Written answers

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on local authority payments to the DVLA.

    • Department for Transport: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst and Young and (g) Bain...

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three financial years.

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its employees undertaking the work...

      Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2017 to Question 65407, what the pay grades are of the 679 civil servants of his Department who oversee...

      Transport: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing for the work of the England's Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance to improve rail and road links across the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of road haulage vehicles using fuels other than petrol or diesel.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts procured by her Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three financial...

    • Hate Crime: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that those people subject to disability hate crime have the confidence to report offences.

      Dog Fighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to make the offence of dog fighting a specific recordable offence by police to enable more accurate recording...

      Home Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response rate was of her Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since July 2016.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Wiltshire Police will conclude the Operation Conifer inquiry into the late right hon. Sir Edward Heath; to whom and by what mechanism...

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road traffic police officers there were in each year between 2004 and 2014.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electronic Conveyancing: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Land Registry's consultation on amending...

    • Land Registry: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has undertaken an assessment of the potential merits of moving responsibility for the Land...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the expiry date for the planning permission granted for the Swansea Bay Tidal...

      Manufacturing Industries: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with key stakeholders in the automotive industry on the effect of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its employees...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst and...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the average response rate was of his Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since July 2016.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Russell Group and (b) its individual members in preparation for the UK leaving...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the most recent Integrated Food Security Phase...

    • Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place a copy of the Business Case and Operational Plan for the new Support to Palestinian Authority to Deliver Basic...

  • Department for Education

    • EU Grants and Loans: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what impact assessment has been made of the changes in EU funds to ensure that children accessing services currently funded by the EU will not be...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will make provision for administrative costs incurred by nurseries as a result of extending the availability of free childcare.

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average response rate was of her Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since July 2016.

      Discrimination: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times in the last five years her Department has (a) discussed and (b) received reports from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Ofsted report, Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2016, what assessment she has made of the effect of the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Ofsted report, Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2016, if she will make an assessment of the potential...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 66043, what the average minimum terms were of (a) men and (b) women completing a mandatory life sentence.

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Uber

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

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts procured by her Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts procured by her Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its employees...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff have been seconded to her Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst and...

      Mobile Phones: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to improve mobile telephone coverage in Pendle.

      Broadcasting: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which broadcasters have been found in breach of the broadcasting code without being sanctioned as a result in the last 10 years; and...

      Sky: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times Sky Plc has been sanctioned by Ofcom under the broadcast code in the last 10 years.

      21st Century Fox: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times 21st Century Fox has been sanctioned by Ofcom under the broadcast code in the last 10 years.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average response rate was of her Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since July 2016.

      Broadcasting: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (a) which broadcasters have been sanctioned by Ofcom under the broadcast code in the last 10 years and (b) how many times each of these...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 63984, how the Cyber Essentials scheme offers protection to organisations...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three financial years.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst and Young and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 65535, on procurement, at what pay grades the 83 contract managers are employed.

      Jobcentres: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of increased journey times and travel costs for people currently using East Ham...

      State Retirement Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with which overseas banks located in which countries his Department is working on overseas state pension fraud and error.

      Disability: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on disability employment of reductions to the work-related activity group component of employment...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its employees undertaking...

      Self-employed: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to improve access to sick pay for the self-employed.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department uses to determine eligibility for recorded home assessments for personal independence payment; what support his...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect full online medical record access for patients will have on the efficiency of processing employment...

      Unemployed People: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what further steps he plans to take to encourage Jobcentre Plus to refer jobseekers to local charity and voluntary groups which offer advice...

      Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the daily living activity 3 of the personal independence payment assessment, how many people with epilepsy have scored...

      Maternity benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days on average it takes between receipt of an application by his Department from an applicant habitually resident in the UK and the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for personal independence payments have been successful upon first assessment or reassessment since 2013.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 63358, on dogs: imports, how many dogs were imported into the UK from...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff have been seconded to her Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f)...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contracts procured by her Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contracts procured by her Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to her Department of maintaining agricultural sector funding at Pillar 1...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many flood defence schemes her Department has funded in each month since 2015; and if she will make a statement.

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of apprenticeship starts in the food, farming and agri-tech sectors in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to prevent the cattle-to-cattle spread of tuberculosis; and what funding has been made...

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government's proposed consultation on the domestic ivory trade will commence.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that no healthy badgers are inadvertently culled.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of people employed by his Department are from other EU countries.

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last...

      Non-domestic Rates: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 4.5 of the Spring Budget 2017, what share of the £300 million in discretionary relief for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.17 of the Spring Budget 2017, what estimate he has made of how many pubs will qualify for the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.16 of the Spring Budget 2017, what estimate he has made of how much of the (a) £435 million...

      Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Statement of Lord Bourne of Ashworth of 1 July 2016 on Security of Tenure, domestic violence, when he plans to...

      Licensed Premises: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) restaurants and (b) wine bars will be eligible for the £1,000 business rate discount for public houses...

      Non-domestic Rates: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much discretionary relief for business rates hard cases will be available to businesses in the London Borough of Newham.

      Non-domestic Rates: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses that will pay (a) higher and (b) lower rates in East Ham...

      Non-domestic Rates: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in rates by businesses in the London Borough of Newham in the most recent year for which data is available;...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of availability of domestic violence refuges for women.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the indemnity provided by his Department to private land owners who make their land available for military training activities provides full...

    • Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recruitment methods and incentives his Department is using to recruit engineers and warfighting specialists to the Royal Navy.

      Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average response rate was of his Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since July 2016.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of his Department's budget is spent on cadet forces; and how much of that amount is spent on (a) fee-paying and (b) state schools.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pilots his Department plans to train to operate P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft in each of the next 10 years.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF pilots are trained to operate P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of savings accrued to the public purse by his Department no longer printing out messages for soldiers while on...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his European counterpart on the post of EU Operation Commander; and whether the UK plans to retain that post after the...

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the evidential thresholds to qualify for the Arctic Star and the Arctic Emblem differ.

      Public Interest Lawyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he reported Public Interest Lawyers to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 67238, whether the Government has made any payments, not including compensation, to (a) Nassir Abd...

      Abu Jamal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department's payments to Abu Jamal ceased in July 2016 when the instruction was given to stop such payments in April 2016.

      Abu Jamal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when and how he was made aware that Abu Jamal was instructed by Public Interest Lawyers.

  • HM Treasury

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the new rates for stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers and second-home owners have been calculated; and what estimate he has made of the effect of...

    • Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) airline and (b) other companies that charge over the 0.3 per cent cap for credit card transactions.

      Treasury: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2017 to Question 65005, what the pay grades are of the 89 civil servants of his Department who manage external contracts.

      Press Recognition Panel: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received a request from the Press Recognition Panel for additional funding under the terms of the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press.

      Adoption Allowances: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to develop an adoption allowance similar to maternity allowance for self-employed people who adopt a child as a result of the...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the rise in Class 4 national insurance contributions will result in the self-employed having increased access to contribution-based employment...

      National Insurance Contributions: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to introduce a measure comparable to employer national insurance contributions to provide an equivalent provision to such...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) North Swindon, (b) the South West and (c) the UK have seen a reduction in their income tax liability since May 2010; and what...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether when considering rates of UK corporation tax it is his Department's policy to take into account the spillover effect that a reduction in the UK's...

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to deter UK-headquartered multinational companies from using tax havens to avoid paying tax in developing countries.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to include the value of annual changes in income tax on individuals' payslips.

      Tenants: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the tenant tax on private landlords in terms of (a) rental income and (b) property standards.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of the apprenticeship levy will be to schools in each fiscal year from 2017-18 to 2021-22.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's average response rate was to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month from July 2016 to date.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase voter engagement and participation among those least likely to vote including (a) homeless and b) young people; and...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing support for the National Voter Registration Drive.

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to facilitate effective data-sharing across government.

      Local Government: Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to expand the One Public Estate programme.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst and Young...

    • Department for International Trade: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three financial...

      Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his policy is of the inclusion of environmental goods and services in future trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the Investment Court System; what the Government's policy is on that system; and what plans the UK has to...

      Trade Agreements: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to include cross-border data flows in a future trade agreement with (a) the US and (b) the EU.

      Department for International Trade: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its employees undertaking...

      Department for International Trade: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2017 to Question 65002, what the pay grade is of the 24 civil servants if his Department employed in the...

      Overseas Investment: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total British foreign direct investment in Poland was in each of the last four years.

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the primary and secondary legislative proposals likely to be required after ratification of the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Organisations: Recruitment

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been paid since May 2015 to head hunters by (a) the House of Commons...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC, (b) Deloitte, (c) Accenture, (d) McKinsey & Co, (f) Ernst and Young and (g) Bain...

    • NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what disciplinary actions may be taken against medical professionals who raise concerns on standards.

      Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies require that the contractor pays those of its employees undertaking the work...

      Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts procured by his Department and its arms-length bodies are covered by TUPE regulations in each of the last three financial years.

      Clinical commissioning groups: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 63650, on clinical commissioning groups: buildings, whether the additional £127 million to...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 5.7 of the Spring Budget 2017, what estimate he has made of how much of the £100 million funding for capital investment...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the Mandate to NHS England as required under section 13A(7) of the National Health Service Act 2006

      Defibrillators: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the number of public-access defibrillators in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

      NHS Property Services: Community Health Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 63652, on NHS Property Services Communities Health Partnerships, whether a business case was...

      NHS Trusts: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to assist hospital trusts to reduce or restructure costs borne as a result of private finance initiatives.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria he plans to use to allocate the funds announced in the Spring Budget 2017 for GP surgery co-location in hospital accident and emergency...

      Medical Records: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects patients to be able to access their own full medical records online.

      Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 66400, what the pay grade is of the 11.5 civil servants of his Department's contract management team.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the groups responsible for each of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans are consulting with schools and colleges in the development...

      Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of devising a national strategy for eye health.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of people in England and Wales living with sight loss; and how that data is collected.

      Eyesight: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote patient choice with respect to eye treatment.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on changes in the costs of social care arising from changes in the way in which care workers are paid for sleep-in...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 61257, what the real term percentage change in the funding his Department allocates to the NHS per...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2017 to Question 60414, what the real terms per capita growth in funding his Department allocates to NHS England,...

      Children: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to provide advice to parents and carers on ensuring primary school-aged children undertake the recommended amount of...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Healthy Start Scheme vouchers were issued in Ashfield constituency in 2016.

      Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group received for core services in each year since 2010.

      Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage secondary school-aged girls to take part in sport and physical activity.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to the parents of obese children on healthy eating and achieving a healthy weight.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how Government steps to tackle childhood obesity differ between areas of low obesity and more deprived areas with higher levels of obesity.

      Pharmacy: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the removal of pharmacists' right to conscientious objection on the diversity of...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the findings in respect of the potential link between the pandemic, vaccination and narcolepsy of the study, Risk of...

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the incident at Retford on the East Coast Main Line on Thursday 9 March, and given that only hybrid trains can use the diversionary routes...

    • Department for Transport: Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what land or buildings owned by, leased by, or under the control of, the Department for Transport they are seeking to dispose of, and for what purposes.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Surrey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so what, discussions took place between DCLG and Surrey County Council about plans for a referendum on council tax increases; and if so,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of evidence of a rise in the number of war crimes committed in South Sudan, whether they will give their support (1) to a transitional...

    • Kosovo: Rule of Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the winding down of European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, they intend to continue their support for the rule of law in Kosovo through...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what aid the UK has provided to Yemen in each of the last five years.

    • Yemen: Famine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on 15 March that Yemen will face a famine later this year unless...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Save the Children on 1 March that shipments of aid for Yemen are being delayed, denying people access to...

  • Department for Education

    • Voting Rights: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so how, they will support the Women’s Local Government Society Project From Suffrage to Citizenship which will commemorate the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 March (HL5606), how much of the levy raised under the Mesothelioma Act 2014 for the Diffuse Mesothelioma...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so what, provision is made, or will be made, for the rehabilitation of (1) asylum seekers detained in detention centres whose claims are...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 22 February (HL5356) stating that in the year ending September 2016 the UK granted asylum...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many further leave to remain cases there were in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016, in which a letter was sent by the Home Office advising an applicant for leave to...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to have resettled 3,000 vulnerable children and their families from the Middle East and North Africa under the Vulnerable Children’s...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia in (1) 2010, (2) 2012, (3) 2014, and (4) 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of treating sexually transmitted diseases in England for each year from 2006 to 2016.

    • Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many people in England are infected with hepatitis C but have not yet been diagnosed.

      Strokes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace or extend their stroke strategy.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 13 March (HL5692), in the context of NHS hospital sleeping accommodation, what is their...

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