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Written answers

Thursday, 23 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the decline in demand for new tyres for pre-1960 vehicles since the requirement for an annual MOT test for such...

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of MOT testing in ensuring that vehicles with unroadworthy tyres are not used on the public highway.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role the EU had in promoting the exemption of 40 year-old cars from MOT inspections; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the increased risk to road-users consequent on any future decision to exempt from MOT tests any vehicle built more than...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many days during 2017, excluding official strike days, Govia Thameslink Railway has met its target Public Performance Measure on the Southern...

      Cabotage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK hauliers of EU hauliers breaking cabatoge rules in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Cabotage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many investigations have been made into potential breaches of cabotage rules by EU hauliers in each of the last five years for which data is...

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to Transport for London to require rail franchisees to respond in a timely manner to passenger requests.

      Department for Transport: Evening Standard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on advertising with the Evening Standard newspaper in each year since 2010.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the reduction in the rail freight grant on the volume of freight that will be carried by (a)...

      High Speed Two: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria were used to set the £535,000 per annum base salary of the new chief executive officer of HS2.

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64112, if he will publish details of Mark Thurston's previous experience, which was used to...

  • 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 require that the contractor pays those of its employees undertaking...

    • Social Networking: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Facebook, (b) Twitter, (c) Google+, (d) YouTube, (e) Snapchat and (f) WhatsApp accounts have been closed or suspended on...

      Home Office: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many documents have been recorded as lost by her Department since 8 May 2015.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to improve the (a) security and (b) funding for security at synagogues and Jewish schools.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page nine of the Office of National Statistics report on Public sector employment data, published on 15 March 2017, for...

      Hate Crime: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps (a) her Department and (b) the police have taken since 2012 to improve responses to incidents of discrimination and racism during...

      Hate Crime: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of racist (a) incidents and (b) crimes occurring during electoral campaigns in each year...

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what process (a) Serco, (b) G4S and (c) Clearel procure accommodation under the provisions of the Compass system.

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the responsibility of (a) the contractor or (b) the landlord to cover the cost of landlord insurance under the Compass system.

      Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to reduce the number of acid attacks.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her Department's policy to recognise the threat of female genital mutilation as grounds for an asylum claim in the UK.

      Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many acid attacks there were in (a) the UK, (b) Greater London and (c) the London Borough of Newham in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department issues to (a) National Grid and (b) Ofgem on the frequency of use of retrospective changes...

    • Renewable Energy: Heating and Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the percentage of renewable energy as a percentage of total energy used in the (a)...

      National Grid: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the National Grid on support for small-scale gas energy suppliers to remain in...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average response rate was of his Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the outcome of the statutory review of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will announce its decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon to the House before announcing it in any...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department was aware that the Chair of the UK Green Investment Bank was being considered for other...

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the structure of the Levy Control Framework for...

      Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to review the restrictions paced on digital locks under the EU Copyright Directive as a...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the real-terms increase in household energy bills since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK energy production that will originate from natural gas in each of the...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to devolve powers over Sunday trading laws to local authorities.

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) businesses and (b) individuals filed for bankruptcy in (i) York, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 54666, how many fines have been issued to those caught damaging buildings...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

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

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Information

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

      US President: Press Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the US on the access of British media organisations to official press...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 13 January 2017 to Question 58527 and of 1 March 2017 to Question 64848, if he will make an...

      Israel and Palestinians: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Israeli Government on the disparity in the allocation of resources for...

      Yemen: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian and commercial supplies are not prevented from entering Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with its Yemeni and other international counterparts on the humanitarian...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the suppression of the economic activity among the Baha'i community in Iran; and if he...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing an independent international investigation into the human...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on an independent international investigation into the...

      Occupied Territories: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in Israel to reverse demolition orders relating to the village of Khan Al...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the legality of Andy Tsege's (a) trial, (b) arrest and rendition and (c) detention.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2016 to Question 54664, when the contract between Sure telecoms and the British Indian...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the risk of piracy in the waters of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      South Korea: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to the South Korean government on implications of the South Korean dog meat trade...

      South Korea: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the South Korean authorities on transparency in dealing with allegations of corruption.

      South Korea: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the South Korean government on dog meat trade in that country.

      Iran: Civil Liberties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of freedom of (a) religion and belief and (b) association in Iran; and if he...

      Gambia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has contacted (a) President Yahya Jammeh and (b) his counterpart in the government of the Gambia since the recent...

      Cameroon: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of Cameroon on finding a peaceful and satisfactory solution...

      Cameroon: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of Cameroon on reported use of force by security forces...

      Cameroon: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of Cameroon on strikes by teachers and lawyers in the...

      Cameroon: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of Cameroon on French-speaking judges presiding in courts in...

      Cameroon: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Cameroon on reported injuries and deaths of protestors during strikes by...

      Gambia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the security situation and (b) state of democracy in the Gambia following reports that...

      Gambia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the outcome of the Gambian general election with the (a) UK's permanent representative, (b) Chinese...

      Mohamed Ramadan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received on the death sentence of Mohammed Ramadan in Bahrain.

      Egypt: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the Egyptian government on the recent Coptic church bomb attack in Cairo.

      Basuki Tjahaja Purnama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Indonesian government on the trial of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Governor of Jakarta.

  • Leader of the House

    • George Osborne

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether the right hon. Member for Tatton will continue to (a) have access to Privy Council papers, (b) attend full meetings of the Privy Council and (c) receive...

  • Department for International Development

    • Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the UK's annual aid budget was spent on direct food aid globally in 2015.

    • Israel: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will take steps to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians displaced by the expected demolition of Khan Al...

  • Department for Education

    • Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.11 of the Spring Budget 2017, when the funding for lifelong learning pilots will be rolled out; and how that funding...

    • Free Schools: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which university vice-chancellors she has met to discuss sponsoring free schools.

      Apprentices: Southampton Itchen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship providers operate in Southampton Itchen constituency.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of lowering to 11 the age of entry for universal technical colleges on the range of educational...

      Further Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spent on post-16 education and skills in the last year for which data is available.

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of introducing a cap on the level of financial support available for each apprenticeship contract; and if she...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent changes to the National Funding Formula on the deprivation attainment gap in schools.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent classroom teachers were employed in schools in (a) Batley and Spen constituency, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England in...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria were used to set a weighting of 0.1 per cent for the mobility factor in the most recent proposal for the Schools National Funding...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish (a) a summary of responses to its consultation entitled Schools that work for everyone, published in September...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the allocation for extended rights to free home-to-school travel will be published for each fiscal year from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships in each NUTS 1 region her Department envisages will be created as a result of the apprenticeship levy in 2017-18.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of people under the age of 24 who are in (a) training, (b) employment and (c) education in (i) York Central...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the number of prisoners who have been imprisoned over 100 miles from their home in England in the last 12 months; and if...

    • Prisons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prisons budget was spent on prisoners' (a) education, (b) healthcare and (c) rehabilitation in 2015-16.

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

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

      Harassment: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many restraining orders issued (a) prohibited online contact and (b) restricted the ability of the subject of the order to take civil court actions...

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

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

      Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

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

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which victims' organisations her Department's Ministers or officials have met since 1 January 2017.

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 1 March 2017, Official Report, column 102WH, what recent...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personal independence payment assessment decisions have been overturned at tribunal stage since 1 January 2017.

      Prisons and Courts Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consideration was given to including punishment as a purpose of prisons in clause 1(2) of the Prisons and Courts Bill.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of changes to the discount rate for motor insurance on the take-up of such insurance.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to answer Question 62919, tabled on 2 February 2017 by the hon. Member for Coventry South on prisoners.

      Prisons: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of turnover of prison staff; and what steps she is taking to support retention and recruitment of...

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2017 to Question 67198, on prisons: electronic equipment, what proportion of the total cost of the issued 19,000...

      Prisoners: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to announce a date for the publication of the Farmer Review.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: Procurement

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2017 to Question 64993, on procurement, what the pay grades are of the (a) five...

    • Churches: Yoga

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what guidance is issued to churches on allowing church premises to be used for yoga classes.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to tackle the use of computer systems by ticket tout companies to purchase multiple tickets for events.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with broadband providers on how they can improve broadband speed in the parliamentary constituencies with...

      Football: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings she has with the FA on progress on its ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption.

      Football: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what types of assistance her Department has provided the FA to aid its investigation into allegations of corruption.

      Alexander Thomson: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on celebrating the bicentenary of the architect Alexander Thomson.

      Culture: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the gender pay gap in the cultural industries.

      Swimming: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase the number of (a) children and (b) adults who swim regularly in West Yorkshire.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to promote mountain biking as a sport.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the UK Digital Strategy 2017, published on 1 March 2017 by her Department, if she will publish the evidential basis...

      BBC Board: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the correspondence between her Department and the Welsh Government on the issue of the appointment of a Welsh...

      Public Libraries: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2017 to Question 68114, on public libraries: complaints, which 15 local authorities have been...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what state pensions payments have been made to UK citizens living in the EU in each of the last five years.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

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

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department became aware of the number of women born in the 1950s who would be affected by the acceleration in state pension age.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page nine of the Office of National Statistics report on Public sector employment data, published on 15 March 2017, for what...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on behalf of DEC, Compaq and Hewlett Packard pensioners with pre-1997 pension contributions in resolving...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on legal fees in all stages of legal proceedings related to Pandemrix.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's spend was for (a) submarines, (b) combat air, (c) air support, (d) ships, (e) helicopters, (f) land equipment, (g) weapons and (h)...

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the change has been in his Department's spend on (a) military and civilian staff, (b) equipment procurement, (c) equipment support, (d)...

      Japan: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to expand missile-related industrial collaboration between the UK and Japan.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department will respond to Sir John Parker's Independent Report to inform the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy.

      Japan: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is of the UK-Japanese Joint New Air-to-Air Missile programme.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF pilots are trained to operate Lightning II jets.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF pilots his Department plans to train to operate Lightning II jets in each of the next 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which combined cadet forces (CCF) based in state comprehensive schools received funds from the public purse in the last three years; and how much of...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment has been carried out on the resilience of computer systems on-board the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to employ service personnel for specialist roles in the Carrier Strike Group.

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his European counterpart on the European Defence Fund and its effect on plans for cooperation on defence equipment...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland are serving in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy.

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what constitutes official military evidence for the purpose of meeting the qualifying criteria for the Arctic Star.

      Ministry of Defence: Leyal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's personnel have visited LEYAL Ship Recycling Ltd in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Leyal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff of LEYAL Ship Recycling Ltd are working on secondment at his Department.

      Ministry of Defence: Leyal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what fees his Department has received from LEYAL Ship Recycling Ltd in each of the last five years.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans that HMS Queen Elizabeth will achieve carrier strike capability.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what date has been set for the inaugural sailing of the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy senior personnel are working with the US Navy to develop a UK-specific Carrier Enabled Power Projection doctrine and assessing...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are deployed to an operationally deployed US Navy carrier strike group.

      Armed Forces: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are deployed with (a) US Fleet Forces Command, (b) US Pacific Fleet, (c) US Naval Forces Europe - Naval Forces...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many US Navy personnel are working at his Department's Development, Concept and Doctrine Centre in support of developing a UK-specific Carrier...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on each Substitute Service (a) Family and (b) Single Accommodation in each year from 2010 to 2017.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the capacity is of (a) Service Family Accommodation and (b) Single Living Accommodation; and where such accommodation by type is located.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to local authorities to fund children's social care in each year between 2011 and...

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people undertook an unpaid work placement in his Department in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Non-domestic Rates: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on exempting (a) state, (b) free and (c) private schools from the planned increase in business...

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve the clarity and accessibility of housing data published by the Office for National Statistics.

      Markets: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department provides to locally led initiatives that promote market trading as an employment or business path...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect tenants in the private rental sector from potential retaliatory evictions.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness for tenants in the private rental sector of their rights and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria will determine allocation of the £1 billion being made available for short-term loans under the Home...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on rolling out the Starter Homes Land Fund.

      Licensed Premises: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2017 to Question 67412, on licensed premises: non-domestic rates, when he plans to publish...

      Social Rented Housing: Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will publish a definition of the term social lettings agencies as used in the white paper, Fixing our broken...

      Garden Communities: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of permitting the construction of 15 new garden city-style developments...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will devolve additional fiscal powers to local councils to fund social care.

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when and how the decision was made that the Victoria Tower Gardens should be considered as a suitable site and preferable to...

  • Scotland Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost to the public purse was of the 2014 Scottish referendum.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Secondment

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

    • Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average response rate was of his Department to individual Freedom of Information requests in each month since July 2016.

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page nine of the Office for National Statistics report on public sector employment data, published on 15 March 2017, for what reasons...

      Cryptocurrencies: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to regulate distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies in the current Parliament.

      VAT: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT was recovered by EU member state businesses from the UK exchequer under Articles 170 and 171 of Council Directive 2006/112/EC in each year...

      Treasury: Evening Standard

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on advertising with the Evening Standard in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 63985, what the date was of the most recent security audit of digital infrastructure within...

    • Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64010, what assessments have been made of potential security risks arising from component,...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion: Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department has taken to promote trade between the UK and Guatemala.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what (a) policy and (b) technical areas he plans to consult the devolved administrations when (i) scoping and (ii) negotiating new free...

      Exports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the level of exports from Scottish businesses of the UK leaving the EU.

      Exports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the level of exports from Scottish businesses of the UK leaving the EU.

      Overseas Trade: South East Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of ASEAN countries on future trade and investment opportunities.

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with other Commonwealth countries on future trade and investment opportunities.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to help businesses build trading opportunities abroad.

  • Wales Office

    • Swansea Bay City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he plans to announce his decision on the Swansea Bay City Deal to the House before any other public forum.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle movements in the UK were recorded by the British Cattle Movement Service in each year from 2008 to 2016.

    • Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has assessed the implications of the bans on the use of wild animals in circuses introduced in Iran,...

      Fuel Cells: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of deploying low nitrogen oxide fuel cell generators in inner cities.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to reduce fly tipping; and if she will make a statement.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the Green Paper on the future of the UK agricultural industry.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking in response to the TB outbreak within Kimblewick Hunt's foxhounds to ensure that other hunts are...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned to date into the spread of TB from hunting hounds to cattle.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to cancel all hunting activities until foxhound packs across the UK are certified to be free...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to investigate the source of the bovine TB outbreak within Kimblewick Hunt's foxhound packs.

      Dogs: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 67006 on bovine tuberculosis: dogs, whether her Department has carried...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy for TB in hunt packs operating in close proximity to cattle to be a notifiable disease.

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents there were of physical restraint resulting in physical injury to people with mental health conditions in (a) Bradford Districts Care...

    • Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents there were of physical restraint being applied to people with mental health conditions in (a) Bradford Districts Care Trust and (b)...

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints there were relating to physical restraint of people with mental health conditions in (a) Bradford Districts Care Trust and (b) each...

      Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that homeless people have adequate access to healthcare.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of safety incidents occurring in private abortion clinics which result in NHS patients being...

      Action On Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has received a request for funding from the group Action on Smoking and Health in respect of the next financial year; and if he...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve the regulation of dermal fillers used in non-surgical cosmetic interventions and not classified as medical devices.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the public purse of supporting a person with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities,...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to make continuous glucose monitors available on the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 15 March 2017, Official Report, column 144WH, if the...

      Department of Health: Evening Standard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on advertising with the Evening Standard newspaper in each year since 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Sexual Offences: Crime Prevention and Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on encouraging other countries to strengthen their...

    • Railways: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on encouraging women to pursue careers in the rail industry.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to support older women to return to work after taking time off to care for children or other family members.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hungary: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Hungary about the law under which any asylum seeker will be automatically detained.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made regarding abuse towards, and denial of human rights and due process of law to, Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli...

  • Attorney General

    • Forced Marriage: Trials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Attorney General in his review of the alleged mishandling by the Crown Prosecution Service of forced marriage trials.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Dominque Burgeon, Director of the emergency division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, that...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans are in place to ensure that further education students studying with private providers are able to complete their studies, in the...

    • Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event that a further education provider closes down, a student who had taken out loans to cover the cost of the course would be reimbursed.

      John Frank Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of John Frank Training going into liquidation on 30 November 2016, what support is being given to students to recoup their loans.

      John Frank Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of John Frank Training which left no assets, despite recording a profit of £1.3 million in the first half of 2016.

      Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment checks are made on private further education providers before public money is given to them to run further education courses; and whether the...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the responses made by local authorities to freedom of information requests made by Lucie Stephens regarding reported...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliament: Internet

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 7 March (HL5612), what is the industry standard categorising service; who within the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) is...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Red Arrows

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Military Aviation Authority is responsible for regulating Red Arrows displays; whether they have any plans to limit Red Arrows displays so that...

    • Nuclear Weapons: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which body is now responsible for nuclear weapons safety, in place of the Nuclear Weapons Safety Committee and the Warhead Safety Co-ordinating Committee.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the study report into the remuneration package for deck and engineer officers of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary has been finalised and accepted; and...

  • Home Office

    • EU Immigration: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of developments in Turkey, what assessment they have made of the feasibility of applying the EU–Turkey Statement on refugees and...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are on track to meet their target of resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees into the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme by...

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offers to accommodate unaccompanied young asylum seekers they have received from local authorities; and how many of those offers they (1) have...

      Armed Forces: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the contribution made to Britain by the former Hong Kong Armed Forces from 1857 until 1997, whether, and if so when, they will grant UK...

      Home Office: Assets

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

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a bill guaranteeing the right of EU nationals who were legally resident in the UK at the time of the EU referendum to remain in...

  • Department of Health

    • Developing Countries: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries the UK will be supporting as part of its international support for smoking control; and when that work will start in each country.

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