Written answers

Thursday, 26 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on improving surface access to each airport in the South East of England since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

    • Department for Transport: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many senior civil servants in his Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of each year since its creation.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Transport of 12 January 2017, Official Report, column 451, what assessment he has...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of electric vehicle charging points and devices; and how information is made available to the public.

      M1: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of levels of (a) nitrogen dioxide, (b) particulate and (c) other pollution between junctions 33 and 34 of the M1 motorway;...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) representations he has received and (b) discussions he has had with the relevant local authority on support or extra funding for people...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when officials from his Department last met officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency to discuss the implications for aviation safety as a...

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Transport for London on regulation of pedicabs.

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of unlicensed pedicabs on London's reputation as a tourist destination.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to deem solar panels as excepted plant and machinery for the purposes of business rates in a...

    • Garden Communities: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to compensate residents living in the vicinity of proposed new garden cities, towns and villages.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will list each of the councils receiving the New Home Bonus where there has been an increase in the number of new homes...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy: Scotland

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

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department has spent on large capital projects in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many additional staff his Department plans to employ to work on the proposed Great Repeal Bill; and if he will make...

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government plans to provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises that benefit from the EU Horizon 2020...

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding the Government provided to the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in each of the last five...

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will assess the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Employment Rights Act...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials of his Department are working full-time on preparations for the UK leaving the EU; and what...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions have been brought by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in each of the last six years.

      Small Businesses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60473, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to require energy companies to give the lowest...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the budget of the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has been in each of the last six years.

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Northern Powerhouse Growth Deal allocations announced on 23 January 2017, if he will publish...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a road map for the development of small nuclear reactors.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials from the UK Space Agency have had since June 2016 with (a) his Department, (b) the Ministry...

      Lime: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the border adjustment mechanism proposed by the European...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of progress in securing the future of rural post offices; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many rebel groups are fighting President Assad in Syria; and what the names of those rebel groups are.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on President Joseph Kabila's...

      UN Resolutions: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 58877, which Ministers were made aware of the text of the UN Security...

      Libya: Emigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of migrants who have died crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe.

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cost of intervention in Libya since 2011.

      Nigeria: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist the Nigerian government recover children kidnapped by Boko Haram.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help bring about a ceasefire and peace talks in Yemen.

      North Korea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to discuss the political and human rights situation in North Korea with the incoming US administration.

      Libya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what report he has received on alleged human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law against residents...

      North Korea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Japan, (b) South Korea and (c) China on the political and human rights...

      Cameroon: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he and officials of his Department have made to the government of Cameroon on reports of violence against...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on its commitment not to hold a...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral evidence of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to assist victims of IRA terrorist attacks where Semtex and weapons were supplied by Libya in...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Libya Reconciliation Unit last discussed with the Libyan Government of National Accord the matter of compensation for...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed with the Libyan Government of National Accord the matter of compensation for victims of IRA terrorism...

      Norfolk Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on the constitutional status and sovereignty of Norfolk Island.

      Seeta Kaur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of India on the death of Seeta Kaur.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many senior civil servants in his Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of each year since...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Costs and Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, (a) how much his Department cost to set up, (b) how many staff his Department employs and (c) what the estimated cost of running the...

    • Defence and Security: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions officials from his Department have had with (a) the Department for International Trade and (b) the Ministry of...

      Law and Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the priority to be accorded to future cooperation with law enforcement...

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what priority he plans to accord to the future status of EU nationals in the UK during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on businesses in (a) the UK and (b) the EU.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many senior civil servants in her Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of each year...

    • Zambia: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received on Zambia's diversification of its energy mix.

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage investment in renewable energy in the least-developed countries; and if she will make...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Director of Fair Access can issue fines to universities.

    • Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to work with the devolved administrations to combat anti-Semitism and holocaust denial in schools, colleges and on...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many early-learning and childcare settings Ofsted has inspected in each of the last five years, by type of setting.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it will be compulsory for new higher education providers to be included on the Office for Students register of providers.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she intends to issue an Annual Grant Letter to the Office for Students setting out funding available and Government priorities for its use.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to commence consultation on a new regulatory framework for higher education providers.

      Higher Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 60187, how many of the 56 per cent of students in 2014-15 were studying for (a) honours degrees,...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59626, what the average annual student loan repayment is for a person studying a degree course...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that there is more than one housing legal aid provider in each legal aid procurement area in (a) England...

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations her Department has received on the adequacy of funding for community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) after 1 April 2017; and what...

      Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to support the prison service on reporting problems and sharing best practice on preventing the misuse of drones...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether she intends to undertake further consultation on reforming the soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims process.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries have closed since February 2016.

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of complaints to the Information Commissioner on the sharing of sensitive personal data in...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of complaints to the Information Commissioner on unsolicited calls and emails in each year...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Information Commissioner on the trading of sensitive personal and financial data.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate she has made of the number of companies which trade personal data and which are not registered with the...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to prevent the sharing of personal data for commercial purposes...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish an organisational chart for (a) her Department and (b) Ofcom.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided for staff at the Child Maintenance Service to assist victims of domestic violence.

    • Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2017 to Question 60016, what criteria are used to allocate claimants to a particular jobcentre.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland received the carer element of universal credit in each of the last two years for which information is available.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit awards in Scotland are made under split payment arrangements.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria are for the equality analysis being carried out on the use of Anniesland Jobcentre.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department plans to spend less on pensions and pensioner benefits in 2018-19 than in 2017-18.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the amount of time GP practices' staff spend compiling correct evidence for the proper...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Atos reimburses GP practices for any costs incurred when GPs have employed a staff member to deal with the administration of requests...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what quality assurance systems Atos has in place to minimise the number of reports wrongly sent to GP practices that do not relate to patients...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the claims process on the physical and mental health of personal...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials of his Department are working full-time on preparations for the UK leaving the EU; and what proportion of his Department's staff that...

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that defence personnel with essential nuclear skills are retained by the Royal Navy.

      Submarine Delivery Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects a permanent Chief Executive Officer of the new Submarine Delivery Body to be appointed.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the defence industry maintains the people with nuclear skills required for his Department's nuclear-based programmes.

      Armed Forces: Furs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bearskins are (a) in use and (b) unaccounted for; and whether he is taking steps to procure additional bearskins.

      AWE: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent industrial action by Atomic Weapons Establishment staff on the delivery of his Department's...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment the Government has made of using the Joint Precision Airdrop System to provide aid to besieged Syrian civilians.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the US Department of Defense Director, Operational Test and Evaluation 2016 Annual Report on the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, how much...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any video footage for potential media release was taken of the Trident missile test firing of June 2016.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tests of UK Trident missiles have been carried out by each Vanguard class submarine (a) since 2010 and (b) in the last 20 years; and how many...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he and the Prime Minister are routinely informed of the results of scheduled tests of the Trident missile system; and what the average length of...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether journalists or media representatives were (a) informed in advance or (b) present for the Trident missile test firing of June 2016.

      Defence Business Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in the Defence Business Service at its office in Liverpool; what consultations have been carried out in relation to such...

      Prestwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish information relating to the costs to the public purse of his Department's use of Prestwick Airport.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) target and (b) actual (i) inflow, (ii) outflow and (iii) voluntary outflow rate of each pinch point trade was in the last 12 months.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans are for the incorporation of Foxhound vehicles into future force structures being developed by Army 2020 Refine.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions officials from his Department have had since June 2016 with the Departments for (a) Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (b)...

  • Home Office

    • Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much each constabulary in the North West raised through police auctions in 2015.

    • Asylum: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of gender-based and sexual violence experienced by women and girls held in transit on journeys to...

      Syria: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the risks associated with the links between al-Qaeda and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham in Syria.

      Prisons: Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions fire service vehicles have been called out to prisons in each of the last five years.

      Police: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) police officers operating and (b) people under 25 years of age in the London Borough of Southwark are from black and...

      Honour Based Violence: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations her Department has received on the investigation on prosecution of incidents of honour-based violence involving British...

      EEA Nationals: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people removed for rough sleeping under Operation Adoze had previously been granted permanent residency in the UK.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take in the next three months to support child refugees who arrived from Syria.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with shooting organisations on EU proposals on gun control.

      Hunt Saboteurs: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the wearing of face coverings by hunt saboteurs; and if she will make a...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress the Government has made in accepting into the UK from other EU countries unaccompanied children claiming asylum from Syria.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many senior civil servants in his Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month since January 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times deductions have been made from a person's child tax credit payment to service outstanding arrears from working tax credits in each year since...

    • Venture Capital

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax relief for venture capital trusts in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Profit Sharing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax relief for approved company share option plans in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax relief for share incentive plans in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people or (b) businesses received each tax relief listed in the HM Revenue and Customs document Estimated Costs of Principal Tax Reliefs,...

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate the Government has made of the economic contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the (a) Scottish and (b) UK economy.

      Cash Dispensing: Surcharges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to protect consumers from high levels of surcharging when they withdraw cash from their accounts.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Office for National Statistics: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) mean and (b) median gender pay gap is for (i) part-time and (ii) full-time staff at the Office for National Statistics.

    • Government Departments: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of full-time equivalent employees are women in the gross salary bands (a) £150,000 to £155,000, (b) £155,000 to...

      Public Sector: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a dedicated unit has been established to undertake the audit of public services to reveal racial disparities.

      Pay: Ashfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary for (a) men and (b) women in Ashfield constituency was in each year since 2014.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Innovation: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of the UK tech and innovation industry abroad; and what assistance his Department...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will take steps to ensure that the agendas and minutes of all meetings held by the (a) Australia-UK trade working group, (b) UK-New...

      Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department's decision to offer financial support to companies wishing to attend a trade show is determined by the location of...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to his Department's news story of 9 January 2017, what criteria his Department used to determine which countries were...

      Department for International Trade: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many senior civil servants in his Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month since January 2010.

      Trade Fairs: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if his Department will make funding available to help businesses attend the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo in Washington DC on 13...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Written Statement of 5 December 2016, HCWS316 on the UK's commitments at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), what assessment...

      Department for International Trade: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, (a) how much his Department cost to set up, (b) how many staff his Department employs and (c) what the estimated cost of running the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60585, whether she plans to replace all funding from EU sources paid...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many additional civil servants her Department has employed since 23 June 2016.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the £170 million announced for flood defence and resilience measures in the Autumn Statement 2016 has been...

  • Department of Health

    • Nurses: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the wastage rates school support staff in each of the last 10 years (a) in total and (b) for each type of support staff.

    • NHS: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the wastage rates among (a) medical staff not including doctors or nurses and (b) non-medical staff in the NHS over the last...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of members of health trust boards are women.

      Emergency Calls: Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent nuisance calls to 999.

      Dermatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are plans for the development of NICE guidelines on the management of atopic dermatitis in adults.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the potential effect of the implementation of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for North West London on the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policy proposals the Clinical Priority Advisory Group assigned priority level (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3, (d) 4 and (e) 5 to the specialised commissioning...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the NHS England 2018-19 specialised commissioning annual prioritisation process; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NICE-approved medicines evaluated through the Highly Specialised Technology programme have had a quality adjusted life year measure of...

      NHS: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cleaners were employed in the NHS in each year from 2006-07 to 2015-16.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the initial findings of the NHS England paediatric critical care and specialised surgery in children service review are still expected to be...

      NHS: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vehicles operated by the NHS have been found to be fitted with emissions defeat devices; and how many of those devices have been removed from...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60414, what the real term percentage change in the funding his Department allocates to the NHS per...

      Tongue-tie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were diagnosed with ankyloglossia in each year since 2009-10.

      Tongue-tie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average (a) age of babies diagnosed with ankyloglossia and (b) waiting time for treatment for ankyloglossia for babies was for each year since 2009.

      Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to implement in full the recommendations of European Medicines Agency's review into sodium valproate.

      National Foetal Anti-convulsant Syndrome Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met with representatives of the Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Association; and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

      Sanofi Aventis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met representatives of Sanofi-Aventis; and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

      NHS Trusts: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times NHS trusts have breached the agency cap due to exceptional safety grounds in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the NHS providing the global standard of care in medicines for patients; and if he will make a statement.

      Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the day they were scheduled to take place in 2016.

      Mental Health Services: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on smoking on the premises of mental health units.

      Nusinersen: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will run trials of the drug Nusinersen.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries existed in each English region in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2015-16.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the average travel distance for patients to (a) Type 1, (b) Type 2 and (c) Type 3 accident and emergency units...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS funding was allocated to Type 3 accident and emergency units in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2015-16.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were working in each English region in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2015-16.

      Mental Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average occupancy rate of acute inpatient mental health care wards across Coventry and Warwickshire was in each month in the last five years;...

      Hospital Beds: Eating Disorders

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

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of drugs provided by the NHS has been in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been provided to GP practices in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) smoking-related and (b) alcohol-related diseases in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of missed appointments in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in the most recent year for which figures...

      Hospitals: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the additional potential amount payable in business rates by NHS hospitals following the most recent re-evaluation of...

      Roaccutane: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people prescribed Roaccutane have reported depressive side effects in each year since 2010.

      Roaccutane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for Roaccutane were dispensed in each year since 2010.

      NHS Walk-in Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private sector organisations have won a contract to provide NHS walk-in centre services in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many and (b) which (i) Type 1 accident and emergency units, (ii) Type 2 accident and emergency units, (iii) Type 3 accident and emergency units...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time to speak to an official of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency by phone; and what steps they are taking to shorten the...

    • Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have reduced the tolls on the Severn Bridge without making a similar beneficial economic signal to the competing rail line and services.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the full capital cost of the Severn Bridges and approaches together with interest charges have now been recovered and, if not, what is the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the UN Security Council regarding the status of refugees from Syria.

    • Syria: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what permanent representation they currently have in Syria.

      Sudan: Visits Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the visit of Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald to Sudan, what was discussed during the visit and...

      Sudan: Visits Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the account of the visit of Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald to Sudan...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • thebigword

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters under the contract with thebigword; and if so, what is it, and...

    • thebigword

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the contract with thebigword for court interpreters specifies any particular level or type of qualification which individual interpreters are...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost, in the last quarter of 2016, of cancellations and adjournments of court hearings because no interpreter arrived, or because the...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the future supply chain of qualified court interpreters, in the light of the payment levels and cancellation policy established...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the provision of court interpreters is being independently monitored.

      thebigword

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which company, or companies, are being sub-contracted by thebigword to provide court interpreting services; and whether those companies are subject to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Submarines: Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when ordering steel required for the manufacture of UK submarines, they have released to overseas steel manufacturers (1) the steel recipe, or (2)...

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe regarding the A159 Wildcat Helicopter on 9 January (HL Deb, col 1728), whether they believe that there is a strategic...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UK Armed Forces Monthly Service Personnel Statistics 1 December 2016 showing a 1.4 per cent decrease in full-time trained strength since...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the concerns expressed by the British Medical Association in their parliamentary briefing of 12 January about under staffing of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget allocation they have made to fund new woodland planting in England.

    • Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual rate of change in new woodland planting in England over each of the last 10 years, expressed in thousands of hectares per annum and...

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target for the planting of new trees in England for (1) 2016–17, and (2) 2017–18.

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of environmental stewardship schemes in the planting of new trees in England.

      Glyphosate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication of the paper Multiomics reveal non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats following chronic exposure to an ultra-low dose of...

      Ivory: China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the People's Republic of China has taken steps to ban completely the domestic trade in ivory.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve air quality.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Opportunity and Integration Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Casey Review: A review into opportunity and integration.

    • Migration Impacts Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will organise a national evaluation of the work of the Migration Impact Fund from 2009 to 2011, and publish lessons learned from that...

      Homelessness: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of older people who are (1) homeless, and (2) at risk of becoming homeless, but who are not included in official...

      Homelessness: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they provide to debt collection agencies on working with vulnerable older people who are risk of homelessness.

      Homelessness: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether homelessness services are accessible to, and adequate for, older people.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that new houses designated as affordable cannot be altered or extended in ways which remove them from that classification.

  • HM Treasury

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK economy of leaving the Single Market.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of their advertising budget in the current financial year; how much of that budget is for public information; and what, in particular, is...

    • History: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 23 January (HL4523), whether they intend to commission any new projects to carry forward the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for increasing trade with, and investments in, Taiwan.

  • Department of Health

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nursing students were admitted to degree courses starting in (1) Autumn 2016, and (2) Autumn 2017; and what assessment they have made of the impact...

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