21...

      Universal Credit: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish legislative proposals on removing the housing benefit element of universal credit for 18 to 21 year-olds.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government has spent on housing benefit for people aged under 21 in each local authority area in each year since 2007.

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures are in place to transfer personal independence payment claimants on the fast-track system when it becomes clear they have a...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claimants have died within six months of receiving their claim.

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures are in place to notify terminally ill personal independence payment claimants of the DS1500 form.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions were imposed by his Department in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions were imposed and later lifted by his Department in each of the last six years; what average length of time it took...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response to Q311,...

      Relate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations he has received on Government funding of services provided by Relate; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged under 21 who will be affected by the proposed removal of the housing benefit element of...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children have been in poverty in each year since 2010; and what steps he is taking to reduce child poverty.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has accrued to the public purse from enforcement charges for non-compliance with child maintenance commitments by paying parents in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance and training is provided by his Department for staff administering the child maintenance scheme on working with parents who have...

      Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, how his Department defines...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish details of the public consultation on the closure of job centres in Glasgow on his Department's website.

      Jobcentres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 13 December 2016 to Questions 56723 and 56760, on what dates and in what locations Ministers of his Department have...

      Jobcentres: Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of the estate is in use at the Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) Shettleston, (b) Easterhouse, (c) Parkhead, (d) Bridgeton, (e)...

      Poverty: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the East Midlands are living in poverty (a) before taking housing costs into account and (b) after housing costs have been...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received employment and support allowance as a result of using the services at (a) Castlemilk and (b) Langside job...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received jobseeker's allowance as a result of using the services at (a) Castlemilk and (b) Langside job centres in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what (a) criteria and (b) circumstances his Department disregards a judge's recommendations on not pursuing a claimant for benefit...

  • Home Office

    • Assisted Voluntary Return Schemes: Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were returned to Vietnam under the assisted voluntary return scheme in each year from 2013 to 2016 to date; and how many...

    • Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45487, what the average time taken was for the return of forensically analysed...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorites have offered to receive and house Syrian child refugees.

      Overseas Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the rules that will apply to foreign students seeking employment after graduating (a) during negotiations on the UK...

      Home Office: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the implications for its policies of the recommendations of the Extra Costs Commission,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was for a final decision on an asylum application in each of the last five years.

      Research: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards her Department has put in place to ensure that academic staff from other EU countries working on multi-year research...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the review by Dame Louise Casey on opportunity and integration in isolated communities in its original form.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to review its policy on the inclusion of students within the immigration cap.

      Cats: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cats were reported stolen in 2015.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which port of entry to the UK had the longest average waiting times for UK citizens in the last year for which figures are available.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have applied under the statelessness determination procedure since it was established in 2013 have received a decision...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that all forms of domestic abuse are recognised and investigated.

      EU Nationals: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been removed from the UK under Operation Adoze since its introduction; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration Controls: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of applying different immigration rules to Scotland and other constituent parts of the UK.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women recorded as pregnant have been held in immigration detention; and how many of those women left detention to be removed from...

      UK Border Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is given to Border Force staff on dealing with people with dementia.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) refugee children and (b) families or carers of such children have been resettled under the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement...

      Nuclear Power: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential implication for her Department's policies on the cyber security of nuclear facilities of the...

      Paedophilia: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the prevalence of online grooming; and if she will make a statement.

      Emergency Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Emergency Services Network mobile masts are planned to be built in Scotland; and if those masts will be designed and built for...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to Answer Question 50051, on research: EU nationals, tabled on 25 October 2016 by the hon. Member for Coventry South.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement during her visit to the Gulf of December 2016 on cooperation to end modern slavery, how...

      Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost has been of processing civil penalty appeals under the right to rent provisions.

      Home Office: Pay

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

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have suffered torture abroad and are awaiting her Department's decision on their...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been granted asylum in the UK after being victims of torture abroad in each of...

      Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Republic of Ireland on reported increases in the number of UK residents applying...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun of 1 November 2016 on...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce online abuse.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to reassure EU nationals currently living in the UK that they will enjoy the same rights of residency and work...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

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

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Pay

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

    • Department of Health: Staff

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

      Department of Health: Pay

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

      Skin Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what restrictions have been placed on patients accessing treatments for advanced (stage 4) melanoma by (a) NHS England, (b) his Department and (c) NICE.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will hold discussions with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on patients with muscle-wasting conditions in the area and...

      Skin Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure melanoma patients have access to the most clinically effective treatment options if they have (a) brain metastases...

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the results of NHS Improvement's June 2016 enquiries to sustainability and transformation plan leaders on services dependent on...

      Blood: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to review immunoglobulin therapies through its specialised commissioning prioritisation process.

      Department of Health: Staff

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

      Department of Health: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new roles are to be created at his Department through the DH2020 programme.

      Junior Doctors: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many female junior doctors are likely to be affected by the changes in the junior doctor contract that propose six years' training before being...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinicians on barriers to prescribing bisphosphonates to prevent secondary breast cancer.

      Barrett's Oesophagus: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with Barrett's oesophagus in each of the last five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to (a) monitor levels of dementia risk and (b) improve guidance on how to prevent dementia.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration in each of the last five years; and what the age profile of such people was in...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate risks to stroke patients resulting from variations in the level of care for such patients.

      Breast Cancer: Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on back pain in women as a symptom of possible breast cancer.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that patient groups and patients are consulted on decisions undertaken on new treatments as part of NHS England's...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of how many patients the proposed £100,000 quality adjusted life year threshold for evaluating Highly...

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if NHS England will consider the potential merits of developing a new assessment process to evaluate orphan medicines for use in the NHS.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the Government first identified the risk of HIV to haemophiliacs posed by contaminated blood products.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of his Department's documents relating to the issue of contaminated blood products for haemophiliacs between...

      Department of Health: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response to Q311, who in his...

      Cadmium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council COM(2016)157/F1, what advice he plans to issue to consumers on...

      Financial Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities are fulfilling their responsibilities under the Care Act 2014 to protect older people with care...

      Care Homes: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance the Food Standards Agency has published on food served to older people in residential care.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2016 to Question 56391, how many and which hospitals inspected by the Care Quality Commission in 2015-16 had...

      Palliative Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure there are sufficient professionals with the skills needed to implement the new NICE clinical guideline, End of Life...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings he has had in the last year with local authority leaders to discuss adult social care.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of tendering the management of the medical performers list to Capita on the administrative efficiency of that list.

      Ophthalmic Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wait time is for a follow-up appointment at eye clinics in London.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will publish a strategy for tackling obesity in adults.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the potential level of provision of unpaid care in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is made available in schools on endometriosis.

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on devolving health and social care powers to directly elected mayors.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by NHS England of 4 December 2016 for a large scale clinical trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention,...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by NHS England of 4 December 2016 for a large scale clinical trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention,...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential effect on public trust in medical confidentiality of the continued dissemination of the...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the correlation between the increased use of vaping and the decline in the number of people accessing NHS stop smoking...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will establish an independent inquiry into deaths resulting from people receiving contaminated blood.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received on allegations of impropriety in relation to doctors being encouraged, explicitly or implicitly, by pharmaceutical companies...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when and by whom the decision was made to continue to disseminate the data of those people who opted out of the commercial dissemination of hospital...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his Department's policy to require NHS England to take account of geographic isolation and travelling times when developing sustainability...

      Mental Health Services: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 57287, how much was paid out in clinical negligence claims under the specialties of...

      Care Homes: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care home places for the elderly there were in Nottinghamshire in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2010-11.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make additional funds available for occupational therapy to help prevent avoidable hospital admissions in winter 2016-17.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise the delivery of high quality heart failure services.

      Palliative Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support will be available to commissioners and providers to implement the NICE clinical guideline, End of Life Care for Infants, Children and Young...

      Care Homes: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2016 to Question 56718, how many prosecutions have been made by the Care Quality Commission for failing to meet...

      Brain Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report of the Independent Cancer Taskforce, Achieving world-class cancer...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2016 to Question 54104, on Neuromuscular Disorders; South East, what the status of funding approval is for the care...

      Heart Diseases: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve access to heart failure specialists for women.

      Bladder Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the symptoms of bladder cancer.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government is making on recovering money from overseas visitors and other chargeable NHS patients.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the £200 million announced for early diagnosis in cancer by NHS England on 6 December 2016 will include funding for awareness initiatives.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to increase access to electronic vaping devices for people giving up smoking.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes in the level of spending on mental health services for children and young people...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with spinal cord injuries are treated in specialist units.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the significance of the average age at death in assessing the health needs of a community; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • UK Research and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the governance arrangements will be for UK Research and Innovation.

    • Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of Innovate UK on (a) investment, (b) job creation and (c) the economy.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what redundancy schemes his Department is currently operating.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants in each unit of his Department are in the redeployment pool.

      ACAS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for the future staffing of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the location is of each office from which his Department operates; and which of those offices are planned for closure.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned efficiency savings from his Department's administrative budget are in each year to 2020.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants his Department employs; and how many such staff his Department plans to employ in each of the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the registration and declaration of interests by members of Boards of Local Enterprise...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to commit to providing the equivalent of current EU research and development funding...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the process for a research project seeking to receive Government funding in the event that when the...

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the speech delivered by the Prime Minister on 21 November 2016 at the CBI annual conference, how much...

      Small Businesses: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to promote innovation in small businesses.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what official visits (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have made since his appointment.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many public appointments by public body he has made since his appointment.

      Gift Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the removal of expiry date on gift cards.

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to announce the outcome of the tips, gratuities, cover and service charges: proposals for...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK's decision to leave the EU on UK-based medical research.

      Manufacturing Industries: Trade Competitiveness

      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...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department allows for differences in member pension contribution rates but not member pension benefits in calculating the net pay...

    • Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place the calculations used to determine the net pay deduction of defence fire service workers in the Library .

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of removing the net pay deduction from the salaries of defence fire service workers in each financial...

      Ministry of Defence: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response to Q311, who in...

      Ministry of Defence: iNHouse Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has awarded any commercial contracts to iNHouse Communications Ltd in the last five years.

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department has on the number of British (a) nationals and (b) service personnel in Aleppo.

      Woolwich Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost to the public was of providing the purpose-built equestrian training facility and accommodation centre at Woolwich Garrison for the...

      Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has received from the training of foreign nationals since 2005, broken down by country.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Pay

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

    • Communities and Local Government: Pay

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

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

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

      Social Services: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the increases to employers' national insurance contributions from 1...

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

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

  • Scotland Office

    • Jobcentres: South Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions on the proposed Jobcentre closures in Glasgow and...

    • Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Department of Work and Pensions on the proposals for the closure of jobcentres in Glasgow.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the level of exports from the UK in each of the next three years.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many bilateral trade deals he estimates the UK will sign by 2020.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of investor-state dispute settlement measures in supporting growth in international trade.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many additional staff his Department plans to recruit in the next (a) year and (b) three years.

      European Free Trade Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential costs and benefits for the UK of membership of the European Free Trade Association; and if he...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

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

      Department for International Trade: Pay

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

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what economic evaluation the Government has conducted on the potential effect of the proposed changes to export finance announced in the...

      Small Businesses: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the level of SME business interest in the great.gov.uk digital platform.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reasons UK Export Finance does not have export finance managers based in every region of the UK; and if he will make it his policy...

      Overseas Trade: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech to the Gulf Cooperation Council on 7 December 2016, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Agricultural Products: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to promote exports of Welsh agriculture produce.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what mechanisms he plans to use to involve the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in future free trade...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many applications were made to Access to Elected Office Fund 2015-16 by (a) political party, (b) gender, (c) ethnicity and (d) region; and how...

    • Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to (a) publish the evaluation report on the Access to Elected Office Fund and (b) make a decision on whether that Fund should continue.

      Minister for Women and Equalities: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response to Q311, who in...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what estimate the Government Equalities Office has made of the number of jobs in the Equality and Human Rights Commission that will be lost as a...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether an equality impact assessment has been carried out on planned reductions in funding of the Equality and Human Rights Commission up to 2020.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, what sanctions will be applied to employers for...

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Pay

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

    • Department for Transport: Staff

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

      Department for Transport: Staff

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

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with Govia Thameslink Railway on the action it might take to mitigate the financial effect on retail outlets in train...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved administrations on the modernisation of UK airspace.

      Department for Transport: Staff

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

      Department for Transport: Equal Pay

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

      Roads: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much he plans to invest in the North East of England's highways to improve roads and to carry out essential maintenance up to 2020.

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received on Southern trains (a) being taken out of service and (b) skipping stations or suffering delays due to cameras on...

      Southern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what responsibilities the Director of Rail Passenger Services in his Department has in (a) processing and (b) advising on each of Govia Thameslink...

      Roads: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.6 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much funding will be provided for highways in East Yorkshire over the next five...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 55987, on what dates his Department received force majeure claims from train operating companies...

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to incentivise the take-up of electric bicycles.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the total value of (a) regional, (b) local and (c) general aviation airports in the...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of how much his Department has spent on general aviation airports in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of vehicles in the Government Car Service are ultra-low emission vehicles.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) regional, (b) local and (c) general aviation airports that have been operating in the UK in...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ultra-low emissions vehicles there are on UK roads now; and how many there are projected to be in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether fares revenue not received by Govia Thameslink Railway on account of poor performance and industrial action is to be paid back to the public purse.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Network Rail paid in schedule and compensation payments to Govia Thameslink Railway in 2016-17.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring new drivers to have driven for a minimum number of hours before being granted a...

      Railways: 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 Department and (b) predecessor departments received force majeure...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of road rage have been recorded in each year since 2010.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the cycling and walking investment strategy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Seas and Oceans: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect ocean habitats around Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

    • Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Pakistani High Commissioner on the reported raid of the Ahmadiyya Headquarters...

      Israel: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 13 November 2015 to Question 15102, what recent representations the British Embassy in Tel Aviv...

      Palestinians: Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities on donation of equipment and supplies made by the Fire Brigades...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of Pakistan on the raid on the Tahrik Jadid Headquarters of the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

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

      Israel: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the Regulations Bill in that country since 7 December 2016.

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Pakistani High Commissioner on the security of Ahmadis in Pakistan since the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

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

      Cameroon: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of Cameroon on French-speaking teachers teaching in schools...

      Ali Salman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman.

      Giulio Regeni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress the Government has made on its response to the murder of Giulio Regeni.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to (a) China, (b) Japan, (c) India, (d) South Korea and (e) Brazil in (i) 2014, (ii)...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the UK Government has made to the government of Pakistan on (a) the treatment of Ahmadiyya Muslims...

      UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department took to support the seventh session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing which took place in New...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the EU to put in place further sanctions against Russia.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Russian government on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Syrian government on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo.

      Spain: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what protocols there are between British Consular services and the panish Guardia in the event that British citizens report...

      Extradition: Homicide and Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for how many British citizens his Department has made representations in foreign courts related to the extradition of foreign...

      Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens detained in prison in other countries, by country, in each year since 2010.

      Extradition: Homicide and Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for how many British citizens his Department has made representations in foreign courts regarding extradition of foreign...

      Spain: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what protocols are followed between British Consular services and Spanish police when British citizens report crimes involving...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Staff

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

    • Department for International Development: Staff

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

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on plans to improve nutrition-specific programmes in low and middle-income countries.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the Scaling Up Nutrition movement in its work on global malnutrition.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to renew her Department's HIV strategy which expired in 2015.

      Developing Countries: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the priority of ensuring the provision of reliable base-load electricity as part of the international...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the letter of 17 November 2016 from the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or...

      Department for International Development: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response...

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has for UK branding for projects funded by the Government through the International Climate Fund.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support is being provided to aid agencies to help Syrians being evacuated from Aleppo.

      South Sudan: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department is contributing to projects focused on response to sexual violence in South Sudan.

      South Sudan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to women in South Sudan on hygiene and ante-natal and post-natal care.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to introduce greater financial accountability to the international aid system.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any funds from her Department will be used to support the 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees coming to the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many grammar schools (a) sponsor academy schools, (b) sponsor free schools or (c) run multi-academy trusts; and what the Ofsted grades are for...

    • Schools: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many universities sponsor (a) academy schools, (b) free schools or (c) run multi-academy trusts; and what the Ofsted grades are for each school...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to answer Questions 51314 and 51315, tabled by the hon. Member for Manchester Central on 1 November 2016 for Answer on 4 November 2016.

      Pre-school Education: Exercise

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

      Department for Education: Staff

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

      Pre-school Education: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to make more (a) early years teachers and (b) other qualified staff available in nurseries in the London Borough of Southwark.

      Pre-school Education: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had with the Children's Food Trust on revising menus for early years settings.

      Department for Education: Staff

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

      Department for Education: Pay

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

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to bring into force the parts of section 36 and Schedule 4 of the Equality Act 2010 that would enable residents to secure...

      Nurseries: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she proposes to open consultation on the future of maintained nursery schools.

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many social worker vacancies there are in (a) each discipline, (b) each region and (c) Sheffield.

      Schools: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data her Department holds on projected increases in costs for schools over the next five years.

      Teach First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Teach First graduates from each of the last three years are teaching in state schools in England broken down by (a) region and (b)...

      Teach First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Teach First graduates were placed in schools in 2016 to date broken down by region.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unqualified teachers taught in classrooms in the last year for which data is available.

      Autism: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department provides guidance to schools and governing bodies on pupil exclusions and appeals concerning pupils with autism.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools were reported to her Department for the improper recording of pupil exclusions in the last 12 months.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applicants there were to School Direct in 2016; how many of those applications were successful; how many schools participated; and what the...

      Special Educational Needs: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school pupils in Ashfield constituency qualify for SEN funding.

      Baverstock Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 55966, what the pupil forecast is for the next seven years in the local area that will be...

      Baverstock Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 55966 and with reference to her decision on whether to close Baverstock Academy, whether...

      Baverstock Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 56149, on Baverstock Academy, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) keeping that school...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for her Department's response to its consultation on Government changes to disqualification arrangements for childcare workers.

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for her Department's response to its consultation on the numeracy and literacy requirements of Level 3 early years workers.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will ensure that the findings of Ofsted inspections on whether providers spend funds allocated for their Early Years Pupil Premium effectively...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what mechanism her Department has in place to ascertain whether a childcare or early years provider has taken the actions outlined for it in a welfare...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the annual report of Ofcom for 2015-6, how many of the 2,000 providers who received a welfare requirements notice between 2014 and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the Government plans to publish its Digital Strategy.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures her Department has in place to support those of its staff who have mental health problems.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the highest-paid and lowest-paid full-time employee in her Department.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the pay of full-time staff in the highest pay grade in her Department and average...

      Cultural Heritage: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to monitor trends in the theft of cultural and historical artefacts in the UK.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many rural communities have launched their own initiatives to install fibre networks as a result of commercial and government...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has plans to produce a strategy to tackle problem gambling and reduce gambling-related harm.

      Mobile Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on the forthcoming auction of 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz radio spectrum; and whether...

      Charities: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with HM Revenue and Customs on ensuring that national minimum wage regulations are being properly enforced...

      Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will issue a Written Statement outlining how each of the four accepted candidates recently appointed for the Channel 4 board met...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the level of investment required to bring broadband access in rural communities in (a) the UK and (b)...

      Sports: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has with the Ministry of Justice to offer help and support to people coming forward to make allegations of...

      Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account she has taken of the findings of the House of Lords Communications Committee on the potential risks and benefits of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Packaging: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of packaging waste which will be recycled or recovered in each of the next...

    • Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legal requirements govern the importation, movement and keeping of reindeer in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department has in place to support those of its staff who have mental health problems.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of animal welfare standards in animal sanctuaries; what plans she has to provide for...

      Cats: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will develop a clear definition of commercial pet sales to protect the welfare of cats and kittens.

      Cadmium: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) her EU counterparts, (b) the EU Commission and (c) sedimentary phosphate exporters on...

      Cadmium: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to UK agriculture of the reduction in cadmium within phosphate fertiliser...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people who made a claim to the Basic Payment Scheme in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016 are yet to receive a payment for...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of Basic Payment Scheme claims made in 2016 to date have been paid.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to comply with the recommendation in the Chief Veterinary Officer's advice on the outcome of the...

      Sugar: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on the labelling of sugar in food products of the UK exiting...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

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

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

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

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, in what format and by what date he plans to publish his Department's plan for the UK's negotiations on exiting the EU; and if he will...

      European Economic Area: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the UK remaining a member of the European Economic Area.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

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

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is his policy to negotiate a transitional agreement with the EU so that existing trading arrangements for UK companies...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the amount of tariffs that would have to be paid by (a) UK businesses to access the EU market and (b) EU...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy that all powers not explicitly reserved to Westminster under the devolution settlements will be...

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he or Ministers of his Department last met the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to discuss the Ireland Act 1949 and...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if it is Government policy to retain the Working Time Directive after the UK has left the EU.

      Energy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK's agreement with the EU does not impede Northern Ireland's connections with the energy...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department plans to keep the UK in EU-wide arrangements for sharing natural gas in the event of crises after the UK...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, what measures the Law Officers' Department has in place to support those of its staff who have mental health problems.

  • Wales Office

    • Air Passenger Duty: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations his Department has received from the Welsh Government on the devolution of Air Passenger Duty.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Littlehey Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to improve resettlement activity at HM Prison Littlehey.

    • Bedford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that recommendations by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in its February 2014 and May 2016 inspections into...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of the recidivism rate of persons who have committed offences under the Animal Welfare...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date she plans to launch her Department's consultation on sentencing for dangerous driving.

      Hull Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the additional 2,500 prison officers the Government plans to recruit will be employed at HM Prison Hull.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of current controls of mobile telephones in prisons.

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

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

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people attempted to access legal aid and were declined in Wansbeck constituency in the last three years.

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

      National Offender Management Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total cost has been of capped public interest transfers to HM Prison Berwyn; and how many staff of each grade have been involved in such moves.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2016 to Question 52460, (a) which months the years provided run from and to and (b) when the full data for 2016...

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the evidential basis was for the Government's decision to consult on raising the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000 for (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Appointments: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of public appointments were of ethnic minority candidates in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

    • Shipping: Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average weekly wage is for workers in the water transport sector.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what measures his Department has in place to support those of its staff who have mental health problems.

      Death: Beachy Head

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths have been recorded at Beachy Head in each of the last five years by (a) gender and (b) age.

      Conservative Party

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many appointees to (a) executive non-departmental and (b) other public bodies declared political activity for the Conservative Party in each of the...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the proportion of chairs who were (a) appointed and (b) re-appointed to public bodies who were (i) female, (ii) from an ethnic minority...

      Housework

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value to the UK economy of unpaid household work.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Security

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will make it its policy to replace the temporary galvanised hand-operated...

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff have been (a) recruited and (b) redeployed to work on the Palace of...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House what arrangements are in place to ensure that, in answering Questions for Written Answer, government departments are, as required by the Ministerial Code, "accurate...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive concerning the preparation and introduction of the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat...

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to meet the requirements set out in the 2030 EU climate and energy framework when the UK leaves the EU.

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of changes in regional inequality across the UK.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Electronic Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action are they taking to stop counterfeit electrical goods being sold online.

      Rejuvenate Your Business

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with, and what representations they have (1) sent to, and (2) received from, Liverpool City Council concerning (a) Rejuvenate...

      Trading Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the adequacy of the powers of trading standards officers.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 24 October (HL2341), how many penalty notices have been issued since April 2016 in respect of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking to secure agreement between the governments of the United States and Russia on the future for Syria.

    • Cyprus: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be the UK's representative on the proposed five-party conference to discuss the Cyprus Settlement, to be held on 12 January 2017.

      Middle East and North Africa: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist in the protection of Christian minorities in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 6 December (HL3463), whether they will establish a cross party commission with...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement in the Companion to the Standing Orders and Guide to Proceedings of the House of Lords that "A parliamentary question is not a...

      Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK regulators follow the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice for Official Statistics in their collection and publication of statistics.

      Political Parties: European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they contribute to the EU to support political parties, movements or campaigns across the member states; and how much financial support British...

  • Attorney General

    • Duchy of Cornwall: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Attorney General or other counsel have reviewed the taxation of the income from the Duchy of Cornwall within the last 30 years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote progress towards (1) the World Health Assembly 2025 global nutrition targets, and (2) Sustainable Development Goal 2 to...

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have fully disbursed the commitments made at the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit; and if not, how much has been disbursed, and when they will...

      Humanitarian Aid: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the needs of vulnerable elderly people in humanitarian emergencies such as those currently trapped in Aleppo and other...

  • Department for Education

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to include female genital mutilation as a mandatory element in the personal, social, health and economic programme of study in schools.

    • Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that education policy relates to learners of all ages and backgrounds.

      Swimming: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of primary schools do not have access to a swimming pool and are therefore not able to provide swimming lessons to their pupils.

      Classroom Assistants: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted or commissioned research into the reasons for the increase in the number of teaching assistants hired by schools in the period...

      Schools: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted or commissioned research into the determinants of schools’ overall staffing decisions, and the balance they strike between...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the current ranking of UK schools in the Programme for International Student Assessment survey; and whether...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to introduce personal, health and social education in all (1) state schools, (2) academies, and (3) free schools.

      Commonwealth: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include the history of the Commonwealth in the national curriculum; and if so, what steps are they taking to ensure this.

      Schools: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to facilitate links between British and Commonwealth schools through the use of digital technology.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 3 November (HL Deb, col 770), what training is undertaken by prison officers, and what support is available to...

    • Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to hold men and women prisoners on shared sites.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Propaganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of fake news on the formulation and implementation of government policy.

    • Channel Four Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 15 December (HL3953) concerning the criteria used to appoint new members of the Channel 4...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to prevent employers who participated in multi-employer schemes as partnerships, rather than through limited liability...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to change rules relating to debts under section 75 of the Pensions Act 1995 to protect unincorporated employers from being made...

      Older Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to facilitate employment for people (1) over 50, and (2) over 60.

      Petrochemicals: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serious health and safety incidents at oil refineries and petrochemical plants have been reported in the UK over the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed purchase by Norway of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, whether they intend to increase co-operation with Norway...

    • Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event that British nationals involved with Islamic State in Iraq or Syria are captured by British forces in those countries, they will be...

  • Home Office

    • Sovereign Wealth Funds: Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating matters relating to Malaysia’s state investment fund, 1MDB, and the role played by Goldman Sachs International Limited...

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees have been resettled through the Syrian vulnerable person resettlement scheme and community sponsorship scheme in each region of the UK.

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 November (HL Deb, col 1931), what other ongoing work is being carried out to ensure that...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they anticipate to be the total cost of consultants employed in connection with the UK's negotiations to leave the EU in (1) 2016–17, and (2)...

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants or other public employees they anticipate will need to be recruited in (1) 2016–17, and (2) 2017–18, in connection with...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the giving of notice to leave the EU under Article 50, they will cease to participate in the Council of Ministers and the European Council.

      Gibraltar: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Gibraltar regarding the UK's plans to leave the EU; and whether they plan to have due regard to the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Food: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much additional business has been generated for the UK food and drinks industry since the latest export drive was launched.

    • Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of trade between Scotland and Israel in 2015; and what steps they are taking to further strengthen ties between Scotland and Israel.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why new innovations developed by Medtech are not adopted by the NHS.

    • Health and Social Care Information Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Hospital Episode Statistics and Secondary Uses Service datasets are maintained for purposes of direct care; and whether the creation and...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a full evidence base, including any supporting research, for each measure contained in their forthcoming tobacco control strategy.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 17 October (HL2340) and 5 December (HL3452), whether any members of the expert panel convened by...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding proprietors of nursing and residential care homes subsidising the care of publicly funded residents from payments by private...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of local authority cross-charging arrangements for sexual health services.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 6 December (HL3698), whether they are committed to eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat in the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reducing public health funding for contraception on the proposal to limit child tax credits to the first two...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients resident in the devolved administrations accessed sexual health services in England in the last three years for which figures are...

      Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS hospital operations have been cancelled since August 2016 because of a shortage of (1) beds, or (2) staff.

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