Written answers

Thursday, 22 December 2016

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied and separated children have been (a) identified, (b) assessed and (c) transferred under sub-section 1 of section 67...

    • Home Office: Work Experience

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

      Home Office: Staff

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

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to (a) process a DBS application and either scan or return it...

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have resulted from Economic Crime Command investigations in each year since 2013.

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what violent or terrorist far right or neo-Nazi groups are being monitored or considered for possible proscription as an illegal organisation.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that any refugee children who were recently accommodated at Calais and who were entitled to come to the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he took to fulfil his obligation to consult Scottish Ministers, under section 61 of the Scotland Act 2016,...

    • 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...

      Forestry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on ensuring the...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's report to Parliament on the proposed disposal of shares in the UK Green Investment...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all the recommendations made in the Second Report of the Environmental...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54604, if he will make it his policy to publish any commitments...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 54041, if he will in due course publish the details of the sale...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to update Parliament on the proposed terms of any disposal of the Government's shares in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

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

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

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

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Iranian government on the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

      Cadmium: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of the reduction in cadmium within phosphate fertilisers in the...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Uganda on the recent arrest of King Charles Mumbere of Rwenzururu and...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety of the residents of Aleppo who were evacuated from that city on 15...

      EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many premises in which locations the UK shares with EU institutions.

      Zimbabwe: Bank Notes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for economic stability in Zimbabwe of the government in that country issuing...

      Ghana: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the customs service in Ghana.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure evacuation routes remain available for civilian use in Aleppo.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the number of civilians remaining in Aleppo.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on evacuation corridors in Aleppo being blocked.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of evacuation routes for civilians leaving eastern Aleppo.

  • Attorney General

    • Election Offences: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Law Officers are able to review or challenge a decision of the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service not to follow-up the court judgment of...

    • Criminal Proceedings: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what processes there are by which (a) local residents, (b) victims of crime and (c) others can challenge a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what use her Department makes of social norms approaches within its programmes to increase women's economic empowerment and political...

    • Department for International Development: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many officials of her Department work full-time on the Violence Against Women and Girls helpdesk; and if she will make a statement.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the use of aid bridges to deliver aid to civilians in Syria.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of whether the five-day turnaround for pre-sentence allows sufficient time for safeguarding checks to be carried out.

    • Coroners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to make changes to rules requiring coroners recording a suicide to meet the same criminal standard of proof as unlawful...

      Bail Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders absconded from bail hostels in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2010.

      Bail Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders housed in bail hostels have been taken back into custody as a result of notification from bail hostel staff to police in each year...

      Bail Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders have been in breach of curfew conditions at bail hostels in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2010.

      Sexual Offences: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on improving the availability in courts of counsellors and psychiatrists to help victims of sexual...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to issue a commencement order for the provisions in the Serious Crime Act 2015 relating to sexual communications with a child.

      Cremation: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if her Department will publish all correspondence her and her predecessor had with (a) Hull City Council, (b) the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull...

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

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

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51526, what her planned timetable is for implementation of the extra-territorial jurisdiction...

      Brixton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has for the future of HM Prison Brixton.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions the Government has had with representatives of the insurance industry on (a) raising the small claims limit and (b) reforming whiplash...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department spent on travel that was not standard class in each of the last five years.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Horizon 2020

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

      Mobile Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what competition measures will be promoted in the forthcoming auction of 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum in order to secure improved mobile...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many museums she has visited in an official capacity since her appointment.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of disabled people were in employment in each year since 2009-10 by NUTS 1 region.

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many outstanding (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment assessments for Scottish claimants there were...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of assessment reports conducted by contractors for Scottish claimants of (a) employment and support allowance and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in...

    • Bottles: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of bottle deposit schemes as a means to achieve cleaner beaches.

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for ensuring that intelligence on illegal puppy importations is shared between (a) Euro...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to reply to the letter of 21 November 2016 from the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West on...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will assess the potential merits of moving enforcement responsibilities from carriers to Government...

      Rabies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will consider reintroducing the requirement for rabies titration tests and post-rabies antibody titration...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood risk assessment she has received from the water telecommunications industries since the publication of the...

      Government Departments: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Departments have adopted the Government buying standards for food catering services since 18 August 2016.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.5 of Autumn Statement 2016, how many affordable homes to rent will be built in each year from...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the extra £1.4 billion announced in the Autumn Statement 2016 for affordable homes will be available to...

      Nurseries: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 49076, if he will publish the amount that the Government has paid to each...

      Hedges and Ditches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Matters Relating to High Hedges: notes to local authorities, published by the Department for Communities...

      Neighbourhood Development Plans: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Housing and Planning of 13 December 2016, Official Report,...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has received a draft of the report from Sir Robert Naylor on the NHS estate; and when he plans to publish the final report.

    • Neuromuscular Disorders: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with National Ambulance Service medical directors on ensuring that the best practice system of flagging people...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an estimate of the potential effect on (a) staffing, (b) administrative and (c) other costs of replacing Shropshire Clinical...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Associations: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 30 November (HL3538), what action they are taking to enable the Office for National...

    • Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last met a co-operative housing provider to discuss the provision of more co-operative housing.

      Antisemitism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed official definition of anti-semitism will include criticism of the government of Israel.

      Antisemitism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their new definition of anti-Semitism will allow for the criticism of the government of Israel and its policies towards the Palestinian people.

      National Identity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that civil servants and other holders of public office might be required to swear an oath to British values, what is their...

      Public Sector: National Identity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to require public servants to take an oath of obedience to British values; and if so, what sanctions will apply for a refusal to do so.

      Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of Ahmadi Muslims to the UK.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the UK's gas distribution industry is owned and operated by companies based outside the UK.

    • Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the UK's electricity distribution system is owned and operated by companies based outside the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of pupils’ achievement in non-selective schools operating in areas where there are existing grammar schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of drug use in prisons and its impact on violence levels.

    • Prison Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the ratio of prison staff to prisoners in English and Welsh prisons in each year since 2009.

      Care Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the concerns raised by the President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales about the impact on the Family Court of...

      Coroners: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are delays of six months or more in holding inquests in London, and if so, why.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to authorise public access in 2017 to official records relating to the preparation of the Human Rights Bill in 1997.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet responded to the report by the EU Justice Sub-Committee, The UK, the EU and a British Bill of Rights, published on 9 May 2016; and when...

      Contracts: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to negotiate for the UK's continued participation in those aspects of the Rome I Regulation which require a contract between a business...

      Civil Proceedings: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to negotiate the UK's continued participation in those aspects of the Brussels I framework which provide that civil and commercial...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Special Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration is being given to the establishment of a parliamentary committee to oversee special forces operations in a closed and confidential setting.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Home Office

    • Public Sector: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held between the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office about the eligibility of public service interpreters for a criminal...

    • Visas: Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for asylum were made in 2015 and 2016 by those to whom they had previously granted visas to travel to the UK from Iraq and Syria.

      Fracking: Protest

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given, or will give, to the North Yorkshire police and York City Council over their reported inclusion of anti-fracking campaigning and...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 December (HL3756), whether they will create a process whereby people outside the Home...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value to the development of enforcement policy of collating data on the number of people killed or injured resulting...

      Refugees: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether refugees from any countries are allowed to work immediately after being accepted into the UK; and, if so, from which countries.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the status of young Syrian refugees in the EU and the UK when they reach the age of 18.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to change their revised definition of torture issued on 12 September, in the light of position statement PS07/16 of the Royal College of...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what account is taken of the resolution of the House of Commons on the Daesh genocide of minorities (HC Deb, 20 April, col 608) when prioritising victims of...

      Hate Crime: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to counter xenophobia towards European Union nationals.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe being recruited by terrorists and other extremist groups, including...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they are considering for offering rehabilitation and amnesty to members of militant groups in Northern Ireland who are willing to renounce...

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