Written answers

Thursday, 2 February 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there is a vacancy for a Chief Scientific Advisor to the Treasury.

    • Fossil Fuels: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the contribution of UK continental shelf oil and gas to the annual tax yield.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the sale of illicit tobacco.

      HSBC: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from (a) parliamentarians and (b) members of the public on the closure of HSBC branches.

      Holidays Abroad: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidelines there are to insurance companies on considering claims of people who cancelled travel plans as a result of following Government travel...

      Clydesdale Bank: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made representations to the Clydesdale Bank after that Bank's announcement of 18 January 2017 to close 40 branches in Scotland;...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Iran

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department takes to help businesses to receive funds from Iran.

      National Savings Certificates: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax exemption for interest on National Savings Certificates including index-linked certificates in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Redundancy Pay: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax exemption on the first £30,000 of payments on termination of employment in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Rented Housing: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax relief for renting a room in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax relief for Seafarers Earnings Deduction in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Day care: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax relief for employer-supported childcare including workplace nurseries in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Economic Situation: East Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the economy of (a) Nottingham and (b) the East Midlands of the UK leaving the EU and reverting...

      High Net Worth Unit: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in the revenue collected by HM Revenue and Customs High Net Worth Unit in each of the last five years; and if he will...

  • Prime Minister

    • USA: State Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister, on what date she issued a formal invitation to the President of the US to make a state visit to the UK.

    • Turkey: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with President Erdogan on (a) human rights, (b) press freedom and (c) democracy in Turkey during her visit to that country on 28 January 2017.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people excluded from auto-enrolment as a result of changes to the earnings trigger in the Pensions...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people excluded from auto-enrolment as a result of the introduction of the three-month waiting...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people receiving hardship payments have had recovery of money suspended as a result of the claimant finding work at or...

      Employment: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons 74 is the maximum age at which occupational data include a teacher death.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 January 2017, HCWS439, on welfare delivery, which of the jobcentres due to be closed or co-located...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      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 (a) existing and (b) new employees of his...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 January 2017, HCWS439, on welfare delivery, whether each of his Department's sites due to be closed or...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 January 2017, HCWS439, on welfare delivery, on what date further details will be released on the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is between a claimant requesting by telephone that a benefit claim form be sent to them by post and their receiving...

      Jobcentres: Port Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of relocating staff and resources from Port Glasgow Jobcentre.

      Jobcentres: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a public consultation will take place on the proposal to close St Andrew Street job centre in Edinburgh.

      Jobcentres: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what criteria St Andrew Street job centre, Edinburgh, has been selected for closure.

      Jobcentres: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants living in Edinburgh East constituency are served by St Andrew Street job centre, Edinburgh; and how many of those are (a)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where staff based at Cumnock administration centre will be relocated in the event of its closure.

      Department for Work and Pensions: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to publish an Equality Impact Assessment on the proposal to close Cumnock administration centre.

      Department for Work and Pensions: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will confirm that no compulsory redundancies will result from the closure of Cumnock administration centre.

      Department for Work and Pensions: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what criteria Cumnock administration centre was selected for closure.

      National Insurance: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many nationals of other EU member states registered for national insurance numbers in (a) Greater London and (b) the London Borough of...

      Work Capability Assessment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a maximum number of face to face assessments for Parkinson's disease sufferers.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to select sites for closure in his Department's estates review.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there will be compulsory redundancies from proposed closures in his Department's estate; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when an equality impact assessment will be published on the proposal to close offices in his Department's estate.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which sites due for closure in his Department's estate will be subject to a public consultation.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have applied for (a) jobseekers allowance or (b) universal credit (i) by post and (ii) during a home visit in each year...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the expected costs of the proposed relocation of staff and resources from sites due for closure in his...

      Jobcentres: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants there were in each of the Jobcentre Plus branches in Hull City Council broken down by gender for the most recent month for...

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether officials of his Department visited Eastern Avenue jobcentre, Sheffield before announcing the decision to close it.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what visits to jobcentres it is his policy to reimburse claimants for travel.

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has conducted an impact assessment of the closure of Eastern Avenue Job Centre, Sheffield; and whether his Department made an...

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefits claimants are affected by the decision to close the jobcentre at Eastern Avenue, Sheffield.

  • Home Office

    • Bicyles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce bicycle theft; and what estimate her Department has made of the number of such thefts in each...

    • Crimestoppers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes in funding from the public purse to Crimestoppers were made in each year from 2010-11.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the holding Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39747, on counter-terrorism, when she expects to provide a full Answer.

      Tanis Bhandari

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the Devon and Cornwall Police inquiry into the murder...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been recorded as having left the UK by border exit checks in 2015 and 2016 since their introduction in April 2015.

      Home Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public appointments she has made since her appointment.

      College of Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last visited the College of Policing.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the report received from Kevin Hyland following his visit to hotspots in Greece and Italy in 2016.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will increase the number of people from minority communities in Iraq being resettled in the UK by extending the Syrian Vulnerable...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Productivity: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department met with counterparts at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the level of earnings is of the (a) highest and (b) lowest-paid employees of his Department, its agencies and arms-length bodies; and what...

      Armed Forces: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many former or serving members of the armed forces have been prosecuted for Troubles-related offences in each year since 1998.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress his Department has made on recovering money from overseas visitors and other chargeable NHS patients.

    • Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether cervical screening is available to all women at contraception and sexual health clinics.

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions section 35 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been applied to cases where Valporate has been prescribed to pregnant women.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what substances are included in the active homeopathic substances referred to in medicines and healthcare products regulatory guidance on module 3 of the...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make cervical screening available to women at every contraception and sexual health clinic; and if he will make a statement.

      Country Parks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of access to country parks on children's health and well-being.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect that 20 minutes of brisk walking has on improving health.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of reducing the age for screening for bowel cancer to people aged 50.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government issued any guidelines to insurance companies on the effects of Government advice in February 2016 to consult a medical...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the General Dental Council (GDC) is taking to manage cases that fall under section 6.1.3 in the GDC's standard for the dental team document.

      Dental Services: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many General Dental Council registered dentists have been prosecuted or been subject to fitness to practice judgements as a result of failing to pay...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will bring forward proposals to include the sale of illicit tobacco as an offence under the Restricted Premises Order.

      Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken on improving mental health support for young offenders.

      General Practitioners: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on co-location of GP surgeries within hospital accident and emergency units.

      Accidents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount recovered from third party insurers for NHS treatment under the NHS Injury Recovery Scheme by each Ambulance...

      Accidents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount recovered from third party insurers for NHS treatment under the NHS Injury Recovery Scheme by (a) Lancashire...

      Hidradenitis Suppurativa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a list of designated centres for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa that is difficult to diagnose or manage.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the implementation of sustainability and transformation plans on social care costs for local...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2017 to Question 61521, what information his Department holds on the ages of people admitted to adult in-patient...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 61127, how many beds for in-patients with eating disorders there were in each year since 2010.

      Association of Port Health Authorities: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has replied to the letter to him of 24 November 2016 from the Association of Port Health Authorities; and if he will meet representatives of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many offensive cyber attacks the Government has authorised since 2010.

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Ministers in his Department are responsible for authorising offensive cyber attacks on other states or terrorist groups.

      Hightown Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how many people and (b) in what roles work in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham.

      Ministry of Defence: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the hourly pay-rate is for his Department's cleaning staff.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of in-service complaints were not dealt with in the recommended time for disposal within each of the three armed forces in...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian staff by civil service grade were employed by his Department in each year since 2010.

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy personnel are currently assigned duties aboard HMS Ocean.

      Royal Logistic Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle of the Royal Logistics Corps is of the Army by manpower and basing locations.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the end-of-year budget was for the (a) Royal Military, (b) Royal Naval, (c) Royal Air Force Police and (d) Ministry of Defence Police in each year...

      RAF Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle of the Royal Air Force Regiment is by manpower, task and basing.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel he expects to be routinely allocated to a maritime task group centred on a Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier as described in...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Opportunity and Integration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government's response to the Casey report includes providing extra resources to councils to fund ESOL provision.

    • Private Rented Housing: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 58921, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of revenue to be raised by the social care precept in (a) Southampton, (b) the five poorest local...

      Social Rented Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much capital has been spent on social housing in (a) Leeds East constituency, (b) Leeds, (c) West Yorkshire and (d) the UK...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the number of properties that have been built in high flood-risk areas in (a) Hull and (b) Yorkshire and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much New Homes Bonus funding has been received by (a) Swindon Borough Council and (b) all local authorities in each year...

      Business Rates Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the summary of responses to his Department's consultation on 100 per cent business rates retention;...

      Business Rates Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish details of the pilot schemes for 100 per cent business rates retention; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Workers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the retention rate is for newly-qualified social workers who were recorded in service in each year from November 2010 to...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question HL3395, if the Government will hold a public consultation on the effect...

      Business Rates Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the introduction of the Business Rate Retention Scheme in April 2013; and...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to establish a postcode for people made homeless which may be used for job applications and registration...

      Country Parks: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of parking charges at country parks on visitor numbers.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will take steps to check whether recipients of loans from the Home Building Fund pay business taxes in the UK.

      Planning: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes to the planning system on achieving the National Planning Policy...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of parking charges on the viability of town centre economies.

  • Scotland Office

    • Clydesdale Bank: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has made representations to the Clydesdale Bank after that Bank's announcement of 18 January 2017 to close 40 branches in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Carbon Capture and Storage: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the export potential of new carbon capture technology developed at UK universities.

    • Department for International Trade: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to fill the vacancy at the post of Chief Scientific Advisor to his Department.

      Department for International Trade: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to date has been of his Department's trade and investment campaign, launched on 25 January 2017; and how much of that cost has...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many arms export licences have been granted in the last six months; and what the destination country was of each of those applications.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what her policy is on continuing direct grant funding from her Department to support the revenge porn helpline.

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will introduce statutory sex and relationships education to tackle homophobic bullying and sexual harassment in schools.

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Policy

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

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many electric vehicle rapid charging points will be introduced in (a) England and (b) London in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018, (iii) 2019 and (iv) 2020; and...

      Govia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Office of Rail and Road's report, GTR-Southern Railways-Driver Only Operation, published on 5 January 2017, what assurances he...

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to stimulate public or private investment in the A1(M) to increase capacity on that road.

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 55987, on what dates (a) his and (b) predecessor departments received force majeure claims from...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to publish the (a) key findings and (b) full report of Chris Gibb's project board into rapid improvements of Southern Rail.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's objectives are related to air quality.

      South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will carry-out a feasibility study for electrifying the rail line from Cardiff to Swansea.

      Heathrow Airport: M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to consult on the Airports Commission's Surface Access Works: Strategic Road Network Proposals for the expansion of Heathrow...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the authorities at Heathrow Airport on ensuring that construction of the proposed third runway...

      Department for Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which EU directives relating to his Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of roadworks sites which are unmanned overnight and at weekends.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether funds paid out to properties under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme or Need to Sell Scheme which no longer fulfil the criteria of those...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average amount is that has been paid out to people under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities were successful in their bids for the Access Fund for funding to improve access to jobs and education through cycling and...

      Helicopters: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what analysis of the effectiveness of additional gearbox condition monitoring on the AS332 L2 and the EC225 was undertaken by (a) his Department and...

      Helicopters: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what monitoring his Department has undertaken of implementation of the Air Accident Investigation Branch's safety recommendations made as a result of...

      Helicopters: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with helicopter operators and manufacturers on steps to reassure workers in the North Sea about the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been paid to owners of Leicestershire properties under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

      Transport: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve (a) the A38 and (b) other transport links to the South West.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total amount has been paid out under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have (a) applied and (b) had an application accepted for compensation under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect on the motorsport industry of the European Court of Justice ruling of September 2014, Damijan...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in Leicestershire have (a) applied and (b) had an application accepted for compensation under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

      Virgin Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Virgin Trains on consistency in ticket pricing within their franchise terms.

      Virgin Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will discuss with Virgin Trains the extent to which its franchise agreement permits differentiation in ticket pricing for similar journeys to...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Government contracts for the procurement of new rolling stock contain provisions specifying the use of local contents in the supply chains for...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account his Department took of the potential merits of including in Government contracts for the procurement of new rolling stock provisions to...

      M4: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on air quality of increasing the capacity of the M4 between junctions 3 and 4 by creating a tunnel for...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60337, if he will make it his policy to publish in full the advice provided to him by Chris...

      Peter Wilkinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Peter Wilkinson notified the Department of any conflicts of interest while assessing the Govia Thameslink Railway bid.

      Peter Wilkinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Peter Wilkinson has notified the Department of any conflicts of interest in the last three years.

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the use of driverless cars on UK roads.

      M1: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 61251, what steps he is taking to ensure that when the smart motorway opens on the M1 between...

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the Department's total budget will be spent on cycling between 2015 and 2020.

      Department for Transport: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55011, for what reasons his Department provided the information requested in that Question to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in West Papua.

    • Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of threat from piracy in (a) current and (b) prospective shipping lanes of...

      Papua: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indonesian counterpart on conflict in West Papua.

      Papua: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote peace in West Papua.

      Papua: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart from Papua New Guinea on conflict in West Papua.

      Papua New Guinea: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) the Minister for Asia and the Pacific plans to visit Papua New Guinea in the near future.

      South China Sea: Disputed Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on building on disputed islands in the South China Sea.

      South China Sea: Disputed Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Philippines on building on disputed islands in the South China Sea.

      South China Sea: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UK's Permanent Representative at the UN on the security situation in the South China Sea.

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to visit the US; and when he plans to meet his US counterpart.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli authorities as a result of the demolition of Umm al-Hiran.

      Emilsen Manyoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the murder of Emilsen Manyoma on 17 January 2017; and if he...

      South China Sea: Disputed Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of military presence on the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea; and what...

      Mudawi Ibrahim Adam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, Chris Trott, raised the ongoing detention without charge of Dr...

      Mudawi Ibrahim Adam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the alleged torture of Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam by Sudanese authorities during his ongoing...

      UK Permanent Representation to the EU: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to increase the size of the UK Representation to the EU once negotiations begin on the UK leaving the EU.

      State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost is to the public purse of each of the last three state visits to the UK.

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) The Speaker, (b) Lord Speaker, (c) the House of Commons Commission, (d) the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) level of earnings is of the (i) highest and (ii) lowest-paid employee and (b) median earnings are of employees of her...

    • Department for International Development: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to cap the daily rate of consultants working (a) directly for and (b) for contractors working on projects funded by...

      Gaza and West Bank: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of Israel's border restrictions and permit system on urgent medical care for people...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much government funding is provided for climate action in developing countries.

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her press statement of 16 December 2016 on future UK support to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, that she intends to...

      Department for International Development: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which contracts have been suspended by Ministers of her Department in the last three months.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to increase her Department's spending on water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how her Department plans to spend the revenue raised in the 2016-17 financial year from the apprenticeship levy.

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much Government funding has been made available for lessons in English for speakers of other languages in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains her Department's policy to introduce legislative proposals to require schools to give equal weight to vocational and academic...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 56579, on apprenticeships, for what reason her Department has no plans to offer ex-offenders...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2017 to Question 56640, on how many occasions National Pupil Database data has been shared with the media in each...

      Exercise: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to ring-fence a proportion of the revenue raised from the sugar levy to support the least active children to exercise more.

      Schools: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department provided for support for deaf awareness training in schools in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans formally to respond to the consultation on Implementing the English Baccalaureate which closed on 29 January 2016.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • International Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential effects of the UK exiting the EU on the likelihood of international broadcasting...

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether Phase 2 superfast broadband delivery in Scotland will receive European funding.

      Broadband: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made an estimate of the proportion of (a) households and (b) business premises in Rutherglen and Hamilton...

      Darts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding her Department has provided for the promotion and development of darts in each year since 2010.

      MG Alba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (a) how many times and (b) on which dates (i) Ministers and (ii) officials of her Department have met representatives of MG Alba in the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many instances of avian flu were identified in sites in England and Wales in each of the last 24 months; and if she will...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds of the number of instances of avian flu identified in sites across England and Wales...

      European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the benefit to the UK of membership of the European Chemicals Agency.

      Agriculture: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the economic value of agricultural exports to the EU in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b)...

      Rivers: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce river pollution in the UK.

      Agricultural Products: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to ensure that funding for the promotion of agricultural products continues to be made...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will bring forward proposals during negotiations with the EU to allow specified industries to continue to access...

    • Brexit: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish the total costs to the public purse of R (on the application of Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State...

      Brexit: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on legislative consent motions for the proposed Great Repeal Bill.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, what the (a) level of earnings is of the (i) highest and (ii) lowest-paid employee and (b) median earnings are of employees of the Law Officers' Departments and...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, what the procedure is for presenting a case to the Crown Prosecution Service independently of the police.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offenders: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions she has had with Network Rail on engineering apprenticeships for youth offenders.

    • Young Offenders: Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many youth offenders have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in each year since 2010.

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 59732, what the timetable will be for publishing an updated copy of the Macur Review with...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) level of earnings is of the (i) highest and (ii) lowest-paid employee and (b) median earnings are of employees of her Department, agencies...

      Magistrates' Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans her Department has for the construction of custody facilities at Wrexham Magistrates' Court; what options for that construction her...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2017 to Question 61520, in which prisons she has visited a mental health service since July 2016; and on what date...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in tribunal fees in people with protected characteristics.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people under the age of 60 were diagnosed with bowel cancer in each of the last five years.

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary was in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) level of earnings is of the (i) highest and (ii) lowest-paid employee and (b) median earnings are of employees of his Department, agencies...

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will take steps to make the consultation process operated through the Sewel Convention a statutory requirement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Art Works

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to place an inscription on the statue of Charles Bradlaugh,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all service leavers undertake resettlement training with Career Transition Partnership.

    • Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to increase the number of British troops deployed to Iraq.

      Ministry of Defence: Civilians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to reduce the number of civilian personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence from 56,430 to 41,000, as set out in the Strategic Defence and...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 January (HL4640), what are the short- and long-term plans they have in place to ensure that the offer of...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the UK's future involvement in the EU's foreign security and defence missions.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 12 January (HL Deb, col 2159) concerning the future capability of the armed forces, whether HMS Queen Elizabeth will...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following completion of phase one of their assessment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), and in the light of international competition, when they will...

    • Companies: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 19 December 2016 (HL4007) and 28 December 2016 (HL4008), what due diligence is undertaken to...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to ensure that data to be collected under the draft regulations on the duty to report on payment practices and policies will be made...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the data to be provided by large firms under the draft regulations on the duty to report on payment practices and policies will be verified for accuracy.

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether data to be provided by large firms under the draft regulations on the duty to report on payment practices and policies will be collated and then...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the penalties for large firms that fail to comply with the duty to report on payment practices and policies.

      Small Business Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Small Business Commissioner’s remit will include tackling the issue of supply chain bullying.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will support the government of Sierra Leone in keeping teenage girls in school.

    • Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of Official Development Assistance (ODA) spent on humanitarian assistance for each of the last three financial years; and what...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Department for Education’s electronic eligibility checking system to encourage more parents to take their...

    • Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for increasing the previously agreed size of a particular free school.

      Enterprise Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools in England engage with Enterprise Advisers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ratify the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements on behalf of the UK in its own right.

    • Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirements they have set for community rehabilitation companies to make specific arrangements for the rehabilitation of minority groups whose first...

      Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions took place in England and Wales in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will research and publish the figures for UK creative industry exports to every European country, including those outside the EU.

    • Arts: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries are categorised as being within Europe in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2016 spreadsheet Creative Industries: Focus on Exports...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that National Citizen Service participants experience citizenship education and political literacy as part of any programmes...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help social action projects overcome their hidden costs; and what steps they are taking to ensure that social action projects are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Abstraction: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the abstraction licences relating to the abstraction of water from (1) Thirlmere Reservoir, (2) Kielder Reservoir, and (3)...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many national air pollution episodes there have been since May 2014; how many days in total those episodes covered; and what is their estimate of the...

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish a national action plan on female genital mutilation in England; and if so, when.

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under 16 years of age were identified as potentially trafficked through the National Referral Mechanism in each year between 2010 and 2014.

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers were deported upon reaching 18 years of age in (1) 2012, (2) 2013, (3) 2014, and (4) 2015.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to maintain contact with asylum-seeking minors who were dispersed from the camps in Calais and Dunkirk in Autumn 2016.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors have been reunited with family members in the UK in each of the past 12 months.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish their new drugs strategy.

      Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to change the terms of reference, budget or membership of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why only three of the 25,800 unaccompanied children reported by Unicef to be in Italy have been transferred to the UK.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s inspection of Border Force’s identification and treatment...

      Asylum: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT people seeking asylum have been deported to Russia.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many rough sleepers there were in the UK for each of the last three years; and what plans they have to tackle this issue.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support NHS Trusts to encourage NHS staff to volunteer to join the Armed Forces Reserves.

    • Clinical Pharmacologists: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to prevent Health Education England decommissioning five training posts for clinical pharmacologists.

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect publication of Health Education England’s review of the cancer workforce.

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