Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the AA, RAC, RAC Foundation, Institute of Advanced Motoring, Police Federation, Fire Brigades Union and Royal College...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the financial viability of a third runway at Heathrow Airport of the finding of...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the cost of upgrading surface access to Heathrow Airport in the event of a third runway being built at that airport.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency plans for revisions to or re-routing of High Speed 2 have been prepared in the event that ground investigations in the Chilterns...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how (a) many High Speed 2 trains per hour and (b) long those trains will be that will serve Sheffield Midland on the basis of the new route proposal...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how (a) many High Speed 2 trains per hour and (b) how long those trains would have been that served Meadowhall station under the route proposal...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties in Yorkshire are directly affected by the new High Speed 2 route proposal on the M18/Eastern route; and how many such properties...

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what features of a smart motorway the proposed A1(M) widening project will include.

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of annual users of the A1(M).

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59594, how many trains ran with fewer than the scheduled number of carriages during peak-time...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to figure 17 of his Department's publication, High Speed 2: from Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond, Cm 9355,...

  • Home Office

    • Airports: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest period of time a (a) UK or EEA national and (b) non-EU citizen had to wait during December before passing through border...

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many enforced removals of failed asylum seekers were conducted in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each...

      Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers in each constabulary in the North West received counselling in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016 following an...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the report by Liberty entitled G4S: a history of...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role she has in discussions with the EU on the UK leaving the EU in the areas of justice, home affairs and co-operation on...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 56463, when in 2017 her Department will ask Stephen Shaw QC to carry out a review of...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals who had been held in UK prisons were removed on chartered deportation flights in the last 12 months; and what the...

      Asylum: Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 57440, how the safety of asylum seekers housed in initial accommodation centres is...

      Marriage of Convenience: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were deported from the UK as a result of being involved in a sham marriage in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been identified as potential victims of modern slavery or trafficking as a result of Operation Magnify; and how many of...

      Health Professions: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses and auxiliary nurses from (i) Nigeria, (ii) Ghana and (iii) other African countries have come to the UK...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls within EU treaties have been exercised by the Government on freedom of movement since the Lisbon Treaty came into force.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugee children have been supported to enter the UK in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the UK is taking to provide support for refugee children in (a) Europe and (b) the UK.

      EEA Nationals: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 55899, in what circumstances EEA nationals are removed from the UK under Operation Adoze.

      Reik Machar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Reik Machar, the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Army-in-Opposition, holds (a) UK citizenship and (b) a valid UK passport.

      Dual Nationality: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens hold dual nationality with South Sudan; and how many such citizens have valid UK passports.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey of 10 January 2017 requesting an...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's statement of 11 July 2016, The status of EU nationals in the UK, setting out the criteria under which EU...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications (a) received, (b) accepted and (c) refused for UK visas have referred to rights under Article 8 of the European...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to police services on people viewing pornography in public places.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate the Government has made of (a) the number of asylum seekers who have had to wait more than six months for their...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forecast the Government has made of the effect of immigration policy on the ratio of working people to retired people in the next (a)...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made on resettling unaccompanied child refugees in the UK.

      West Midlands Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total of the police grant settlement for the West Midlands from her Department was in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17; and what the...

      Undocumented Migrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children of undocumented migrants who have been denied access to the private rental market under the right to rent scheme have...

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each year from 2010.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made on relocating child refugees from France, Greece and Italy; and how many child refugees have been so...

      Crimes of Violence: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many physical assaults by mentally ill people have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to ensure that public bodies implement section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Police Custody: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on how many times pelargonic acid vanillylamide spray has been used in custody situations in each of...

      Police: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Ministry of Justice and (b) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on penalties...

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many body-worn cameras are held as resources by police forces in (a) total and (b) each police force area in England and Wales.

      Fraud: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the policing budget in England and Wales was spent on investigation of online fraud in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Investment Bank: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to safeguard the Green Investment Bank's headquarters in Edinburgh and the jobs it...

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 15 November 2016 to Questions 52386 and 52387, and with reference to paragraph 1.8 of the...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date Shareholder Executive authorised the Green Investment Bank to set up OSW Co Holdings 1 Limited, Galloper...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information he holds on where the proposed tidal lagoon power plants in England and Wales, other than Swansea Bay,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Russia: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on alleged Russian interference in the affairs of the government of Romania.

    • Russia: Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on alleged Russian interference in the affairs of the government of Montenegro.

      Russia: Czech Republic and Slovakia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on alleged Russian interference in the affairs of the government of (a) the Czech Republic and (b)...

      Russia: Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on alleged Russian interference in the affairs of the government of Bulgaria; and if he will make...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on the death sentences against Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima and...

      Montenegro: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to assist Montenegro's application to join NATO.

      Ascension Island: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what biosecurity standards will be followed when equipment and construction materials are imported into Ascension Island for...

      Buildings: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which locations the UK shares overseas premises with other EU countries.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he first became aware of reports that UK-manufactured cluster bombs were used to target civilians in Yemen.

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Minister for Africa and the Middle East has to meet with South Sudanese opposition leaders in the UK.

      Central America and Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions Ministers and officials of his Department had on the issue of attacks and threats to human rights defenders...

      Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 10 January 2017, Official Report, column 148, which embassies have been asked for...

      Gaza: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of cooperation of the Israeli government in fact-finding visits to Gaza by UK...

      Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on the review of funding to the Occupied...

      Gaza: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the restriction of building materials entering Gaza.

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on EU member states seeking compensation from the Israeli government as a result of that...

      USA: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the US administration on Yemen during his recent visit to the US in January 2017; and if he will...

      Yemen: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to visit Yemen.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many senior civil servant posts there were in his Department in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many senior civil servant posts are unfilled in his Department.

      Mongolia: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made on the social, economic and political effect of climate change in Mongolia.

      China: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59261, on football: China, if he will publish the advice he received...

      China: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59261, on football: China, when he plans to assess the effect of the...

      China: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59261, on football: China, which organisations the funding was allocated to.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Government Legal Service

      To ask the Attorney General, how many lawyers are employed in the Government Legal Service; and how many such lawyers are (a) women and (b) from ethnic minority communities.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a comprehensive list of the public policy targets established by her Department (a) between 2010 and May 2015 and...

    • Yemen: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has recently received of child malnutrition and starvation in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Careers and Enterprise Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 55535, in (a) how many and (b) what proportion of schools in (i) Hull and (ii) each region is...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information the Government holds on the amount of funding from the public purse which has been made available for lessons in English for speakers...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of EU (a) undergraduate and (b) graduate students who have remained in (i) Greater London, (ii) the London...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government's consultation of February 2016 on the statutory definition of child sexual exploitation, whether her Department...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many behaviour managers were employed in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) all local authorities in each year since 2010.

      Universities: China and India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to promote the role of UK universities in (a) China and (b) India.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the economic value of international students to UK universities and their local areas.

      Foreign Students: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many UK nationals are currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree at a university in another EU country.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) registered and (b) active school teachers obtained their initial teaching qualification in an EU country other than the UK.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications her Department has received from secondary schools wishing to extend their school day.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on advertising the change to numerical grading for GCSE exams.

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53834, when she plans to publish the Government's response to its call for evidence on credit...

      Office for Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that the proposed Office for Students prioritises the promotion of part-time and lifelong learning.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research her Department has commissioned on the potential benefits and costs of extending the school day in secondary schools.

      Schools: Musical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in each region of England learned an instrument at school in each of the last six years.

      Music: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in England in receipt of free school meals studied music at GCSE in each of the last six years.

      Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish proposals for an integrated plan for lifelong learning.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the Government's response to its consultation on public sector apprenticeship targets of January 2016.

      Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in England studied art at GCSE level in each of the last 10 years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Harassment: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many restraining orders were imposed as a result of stalking and harassment in England and Wales in 2014 and 2015.

    • Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the wastage rates of public sector prison support staff in each year since 2010.

      Courts: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department has assessed the potential merits of prohibiting defendants, witnesses and others participating in court proceedings from...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister and other Cabinet colleagues on the content of Scotland's plan for the UK leaving...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2016 to Question 55210, which consultancy firms his Department has used the services of since...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the total outstanding budgetary commitments and pension liabilities the UK has currently to the EU; and...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many full-time equivalent staff his Department has had in each month to date since it was established.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish an organisational chart of his Department's senior management team and its responsibilities.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Debts

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what work the Church of England is undertaking to tackle indebtedness.

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the potential cost of repairing historic windows in churches.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Written Statement of 11 January 2017, HCWS401, within what timescale her Department plans to complete analysis of the...

    • Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on ratifying the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Heritage.

      Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to review its guidance on the inclusion of transgender people in sport.

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to support local and regional newspapers.

      Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Gambling Commission after the date of the closure of the call for evidence for the Review of...

      CCTV: Private Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has issued guidance on privately owned and operated CCTV cameras overlooking neighbouring property.

      Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in (a) drama, (b) music and...

      Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in (a) drama, (b) music and...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on local library provision of changes in government funding for local...

      Mobile Phones: Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to improve mobile telephone coverage in Lanarkshire.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government invested in grass roots football in 2015-16.

      21st Century Fox: Sky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59468, if she will issue a formal consultation document to invite public...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has a system for monitoring whether its written correspondence to claimants has been successfully delivered.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the proportion of personal independence payment cases which are appealed at a tribunal.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of personal independence payment mandatory reconsiderations.

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Motability Operations teams are notified of a personal independence payment claimant's award status before the claimant themself...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce a right to statutory inflation increases for defined pension schemes that have pre-1997 accrued rights.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are eligible for winter fuel payments in (a) Glasgow Central constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) Scotland.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a comprehensive list of the public policy targets established by his Department (a) between 2010 and May 2015 and (b) since...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with jobcentre staff on their extra travel time and costs resulting from proposed jobcentre closures in (a)...

      Plumbing: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made as a result of consultations on section 75 pensions liabilities for small plumbing partnerships.

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to announce what changes are required to comply with the terms of the Supreme Court ruling of November 2016 on the...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to estimate how many people have received (a) job seeker's allowance and (b) employment support allowance in Glasgow...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the savings anticipated from the proposed closure of the jobcentres in (a) Castlemilk and (b) Langside.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that universal credit claimants have access to IT facilities in order to help them comply with...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date his Department will issue a map of catchment areas for each Jobcentre Plus office in the city of Glasgow.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 59041, on members: correspondence, whether the information contained in that Answer...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of households in receipt of out-of-work benefits who were (a) covered and (b) not covered by the household...

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect on funding for housing benefit for residents in supported housing of capping that benefit in line with...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the partnership funding for flood protection raised within the current six-year programme has come from...

    • Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on food prices for products sourced from EU...

      Agricultural Products: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK agricultural produce will have access to EU markets after the UK leaves the EU.

      Fisheries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government is making on achieving sustainable levels of fishing.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals to his Department on new housing projects have been (a) approved and (b) not approved in 2016.

    • Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of business rate rises on the British solar industry; and if he will make a...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether principal local authorities have the ability to set different levels of Band D council tax for different parts of their...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of protection for ancient woodland in the National Planning Policy Framework.

      NHS: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of exempting NHS premises from business rates; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of billing for and collection of business rates from NHS premises in (a) Southampton and (b) England was for 2015-16.

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of land in England is covered by an adopted local plan.

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many neighbourhood plans have been adopted in England.

      Garden Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy for proposed garden cities, towns and villages to expand indefinitely or be limited to a size at which...

      Millwall Football Club: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on planning policies and legislation that could affect Millwall FC's continued location in...

      Millwall Football Club: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and officials on planning policies and legislation that could affect...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Boeing and (b) the US Department of Defense on the production contract for the P-8 Poseidon.

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of changes to the US rolling contract for P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft with...

      Air Force: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Air Force (a) engineering officers and (b) aircraft technicians have been charged for safety lapses in each year since 2010.

      Army: Warminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the Army's current units will form the planned strike experimental group based in Warminster.

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) 51mm light mortars, (b) 81mm mortars, (c) 105mm light guns, (d) AS90 artillery guns and (e) 227mm multiple-launch rocket systems are (i) in...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the Medium Wheeled Gun System project.

  • HM Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to review the effectiveness and operation of alcohol taxation policy; and if he will make a statement.

    • Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the average level of personal debt.

      Fossil Fuels: Capital Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of fiscal changes made in the Budget 2016 on capital investment in the oil and gas sector.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Fraud Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 29 of the Government response to Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud, published in December 2016, how many local...

    • Senior Civil Servants: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of the year since 2010.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Defence: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2016 to Question 54986, on defence: exports, how much has been received in revenue to date from bespoke...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which international agreements, deals and memoranda of understanding the Government has signed with foreign governments relating to...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what companies each Minister in his Department has responsibility for government relationships with.

  • Wales Office

    • South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the electrification of the rail line from Cardiff to Swansea.

  • Department of Health

    • Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to make group B streptococcus screening routinely available to all pregnant women.

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress there has been to date on the development of sustainability and transformation plans; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total level of capital funding is requested in the 44 sustainability and transformation plans for the delivery of those plans.

      Dental Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average processing time was for a performer number to be provided to a dentist in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) registered and (b) active GPs obtained their initial qualifications in the UK.

      Department of Health: Grace Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental bodies and agencies have awarded to The Grace Partnership since 2014.

      Medical Certificates: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to end the practice of GPs charging patients for letters to prove sickness in support of debt collection, housing or...

      Ambulance Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on private ambulances in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England has taken to ensure the smooth transition of hard copy records of patients who need to re-register from St Martin's Surgery,...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's announcement on 6 December 2016 of an additional £200 million to improve local cancer services, what plans he has to...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) evidence summary is not appended to the SIRT interim clinical commissioning policy...

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      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social care workers there are by nationality.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many surgical procedures were cancelled in each NHS acute hospital trust in December 2016.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS ambulance trusts met their response targets in December 2016.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) branded and (b) non-branded inhaled medication in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Homeopathy: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2016 to Question 56390, and the Answer of 11 January 2017 to Question 58288, who he has sought advice from in...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report Disability Matters in Britain 2016, what steps his Department is taking to support school nurses and the services they...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle illegal genital and other cosmetic surgery practices.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies on tackling health inequalities caused by loneliness of the number of people...

      General Practitioners: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the re-registration of patients previously registered at St Martin's GP Surgery, Knowle, Bristol to...

      Diabetes: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specialist support is provided for diabetic patients who are pregnant and receiving care (a) in hospital and (b) at home.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of potential changes in the level of support for families where children or young people suffer from vision...

      Infant Foods: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many retailers in Northern Ireland have been fined for failure to comply with the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Northern Ireland) Regulations...

      Infant Foods: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many retailers in Wales have been fined for not complying with the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Wales) Regulations 2007 in each year since 2007.

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many retailers in England have been fined for failure to comply with the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 in each year...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress he has made on improving procurement in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to disseminate best practice relating to the provision of accident and emergency care.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of medical students going into general practice.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the evidence indicating the clinical benefits of the co-location of children's services with children congenital heart disease...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who joined the NHS workforce in England in the last 12 month period for which figures are available are known to have (a) British...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the increasing cost of providing children's palliative care since 2006-07.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the net change has been in the number of in-patient perinatal mental health beds since 2010.

      Clinical Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical psychologists were employed by each local authority in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks of Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 December 2016 (HL Deb, col 1477), whether the relevant statutes relating to military offences...

    • Army: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lieutenants and second lieutenants there are currently in the British Army; and how many there were in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding the reported assaults on Nathan Law, an elected member of the Hong Kong Legislative...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ambassador to Burma has had one or more meetings with Aung San Suu Kyi regarding the treatment of Rohingya citizens.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Burmese ambassador to the UK has been summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to respond to the actions taken by the government of Burma...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the government of Burma the persecution of Rohingya people and reports of torture and murder by the military.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of parity of esteem as outlined in the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to those members of the security forces who live in Great Britain...

  • Attorney General

    • Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many successful prosecutions for corruption overseas there have been of (1) British companies, and (2) individuals, in the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which government departments have access to the National Pupil Database.

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Education has undertaken to provide personal data of pupils, including their names, addresses, recent addresses, school addresses...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for students who leave a university prior to completing their course to have their learning accredited in order to facilitate...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which students have been admitted to Russell Group universities having had their prior learning from other...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students who dropped out of English universities in 2010–11 returned to higher education within three years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average time taken for immigration and asylum tribunals to process and hear cases.

    • Family Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will participate in the consultation launched by the President of the Family Division on proposed changes relating to public hearings...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people who have taken part in the National Citizen Service engage in full-time volunteering opportunities with organisations such as City Year...

    • BBC Board

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 5 December 2016 (HL3691), whether a representative from local government will be eligible to join...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all sensitive and important areas for biodiversity and wildlife in National Parks, sites of special scientific...

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent the sale of imported puppies from Eastern Europe which (1) have not been vaccinated, and (2) have been passed off by...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the issues of energy generation and distribution are being considered during the discussions on devolution agreements with cities.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 20 December 2016 (HL4029) concerning threatening behaviour against those holding public...

  • Department of Health

    • Capita

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Capita's performance in administering the National Dental Performers List.

    • Capita

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current length of time dentists applying to join the National Dental Performers List have to wait to have their...

      Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the widespread adoption of the Electronic Prescription Service by pharmacies, whether an audit has been undertaken to determine the impact...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to conduct a major review of the purpose, financing and effectiveness of Primary Care Services in the NHS.

      Pensioners: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current arrangements for quantifying and registering EU/EEA pensioners living in the UK and those close to pensionable age, for the purposes of...

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