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Written answers

Thursday, 9 February 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Aviation: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will respond to EDM 572, Frequent Flyer Levy campaign.

    • LIBOR: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has any further funds from Libor fines to allocate in the March 2017 Budget.

      Treasury: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic status is of the three most senior officials of...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been raised by the apprenticeship levy since it was established; and how much of that sum has been subsequently re-invested in apprenticeships.

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to support high street banking for local communities.

      Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received representations on his proposed change to vehicle taxation scheduled for April 2017 on (a) the potential effect on future vehicles,...

      VAT: Take-away Food

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has he made of the amount of VAT that has been raised in respect of hot takeaway food in each of the last three years.

      Capital Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses received capital allowance in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Import Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the top 20 categories as defined by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) were according to value of imports of goods imported into the UK in the most recent...

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Security

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many security passes into 10 Downing Street are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in 10 Downing Street.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent trends in inflation on low income families with children; and if he will make a statement.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60655, on universal credit and housing benefit, if he will place in the Library the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former prisoners have been employed by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on removing the automatic entitlement to the housing element of universal credit only for 18 to 21 year olds who are out of...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the findings of Age UK's report entitled Working Later, Waiting Longer, published in November 2016, what assessment he has...

      Credit Unions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which credit unions have received funding under the Credit Union Expansion Project; and how much each such union has received.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the average per capita spend from...

      Jobcentres: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 10 of the Government response to the Work and Pensions Committee report on Benefit Delivery, published on 12 July 2016,...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long the consultation on the closure of Jobcentre Plus offices will last.

      Veterans: Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of process by which veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder access their personal...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in her Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to produce a new alcohol strategy.

      Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government to ensure that building regulations fire...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that relevant data from the incident reporting system on fires is made publicly available...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to reopen Tier 3 of the non-EU immigration system.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy for those admitted to the UK through the Syrian vulnerable persons programme to be able to apply for refugee status...

      Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 since the introduction of that legislation.

      European Investigation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to delay the UK's participation in the European Investigation Order until after the UK's departure from the EU.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 14 October 2016, on deportation of people whose...

      Metropolitan Police: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to announce the name of the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

      Undocumented Migrants: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal migrants have been (a) identified, (b) arrested and (c) deported after being detected at Poole Port in each of the last six...

      Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of forged or illegally-obtained UK passports in the Republic of Ireland.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic status is of the three most senior...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to conclude deliberations on (a) Crizotinib, (b) Pemetrexed, (c) Cetuximab, (d) Dasatinib, (e) Sornfenib, (f) Ibrutinib, (g)...

    • Department of Health: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59052, what the reason was for the increase in funding on Official Development Assistance by his...

      Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current level of treatment for people diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve recruitment of nurses to the NHS.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of better use of pharmacies on the healthcare provision to local communities.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding that has been allocated to the GP Development Programme remains unspent.

      Squalamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Sqalamine will be available for the treatment of Parkinson's disease on the NHS.

      Vandetanib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to conclude its deliberations on the use of Vandetanib; what the cost is of providing Vandetanib for a 12 month period; and what...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that new medicines introduced on the NHS are (a) medically and (b) cost effective.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been living with a diagnosis of epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he was first told that NHS England proposed to close the congenital heart disease units operating in (a) Manchester, (b) Leicester and (c) at the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the sustainability of the GP network.

      Department of Health: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic status is of the three most senior officials...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 58887, on nutrition, if he will publish on the gov.uk website the proposed timescale for the review...

      Department of Health: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what redundancy costs were incurred by his Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 60527, what priority recommendation level was assigned by the NHS England Clinical Priority...

      Department of Health: Staff

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

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his Department's policy that the mandation of health visiting services will continue after March 2017.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England has with clinical commissioning groups on commissioning policies and the requirements of the NHS constitution, NICE guidance...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether clinical commissioning group restrictions on access to joint surgery for obese patients and smokers are compatible with NICE guidance on...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce unplanned admission rates for heart failure.

      Heart Diseases: Cotswolds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the prevalence of heart failure (a) nationally and (b) in The Cotswolds constituency.

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the findings of the report by CLIC Sargent, entitled Cancer costs: financial impact of childhood cancer revealed, published in...

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of cancer on the emotional health and wellbeing of young cancer patients and their families.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sanctions are available to him to address the performance of Capita in the administration of the National Dental Performers List.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on patients of the performance of Capita in its administration of the National Dental Performers List.

      Woodhill Prison: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times an ambulance has been called to HM Prison Woodhill for an inmate who has attempted suicide in each year since 2010.

      Clinical Psychologists: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nationals of other EU countries working in the NHS as clinical psychologists; and what assessment he has made...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2017 to Question 62392, how many beds for in-patients with eating disorders there were in each month since April 2016.

      Health Services: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what costs have been (a) incurred to date and (b) committed for future periods for the development and management of the sustainability and...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of properties owned by NHS Property Services are (a) freehold and (b) leasehold.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial management structures have been put in place to ensure that NHS Property Services offers value for money.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many properties held by NHS Property Services are not used for clinical purposes.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many properties held by NHS Property Services are vacant.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote nursing degrees to take account of trends in the number of people applying for such degrees.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths from illegal drug use.

      Community Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an NHS trust which the Care Quality Commission reports as requiring improvement can be awarded a community health services contract under an...

      Blepharospasm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with blephorospasm in each of the last five years.

      Polymyalgia Rheumatica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for availability on the NHS of new treatments to tackle polymyalgia rheumatica.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances based in (a) Coventry South constituency and (b) the UK have responded outside the Category (i) A and (ii) B response-time target in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) Joint European Torus project and (b) Culham Centre for Fusion...

    • Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the UK ceasing to be a member of Euratom on the Joint European Torus...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many former prisoners have been employed by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2017 to Question 62005, when his Department plans to publish the revised Better...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which state schools receive funds from his Department to support cadet forces; how much each school received in 2015-16; and how much each school will...

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

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

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are based at MOD St Athan.

      Military Bases: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the socio-economic effect of the proposed MoD site closures announced in 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with military and civilian personnel on the proposed MoD site closures; and what assistance his Department plans to give to...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adopting the recommendation by the Single Source Regulations Office that programmes and platforms...

      Unmanned Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the threat that underwater drones and distributed netted sensors pose, as part of the risk reduction and demonstration...

      Royal Artillery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role and establishment is of the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery based at Thorney Island.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in England provide or commission an oral health improvement programme; and what estimate he has made...

    • Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the funding allocation to the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has been in each year since its inception; and what that...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will provide transitional loss protection for local authorities affected by the new taper on New Homes Bonus.

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the net value of the Government's spending on starter homes in the next (a) 10, (b) 20...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason he has not yet published his Department's response to the consultation Parking reform: tackling unfair practices.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures his Department has put in place to tackle fraud and abuse related to the Right to Buy scheme.

      Housing: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2017 to Question 60963, if he will place in the Library unpublished research on the effect...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2017 to Question 61611, on housing construction, how many Home and Committees Agency...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2017 to Question 61611, on housing construction, how many organisations that have received...

      Job Creation: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many jobs have been created in Ashfield constituency as a result of funding from the European Regional Development Fund...

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on the length of time that district councils in Dorset be allowed to (a) consider and (b)...

      Local Government: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on the termination of district council partnership working arrangements where the future...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his Department's policy to accept proposals for unitarisation in the event that there is a disagreement between...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on requirements for consulting with all councils that have (a)...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of recent trends in buy-to-let cost rises; and what steps his Department is taking to mitigate...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on house-building projections.

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of Changing Places toilet facilities in public places;...

      Planning: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the potential revenue that will be raised by local authorities after July 2017 as a result of the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Staff

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

  • Department for International Trade

    • Small Businesses: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the level of interest among small and medium-sized enterprises in the Great.gov.uk digital platform.

    • Arms Trade: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the implications for those elements of the UK's legal and regulatory framework for arms exports derived from...

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59272, if he will make a request to the Government's business managers to hold a...

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which export contracts in which the applicant declared that an agent had provided facilitation services were supported by UK Export Finance...

      Small Businesses: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of SME business interest in the great.gov.uk digital platform.

      Trade: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the Australian Government on preparations for opening trade talks.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to submit schedules to the WTO for approval after the UK leaves the EU.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the WTO.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to launch a public consultation on caste and the Equality Act 2010.

    • Government Equalities Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic status is of the three most senior...

      Government Equalities Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many former prisoners have been employed by the Government Equalities Office in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Transport

    • A30: A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the completion of the dualling programme for the A30/A303 link road.

    • Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of how many (a) ultra low emission, (b) hydrogen and (c) fully electric vehicles there will be on roads in each...

      Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the average per capita spend from that pay...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of relations between India and the UK.

    • British Overseas Territories: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made in tackling tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion by companies registered in the Overseas...

      Cayman Islands: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion with his counterpart in the Cayman Islands since the last meeting of...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the arrests of Kurdish members of the Turkish parliament.

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to the US President on the UK's policy on torture.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic status is of the three...

    • Paraguay: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of the aid that her Department gives to Paraguay is for cultural projects in that country; and what those...

      Department for International Development: Staff

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

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the key principles outlined in its guidance note, Shifting social norms to tackle...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2016 to Question 58565, on overseas aid, what discussions her Department has had with...

  • Department for Education

    • Skilled Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage skills development in UK businesses in response to the UK's decision to leave the EU.

    • Schools: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to provide approval for the proposed amalgamation of College House Junior School and Meadow Lane Infant School.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the consultation on flexible admission to schools for summer-born children.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which academies have been transferred between which academy trusts since May 2015; and what the cost of each such transfer was.

      Education Endowment Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which initiatives the Education Endowment Foundation has funded since its establishment; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of each...

      Regional School Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she has assessed the effectiveness of Regional School Commissioners.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff of her Department at what grade were employed in the youth policy team in July 2014.

      Department for Education: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) ethnicity, (b) gender, (c) disability status, (d) educational background and (e) socio-economic status is of the three most senior...

      Schools: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children her Department has received information on from the 2016-17 autumn school census; and of those responses how many and what...

      Engineering: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the money pledged by the Government in January 2017 for institutes of technology and schools will in part be allocated for aerospace and...

      Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans to ensure that girls and women benefit from the money pledged by the Government in January 2017 for institutes of technology and schools.

      Adoption: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children under the age of 16 have been (a) adopted and (b) on the adoption waiting list in (i) Ashfield constituency and (ii) Nottinghamshire...

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average unit cost was to a (a) school and (b) local authority of employing a (i) teacher and (ii) classroom assistant in the most recent year...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the link between post-natal depression and children being taken into social care; and if she will make a...

      Citizenship: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2017 to Question 61973, for what reasons there has been a decrease in the number of citizenship trainees since...

      Citizenship: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2017 to Question 61973, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the change in the number of...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on how many places there are available in secure residential accommodation for children in (a) England, (b)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children who have one or more siblings have (a) been placed and (b) not been placed with their siblings in each of the last...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2017 to Question 61766, if she will publish the supportive statements regarding the power to test different ways...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the early years workforce strategy; and whether it will include steps to increase the number of early years teachers in the...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new early years teachers are expected to be recruited in England in the next three years.

      Education Endowment Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funds have been given to the Educational Endowment Foundation in each year since its establishment; what underspends by her Department have been...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount that Ofsted spent on inspecting early years settings in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 15 of the January 2017 green paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, how many broadband using firms would need...

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department and its non-departmental public bodies are taking to support poetry, creative writing and community drama.

      Sculpture: Victoria Tower Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who owns the Burghers of Calais sculpture in Victoria Tower Gardens.

      Tech North and techUK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of Government funding for (a) Tech UK and (b) Tech North has been in each year from their establishment to date.

      British Board of Film Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates Ministers of her Department have met the British Board of Film Classification to discuss the Digital Economy Bill since...

      Sports: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with sports governing bodies on tackling homophobia in sport.

      Sports and Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the hosting of major sporting and tourism events in the UK.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to announce its proposed review of fixed odds betting terminals.

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to secure an adequacy of the protection of data decision from the European Commission.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the hourly pay-rate is for her Department's cleaning staff.

    • Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage recycling of plastic cartons.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in her Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita...

      Arable Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's plans are for the operation of the three crop rule after the UK leaves the EU.

      Agriculture and Environment: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research the Government has commissioned in the last six months to inform the development of agricultural and...

      Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect the hedgehog population.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been in respect of non-compliant dogs and puppies entering the UK via Dover or the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of appeals listed by the (a) first-tier and (b) upper tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber since 2015...

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners took their own lives by using an upended unsecured bedframe as a ligature point in each of the last five years in (a) HMP...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were given extra days in prison for assaulting a prison officer in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of prisoners temporarily released on resettlement overnight release licences in each of the last...

      Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many probation staff employed by the Community Rehabilitation Company in Wales have (a) been offered and (b) accepted the enhanced voluntary...

      Aurelius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what competitive tendering process was followed prior to Aurelius taking control of the Community Rehabilitation Company from Working Links in Wales and...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to commence its review of the victims code; and what the terms of reference of that review will be.

      Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Sharia Councils are based in the UK.

      Prison Officers: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many former prisoners have been employed as prison officers in each of the last five years.

      Woodhill Prison: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many self-inflicted deaths there were of prisoners from HM Prison Woodhill within 14 days of their release in each year since 2010.

      Woodhill Prison: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many blue code emergencies there were in HM Prison Woodhill in each year since 2010.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect of charges levied for a doctor's letter as evidence of domestic violence on the number of domestic violence...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government takes to consult professional bodies in the IT industry on ensuring value for money before embarking on large-scale IT projects.

    • Epilepsy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died as a result of symptoms relating to epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Capita

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which contracts the Government has awarded to Capita in each of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Pay

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in the House of Commons...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Newspaper Press

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 January (HL4428), what is the timeframe for their decision on how to respond to the...

    • Shops: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk of independent bookshops closing as a result of an increase in the rateable value of their property following...

      Shops: Community Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give Asset of Community Value status to high street bookshops.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision to leave the EU, what will be the UK's future relationship with EURATOM.

    • European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UK's exit from the EU, whether the UK will cease to participate in the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts; and if so,...

      Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the amount of electricity generated by onshore wind farms in each of the last six months.

      Job Creation: Graduates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of new jobs created in each of the last five years which required a university degree.

      Multinational Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies have announced a relocation of (1) all, or (2) part of, their operations from the UK, following the announcement that the UK will leave...

      Industry: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on rural areas of the proposed Industrial Strategy.

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what services, provisions or assistance are provided to the UK as a result of the UK's membership of the European Atomic Energy Community, EURATOM; and in...

      Sizewell C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision as to whether to proceed with the second nuclear power station in a generation at Sizewell.

      Whirlpool Corporation: Yate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with representatives of Whirlpool Corporation regarding its plans to restructure its European operations and the possible loss...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forecast reduction in funding per pupil in real terms for mainstream schools between 2014–15 and 2019–20.

    • Schools: Homophobia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 1 February (HL5039), how far their three-year programme to prevent and address homophobic, biphobic and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their planned recruitment of prison staff includes staff for private prisons as well as public sector prisons; and if so, how many will be recruited...

    • Gender: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been brought for unlawful sexual discrimination in the field of employment in each of the last three years.

      Youth Justice: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Traveller Movement in its report Overlooked and Overrepresented: Gypsy, Traveller and Roma...

      Young Offenders: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to establishing and promoting Gypsy, Traveller and Roma groups in Secure Training Centres and Young Offenders Institutions,...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce the Law Commission Bill on Charity Regulation.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to increase awareness of Access to Work among employers.

    • Social Mobility Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Henley on 24 January (HL Deb, cols 547–9), what responsibilities the Social Mobility Commission retains for the issue...

      Child Poverty Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Child Poverty Unit continues to exist as a separate identifiable unit since its transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions; if so, how many...

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the plans outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Spending Review to cap the amount of rent that Housing Benefit will cover in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 14 December 2016 (HL3927), what the new process being piloted by the Department for Work and Pensions in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the governments of NATO countries which spend less than two per cent of GDP on defence.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received on the amount of time spent by police officers on paperwork each year.

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 January (HL Deb, col 665–6), what assessment they have made of whether refugee children...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the strategy for safeguarding unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children announced on 1 November 2016 will include financial support to local...

      Asylum: Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT asylum seekers from Uganda have been held in UK detention centres in each of the last three years.

      Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Immigration, Mr Robert Goodwill on 19 January (59369), what is the timetable for the follow-up...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 January (HL Deb, col 553) in which she agreed with remarks attributed to the most reverend...

      Asylum: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether children born to one North Korean parent in the People’s Republic of China who have not acquired citizenship of either the Democratic...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to conduct discussions with the French and Belgian authorities about the continued hosting of UK Border Force officials in those...

  • HM Treasury

    • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UK's exit from the EU, whether the UK will cease to be a full member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and if so,...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why only 530 UK companies have Authorised Economic Operator Status, compared to 6,000 in Germany, 1,500 in Holland, and 1,400 in France; and what steps they...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to announce their policy with regard to the implementation of the EU Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive; and what assessment they have...

      Agricultural and Fish Products: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in 2015 what was the value in sterling of (1) UK imports from outside the EU of agricultural and fish products, and (2) UK customs duties collected by HM...

      Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in 2015 what proportion of the aggregated value in sterling of UK imports of industrial goods and agricultural and fish products bore zero-rate customs duties.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of British sales to Turkey of weapons and military equipment in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016; and how many forward contracts are outstanding.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to expand the UK’s trade market and reduce its dependency on the EU.

      Arms Trade: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to prohibit the export of arms to the government of Ukraine.

  • Department of Health

    • Allergies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tuition is given to undergraduate medical students in England and Wales on the subject of allergies and associated conditions.

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which prisons and youth custody sites provided new services in 2016 to deal with substance misuse.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that providers of NHS specialised services comply with the terms of the service specifications published by NHS England.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposals for a budget impact threshold being adopted by NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE),...

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