Written answers

Friday, 27 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of contracts with train operating companies have contained clauses which allow those companies to claim back any revenue...

    • Offshore Industry: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount of (a) dry and (b) wet towage of decommissioned oil and gas infrastructure that will use (i) Western and...

      Merchant Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many employees of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency were qualified to inspect or survey internationally registered merchant vessels over 500...

      Merchant Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many inspections or surveys of internationally registered merchant vessels over 500 gross tonnes were conducted by the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Merchant Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training Maritime and Coastguard Agency staff receive on the enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention on internationally registered merchant...

      Merchant Shipping: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's press release of 18 January 2017, Foreign flagged ships under detention in the UK during...

      Merchant Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) press release of 18 January 2017, what the process is for ensuring the welfare of...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to bring forward proposals to reform the UK Shipping Register.

      Tugboats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has instructed the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to conduct a regulatory impact assessment on chartering a foreign-registered emergency...

      Vauxhall Motors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Vauxhall and (b) auto trade representatives on whether used Vauxhall Zafira B models, subject to recall by...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local government-owned vehicles have been found to be fitted with emissions defeat devices; and how many of those...

    • Property Development: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department provides to help develop and implement local authorities' design codes.

      Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the (a) European Commission on whether social media companies should remove illegal hate...

      Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with EU officials on the implications for online hate crime regulation of the UK...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total available spend of each local authority was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51987, whether he plans to review his Department's policy on borrowing...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) other stakeholders on...

      Garden Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether garden village proposals which do not meet the criteria in the report Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many senior civil servants in his Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each...

    • Rain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the recorded total rainfall was in (a) Kent, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Hampshire, (e) Bedfordshire, (f)...

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce local low pay commissions.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will hold discussions with business representatives on steps to reduce the additional costs on low...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with Black Rock since 13 July 2016; and if he will publish the...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in (a) Sheffield, (b) Yorkshire and (c) the UK received funding from the British Business Bank in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart after the bombing of a displaced persons camp in Rann, North...

    • Iran: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on further lifting of the restrictions on the number of visitor visas...

      Gambia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Gambia; and what recent representations he has made to his...

      Gambia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Matthew Rycroft, Permanent representative of the UK to the UN on the political...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many senior civil servants in his Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of...

      Somalia: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 58596, how many contracts the Government placed with UK-based public...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials of his Department are working full-time on preparations for the UK leaving the EU; and what proportion of...

      Russia: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on plans to provide safe access for football supporters at the 2018...

      Greece: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic assistance the Government has given to Greece to help accommodate and care for refugees in that country; and...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the targeting of members of the Patriotic March by paramilitaries.

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on the frequency of killings in Colombia of members of the Patriotic...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, 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...

    • British Constitution: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent on R (on the application of Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on promotion of tolerance and respect for all communities.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of employees of consultants retained by his Department who were working for the Department on...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total cost to his Department was of the Article 50 case in the Supreme Court; and if he will publish to which standard...

      Brexit: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total cost to the Government was of the (a) High Court case and (b) Supreme Court appeal on Article 50.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the total cost to his Department of appealing the High Court decision in the case of R Miller and Dos...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the rule of origin requirements would be for UK companies if the UK leaves the customs union.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to UK companies of (a) tariffs and (b) non-tariff barriers on exports if the UK...

      British Nationals Abroad and EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at Lancaster House on 17 January 2017, which EU member states (a) favour and (b) oppose...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish the agreement for the UK to leave the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answers of 13 and 23 January 2017 to Questions 60283 and 58942, on Department for Exiting the European Union:...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many posts have been created in his Department; and how many of those posts were filled on 30 November 2016.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Sick Leave

      To ask the Attorney General, how many senior civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of each year since the...

    • Attorney General: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, 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 number represents.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the provision of reliable base-load electricity in delivering Sustainable...

    • Developing Countries: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the relative costs of (a) coal, (b) gas, (c) oil, (d) nuclear, (e) offshore wind, (f) onshore wind, (g)...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £100 million pledged by her Department to the conflict in Yemen has been spent; and on what those monies have...

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the humanitarian surge in Yemen proposed by the US Permanent Representative to the UN, Samantha Power, at the UN...

      Yemen: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's spending in relation to the conflict in Yemen is dedicated to programmes for Yemeni refugees in...

      Greece and Italy: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to assist child refugees in Italy and Greece.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the value of (a) staffing expenditure, (b) other revenue costs and (c) capital expenditure by her Department and its...

    • Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived allocated to her Department in 2015 to support school breakfast clubs has (a) been spent...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings Ministers of her Department have had with representatives of the F40 group of local authorities on proposals for a new school...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings Ministers of her Department have had with representatives of London local authorities on proposals for a new school funding formula...

      Department for Education: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, 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 since the...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is being provided for schools identified under phase 2 of the Priority Schools Building Programme which are awaiting urgent repairs.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the value of feasibility studies to ascertain how to prioritise delayed work in schools identified in phase 2 of the...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to encourage greater uptake of free milk in schools and nurseries.

      Further Education: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills of 9 January 2017, Official Report, column 115, whether any...

      Careers and Enterprise Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Careers and Enterprise Company volunteers are currently working with further education colleges (a) in total and (b) by region.

      Pupil Referral Units: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupil referral units in England employ a mental health specialist.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of adult education on (a) helping unemployed people to obtain employment, (b) improving skills...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average classroom size was in 2016.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 57746, on schools closures, for what reason those costs are not collected centrally.

      Baverstock Academy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 57842, when she plans to publish the estimated cost of closing Baverstock Academy.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what exemptions to which statutory guidance were granted to each individual local authority in respect of their social services functions as they...

      Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Written Ministerial Statement of 19 October 2016, HCWS203, what process was used to determine the benchmarks for the primary...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was transferred from the dedicated schools grant to the high needs block in each local authority area in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development jurisdictions operate relative progress measures as a measure of school effectiveness.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development jurisdictions operate a statutory baseline assessment for accountability purposes at the...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what potential mechanisms will be available to children and young people to challenge an application from their local authority for an exemption from...

      Higher Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60574, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the decision to leave the EU on...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53754, on early years funding, when the Department expects to publish the results of the...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average (a) primary and (b) secondary school class size in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many compensation awards of what amount were made to victims related to each of the 30 convictions for human trafficking recorded in 2015.

    • Ministry of Justice: Credit Unions

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

      Ministry of Justice: Policy

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

      Prisons: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information she holds on the number of ambulance call-outs to prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Prison Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the new ICT gateway into the National Offender Management System.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding she plans to allocate from the victim services budget for 2020-21 to police and crime commissioners for restorative justice capacity...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff have applied for the Voluntary Severance scheme offered by the Community Rehabilitation Company in Wales.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the monetary value was of drugs seized from each prison in each quarter of 2016.

      Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the conviction rate for (a) rape and (b) sexual assault charges was in (i) Nottinghamshire and (ii) England in 2016.

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

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

      Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to help ex-offenders find accommodation on their release from prison.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central of 18 December 2016 on his promise to draw the Ministry of Justice's attention to...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the level of participation of people from (a) ABC1 and (b) C2DE families in programmes funded by the...

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 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...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials of her Department are working full-time on preparations for the UK leaving the EU; and what proportion of her...

      Football: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department supports projects in football to tackle anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of...

      Internet: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Home Affairs on proposals for a ministerial seminar on hate on the internet.

      Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 15 of the January 2017 green paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, whether the £17 billion increase in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to reply to the letter of 16 December 2016 from the hon. Member for West Bromwich East on the recently revealed fraud...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the offsetting of personal pension payments against child maintenance payments on families in...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the personal independence payment appeal process on disabled people who use mobility...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2016 to Question 51325, whether the introduction of fees and ongoing collection charges referred to in...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have received hardship payments in the last three years are classified by the Government as vulnerable.

      Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the primary beneficiaries who receive non-discretionary support for (a) HIV, (b) Stage 1 hepatitis C and (c)...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of universal credit have been subject to higher-level sanctions in the last three years.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of universal credit have not declared paid work.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57149, whether people in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment Support...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been sanctioned for not attending their jobseeker's allowance appointment within five minutes of the appointed time in...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many 16-17 year-olds are in receipt of universal credit; and how many of those recipients are (a) lone parents, (b) disabled and (c)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to extend the grace period for final decisions to be made on an appeal or mandatory reconsideration of a...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure disabled people have the right support in place to stay in work.

      Jobcentres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received on the future leasing of job centre offices in Scotland.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many EEA migrants have been through the Genuine Prospect of Work assessment since May 2015; and how many such people have (a) had access...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in work who have a defined (a) benefit and (b) contribution pension scheme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the number of call operators employed to process universal credit claims.

      Severe Disablement Allowance: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants previously received severe disability allowance.

      Universal Credit and Housing Benefit: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effectiveness of recent changes to housing payments and universal credits on local government debt.

      Severe Disablement Allowance: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average change in payments to claimants has resulted from changes to provision of severe disability allowance for people moving to...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of future trends in government spending on employment support for employment and support allowance claimants after...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he plans to replace the financial support for recipients claiming employment support allowance (ESA) in the work-related activity group...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the country of origin is of each product within the 24-hour ration packs issued by his Department.

    • Low Flying: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much compensation his Department has paid as a result of low flying incidents in each of the last five years.

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many low flying incidents involved livestock in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of compensation paid in relation to each of those...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much compensation his Department has paid to armed forces personnel as a result of road traffic accidents in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 the...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to alter the location for future Trident testing away from mainland sites.

      Royal Logistic Corps: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ammunition Technical Officers have joined 11 EOD Regiment Royal Logistic Corps in each of the last five years.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) defective and (b) successful test firings there have been of unarmed Trident II D5 missiles in the last 30 years; and if he will make a...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will hold an inquiry into the results of the tests on the UK's nuclear deterrent in June 2016.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he was made aware of the results of the tests on the UK's nuclear deterrent in June 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the operational sovereignty of the RAF RC-135 Rivet Joint electronic and signal intelligence aircraft fleet.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters by type are allocated to the Commando Helicopter Force.

      Marines: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength is of the Royal Marine Reserves in (a) London, (b) Bristol, (c) Liverpool and (d) Glasgow.

      Marines: Military Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) trained and (b) untrained strength is of the Royal Marine Band Service.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions his Department issues to the armed services limiting the entry to mess establishments of retired members of the armed forces.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Government Ministers attended Royal Navy SSBN and Trident II D5 demonstration and shakedown operations in (a) 2012 and (b) 2016.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any of the child refugees who were brought to the UK from Calais in 2016 have been subsequently assessed as being over the age of 18.

    • Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time taken to consider an application for a UK visa was in cases where an applicant referenced Article 8 of the...

      Home Office: Sick Leave

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

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) standard, (b) enhanced and (c) enhanced with barred list checks applications have been submitted to the Disclosure and Barring...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20698, on vetting, if she will provide the same information for (a) 2010, (b)...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have worked for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse since that inquiry was established; and how many such people...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people who arrive in the UK on Tier 1 (Investor) visas later apply to settle; and what proportion of those later...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrived in the UK on Tier 1 (Investor) visas in each of the last eight years.

      Refugee Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers received independent advice from the Refugee Council over the course of the duration of its contract with her...

      Migrant Help

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of Migrant Help's contract with her Department.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on determining the eligibility criteria for children in Greece and Italy to be considered for transfer...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she next plans to review the shortage occupation list.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Government has removed British protected person status, where that person's nationality or citizenship has not...

      General Practitioners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2016 to Question 56319, whether foreign born GPs will be given priority for UK working visas.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will (a) collect comparative data on the sex, age, relationship, race and ethnicity of the perpetrator and victim of...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost to the police of enforcing the European Arrest Warrant in each of the last five years.

      Hate Crime: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce hate crime against transgender people.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on removing British protected person status where to do so would result in a person becoming stateless.

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police officers (a) in total and (b) aged under 25 in (i) Greater London and (ii) the London Borough of Newham are from...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance and training her Department recommends that police forces provide for officers on the use of tasers.

      Homicide: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle femicide.

      Domestic Violence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on provision of domestic abuse services within healthcare settings.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what formal communications her Department has had with local authorities on the planned changes to funding arrangements for independent...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications of the planned changes to funding arrangements for independent domestic violence advisers...

  • Scotland Office

    • Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Ministry of Defence on tests on the UK nuclear deterrent in June 2016; and...

    • Scotland Act 2016

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to comments in the Supreme Court's ruling in R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European...

  • HM Treasury

    • Carers: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, (a) how many people other than parents (i) applied for and (ii) were granted specified adult childcare credits to obtain national insurance credits as an...

    • Treasury: Sick Leave

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure continuing growth in productivity and manufacturing output in 2017.

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who registered for and paid VAT in the financial year 2013-14 also paid VAT in the financial year 2014-15.

      Taxation: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, whether his Department has set a timetable to review the current tax system for research and development support.

      Business: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, which business sectors his Department is encouraging to raise their research and development investment.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60692, if he will publish his Department's forecasts on the effect on the public purse of continuing...

      Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to review annually the effectiveness of the current freeze on child benefit and child tax credit.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the additional infrastructure funding announced in the January 2017 green paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, is subject to Barnett...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

    • Prime Minister: Sick Leave

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

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on its planned anti-corruption strategy.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the communique form the Anti-Corruption Summit held in London in May 2016, whether he asked the Financial Action Task Force, the...

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to follow up on the outcome of the Anti-Corruption Summit held in London in May 2016; and whether he plans to convene another such summit.

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 2 of the communique of the Anti-Corruption Summit in London in May 2016, what progress has been made on uncovering...

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the UK's prospective trading partners on the UK's trading relationship with the EU after the UK has left the EU.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many non-EU countries he has had discussions with on potential negotiations for a trade deal after the UK has left the EU.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the agendas and minutes of meetings (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have held with representatives of non-EU...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52038, on staff, what the size of the trade policy team was on 24 June 2016; and how...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which countries have expressed an interest in agreeing trade deals with the UK; and with which countries the Government has started...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52038, how many members of staff with previous experience of negotiating trade...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will detail the funding for flood defences set out in the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan by NUTS 1 region.

    • Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that air quality standards are improved across the UK by the planting of trees.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many senior civil servants in her Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of...

      Fly-tipping and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a reduction in local government funding on litter and fly tipping.

      Fly-tipping and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce litter and fly tipping.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total cost of clearing litter in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the east of England...

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of seeking to continue to remain subject to the EU Water Framework...

      Flood Control: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library successful applications made by the Environment Agency in (a) April 2016 to July 2016 and...

      Flood Control: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of applications made for funding of flood defences in the Lancaster City district...

  • Department of Health

    • Infant Foods: Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice and support his Department provides to trading standards officers on the enforcement of the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England)...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications for bereaved persons' lump sum payments related to the contaminated blood scandal have been received to date; how many of those...

      Department of Health: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 55609, on health professions: training, if he will provide the same figures relating to each other...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on incorporating current discretionary support payments into the new scheme for victims of contaminated blood; and if he will...

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have received funding under the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme; and how much funding each of those CCGs...

      Department of Health: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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 the...

      Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget for Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (a) was in 2014-15, (b) was in 2015-2016 and (c) is for the current financial year.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Health Education England is required to deliver in March 2017 to satisfy the mandate for a strategic review of the cancer workforce.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with Health Education England on the strategic review of the cancer workforce in the last 12 months.

      Live Nation

      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 Live Nation.

      MG Alba

      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 MG Alba.

      Royal Brompton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the cost-benefit analysis on the extent of the (a) improvements in clinical outcomes and (b) unit cost reductions anticipated to...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to train NHS staff on the use and availability of Naloxone.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much in legal and other costs his Department has spent on (a) high court and (b) court of appeal cases related to the commissioning of pre-exposure...

      Infectious Diseases: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England has had discussions with Dr David Brown on recent innovations to tackle superbugs.

      Acne: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps NHS England has taken to reduce the incidence of acne in young people.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department gives to people who want their embryos frozen before the commencement of cancer treatments.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of talking therapies; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) activity coordinators and (b) psychotherapists supporting patients in acute psychiatric wards; and if he...

      Mental Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average number of acute inpatient mental health care beds available in (a) Coventry and (b) Warwickshire in each month...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's news story of 13 September 2015, From 2020 people with suspected cancer will be diagnosed faster, what progress has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60732, what his Department's average response time is for ministerial correspondence.

      Down's Syndrome: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate regional variations in access to non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome as recommended by the...

      Soft Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the health effect of diet and other low calorie drinks.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health's Written Ministerial statement of 20 January 2017, Official Report, HCWS427,...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that there is an independent investigation whenever a child dies in an in-patient mental health unit.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2016 to Question 45295, on mental illness: children, how many children were admitted to adult in-patient mental...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60732, on members: correspondence, for what reason there was a delay in responding to letters from...

      Department of Health: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish a report on progress against the public policy targets set out in his Department's 2015 to 2020 Delivery Plan.

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the number of cancelled operations for cancer patients in the winter of (a) 2016-17 and (b) each of the last five years.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much on average GPs are paid for each influenza jab administered.

      Midwives: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the decision of the National Midwifery Council on the adequacy of the insurance arrangements of Independent Midwives UK, what steps his...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many missed NHS appointments there were in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of all reports by NHS England on the contracting out of cancer and end-of-life care in Cambridge and in North...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to publish the Tobacco Control Plan in (a) January 2017, (b) February 2017, (c) March 2017 and (d) later than March 2017.

      Nursing: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish information his Department holds from UCAS on the number of applications for undergraduate nursing degrees starting in (a) September...

      Domestic Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on implementing the commitment in the violence against women and girls strategy March 2016 to (a) promote resources available...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many legal cases the Equality and Human Rights Commission has (a) opened, (b) continued and (c) concluded in each of the last three years for...

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much funding has been allocated to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to tackle hate crime since the EU referendum.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Equality and Human Rights Commission is taking to support staff who are facing compulsory redundancy to seek new roles within the...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much funding has been allocated to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for each year until 2020; and how much of that funding will be...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Mesothelioma: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent data they have compiled on the incidence of mesothelioma among former members of the armed forces; and what percentage of the total annual number...

    • Defence Medical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the level of Defence Medical Services staffing against trained requirement, broken down by profession.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the percentage, and (2) the number, of workers earning more than £5,824 and less than the earnings trigger of £10,000, who are over the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 4 April (HL7141), whether they are on target to meet their commitment to plant 11 million trees...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 January (HL4525), whether the 200 children referred to were not eligible to be...

    • European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek the UK's continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers a police constable has to require the drivers of vehicles involved in road accidents to undertake a simple roadside eye test.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were identified as potentially trafficked through the National Referral Mechanism in each year between 2010 and 2015.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Court of Justice of the European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors underlie their intention to take the UK outside the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 11 January (HL4372), if WTO rules apply following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, how...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research published in the British Medical Journal Open that success rates advertised on the majority of IVF websites are...

    • Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 6 January (HL4286), whether they will publish a national improvement framework for hepatitis C...

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 5 January (HL4284), what estimate they have made of when hepatitis C will be eliminated as a...

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 6 January (HL4375), whether, under the rolling regional tender programme, new medicines for the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated prevalence of hepatitis C in England broken down by (1) local authority, and (2) Operational Delivery Network.

      Mesothelioma: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what parts of the UK the drug Avastin is made available to patients diagnosed with mesothelioma; on what basis the drug is withheld from some patients...

      Sepsis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice is being given to the public on how to spot the warning signs of sepsis so that early appropriate treatment can be sought.

      Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 October 2016 (HL2093), whether the Law Commission completed its review of Deprivation of...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in humans in (1) 1990, (2) 1995, (3) 2005, and (4) 2015.

      Clinical Pharmacologists: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will convene a meeting between Health Education England, the British Pharmacological Society and the Specialist Advisory Committee for Clinical...

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of hepatitis C have been diagnosed in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many of those were diagnosed in the...

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