Written answers

Thursday, 30 March 2017

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Public Accounts Commission: Pay

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what the total pay bill for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department was in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay...

  • HM Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of air passenger duty on small commercial airfields.

    • Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to encourage retailers to abolish charges for customers using card payments for transactions.

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contribution he has made to EU negotiations to reform VAT arrangements for the EU Digital Single Market.

      Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with sectoral representatives on steps to increase levels of bank lending to small businesses.

      Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the freeze on child benefit and child tax credit in the 2017 autumn budget.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there are plans for the receipts from the fine imposed on BT by Ofcom on 27 March 2017 will be spent on the roll-out of rural broadband.

  • Prime Minister

    • East Africa: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister, which Government Ministers visited (a) Kenya and (b) Uganda in 2016; and how many times each such Minister visited those countries.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people Jobcentre Plus has assisted in finding employment in (a) Kettering and (b) England since May 2010.

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the data in the latest Household Below Average Income survey on levels of...

      Welfare State: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to respond to the forthcoming Social Justice Green Paper through a consultation.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the average amount of maternity pay received under (a) full-time, (b) part-time, (c) casual, (d)...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants in Peterborough constituency were not in the work-related activity group category in each...

      Hewlett-Packard: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with Hewlett Packard on uplifts for the pre-1997 Digital Section of its Defined Benefit pension scheme; and what...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants in Peterborough constituency were waiting up to (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months for...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants affected by the lower benefit cap in each London borough are in receipt of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b)...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Ministers of his Department have plans to visit constituencies affected by the proposed closure of jobcentres.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect of universal credit on the number of children in households with less than 60 per cent of median...

      Jobcentres: Batley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse from the closure of Batley Jobcentre; and what estimate he has made of...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the average amount of maternity pay received in the (a) agriculture, forestry and fishing, (b) mining...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will change the text of EEA Permanent Residence refusal letters to remove the instruction to recipients to make preparations to leave...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who passed through the National Referral Mechanism as victims of modern slavery or of human trafficking with positive...

      Firearms: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms have been imported into the UK by registered importers from other countries within the EU in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to universities and colleges on the requirement for comprehensive sickness insurance for EU citizens...

      Police: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has had discussions with police forces on the retention of horses for use in crowd control.

      Hunt Saboteurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents involving alleged offences by hunt saboteurs have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what professional bodies in the health sector she consulted on the income thresholds for Tier 2 visas.

      Muslim Brotherhood Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for the Government's policies of the findings of the 2014 Sir John Jenkins review; and if...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that all local authorities take in a fair share of asylum seekers.

      Cryptography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward legislation on end-to-end encryption, hashing or hashtags.

      Migrant Workers: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to case 507/12, heard at the European Court of Justice, if she will take steps to ensure that EEA female citizens residing in...

  • Department of Health

    • Gambling: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will produce a strategy to provide NHS support for problem gamblers who wish to receive anonymous treatment.

    • Encephalitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve diagnosis of encephalitis.

      Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that diagnosis and management of familial hypercholesterolaemia is consistent across England.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have received the MMR vaccination in each year since 2012 in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.

      Encephalitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with encephalitis in each year since 2010.

      Ticks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how information on the safe removal of ticks is publicised.

      Pregnancy: Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department gives to pregnant women on dieting.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has had discussions with the British Medical Association on its consultation on proposals to amend the law on abortion.

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the proposed £20 million budget impact threshold will apply to treatments still being appraised by NICE at the proposed implementation date...

      Breast Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of breast cancer treatments potentially affected by the proposed £20 million budget impact test.

      Cancer: Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had recent discussions with clinical bodies on the potential benefit of (a) the Mediterranean diet and (b) other diets in...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of new treatments that will reach or exceed the new budget impact test that NICE plans to...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide a summary of the submissions made to NICE and NHS England consultation on changing arrangements for evaluating and funding...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with stakeholders in developing the new budget impact test that NICE plans to introduce on 1 April 2017.

      Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the potential (a) medium and (b) long-term cost savings to the NHS of the use of genetic cascade testing to identify and treat...

      Department of Health: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the five most visited websites were by staff of his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department and its agencies collect on the effect of childhood health on later life chances.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish Sir Robert Naylor's review of the NHS estate.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished admission episodes there were with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder in each month in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 for which...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of school and nursery milk in supporting the health of children in deprived communities.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for the potential changes in the level of demand for mental...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the publication of the NHS Mandate 2017-18 being later than in previous years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects Health Education England to publish a workforce strategy for cancer.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital due to a respiratory condition in each age group in England in each year since 2010-11.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital due to a respiratory condition in each age group in Brighton in each year since 2010-11.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital due to a respiratory condition in each age group in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leeds, (d) Nottingham and...

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital due to a respiratory condition in each age group in London in each week of January 2017.

      Sepsis

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

      Endometriosis

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

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that children and young people accessing specialist inpatient mental health services and the families of such children...

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to publish guidance on reducing the use of physical restraint of children and young people in mental health institutions.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital in the UK treats the largest number of primary referrals from tertiary centres for children with arrhythmic heart conditions; and if he...

      Department of Health: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65687, how much of that procurement spending in each of those years related to the services of...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) under the age of 18 and (b) of all ages have been diagnosed with anxiety in each year since 2010.

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to ensure that people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia whose disease relapses early have access to appropriate treatment...

      General Practitioners: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people are waiting a week or more to see or speak to a GP; and what assessment he has made of the effects of access to GPs on...

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the care and treatment of people with learning disabilities and autism of the...

      Department of Health: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to respond to the letter of 23 February 2017 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on the Feeding Products for Babies and Children...

      Chronic Illnesses: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Work and Health Unit has made in assessing the extent of possible barriers to employment for people with (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis...

      Depressive Illnesses: Men

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many men were affected by postcoital dysphoria in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber received funding from local enterprise partnerships in each year since...

    • Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed changes to EU copyright law on UK firms engaged in the digital...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which gas-fired power stations have been built since 2010; and what the generation capacity was of each of those stations.

      Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contribution he has made to EU negotiations to reform EU copyright law.

      Citizens Advice: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the level of Government funding for the Citizens Advice Service...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65675, how much of that procurement spending, either by former...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 55 of the report UK Poverty Causes and Solutions, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates any member of the Intelligence and Security Committee visited a US military base in the UK in each of the last three years.

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Daesh militants were killed or wounded by British forces in Syria from 2 December 2015 to 2 December 2016 by (a) the date of each attack which...

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) unauthorised entries to military bases broken down by form of entry recorded, (b) thefts or losses of classified material, (c) successful...

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many airstrikes were launched over Iraq by British forces from 2 December 2015 to 2 December 2016 broken down by the type of munition fired.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many airstrikes were launched over Syria by British forces from 2 December 2015 to 2 December 2016.

      CSC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with the management of CSC on its decision to reduce its UK workforce.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful applications there have been for early access to the Armed Forces Pension due to injury as a result of exposure to CS spray in each...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how CS spray is used in the training of armed forces personnel; and whether there have been any reports of injuries associated with the use of such...

      Defence Business Services: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff working at Defence Business Services are facing redundancy as a result of the decision by CSC to reduce its UK workforce; and if he will...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what non-combatant casualty cut off value has been set for UK airstrikes in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time is to process an application for early access to the Armed Forces Pension prompted by ill health.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, where there is no separate agreement between an upper tier authority and a lower tier authority to use part of any disabled...

    • Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department has provided to local authorities in Dorset to enable them to prepare a local government...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the five most visited websites were by staff of his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much the Government has spent on television advertisements urging businesses to export in the last 12 months; and what the business case...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Management Consultants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65686, how much of the spend for the Government Equalities Office in the financial year ending...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2017 to Question 68000, on equal pay, how her Department plans to identify employers who have not complied with...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the delivery of rail electrification as part of the Northern Hub rail project.

    • Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the delivery of the Northern Hub rail project.

      Denton Station: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the volume of freight transport traffic at Denton Railway Station in each of the next five years.

      Department for Transport: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2017 to Question 67745, on Department for Transport: Secondment, exactly how many staff have been seconded to his...

      Driving under Influence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has conducted an assessment of the (a) reasons for the change in the number of drink-driving convictions between 2004 and 2014...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the (a) negotiations on the Service Level Agreement and Funding Agreement and (b) mechanism for High Speed 2 and departmental funding for local...

      Manchester Piccadilly Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment on the construction of two new platforms at Manchester Piccadilly station.

      Manchester Piccadilly Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of capacity at Manchester Piccadilly station for the period 2017-18.

      Department for Transport: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working for (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd have had their travel costs to and from their place of work paid for by his Department...

      Railways: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on awarding the East Midlands rail franchise.

      M3 and M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to build a new north-south transport corridor linking the M3 and the M4.

      Transport: North East Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to invest in cross-border road and rail infrastructure between north-east Wales and north-west England.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the Empowerment Fund is used to support countries at risk of Russian aggression.

    • Israel: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on recent proposed changes to its immigration policy and procedures;...

      East Africa: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Somalia, (b) Kenya, (c) Ethiopia and (b) South Sudan on famine...

      Occupied Territories: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council on human rights...

      Kurds: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with Kurdish political parties in Syria and Turkey.

      Israel: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the recent law passed by the Knesset in Israel barring supporters of boycotts from...

      Cameroon: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Cameroon on the shutdown of the internet in English-speaking areas...

      Bangladesh: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit Bangladesh.

      Cameroon: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Government of Cameroon on the closure of schools in the...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK security policy of the Tbilisi Declaration adopted at the 25th annual session...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the development of decentralised renewable energies in developing countries.

    • Developing Countries: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase funding for the eradication of fuel poverty in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2017 to Question 63106, in which countries her Department is strengthening nutrition outcomes of...

      Eastern Europe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on increasing the level of UK aid to Eastern Europe; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for International Development: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2017 to Question 65689, how much of that procurement spending in each of those years related to the...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has provided to (a) Turkey, (b) Lebanon, (c) Jordan and (d) to assist with the effect of the refugee...

      South Sudan: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the implications of the increase in the cost of work permits for foreign workers in South...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Extended Ministerial Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants work in her Extended Ministerial Office; and what the total payroll cost is of that Office in the 2016-17 financial year.

    • Students: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of students who have reported incidents of sexual harassment or threat in each of the last five years.

      Department for Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the five most visited websites were by staff of her Department in the last year for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the change was in the rate of acceptances onto teacher training courses in (a) Sheffield, (b) Yorkshire and (c) the UK from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether hon. Members and members of the House of Lords are eligible to access funding from the apprenticeships levy.

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has estimated the total funding to be provided by the Apprenticeships Levy to fund apprenticeship starts in the food, farming...

      Basic Skills: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Government's policy is on the Year 3 phonics check resit.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the 30 hours a week free childcare entitlement for working parents to student...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the data on HE student enrolments by the HE provider published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in March 2017, what...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the proportion of apprenticeship starts to be offered by businesses in each region and constituent part of the UK in 2017-18.

      Further Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2017 to Question 68199, on further education: expenditure, what proportion of that total expenditure was spent by...

      Pre-school Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to protect maintained nursery schools from closure.

      Pupils: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils from England attend schools in Scotland; and what the cost levied by the Scottish Government for that attendance is.

      Department for Education: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65682, how much of that procurement spending in each of those years related to the services of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make it an offence...

    • Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many community radio licences for FM broadcast have been granted by Ofcom in each year since 2010.

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on UK firms engaged in the digital economy of the UK being outwith an EU-wide VAT regime for...

      Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contribution she has made to EU negotiations to reform the EU Electronic Communications Framework.

      Ofcom: Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans for Ofcom to continue to participate in the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications...

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 66826, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people without core...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the data centre capacity is in the UK.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to support the increase of data centre capacity in the UK.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK's data retention regime on securing a data adequacy agreement with the...

      Charities: Fund Raising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the progress of the Fundraising Regulator in improving standards in charity fundraising.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2017 to Question 67934, whether her Department holds information on the minimum level of...

    • Dogs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure better protection of third party sales of puppies; and if she will make a statement.

      Power Stations: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the revised Large Combustion Plant Best Available Technique Reference Document...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of regulating the use of static pulse, sonic and spray collars on dogs.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to respond to the letter of 23 February 2017 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on the Feeding Products...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on proposed changes in the guidance on public rights of way; and from when the revised version...

      Seas and Oceans: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials she plans will represent the UK at the UN Ocean conference on 5 to 9 June 2017.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many officials of the three devolved administrations he plans to include in his team to conduct negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

    • Overseas Aid: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for International Development on increasing the level of UK aid to Eastern...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what correspondence he has had with leaders of Core Cities on the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.

      Glass: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions his Department has had with representatives from the glass industry on the implications of the UK leaving the EU;...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 February 2017, Official Report, column 1218, if he will list those 58 economic sectors.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2017 to Question 67738, on Department for Exiting the European Union: secondment, how many...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the five most visited websites were by staff of his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make it Government policy to create a criminal offence for assaulting prison officers on a par with the offence of assaulting a police officer.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation plans to reply to the letter to him dated 15 March 2017 from the right hon....

      Cardiff Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on the future operations of HM Prison Cardiff of the development of a new prison in Port Talbot.

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Sentencing Council for England and Wales plans to publish its revised guidelines on sentencing for knife possession as a result of its...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Viscount Rothermere

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister's predecessor met Lord Rothermere in February or March 2016.

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of assaults carried out by people using knives in each of the last five years.

      Prime Minister: Management Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65693, how much of the spend on the purchase of professional services and consultancy services in...

      Government Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by when he plans fully to implement the Ban the Box initiative across Government.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 28 December 2016 (HL4038), what allocations from the Better Care Fund will have been made by...

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 December 2016 (HL4036), (1) what was the extra amount raised by the social care precept in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 14 March (HL5780), whether their statement that the increase in global average surface...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy will be allocated in 2017–18 to projects on freedom of religion or belief.

    • Syria: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UN General Assembly adopting resolution 71/248 establishing an independent mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help prevent renewed political violence in Bahrain, in the light of recent reports of executions, arrests and deprivations of...

      South Sudan: Famine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the declaration by UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organisation that 100,000 civilians are at risk of starvation in two counties in...

      Indian Ocean: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the level of piracy in the Indian Ocean off the coast of (1) Yemen, (2) Somalia, and (3) Kenya, in each of the last five years.

      Cameroon: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Cameroon, in the light of reports regarding the suspension of internet and email services from the...

      Yesh Din: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the value for money to the UK taxpayer of the 690,189 shekels (£154,000) grant given to Yesh Din in 2016.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of renewed construction of tunnels into Israel by Hamas; and of the impact of those tunnels on progress towards a...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of An evidence review of the drivers of child poverty for families in poverty now and for poor children growing up to be poor adults (Cm 8781),...

    • Higher Education and Research Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which consultancies or associated companies were retained to advise on any part of the reforms introduced in the Higher Education and Research Bill; what...

      Higher Education and Research Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish all research and consultancy reports prepared by consultancies or associated companies on any aspect of the preparation of...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently introduced obligation requiring all secondary schools to teach sex and relationship education requires schools to teach pupils about...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of methods of recovery of student loans from overseas students.

      Social Mobility Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on the running of the Social Mobility Commission since it was first established as the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

      Social Mobility Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on research commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission since it was first established as the Social Mobility and Child Poverty...

      Child Rearing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent by the Social Mobility Commission on preparing and publishing its report Helping Parents to Parent, published in February 2017.

      Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define (1) public schools, (2) grammar schools, (3) academy schools, and (4) high schools.

  • Home Office

    • Motorcycles: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many instances of motorcycle theft have been reported in each of the past three financial years; and how many successful prosecutions have been brought...

    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, or its previous equivalent, have been interviewed as part of the application process in each year...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were received in each year from 2010 to 2016 for a Tier 4 (General) student visa using sponsor acceptances from a Russell Group higher...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 March (HL6077), whether they will prepare and publish a draft bill with a view to its...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (HC Deb, col 821) where he referred to the "death tax", what is the meaning of that term.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the commitment made in Transferring Care for People with Learning Disabilities - Next Steps, published in January 2015, to establish a...

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 June 2016 (HL459), whether the National Institute for Health Research project HTA-14/141/01 on...

      Health: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Clinical Commissioning Groups have added pulse checking to GP- or pharmacy-enhanced services for people aged over 65.

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