Written answers

Monday, 27 February 2017

  • Public Accounts Commission

  • Prime Minister

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has visited any food banks since becoming Prime Minister; and if she will make a statement.

    • Judiciary: USA

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed the importance of the independence of the judiciary with the US President on her recent visit to that country.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, when she expects the redaction of the report of the Intelligence and Security Committee, UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria to be complete.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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...

    • Sick Leave: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many fit notes were issued to people as a result of musculoskeletal conditions in (a) England and (b) Leeds in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) England and (b) Leeds are in receipt of employment and support allowance as a result of disability related to a...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of jobcentres due to close under proposals announced on 30 January 2017 which are not within three...

      Income Support and Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed both income support and any element of tax credits in the most recent year for which information is available.

      Sick Leave: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) England and (b) Leeds have been signed off work permanently as a result of disability related to a musculoskeletal...

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the effect on the local economy of moving 15 jobs from Alexandria Jobcentre Plus in West Dunbartonshire...

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the expected costs are of relocating staff and resources from Alexandria Jobcentre Plus in West Dunbartonshire constituency.

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when an Equality Impact Assessment will be published on the proposal to close the Alexandria Jobcentre in West Dunbartonshire constituency.

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any compulsory redundancies will result from closure of the Alexandria Jobcentre in West Dunbartonshire constituency.

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a public consultation will take place over the proposal to close the Alexandria Jobcentre in West Dunbartonshire constituency.

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to identify the Alexandria Jobcentre Plus in West Dunbartonshire constituency for closure.

      Jobcentres: Dumbartonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are currently served by the Alexandria Jobcentre Plus in West Dunbartonshire constituency; and how many of these are (a)...

      Small Businesses: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to promote entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities in Scotland.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to extend the Access to Work programme to incorporate work experience and internships.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to extend the Access to Work programme so that disabled people have support plans in place before an...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of unsuccessful mandatory reconsiderations of personal independence payments were overturned at the appeal stage...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that people appealing unsuccessful mandatory reconsiderations following a reassessment for the enhanced...

      Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Government has made in reducing long-term unemployment in areas of high unemployment in the last 12 months.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2016 to Question 34251, how many decisions on international protection her Department made from 1...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the Police Transformation Fund for 2017-18 has been allocated to bids related to improving police forces' capacity to deal with...

      Eritrea: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to (a) ensure that Eritrean minors who are returned from the Shagarab Camp in Sudan to Eritrea, as part...

      Eritrea: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to increase capacity building in Eritrea to counter the production and use of forged and fraudulent...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 1.44 of the 2016 Report of the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Modern Slavery, which six police forces...

      Immigration Controls: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations she has received from whom on placing limitations on UK universities' ability to bring international students to the UK.

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 62976, on higher education standards, (a) how the current immigration rules for study...

      Home Office: Pay

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

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that unaccompanied child refugees do not fall victim to human trafficking.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to find out from local authorities what capacity they have to accommodate child refugees.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family visit visa applications to the UK there were in the year ending 8 July (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016, by (i) overall...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 8 February 2017, HCWS467, what consultations she had on what dates prior to the decision to reduce the...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with whom her Department consulted before introducing the requirement for G4S officers to wear body cameras when visiting asylum seekers in...

      Asylum: Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the length of stay in initial accommodation in the asylum system.

      Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commission.

      Furs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent illegal fur from being imported into the UK.

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to extend the Emergency Services Network (a) to the London Underground and (b) other underground elements of the UK's...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the written statement of 8 February 2017, HCWS467, what estimate she and her counterparts in Europe have made of the number of...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities (a) provided and (b) offered places under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016; and how many places were so...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals who have been rejected for permanent residence have since been asked to leave the UK in the last 12 months.

      Immigration Controls: Oxford East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been arrested under immigration powers by Immigration Enforcement Teams in Oxford East constituency over the last...

      Domestic Appliances: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged 65 or over have been involved in fires caused by (a) portable electrical fires and (b) electric blankets in each of the...

      Textiles: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage transparency within supply chains for the textile industry to ensure that workers are not...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people detained in an immigration removal centre were subsequently removed or deported from the UK in each year from 2013 to 2017.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to publicise any changes to migrants' rights to work in the UK to people specifically affected by those changes.

      Home Office: Uber

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

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the daily cost to the public purse is of detaining an individual in (a) a short-term holding facility and (b) an immigration removal centre.

      Home Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many equality impact assessments have been carried out in the last three years on public service reforms which impact on (a)...

      Deportation: Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment the Government has made of the risks associated with returning English speaking failed asylum-seeking Cameroonians to...

      Home Office: Recruitment

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

      Home Office: Brexit

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

      Cannabis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the then Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice on 20 January 2016, Official Report,...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to proactively identify unaccompanied refugee children and vulnerable families in Greece and Italy who...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the seizure of assets of human traffickers at the point of arrest, rather than conviction.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of short-term study visas for EU citizens wishing to study in the UK after the UK...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people convicted of human trafficking in the UK who returned to their country of origin to serve their sentence have had their...

      Cleveland Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures were in place to ensure that members of the Cleveland Police Authority did not benefit financially from any procurement or...

      Cleveland Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether Cleveland Police conducted any surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000...

      Football: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on safeguarding British...

      Offensive Weapons: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to control the sale of knives and other prohibited bladed items online.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her (a) Italian and (b) Greek counterparts on resettling unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many equality impact assessments have been carried out in the last three years on public service reforms which impact on (a) departmental...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

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

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Republic of Ireland has implemented enhanced employment equality legislation as required by paragraph 9 of the Chapter on rights,...

  • Department of Health

    • Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) drug addicts, (b) gambling addicts and (c) alcoholics in each of the last five years.

    • Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on extending the end of life criteria for treatments from...

      Health Services: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NGOs will be able to engage with this year's review of the health and wellbeing needs assessment programme in immigration removal centres.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated by the NHS for drug abuse in (a) the UK and (b) South Thanet constituency in each of the last five years.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will waive the requirement for bereaved partners of people infected with NHS-supplied contaminated blood to prove that they were cohabiting with...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on adopting a model similar to the Scottish scheme for the reformed English support scheme for those affected by...

      Ambulance Services: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average ambulance response times were in Dorset in the last five years.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the planned new database for cervical screening will be in place by November 2017; and if he will make a statement.

      Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all correspondence over the last three months between (a) his Department, (b) NHS Protect and (c) NHS England and the Princess...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date details of the process for the Commissioning through Evaluation scheme for Selective Internal Radiation Therapy were first added to the NHS...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what clinical evidence available after 2011 was considered by NHS England for inclusion in the evidence summary for Selective Internal Radiation Therapy...

      Department of Health: Pay

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

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the number of A&E admissions for respiratory conditions in each month of financial year (a) 2015-16, (b) 2014-15, (c)...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 63026 on medical records, for what reasons his Department did not undertake (a) an impact...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of his Department's funding was allocated to reduce physical inactivity in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17; and what he plans to...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has taken steps to prevent private patient consultations leading to a potential (a) reduction in service or (b) increase in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to GPs.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62721, whether proposed changes to operational costs relating to NHS properties were taken into...

      General Practitioners: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Releasing Time for Patients plans in reducing missed GP appointments.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve ambulance response times.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2017 to Question 61437, whether the Centre for Workforce Intelligence used patient projections in its 2014 review;...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons a decision has not yet been taken on whether Selective Internal Radiation Therapy should be routinely funded on the NHS following the...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to broaden understanding in the medical profession and wider society of sickle cell disease.

      Mental Health Services: Pontefract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment of the potential effect of the closure of CAMHS services in Pontefract on people who (a)...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will promote the provision of oxygen at homes and workplaces for those with sickle cell disease.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the cumulative effect of tobacco control measures on small retailers over the last 10 years.

      Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons it took the Care Quality Commission seven months to publish its inspection report on Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation...

      Social Services: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of competition in the care sector.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of treatment provisions for people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

      Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on voluntary co-payments in the NHS.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60244, what assessment he has made of the capacity of Public Health England to independently verify...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60244, what plans he has to review the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 ahead of the...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the European Medicines Agency on the licencing of homeopathic products.

      General Practitioners: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the minimum notice period is that clinical commissioning groups are required to give patients when a GP surgery is to close.

      Hospitals: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the effect on areas of health deprivation in Warrington of the siting of any new hospital south of the Manchester Ship Canal.

      Dentistry: 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 dentists; what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Health Professions: 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 radiographers; what the assessment he has made of the...

      Health Professions: 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 oncologists; what assessment he has made of the...

      Doctors: 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 doctors; what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Health Services: Healthcare Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the administration of medication without supervision by health care assistants.

      Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust has to meet in order to access an increased sustainability transformation fund allocation.

      Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was provided to Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust by the Sustainability Transformation Fund in the 2016-17 financial...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients currently receiving NHS treatment delivered by private sector providers.

      Health Services: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether local authorities are required to provide non-mandated public health services such as drug and alcohol services.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 64041, if he will make it his Department's policy that traditional herbal registration will only...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Industry: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the greater Exeter area contributes to the Government's industrial strategy.

    • Research: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to support the Ser Cymru II programme in Wales after the UK has left the EU.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) mean and (b) median pay was for staff in his Department who were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) white, (iv)...

      Cammell Laird: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will respond to the request for an apology for actions by the UK Government in relation to industrial...

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the Erasmus Plus programme for UK learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the Erasmus Plus programme for UK (a) vocational education staff, (b)...

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contribution his Department has (a) made and (b) plans to make to discussions with the British Council on the...

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with higher education providers and institutions on continued UK participation in...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the future asset value of the UK Green Investment Bank's investments in the Galloper and...

      Prosperity Fund: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) coal, (b) gas, (c) hydro, (d) wind and (e) solar energy projects his Department's Prosperity Fund has invested...

      Magnox: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to protect Magnox workers affected by reforms to final salary pension schemes across the Nuclear...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office branches were classed as (a) temporarily closed and (b) permanently closed in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Foundation College: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 56016, on Army Foundation College vetting, what proportion of Ministry of Defence civil servants...

    • Army Foundation College: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 56016, on Army Foundation College vetting; how many permanent staff arriving at Army Foundation...

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

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

      Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62585, when he plans to place the terms of reference of the review of the Junior Entry Policy in...

      Ministry of Defence: Brexit

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

      South Sudan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are deployed in South Sudan.

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department provides for servicemen and women's children who have an autism diagnosis.

      Navy: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to promote the participation of young people in the Sea Cadets organisation.

      Human Rights: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure it provides robust and consistent advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders and in support of civic...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he plans to ensure that the Government spends the equivalent of at least two per cent of GDP per year for the rest of this Parliament on defence.

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle of the Royal Military Police is by rank, number and task.

      Ministry of Defence: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department are employed in media relations and communications roles; and how much was spent on the salaries of such staff members...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2016 to Question 44796, how many companies have signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant since 2 September 2016.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of UK military operations in Iraq was in each year between 2010 and 2017.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2017 to Question 63288, when he expects the Joint Doctrine Publication 0-30.2 Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Compulsory Purchase: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse has been of compulsory purchase orders in each London borough in each year since 1990.

    • Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with small businesses ahead of the introduction of proposed changes to business rate...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage innovation in local government procurement practices.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 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...

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the annual value of fines received by local authorities for litter-related offences.

      Non-domestic Rates: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62421, what estimate he has made of the total cost of business rate...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62421, how businesses apply for funds from the transitional relief scheme.

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Officials of his Department will provide advice and guidance to the Leaders of Christchurch Borough Council, East...

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter of 9 February 2017 from the six leaders to the Secretary of State, titled Future Dorset: Proposals...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to build and develop more homes.

      Urban Areas: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will discuss guidance and assistance to support high street retailers competing with large out of town developments with...

  • HM Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what engagement his Department has had with the working group set up by LINK scheme members to consider how to place the LINK system on a sustainable footing.

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the Competition and Markets Authority on ensuring a sustainable future for the LINK scheme in advance of...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of tobacco used in the UK that is illegally (a) imported and (b) manufactured.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: South Thanet

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional tax revenue his Department has collected as a result of Stamp Duty changes in South Thanet constituency since 1 April 2016.

      Income Tax: Landlords

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of how many landlords will be (a) affected by, (b) exempted because they are a corporate landlord and (c) exempted because they...

      Petroleum Revenue Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses have received Petroleum Revenue Tax relief for research expenditure in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Petroleum Revenue Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses have received Petroleum Revenue Tax relief for unrelieved field loss in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses have received Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for compulsory purchase facilitating development in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 background,...

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to announce his decision on the Making Tax Digital annual income exemption threshold; and if he will make it his policy to announce that...

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Department for Exiting the European Union on the contents of the White Paper entitled The United Kingdom's exit from...

      Treasury: Equality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many equality impact assessments have been carried out in the last three years on public service reforms which impact on (a) departmental staff and (b)...

      Treasury: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department operates a ban the box employment policy in respect of ex-offender job applicants with unspent convictions; and how many employees of...

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62819, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of each increase of one per cent in excise...

      Budgets: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on delivering the Budget in the Autumn and the effect of that on the Scottish...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Furs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of regulations to prevent dog and cat fur from entering the UK.

    • Department for International Trade: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2017 to Question 62539, how many security passes are issued on behalf of his Department by the...

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to reduce poverty in developing countries through its international trade policy.

      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, whether a date has been set for Parliament to vote on the ratification of the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his policy to prioritise (a) UK higher education and (b) higher education distance learning in the Government's future...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the (a) mean and (b) median pay was for staff in the Government Equalities Office who were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) white, (iv) from an...

    • Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what research has been conducted on the effect of men self-defining as women on (a) women-only services, (b) organisations solely for girls and young...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of all the rail industry roles and responsibilities previously held by the new Chief Executive Officer of HS2 Ltd.

    • Railway Stations: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish his Department's analysis of the (a) cost and (b) duration of construction of the Sheffield Meadowhall High Speed Rail station.

      Department for Transport: Pay

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

      Southern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Southern Railway has (a) paid to passengers in compensation and (b) received in compensation from Network Rail since the start of that franchise.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which reporting periods GTR's performance has met the specified benchmarks set out in the franchise agreement since that agreement was signed.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on rail improvements in East Kent in each of the last five years.

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what due diligence processes his Department and HS2 Ltd carried out on the suitability of the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HS2 Ltd; and what...

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department set out in recruiting the new Chief Executive Officer of HS2 Ltd on a record of successful delivery.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to protect local bus services when such services are discontinued by private bus companies due to concerns over...

      Driverless Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that driverless vehicles are not subject to disproportionately high insurance premiums.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on England's roads.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken by the Driver and Licensing Agency to reissue driving licences which have been withdrawn...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will conduct an independent public inquiry into the management and performance of Govia Thameslink Rail/Southern Rail services and the social,...

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the contractual agreements are in the Govia Thameslink Rail/Southern Rail franchise agreement on disability access at train stations and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by what date the UK Embassy in Bogota plans to comply with the Colombia Constitutional Court's judgment in the case of Action...

    • Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Ukrainian authorities to provide government services to civilians living in...

      USA: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2017 to Question 63225, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what human rights concerns he raised with the Burmese authorities during his visit to Burma on 20 January 2017; and if he will...

      Bahrain: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training assistance his Department has given to the Bahrain Police on collecting relevant intelligence prior to demonstrations.

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 58516, what his Department's definition is of a civilian object.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the accuracy of the Saudi-led Coalition's Joint Incident Assessment Team's...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Andy Tsege was (a) extradited under an extradition treaty in place between Yemen and Ethiopia or (b) removed from Yemen...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 58517, whether providing equipment to facilitate the use of cluster...

      Eritrea and Sudan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British personnel have been involved in the training of Sudanese Rapid Support Forces in Sudan and the Eritrean Border...

      Eritrea and Sudan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to train Rapid Support Forces in Sudan and the Eritrean Border Force as part of the UK's...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure Andy Tsege's safety while in prison.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 58534, if the Government will report to the House prior to any...

      Middle East: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure religious minorities in the Middle East have a sustainable future in the region.

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release prisoner-of-conscience Nabeel Rajab and...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the US Administration on its forthcoming annual review of sanctions against Russia.

      USA: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the importance of an independent judiciary with his US counterpart.

      North Carolina: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has raised the issue of House Bill 2 in North Carolina with that state's authorities since the...

      Ukraine: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Ukrainian counterpart on the work of that country's Anti-Corruption Bureau.

      Sierra Leone: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Sierra Leone on draft revised NGO policy regulations; and...

      Turkey: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU and Turkish counterparts on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Recruitment

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

      United Arab Emirates: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Somaliland, (b) UAE and (c) Saudi Arabia on the establishment of a UAE...

      Christine Robinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his South African counterpart on the murder of Christine Robinson at the Rra-Ditau Lodge in...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Department for Exiting the European Union on the contents of the White Paper entitled The United...

    • Department for International Development: Recruitment

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

      Department for International Development: Uber

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

      Developing Countries: Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) the Global School Partnership programme and (b) the Connecting...

      Oman: Desalination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 63588, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that its overseas development aid is targeted at the world's poorest people.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the Government's overseas development aid budget is spent on schemes to support economic growth in middle-income...

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to raise public awareness of Fair Trade.

      Occupied Territories: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to non-governmental organisations promoting human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Department for International Development: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many overseas visits to DFID-funded (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral programmes were made by each Minister of her Department in...

      Department for International Development: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil service staff by grade work in her Department's Special Advisers' Office.

      Department for International Development: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish a list of the (a) speeches given outside Parliament, (b) articles published and (c) media interviews given by each...

      Somaliland: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has provided to tackle the drought and food shortages in Somaliland (a) bilaterally and (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2017 to Question 61838, whether her Department has intervened in a school closure consultation.

    • Sixth Form Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 57356, what proportion of students enrolled at (a) selective and (b) non-selective school and...

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to incorporate the March 2016 revisions to the Eatwell Guide into the planned update to the School Food Standards.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to evaluate the effect of the national curriculum on the teaching and learning of subjects other than English and...

      Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of trends in agency social worker fees on local authority expenditure; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Education: Pay

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

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the proposed sale of the student loans book on those paying off such loans.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the finding of the National Audit Office in its report entitled, Financial...

      Secondary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that secondary schools are not in deficit.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to evaluate the effect of the implementation of the new national curriculum on (a) teacher workload, (b) Special and...

      Welsh Language: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has any plans to introduce the teaching of Welsh as an optional modern language in schools on the England-Wales border.

      Schools: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential effect of the new school funding formula on the level of funding for schools in Coventry South...

      Cybercrime: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to promote the awareness of cyber security among school-aged children.

      Schools: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from (a) schools and (b) other bodies on the likely effect of the proposed funding formula on schools in...

      Schools: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the effect of changes of the Schools National Funding Formula on funding for schools in Calderdale.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria her Department uses to determine which universities are awarded a multi-year allocation of initial teacher training places and which are...

      Schools: Warrington North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the effect of (a) rate increases, (b) the apprenticeship levy, (c) increases in national insurance and pension...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when guidance on part-time maintenance loans will be made available to higher education institutions.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether weightings were applied to the criteria which her Department uses to determine which universities were awarded a multi-year allocation of...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish details of which universities were awarded multi-year initial teacher training allocations and which were awarded...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on teacher numbers of the proposed school funding formula.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which ongoing statutory duties local authorities will be expected to fund from the new central schools services block from 2018-19.

      Sandymoor School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the financial management and educational attainment at Sandymoor Free School in Runcorn.

      Pupils: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average funding per pupil has been in each secondary school in Halton in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Faith Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the article in The Times of 14 February 2017 in the name of the Minister of State for School Standards, what the evidential basis is...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent officials of her Department are working on maintained nursery policies.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the effect of the vote to leave the EU on the value of the student loan book; and whether that estimate...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the potential (a) short-term and (b) long-term benefits are of selling the student loan book for (i) the taxpayer, (ii) students with outstanding...

      Schools: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of changes to school funding on schools in Sheffield.

      Schools: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to visit schools in Coventry South constituency in the next six months.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure apprenticeship starts offer opportunities for employment across the UK and not just in the region where...

  • Leader of the House

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the (a) mean and (b) median pay was for staff in his Office who were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) white, (iv) from an ethnic minority background, (v) disabled...

    • Leader of the House of Commons: Government Contracts

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by his Office was in each year since 2010; what the value of pro bono...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • British Board of Film Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2017 to Question 63301, on the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), for what reason she...

    • Small Businesses: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) financial and (b) other support is provided to small and medium-sized enterprises to support the adoption of the Cyber...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what security measures are in place to ensure that suppliers compliant with the Cyber Essentials scheme utilise third party services...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Cyber Essentials scheme includes protections against (a) structured query language injection and (b) other code vulnerabilities.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Cyber Essentials scheme includes requirements to educate staff on the risk of (a) phishing attacks through email and (b)...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what activities the Government Innovation Group (a) undertook during 2016 and (b) has undertaken in 2017.

      Broadband: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Exeter has access to high-speed broadband.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that items from the Government Art Collection are displayed where they can be readily viewed by...

      European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote cooperation between cities that have won UK or European City of Culture competitions to raise...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the value of ancient woodland to the natural heritage of the UK.

    • Cornelis Vrolijk: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of England and Wales fishing quotas are accounted for by Cornelis Vrolijk.

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date the planned consultation on the domestic ivory ban will open.

      School Milk: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the financial support that the UK will receive from the European School Milk Scheme...

      Dog Fighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of strengthening sentencing provisions for people involved...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that GM food products are safe to eat and do not harm the environment.

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to discourage farming methods which lead to the overuse of antibiotics.

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Central Equine Database.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to support an extension of the commercial hook and line fishing moratorium into April, May...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to make commercial fishermen aware of new rules and enforcement measures to deter illegal netting...

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans for the UK to be compliant with the 2008 Ambient Air Quality Directive.

      Supermarkets: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will commission research into the operation of zero-waste grocery shops in overseas territories to identify potential...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Uber

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

      Environment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of which exclusive and mixed international environmental agreements in which the EU...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to introduce a ban on the export of live animals for slaughter.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much income has been accrued to her Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle animal cruelty in puppy farms.

      Fisheries: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will consider invoking Articles 15 and 11 of the 1964 London Fisheries Convention after triggering Article...

      Fisheries: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to strengthen the accreditation scheme for fishing vessels to ensure no-one is employed in...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants of her Department oversee contracts which have been awarded to external providers.

      Air Pollution: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to issue new guidance to local authority air quality monitoring units after the UK exits the EU.

      Fisheries: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that EU member states do not place restrictions on UK fisheries exports once...

      Fish Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK's seafood processing sector.

      Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total reduction in the mass of microbeads released into the environment in the UK as a...

      Total Allowable Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to determine the total allowable catch of the living resources in the UK's Exclusive...

      Fisheries: Exclusive Economic Zone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the UK's maritime neighbours on access to the UK Exclusive Economic Zone after the UK...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which elements of the EU Common Fisheries Policy it is her policy to seek to retain after the UK leaves the EU.

      Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle microbeads in products that are not included within the scope of her Department's...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which elements of the EU Common Fisheries Policy it is her policy to replace after the UK leaves the EU.

      Microplastics: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of effectiveness the US ban on microbeads on her Department's policy on microbeads.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, 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...

    • Homeopathy: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with representatives of the European Medicines Agency on cooperation on the licensing of homeopathic...

  • Attorney General

    • Honour Based Violence

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases dealt with by the CPS were flagged as being cases of honour-based violence in the most recent year for which data is available.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

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

    • Wales Office: Brexit

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

      Wales Office: Uber

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

      Wales Office: Recruitment

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

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners participate in prison systems of (a) education, (b) employment and (c) training; and what proportion of the prison population finds...

    • Domestic Violence: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to her speech on criminal justice reform of 13 February 2017 at the Centre for Social Justice, what proportion of domestic abuse victims...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the abolition of the Defence Cost Order on people who have self-funded the cost of their legal...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons manage employment, education and training systems; and at what standard those systems are running.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to publish its response to the post-implementation review of the coroner reforms implemented through the Coroners and Justice...

      Prisoners: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people with learning difficulties or disabilities are accommodated in available prison employment,...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many phones and sim cards were recovered in prisons in each of the last seven years.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps her Department has taken to ensure that more prisoners leave prison with an identified employment, education or training outcome.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to answer Question 61012, on reparation by offenders, tabled by the hon. Member for Neath on 20 January 2017.

      Magistrates' Courts: Hammersmith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions her Department had with property developers or real estate agents on the Hammersmith Magistrates' Court site between 1 January 2014 and...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many insurance companies have given assurances to the Government that financial savings will be passed to consumers as a result of her Department's...

      Crimes Against the Person: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people charged with common assault have been granted bail before conviction in Magistrates' Courts in each of the last 10 years.

      Domestic Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of women convicted of domestic violence-related offences are assessed as being at (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high risk of reoffending.

      Judges: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has plans to train judges to specialise in the protected characteristic of religion or belief.

      Personal Independence Payment: Inverclyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful appeals against Personal Independence Payments awards there were in Inverclyde in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on the number of victims of rape who appeared at Crown Courts in England and Wales and were asked about their...

      Offenders: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to introduce a volunteering programme for ex-offenders.

      Victims' Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether she plans to extend the membership of her Department's Victims' Panel.

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reviewing the sentencing guidelines applicable to offences involving deaths caused by driving.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether she plans to collect evidence on the effectiveness of the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime.

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department plans to review how section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 is working.

      Prison Officers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer posts are currently vacant in each region.

      Judges: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will take steps to ensure that judges in family courts receive training on preventing gender bias.

      Prison Officers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Band 3 Prison Officer job offers have been made by HM Prison Service and (b) prison officer entry level training starts have been recorded...

      Insurance: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has to require insurers to pass on to consumers the potential savings arising from the proposed reform to whiplash and small claims; and...

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to let the contract to run Oakhill Secure Training Centre; and who the preferred bidder is for that contract.

      Medway Secure Training Centre: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff work at Medway Secure Training Centre; and how many new members of staff have commenced working at that centre since the National...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children were held at Medway Secure Training Centre by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Young Offenders: Prisoners' Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of children were on the basic level of the incentive and earned privileges scheme in (i) Feltham Prison, (ii)...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department carried out an impact assessment in the effect outsourcing repairs and maintenance in prisons to Carillion would have on the...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mandatory drug tests have taken place in prisons in each month since May 2015.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is for an appeal against a mandatory reconsideration of a decision on personal independence payments in (a) Warrington,...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Brexit

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

    • Scotland Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many equality impact assessments have been carried out in the last three years on public service reforms which impact on (a) departmental staff and...

  • 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...

    • Average Earnings: Glasgow South West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary for (a) men and (b) women in Glasgow South West constituency was in each year since 2013.

      Prime Minister: Government Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by 10 Downing Street was in each year since 2010; what...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in the UK are registered to vote but are ineligible to do so having been convicted and detained for an offence.

      Councillors: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on an EU national elected as a local councillor in England being eligible to hold that office after the UK leaves the EU.

      Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2017 to Question 63352, if he or Officials of his Department will meet with the Parliamentary and Health Service...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of trends in prostate cancer detection rates since the publication of the first Annual Report of the National Prostate Cancer...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact of the requirement for the employers of careworkers to pay for sleep-in time and what steps they will take to...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that all bidders for phase 2B of the HS2 project, including the successful company CH2M, were compliant with Article 42...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will accept unaccompanied child refugees under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 in the financial year 2017–18.

    • Evan Mawarire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds they declined a visa to Pastor Evan Mawarire in 2016, preventing him from addressing UK parliamentarians.

  • Department for International Development

    • Planet Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the decision was made to stop the Department for International Development funding for the charity Planet Aid; what formal evaluation or audits were...

  • Department of Health

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the findings of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership’s National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Audit...

    • Clinical Reference Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when NHS England will publish the details of clinical and patient and public voice members who have been appointed to Clinical Reference Groups since May 2016.

      Health Services: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by the Secretary of State for Health in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference that "a country that works for...

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