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Written answers

Thursday, 23 February 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's news story of 7 February 2017 on fines for taxi drivers who refuse to transport wheelchair users, whether those...

    • Declaration on the Construction of Main International Traffic Arteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the UK to ratify the UN Declaration on the Construction of Main International Traffic Arteries 1950.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the next High Level Output Specification will include specific projects targeted at increasing access to airports with spare capacity in the...

      Bypasses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the construction of bypasses in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

      Stansted Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 62706, if he will make it his policy to reduce the required journey time on the West Anglia Main...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the infrastructure for the Thameslink Programme has the capacity to run 24 trains an hour.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families with children aged under five have taken part in the Troubled Families programme; and what proportion of the...

    • Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 21620, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) the...

      Judaism: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to mark Hanukkah in 2017.

      Council Housing: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have been registered as council tenants in (a) Tynemouth constituency and (b) North Tyneside Borough in each...

      Repossession Orders: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses have been repossessed in (a) Tynemouth constituency and (b) North Tyneside Borough in each year since 2010.

      Social Rented Housing: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families were on social housing waiting lists in (a) Tynemouth constituency and (b) North Tyneside Borough in each...

      Communities and Local Government: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what record his Department keeps of text messages sent on departmental business by officials of his Department; and if he will...

      Local Government: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates officials of his Department have met representatives from Surrey County Council in the last month; and if he will...

      Public Sector: National Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 18 of the Casey Review, published in December 2016, what the Government's policy is on introducing an...

      Opportunity and Integration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to publish its integration policy in response to the Casey Review of December 2016.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what process the £25 million of new funding to help ambitious authorities in areas of high housing need to plan for new...

      Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to introduce a cost floor for homes sold through the right to acquire scheme.

      Housing: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a new homes ombudsman.

      Non-domestic Rates: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department is planning to provide to licensed premises to mitigate any effects of the potential increase in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: South Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many small businesses have opened in South Thanet in each of the last five years.

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will review payment dates for the Warm Home Discount Scheme to ensure that discounts are applied at the start of...

      EURATOM: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland and Ministers of the Scottish Government on the...

      Employment: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the number of jobs in the UK dependent on the green economy.

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government has made towards meeting its target to insulate over one million homes by 2020.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many fuel-poor households require bringing up to the minimum band C energy efficiency standard by 2030; and what...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to ensure that more support is offered to (a) non-gas and (b) other fuel-poor households.

      Industry: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) communities and (b) businesses in (i) West Sussex and (ii) Mid Sussex...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment (a) he and (b) Ofgem have made of the extent of the potential barrier to switching energy suppliers of...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the practicability of switching from pre-pay to direct debit energy suppliers.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has he made of the practicability for consumers of switching pre-pay suppliers.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      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 the contents of the White Paper...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received recent representation from (a) parliamentarians and (b) members of the public on the independence of...

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to raise with the (a) Government of Syria and (b) UN the need for unhindered access by independent...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will prioritise the issue of extrajudicial executions and torture in detention in its discussions with (a)...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take steps to ensure that alleged crimes perpetrated by the Syrian Government at Saydnaya detention...

      State Visits: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the US administration on a State visit to the UK by President Trump since the Prime Minister...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • North South Implementation Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he plans to take to safeguard the implementation bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement 1998 after the UK leaves the EU; and if...

    • Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) cost, (b) take up and (c) effectiveness in reducing fraud of the electoral identity card. in...

      Northern Ireland Office : Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) mean and (b) median pay was for staff in his Department who were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) white, (iv) from an ethnic minority...

      Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the breakdown of spending by registered parties in Northern Ireland during the EU referendum campaign recorded by the...

      Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make public donation information recorded in the Northern Ireland Electoral Commission's...

      Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department operates a ban the box employment policy in respect of ex-offender job applicants with unspent convictions; and how many...

  • Attorney General

    • European Arrest Warrants: Habeas Corpus

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the European Arrest Warrant system with the principle of habeas corpus; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2017 to Question 54679, whether her Department has made representations to the Government of...

    • Department for International Development: Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by her Department was in each year since...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department will make its next assessment of the Palestinian Authority's compliance with the Partnership Principles set out in...

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which body audits the PEGASE scheme; and which regulatory authority supervises those auditors.

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether PEGASE uses a dedicated bank account to pay salaries to West Bank civil servants.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to protect child refugees from exploitation, human trafficking and sexual violence.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her announcement of 16 December 2017 on future UK support to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, whether the...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the Overseas Development Institute report...

  • Department for Education

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 61138, on adult education, whether her Department has decided not to publish its approach to...

    • Public Sector: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 6 February 2017, HCWS458, who will be overseeing the final value for money assessment in accordance with her...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 6 February 2017, HCWS458, how the Government plans to securitise the remaining future repayments on student loans...

      Nurseries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the number of early years teachers in nurseries.

      Schools: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2017 to Question 63434, whether she plans to visit any schools in Haringey in the next six months.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families' reference to local authorities seeking exemptions during the committee stage...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings her Ministers have had with (a) G4S, (b) Serco and (c) Virgin Care on children's social care in the last two years.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the (a) letter sent from the chief social worker to local authorities in October 2016 on the Children and Social Work Bill and (b)...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of how much has been allocated from the public purse on average to local authorities for each early years place for...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what number and proportion of eligible two-year-olds who benefit from early years education are among the lowest quintile of disadvantaged two-year-olds.

      Exercise: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken to promote physical activity among school pupils.

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Department for Exiting the European Union on the contents of the White Paper entitled The United Kingdom's exit...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whom her Department plans to consult during the development of the review into the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

    • Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Grid Young Offenders Programme in reducing reoffending rates.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were dropped by courts in England and Wales due to the (a) ill-health, (b) old age and (c) youth of the defendants in each of the last...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Michel Barnier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department will publish correspondence it had with the European Commissioner's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on 6 February...

  • Prime Minister

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Prime Minister, what steps the Social Reform Cabinet Committee has taken to reduce child poverty.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Foundation for Social Improvement: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Office for Civil Society engaged in an open tendering process when awarding grants or contracts to the Foundation for...

    • Employment: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to establish a network of employers to encourage their staff to be more physically active.

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) competitiveness of the division of usable mobile spectrum...

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with relevant stakeholders on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on horse-racing and...

      Cricket: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote and develop cricket in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West.

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate her Department has made of the contribution of the horse-racing industry to the economy in the (a) North West and...

      Broadband: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much information her Department holds on the number of metres of last-mile copper line laid or refurbished over the last five years...

      Public Libraries: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what government funding is available to community groups who wish to take over the running of libraries from local authorities.

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her plans are to ensure that there is sufficient competition in the mobile phone industry after the sale of mobile phone spectrum.

      Broadband: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of metres of copper line laid by British Telecom in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote the sharing of facilities between different areas of the arts.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out a timetable for the automatic enrolment review.

    • Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres, of...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres, of...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres, of...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres, of...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres, of...

      Long Term Unemployed People: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on tackling long-term unemployment in Wolverhampton North East constituency in each of the last five years.

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance his Department provides to people over 55 to help them prepare for retirement.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to publish a Child Poverty Strategy (a) every three years and (b) in 2017.

      Long Term Unemployed People: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the reasons for long-term unemployment in Wolverhampton North East constituency.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations he has received on the effect of the Local Housing Allowance cap in (a) Coventry South constituency and (b) the UK.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by his Department was in each year since 2010;...

      Funerals: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to take steps to tackle funeral poverty among bereaved parents.

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres of January...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's paper entitled Proposal for the future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres of January...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

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

    • Fisheries: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what penalties there are for (a) supplying and (b) serving illegally caught sea bass.

      Flood Control: South Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on flood defences in South Thanet in each of the last five years.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for the farming sector of the UK leaving the EU; and if she will make a...

      Heating: Solid Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on the environment of wood-burning stoves.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department operates a ban the box employment policy in respect of ex-offender job applicants with unspent...

      Landfill: Enforcement Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many enforcement notices have been taken out against landfill operators in the (a) UK and (b) North East in the last 12...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the potential cost to the public purse of introducing mandatory food waste...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992: Criminal Proceedings and Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in each...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Senior Civil Servants

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

    • European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what standards of evidence are required in UK courts for an application for extradition under a European Arrest Warrant to be granted; and...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made for the extradition of residents in the UK under the provisions of the European Arrest Warrant in each...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cyber specials there are in police forces in England Wales; and how many of those officers have been recruited since January 2015.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been lost in the post in each of the last six years.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers have completed the College of Policing (a) Digital Communications, Social Media, Cybercrime and Policing, (b) Cybercrime...

      City of London Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 2383, whether the City of London Police remains subject to a ministerially...

      Drugs: South Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug-related (a) convictions and (b) arrests have been made in South Thanet constituency in each year since 2010.

      Drugs: South Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of drugs seized in South Thanet constituency in each year since 2010.

      Offences against Children: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time was for people arrested by Operation Pallial to be kept on uncharged bail; and what the average length of...

      Fire Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a list of all three pump fire stations in England, by name and local authority.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK citizens will require new passports after the UK leaves the EU; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants were detained in each year between 2013 and 2017 whilst appealing a rejection of their application; and how many...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to correct the totalled data in figure 7 on page 11 of the Financial Summary of the Defence Equipment Plan 2016; and if he will...

    • Ministry of Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department operates a ban the box employment policy in respect of ex-offender job applicants with unspent convictions; and how many...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with NATO on the UK contribution to Operation Resolute Support and the number of UK personnel supporting...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on NATO Transformation.

      NATO: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers in the armed forces, at what rank and position, are attached to NATO Transformation Command.

      Ministry of Defence: Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by his Department was in each year since 2010; what the...

      Ministry of Defence: Uber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) Uber for Business and (b) other Uber transactions since 28 October 2016.

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 59060, what sort of activities his Department defines as physical security breaches.

  • HM Treasury

    • Lloyds Banking Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on small investors of the cancellation of the public offer of shares in Lloyds Banking Group.

    • Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of adult UK citizens without a UK bank account.

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for making available the Making Tax Digital free software; and whether his Department plans to provide financial support to small...

      Personal Savings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the household savings ratio.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a revision of his Department's forecast of the annual impact of leaving the EU on the UK after 15 years which was published in his...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse will be of the decision to keep salary sacrifice schemes in place for school fees for each year until 2020-21.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on how the money raised by the Apprenticeship Levy will be spent.

      Treasury: Government Contracts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by his Department was in each year since 2010; what the value...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential costs to the public purse of increasing compensation to members of the Equitable Life Payment...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs budget is allocated to investigate landfill tax fraud.

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57196, when his Department will publish its response to the consultation on Making Tax Digital.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department operates a ban the box employment policy in respect of ex-offender job applicants with unspent convictions; and how many...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the population of (a) Bury North constituency, (b) the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, (c) the area covered by the Greater Manchester Combined...

    • Households

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average household size is projected to be for each year up to 2035 for (a) Bury North constituency, (b) the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, (c)...

      Households

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average household size was for each year since 1997 for (a) Bury North Constituency, (b) the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, (c) the area...

      Average Earnings: Coventry South

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average income for (a) men and (b) women in Coventry South constituency was in each of the last five years.

      Digital Economy Bill 2016-17

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the letter of 14 February 2017 from the Minister of State for Digital and Culture to the hon Member for Birkenhead, which services and...

  • Department of Health

    • Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 62427, on nurses: pay, what other recommendations or advice his Department takes into account when...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the steps taken by organisations to support carers to increase agile working practices.

      Fast Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that fast food wrappers do not contain substances which are harmful to human health.

      Schizophrenia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing and other health bodies on a virtual reality game to detect and treat schizophrenia.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the potential effect on the four-week diagnostic standard for cancer of any increase in the demand for endoscopy...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients waited more than 18 weeks for bariatric surgery in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2012-13.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target uptake rate is for the bowel cancer screening programme in England; how many clinical commissioning groups are meeting that target uptake...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for agreeing salary increases for executive, GP and lay members of a clinical commissioning group's governing body; and whether NHS...

      Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what salary increases have been awarded to (a) executive, (b) GP and (c) lay members of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group's governing body in (i)...

      Eltham Community Hospital: X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many X-rays have been carried out at Eltham Community Hospital since that hospital opened; and if he will make a statement.

      Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group is of commissioning 17 beds for patients preparing to return home from St Mary's Hospital,...

      Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group has commissioned for respite or rehabilitation of patients returning home from hospital stays; and...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of changes in the value of supplier costs in the NHS as a result of the change in the value of sterling against the (a) euro...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) England, (b) Greater London and (c) the London Borough of Newham have been treated by the NHS for (i) drug and (ii) alcohol...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62814, on NHS Pay, what estimate he has made of what the real-terms change in the salary has been...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the side effects of long-term use of anti-depressants.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for anti-depressant medication were issued in England in each of the last 10 years to (a) adults and (b) children.

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with how many families the family nurse partnership has worked (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area that it has been in place in each year...

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average NHS ambulance response times in (a) England, (b) Greater London and (c) the London Borough of Newham were in each year since 2010.

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of compensation available to people who have become disabled as a result of taking the Pandemrix vaccination;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2017 to Question 63032, and with reference to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health of February 2016, what...

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 to make people who have had adverse reactions to the...

      Palbociclib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings representatives from NICE (a) have had and (b) plan to have with Pfizer during the consultation period for palbociclib (Ibrance) since the...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2017 to Question 63167, what the (a) maintenance and (b) other associated costs of the 217 vacant properties held by...

      Prisons: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent from the public purse on drug rehabilitation services in prisons in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate the amount of lost income will be to (1) local authorities, and (2) housing associations, by 2020, as a result of the cumulative effect of...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the estimate made by the Local Government Association of a £5.8 billion funding gap for local authorities by 2020 in their briefing...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the increased social care precept on the ability of local authorities to provide adult social care.

  • Home Office

    • Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre: G4S

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procurement process was undertaken by the Home Office before awarding G4S the welfare services provider contract for Tinsley House pre-departure...

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 January (HL Deb, col 53), and to her Written Answer on 3 February (HL5216), what assessment...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth Secretariat: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what UK contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat budget they made for the years (1) 2010, (2) 2011, (3) 2012, (4) 2013, (5) 2014, (6) 2015, and (7) 2016;...

    • Commonwealth Secretariat: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government departments are responsible for setting the UK contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat; on what basis it is set; and what data are used...

      Commonwealth Secretariat: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what process of consultation is in place between them and the Commonwealth Secretariat (1) prior to, (2) during, and (3) after, the process of setting the UK...

      Commonwealth Secretariat: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the latest adjustments to the UK contributions to the Commonwealth Secretariat budget, particularly in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the forecast impact of future road building in both rural and urban areas on traffic congestion, what plans they have to (1) control the...

  • Department of Health

    • Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of missed appointments across the NHS, and of the impact of requiring two forms of ID from patients not resident...

    • Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Food Standards Agency concerning its plans to substitute regular food safety inspections with greater self-regulation...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many terminations have been performed under Ground E of the Abortion Act 1967 since it entered into force (1) in total, and (2) by year.

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by which method the gestation of a foetus is determined before being recorded on the HSA4 abortion notification form.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, what was the NHS's annual clinical negligence bill for the 2016–17 financial year and what it...

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