Written answers

Thursday, 2 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Information Officers

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

    • High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all the companies which have been awarded contracts with (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department in each year since 2010.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Eddisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties in Eddisbury constituency are within one kilometre of the proposed route of High Speed 2.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to consult with local authorities on whether they can make more places available under Section 67 of the...

    • Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Investigatory Powers Commissioner will have oversight of the Government guidance, Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the most recent consultation with local authorities took place on their capacity to receive vulnerable children under Section 67 of the...

      Weapons: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of weapons seized by the National Crime Agency in the last six months were from people suspected of terrorist activity.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the operation of pop-up brothels.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to table dt 09 q of the Quarterly Immigration Statistics, October to December 2016, for what reasons two children who left...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to enable DNA testing to be carried out in regional passport offices.

      HM Passport Office: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve access to overseas interview services at Durham Passport Office.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to develop a system for short-term study visas for EU citizens after the UK has left the EU.

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of changes to the short-term study visa system as a result of the UK's exit from the EU...

      Counter-terrorism: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were referred to the Channel programme in South Wales Police Force area in each of the last 12 months.

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64546, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what each response was from those local authorities which replied to her letter of September 2016 requesting confirmation of how many...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a specified timeframe in which the Disclosure and Barring Service is required to process a certificate renewal application.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to introduce new powers for police forces in England and Wales to tackle anti-social behaviour.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with firms to invite interest to invest in the planned nuclear plant at...

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution to domestic energy production of the planned Moorside nuclear...

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to implement the EU's Clean Energy for All Europeans package if it is adopted before...

      Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62374, what plans he has to report on the progress of industry...

      Wind Power: Offshore Fixed Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using decommissioned oil platforms for wind energy installations.

      Xcite Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has received from Xcite Energy Limited shareholders.

      Solar Power and Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the UK's energy was generated by (a) tidal and (b) solar power in each year from 2005.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with energy suppliers on enabling duel fuel customers with different suppliers...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies on support for fuel-poor households of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of energy was generated from renewable sources in (a) the UK and (b) Greater London in each year since...

      Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Each Home Counts: an independent review of consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement for...

      Green Investment Bank: Yorkshire and the Humber

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

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has assessed the potential merits of broadening the smart meter roll out to include manufacturing premises.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the big six energy providers on steps to ensure that future increases in...

      Unified Patent Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court; and what assessment his Department has...

      Mergers: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the firm bids received for mergers and acquisitions of UK companies were made by bidders based outside the...

      Companies: Folkestone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Trust and Company Service Provider supervisor's identifier is of the firm or sole practitioner who, at the...

      Companies: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Trust and Company Service Provider supervisor's identifier is of the firm or sole practitioner who, at the...

      Unified Patent Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on the holding of a referendum under the terms of the European Union Act 2011 prior to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 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...

    • Georgia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to compile a human rights report on South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department are employed in media relations and communications roles; and how much was spent on the...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle faith-based persecution in countries with a high level of such persecution.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

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

      Fisheries: Indian Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of risk to the security of UK citizens posed by illegal, unreported and...

      Iran: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with Iran on its policy towards Israel.

      Islamic State: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of his predecessor of 2 December 2015, Official Report, column 323, on what occasions...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will publish its letter to trigger Article 50 for public scrutiny after it has been issued to the European Commission.

    • Agriculture and Service Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to his speech in Tallinn of 21 February 2017, what steps the Government plans to take to promote jobs in the...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of leaving the Common Commercial Policy and the Common External Tariff as...

      Exports: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential costs to British manufacturers of being subject to non-preferential rules of origin on...

      Government Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he plans to appoint a Chief Science Adviser prior to the opening of the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government plans to publish the Great Repeal Bill before the next Queen's Speech.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Information Officers

      To ask the Attorney General, 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 in each of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to promote coherence between the Government's tax treaties, international trade policies and her...

    • Yemen: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the emerging famine in Yemen.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she or a representative of her Department plans to attend the She Decides conference in Brussels on 2 March 2017; what steps...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support her Department plans to provide to support forest governance in developing countries in (a) 2016-17, (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the international evidential basis is for the validity and reliability of an accountability progress measure using an assessment at the start of...

    • Pre-school Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of eligible two-year-olds who have not taken up a funded early education place (a) nationally...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the extent of any early years development gap measured by the Early Years Foundation Stage between those children...

      Maria Strizzolo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59416 on Maria Strizzolo, what circumstances created an urgent need; and what specific skills Ms...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total number of nursery places created by free schools is since such schools were established.

      Department for Education: Procurement

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

      Early Years Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Early Years Apprenticeship Trail Blazer Group is still operational.

      Sign Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to offer British sign language as an option at GCSE.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding she plans to make available for travel to those adult learners who have to move to another provider as a result of the failure...

      Mathematics and Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help recruit and retain specialist teachers in mathematics and science-based subjects.

      Pupils: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are being taken to ensure that pupils from all school types are able to access careers information, advice and guidance; and how such...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) formal and (b) informal consultation her Department conducted to inform the criteria determining which universities are awarded a (i)...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have given notice to her Department of plans to dispose of grant-funded assets under the requirements of the Sure Start Early...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Skills Funding Agency on its attempts to find alternative providers for adult learners affected by the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will meet with the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) Student Loan Company to discuss the feasibility of writing off student loan debts for...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of adult learners who are currently without a provider to complete their qualifications.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer on 12 October 2016 to Question 41032, what the average release period was for those offenders broken down by category of offence.

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the volume of drugs by type found in prisons was in each of the last seven years; and what proportion of that volume by type was brought into...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to tackle unduly lenient sentencing for animal cruelty offences.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will list what mental health training courses are available to prison officers who are not Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork assessors...

      Ministry of Justice: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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 available.

      Ministry of Justice: Information Officers

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

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation of 1 November 2016, Official Report, column...

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department has assessed the merits of establishing a national register of wills; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

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

      Northumberland Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of withdrawing Sodexo's prisons contract at HM Prison Northumberland as a result of the reports of...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who gave evidence at court as a witness were given special measures in each of the last three years.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of transferring the commissioning of victim support services to Police and Crime Commissioners on the...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2016 to Question 42839, who will be invited to respond to any consultation on reform of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what role victim support services play in assisting victims to give their best evidence in court as witnesses, in particular victims of (a) domestic...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support is provided and by whom to vulnerable witnesses including people (a) under 18 years of age at the time of the offence, (b) who suffer from...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many reports of drug dealing there have been in (a) HMP Wormwood Scrubs, (b) HMP Pentonville and (c) other prisons over the last 12 months.

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many out-of-country visa appeals have taken more than six months to be decided in the last two years.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and War Pensions: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many First-tier Tribunals in respect of war pensions and armed forces compensation took place in each quarter in each of the last five years; and in...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many deaths in prisons occurred which have been attributed to the use of novel psychoactive substances in each year since 2010.

      Prison Officers: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prison officers were female in each year since 2010.

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will review timescales for out-of-country visa appeals to ensure that they are reasonable and appropriate.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assistance is available to victims of sexual violence applying to the criminal injuries compensation scheme.

      Prisoners: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many arrests have taken place on the prison estate in (a) total and (b) each prison in each year since 2010 for possession of (i) a novel...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on drug detention equipment by each prison in each year since 2010.

      Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children were witnesses in court in each month of the last year for which figures are available.

      Prison Officers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on the reasons why prison officers left employment in England in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Coroners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases referred to the West London Coroners Office have been waiting more than a week for a coroner's report.

      Ministry of Justice: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many additional places her Department plans to create in public sector prisons in each of the next five years.

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of lost keys have required the re-locking of prisons since May 2012; and what the cost of those incidents have been to the public purse.

      HM Inspectorate of Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings she and Ministers of her Department have had with the Chief Inspector of Prisons in the last six months; what the dates of those meetings...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress Coalition forces have made on recapturing Raqqa.

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Written Statement HLWS366, on Strategic Defence and Security Review - Army, whether the operations and activities of the Army's new...

      Yemen: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel of each service of the armed forces are stationed in Yemen.

      Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Royal Military Police are working on Iraq Historic Allegations Team investigations.

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect that Virtus body armour has on the ability of service personnel to use (a) equipment and (b) vehicles effectively.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government paid compensation as a result of UK operations in Iraq to (a) Nassir Abd Al Zahra Al Zayj Al-Tamini, (b) Hussein Ali Kazhin...

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the roll-out of the Virtus body armour has cost; and how much he expects the total cost of the roll-out to be.

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which regiments have received Virtus body armour.

      Air Force: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Air Force personnel are on secondment to BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia; what the role of such personnel is; and what the cost to the public...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Wifi and Broadband

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress has been made on identifying parish churches suitable for wi-fi and broadband in rural areas.

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Commissioners are taking to assist urban parishes with capital funding for urgent restorative...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date she plans to publish her consultation on legislative proposals on the accountability of named directors of firms...

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on increasing the number of children participating in...

      Speaker's Commission On Digital Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendations of the WebRoots Democracy report, Democracy 2.0: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

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

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on funding of UK organisations specialising in heritage of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of non-resident parents with cases in the Child Maintenance Service's caseload have a statutory calculation which includes...

    • Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2017 to Question 58932, on what date his Department will (a) conclude and (b) publish its equality...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Information Officers

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons people who are in receipt of employment and support allowance and who live with a relative are unable to claim a disability...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that recipients of universal credit do not fall into rent arrears while waiting to receive payments.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department plans to monitor the effect of changes in the level of financial support for new claimants in the employment and support...

      Disability: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January to Question 61042, what estimate his Department has made of how long it will take to halve the disability...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of rapes reported in order to claim child benefit for a third or subsequent child after April 2017.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will confirm that all elements of the personalised support package for recipients of employment and support allowance will be in place...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to make changes to the state pension rules for cohabiting, unmarried couple to allow a cohabitee to claim extra state pension...

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees at Eastern Avenue Jobcentre, Sheffield opted out of the Employee Deal.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many officials of his Department oversee contracts awarded to external providers after those contracts have been awarded.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons brain tumours are not included in the list of health conditions requiring additional support needs in the most recent...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the effect of the proposed closure of Jobcentre Plus offices on disabled people.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobseeker's Directions were issued at Bridgeton Jobcentre Plus in Glasgow in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16.

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision in the supported housing sector in (a) Coventry South constituency and (b) nationally.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to prohibit the issuing of Jobseeker's Directions for the creation of email accounts by claimants in areas with...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential cost savings arising from the cessation of benefit payments to EU nationals after the UK has left...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the people who are eligible for personal independence payments are aware of and able to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department uses to assess claimants for the enhanced rate mobility component of personal independence payments; and what the...

      Social Security Benefits: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whose responsibility it is to ensure that claimants receive letters from his Department and its agencies on forthcoming appointments or...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 20 February 2017, Official Report, column 763, on personal independence payments, (a) how his Department plans...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people who are currently registered to jobcentres in (a) Wavertree and (b) Edge...

      Carers: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many carers are currently registered as (a) claimants and (b) staff at jobcentres in (i) Wavertree and (ii) Edge Hill.

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 6 of his Department's Proposal for the Future of Liverpool Edge Hill and Liverpool Wavertree jobcentres, published in...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK retirees living in other EU countries and receiving a state pension based on the triple lock...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what health and safety risk assessments have been conducted for (a) staff and (b) claimants relating to the proposed closures of the...

      Jobcentres: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Questions 64227, 64643 and 64644, and with reference to his Department's Proposal for the Future...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to consult Jobcentre Plus users on proposed closures.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • RSPCA: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to remove the right of the RSPCA to prosecute cases of animal cruelty.

    • Microplastics: Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the planned timetable is for (a) consulting on and (b) bringing into effect a ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic and...

      Fisheries: Exclusive Economic Zone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK obtains exclusive fishing rights up to 200 miles from the UK coast.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the economic costs to the UK of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (a)...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her Department's policy to ensure that maintaining high standards of animal welfare is a priority in...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms of reference are for her Department's EU Exit Programme; how many full-time equivalent civil servants are...

      Flood Control: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many grant-in-aid applications for flood prevention measures for properties in West Lancashire were received by her...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of long-term flood resilience strategies.

      Marine Environment: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will participate in the UN Clean Seas global campaign on marine litter.

      Avian Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on free-range producers of the definition of new avian flu higher risk areas; and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the judgment of 29 July 2015 in Woolway v. Mazars on eligibility for small...

    • Non-domestic Rates: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether transitional funding will be made available to community and amateur sports clubs that will be affected by the increase...

      Victoria Tower Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of Victoria Tower Gardens will be removed from the use of local residents on a (a) temporary and (b) permanent...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect small and micro businesses from closure in Coventry South constituency as a...

      Agency Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the cost to local authorities of agency social workers.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 63526, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits...

      Non-domestic Rates: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in (a) Hull and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire that will see their...

      Non-domestic Rates: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to provide support to businesses in rural areas affected by increases in business rates.

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 22 February 2017, how the hardest cases of small businesses that are...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the transitional relief scheme for business rate revaluation will be funded; and what assessment he has made of how that...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes in business rates on businesses located in areas where there is...

      Non-domestic Rates: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses in Southwark which will be able to access transitional...

      Personal Care Services: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of business rate revaluations on the hair and beauty industry; and if he will...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Information Officers

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

    • Scotland Office: Senior Civil Servants

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in foreign governments on introducing public country-by-country tax reporting.

    • Bank Services: Standards

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which regulator will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Open Banking Standard.

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to promote the UK's FinTech industry.

      Treasury: Information Officers

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

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecast his Department has made for the total revenue to the Exchequer raised through inheritance tax in each year to 2020; and if he will make a...

      Urban Areas: Cash Dispensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate against the effect of changes to the level of access to free ATMs on high streets and local communities.

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that small businesses are not disproportionately affected by the proposed increase in flat rate VAT to 16.5...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to protect small businesses and low-income professionals against any negative fiscal impacts of the proposed revised threshold for...

      Economic Situation: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the West Midlands regional economy.

      Personal Care Services: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the VAT registration threshold on hair salon owners; and if he will make a statement.

      Concentrix: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the Concentrix staff transferred to HM Revenue and Customs via a TUPE arrangement are paid the minimum wage.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64553, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on exemptions to the proposed limit on tax credits to two children for women who have had a subsequent child as...

      Tax Collection: Offshore Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's projected tax receipts are from North Sea oil and gas in the next 10 years; and what the total public liability for decommissioning...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Scottish limited partnerships filed non-zero tax returns in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial year.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Financial Reporting Council placed the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund in the secondary tier for compliance with the...

    • Cabinet Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) the Cabinet Office as a whole are employed in media relations and communications roles; and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the 2016 Electoral Statistics published in March 2017 will be adjusted for double-counting where people are registered to vote in more than one...

      Extended Ministerial Offices: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff employed in extended ministerial offices will be (a) redeployed to other posts within the Civil Service and (b) made redundant.

      Government Digital Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on the Government Digital Service of the findings of the blog post by Ann Kempster...

      Government: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 63839, on Government: Assets, what the addresses or locations are of the 68 freehold land...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his letter of 20 February 2017 to the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democratic Participation, (a) how the Government...

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing provision for remote online voting in areas affected by adverse weather conditions.

      Government Departments: Reprography

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether staff in government departments are covered by copyright licences related to the scanning and photocopying of documents where secondary...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity for small and medium-sized enterprises to provide cloud services for government departments.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that digital procurement opportunities are available to businesses of all sizes.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of whether Government Digital Service guidelines on the procurement of cloud services offer similar potential...

  • Department for International Trade

    • EU External Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Government will continue to apply the standards forming the basis of the EU's...

    • UK Trade and Investment: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to promote trade and investment in green technology into the UK.

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62357, how many times Rolls Royce received cover from UK Export Finance in each year...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether liberalisation of the UK's agricultural markets has been raised (a) in his discussions with his Australian counterpart and (b)...

      Trade Agreements: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether liberalisation of the UK's agricultural markets has been raised (a) in his discussions with his counterpart in New Zealand and (b)...

      Trade Agreements: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his counterparts in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have raised the issued of abolition of farming subsidies during...

      Origin Marking: Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his policy is on maintaining the simplified rules of origin on Jordanian exports agreed by the EU in 2016 for the UK after the UK...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take in negotiations for a US-UK trade deal to protect the British automotive industry.

      Department for International Trade: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff of his Department are employed in media relations and communications roles; and how much has been spent on the salaries of...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February to Question 63568, if he will take steps to include a clause on compliance with Article 18 of the...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to ensure that UK environmental standards are maintained in any deal with the US.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to ensure that UK social and labour standards are maintained in any negotiations for a trade deal with the US.

      Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the NHS is specifically protected from privatisation in any international trade deals.

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK fisheries legislation of the investment protection provisions of the EU-Canada free trade...

      Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the need to protect the NHS when considering any future trade deal.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions his Department has had on protections for the UK agricultural and fishing sectors with (a) trade partners that are members...

      Petrobras

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Brazil on whether UK export finance provided to Petrobras in the last five years has...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the UK's preferred model for a future UK-US trade agreement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to provide information regularly to (a) hon. Members and (b) the public on the progress of those trade working groups...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with which countries he has established trade working groups in the last 12 months.

      Government Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he plans to appoint a Chief Science Adviser prior to the opening of negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, following the debate at European Committee B on 6 February 2017, and vote taken as division 151 on 8 February 2017, what further...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Senior Civil Servants

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

  • Department of Health

    • NHS Trusts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what companies are (a) owned and (b) part-owned by each NHS trust in the North West; what proportion of each part-owned company is owned by each such...

    • Department of Health: Procurement

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

      Kidneys: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of additional kidney donors that would be required to reduce the waiting time on the transplant register from two...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the NHS Blood and Transplant budget was spent in 2015-16 on awareness campaigns to encourage more people to join the organ donor register.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) independent and (b) local authority controlled care homes were rated (i) outstanding, (ii) good, (iii) requires...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) independent and (b) local authority-controlled care homes were placed under special measures by the Care Quality...

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) private and (b) local authority-controlled care homes were closed by the Care Quality Commission due to poor ratings in each year since 2009-10.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made to date on recruiting 5,000 more GPs by 2020; and how many additional GPs he estimates will offer services in the Chipping...

      Drugs: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to make allergen-free drugs more widely available.

      Midwives: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that independent midwives can access affordable indemnity cover; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question HL5363 on 20 February 2017, how many Care Quality Commission de-registrations have taken place for...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48395, on health services: standards, if he will provide a breakdown of that data by clinical...

      Heart Diseases: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many congenital heart disease surgery cases there were in (a) 1990-91 and (b) 2015-16; and how many of those cases resulted in a fatality.

      General Practitioners: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries are co-located in accident and emergency units.

      Primary Care Support England: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the savings to be made as a result of the new Primary Care Services England contract; and in what areas those savings are...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence NHS England used to reach the decision to set the proposed budget impact threshold for new medicines at £20million.

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) NHS England and (b) NICE on the proposed £20million budget impact threshold for...

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made on the effect of the proposed £20million budget impact threshold for new medicines on (a) cancer patients...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Local Government Association report, Tackling poor oral health in children: local government's public health role, published in...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the General Practice Resilience Programme fund has been allocated for 2016-17; and which clinical commissioning groups have received funding through...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent to date on NHS England's proposals for changing the organisation of congenital heart disease services; and what the projected...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure CCGs follow the guidance provided to them by NICE on the provision of IVF treatment.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure elderly people are able to book GP appointments over the phone.

      Young People: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to widen the availability of counsellors for young people on the NHS.

      Department of Health: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to publish its service specification on ovarian cancer.

      Ovarian Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the inclusion of information on ovarian cancer in letters to patients containing the results of recent cervical and breast...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of treatment provision for people diagnosed with eating disorders.

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for age restrictions on eligibility for the shingles vaccination in the NHS; and whether he has made an assessment of the...

      Epilepsy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for children seeking access to the ketogenic diet for the treatment of epilepsy.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS claimed back from other EU countries to cover the use of the European Health Insurance Card by non-UK citizens in the UK in each of the...

      Prescription Drugs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS in England spent on prescribing (a) paracetamol, (b) Viagra and (c) Sildenafil in 2016.

      Community Nurses: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many district nurses there are in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses there are in (a) Burnley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have been diagnosed with post-natal depression in England in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64545, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff are employed in overseas countries who are dedicated to advancing freedom of religion or belief.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Famine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the UN warning of risk of famine in Yemen; and whether they intend to take action to promote access to food...

    • Developing Countries: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the link between the protection of religious minority groups and alleviating global poverty.

  • Department for Education

    • Teaching Methods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the pedagogical rationale and practices of the Ralston-Semler Foundation Lumiar schools, with specific reference to...

    • Part-time Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement Chapter 1 of Part 4 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 in order to ensure that institutions which provide part-time...

      ICT: Extracurricular Activities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools in England and Wales offer coding as an extracurricular activity.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have conducted in the preparation of their strategy for improving the safety and reform of female offenders in custody and in the...

    • Young Offenders: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 13 February (HL5073), whether governors will be encouraged to work with specialist Gypsy, Traveller...

      Legal Profession: Conduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to consult on the creation of a fully independent body able to investigate and to rule on the ethics, conduct and behaviour of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Government Art Collection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided to exhibit items from the Government Art Collection in a new London venue rather than outside the capital; and what the cost of the...

    • Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they (1) currently support, and (2) plan to support, the social enterprise and social investment sectors across the UK.

      Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration was given to the equality and diversity composition of the Channel 4 Board when the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport...

      Public Appointments: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have to determine progress on the implementation of policies and practices to achieve diversity of representation on the boards of...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks by the Sports Minister to Sports Management in January that the Sporting Future strategy "effectively starts properly from...

      Gambling: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 12 January (HL Deb, col 2064), how many times the Gambling Commission has taken action for failure to...

      Gambling: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 12 January (HL Deb, col 2064), what measures are available to the Gambling Commission to take action against...

      Gambling: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 12 January (HL Deb, col 2067), what measures are available to the Gambling Commission to take action against...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Politics: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the WebRoots Democracy report, Democracy 2:0: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission;...

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