Written answers

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of planned changes to the IR35 tax system on the number of agency workers employed by the NHS.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU, (b) staff time...

      Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the proportion of civil service operating costs that are allocated to matters relating to the UK's departure from the EU.

      Revenue and Customs: Welsh Language

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to ensure HM Revenue and Customs will be able to deliver Welsh language services in North Wales after the closure of its...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Scottish Limited Partnerships registered in the 2012-13 financial year did not file a tax return in 2014-15.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the tax on aviation gasoline.

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2016 to Question 55287, on Housing Infrastructure Fund, when further details will be sent out regarding that fund...

      Foreign Exchange

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made on bringing greater transparency to foreign currency transactions.

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64657, how many mandatory reconsiderations of personal independence payments were (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the savings accrued to the public purse as a result of the change from cash payment to direct payment...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long the training programme is for a personal independence payment assessor.

      Disability: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made since May 2015 in reducing the disability employment gap.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the latest annual percentage change was in the claimant court in areas operating universal credit (a) full service and (b) live service;...

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of cases of female genital mutilation in the UK.

    • Electronic Funds Transfer: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Joint Fraud Taskforce has made an assessment of the scale of authorised push payment fraud in the UK; and what steps that...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of whether there will be a change in the number of rape victims who will come forward to report rape...

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within her Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU,...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials of her Department have worked in Calais to support unaccompanied children in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17 to date.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to work with other EU member states on improving protection for unaccompanied children at risk of...

      Travel Requirements: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many travel documents were issued (a) in total and (b) to Kosovo nationals in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015 and (iii) 2016.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans are in place for a situation in which no deal is reached with the EU on (a) extradition, (b) surveillance and (c)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications made by EU citizens for permanent residency in the UK have been rejected in each of the last 12 months on the basis of...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken is to process an individual arriving at a UK port or airport from (a) within the EU and (b) outside the EU.

      Home Office: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to meet with Ministers of the Scottish Government.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to review immigration rules for spouse visas.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing EU citizens to register and have processed through local authorities their...

      Visas: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa officers are employed at the British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai; and how many such officers were employed at that...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will monitor the average time it takes for the police to receive the result of a request to have evidence forensically...

      Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the procurement spend of her Department was in each year since 2010.

      Deportation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deportation charter flights there have been from Scotland to other countries in the last 12 months; and on what dates those flights...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce a fully online application process for permanent residency in the UK.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64102, on immigration and EU nationals, how many of the documents certifying...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the feasibility of extracting figures on the number of international students from overall migration numbers.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of services for (a) BAME and (b) LGBT victims of domestic abuse.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Detainees: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to investigate allegations on Channel 4's Dispatches programme of 4 February 2017 that members of the armed forces and...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU, (b)...

      Northern Ireland Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

  • Department of Health

    • Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

    • Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is adequate funding for social care for people with dementia.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of hospital beds occupied by people with dementia in each of the last 12 months.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups have applied for Wave 2 funding under the Diabetes Prevention Programme.

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to comply with EU law since the launch of infringement proceedings against the UK under Article 258 of the Treaty on...

      Drugs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to regulate the online sale of (a) antibiotics and (b) other medicine.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS Digital data for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for November 2016, what information his Department holds on why...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many documents the Independent Public Inquiry on NHS Supplied Contaminated Blood and Blood Products by Lord Archer of Sandwell QC requested from his...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many documents did the 2015 Penrose Inquiry on contaminated blood in Scotland request from his Department; how many of these requests were (a)...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to abolish the one per cent cap on pay rises for nurses.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of documents related to contaminated blood which were previously disclosed to (a) litigants, (b) the 2009 Independent Public Inquiry on...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all documents (a) disclosed in previous legal cases and (b) used for previous Departmental reports into contaminated blood were provided to (i)...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the statement by the Minister of State for NHS Delivery in HL Deb, 19 April 2006, column 1054, how many papers were destroyed in error;...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's report entitled Self-Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales, published in 2007, (a) how many documents...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 15 of his Department's report of Self-Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales, published in 2007, what year in the...

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question HL5111, on commissioning support units, whether NHS England's Commissioning Committee has...

      Department of Health: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU, (b) staff...

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for (a) new patients presenting with symptoms of mental ill health to access talking therapies and (b) referrals to...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the potential effects of the one per cent cap on pay rises on the recruitment and retention of nurses.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 61825, what estimate his Department has made of the number of deaths that may arise from a lack of...

      Department of Health: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on (a) iPads and tablets and (b) paper in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Maternity Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all maternity units attain Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the capacity of hospitals to test everyone with bowel cancer for Lynch syndrome in accordance with NICE guidelines; and if...

      Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to review the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken has been between marketing authorisation being granted and NHS England publishing a funding decision for rare disease...

      Anglia Ruskin University: Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current status is of the application he has received from Anglia Ruskin University on establishing a new medical school; and what the timetable...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government plans to publish the new carers strategy.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement the recommendation in the Palliative Care Funding Review that short breaks which provide respite for the carers and families of...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42687, on chronic illnesses, what progress his Department has made in delivering the Implementation...

      Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials of his Department were asked to give evidence to the 2009 Independent Public Inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal by Lord...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that future grants awarded for work previously conducted by Action on Smoking and Health will be awarded on a competitive basis.

      Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2017 to Question 64999, on Department of Health: procurement, how many full-time equivalent members of staff are...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the exclusion of Northern Ireland from the Warm Home Discount Scheme on...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60586, what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of...

      Apprentices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the National minimum wage: Low Pay Commission autumn 2016 report, published in November 2016, what...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Chatham House research paper, Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate,...

      Coal: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to transfer subsidies for coal to established technologies subsidies.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Chatham House research paper, Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate,...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the percentage of UK energy that will come from renewable sources in each year to 2020;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

    • Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Royal Navy Police are working as part of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team; and what duties those members have.

      Royal Navy Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle of the Royal Navy Police is.

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military working dogs are in service in the (a) Royal Navy Police, (b) Royal Military Police and (c) Royal Air Force Police; and what duties...

      RAF Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle is of the Royal Air Force Police.

      Ministry of Defence: Investment Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the dividend from investment recorded as proceeding from others in the table below paragraph 16.26 of his Department's Annual Report and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that one million new homes be built by May 2020; and how many additional homes excluding conversions...

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of whether the extension of the right to buy to tenants living in properties owned or managed by...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of properties purchased through the Help to Buy scheme were purchased on a leasehold basis.

      Private Rented Housing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have in place a selective licence scheme for private rented properties within their area; when each...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what comparative estimate his Department has made of the number of homes to be built between 2015 and 2020 and the Government's...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the data included in the table produced for non-domestic rating: 2010 and 2017 revaluation rateable values...

      Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

      Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK...

      Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to change the definition of affordable housing to reflect the higher cost of housing in London.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 to 2021 successful bidders initial funding...

      Airports: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the danger to wildlife of small airfields; and what his policy is on the weight that such data...

      Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2017 to Question 64539, what discussions his Department held with the Department for...

      Rented Housing: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have had a fair rent registered in (a) Coventry South constituency and (b) Coventry City Council Area since 2010.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to audit local authorities to assess what proportion of funding raised specifically through the social care...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution of 27 February 2017, Official Report, column 6, whether the Government plans to maintain the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many businesses in (a) Camberwell and Peckham constituency and (b) the London Borough of Southwark will be affected by the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on (a) iPads and tablets and (b) paper in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his oral contribution of 1 March 2017, Official Report, column 280, what further powers he expects to be exercised by the Scottish...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU,...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the terms of reference are for the internal review being conducted by UK Export Finance into the support it provided to Rolls-Royce.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who the five clients and companies with the highest volume of trade supported by UK Export Finance were in each of the last three financial...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade negotiators are employed by his Department and how many were hired from (a) within the UK civil service, (b) the UK private...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much his Department has spent on the training of trade negotiators to date.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many bidders for the Market Access Discovery Team contract, published on 13 February 2017, failed to meet the cultural fit criteria.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what evaluation weighting applied to each of the four cultural fit critera included in the advertisement for the Market Access Discovery...

      Department for International Trade: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he approved the inclusion in the cultural fit criteria used to evaluate suppliers bidding for the Market Access Discovery Team...

      Nuclear Power: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the (a) planning, (b) setting up and (c) running costs of the Civil Nuclear Showcase Event held in the Millennium Gloucester Hotel,...

      Department for International Trade: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is his policy to require all companies bidding for contracts with his Department to demonstrate a commitment to the best possible...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the procurement spend of the Government Equalities Office was in each year since 2010.

    • Plain English

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to encourage the provision of easy read versions of content published by (a) government departments and agencies, (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Germany and the US on the warranty for the retrofit of Volkswagen cars.

    • Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what matters were discussed at his meeting with lawyers acting for claimants against Volkswagen on 22 February 2017.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties purchased under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme in respect of High Speed 2 were still in the ownership of the Government at 1...

      Electric Vehicles: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial support he has allocated to Southampton City Council for charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles.

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU, (b) staff...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to (a) reduce variation in car insurance premiums between different parts of the UK and (b) ensure that people are not being...

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are on a secondment to HS2 Ltd; form which companies such staff have been seconded; and how many staff are a based in HS2 Ltd offices.

      Liverpool Lime Street Station: Walls and Fences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the wall outside Liverpool Lime Street Station which collapsed on 1 March 2017 was last surveyed by Network Rail; and how often Network Rail...

      Liverpool Lime Street Station: Walls and Fences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the collapse of the wall outside Liverpool Lime Street Station on 1 March 2017.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cambodia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote democracy and free and fair elections in Cambodia.

    • West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make urgent representations to the Israeli Government to consider reversing the recent demolition orders served to...

      Moldova: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of efforts by the Government of Moldova to recover assets lost as a result...

      Moldova: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support efforts by the Government of Moldova to (a) investigate and (b) prosecute allegations of...

      Moldova: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the fairness of the media coverage in Moldova of the Presidential elections held in that country...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Israeli Government on US policy on the construction of settlements in...

      Trans-Dniestr: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security of the border between the Transnistria region of Moldova and Ukraine.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had on the matter of self-determination for Azad Kashmir with his counterparts in the Government of (a)...

      Trans-Dniestr: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Russian military personnel in the Transnistria region of Moldova.

      United Arab Emirates: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the issue of respect for human rights is reflected in the programme for the UK-UAE Year of Culture.

      Moldova: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Moldovan counterpart on the planned opening of a permanent NATO liaison office in Chisinau.

      Moldova: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for future Moldovan membership of the EU; and what the Government's policy...

      Moldova: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress made in implementing the Association Agreement between the EU and Moldova.

      Trans-Dniestr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the next round of 5+2 talks on the status of the Transnistria region of Moldova to be held; and what the...

      Bangladesh: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to authorities in Bangladesh on the relocation of Rohingya refugees to the Cox's...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on alleged human rights abuses in that country.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the treatment of human rights activists in that country.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's arms export policy to Saudi Arabia on the humanitarian...

      Yemen: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Yemeni counterpart on the free entry and movement of journalists in that country.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within his Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

      Malawi: Albinism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Malawi on the rise of albinism-related crimes in that country.

      Malawi: Albinism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of albinism-related crimes in Malawi.

      Belarus: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Belarusian counterpart on the use of the death penalty in that country.

      Iran: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of Lord Lamont of Lerwick of 2 February 2017, House of Lords, Official Report, column...

  • Department for International Development

    • HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) HIV bilateral programmes and (b) DFID country offices account for the decline in funding coded as HIV prevention treatment...

    • USA: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to (a) reduce the effects of the US Administration's Mexico City Policy disallowing promotion of abortion as a...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve child protection for families where there are allegations of domestic abuse.

    • Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the research published by Save the Children on 1 November 2016, what implications the findings of this report that children in...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that all children in nursery have access to a qualified Early Years Teacher.

      Department for Education: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the procurement spend of her Department was in each year since 2010.

      Children in Care: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's statistical release entitled Children looked after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016, published on 28...

      Children: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what strategy her Department has to find school places for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her Written Ministerial Statement HCWS509 of 1 March 2017 on sex and relationships education, whether the duty will apply to (a) academy...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when decisions from the Education Funding Agency on applications to the Condition Improvement Fund for 2017-18 will be announced.

      Sandymoor School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 15 of Sandymoor Free School's annual report and financial statement for the year ending 31 August 2016, for what reasons that...

      Ada, National College for Digital Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of how many National College for Digital Skills students in the (a) current and (b) next cohort are resident outside London.

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 5, Part 2 of the Government's Digital Strategy, published on 1 March 2017, with whom she plans to consult to ensure that adults...

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 5, Part 2 of the Government's Digital Strategy, published on 1 March 2017, whether additional funding will be provided to...

      Apprentices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Institute for Apprenticeships will produce guidance for employers on peer reviewing apprenticeship standards.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities (a) offer or (b) have offered an education maintenance allowance since 2010.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of requiring applicants for the early years educator qualification to have English and mathematics GCSEs at...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2016 to Question 50037, on the Independent Review of Consumer Protection Measures concerning...

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations within her Department's remit the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the procurement spend of her Department was in each year since 2010.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £2.5 billion commercial investment in broadband planned by BT has been delivered to date.

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 41 of the Government's industrial strategy green paper, published in January 2017, whether it remains her...

      Culture: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the UK's potential relationship with Creative Europe after (a) the UK leaves the EU and (b) Creative...

      Public Libraries: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Part 2 of the Government's UK Digital Strategy, published on 1 March 2017, whether additional funding will be...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beekeeping: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the efficiency of the reporting protocols for non-statutory notifiable pests in...

    • Pesticides: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of monitoring the certification regarding the use, storage and disposal of...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding she plans to provide to National Trails England in each year to 2020.

      Cryptosporidia: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2017 to Question 64958, when she expects the Drinking Water Inspectorate to report its...

      Microplastics

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

      Microplastics: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to learn lessons from the ban on microbeads in the US; and if she will make an...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2017 to Question 60831, what the country of origin was of each trophy for which an...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage people in affected areas to continue badger control beyond the four years of the...

      National Parks: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many legal green lanes have been closed using Traffic Regulation Orders in (a) Brecon Beacons National Park Authority,...

      Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department will make staged funding available for the England Coastal Path as it opens.

      Public Footpaths: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding her Department plans to make available for the maintenance and improvement of the English National Trails...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total (a) expenditure and (b) number of full-time equivalent officials working for her...

      Avian Influenza: Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's press release of 4 January 2017, Avian flu prevention zone extended, what plans she has...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which agencies and organisations the Government plans to withdraw from when the UK leaves the EU.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many officials of his Department are (a) secondees from other Departments, (b) new entrants to the Civil Service and (c) on...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent on (a) iPads and tablets and (b) paper since it was established.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of senior civil servants of the Law Officers' Departments are (a) men, (b) women, (c) disabled, (d) from working-class backgrounds and (e) from black,...

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, what the procurement spend of the Law Officers' Departments was in each year since 2010.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the procurement spend of his Department was in each year since 2010.

    • Local Growth Deals: Swansea Bay City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the dates of all meetings he has had with strategic partners on the proposed Swansea Bay City Region deal.

      Wales Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64554, what discussions his Department had with the Department for Exiting the European Union on...

      Wales Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on (a) iPads and tablets and (b) paper in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

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

    • Charles Taylor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Charles Taylor is able to make phone calls from Durham Prison.

      Prison Officers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she last met the leaders of the Prison Officers Association.

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she last met the (a) President of the Law Society and (b) Chairman of the Bar.

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the procurement spend of her Department was in each year since 2010.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) men and (b) women accused of murder were convicted in each of the last five years; and what the average length of sentence for...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what her plans are for the (a) building of new prisons and (b) closure of prisons constructed in the Victorian period; and if she will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Tranmere Tunnels

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government owns the Tranmere Tunnels.

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on central government procurement in each year since 2010.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many companies owned by tax exiles have been awarded public contracts in each of the last five years for which data is available; and if he will...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people from each other EU country are resident in the UK; and how many of those people have the right to remain from each of those countries.

  • Department for Transport

    • M11: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the state of litter collection on the M11 motorway.

    • Railway Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 December 2016 (HL 4153), whether they plan to ensure that all new railway platform work will...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the key factors which have determined changes in the levels of homelessness in England and Wales since 2015.

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the average number of rough sleepers in England on each night in 2017; whether that figure has increased since 2010, and if...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Juhel Miah

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the US Embassy concerning the removal of Juhel Miah on a flight to the US; and what reason has been given for his removal.

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation of Turkish parliamentarians, following the lifting of immunity and the arrest of members of the HDP; and what...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 30 January (HL Deb, col 972), what level of funding has been spent on subject enhancement courses every year since 2010.

    • Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the introduction of the revised system of Trailblazer Apprenticeship funding commencing in May, whether they will review the funding...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when requests for access made by (1) the Border Force, and (2) the police, to (a) the National Pupil Database (NPD), and (b) the new children’s...

      Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere (Cm 9230) published in March 2016, which stated that they would review the responsibilities of...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliament: Internet

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 1 February (HL 4961), whether he will give an instruction for the unblocking of the Religion of Peace website on the...

    • Peers: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the average cost to the British taxpayer, including salary and expenses but excluding building maintenance costs, of a member of the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • GKN: Yeovil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 9 January (HL Deb, col 1728), what steps are being taken to maintain the skilled workforce at GKN Yeovil.

    • Eastern Europe: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 30 January (HL Deb, col 969), whether the defensive deployment of British forces in Estonia and Poland is being kept...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many spontaneous arrivals of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors were recorded in Kent during (1) October to December 2015, and (2) October to December 2016.

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied Syrian children are estimated to be in the EU; how many of those have been resettled, and in which EU countries; and how many have...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied Syrian children will be admitted to the UK before the scheme under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 is ended; and what urgent...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to implement the provisions regarding the creation and collection of internet connection records as provided for by the Investigatory Powers...

      Technical Advisory Board (Investigatory Powers)

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Technical Advisory Board has met since the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 received Royal Assent.

      Technical Advisory Board (Investigatory Powers)

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the membership of the Technical Advisory Panel as provided for by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016; and how many times the Panel...

  • HM Treasury

    • Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in the UK have been convicted of fuel laundering offences during the last three years for which figures are available; and in what regions...

    • Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue was lost to HM Revenue and Customs due to (1) the smuggling of diesel oil from the Republic of Ireland, and (2) illegal fuel laundering...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (1) the total rateable value of commercial property (a) before, and (b) after, the current revaluation as at 1 April 2015, and (2)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (1) the total rateable value (a) before, and (b) after, the current business rate revaluation as at 1 April 2015, and (2) the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Breast Cancer: Males

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the incidence of breast cancer in men; and whether it has changed over the last 20 years.

  • Department of Health

    • Medical Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS requires government departments and agencies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Health and Safety Executive and the...

    • Oral Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards introducing a standard for chewed tobacco products used by the UK South Asian community since being proposed in the 2006...

      Drinks: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for public consultation on the labelling of low alcohol, alcohol-free, non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised drinks as part of the Food...

      Fruit and Vegetables: Shortages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health and the Department for Education have had discussions with supermarkets about the shortage in supply of fruit and vegetables.

      Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Joint Task Force responsible for overseeing the finalisation of the World Health Organisation International Classification of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the meaning of "referred for urgent help" as used in the response to Recommendation 1 of their response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental...

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times a child or young person will need to be referred before receiving treatment, following the introduction of the new access and waiting times...

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines (1) have been, or (2) will be, issued to enable relevant professionals to determine whether a child or young person is in need of treatment...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations from the expert group on drug-related deaths, published in September 2016.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Green Paper on mental health will be published; and on what areas of mental health policy it will focus.

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