Written answers

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason Treasury Ministers will not hold pre-Budget meetings with representatives of the alcohol industry in 2017.

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been accrued to the public purse from fines levied by HM Revenue and Customs for late submission of tax returns in the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs: Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the planned expenditure is on the HM Revenue and Customs identity assurance system planned to replace the Government Gateway service from March 2018.

      Treasury: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income has been accrued to his Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Cash Dispensing: Urban Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect of changes to the level of access to free ATMs on high streets and local...

      Electronic Funds Transfer: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to tackle authorised push-payment scams.

      Treasury: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of senior civil servants of his Department are (a) men, (b) women, (c) disabled, (d) from working-class backgrounds and (e) from black,...

      Pay: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many firms were investigated for alleged (a) non-payment of and (b) other breaches of national minimum or living wage legislation in each local...

      Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of the recipients of funding from the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme were (a) female entrepreneurs and (b) companies with at...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Commission: Advertising

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the Commission's policy is on online advertising; and how much was...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps his Department has taken to help people with long-term illness return to work.

    • European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to ensure funds of equivalent value to the UK's allocation from the European Social Fund are made available for...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much income has been accrued to his Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) publish or (b) place in the Library a copy of the memorandum of understanding between his Department and HM Revenue and Customs...

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of funding for supported housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what standards the Government has put in place to assess whether a patient is physically healthy enough to return to work after illness; and...

      New Enterprise Allowance: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of New Enterprise Allowance (a) recipients and (b) mentors were women in each NUTS 1 designated region in each...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been affected by the revised benefit cap in each local authority area in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated additional cost is to each household in the Glasgow Local Authority Area renting in the private rented sector affected by...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the personal support package in the Government's Improving Lives Green Paper, what the minimum number of minutes of support...

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities offered the Tell Us Once service for registering child births in each of the last five years.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Tell Us Once service.

      Jobcentres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of each grade and gender were employed at (a) Cardiff and (b) Penarth Jobcentre in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of 20 February 2017, Official Report, column 768, what the evidential basis is for his statement that...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's press release of 29 December 2016, psychoactive substances ban six months on: almost 500 arrests and...

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that children outside of formal camps in Greece and Italy are assessed for relocation to the...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the eligibility criteria for the 150 remaining places announced under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, and for any further...

      Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62659, on sex establishments: licensing, for what reason there is no right given to...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded instances there were of police cells being used as places of safety for people detained under section 136 of the Mental...

      Home Office: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much income has been accrued to her Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that companies which find evidence of modern slavery within their supply chains are required to report...

      Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2017 to Question 49107, on Islamic State: British nationals abroad, how many of those people (a)...

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to maintain police teams dedicated to each ward in Greater London.

      Hate Crime: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of hate crime have been (a) reported and (b) prosecuted in each of the last 12 months in each police force area in Wales.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants of his Department oversee contracts which have been awarded to external providers.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of senior civil servants of his Department are (a) men, (b) women, (c) disabled, (d) from working-class backgrounds and (e)...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has made to the governments of other EEA countries on funds owed to the NHS.

    • Department of Health: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much income has been accrued to his Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Eye Drops: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse has been of an individual prescription of Fucithalmic viscous eye drops in each of the last five years.

      Blood: Donors

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

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people on the organ transplant register died while waiting for a donated kidney in the last financial year.

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential effect on the NHS budget of increasing the number of people receiving kidney transplants to...

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 11 January 2017 and 24 January 2017 to Questions 58829 and 59987, if he will require Ambulance Service NHS Trusts to collect...

      Maternity Services: Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families of newborn babies did not receive a mandated health visitor antenatal visit in the last year; and how many families did not receive a...

      Breast Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for surgery to vacuum cancerous breast tumours to be available on the NHS.

      Older People: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department makes available for elderly people on how to avoid harmful falls.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received on the adequacy of provision in A&E departments for patients presenting with heart problems.

      Hepatitis

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

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to help detect hidden genetic heart defects or conditions.

      Malaria: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions clinical bodies have had with pharmaceutical companies on the development of new malaria prophylactics.

      Cancer: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the NHS has made of potential links between anxiety and depression and the onset of cancer; and what recent steps his Department has...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what opportunity stakeholders will have to respond to the NICE's draft updated guideline on the management of Parkinson's disease.

      Antidepressants: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the costs to the public purse of the treatment of side effects from long-term use of antidepressants.

      Depressive Illnesses: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the accessibility of NICE-recommended treatments for patients at risk of recurrent depression in England.

      Medical Records: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the new records movement service being piloted in West Yorkshire by Capita.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 63820, if he will take steps to increase the maximum length of time for which data can be...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Taking organ transplantation to 2020: a detailed strategy, published in 2013, what plans he has to increase consent rates for deceased...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold a public consultation on organ donation and consent law in England.

      Williams Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding and support the NHS makes available to Williams syndrome patients and their families.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the changes to the modelling of the recording of hospital admissions attributed to alcohol in the last 10...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department has not yet set a date for publication of the Tobacco Control Plan.

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52787, when the Cardiovascular Disease collaborative group commenced its work; and if he will set...

      Bone Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make GPs aware of the primary bone cancer awareness e-learning module devised by the Bone Cancer Research Trust and the Royal College of...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that all clinical commissioning groups provide the full cycle of IVF for patients that meet the criteria in NICE's...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage change in the (a) cost and (b) number of patients receiving NHS treatment from private sector providers in...

      Back Pain: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of back pain among 10 to 18 year olds.

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mental health support in provided to elderly people who are victims of sexual attacks.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are currently in place at (a) HMP Wormwood Scrubs and (b) HMP Pentonville to support inmates that are addicted to drugs.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people referred to improving access to psychological therapies waited less than (a) six and (b) 18 weeks for their first appointment...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the press release of 9 January 2017, Prime Minister unveils plans to transform mental health support, when his Department plans to make...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the 62-day cancer waiting time target is met.

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to community pharmacy budgets on the NHS in winter 2016-17.

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of treatment provision for people diagnosed with Huntington's disease.

      Home Care Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to assist (a) Newcastle Allied Healthcare and (b) other home care providers given an inadequate rating by the Care...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups provide obese patients and smokers with access to appropriate treatment...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold discussions with Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group on the reasons for its decision to restrict free-of-charge IVF...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure Care Quality Commission standards are applied fairly.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what organisation is responsible for NHS workforce planning.

      Mental Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Minister for Public Health and Innovation's comments for Huffington Post, entitled Time to change - men and mental health,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding has been supplied to the Green Investment Bank in each year since its inception.

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2016 to Question 57882, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decrease...

      Standardisation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has for membership of the European Committee for Standardisation and the enforcement of that...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of senior civil servants of his Department are (a) men, (b) women, (c) disabled, (d) from working-class...

      Business Angel Co-investment Fund: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of the recipients of funding from the Business Angel Co-Investment Fund were (a) female...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of callers to the Business Support Helpline were women in the latest fiscal year for which...

      New Businesses: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of start up loans were given to women in each fiscal year since the Start Up Loans company...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of the recipients of (a) the Queen's Award for Enterprise and (b) awards from Enterprising...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether regular units from the Army and Royal Marines are subject to parliamentary scrutiny and the War Powers Convention when those units are attached...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Pay

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

    • Help to Buy Scheme: South Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people received assistance from the Government's Help to Buy scheme in South Thanet in each of the last three years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the (a) total number of social housing units to be built and (b) change in the number of social...

      Neighbourhood Development Plans: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of planning applications which are contrary to an adopted neighbourhood plan and that have gone to an...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent from the public purse on advertising and other promotional material for the Own Your Home initiatives...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the criteria are for the Government's decisions on how much funding for help to rent projects to allocate to local...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much income has been accrued to his Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) the Government and (b) local authorities in England spent on adult social care in each year since 2010 by region.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the amount that councils are required to pay back in right...

      Small Businesses: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the level of provision...

      Local Government: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the Mayor of Christchurch, dated 6 February 2017, on local government reorganisation.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on the outcomes of Phase two of the Troubled Families programme since its introduction in 2015.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that all newly built homes comply with building regulations.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on the funding of adult social care of the reclassification of new homes bonus as an...

      Agency Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regions have used regional memoranda of understanding in order to manage the cost of agency social workers.

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will meet the Leader of Christchurch Borough Council to discuss that Council's proposals for local government...

      Antisemitism: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were charged with offences related to Anti-Semitism between 24 June and 24 December in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Non-domestic Rates: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the revaluation of business rates on businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) West...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the relative priority of reductions in expenditure and increases in income when assessing submissions for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason he has not designated a business rates pool for any local authorities in Dorset for 2017-18; and what steps...

      Council Tax: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the financial case included in the submission of 9 February 2017 by some Dorset local authorities for local...

      Non-domestic Rates: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 22 February 2017, Official Report, column 1070, what the closing date is by which two-tier...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department provides to local authorities for the provision of accessible public toilet facilities.

  • Scotland Office

    • Brexit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he raised (a) the Scottish Government's report entitled Scotland's Place in Europe, published on 20 December 2016 and (b) Scotland's place in...

    • Emergency Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to bring forward legislative proposals to make Scottish emergency services...

      Brexit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the priorities for the (a) steel and (b) fishing industry within the negotiations on the UK...

      Unemployment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent and proposed closures in the Department for Work and Pensions estate in Scotland on the level of...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on income tax rates.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the level of government funding for the energy...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect of City Deals on cities in Scotland.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Transport

    • Cars: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars powered by (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) alternative fuel are currently registered for use on public roads; and how many such cars were...

    • Department for Transport: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much income has been accrued to his Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of 23 February 2017 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, on funding for the Government's...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Transport of 23 February 2017, Official Report, column 1147, if he will provide an...

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff (a) have previously worked for and (b) are on secondment from CH2M; how many of those staff have returned to work for CH2M...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political stability of Libya; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Overseas Territories: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received recent representations from (a) parliamentarians and (b) the public on the legalisation of gay marriage...

      Tanzania: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Tanzanian counterpart on that Government's proposals to publish lists of homosexuals.

      West Bank: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his Israeli counterparts the effect of the Land Regularisation Bill recently passed by the Israeli...

      Tanzania: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of LGBT rights in Tanzania.

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to open negotiations with the Libyan Government on that country's frozen assets and provision for UK victims of...

      Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council is due to take place; and what is on the agenda for that meeting.

      Cyprus: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Cyprus on assistance with the exploitation of gas and oil off...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is giving to the Government of Nigeria to help tackle the activities of Boko Haram; and whether...

      China: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of China on organ harvesting in that country; and what the outcome of...

      British Overseas Territories: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to visit any of the overseas territories in the next 12 months.

      Palestinians: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Palestinian Authority on death sentences imposed on Palestinians for the...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure free and fair elections in Zimbabwe; and what discussions his Department has...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 58527, what assessment he has made of the validity of the findings of the...

      Georgia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the US and (b) other NATO member states on a potential NATO...

      Georgia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the draft statement on non-use force produced by the co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions;...

      Georgia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia.

      Georgia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the next round of the Geneva International Discussions to be held; and what the Government's priorities will be...

      Georgia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who represented the Government at the 38th round of the Geneva International Discussions in December 2016; and what assessment...

      State Visits: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make arrangements for an early state or official visit to the UK by the recently elected President of Germany.

      Libya: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of protection for women's rights in Libya.

  • Department for International Development

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which UK-based charities have received funding from her Department in the last three financial years; how much has been received by...

    • Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants of her Department oversee contracts which have been awarded to external providers.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department provides as part of its education programmes for teaching on freedom of religion or belief, including...

      South Sudan: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the practicability of delivering emergency aid into areas affected by the UN-declared...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of reception baseline assessment in academic year 2016-17.

    • Free Schools: Admissions

      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 evidence her Department...

      Government Equalities Office: Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by the Government Equalities Office was in each year...

      Service Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been in receipt of the service pupil premium each year since 2010.

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that nurseries have access to adequate funding to afford well-qualified staff.

      Free Schools: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total value is of public land transferred to free schools since the establishment of such schools.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the condition of schools built in the 1960s under Second Consortium of Local Authorities programme.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help identify children who are entitled to the pupil premium.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the results of polling commissioned by Save the Children, published...

      Basic Skills: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of data published by Save the Children in February 2017 on the number of...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England had (i) between 10 and 20 and (ii) more than 20 looked-after children attending...

      Children: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the results of polling commissioned by Save the Children, published...

      Pupils: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average funding per pupil was in each secondary school in Coventry South constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Credit Unions

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) has to allow members of religious denominations other than the...

    • Church Commissioners: Procurement

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many Church Commissioners' staff oversee contracts which have been awarded to external providers.

      Church Commissioners: Procurement

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the procurement spend of Church Commissioners was in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

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

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Equality

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

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with S4C on her Department's contribution to that company's funding over the period of the...

      BBC: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has made representations to the US Administration related to allegations made by Sebastian Gorka on bias and the...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in which locations items from the Government Art Collection have been shown in the last 12 months.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment her Department has made of the economic benefits of e-sports.

      Hearing Aids: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential threat to the effectiveness of digital hearing aids of devices such as smartphones and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what budget and staffing resources have been allocated by her Department and its agencies to Angling Trust Alert (ATA); what...

    • Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle high levels of air pollution in Greater London.

      Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the ban on the use of microbeads, announced by her Department on 3 September...

      Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect the red squirrel population in the UK.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, what the (a) mean and (b) median pay was for staff in the Law Officers' Departments who were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) white, (iv) from an ethnic minority...

    • Attorney General: Government Contracts

      To ask the Attorney General, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by the Law Officers' Departments was in each year since 2010; what the...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Attorney General, with how many prosecuting authorities in other countries the Serious Fraud Office has shared information arising out of its investigation into bribery and corruption...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Information Officers

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

    • Wales Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many civil servants in his Department oversee contracts which have been awarded to external providers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how often each out of court disposals panel met in each constabulary area in England in 2016; how many cases were examined by each of those panels...

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal fee remission claims there have been in each month of the last five years; and how many of those claims have been successful.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

    • Cabinet Office: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much income has been accrued to his Department from premium rate telephone lines in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of government procurement is from UK companies.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with companies with which the Government has contracts on corporate social responsibility and the payment of corporation tax.

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2017 to Question 63244, from which organisations or individuals the Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory...

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what research his Department has conducted into the methodology used for polls conducted by his Department since 24 June 2016.

  • Department for Transport

    • M1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 February (HL5019), whether there is now a revised date for concluding the works to be...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 9 February (HL Deb, col 1854) stating that his "right honourable friend the Secretary of State for...

    • Product Recalls and Safety Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 January (HL Deb, col 421), which individuals sit on the working group on product recalls and safety;...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in fulfilling their 2015 manifesto commitment to "Stand up for the freedom of people of all religions—and non-religious...

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 29 September 2016 (HL1930), whether they will increase spending on projects which promote...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to ensure that school spending choices do not put educational outcomes at risk.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 February (HL 5237), whether the primary role for RAF Voyager is as an air refuelling tanker or to provide...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Christmas Bonus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners received the £10 Christmas Bonus in 2016.

    • Christmas Bonus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of the £10 Christmas Bonus; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which that purpose is being achieved.

      Christmas Bonus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the £10 Christmas Bonus scheme costs to administer.

      Christmas Bonus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need of pensioners who are taxpayers for the £10 Christmas Bonus.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from (1) Battersea Dogs and Cats home, and (2) other charities, about increasing the sentences for cruelty to animals.

    • Food: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of evidence that some producers of honey are falsely labelling it as Manuka honey, what precautions are in place to monitor fraudulent practice...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Letting Agents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make membership of a Client Money Protection Scheme mandatory for letting and managing agents.

  • Department of Health

    • Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role that small charities can play in providing care for adults with early-onset dementia.

    • Health Services and Social Services: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Age UK briefing, The Health and Care of Older People in England, published in February.

      Doctors' List of Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the average number, and (2) the maximum permitted number, of patients per GP in England and Wales.

      General Practitioners: Opening Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make it compulsory for every GP surgery to be open from 8am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, and if so, whether they will reduce...

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