Written answers

Monday, 30 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Helicopters: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the geographical extent of the compulsory helicopter route under the London City control zone.

    • Bus Services: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will announce increased support for rural bus services in Hemsworth constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles in the Government Car Service have been found to be fitted with emissions defeat devices; and how many of those devices have been...

      Northern Rail: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on reimbursing rail operators for costs incurred by industrial action by Northern Rail; and whether the Government has...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to make a final decision on Govia Thameslink Railway's existing force majeure claims.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will assess the potential merits of allowing local authorities to take responsibility for the Bus Service Operators Grant.

      Driving Tests: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving tests have been taken at the Southend driving test centre; and how many of those tests resulted in a pass in each of the last five years.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to accelerate the rate of performance improvement on the Southern rail network.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ensure that constituencies increasing in population...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training and advice is available to immigration officers carrying out asylum interviews where a claimant has been a victim of sexual...

    • UK Visas and Immigration: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much UK Visas and Immigration paid out in costs in respect of judicial reviews of (a) deportation orders and (b) other immigration...

      Refugee Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the length of her Department's contract with the Refugee Council was for the provision of independent advice to asylum seekers; what...

      Migrant Help

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have received independent advice from Migrant Help in each year since that contract was signed with her Department;...

      Migrant Help

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the length of her Department's contract is with Migrant Help for the provision of independent advice to asylum seekers; what the cost...

      Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to convene the ministerial seminar on hate on the internet referred to in Action Against Hate: The UK Government's...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the European Arrest Warrant has been used to bring to the UK people suspected of (a) child sex offences, (b) rape and (c)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that suspected terrorists do not enter the UK using counterfeit passports.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60854, to which Minister in which Department hon. Members should address their...

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on when to commence the second part of the Leveson inquiry; and if she will make a...

      Fracking: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of monitoring and policing anti-fracking protests since 2010 in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK.

      Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the term of office of the current Chief Scientific Adviser to her Department ends; and what the timescale will be for filling that...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many European Arrest Warrant requests have been made by UK police forces to each of the other EU countries in the last five years; and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what companies each Minister of his Department has responsibility for government relationships with.

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the training of sufficient engineers and technicians to support the UK nuclear industry.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the Government having full access to and use of technologies developed outside the UK and used in...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the role that carbon capture and (a) storage and (b) utilisation will play...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the contribution that new (a) coal-fuelled, (b) gas-fuelled, (c) hydro, (d)...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department plans to (a) monitor, (b) enforce and (c) impose appropriate sanctions arising from the investor...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on households' access to low-cost and off-peak rates of Ofgem recommendations...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the most cost-effective way of providing utility scale baseload power in its...

      Developing Countries: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to provide support for the use of carbon capture technology in the developing world additional to the...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce an award in recognition of the contribution made by munitions workers during the Second World War.

      Nissan: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies involved in the supply chain for Nissan in the North East remain...

      Low Pay

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

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to build on the UK's strengths in aerospace innovation and manufacturing before and...

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the aerospace industry to economic growth in the (a) South West and...

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the aerospace sector remains globally competitive after the UK...

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that companies in the aerospace supply chain benefit from increasing...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Omani government on the crisis in Yemen.

    • Yemen: Al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the increasing influence of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen.

      Yemen: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department provides bilateral funding or other resources for the office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen.

      Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Bangladeshi government on the case of Mr Ahmad Bin Quasem.

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Columbian counterparts about the murders of (a) Emilsen Manyoma on 17 January 2017 in...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart on the murder of (a) Aldemar Parra García on 7 January 2017,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that President Kabila abides by the 31 December 2016 agreement reached in the...

      Serbia: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60166, what preparations (a) his Department and (b) the British Embassy...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Macquarie Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings officials of his Department have had with employees of Macquarie Group or its subsidiaries in each month since March 2016.

    • Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of National Youth Parliament's Votes at 16 campaign.

      Average Earnings: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary for (a) men and (b) women was in (i) Greater London and (ii) the London borough of Newham in each year since 2010.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Sick Leave

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

  • Department for Education

    • Postgraduate Education: Northern ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial aid is available to prospective postgraduate students from Northern Ireland who have previously lived and studied in England but are...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average amount held in reserve by schools was in each year from 2010.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the pass rate among students aged 17 years and over who achieved grade A* to C in GCSE (a) mathematics and (b) English...

      Mental Illness: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that vulnerable children and young people who become mental health in-patients can continue their education without...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on which children and family organisations have supported the provisions relating to power to innovate in the...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence she used to calculate the weighting given to the pupil mobility factor in proposals for the school funding formula.

      Nurseries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60537, what the timescale will be for the Government's early years workforce strategy.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school-age children regularly attend a school breakfast club.

      After School Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school-age children regularly attend an after-school club.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students achieved three or more A grade or higher A-levels in each ethnic group for each year since 2006.

      Schools: Bristol West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2016 to Question 56753, what mechanisms the national funding formula will use to account for the cost pressures...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to prohibit subsidiaries of profit-making companies from contracting with local authorities to run child protection and other...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what statutory guidance exists on protecting the welfare of students who are being educated at home.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

    • Legal Profession: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to increase diversity in (a) the legal sector and (b) among paralegals.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department has received to date from its pilot on restorative justice approaches in prisons; and if she will make a statement.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make an assessment of the effect of not ring-fencing funding for Police and Crime Commissioner spending on restorative justice on the...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations she has received on the matter of banning claims management companies.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mental health services in prisons the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation has visited since she was appointed.

      Prisoners' Transfers: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Irish citizens in prison within the UK have requested transfers to prisons in the Republic of Ireland in the last 12 months; and if she will...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to publish its legislative proposals stemming from its consultation, Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (Whiplash) Claims...

      Children: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will take steps to introduce guidance for courts on providing both parents with 50-50 access to their children on divorce as a default unless...

  • Prime Minister

    • USA: Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Prime Minister, what plans she has to discuss with President Trump his policy on reducing nuclear weapons through negotiations during her forthcoming visit to the US.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Submarines: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on his Department's plans for the management of nuclear waste generated by...

    • Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will conduct a review of Trident testing procedures.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the fleet of the Royal Navy has the operational capacity to be able to fully support the operational...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) armed forces personnel and (b) guests attending (i) Royal Navy SSGN and Trident II D5 Demonstrations and (ii) Shakedown Operations in...

      Helicopters: RNAS Culdrose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the future of the depth servicing of helicopters at RNAS Culdrose.

      Armed Forces: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the number of (a) regular (i) soldiers, (ii) sailors and (iii) airmen and (b) reserve (A) soldiers, (B) sailors and (C) airmen was by medical...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on NATO's two per cent GDP spending target.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which NATO allied countries provided Maritime Patrol Aircraft inside UK airspace on 25 January 2017.

      Romania: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, When he plans for RAF Typhoons to deploy to Romania as part of NATO's southern air policing operations.

      Estonia: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans are for the basing of UK armed forces in Estonia.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will establish an independent inquiry to carry out an official review of the test of a Trident II D5 missile fired by HMS Vengeance off the coast...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to extend bereavement payment to the parents or guardians of children who have died.

    • Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit claimants have required assistance to complete their online account in the latest period for which figures...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of universal credit are defined as being self-employed.

      Social Security Benefits: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of administering working age benefits to people who have retired on health...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Master Trust products have been independently reviewed against the Master Trust Assurance framework.

      Pension Credit: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to allow people temporarily living abroad to claim pension credit for longer.

      Skin Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each parliamentary constituency who receive employment and support allowance have been diagnosed with (a) hidradenitis...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons a person is required to meet a minimum level of national insurance contributions before they are eligible to receive...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department will implement plans to cease work capability assessments re-assessments for employment and support allowance claimants...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount in maintenance arrears of non-resident parents is under the (a) Child Support Agency and (b) Child Maintenance Service.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many additional work coaches will be employed in (a) Rutherglen Jobcentre and (b) total across Glasgow's jobcentres as a result of the...

      Asos: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Jobcentre Plus offices have made referrals to Asos' online distribution centre in Barnsley.

      Parkinson's Disease: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to assessors on dealing with young people who have Parkinson's disease.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of unsuccessful claims for personal independence payments were overturned at the mandatory reconsideration stage...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of unsuccessful claims for employment support allowance were overturned at the mandatory reconsideration stage in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of home insurers have (i) met and (ii) failed to meet their quotas to issue insurance...

    • Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties in (a) Hull and (b) each nomenclature of territorial units for statistic region 1 of England are on the...

      Fly-tipping and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) environmental effect and (b) cost to the public purse of littering and fly...

      Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of poaching incidents in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the Government's progress on preventing fly-tipping; and when the fly-tipping in England...

      Badgers: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent badger baiting.

      Fly-tipping and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) ten types of item most commonly discarded as litter and (b) ten areas in which...

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to require retailers who charge for single use carrier...

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the contents of the EU Water Framework Directive will be transposed in full into UK law as part of the Great Repeal Bill.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to secure access to EU markets for (a) UK exports and (b) Scotch whisky in negotiations on the...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason local authorities have no direct responsibility to control PM2.5 concentrations; and if she will make a...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the duty to cooperate in the development of local plans.

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) producing and (b) distributing the Right to Buy information booklet to households.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department used to decide where the Right to Buy information booklet was distributed.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each local authority (a) received in revenue support grant and (b) collected in business rates in each of the last 10...

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

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

      Communities and Local Government: Sick Leave

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

      Housing: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library all research on the effect of immigration on housing commissioned by his Department or produced...

      Enterprise Zones: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the role of rural...

      Communities and Local Government: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many visits by (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department to Coventry there have been in each of the last five...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the size is of the cap on borrowing to invest in new homes in each core city.

      Lancashire County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Lancashire County Council received from central government in grants, excluding monies received from the local...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on continuing regional aid funding at the same levels currently provided by the EU after 2020; and if he...

      EU Grants and Loans: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total amount of regional aid funding for the West Midlands from EU sources which will be...

      Archaeological Sites: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to use the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to protect sites of archaeological interest...

      Archaeological Sites: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons pre-commencement conditions have been removed from planning applications relating to archaeological...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the extent to which first-time home buyers receive financial help from their parents or...

      Rented Housing: Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides on rental of a property without provision of drinking water; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish information on the Growth Deal allocation for each local enterprise partnership made under the Autumn...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the future challenge of a growth in non-communicable diseases identified in her Department's Bilateral Development...

  • HM Treasury

    • Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to implement a requirement for payment services lenders to clearly stipulate what the total cost of the loan will be for the...

    • Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to put in place measures to improve Government control over the rate of inflation.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60692, on EU budget: contributions, whether funding commitments made by the Government to the EU as a...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has met his Irish counterpart to discuss the future of the Ireland-UK border after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has received representations on the UK leaving the EU from the governments of (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Italy and (d) Spain.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many civil service fast stream staff his Department employs.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total value is of contracts let between his Department and consultants has been since the establishment of that Department.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has compiled a list of all UK rights and obligations arising from membership of EU agencies and institutions.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60756, if he will provide a list of the trade unions referred to in that Answer.

      Legislative Consent Motions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department took prior to the Supreme Court ruling of 24 January 2017 to prepare draft legislative consent motions for...

      Business: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on how many occasions he has met with businesses based in (a) Sheffield, (b) Leeds, (c) Manchester, (d) Newcastle, (e) Bradford, (f)...

      European Banking Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions the Government has had with the European Banking Authority since the EU referendum.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Fairs: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reasons his Department decided not to provide funding for the Drinktec trade fair in Munich on 11-15 September 2017.

    • Beer: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent changes in the government funding provided to promote British businesses at...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support bespoke business matching and (b) help UK businesses maximise their market presence overseas.

      Trade Fairs: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of potential merits of increasing funding for stands in trade shows; and for what reasons his Department did not...

      Whisky: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the export prospects for Scotch whisky after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department of Trade: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many overnight hotel stays for official purposes in other countries have been made by him and other ministers of his Department; and if...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60541, if he will list the number of employees in each of the permanent trade offices...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many companies in the (a) West Midlands and (b) UK have made export enquiries to his Department since it was created; and if he will...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her most recent estimate is of the percentage of geographic voice and data coverage provided by (a) O2, (b) EE, (c) Three and (d)...

    • S4C: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it will be a requirement of the independent review of S4C that the reviewer be proficient in the Welsh language.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Harassment

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the level of online abuse of female...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for how long the post of Chief Scientific Adviser to his Department has been vacant; and what plans he has to advertise for and fill that vacancy.

    • Constituencies: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recommendations of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland on political...

      Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent meetings he has had with businesses in Northern Ireland to discuss the UK's exit from the EU.

  • Department of Health

    • Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the (a) set-up and (b) training costs of the Selective Internal Radiation Therapy procedure.

    • Cerebral Palsy: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides on the use of (a) paediatric speech and language therapy, (b) paediatric physiotherapy and (c) paediatric...

      Department of Health: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reduction in the number of his Department's officials has been in each year since 2009-10; and what planned reduction in the number of his...

      Healthwatch England and Local Healthwatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how much funding has been allocated to and (b) how many staff have been employed by (i) Healthwatch England, (ii) Healthwatch Hull and (iii) each...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis the Department has undertaken to assess the reasons for the time taken between a patient being cleared to be discharged from hospital and...

      Norovirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in the incidence of norovirus in the last five years; and what recent steps he has taken to tackle outbreaks of...

      Footwear: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the health effect on people who run wearing ill-fitting trainers.

      Atrial Fibrillation: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the UK National Screening Committee plans to begin its review of systematic population screening for atrial fibrillation.

      Atrial Fibrillation: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual financial cost is of atrial fibrillation-related stroke to the NHS.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department took to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

      Skin Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished admission episodes there were in each parliamentary constituency where a patient was diagnosed as having (a) hidradenitis suppurativa...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how NHS processes for the purchase of medicines are taken into account in decisions of allocating funding for research and development in life sciences;...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of people aged 50- years and under who have Parkinson's disease.

      Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was reclaimed in health costs from non-UK Governments in each of the last three years by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of councils charging fees to undertake needs assessments for adult social care on people with social care...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS clinical commissioning groups have a no access policy in relation to staple gluten-free substitute foods via FP10 prescription in England.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57424, on dental services, for what reason his Department does not hold the data requested.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57423, what estimate he has made of the number of children who are registered with a dentist.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of repeat dispensing prescriptions issued in England in each year from 2010 to 2015 and (b) savings made in...

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new drugs for the potential treatment of Parkinson's disease are being considered for licensing.

      Community Hospitals: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of community hospitals are in (a) Devon and (b) East Devon.

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to include prison mental health services within the Care Quality Commission's remit for inspection.

      Mental Health Services: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unpaid NHS jobs in mental health were advertised in each year since 2010.

      Surgery: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of cancelled elective surgeries on the development and training of trainee surgeons.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on healthcare standards and patient access to medicines in the UK.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many broader scope meetings have been held by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency since May 2015.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure equal access to IVF treatment across the UK.

  • Department for Transport

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rights exist for individuals and organisations to deal with drones which appear over their property.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rights exist for individuals and organisations, for example schools or other educational institutions, that are subject to being photographed by, or...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 January (HL4355), which of the eight principles have still not been met; and what is...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 January (HL3406), where prospective tenants who are denied access to the private rented...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures are planned between now and 2020 to increase UK productivity measured as gross domestic product per hour.

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new resources are to be made available to encourage improved productivity in the UK.

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken across government departments and including the devolved administrations to co-ordinate the promotion of increased productivity...

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any published targets for UK productivity over the next five years; and if so, what they are.

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the reportedly low levels of productivity in the UK over the last eight years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following Sir Simon McDonald's visit to Sudan on 10 January, whether it is now their policy to promote trade with Sudan.

    • Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following Sir Simon McDonald's visit to Sudan on 10 January, what benchmarks they are using to measure the effectiveness of dialogue between the UK and Sudan.

      Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during Sir Simon McDonald's visit to Sudan on 10 January, he raised with the government of Sudan its refusal to grant humanitarian access to the Two...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent execution in Bahrain of three men convicted of murder; whether they will appeal for clemency in the cases of Mohammed...

      Iraq: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the end-users of British arms supplied to Iraq, including whether any supplies have gone to the People's Mobilization Units...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to summon the Turkish Ambassador to make representations concerning the three state of emergency decrees issued on 6 January; and what...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to call upon the government of Turkey to hold an independent inquiry into the deaths of Seve Demir, Pakize Nayir and Fatma Uyar in Silopi...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that projects and programmes funded from the cross-government Prosperity Fund will create jobs for women in developing...

      Gambia: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the validity of the results of the 2016 elections in The Gambia.

      ACP Countries: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s undertakings following the EU referendum result, what policies they will pursue to sustain relationships with the...

      Central America: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the EU–Central America Association Agreement became eligible for the process of ratification by the UK Parliament.

      Central America: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Parliament will be asked to ratify the EU–Central America Association Agreement.

      Syria: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the request by the human rights groups including the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the Center for Violations Documentation in Syria,...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last raised the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with the Iranian authorities, and what progress has been made in securing her release and in...

      Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the release of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents concerning US proposals to offer grants to British citizens on the Falkland...

      Horn of Africa: EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote the inclusion of safe and legal routes of passage for migrants from the Horn of Africa in the Khartoum Process.

      Horn of Africa: EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statement by Oxfam that "the EU needs to reconsider very carefully exactly how much it is willing to sacrifice on the altar...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 19 January 2017 (HL4518) concerning threatening behaviour against those holding public office,...

    • Charities: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 18 January (HL4549), whether, and if so which, charities receive donations from the Government or...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include a consultation with civil society when compiling the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals voluntary national review.

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a national commission on Sustainable Development such as in Finland.

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government Minister approved the new St Helena Airport and what corrective measures they now intend to implement.

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to clear the villages of the Nineveh plains of landmines and to rebuild the homes of communities driven from their villages...

      Refugees: Weather

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of severe weather, including sub-zero temperatures, on refugees in the Middle East and southern Europe, and how...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 6 December 2016 (HL3575), what are the results of their monitoring of the government of Burma’s...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for International Development (DfID) currently tracks how many jobs for women in developing countries (1) have been, and (2) they...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many jobs for women in developing countries (1) have been, and (2) they estimate will be, created by the Commonwealth Development Corporation; whether...

      Gambia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what development projects they support in The Gambia, and what is the current status of those projects while political difficulties continue following the...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the open letter from a number of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in December 2016 calling for the UN to encourage the...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to integrate nutrition into UK-funded reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health programmes in the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of investing in early child development in the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase investment in improving nutrition and health outcomes for infants and young children, in the light of the Bilateral...

      Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support the UK will provide to Sierra Leone over the next five years to promote women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights.

      Greece: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have given during the last two years to (1) the government of Greece, and (2) non-governmental organisations working in Greece,...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to re-establish Education Priority Areas in places where children suffer from very limited ability to speak English or other...

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to ensure, as far as possible, that all male school children are aware of the responsibilities of parenthood by the time they...

      Autism: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adopt the recommendation of the National Autistic Society in their School Report 2016 on how the Special Educational Needs and Disability...

      Education: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation exercises they undertook regarding the provision of education or children's services for which the closing date was between 1 January 2015...

      Boarding Schools: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the economic benefit to the UK arising from the provision of educational services to under-18 international students at...

      Academies: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of academies spent more than their incomes between 2012–13 and 2014–15.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, on the most recent date for which figures are available, what offences were (1) males, and (2) females, in prisons in England and Wales, convicted of,...

    • Ministry of Justice: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reviews have been announced in Parliament by the Ministry of Justice in the last six years; how many have been completed; how many are still...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the comparative access and speed of the internet between urban and rural areas; and what proposals they have to improve...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Lone Parents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the number of children in the UK being brought up in a family with only one resident parent, and in...

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether claimants of Universal Credit are always told when housing costs revert to them at the end of any set period for Alternative Payment arrangements, or...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Alternative Payment arrangements to cover some of a Universal Credit claimant's housing costs, together with a...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that there is adequate support for vulnerable Universal Credit claimants who do not have housing support staff.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will introduce to ensure that women who have multiple jobs, none of which are eligible for National Insurance credits, do not lose out on...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reciprocal arrangements will be put in place to guarantee, after the UK leaves the EU, the annual increase of the basic state pension for UK citizens...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Patrol Craft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 12 January (HL Deb, col 2159), concerning the fleet of up to six offshore patrol vessels which will support UK...

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Armed forces covenant for communities, published on 12 January, what action they are taking to help local authorities to adapt their...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the collection of data on the number of older people who are homeless but who are not included in official statutory...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 21 December 2016 (HL Deb, col 1656), what is their assessment of the impact of housing benefit cuts...

      Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact, if any, of the designation of a selective licensing area on the availability of mortgages for the purchase of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector Debt: Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances they would consider relieving the government of Sudan of its sovereign debt to the UK.

    • Sterling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the devaluation of the pound sterling since June 2016 on the financial wellbeing of retired UK citizens...

      Child Tax Credit and Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long claimants are able to backdate a claim for (1) the married tax allowance, and (2) the disabled element of the child tax credit.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 9 January (HL4374), what negotiations took place between 1989 and 1993 about the former Soviet...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the announcement of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, and given that the budget for the forthcoming financial year has yet to be agreed...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the progress on ensuring natural justice for UK servicemen accused of alleged historic crimes in Iraq, whether similar measures are being...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what works they are planning to improve flood defences up to 2020.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of gross domestic product the UK has spent on healthcare since 2010; and what are the comparable figures for Germany and France.

    • Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will address the sexual and reproductive health and rights challenges that exist within the UK within the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the number of people occupying hospital beds who are deemed well and able to leave but who are refusing to leave, or stalling...

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