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Written answers

Monday, 23 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if, in the light of the deaths of Sam Boulton, Robert Hamilton and Sam Harding, his Department will review the maximum penalties for the offence of...

    • Aviation: Camberwell and Peckham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what level of aircraft noise has been recorded in Camberwell and Peckham constituency in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made...

      Taxis: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to respond to the Law Commission's report into taxi and private hire regulation, published in May 2014.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of his Department's staff work on cycling policy.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59977, on motor vehicle exhaust emissions, where the 12 hydrogen refuelling stations are; and...

      Train Operating Companies: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to work with the rail regulator to ensure that each train operating company is complying with its obligations...

      Railways: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that independent alternative dispute resolution is provided in the rail sector that adequately supports...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Crofton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to communicate with the residents of Crofton, West Yorkshire on proposals for the High Speed 2 route in that area.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Crofton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what impact assessment his Department has undertaken on the proposed construction of a High Speed 2 train depot in Crofton, West Yorkshire.

      Tugboats: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the respective bollard pull capacity is of the emergency towing vessels (a) MV Herakles and (b) Ievoli Black.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers in receipt of section 95 support there were in the third quarter of 2016 in (a) each nation, (b) each region in...

    • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of funding changes on the effectiveness of the service provided by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made on providing sanctuary for refugee children currently in France, Greece and Italy.

      Knives: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of knife seizures resulted in an arrest in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK have paid the immigration health surcharge in each year for which records exist.

      Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the change in the number of EU citizens in the UK that will be (a) engaged in agricultural work, (b) engaged...

      Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) women and (b) men were killed by a current or former partner in the last year for which figures are available.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to assist unaccompanied refugee children in (a) France and (b) other European countries.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drunk tanks have been established since 2013.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to monitor whether EEA nationals residing in the UK who are out of work or not actively seeking work for...

      Migrant Workers: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) the Department for Exiting the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for permanent residence by EU nationals living in the UK there have been in each of the last five years; and what...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average length of time is taken for her Department to process applications for permanent residency from EU nationals.

      Veterans: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with the HKOR Benevolent Association on UK (a) residency and (b) citizenship for former British-Hong Kong...

      Immigration: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that immigration policy supports the rural economy.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on bringing vulnerable refugee children to the UK.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of hate crime reporting.

      Immigration

      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.

      Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reform the fire service.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage innovation in the construction industry.

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the level of investment in renewable energy generation in the UK was in each of the last five years.

      Green Investment Bank: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that proceeds from the sale of the Green Investment Bank disposal assets are...

      Energy: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the future of the single energy...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether any of the applicants for developing onshore wind farms have been informed that subsidy will be available to...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what enforcement work was undertaken by trading standards officers to tackle the sale of counterfeit electrical goods...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the cost to the economy of counterfeit electrical goods.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what forecast he has made of when all six proposed tidal lagoon power plants in England and Wales will be completed and...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to leverage large-scale private investment in the funding of the planned Swansea Bay tidal lagoon...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to acquire a golden share in each new nuclear power station project in the UK.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to acquire significant equity stakes in new nuclear power stations to be constructed in...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of employees in his Department working in full-time business support roles in...

      Defence Growth Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Steering Committee of the Defence Growth Partnership last met; and when that committee next plans to meet.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses that have fired and...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to amend his Department's policy on changing an employment contract to prevent employers firing...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the headline strike price proposed for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project is; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of suspending the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether the UK is on course to meet its 15 per cent renewable target by 2020; and if he...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to develop the use of hydrogen as a source of low-carbon heating.

      Hydroelectric Power: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to deploy new hydroelectric storage capacity in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Renewable Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to deploy new battery storage capacity in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Dual Use Goods and Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding the Dual Use Technology Exploitation cluster has received.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the findings of the Saudi-led coalition Joint...

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, where the UK shares diplomatic premises with other EU member states.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Israel on the demolition of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2017 to Question 58505, whether the meeting on 15 December 2016 was his only one with the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to report to the House the outcome of the Paris Peace Conference on 15 January 2017.

      Hong Kong: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Home Secretary on former British-Hong Kong armed forces personnel seeking UK (a)...

      Israel: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security situation in Umm al-Hiran since the car-ramming attack in that village in January 2017.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Staff: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the pension responsibility for UK nationals who worked as EU civil servants after the UK...

    • Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will prioritise maintaining access to Horizon 2020 funding for researchers in forthcoming negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff his Department has recruited since June 2016; what proportion of those staff identify as (a) female, (b) male and (c)...

      British Nationals Abroad: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the EU on access to healthcare for UK nationals living in other EEA countries;...

      Brexit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many times he has met (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Assembly Members of the Greater London Authority to discuss priorities for...

  • Department for International Development

    • Central Bank of Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what technical assistance the Government has given the government of Yemen to help ensure that the Central Bank of Yemen remains fully...

    • Kashmir: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value of projects delivered on the ground in Kashmir as a result of her Department's work has been in the last five years.

      Department for International Development: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, (a) how much steel in weight her Department has procured, (b) for what purpose that steel was procured and (c) what the countries of...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many courses designed to support people with a learning disability were provided in a further education college in each of the last five years.

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2017 to Question 57722, how many applications to extract information from the National Pupil Database were...

      Careers and Enterprise Company: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking in order to encourage more businesses to get involved with the work of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC);...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that there is a sufficient number of providers to deliver end-point assessments for apprentices.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review the free school application process to ensure that hon. Members, local councillors and other relevant stakeholders are kept...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to provide information on how many pupils were excluded from (a) community schools, (b) foundation schools, (c) free schools,...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the proposed healthy rating scheme, outlined in Childhood obesity: a plan for action, published in August 2016, will include a criterion on...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish the findings and conclusions of its consultation on implementing the English baccalaureate.

      Arts: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in England studied art at (a) AS and (b) A-level in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 58806, if she will consider the merits of recording data on the improper reporting of pupil...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to require Ofsted to make regular visits within three months to all schools that have been placed in special measures...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to increase funding for schools from the public purse in order to expand breakfast clubs; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will amend her Department's definition of sparsity in school funding criteria to specify that a school less than three miles from another...

      Nazi War Crimes: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains her Department's policy to support the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

      Self-harm: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to prevent children from self-harming due to social media.

      Nurseries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of nurseries in the private, voluntary and independent sector in each local authority employ at least one member of staff with early...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of government funding for early years provision that each local authority has...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on school-based mental health services of the findings of the Children's Society's...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of school-based mental health services in reducing levels of pupil exclusions.

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of school-based mental health services for young people aged between 10 and 17.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures her Department will put in place to provide continued access to court services for people who cannot access those services online after...

    • The Big Word

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how her Department assesses the quality of service provided to it by The Big Word Ltd; and with what frequency such assessments take place.

      Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many private prosecutions have been brought by (a) the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, (b) the Royal Society for the...

      Reoffenders: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners released from prison in (a) Wansbeck constituency and (b) the North East have reoffended in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost per prisoner is.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average amount paid to community rehabilitation companies is in (a) Wales and (b) England for the supervision of an offender on a 12-month order.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for the latest year available, how many offenders supervised by the Community Rehabilitation Company in Wales missed (a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many unsuccessful applications for personal independence payments were appealed in 2016; and what proportion of those appeals were (a) ruled in...

      Legal Aid Agency: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the wastage rate of staff employed by the Legal Aid Agency in each year since that agency's creation on 1 April 2013.

      Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she has taken to implement the most recent IMB Annual Report on HM Prison Birmingham.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2016 to Question 54906, whether payments to a community rehabilitation company are reduced when an offender is...

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress her Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the review on the care and management of transgender offenders, published...

      Ministry of Justice: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil servants in each unit of her Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders of which offence type released from Crown courts on post-conviction bail subsequently failed to surrender for sentencing in the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personal independence payments appeal cases have been successful since the introduction of that benefit.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many homes have been repossessed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of repeal or reform of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the Belfast Agreement.

      Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases in the family courts involved domestic violence in each year from 2010 to 2016.

      Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent perpetrators of domestic violence from cross-examining in person the victims of that domestic...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign nationals of which nationalities there were in prisons in England and Wales on 1 January 2017.

      Brexit: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consultation process she has undertaken with the Crown Dependencies on the UK leaving the EU.

      Medomsley Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date officials from her Department plan to contact or meet the steering group of solicitors dealing with cases arising from Operation Seabrook.

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) users represented themselves as litigants in person in each quarter in...

      Ministry of Justice: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which EU directives relating to her Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of motor vehicle third party damage insurance claims heard in the courts included a claim for third party injury, by court area, in each...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisoners have been removed from and (b) cells required repair as a result of incidents of indiscipline in each prison in each year since 2010.

      Prison Officers: Sick Leave

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

      Stun Guns: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for the possession, purchase or acquisition without authority of (a) stun guns and (b) tasers under the Firearms...

      Abduction: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that there is provision in the agreement for the UK's withdrawal from the mechanism for the return of abducted...

      Environment Protection: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed changes to cost protections in environmental claims on (a) the number of environmental...

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which EU directives relating to her Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

    • Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage young people to participate in a variety of sports; and what steps she is taking to...

      Lotteries: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish proposals to update the regulations governing society lotteries.

      Friends of the Earth: Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will ask the Charities Commission to investigate the implications for the charitable status of Friends of the Earth of the...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to respond to the technical proposals produced by Ofcom on the designation of the universal service...

      UK City of Culture: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to visit Coventry following the launch of the UK City of Culture 2021 competition; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 58730, on credit unions, what steps he plans to take to complete the expansion project...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants his Department has written to since March 2016 to inform them that they may be affected by changes to the...

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the number of employment coaches of the Work and Health Programme.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with disabilities use the Anniesland Jobcentre.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy to retain the principle of exportability for state pensions when the UK leaves the EU.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has plans to estimate the number of disabled working age population in Glasgow South constituency to inform the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether participants in the Work Programme are required to attend meetings at jobcentres during their work placement.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the participants in the Work Programme receive a wage from employers in addition to their jobseeker's allowance payments during their...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) employers and (b) his Department pays travel expenses for participants in the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has put in place any provisions to ensure that participants in the Work Programme have sufficient time to continue...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provisions are in place to monitor the progress of individual participants in the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what maximum amount of time an individual can participate in the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals (a) below and (b) above the age of 25 took part in the Work Programme in each year since 2011.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what key performance indicators are used to measure the performance of the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding has been allocated to the Work Programme in each year since 2011.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding has been allocated to the Work Programme in relation to the retail sector in each year since 2011.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hours on average are worked each week by participants taking part in the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants in the Work Programme were taken on by businesses in the retail sector as part of the Programme in each year since 2011.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether people in the Work Programme are protected by the same employment rights as permanent full-time employees.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to replace funding from the European Social Fund committed to employment support initiatives after the UK leaves the EU; and...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding from the European Social Fund was committed to employment support projects in the last financial year.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telereal Trillium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what options Telereal Trillium has to dispose of or convert the usage of Caxton House under its estate contract with his Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telereal Trillium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he intends to maintain his Department's headquarters at Caxton House as part of the renegotiation of his Department's estate contract...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK nationals in each other EU member state have received a state pension in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Dartmoor National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the conclusions of her Department's investigations into the use of contraceptives for Dartmoor ponies.

    • UK Trade with EU: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on food and farming exports in the event that the UK does not have...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to adopt the legislative recommendations made by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions the UK has incurred EU disallowance fines relating to the Common Agricultural Policy in the last five...

      Norfolk Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Australian counterpart on the constitutional status and sovereignty of Norfolk Island.

      Derelict Land: Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2016 to Question 54404, if she will estimate when the outcome of the Planning...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the potential change in cost required to deliver her Department's agricultural objectives...

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the proportion of income of farmers and growers which was directly provided by EU sources of...

      Thames Water: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that Thames Water customers affected by water outages and burst water pipes receive full...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the Environment Agency plans to proceed with the pilot projects to investigate...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the research he commissioned to support changes to affordable housing announced in the Autumn Statement 2016.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department made of the potential merits of funding homes for social rent in advance of the publication of...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the levels of home ownership have been in (a) Leeds East constituency, (b) Leeds, (c) West Yorkshire and (d) the UK in...

      Homelessness Reduction Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the full impact assessment used to determine funding for the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information the Government holds on (a) the type and model of aircraft used to deploy BL-755 munitions in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, (b) the...

    • Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what work was carried out from 1986 to 2008 as contracted manpower support to Saudi Arabia for the maintenance, handling and storage of 500 BL-755...

      Defence: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 January 2017, Defence Infrastructure Reform, what planned savings in running costs are expected in...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when in 2017 he expects HMS Queen Elizabeth to begin platform sea trials.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that Britain's nuclear submarine fleet systems have robust and up-to-date operating systems installed in place of...

      Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how much steel in weight his Department has procured, (b) for what purpose that steel was procured and (c) what the countries of origin of that...

      Burma: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59322, what information his Department holds on whether personnel in the Burmese Army who were...

      Burma: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59322, what role the respect of human rights plays in the training provided to the Burmese Army.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the army's regiments he plans will receive the first Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

      Burma: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK funding to the Burmese army is conditional upon their commitment to an agreed plan to improve human rights in Burma.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the designated Fleet Ready Escort or Escorts from 15 December 2016 to 14 January 2017.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2017 to Question 59887, what measures will be included in the refresh of defence industrial policy.

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle, the effective strength and the basing locations of the Royal Marines are.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on meeting Army annual recruiting targets this year.

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on meeting Future Reserves 2020 recruiting targets in each of the three services.

  • HM Treasury

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the higher rate of duty on high-strength beer introduced in 2011 on reducing consumption of that beer;...

    • Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions officials of his Department have had with officials of the Northern Ireland Executive on (a) the Autumn Statement 2015 and (b) the...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to fund the commitments the UK has made to the EU after the UK has left the EU.

      Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the appropriate administration of payments of child benefit in circumstances where there are disputes relating to which...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to introduce 0800 and other free numbers for public helpline services to government departments and agencies; and if he will...

    • Government Departments: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to introduce a texting service for the public to contact or respond to helpline services to government departments and...

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in death rates for people aged 75 and over in each of the last five years; and what steps his Department has...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the change to the life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women at age (i) 75 and (ii) 85 in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to ensure that exporters from developing countries continue to have access to the UK market under their existing...

    • Department for International Trade: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52244, which countries he and Ministers of his Department have visited since 14...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the locations are of permanent UK trade offices outside the UK.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Staff

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House staff are nationals of an EU country other than the UK.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the peace process in Northern Ireland of pursuing prosecutions against former members of...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on overseas development aid projects in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) value, (b) nature and (c) outcome...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that frail or elderly people are not disproportionately affected by winter pressures on accident and...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with their Ministerial counterparts at the Department for Education on how schools and child and...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients NHS England agreed to the treatment of by Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) under Service Specification BOI/S/c(SIRT) of the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which countries his Department uses for the purposes of international comparators on public policy provisions with regard to mental health treatments.

      Medical Treatments Abroad: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on average, how much, per patient his Department paid for the treatment of a patient abroad under the European Health Insurance Card in (a) 2013, (b)...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce rates of sexually-transmitted disease among the 50 to 70 age group.

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking through the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to ensure that all women of child-bearing age who are...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59597, on hospital beds, how many patients' discharge was delayed because there was no care package...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department paid to each other EU member state for costs related to the medical treatment for UK nationals in each of the last five years;...

      Mental Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of NHS mental health patients being treated in non-NHS institutions has been in each of the last three years.

      Psychiatry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Specialist Training 4 psychiatry posts were filled in each year since 2010.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) mental health and (b) other health services he has visited since he took office; and what the date was of each such visit.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of in-patients have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were admitted to adult in-patient mental health wards in 2015-16.

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to changes in reported levels of children's self-harm set out in the Good Childhood Report 2016, published by the Children's Society in...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59597, on hospital beds, when data for December 2016 will be published.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential for (a) flexible pricing and (b) indication-specific pricing for drug purchase by the NHS.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last met the Muslim Council of Britain.

    • Local Government: Newspaper Press

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 19 December 2016 (HL3833), whether they plan to publish a formal written response to the...

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they intend to take to increase the level of reporting of crimes inspired by racial or religious hatred; and what assessment they have made of...

      Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Casey Review, they intend to consult religious and community leaders at regional and city level about appropriate measures to improve...

      Public Sector: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to work with existing faith groups which have a strong history of providing training for faith leaders in public institutions.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House whether the failure on 10 January of the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice to answer Questions for Written Answer which had been tabled in November 2016 was...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 3 January (HL4167), whether all of the penalties and sums required to remedy underpayments...

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 4 January (HL4265), what costs have been incurred in relation to the issue of warning notices;...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the contribution of cities and local government will be examined in the forthcoming emissions reduction plan.

      Climate Change and Energy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing their Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Government Association on energy and climate change issues.

      Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest forecasts for the capacity and generation of electricity by solar photovoltaics for each year up to 2025.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 4 January (HL4265), how many previously unpaid awards are included in the sum of £83,000...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent studies they have undertaken into retail petrol and diesel price differences across the nations and regions of the UK.

      Industry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer given by Earl Howe on 9 January (HL Deb, col 1728), on what date they plan to publish their National Industrial Strategy.

      Insolvency: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK economy of the non-applicability of the European Insolvency Regulation following the UK's withdrawal...

      Insolvency: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the non-applicability of the European Insolvency Regulation following the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the...

      Accountancy: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with professional accountancy bodies to explore the case for the continued applicability of the Statutory Audit Directive...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include a provision in the sale agreement of the Green Investment Bank to require a clawback of all, or a significant part, of any disposal...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will advise them on the acceptability of the proceeds to be achieved by the sale of the Green Investment Bank; and what is the process by which the...

      Small Business Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 11 May 2016 (HL8016), what further progress has been made towards appointing the proposed Small...

      Manufacturing Industries: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of the higher costs of importing materials as a consequence of the fall in the value of the pound sterling, what steps they are taking to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Corruption: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what use has been made of the £180 million in stolen assets recovered with the support of the Department for International Development since 2006.

    • Developing Countries: Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of British development aid is used to help poor countries establish secure titles to property and efficient registers of land ownership.

      Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which UN and other multilateral aid and development agencies are affected by corruption.

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 5 December 2016 (HL3360) and on 20 December 2016 (HL4307) concerning the independent assessment of the...

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 December 2016 (HL3360) concerning the Department for International Development-funded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so to what extent, UK Aid to Burma is conditional on the compliance with human rights by the government of Burma.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so to what extent, they are collaborating with the government of Bangladesh to support of the Burmese Rohingya people currently in refugee...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much UK aid was sent to Myanmar in the latest year for which figures are available; and whether any of that aid was earmarked to help the Rohingya...

      BBC Media Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid to BBC Media Action in the last five years and for what particular purposes; whether evaluations by the Department for International...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what humanitarian aid is being sent to the Syrian villages of Wadi Barada following the bombing and attacks by heavy artillery, rocket bombardment and gun...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in their report The effects of DfID's cash transfer programmes on...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the findings by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in their report The effects of DfID's cash transfer programmes on poverty...

      Rwanda: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in relation to the provision of aid to Rwanda, in the light of the findings by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in...

      Zimbabwe: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing money through child-focused programmes in Zimbabwe to families who do not have any children; and if so, why.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which management companies or consultancies organising or delivering aid former civil servants who were employed by the Department for International...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial aid they have sent to assist those affected by the civil war in Syria in each of the years (1) 2012, (2) 2013, (3) 2014, (4) 2015, and (5)...

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education: Headteachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secondary schools in England are presently without a head teacher; and what action they are taking to improve the recruitment and retention of head...

    • Pupils: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 11 January about the risk to children in unrecognised school settings or receiving home education, what specific...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comment by Lord Nash on 11 January (HL Deb, col 1953), when they will publish their response to the 2015 Department for Education...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Justice on 6 December (HC Deb, col 110) concerning the comprehensive review of the probation system,...

    • Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the staffing ratio in private prisons in England and Wales in each year since 2009.

      Prisoners: Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve support available to children and families of prisoners.

      Prison Education Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have they taken to implement the recommendations of Dame Sally Coates’ review of education in prisons Unlocking Potential: A review of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many puppies were imported into the UK for each of the past five years; and what health checks are required before such puppies reach their UK destination.

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been successful in respect of the illegal sale of imported puppies from Eastern Europe in each of the past five years.

      Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness and sustainability of (1) current plans for the regular dredging of rivers on the Somerset levels to prevent...

      National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) by how much funding to UK National Parks has been cut since 2010, (2) what is the future impact of decreased budgets on National Parks, and what...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to review the penalties for animal welfare offences; and if so, when.

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Islamist websites suspected of involvement in, or encouragement of, terrorism were removed from the internet in 2016 as a result of UK Government...

    • European Counter Terrorism Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Berlin Christmas market attack, what assessment they have made of the European Counter Terrorism Centre.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the application form, and process, for applying for UK residency status.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in December 2016 by Save the Children and UNICEF concerning the situation of child refugees in France,...

      ICT: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to require the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau via Action Fraud to record computer software service frauds, such as the Microsoft...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will define structured training in relation to their review of training for faith leaders in public institutions in the Counter-Extremism Strategy.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many successful applicants for Tier 1 (Investor) visas, between 2008 and 2015 inclusive, have been classified then or since as politically-exposed persons.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications were rejected between 2008 and 2015.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications have been rejected since the tightening of conditions for acceptance in 2014–15.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residence permits granted to Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicants have been rescinded since 2008; and on what grounds.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases the Forced Marriage Unit dealt with in 2015 and 2016 respectively, in which (1) British nationals under the age of 16, and (2) British...

  • HM Treasury

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 3 January (HL4167), how many of the 687 employers named and shamed for non-compliance with the...

    • Wellesley and Co

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the solvency of peer-to-peer lender Wellesley & Co. and the conduct of the firm's principals and owners.

      Royal Family: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 5 January (HL4266), which members of the Royal Family are in receipt of travel costs for...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by the Cambridge Centre for Business Research in its report The Macro-Economic Impact of Brexit, as revised in January 2017,...

      Revenue and Customs: North East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the National Audit Office’s critical report on the proposed closure of local tax offices in the North East and the consequent...

  • Cabinet Office

    • History: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether plans have been made to continue the Official History programme.

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of days that general practitioner practices in England were continuously closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that GPs are in breach of their terms of contract by preventing patients from raising more than one illness in an appointment.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 20 December 2016 (HL3943), and further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Health on 25...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications have been made to NHS Digital and its predecessor bodies under section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 requesting that personal data...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications made to NHS Digital and its predecessor bodies under section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 requesting that personal data is not...

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