Written answers

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Merchant Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which internationally registered vessels were detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for infringement of the (a) Maritime Labour, (b) Safety...

    • Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department has given to the four British bids to build Hyperloop lines in the UK; and what steps his Department has taken to assess...

      MV Ievoli Black

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is the Government's policy that the UK maritime safety regulations are applicable to the operation and crewing of the emergency towing...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce road congestion.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of average journey times on smart motorways compared with the same journey prior to the introduction of smart...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57840, on railways: industrial disputes, how many hours staff in his Department spent...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57840, on railways: industrial disputes, if he will list the payments made from the public...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57840, on railways: industrial disputes, if he will list the train operating companies that...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57840, on railways: industrial disputes, on what dates the force majeure claims were agreed by...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57840, on railways: industrial disputes, what the average time was for his Department to...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Southern since 24 January 2017 on its performance against contract standards on punctuality, delays and cancellations...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what performance penalties may apply in relation to Southern train services since 24 January 2017.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the Government plans to spend the £60 million which the European Commission proposes to award the UK from the EU's...

    • Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has been earmarked for the (a) Affordable Homes Programme 2015-2018 and (b) Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of 28 November 2016, Official Report, column 1229, who the intended recipients are of...

      Compulsory Purchase: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what metrics his Department uses to calculate compensation for owners of agricultural land under compulsory purchase.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the costs to local authorities of supporting people made intentionally homeless.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to establish a time-limit on the housing records of people made intentionally homeless.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2016 to Question 45729, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letters of 20 October and 30 November 2016 and the email of 12 January 2017 from the hon....

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Defence Growth Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 60622, if he will place in the Library minutes from the 10...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Corrected Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 43632, what decision his Department has made on the...

      Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to tackle future skills shortages in the construction industry.

      Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the availability of skilled...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the implications for his policies are of the call by the Association of Convenience Stores for the Government to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to reduce the difference in cost paid for energy between customers with prepayment meters and...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2016 to Question 57829, on energy: conservation, what role the new apprenticeship...

      Savvibuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the owners of Savvibuy on that company's service to consumers since 1 December.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) UK security of supply and (b) consumer costs of holding the early...

      Savvibuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations his Department has received on Savvibuy's refunding practices for customers who have experienced...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans for the increase in Post Office outreach services in rural communities over the last five...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of late payment by large firms on small businesses and suppliers in the last...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on encouraging involvement by women in...

      Small Business Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on establishing the office of the Small Business Commissioner.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to meet energy industry representatives to discuss the cancellation of the carbon capture and storage...

      Business: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 3.36 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if his Department will support firms specialising (a) in...

      Higher Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much EU funding was received by the higher education sector in the (a) UK and (b) North West in each financial...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Honour Based Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with international counterparts on permission for incidents of honour-based violence...

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Iran on the outcome of the appeal against conviction by Nazanin Zaghari...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with Libyan Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmed Maiteeq, on the case of victims of IRA...

      Qatar: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has contacted (a) his Qatari counterpart, (b) the Qatari Ambassador to the UK and (c) the UK Ambassador to Qatar to...

      Nathan Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the attack on Nathan Law, Hong Kong Legislative Council Member, with the (a) Chief Executive of the...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the Libyan Government of National Accord on compensation for UK...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Veterans: Military Decorations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34745, if his Department will take steps to recognise the contributions of veterans by...

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that internally displaced persons in Iraq who have fled from Mosul are not forcibly returned to...

    • Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the issuing of UK aid in the form of international development in (a) Mosul and (b) the rest of Iraq.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department collects on the children supported by UK aid funding.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential cost of the apprenticeship levy to small primary schools in England in the first year of its operation.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with representatives of governors and head-teachers of small primary schools in England on potential mitigation of the...

      Careers and Enterprise Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the progress being made by the Careers and Enterprise Company to help young people into work in the...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy not to impose the apprenticeship levy on small schools; and for what reasons large academies are not required to pay...

      Schools: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the total number of awards made to state schools in the New Year Honours List 2017 were to governors or employees of (a) local...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 56579, what the 27 per cent most deprived areas are in order of deprivation.

      Department for Education: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times the selection exemptions of the Civil Service Commissioner's recruitment principles were used by her Department in each year since...

      Skills Funding Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times the selection exemptions of the Civil Service Commissioner's recruitment principles were used by the Skills Funding Agency in each year...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of schools were (a) local authority, (b) church and (c) academy and free schools on 31 December 2016.

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Institute for Apprenticeships route panels will be fully operational.

      Technical and Further Education Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many statutory instruments she plans to lay for the Technical and Further Education Bill.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with Ofsted on (a) recent closures of nurseries due to safety concerns and (b) the effectiveness of (i) pre-scheduled and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department plans to take to determine the efficiency of the provision of free childcare funding.

      Pupils: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2017 to Question 56640, on pupils: nationality, whether her Department provides National Pupil Database data to...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted inspections deployed in excess of 10 inspectors to one school in one inspection (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (f)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will guarantee apprenticeship funding for non-levy paying employers in (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21.

      Further Education: Disadvantaged

      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 114, how much of...

      Classroom Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that teaching assistants receive full remuneration for the responsibilities they undertake.

      Children: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60977, if her Department will gather data on the number of young carers registered in schools.

      Schools: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the oral evidence to the Public Accounts Committee of 23 January 2017, Question 46, when the research commissioned by her Department...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans her Department has to increase social diversity among magistrates.

    • Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what date she plans to introduce a new power of guardianship for the families of missing persons.

      Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of...

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many funerals were conducted by each unitary and district council in England under section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 in...

      Probation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the HMI Probation report of 15 December 2016 entitled Quality and Impact inspection: the effectiveness of probation work in the north...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to bring section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 into law.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will assess the potential merits of banning claims management companies from making cold calls for personal injury claims.

      Prisons: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) game consoles and (b) televisions in prisons there were at the beginning of 2017; and what the total cost to the public purse was of those...

      Courts and Tribunals: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has for the future of the courts and tribunals estate in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners who died by suicide in England and Wales in 2016 were known drug users.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales in 2016 were as a consequence of drug use.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of levels of suicides in English and Welsh prisons in 2016.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make an assessment of the implications for the effectiveness of her Department's impact assessment which accompanied the consultation on...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been recalled to prison after being released on licence in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations she has received on the issue of self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of the (a) Royal Courts of Justice and (b) Supreme Court in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Brexit

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has received a copy of the Birmingham Students' Brexit Manifesto; and if she will make a statement.

    • Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Prime Minister, when she was made aware of the results of the tests of the UK's nuclear deterrent in June 2016; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Reform Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister, on what date the Social Reform Committee last met; and how many meetings of that committee have taken place since it was established.

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she raised at her meeting with President Trump on 27 January 2017 the (a) Paris Agreement and international climate change co-operation, (b) treatment of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) brain injuries and (b) cases of concussion caused as a result of people playing (i) football, (ii) rugby and (iii) other...

    • Social Networking: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing licences for the establishment and operation of social media companies.

      5G: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the National Infrastructure Commission's report, Connected future, published 15 December 2016, how standards for 5G...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the potential effect on the amount of money provided for good causes by the National Lottery of the...

      Broadband: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) households and (b) business premises in Rutherglen and Hamilton West...

      UK Trade with EU: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to secure a data adequacy decision for the UK from the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the universal credit regulations require that a claimant with a managed payment to landlord (MPtL) is unable to apply for a...

    • Universal Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants currently have a managed payment to landlord in each London borough.

      Universal Credit: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are in receipt of universal credit in Tower Hamlets.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what new financial savings products have been introduced by third party companies to support people in receipt of universal credit.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance is provided to staff of his Department on the application of sanctions to vulnerable claimants.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the written correspondence between his Department and Motability from the last three months on possible...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) other Departments and (b) Motability on extending the Motability scheme to personal...

      Motability: Inverclyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Inverclyde constituency had a motability car in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Motability: Inverclyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Inverclyde constituency had their motability car removed after changes to their benefit entitlement in (a) 2014, (b) 2015...

      Jobcentres: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any Minister of his Department has visited Cambuslang Jobcentre Plus in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency in the last 30 years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the total number of people assessed for personal independence payment (PIP) who have been awarded a total score of zero in...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the potential merits of allowing government agencies to share information in cases where there are concerns for a claimant's...

      Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to introduce a one-stop process for claimants who are required to update their personal information with...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department's proposals to end disability benefit re-assessments for people who have severe lifelong conditions will include people...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 January 2017, HCWS439, on welfare delivery, how many of the 2,500 work coaches who are expected to be...

      Jobcentres: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 January 2017, HCWS439, on welfare delivery, what percentage of claims made online for (a) jobseeker's...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of assessments for personal independence payments were (a) paper-based and (b) face-to-face in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015 and (iii)...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the Pensions Act 2011 on trends in the level of (a) the overall claimant count, (b)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision there is for his Department to sublet property covered by its Prime contract.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many properties are covered by his Department's Prime contract.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what dates leases for (a) Portcullis House, Glasgow and (b) Corunna House, Glasgow are due for renewal.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many blank (a) employment support allowance claim forms and (b) income support claim forms have been issued in the last year from...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's staff headcount was in each year since 2010 at (a) Portcullis House, Glasgow and (b) Corunna House, Glasgow.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from which landlord his Department leases (a) Portcullis House, Glasgow and (b) Corunna House, Glasgow.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of recruitment to the army from the Republic of Ireland; and how many soldiers have been...

    • Air Force: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2017 to Question 60037, how many Royal Air Force (a) engineering officers and (b) aircraft technicians have been...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average cost to his Department is of a test of Trident.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on publicising successful test firings of unarmed Trident II D5 missiles.

      Army: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reserve and regular soldiers and officers in (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Corps of Signals, (d) Army Medical Services, (e)...

      RAF Regiment: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the shortfall was for the recruitment of reserve and regular gunners and officers in the RAF Regiment in the last 12 months.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many VIPs who were invited by commanding officers attended the Trafalgar Dinner Function during Royal Navy SSBN and Trident II D5 Demonstration and...

      USA: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are on exchange tours with United States Global Strike Command.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had on the future of NATO with James Mattis, President Trump's nominee for Secretary for Defense.

      Defence School of Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Babock International's contract to run the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield has led to the permanent sale of his Department's land to...

      Seas and Oceans: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure UK waters are clear of unexploded ordnance.

      Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions the Government has had with industry experts on identifying and dealing with unexploded ordnance.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether officials at his Department alerted officials in the US Department about the misfired Trident missile, during tests off the Eastern US coast in...

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his proposed timetable is to establish Plymouth as an amphibious Centre of Excellence; and when he expects the relocation of various regiments to...

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will discuss with hon. Members representing all affected constituencies his plans for the Royal Marine relocations before making final decisions.

      Stonehouse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the proposed location for the Royal Marines currently occupying RMB Stonehouse is; and when relocation is planned to take place.

      Syria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether GPS guided parachutes have been used to facilitate arms drops to rebel forces in Syria in the last 12 months.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received requests from other government departments for the use of GPS guided parachutes to drop aid to besieged Syrian...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK Trident missiles rely on (a) weather data and (b) navigational data provided by the US.

      Armed Forces: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 55493, what progress has been made on extending the availability of the HM Forces Railcard since...

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria the Government uses to determine whether to announce the (a) date and (b) outcome of tests of Trident missiles.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral statement of the Minister of State for Defence of 23 January 2017, HL Official Report, column 463, how many (a) hon. Members...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are being taken to increase army recruiting prior to the introduction of the Army Recruiting Partnership Project.

      Ministry of Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's annual recruiting target was for each year from 2010-11 to 2015-16; and what that target is in each of the next five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on upgrading heating, washing and electrical facilities across the defence estate in each year since May 2010.

      Wellington Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the time needed (a) to repair the boiler at Wellington Barracks and (b) for wider facilities upgrades at that barracks.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times enforcement action has been instigated against an undocumented migrant as a result of information provided through the right...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many undocumented migrants have come to the attention of her Department as a result of information provided specifically through the...

      Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has received from payment of civil penalties under right to rent schemes.

      Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many undocumented migrants identified through the right to rent scheme have since been (a) granted discretionary leave to remain, (b)...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed in regulated activity sectors of the workforce in each employment sector in the Disclosure and Barring...

      Honour Based Violence: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on British authorities investigating incidents...

      Homicide: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide regular funding to Women's Aid for a femicide census report in England and Wales.

      Hate Crime: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's Action Against Hate plan, published in July 2016, what steps she is taking to improve the (a) awareness...

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Dungavel IRC is in public ownership or privately owned.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 30 November 2016 on non-EU students, reference...

  • HM Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new businesses registered for VAT in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2011-12 and (e) 2010-11.

    • Revenue and Customs: West Lothian

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs immediately initiate the 1-2-1 redeployment consultation process for all staff working in its...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's current policy is on maintaining similar levels of funding to that delivered through the European Regional Development Fund and...

      Enterprise Investment Scheme: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people benefitted from income tax relief through the Enterprise Investment Scheme in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Enterprise Management Incentives: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people benefitted from income tax relief through Enterprise Management Incentives in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Save As You Earn: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people benefitted from income tax relief through Save As You Earn in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people benefitted from income tax relief through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Subscriptions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people benefitted from income tax relief for professional subscriptions in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with (a) members of the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) members of the Northern Ireland Assembly on...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he plans that the Great Repeal Bill will include measures already agreed by the EU but not yet implemented in the UK.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to encourage SMEs to export goods and services to non-EU countries.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Furs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) extending the ban on the sale of cat, dog and seal fur to other...

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) how many wild animals and (b) of which species are licensed in circuses.

      Water Treatment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy that the EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive will be incorporated in full into UK law when the...

      Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates she has met representatives of the (a) agricultural and (b) retail sectors to discuss the decline in oilseed...

      Wines: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK's decision to leave the EU on the UK wine industry.

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation his Department has conducted with disabled people as part of its review of social care.

    • Royal Brompton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the level of investment in facilities and staff that will be required to expand capacity at each unit to which patients will...

      Radiotherapy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many funding requests for Selective Internal Radiation Therapy have been (a) received and (b) approved by NHS England since April 2013.

      Older People: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to issue guidance on how people aged 50 years and older might reduce the risk of their suffering strokes and...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to protect NHS staff from verbal and physical abuse in the workplace.

      Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to include in the Integration and Better Care Fund Framework 2017-19 how local authorities should take account of the needs of working...

      Cerebral Palsy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits to the health and well-being of children of the early identification of cerebral palsy.

      London Ambulance Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60324, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service on the...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve access to affordable dentistry services.

      Strokes: Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many stroke patients were offered speech therapy (a) nationally and (b) in Worcestershire in 2016.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 25563, what steps his Department is taking to improve cervical screening rates among black...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of hospital waiting time was in 2016 for those who suffered a stroke.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote enrolment in mental health training of training medical practitioners.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups have stopped access to staple gluten-free substitute foods without public consultation in the last two years.

      NHS: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full inspections of NHS trusts and foundation trusts the Care Quality Commission undertook in 2016-17, and in each of the previous three...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients over the age of 80 were discharged from NHS hospitals during the night in each month in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2015-16.

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many applications to work have been refused and (b) for what reasons by the General Medical Council in each of the last four years.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many applications to work have been refused and (b) for what reasons by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in each of the last four years.

      NHS: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of compensation payments made by NHS trusts and foundation trusts is in 2016-17 to date; and what such payments were in each of the...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendances at emergency departments for self-harm per 100,000 people there were in 2015-16; and how many such people received a psychological...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged under 18 have been referred to Sexual Assault Referral Centres since mandatory reporting of age was introduced in each month since...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished admission episodes there were with a primary diagnosis of mental and behavioural disorder for patients aged 0 to 18 in 2015-16.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on the Healthy Start Scheme in each year since 2010.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new Tobacco Control Plan will include funding for media campaigning to promote the reduction of smoking rates.

      NHS: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) average, (b) shortest and (c) longest length of time has been between the Care Quality Commission's inspections of NHS Trusts and the...

      Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long it took between the Care Quality Commission's inspection of Bridgewater NHS Trust and the production of the report on that inspection.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60306, if he will amend the definition of the philosophy of homeopathy in the guidance to better...

      General Practitioners: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of how many GPs working in the NHS will retire by 2020.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of how many new GPs will be trained and employed in the NHS by 2020.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used to determine the price of gluten-free products accepted by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances recommended list which...

      Russells Hall Hospital: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the amounts were of (a) interest charges, (b) repayments of finance lease abilities, (c) service elements, (d) capital lifecycle maintenance, (e)...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57501, what proportion of the population is registered with a dentist.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total spend on mental health programmes for prisoners in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if he...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many senior civil servants in her Department were on a leave of absence from work due to mental illness in each month of the year since January 2010.

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of levels of congestion and pollution in London, whether they will take urgent steps to ensure that Transport for London has powers to limit...

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount raised by Vehicle Excise Duty in each of the two years prior to abolition of the tax disc, and in each of the subsequent years.

  • Home Office

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the strategic importance to the UK of having a domestic steel industry; and whether the National Security Committee has...

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the involvement of the governments of Germany and the Netherlands in decisions by steel manufacturers whether to invest in their respective...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reduction in the size of the UK steel industry, what steps they are taking to retain the skills of UK metallurgists, particularly in the...

      Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with Tata Steel about the future of the Port Talbot plant following the end of the five-year commitment to keep two blast...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the suspension of Garo Paylan, a member of the Turkish parliament, for making a reference to the Armenian Genocide; and what...

    • Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other members of NATO following the remarks by the US President-elect that the alliance is obsolete.

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the US President-elect after his inauguration following his description of the NATO alliance as obsolete.

      Israel: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the investigation by Al Jazeera into the action of Israeli embassy staff in the UK, whether they intend to expel any of those staff.

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the data collected by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the report by Defence for Children International – Palestine that in 2016...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the demolition by Israeli forces on 2 January of 10 structures in the Palestinian...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the shooting by Israeli forces of Mohammed al-Salhi.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the reported wounding of two journalists by Israeli soldiers in the week commencing...

      Ukraine: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and Ukraine, what programmes are in place to support Ukraine's independence, and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of UK financial support to Sierra Leone for family planning and sexual reproductive health and rights is provided through (1) direct...

    • Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to support Sierra Leone with regard to (1) tax revenue, (2) agricultural practices, (3) tourism, and (4) job creation.

      Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will support the government of Sierra Leone in improving its general healthcare system.

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to Department for International Development funding programmes, what status Kosovo has as a post-conflict state requiring assistance.

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which universities responded to the call for evidence on accelerated courses and switching university or degree; and, of those, how many allowed credits for...

    • Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students dropped out of their graduate degree course in each of the years from 2012 to 2015.

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that all higher education institutions have published credit transfer arrangements in place; and how those arrangements...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to enable the recognition in law of marriages in England and Wales conducted by a humanist celebrant; and if so, when.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • World War I: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the role played by Commonwealth countries during the First World War.

    • Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that data centres resident in the UK will no longer be subject to EU data protection rules following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, whether they...

      Mass Media

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have met social media providers to discuss how to combat the spread of fake news online; and what their policy is for addressing the issue.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many government press releases have been issued since May 2014 alerting the media to an air pollution episode.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure older homeless people with additional needs, such as learning difficulties, mental health issues or drug and alcohol...

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 25 January (HL4381), what was the cost of resolving the errors in the original report; how...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to devise a strategy on alcohol use among veterans and serving personnel, and if so, when that strategy will be published.

  • HM Treasury

    • Balance of Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in (1) 2014, (2) 2015, and (3) 2016, what were the balance of trade figures between the UK and (a) France, (b) Germany, and (c) Italy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Macquarie Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any former employees of Macquarie are acting as special advisers, or in an advisory capacity, in (1) Downing Street, (2) the Cabinet Office, or (3)...

  • Department of Health

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Public Health England plans to conduct tests on blood samples taken from passengers involved in a reported contaminated air incident aboard BA Flight...

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospital beds, on each day in the years (1) 2015, and (2) 2016, were filled by patients who could have been discharged; what estimate they have made...

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