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Written answers

Friday, 10 February 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Senior Civil servants

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

    • Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements there are for train operating companies to consult with disabled passengers and groups representing disabled people on the provision...

      Department for Transport: Staff

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

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work...

    • Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of local authorities' capacity to implement early morning restriction orders on the sale...

      Slavery: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2015 to Question 48815, how many convictions for slavery and human trafficking there have been under...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum or visa applications from Afghan interpreters formerly employed by the armed forces were refused in the most recent period...

      Knives: Amnesties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a knife amnesty in England and Wales.

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made on implementing the processes required to enforce the Proceeds of Crime Act systems.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultation took place with non-management level staff at the Green Investment Bank on its privatisation.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the sentence given to Reverend Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jasek and Abdumonem Abdumawla in Sudan;...

    • Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on freedom of religion or belief in Sudan as a result of the verdict in the recent...

      British Nationals Abroad: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the security risks to British citizens living in the countries listed for a...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Attorney General, 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 the Law...

    • Attorney General: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many former prisoners have been employed by the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with providers on her Department's review of baseline assessment.

    • Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60334, and with reference to the Answer of 10 June 2015 to Question 856, whether the figures...

      Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60976, if her Department will gather data on the number of (a) school teachers and (b) education...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to expand the International Teacher Recruitment Strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the total spend on literacy programmes for children under seven in in England and Wales in each of the last five...

      Schools: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department takes to ensure that commercial organisations which sell access to school websites and teachers' emails do so securely and...

      Department for Education: Staff

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

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to announce further character award grants.

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy for first aid and CPR to be taught in all schools.

      Department for Education: Pay

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

      Department for Education: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2016 to Question 56626, for what reasons information that was held centrally from 2010 to 2014 on which...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted early years inspectors are employed (a) nationally and (b) in each region.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Huntercombe Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of a prisoner's incarceration is at HM Prison Huntercombe; and for what reasons prisoners leave that prison.

    • Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much government funding was given to Sharia councils in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Ministry of Justice: Senior Civil Servants

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

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

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

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff of her Department at what grades are employed in the youth policy team.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's press release of 22 December 2016, whether the £440 million made available for superfast rural...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's press release of 22 December 2016, whether the £440 million made available for superfast rural...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 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...

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in her Department are working on preparations to implement the General Data Protection Regulation.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carers: New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the New Enterprise Allowance is not available to carers on income support.

    • Jobcentres: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on which date a Minister of his Department last visited a jobcentre in (a) North Tyneside and (b) the North East.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to determine individual need in setting the rate of jobseeker's allowance and the lower rate of employment and support...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the level of rent arrears of universal credit recipients who are tenants in temporary accommodation in...

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of employees at Eastern Avenue Jobcentre, Sheffield whose mobility rule within their contract will be...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Sennybridge Storage Compound

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian personnel are employed at Sennybridge Storage Compound on a (a) permanent and (b) temporary basis.

    • Ministry of Defence: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his Department.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports his Department has received on the mistreatment of Sunni Arab refugees by Kurdish forces following the offensive of Mosul.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of gross domestic product spent on defence by each other NATO member state.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what forecast his Department has made of the likely timescale for the full liberation of Mosul.

      RAF St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans are for the future of his Department's Saint Athan estate; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many former prisoners have been employed by his Department in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Staff

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

    • UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether UK Export Finance staff ask for advice from diplomatic missions on agents when special handling arrangements apply.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2017 to Question 60711, with which other countries or groups of countries the Government is planning to...

      Department for International Trade: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Trade Agreements: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his policy to prioritise negotiating free trade agreements with (a) China, (b) Vietnam and (c) Indonesia when the UK...

      Department for International Trade: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants his Department plans to recruit in the next 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse of that recruitment will be.

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of availability of NHS beds.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to restructure the most junior Agenda for Change pay bands to (a) pay the living wage and (b) maintain pay differentials.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to implement a pay award for nursing staff in line with the retail price index.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to allow registered birth certificates for children born from 20 weeks gestation.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on increasing the number of nursing graduates.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of bed days lost owing to delayed transfers of care in NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of mental health service provision in (a) Coventry and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the guidance on the use of face-down restraint in the NHS set out in the Positive and Safe initiative is properly...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 3 May 2016 to Question 35295, whether the routinely collected data on clinical commissioning group expenditure on...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes to local authority social care budgets on the demand for health services.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to (a) plan no further capital developments using the Private Finance Initiative and (b) place no further NHS contracts...

      Cholesterol: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to genetic testing for familial hypercholesterolaemia.

      Detention Centres: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report by the Centre for Mental Health, entitled Immigration...

      Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the NHS has taken to tackle trends in blood pressure related complaints among people in their 50s.

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to disseminate guidance on the benefits to hygiene of people in hospitals washing their hands.

      Mental Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to establish the Mental Trauma Service in Northern Ireland proposed in the Stormont House Agreement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding the Government provides to care for people affected by the troubles in Northern Ireland living in England.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on clinical trials to genetically modify human embryos by means of mitochondrial transfer techniques with the intention of bringing...

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will conduct a more detailed investigation into sex-selective abortions in England which takes into account (a) women born in the UK to parents of...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response he plans to make to the Public Health England report which found minimum unit pricing to be a targeted intervention having the greatest...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of availability of naloxone to treat drug-related disorders in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to ensure that young women's life choices are not limited by unplanned parenthood.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in her Department in 2015-16; and what the average per capital spend from that pay...

  • Department for Education

    • Refugees: Children in Care

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

    • School Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Nash on 25 January (HL Deb, cols 662–3), what guidance has been provided to primary and secondary schools to ensure...

      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 (1) the provision of...

      Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken to better understand the impact on literacy levels of initiatives undertaken by voluntary sector organisations; and how...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written ministerial statement by the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Mr Edward Timpson, on 1 November 2016 concerning...

      Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of claims that UK professionals from working-class backgrounds are paid almost £7,000 less on average each year than...

      Private Education: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to support and safeguard a student if the private college they attend goes into liquidation.

      Boarding Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the scheme to provide vulnerable children with free places in state and independent boarding schools.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Reserve Forces: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are encouraging the retention and motivation of Armed Forces reserve medical professionals.

  • Department of Health

    • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders on the early years development of children, their behaviours and their life...

    • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have developed for the treatment and support of children and young people affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to the NHS of medical problems caused by breaches of air pollution limits.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they are spending per annum on the promotion of UK exports from 2016–17 until the end of this Parliament in 2020–21.

    • Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for International Trade has any plans to change the ways in which they provide assistance to UK companies to encourage exports.

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