Written answers

Monday, 6 February 2017

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Public Accounts Commission: Pay

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what the level of earnings is of the (a) highest and (b) lowest-paid employees of the Commission; and what the median level of earnings is...

  • HM Treasury

    • Agriculture: Tax Allowances

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

    • Financial Markets: Tax Allowances

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

      Visual Impairment: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received blind person's allowance for income tax in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the reduction in monies coming in to the public purse which result from each increase in one per cent in excise...

      Lloyds Banking Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Government's stake in Lloyds Bank to be returned to the private sector.

      Personal Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value of revenue forgone was of tax relief for personal pension contributions for (a) basic and (b) higher rate taxpayers in each of the last...

      Health Insurance: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the revenue to the Exchequer from insurance premium tax on (a) individual health insurance and (b) corporate health insurance was in the latest period...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on the (a) pharmaceuticals, (b) aerospace, (c) vehicle manufacturing, (d) financial services,...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the sums to be accrued from the apprenticeship levy in each region of the UK in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Commission: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with conditions that cause short stature have had their mobility payments withdrawn after their transition from disability...

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals against each type of benefit sanction have been (a) upheld and (b) overturned in each year since 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 17 January 2017 to Question 59783 and 59784, on personal independence payment: motability, what the (a) estimated...

      Betting Shops: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 28 July 2015 to Question 7097, whether his Department holds information on the proportion of Association of...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number of workers who will automatic enrolment in pension schemes by 2018.

  • Home Office

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions police forces have provided additional information for criminal records checks in each financial year (a) before and...

    • British Nationality: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was accrued to the public purse in nationality fees in 2016.

      Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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...

      Home Office: Cleaning Services

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

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a list of public consultations, White Papers and other documents her Department plans to publish to assist...

      Home Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants have been seconded from her Department to the Department for Exiting the European Union.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) financial and (b) other resources have been allocated to support the implementation of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 in...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much time each police force in England has allocated to train officers on the offence of coercive control.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to (a) ensure that the initial discussions on asylum applications are correct and (b) reduce the number...

      Home Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which persons not employed by her Department and its agencies hold security passes entitling them to enter her Department's premises.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Home Office on the Government's proposal to continue direct grant funding to support independent...

      Betting Shops: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Safe Bet Alliance in reducing crime relating to betting shops in Yorkshire.

      Betting Shops: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of new betting shops on crime rates in their local areas.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many designated road traffic officers there have been in each police force in each year since 2010.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that asylum seekers have access to decent housing in all areas of the UK.

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61888, when the current lease arrangement for the site of Dungavel Immigration Removal...

      Road Traffic Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by each police force for road traffic offences in each quarter since 2010.

      Domestic Violence: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of independent domestic violence advisers in England and Wales in each of the last 12...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure the police represent the communities they serve in (a) rural and (b) other areas.

      Entry Clearances: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 18 February 2016 to Question 26302, how many people from the Kurdistan Region in Iraq (a) applied for and...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will respond to the report from Freedom From Torture, Proving Torture, on its findings on the level of certainty required by her...

      Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has considered the potential merits of extending to people who are objecting to decisions to grant a sexual entertainment...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former prisoners have been employed by her Department in each of the last five years.

      Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2017 to Question 59369, on immigrant detainees, what the terms of reference are for Stephen Shaw's review.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2017 to Question 61835, on immigration: appeals, how long follow-on actions are expected to take if the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Integrated Schools: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education during preparation of the Government's Green Paper, Schools That Work For...

  • Department of Health

    • Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people in their 50s are screened for bowel cancer.

    • Department of Health: Pay

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

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what effect his Department has identified of the UK leaving the EU on continued collaboration with patients, patient advocates and healthcare...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote the access to and sale of healthier food options on hospital sites.

      Ovarian Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NICE has to include guidance on treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer in its review of NICE guidelines.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to extend the NHS Cancer Dashboard to include ovarian and other less common cancers.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with cancer at A&E departments in each year since 2010.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drug treatments which previously met NICE guidelines have been removed for not meeting those guidelines since 2015.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the findings of the ovarian cancer regional pilot that took place in 2014 will be published.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government's plans on the new appraisal process for cancer drugs to be considered for off-label or off-licence use will be published.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the new cancer drugs that were approved in 2015-16 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence would have been affected by the...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role of universities is in the establishment of Sustainability and Transformation plans.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how continuing professional development for (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) allied health professionals is monitored by his Department.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses from other EU countries have been employed by the NHS since 23 June 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include steps to tackle smoking prevalence among children and young people in the Government's planned Tobacco Control Plan.

      Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the planned pilot of the Be Clear on Cancer abdominal scheme.

      Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on patients accessing clinical trials on new cancer treatments.

      Health: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the per capita spend on public health was in each English region in each financial year since 2010.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds were available to NHS England to finance the annual prioritisation process for specialised services in 2015.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to clinical commissioning groups on implementation of quality statements made by NICE published in Quality Standards.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of Capita in administrating the National Dental Performers' List; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on changes to the business rates system.

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with muscle-wasting conditions in (a) Coventry and (b) the UK have access to neuromuscular care advice...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase organ donation.

      NHS: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on access to care of any requirement for two forms of identification to be provided before NHS...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff are on the highest point of the Agenda for Change (AfC) payscale in (a) total and (b) each AfC pay band.

      NHS Property Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expenditure of NHS Property Services was in each financial year since 2013-14.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the real terms change in salary has been, cumulatively by financial year up to and including 2015-16, for a member of NHS staff who was at the top...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2016 to Question 57827, on housing: carbon emissions, what future policy options...

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2016 to Question 57827, on housing: carbon emissions, how much seed funding the...

      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, when he plans to publish the...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to monitor the difference between the wholesale cost of petrol and diesel fuel and the price...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to address trends in the market share of international students studying in the UK;...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on Swansea of a pathfinder tidal lagoon.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) lagoons meet the criteria required to obtain a marine licence...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on ensuring pathfinder tidal lagoons include a no regrets policy.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 56871, what proportion of the UK's fossil reserves need to be...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential role of tidal lagoons in the cultivating world leading sectors pillar of...

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Department for Exiting the European Union on plans to leave Euratom; and on what...

      Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department plans to provide industry in developing detailed plans to implement the recommendations in...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what dates he has had meetings with the representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises to discuss...

      Research: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to maintain the level of investment in research and development in Scotland in response to the...

      Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set a deadline for industry to develop detailed plans to implement the recommendations in his Department's...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recommendations in the Hendry Review on the proposed Swansea tidal...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 60573, what estimate he has made of how much his Department will...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential use of deep offshore saline aquifers in developing a viable...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59325, on the Green Investment Bank, what other activities have...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding for research grants into cancer was provided to individuals and organisations in the UK by the...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to invite councils to volunteer to be part of the Radioactive Waste Management search for a geological...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with NFU Scotland to extend the Principle of Fair Dealing within the Groceries Supply Code...

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK students have participated in the Erasmus Scheme in each of the last 10 years.

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on nuclear safety and existing nuclear safety regimes in the UK of...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Groceries Code Adjudicator review.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to update and publish online the Better Regulations Framework Manual.

      Industry: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent meetings and discussions he has had with disability organisations on his Department's industrial strategy.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of public consultations, White Papers and other documents his Department plans to publish to assist the UK in...

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on policies to minimise the risk of civilian casualties when conducting operations against Daesh.

      Military Provost Guard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the End of Year Budget in each year since 2010 was for the Military Provost Guard Service.

      Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on maintaining the Executive Order on US Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian...

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women are serving in the tri-service regular and reserve forces.

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength is of Trained UK Reserve personnel in the (a) Royal Military Police, (b) Royal Navy Police and (c) Royal Air Force Police.

      Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2016 to Question 56187, what the budget is for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who briefed the Prime Minister that a Trident D5 II missile launched as part of the 2016 Demonstration and Shakedown Operation exercise had not...

      Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the terms of reference for the Army's Junior Entry Review; when he expects that review to report; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he was part of the discussion in which it was decided not to inform Parliament that the Trident D5 II missile launched as part of the 2016...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which British officers have been appointed to NATO by (a) rank, (b) responsibility and (c) location in the last 12 months.

      Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on identifying and repairing the fault that led to the Trident D5 II missile not being able to complete its test after...

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women serving in the tri-service regular and reserve forces have accessed medical services in relation to concerns about their own mental...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2017 to Question 59886, when he plans for the (a) 12th and (b) 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade to reach initial...

      Defence Suppliers Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Defence Suppliers Forum Mid-Tier Group will next meet.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

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

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) operational ration packs and (b) tonnes of food that represents have been withdrawn from use and disposed of in each of the last five years...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions explosive ordnance disposal personnel were deployed in Northern Ireland between 1 August and 31 December 2016.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outflow target was for reserve and regular soldiers and officers leaving the (a) infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Corps of Signals, (d)...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 17 January 2017, Homelessness Reduction Bill, HCWS 418, if he will place in the...

    • Communities and Local Government: Pay

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

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the need to record people as having been made intentionally homeless on their...

      Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a list of public consultations, White Papers and other documents his Department plans to...

      Licensed Premises: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to review the current level of business rates for licensed premises.

      Health Services: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will allow authorities to apply discretionary measures with regard to business rates levied on hospitals and GP surgeries.

      Local Government: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates (a) Buckinghamshire County Council submitted a proposal for local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Christchurch of (a) 19 January 2017 on behalf of the...

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will permit Poole Unitary Authority and Bournemouth Unitary Authority to merge voluntarily to form a new authority.

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will visit the Borough of Christchurch and the districts of East Dorset and Purbeck to discuss reasons for those...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Pay

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

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2017 to Question 61501, on what date he last discussed the UK's nuclear deterrent with the (a) Prime Minister and...

      Devolved Matters: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2017 to Question 61526, if he will make it his Department's policy to bring forward legislative proposals to...

      Scotland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which persons not employed by his Department hold security passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Scotland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place in the Library a list of public consultations, White Paper and other documents his Department plans to publish to assist the UK in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, 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.

    • Alstom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what export credit support his Department or its predecessors have provided to Alstom Power in Lithuania, Tunisia, Indonesia, Egypt and...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what cover UK Export Finance has given to Rolls Royce since 2000; and what the (a) type of export credit finance, (b) year, (c) amount, (d)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that global opportunities for the Midlands provided by Birmingham Airport are highlighted in the Midlands connect...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a publication date has been set for his Department's review of airspace modernisation and noise policies in the UK.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what limitations government guidance places on the duration and timing of roadworks in urban areas; and if he will introduce lane rental or other...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of advanced quality partnership schemes between 2010 and 2016.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if it is his policy to ensure all car manufacturing companies provide consumers with appropriately detailed technical information when informing the...

      Southern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61887, on railways: industrial disputes, what steps he has taken to ensure that the dates of...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what further steps the Government is taking to situate additional lighting and street furniture on the M6 Heysham link road to enhance road safety.

      Southern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61886, on railways: industrial disputes, what steps he has taken to record the amount of staff...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the review of Southern Rail's performance to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61884, on railways: industrial disputes, what the value of each agreed claim was to the...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Peter Wilkinson, when engaged in any capacity by his Department, has been involved in assessing franchise bids by Govia Thameslink Railway...

      Home Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the establishment of new Home Zones.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how UK overseas posts ensure that the families of UK citizens murdered abroad are adequately represented in related prosecution...

    • Adrian St John

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason Trinidad and Tobago High Commission has not been represented in the hearings related to the murder of Adrian St...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority after a demonstration hosted by President Abbas' Fatah party to...

      USA: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the recent Executive Order on travel to the US applies to people resident in the UK who...

      Sudan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Sudan on recent convictions of Christians in that country for spying and...

      Ukraine: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the extent of and (b) who is responsible for growth in the level of violence in the Donbas...

      Kenya: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Kenyan authorities on the safety and whereabouts of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, who...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Sixth Special Report HC911, Tackling corruption overseas: Government Response to the Fourth Report from...

  • Department for International Development

    • USA: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the US restoring the Mexico City Policy on the effectiveness of her Department's projects.

    • Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the implications are for her policies on her Department's assistance for the training of teachers in the developing world to meet...

      Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library a list of public consultations, White Papers and other documents her Department plans to publish to...

      Department for International Development: Cleaning Services

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

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that aid can continue to be provided to Aleppo should the conflict in that city resume.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her foreign counterparts on UNHCR's winter programme funding.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Aleppo.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to contribute to the fund set up by the Government of the Netherlands in response to the changes to...

      Yemen: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support the rebuilding of cranes in Hodeidah port in Yemen in order to ensure that food...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

    • Regional School Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how her Department assesses the performance of Regional School Commissioners in their handling of failing schools.

      Department for Education: Pay

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

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list the number of faith schools in England by (a) religion and (b) local authority area.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of faith schools that were opened in 2015; and where each of those schools are situated.

      Mental Health: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to include a module on safeguarding mental health in the national curriculum.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to reduce the number of children who are returned to care after adoption in the last 12 months; and if she will...

      Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will meet representatives of the charity Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders to discuss how to provide specialist...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support teachers in improving educational outcomes.

      Further Education: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide support to people who incur debt owed to the Skills Funding Agency as a result of training providers ceasing to operate.

      Mathematics: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve the quality of maths teaching in primary schools.

      Adult Education and Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to increase provision for adult skills and lifelong learning.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: Security

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which persons not employed by the Church Commissioners hold security passes entitling them to enter the Church...

    • Church Commissioners: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether 100 per cent geographical coverage will be a condition for the future spectrum licences for 5G mobile networks.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 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 Culture, Media and Sport: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether there is a vacancy for a Chief Scientific Adviser in her Department.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has any plans to introduce grants to support low-income families to access broadband.

      Fencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote interest in fencing.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many young people are expected to benefit from the National Citizen Service between 2015 and 2020.

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the number of betting shops likely to close as a result of a potential future reduction in the maximum stakes on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Ministers in her Department are responsible for the corporate governance and regulation of the Forestry Commission.

    • Africa and South America: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with her counterparts in African and South American countries on the preservation of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 16 of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017, published in January 2017, how many staff at her...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that Gibraltar is represented during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

    • Brexit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that Scotland is represented during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the Government of Gibraltar on the potential effect of leaving the EU on relations between Gibraltar...

  • Wales Office

    • UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the value of exports to the EU from Welsh (a) agriculture, (b) aerospace, (c) construction, (d) electronics, (e) manufacturing, (f) renewable energy,...

    • UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of products from Welsh (a) agriculture, (b) aerospace, (c) construction, (d) electronics, (e) manufacturing, (f) renewable energy, (g)...

      Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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 the median...

      Wales Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library a list of public consultations, White Paper and other documents his Department plans to publish to assist the UK in making...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department plans to take to (a) improve retention of and (b) reduce staff turnover among prison officers.

    • Prisoners: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders from Pakistan have been transferred to prisons in Pakistan from the UK in each year of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for legal aid in cases involving coercive control have been approved by the Legal Aid Authority in the last 12 months; and if she...

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Security Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings of the National Security Council (NSC) have taken place since 13 July 2016; how many of those meetings were chaired by the Prime...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens who have entered the UK since 23 June 2016.

      Cabinet Office: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which persons not employed by his Department and its agencies hold security passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in which Government Departments receive a level of pay greater than that of the Prime Minister; what the roles of such officials...

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings Government Ministers or senior civil servants have had with representatives of (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) KPMG, (e)...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many UK nationals under the age of 25 (a) live, (b) work and (c) study in EU member states.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Commission: Pay

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the (a) level of earnings is of the (i) highest and (ii) lowest-paid employee and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nissan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the policy position on EU negotiations outlined by the Prime Minister in her Lancaster House speech will lead to financial obligations under the deal...

    • Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 12 December 2016 (HL3602), what progress has been made by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual Nuclear Decommissioning Authority budget, and what percentage is spent on plutonium management.

      Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the basis for the £2.4bn estimated cost of the future plutonium management and disposition solution in the National Infrastructure and...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what volume of electricity a Swansea tidal lagoon would produce per annum and at what cost per MWh; and what would be its contribution towards security of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Philippines: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Philippines about the apparent failure to implement in full (1) the Public Telecommunications...

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the extent to which a UN Commission of Inquiry into the situation in Rakhine State, Burma, would help to establish the facts about...

      Horn of Africa: EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the release of correspondence between the British embassy in Khartoum and the Sudan Unit in the FCO concerning the EU–Horn of African...

      North Korea: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British Embassy staff in Pyongyang adhere to the directions of the Protocol Handbook for the Diplomatic Corps based in the Democratic People’s...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the forthcoming periodic review of human rights in Pakistan, whether they intend to ask the government of Pakistan to affirm its commitment...

      Guyana: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Guyana about the conduct of elections there, in particular regarding the case for an independent...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House, in addition to the published summary, a copy of the responses to the call for evidence on accelerated...

    • Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education guidance on Academic credit arrangements in higher education in England, published in...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they safeguard against new schools being built in areas of considerable surplus capacity.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which education authority areas in England new secondary or high schools have been built under the Priority Schools Building Programme on (1) existing...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision to fine a member of the public who was found guilty of assaulting PC Karl Cinavas at a polling station during...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Employment: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage employers to recruit service leavers and veterans.

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Defence on 19 December 2016 (HC Deb, cols 1215–1216), when they first became aware of the use of...

      Army: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 January (HL4520), when was the last time the British Army deployed a largely fully formed and supported...

      Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many soldiers were recruited to the Army Reserve in 2016.

      Wellington Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the central heating and hot water systems at Wellington Barracks have been out of order; and when they expect them to be restored to working order.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount of food wasted because consumers equate or confuse best before dates with use by dates.

    • International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 January (HLWS417), who, and under what authority, instructed EU member states to abstain...

  • HM Treasury

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will introduce to enable workers earning under £11,000 a year to reclaim the 25 per cent government bonus that they are currently...

    • London Stock Exchange: Deutsche Borse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks to the UK’s financial capability and stability if clearing activity is transferred outside the UK following...

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue each Government department has raised in the last year from surpluses obtained by charging fees to access online services by credit card...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of all UK Government attendance expenses for the Davos Summit.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether promoting trade with Sudan is an official government policy, and, if so, when the policy of providing information to businesses only on request...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the preparedness of the hospitality industry to cope with an increased number of domestic and overseas visitors resulting...

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help people protect their personal data online.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the Department of Health’s figure of £8,722,000 for the amount spent in purchasing services from Independent Sector Providers in...

    • Health Services: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken (1) to encourage all veterans to use NHS priority treatment services, and (2) to ensure that NHS Trusts promote awareness and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of new general practitioners required each year to cope with net migration.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of hospital fatalities resulting from people not being admitted to accident and emergency departments since the...

      NHS

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now establish a Royal Commission on the NHS to examine its existing organisation and purpose and whether there are other models available...

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