Written answers

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Helicopters: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending London City CTR control zones eastward to restrict helicopter flights over the...

    • Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (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...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that HS2 Ltd produces Route Management, Improvement and Safety Plans for roads in Buckinghamshire affected by the...

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projection he has made for the timeline of the transition of the A1(M) to a smart motorway.

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.2 of the Civil Aviation Authority's Information Notice 2016/066, published on 25 July 2016, whether he will make it his...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the calculation of £1 billion savings identified on the new High Speed 2 M18/Eastern route which travels through Doncaster includes the...

      West Coast Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the replacement of Pendolino trains with trains of at least equal speed on the West Coast Mainline when Pendolino trains come to...

      Aviation: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph B.18 of the Civil Aviation Authority's Guidance on the application of the airspace change process document, published in...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59476, what estimate he has made of the total amount to be spent by his Department on the...

      Tintwistle, Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made to date on the Mottram bypass.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many foreign military aircraft have made unapproved landings at UK airports and airfields since 2010.

      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Fiat Crysler on the review of that company's emissions by Market Surveillance Unit; and what the (a) timetable and...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish details of the monthly monitoring reports provided to him by the working group created to implement the Action Plan for Information...

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the effect of pedicab drivers on traffic congestion in Central London.

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to bring forward legislative proposals for the operation of pedicabs in London.

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for introducing legislative proposals on the operation of pedicabs in London.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to allocate funding to local authorities to support (a) the mental health of child refugees and (b) those...

    • Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his response is to the findings and recommendations of the Bonfield Review, Each Home Counts, December 2016.

      Universal Credit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people who are registered with local authorities in England as being homeless receive universal credit payments.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59492, if he will place in the Library the assumptions, working and...

      Garden Communities: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Garden Village proposals which do not meet the criteria of achieving substantial local community support as set out at...

      Temporary Accommodation: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households were living in temporary accommodation paid for by (a) Bournemouth Borough Council, (b) Poole Borough...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum number of years will be for which council tax spending will be assessed for the purpose of...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the maximum size of area will be as measured by population in which pooling of non-domestic sites will be permitted under...

      Holiday Accommodation: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on subletting through...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with local authorities on ensuring that there is more flexibility in the criteria for...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of amounts raised from the social care precept for local...

      Temporary Accommodation: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average length of stay in temporary accommodation was for households in the London Borough of Southwark in (a) 2010,...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2017.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to tackle anti-Semitism; and if he will make a statement.

      Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on tackling online hate crime.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of local businesses in Crawley.

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Iron and Steel

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

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the role is of the trustees of the special share company of the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff at the Green Investment Bank have previously worked for the Government's preferred bidder for the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) post offices and (b) sub post offices have closed in each year since 2010 in (i) York Central...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the potential effect on the UK's insolvency and restructuring...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the UK's insolvency and restructuring regime of the...

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Horizon 2020-funded research projects are underway in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK; and what steps he is taking...

  • 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 capacity of the Joint Incident Assessment Team to conduct effective...

    • Embassies: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of UK High Commissions and embassies serve English or Welsh wine.

      Yemen: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure continuity of food deliveries by sea to all ports in Yemen.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2016 to Question 57916, on Syria: armed conflict, what response his Department has...

      Serbia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preparations (a) his Department and (b) the British Embassy in Belgrade undertook in advance of his official visit to...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government last raised the humanitarian situation in Yemen with the Foreign Affairs Council; and what actions were...

      Belize and Guatemala: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 15 June 2016 to Question 39652, on Central America: Borders, what projects the UK is funding to...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is on the promotion of the Irish language; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Greater London Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will include the Mayor of London and Assembly Members from the Greater London Authority in future meetings of the devolved...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to civil society in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the African Union to assist it in its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support she plans to offer to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help it hold the presidential elections in that country...

      Yemen: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the provision of cranes in Yemen's ports for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

      Iraq: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage collaboration between the UK and Iraqi public sectors (a) in health, (b) in education...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her Department's policy to provide direct funding to ensure the clearing of UK-produced cluster munitions.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of direct aid for Yemen committed in the current financial year has been used to help with the clearing of UK-produced...

      Ethiopia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve women's empowerment in Ethiopia.

      Iraq: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from the UK's contribution to the Iraq humanitarian pooled fund is provided to projects in the Kurdistan region; and...

      Kurds: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has provided to the Kurdistan regional government for support of internally displaced people in the...

      Yemen: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has had discussions with (a) the Yemen Executive Mine Action Centre and (b) other national de-mining...

      Nigeria: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to provide additional resources to the dispatched persons camp in Rann, North Eastern Nigeria as a result...

      Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was paid from the public purse to Marie Stopes International in 2016; and how much of that total came from the international...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: iNHouse Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has had communications with iNHouse Communications Ltd in connection with any current commercial tender process.

    • Department for Education: iNHouse Communications

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

      Department for Education: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many music teachers there were in schools in England in each of the last six years.

      Universities: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle anti-Semitism and holocaust denial on university campuses.

      Higher Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of academic posts at higher education institutions in the UK which are directly funded from EU sources; and...

      Universities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on universities in (a) England and (b) Scotland being able to recruit academic staff who are EU...

      Universities: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with Ministers on the academic funding for Scottish universities after the UK leaves the EU.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students achieved three or more A grade or higher A-levels in each national statistical social economic classification for each year since 2010.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start children's centres have been opened in each of the last five years.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start children's centres closed in England in 2016.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on the average number of applicants received for prison officer vacancies.

    • Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the reasons for high prison officer turnover; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Government: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many local authorities in England waive fees for children under the age of 17.

      Sentencing: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence length was for (a) males and (b) females sentenced at (i) Crown Courts and (ii) magistrates' courts in North Wales in each...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which private companies have used labour from the prison population, and for what roles, in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Iron and Steel

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

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was collected in fines for offences committed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will publish a progress report on the Ministry of Justice Action Plan on Restorative Justice.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that restorative justice is offered to victims of crime.

      Family Courts: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family court users represented themselves as litigants in person in each of the last five years.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to publish her Department's response to its consultation, Reforming the soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims process, published on 17...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support the police in dealing with vulnerable people.

    • Prisons: Religion

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to increase provision of spiritual guidance in prisons.

      Churches: Theft

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church of England will take steps to ensure efforts to tackle theft of lead from church buildings do not...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Networking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend Ofcom's duties to include the regulation of social media platforms; and if she...

    • Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many submissions to the consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation (a) supported and (b) opposed Part 2 of that Inquiry.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department provides employers who participate in the Work Programme with a financial subsidy for their participation.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department takes an individual's physical and mental capacity into account when allocating a work placement under the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a system exists for participants in the Work Programme to report mistreatment or other poor employment practices by employers in the...

      Jobcentres: Inverclyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to close jobcentre offices in Inverclyde.

      Universal Credit: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants he estimates will be affected by the removal of the housing costs element of universal credit from 18 to 21-year-olds in...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of whether child poverty rates will (a) increase, (b) remain the same or (c) decrease during the current Parliament.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what further measures the Government plans to introduce to assist employers in supporting employees' return to work after a heath-related absence.

      Carer's Premium: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the total value of carer premiums paid to claimants in Scotland in each of the last three years for...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to meet local community groups in Glasgow South constituency to discuss the effect of proposed jobcentre closures in Glasgow.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to extend the public consultation on proposed jobcentre closures in Glasgow to all of the eight sites that are earmarked for...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to publish its response to the findings of the consultation, Exceptions to the limiting of the individual child...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 20 December 2016 on housing benefit policy and student loans on...

      Jobcentres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Minister for Employment visited any jobcentres in Scotland during his ministerial visit in January 2017.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes in the event that people claiming personal independence payments say that they have not received...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes there have been in the proportion of people leaving the armed forces who participate in the Career Transitions Service since the...

    • Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for acquiring an integrated air and missile defence capability for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) officer cadets from overseas militaries have received training in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Army: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many female (a) officers and (b) non-commissioned personnel are currently serving in ground close combat units.

      Ministry of Defence: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of damage to the Defence Estate caused by officers and soldiers from overseas militaries was in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of damage to the Defence Estate caused by protestors in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many works of art his Department owns and where they are located.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Air Force aircraft have made unapproved landings at overseas airports since 2010.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will release an anonymised version of the data which her Department and its agencies hold on visa refusal rates for higher education...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK residents with limited leave to remain with no recourse to public funds subsequently made an application to have the no...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59797, if she will make it her policy to publish data on cases covered by the Dublin...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorities have anti-trafficking programmes.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of undocumented migrants who have (a) left the UK voluntarily, (b) been made homeless...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the extent of the under-reporting of hate crimes.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, at what date unaccompanied child refugees will arrive in Cambridge.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many unaccompanied child refugees will be brought to the UK in 2017.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the Government-NGO Working Group in findings ways to mitigate the direct and indirect effect of...

      Entry Clearances: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to determine whether an applicant is likely to leave the UK by the end-date of a family visitor visa.

      Immigrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notices her Department has issued informing a landlord that an occupier is disqualified from renting (a) since and (b) prior to 1...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 59330, for what reasons her Department does not hold information on the number of...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals there have been against refusal of an application for permanent residence by EU nationals in each of the last five years;...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Minister in which Department has principal responsibility for (a) refugees outside and (b) asylum seekers inside the UK.

      Visas: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to develop anti-bot technology to prohibit bulk booking of appointments in respect of VFS Global visa applications...

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for naturalisation as a British citizen were (a) lodged, (b) granted and (c) refused in each year since 2010.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications that included medical evidence of torture her Department received in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the report of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel to be released.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether someone with leave to remain in the UK as a stateless person has (a) a right to work in the UK and (b) recourse to public funds.

      Salva Kiir Mayardit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, holds (a) British citizenship and (b) a current UK passort.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for stateless person travel documents have been made in each year since 2009-10; and how many of those applications...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to renew the right to stay in the UK as a stateless person were made by people who previously had the right to remain...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential financial implications of redistributing funds recovered under the Proceeds...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2016 to Question 49716, what further progress has been made by her Department in processing refugee...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fire service vehicles have been found to be fitted with emissions defeat devices; and how many of those devices have been removed...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral contribution of 10 October 2016, Official Report, column 25, whether her Department transferred all the minors from the...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to simplify the process for UK-resident EEA nationals and their families to apply for permanent...

      Police: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to promote the welfare of dogs and horses used by the police.

  • HM Treasury

    • Gift Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) guidance and (b) regulations apply to the allocation of Gift Aid funds by charities in receipt of such funds.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how much his Department expects to accrue to the public purse in this financial year from the apprenticeship levy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in what year the Crime Survey for England and Wales first asked questions on (a) any form of cyber-enabled and (b) credit card fraud.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Yemen: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if the Government will offer credit guarantees to commercial shipping agents to ensure future food supplies to Yemen.

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which Minister approved the arms export licence given to CAS Global in July 2014.

      Arms Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the value of UK exports secured through the US Department of Defense Foreign Comparative Testing Program since 2010.

      Arms Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to help companies engage with the US Department of Defense Foreign Comparative Testing Program.

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government has undertaken an investor state dispute settlement risk assessment of UK legislation relating to (a) health, (b) the...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government has undertaken an audit of the compliance with World Trade Organisation rules of UK legislation relating to (a)...

      Trade Fairs: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what financial support his Department provided to (a) start-up and (b) other companies that attended the consumer electronics show in Las...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Iron and Steel

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

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in how many cases under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 a fine was imposed in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 resulted in a prison sentence in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and...

      Bees and Butterflies: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect the habitats of bees and butterflies.

      Air Pollution: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to maintain the UK's air quality targets after the UK leaves the EU.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on Common Agricultural Policy payments.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the future of Common Agricultural Policy...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2017 to Question 59331, how many applications for import permits relating to hunting...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on implementing the revised European School Milk scheme.

      Environment Protection: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on proposed changes to cost protections for...

  • Department of Health

    • Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2017 to Question 58829, what information his Department and North West Ambulance hold on ambulance crews provided by...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2017 to Question 58828, what information his Department holds on (a) the number of people who had to wait in...

      Brain: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neuroangiography machines are available in each region of the UK.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the GP-to-patient ratio was in (a) North Lancashire Community Care Group (CCG), (b) Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre CCG and (c) England in (i) 2010, (ii)...

      Medical Treatments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team's process to review NHS products uses to engage with industry.

      Medical Treatments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons manufacturers have been given 72 hours to comment on the draft assessment results of their products as part of the NHS Clinical...

      Medical Treatments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether manufacturers will see evaluation reports and comparative summaries of products reviewed by the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team before they are made...

      Medical Treatments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS Business Services Authority is taking to ensure that the criteria for the review of NHS products by the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the National Audit Office's report, Progress in improving cancer services and outcomes in England, published in January 2015, what the...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions the Government has had with NHS England on ensuring that the mandate to NHS England for 2017-18 reflects the Government's plans to...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to decrease the number of people missing hospital appointments.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will issue guidance on whether the winter pressures on the NHS will be taken into account in the development of sustainable...

      NHS Trusts: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS trusts on their recruitment plans for filling vacant posts.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for securing access to free health care for UK nationals travelling in the EU after the UK has left the EU.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to reduce accident and emergency waiting times in NHS hospitals in (a) England and (b) Romford constituency.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients starting consultant-led treatment have waited 18 weeks or more from GP referral in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) the UK in each...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on enabling GPs to prescribe products which they consider appropriate for their patients rather than placing statutory...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons were for his Department's announcement of 13 November 2015 that it intended to undertake a consultation on whether homeopathic...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government said in correspondence to Bindmans LLP on 24 April 2015 that a blanket ban on homeopathic products would simply be unreasonable...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing HPV self-sampling as part of the cervical screening programme.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients used Type (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 accident and emergency units in each English region in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2015-16.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's definition is of an NHS walk-in centre.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department issues guidance to local NHS commissioners on the effectiveness of the use of walk-in centres.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the potential causal link between the availability of NHS walk-in centres and levels of Type 1 accident and...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Type (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 accident and emergency units there were in each English region in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2015-16.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the suicide rate in England was in 2016.

      Self-harm: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged between 15 and 19 were hospitalised for self-harm in each year since 2010.

      Suicide: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mothers died by suicide within a year after the birth of their child in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have died by suicide who had lost a member of their immediate family to suicide in each year since 2010.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many people in England have lost a member of their immediate family to suicide in each year since 2010.

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer patients have had their operation cancelled due to a shortage of beds in each month since January 2016.

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been tested for diabetes under the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

      Department of Health: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projects by (a) name and (b) value his Department funded from the Conflict Stabilisation and Security Fund; and which of those projects were...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the findings of the report from the Care Quality Commission on Marie Stopes International, published in December 2016, what steps his...

      Unicef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times and on which dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met with representatives of Unicef Baby Friendly.

      First Steps Nutrition Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times and on which dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met with representatives of First Steps Nutrition Trust.

      Royal Brompton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the internationally recognised adult congenital heart disease research team at the Royal...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treatment of people affected by air pollution and poor air quality.

      British Specialist Nutrition Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times and on which dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met with representatives of the British Specialist Nutrition...

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been diagnosed with chronic urinary tract infections over the last 12 months.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the Government's response to the report by the Advisory Council on the misuse of drugs, reducing opioid-related deaths in the...

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to put (a) prisoner health care and (b) individual prisoner health care services out to competitive tender.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Tobacco Control Plan will be replaced.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government Equalities Office permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Southern: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the reasons for the Southern Rail strike set out by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers in their publication...

    • Southern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term implications for passengers of the different means of resolving the current industrial dispute between the...

      London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the publication in December 2016 of the report by the Office of Rail and Road into station usage, what is their assessment of the feasibility of...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all trains operated under driver-only operation will be fully accessible to disabled passengers.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all stations on train lines operating under driver-only operation will be staffed throughout all hours of operation, and whether it will be the...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it will be the responsibility of on-board supervisors of trains operating under driver-only operation to assist disabled passengers when required,...

      A34

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 January (HL4289), what plans they have for increasing the volume of heavy freight transported...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December 2016 (HL3362), whether any of the six AS2011 schemes were justified on the basis of a...

      Aviation: Hazardous Substances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the statutory duties of (1) the Civil Aviation Authority, and (2) owners of British passenger aircraft, towards passengers and crew members to (a)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the survey finding by the Association of Business Recovery Professionals that 72 per cent of their members who responded to the survey...

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the net costs of running and funding the domestic and non-domestic renewable heat incentive schemes were in (1) England, (2) Scotland and (3) Wales,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider a future political settlement in Syria which includes President Assad.

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to revise their policy of not paying for the repatriation of British citizens forced to marry abroad, and whether they will provide the...

      North Korea: Business

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 19 December, whether any UK funds or UK nationals provide specialised teaching and training...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Egypt to investigate allegations of enforced disappearance and torture, including the...

      Israeli Settlements: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 December 2016 (HL3820), what action they will take regarding the ongoing Israeli settler...

      Marah Jawdat Moussa Bakr

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the reported prison sentence given to Marah Jawdat Moussa Bakr for the attempted...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they will make to the government of Israel in the light of reports of a proposal by an Israeli minister to annex Ma’aleh Adumim.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to freezing the assets of, and imposing travel bans on, individuals responsible for undermining Palestinian territorial...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the remarks on Middle East Peace made by US Secretary of State John Kerry on 28 December 2016, whether those remarks were in line...

      Burundi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for a permanent representative in Burundi.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently been approached by the Republic of Cyprus or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus concerning the future of UK bases on the...

      France: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contacts the British Embassy in Paris has had with Marine Le Pen; whether they are comparable with contacts they have had with the other Presidential...

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much UK aid was given to Pakistan over the past decade; and how much has been earmarked for the Benazir Income Support Programme between 2012 and 2020.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many level 3 apprenticeships they have projected will start in 2016–17; and how many of those are expected to be for (1) 16–18 year olds, and...

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many level 3 apprenticeships they have projected will start in (1) 2017–18, and (2) 2018–19.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many level 4 apprenticeships they have projected will start in 2016–17.

      Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the Children's Commissioner, made on 4 January, that the rights of children online are upheld,...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Third Party Financing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the rapid expansion of third party litigation, they plan to introduce statutory regulation of funders.

    • Forensic Science: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in response to the comments in the Annual Report of the Forensic Science Regulator, published on 6 January, on current legal...

      Prisons: Religious Practice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are working with prison chaplains and faith groups to protect prisoners’ right to practise their faith.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to monitor staffing in private prisons.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the planned recruitment of 2,500 new prison staff, how many new staff will be employed in private prisons; and how many of the estimated 5,500 staff...

      Prison Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the planned recruitment of new prison staff, what the estimated change will be in staff-to-prisoner ratios in (1) public sector, and (2) private, prisons.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Earl Howe on 9 January (HL Deb, col 1835), when they were first given notice that the Northern Ireland Executive had nominated an...

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the UK will play in the implementation of the decision made on 14 November 2016 by EU foreign and defence ministers to seek alignment of national...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the intake needed to maintain the British Army at its required fighting strength has been recruited in each of the last six years for...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for upgrading British Army infantry fighting vehicles.

      Eastern Europe: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times between 1 January and 31 December 2016 RAF aircraft flew air patrol sorties from Eastern European countries which are members of NATO; which...

      Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which year cluster bombs were last sold by UK companies to the government of Saudi Arabia; and how many were sold in that year.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many F-35B Sea Lightnings the UK currently owns; and whether there has been any change to (1) the number to be purchased in the financial year...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the steel required to manufacture the Astute class submarines which are due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2024; and how that...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 10 January (HL Deb, col 1856), what is their definition of a social enterprise.

    • Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of Scotland'sSocial Enterprise Strategy 2016–2026 on 14 December 2016, what plans they have to (1) grow the social...

  • Home Office

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of foreign fighters who have left Syria, and of the proportion of them who may return to Europe.

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take following the message by His Holiness Pope Francis on 8 September 2016 for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 15...

      Refugees: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase the £10 million allotted to teaching English to Syrian refugees in Britain; and whether they will extend the scope of...

      Refugees: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the pilot schemes to enable resettled refugees to obtain employment; and whether they will publicise best practice from...

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the special thematic report by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services’ Safeguarding Pressures...

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities have participated in the National Transfer Scheme; and how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have been transferred under...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the decision has been taken not to publish the annual number of immigration entry clearance visas granted to (1) licensed sponsoring employers, and (2)...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking, in the context of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, to ensure that the rights and interest of the child are...

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office funding to local authorities in respect of the costs of supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs) is available...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the eligibility criteria to enter the UK for child refugees in France to those child refugees currently in Greece and Italy.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish guidance about identifying and supporting victims as set out in section 49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the pilots on the National Referral Mechanism for victims of modern slavery will be concluded; when they intend to publish an evaluation of those...

      Sharia Law Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of the Independent Inquiry into the application of Sharia Law in the UK; and whether they intend to publish it.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the exclusion of particular faith communities when delivering the Counter-Extremism Strategy.

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define non-violent extremism.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which department has overall responsibility for ensuring that 20,000 refugees from Syria are accepted into the UK by May 2020.

      Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 January (HL4256) concerning Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, what public interest is served in...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many visas for family reunion in the UK were issued in 2016 for (1) children, and (2) adult women; and how many such applications were rejected in that year.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 January (HL4174), whether they will publish responses to the reports by (1) Help...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 November 2016 (HL2733), why they will not be publishing the religious and ethnic...

      Boarding Schools: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children with a Tier 4 child category visa attend a UK boarding school.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average time taken to process an application for a Tier 4 child visa.

      Overseas Students: Boarding Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a child attending a UK boarding school from overseas is regarded as habitually resident in the UK if they return home outside term-time.

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Euro

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking to retain euro clearing in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to put in place transitional measures for the UK's financial services to cover the time between the UK leaving the EU and the...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions are taking place with the financial services industry and regulators on the UK's future negotiations with the EU on retaining passporting or...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 9 January (HL4371), whether they will now provide figures to answer the question asked.

      Sterling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in response to the fall in the value of the pound sterling; and what is their response to the reported intentions of some...

      Consumers: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage consumer spending during the period of negotiations for leaving the EU.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement on 7 October that they intend to remove the 15-year rule on British citizens living overseas voting in parliamentary elections,...

    • Political Parties: Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have advised UK political parties of the potential threat of cyber-attacks of the kind allegedly made recently by foreign security services in...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, where one department has provided information in the response to a Question for Written Answer, whether they would expect other departments to answer a...

  • Department of Health

    • Tomography

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what is the average NHS patient waiting time for the results of diagnostic scans, (2) how much of this waiting time is due to NHS technician staff...

    • Pensioners: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what are the current arrangements for quantifying the amount paid by the UK to the Republic of Ireland and by the Republic of Ireland to the UK for the...

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