Written answers

Thursday, 20 April 2017

  • Prime Minister

    • Antisemitism

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings she has had and with whom at which anti-Semitism was discussed.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect of the changes brought forward in the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Amendment...

    • Jobcentres: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many food bank referrals have been made by jobcentres in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date his Department conducted the Equality Impact Assessment on the non-consensual sex exemption and two child limit for tax credits...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people with the following conditions currently claiming personal independence payment who either at...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 106 of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, entitled UK Poverty: Causes and Solutions, what assessment he has made of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 82 of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, entitled UK Poverty: Causes and Solutions, if he will make it his policy...

      Older Workers: Manual Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) financial and (b) other support manual workers aged over 50 years old will receive to...

      Child Tax Credit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Department of Communities on the potential implications for training and...

      Social Security Benefits: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of new claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance made in the last six months for which...

      Jobcentres: Pyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department carried out an assessment of the availability of suitable alternative local premises in advance of the decision to...

      Child Maintenance Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been referred to a senior resolution manager for cases at the Child Maintenance Service as a result of an hon. Member...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new applications have been lodged with the Child Maintenance Service in each of the last five years.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his Department's policy to assign one caseworker to each individual case at the (a) Child Maintenance Service and (b) Child...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of paying carer's allowance to all those eligible for that benefit, including those...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability employment advisers have received training in dealing with people with autism.

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus work coaches have received training in dealing with people with autism.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of relocating the operations of his Department carried out at Birchwood, Warrington into...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what account has been taken of the rail journey times between Birchwood and Manchester when deciding on the future location of operations...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of increased rental and rate charges in the event that his Department's office in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place a copy in the Library of the business case for the proposed move of operations of his Department's office at Birchwood,...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the local economy of the plans to close his Department's office in Birchwood, Warrington.

      Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 5 April 2017 to Questions 69584 and 69583, whether the training given to healthcare professionals and decision...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have been referred to the personal budgeting support service in each year since the introduction of...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of children in each London local authority were living in poverty in working households in each of the...

  • Home Office

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to develop and implement community-based alternatives to detention for (a) vulnerable people who have already...

    • Emergency Services: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to make available a list of planned, publicly-funded sites for the Emergency Services Network to other mobile network...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of civil servants based in her Department who work full-time on asylum casework; and if she will...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to include worker representation on its departmental board.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported after applying for indefinite leave to remain who had previously been given leave to remain in the UK as...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many charges the Economic Crime Command of the National Crime Agency has filed against (a) individuals and (b) companies in each year...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last reviewed the list of accepted occupations for passport application and photo countersignatories; and whether she plans to...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implication for her policies of the finding of the Thematic Report on migrant and refugee children,...

      Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to businesses on preventing retail crime; and what the total cost of retail crime was in 2016.

      Security Industry Authority: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the review of the Security Industry Authority to be published.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish her Department's response to the public consultation on section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to increase the number of voluntary deals with local authorities to widen the dispersal of asylum seekers.

      Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government invests in resettlement projects for Jamaican citizens deported from the UK.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimates her Department has made of the cost of fraud to the UK economy.

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture's report,...

      Home Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department respond to Freedom of Information requests.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises have been issued in each year since 2010.

  • Department of Health

    • European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to outline options for the replacement of the European Food Safety Authority after the UK leaves the EU.

    • European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with representatives of the European Food Safety Authority on its future remit in the UK.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups are made aware of NICE guidelines on fertility treatment.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS Executives have been without a substantive post for two months or longer in each of the last three years; and which bodies have paid the...

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) premature deaths and (b) illnesses have been attributed to poor air quality in each of the last 10 years.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors will be measured to monitor patient access to treatment after the introduction of the NICE and NHS England joint changes to technology...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of whether there have been delays to patient access to treatment as a result of the proposals being implemented by the NICE...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions have taken place with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine on the recruitment of medical consultants for hospitals in (a) England and...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to update the status and powers of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) since February 2016; and what...

      Health Services: Demography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who provides advice to him on how the health service can meet growing demand as a result of additional houses being built in (a) England, (b) the South...

      Community Health Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) Bridgewater and (b) Merseycare NHS Trust spent on bidding for the Liverpool Community Health contract.

      Enzymes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to protect NHS funding for enzyme replacement therapy.

      Mental Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has reviewed the Law Commission's review of the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implication for his policies of the Community Pharmacy Forward View published by the Pharmaceutical Services...

      Bladder Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of bladder cancer.

      Midwives: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2017 to Question 65308, how many midwives left employment in the NHS in England because they had reached retirement...

      Heart Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing mandatory echocardiogram screening to identify young people aged between...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department makes available for minor ailments services provided by community pharmacies by service.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make new funding available for NHS England for commissioning new advanced services under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in 2017-18.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the financial viability of independent, locally owned pharmacies.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is accountable for monitoring and evaluating the long-term outcomes of the implementation of NICE and NHS England changes to the arrangements for...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 65172, if he will publish a list of NICE-approved treatments that NHS England forecast would have...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2017 to Question 68280, if he will publish the evidential basis for the statement...

    • Living Wage: Calder Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people in the Calder Valley who will benefit from the recent increase in the...

      Mothers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average salary of mothers who have taken up maternity leave in each year since 2010.

      Pay: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether all complaints made to ACAS about non-payment of the national minimum wage and national living wage are passed...

      Migrant Workers: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Director of Labour Market Enforcement plans to consult before drafting his labour market enforcement strategy.

      Pay: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what procedure ACAS follows in referring to HM Revenue and Customs cases of non-payment of the national minimum wage...

      Pay: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases of failure to pay wages ACAS referred to HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last 12 months.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to renew smart metering licences due to expire in November 2018 under the Energy Act 2008.

      Energy Intensive Industries: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 57227, on energy intensive industries: trade competitiveness, by...

      Energy Intensive Industries: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 57226, on energy intensive industries: trade competitiveness,...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of government investment in research and development as a proportion of GDP in (a) 2018-19,...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect the current interoperability of SMETS1s will have on consumers' freedom to...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the number of SMETS1s that are not in operation due to problems with their interoperability.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will suspend the roll out of SMETS1s until problems with interoperability have been resolved; and if he will make...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the costs of the Data Communications Company enrolling up to 8 million SMETS1s meters.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on (a) maintaining and (b) increasing financial support for the offshore wind sector in...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the benefits to (a) Scotland and (b) the UK of investment in offshore wind capacity.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2017 to Question 68881, what proportion of the initially projected benefits of the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time...

      Parents: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average salary of (a) mothers and (b) fathers taking shared parental leave is.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the legislative timetable for making sexual assault, voyeurism and exposure schedule 2 offences under the Armed Forces Act 2006.

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the value of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B that is made in the UK is derived from the Rolls Royce lift fan; and if he will make a...

      Air Force: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans are in place to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF; and what discussions he has had with the RAF on the granting of posthumous...

      Air Force: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are plans in place to use the 100th anniversary of the RAF to commemorate the financial contribution made to the RAF by Lady McRobert.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures are in place for the naming of RAF aircraft.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2017 to Question 69279, what his Department's spend was for (a) submarines, (b) combat air, (c) air support, (d)...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2017 to Question 68303, on non-domestic rates: Newham, if he will make it his policy to...

    • Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2017 to Question 68027, when his Department plans to respond to the discussion paper,...

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will discuss with the Department of Transport, the DVLA and the trades associations for private car parking companies...

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on (a) local infrastructure and (b) human health of the conversion...

      Communities and Local Government: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time permanent,...

      Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the implementation of Florrie's Law.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Security

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises are currently valid.

    • Treasury: Security

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises have been issued in each year since 2010.

      Treasury: Security

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to his Department's premises with that pass, by Department.

      CH2M Hill

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding has been paid to CH2M by (a) service provided and (b) project since 2005.

      Treasury: Management Consultants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65696, on Treasury procurement, how much of the procurement spending in each of those years related to...

      Premium Bonds

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) increasing the number of premium bond prizes and (b) funding an increase in the...

      Concentrix: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2017 to Question 65735, on Concentrix: minimum wage, how the level of average salary paid to Concentrix staff who have...

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has estimated the fiscal gains derived through the dynamic effects of reducing VAT on accommodation and attractions to five per cent.

      Budget March 2017

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the analysis carried out by the Women's Budget Group and Runnymede Trust on the...

      Mortgages

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the banks buy-to-let mortgage terms and conditions on the ability of private landlords to rent to those in...

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs requires some part-time staff to work full-time while undertaking training courses.

      Low Pay: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs made an assessment of the effect on (a) ministers of religion and (b) other low-paid workers of their being taxed on cash...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will carry out an interim assessment of the effects of the freeze on child benefit and child tax credit.

      Profits: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the guidance his Department provides to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on dealing with cases where HMRC receives revenue which is deemed...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: Liechtenstein

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2017 to Question 69047, which UK economic sectors have contributed to the 40 per cent growth in UK...

    • National Farmers Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings officials of his Department have had with the National Farmers' Union since 1 January 2017.

      Trade Agreements: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many reports he has commissioned to seek advice on free trade agreement provisions and sustainable development goals.

      Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many reports he has commissioned to seek advice on free trade agreement provisions and human rights.

      Drugs: Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he made representations during his recent meeting with the President of the Philippines on the Government of Philippines' policy on...

      National Farmers Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has met the National Farmers' Union since 1 January 2017.

      Department for International Trade: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which civil society organisations officials of his Department have met to discuss human rights and trade since July 2016.

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2016 to Question 56564, on shipping: minimum wage, if he will list the full membership of the working group...

    • South Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for First MTR South Western Trains Limited of taking over the South Western rail franchise...

      South Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the opportunities for re-zoning stations in the boroughs of (a) Kingston upon Thames and (b) Richmond upon Thames as a...

      Bicycles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require dockless bike sharing companies to be licensed.

      Luton Airport: East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of an increase in the number of stopping services on the East Midlands Line to Luton Airport.

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the letter of 2 March 2017 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport to the Chair of the Transport Committee on...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to maintain the level of support to the freight industry after the UK leaves the EU and is no longer part of the Mode Shift Revenue...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of public investment in rail on the level of freight access charges.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of requirements for rail freight network investment during Control Period 6.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Strategic Freight Network Fund during Control Period 5 to date.

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make it its policy to subsidise the retrofitting of diesel particulate filters to diesel vehicles.

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will make it its policy to ensure that all diesel vehicles are fitted with diesel particulate filters.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to meet the air pollution targets set out in the EU's 2008 ambient air quality directive.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that toxic emissions are monitored effectively during MOT testing.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to meet the 2050 emissions reduction target.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the gross value added to the economy by general aviation in the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will introduce real-world emissions testing of vehicles.

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will introduce a diesel scrappage scheme.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are currently employed by his Department.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to incentivise the use of greener fuels in general aviation.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure that bus companies undertake a public consultation with passengers before submitting the required 56 days' notice for...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on introducing proposals in the Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill.

      A19: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on the A19 between Seaham and the Testos roundabout in each of the last five years.

      A19: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to reduce the number of accidents on the A19; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Government's data on the level of NOx emissions and other pollutants produced by an (a) diesel and (b) petrol car registered...

      Driving: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average waiting time for a fitness-to-drive assessment by the DVLA was (a) for each licensing group, (b) due to sudden disabling events and...

      Driving: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many medical professionals are employed by the DVLA to assess drivers' fitness to drive.

      Shipping: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has been made of the number of UK-based seafarer rating apprentices that will be trained in the maritime industry in the next five years.

      Merchant Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many merchant navy ratings are being trained by shipping companies in (a) the North East, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern...

      A23: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the collection of litter takes place on the A23 from Crawley to Brighton; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times he has met Ministers in the (a) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) Department for Education to discuss the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2017 to Question 66495, what steps he plans to take to communicate with the participants at...

    • Monarchy: Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria his Department uses in advice to the Royal Family on the suitability of accepting gifts.

      Monarchy: Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our...

      Hong Kong: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Chinese counterpart and (b) the Hong Kong Government on the election of the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are currently employed by his Department.

      Hong Kong: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Chinese counterpart and (b) the Hong Kong Government on the outcome of the Hong...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the use of Sarin in the chemical weapon attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria on 4 February 2017; and...

      Afghanistan: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan; and if he...

      Spain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Spanish Government on the Government's policy on the political integrity of Spain.

      Lahpai Gam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to appeal to the Government of Burma on the (a) release of Lahpi Gam on medical grounds and...

      Armed Forces and Intelligence Services: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the updated version of the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel on the...

      Diplomatic Service: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department has provided to UK Embassies overseas to ensure that freedom of religion or belief is included in...

      Chechnya: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the (a) Russian Government and (b) international organisations on the treatment of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Central America: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to encourage the Governments of El Salvador and Guatemala to increase women's access to...

  • Department for Education

    • Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of state-funded faith schools are non-Christian.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2017 to Question 62481, how much of the £90 million was spent on supporting (a) schools to convert to...

      Department for Education: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2017 to Question 69291, on Department for Education: management consultants, for each of those years what the...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications to open new free schools have been rejected on the grounds an individual applying has (a) been involved in illegal activities,...

      Nurseries: Wolverhampton North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) nurseries and (b) nursery school places in Wolverhampton North East constituency that will offer 30...

      Nurseries: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate how much of the planned £55 million supplementary funding for maintained nurseries will be spent in (a) Wolverhampton and...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children currently qualify for free school meals under (a) household benefit entitlement and (b) universal infant free school meals; and how...

      Nurseries: Wolverhampton North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Government has spent on nursery education in Wolverhampton North East constituency in each of the last seven years; and how much it plans...

      Nurseries: Wolverhampton North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of nursery school places in Wolverhampton North East constituency.

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is available for young people who suffer adverse effects to their mental health and well-being after not passing the 11-plus exam.

      Arts: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) music, (b) drama and (c) art teachers there were in each region of England in each year since 2010.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools in (a) London and (b) England are in temporary buildings; and how many of those schools have been in those temporary buildings...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools are in temporary buildings in (a) England and (b) each local authority area.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Debt Rescheduling

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church of England will take steps to support initiatives which provide indebted households with financial...

    • Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what support the Church of England provides for people affected by domestic violence and abuse.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the policy of the Church of England is on reducing the membership of the House of Lords.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's public libraries basic data set, published on 30 March 2017, what additional information she plans...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the number of staff who have been employed by local authorities with a...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the amount which has been spent by local authorities on monitoring and improving...

      Badgers: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57987 and the Answer of 24 March 2017 to Question 66627, how many of...

      Agriculture: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has commissioned on the potential effect on agricultural exports of the UK leaving the EU.

      Air Pollution: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity of local authorities to monitor air quality (a) at present and (b) after the UK...

      Marine Environment: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2017 to Question 65619, on marine litter, by when she plans to make a decision on whether...

      Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much grant funding her Department awarded to (a) Lancashire County Council and (b) West Lancashire Borough Council after...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to announce its final decision on the allocation of grant funding to flood risk management...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2017 to Question 66537, for what reason the numbers of dogs imported into the UK from...

      Food Supply: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on how the...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK food self-sufficiency was in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014, (e) 2015 and (f) 2016.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consider increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had on financial regulation after the UK leaves the EU with representatives of (a) the British Virgin...

    • Free Movement of People: Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the Government's policy is on allowing Bermuda to maintain freedom of movement in the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department plans to establish a telephone number for responding to enquiries from hon. Members' offices.

  • Attorney General

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, how much debt remains outstanding under confiscation orders obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service including interest; and what recent estimate he has made of how...

    • Freezing of Assets: Russia

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is taking to investigate the findings of the US authorities in the case of US V Prevezon et al that funds from the tax fraud...

      Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, how many tip-offs were made to the Serious Fraud Office tip-off line in 2016; how many reports from that tip-off line were passed on to other investigatory bodies and...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by his Department since 8 May 2015.

    • Wales Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to his Department's premises with that pass, by Department.

      Wales Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people are currently employed by his Department.

      Wales Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises are currently valid.

      Wales Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises have been issued in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is the Government's policy to support automatic publication of visit reports by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

    • Juries: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the level of lost earnings incurred by (a) employees and (b) the self-employed undertaking jury service by income decile...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the email of 20 March 2017, when she plans to respond to the email enquiry from the hon. Member for Glasgow East on behalf of a...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time permanent, (b) part-time permanent,...

    • Scotland Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of the staff in his Department have access to his Department's official (a) Twitter and (b) Facebook account.

      Scotland Office: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated...

      Scotland Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on promoting social media post in the last 12 months.

      Scotland Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which social media posts from his Department have been promoted in Scotland only.

      Scotland Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff are seconded to his Department; and how many such staff are seconded from which companies and organisations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business Appointments Advisory Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to encourage the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments to diversify its membership beyond the current required...

    • Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total running costs of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists are; and what the total amount of fees paid to the Registrar have been in each...

      Cabinet Office: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time permanent, (b) part-time permanent,...

      Business Appointments Advisory Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraphs 9, 10 and 11 of the Code of Practice for Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, whether the Committee...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ahmed al-Asiri

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the government of Bahrain that an attempted citizen's arrest of Maj Gen Ahmed al-Asiri, relating to...

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations are they making to the government of Israel regarding the reported contamination of water in the Gaza Strip.

      Gaza: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding increasing rates of cancer in Gaza since 2008, and claims by Dr Khalid Thabet, head...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 3 April (HL Deb, col 844), what representations they have made to the government of Israel to...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 20 March (HL Deb, col 10), what estimate they have made of the cost of providing practical support...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they provide communications equipment or other practical support to the Free Syrian Army; and what assurance they can give that such support is...

      Ahmed al-Asiri

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that the Foreign Secretary called Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to apologise for the attempted...

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have called on the government of Bahrain to drop charges against Nabeel Rajab relating to the making of public statements, on the grounds of...

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the British Embassy in Bahrain is taking in relation to reports of reprisals against family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has refugee...

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received since March any reports of torture used against, or ill-treatment of, family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has refugee...

      Iraq: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iraq regarding the return of refugees from religious minorities to Iraq.

      RRS James Cook

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the RRS James Cook has been operating in the coastal waters of the Western Sahara; what was the nature of its research; and what instruments it deployed.

      RRS James Cook

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Saharawi authorities have made enquiries about the activities of the RRS James Cook in their territorial waters; if so when they will receive...

      Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Foreign Secretary on 28 March (HC Deb, col 117), whether the forthcoming White Paper will concern (1) their policy approach to...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to capitalise on the opportunities for public engagement, trade and tourism presented by hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the response by Lord Bates on 3 April (HL Deb, cols 930–1) concerning neglected tropical diseases, what study the Department for...

    • Africa: Snakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the response by Lord Bates on 3 April (HL Deb, cols 930–1) concerning neglected tropical diseases, how they are responding to...

      Developing Countries: Sleeping Sickness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the response by Lord Bates on 3 April (HL Deb, cols 930–1) concerning neglected tropical diseases, what further progress they expect to...

      Botswana: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the earthquake in central Botswana on 3 April, and whether they will ensure that the EU offers appropriate...

  • Department for Education

    • Technical Education: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 27 March (HL Deb, col 400), what criteria will be used to determine, on a case by case basis, whether...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action will be taken against companies that fail to comply with the gender pay gap reporting rules.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Life

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who made the decision to award the charity Life £250,000 from the Tampon Tax Fund.

    • Life

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what outcomes the charity Life is required to deliver through its use of the £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

      Life

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the counselling service run by the charity Life will be funded by the £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

      Life

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund to the charity Life can be used to lobby HM Government.

      Charities: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to evaluate the Tampon Tax Fund’s achievement of its objectives.

      Imagination Technologies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give financial or other support to Imagination Technologies Group plc in order to protect jobs, following the announcement by Apple...

      Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 4 April (HL6217 and HL6218), whether the female candidate who was not approved for appointment by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with pensioner organisations regarding the impact of the reduction in the exchange rate of the pound sterling on the incomes...

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens living in each EU member state, other than the UK, are in receipt of the UK state pension.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which EU member states have individual reciprocal agreements with the UK regarding annual increases in the state pension.

      Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Work and Pensions on 8 December 2016 (HC56144) stating that they intended to bring forward a...

      Arcadia Group: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating circumstances surrounding the pension deficit of Arcadia; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the...

      Occupational Pensions: Pension Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation (1) prohibiting companies withdrawing moneys from their pension funds for any reason, or (2) requiring them to...

      Government Departments: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the attack on Nishat Ayman in the Department for Work and Pensions building at Caxton House on 24 March, what steps they are taking to...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Internet Watch Foundation has the necessary legal powers and authority to remove non-photographic child sexual...

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted any cost-benefit analysis of the counter-terorism security measures put in place over the last 20 years; and if so, what are the...

      Telephone Tapping: Members and Peers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines are in place for the Security Services relating to the monitoring of personal phone calls by Members of Parliament and members of the House...

      UK Border Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the numerical strength of the Border Force in Northern Ireland; what plans they have for recruitment; and...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of refused asylum seekers currently in the UK who have no immediate prospect of leaving.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what children's best interest evaluation has been made of their policy to refuse children entitled to asylum in the UK the family reunion rights granted to...

      UK Border Force: Maritime Volunteer Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to utilise the Maritime Volunteer Service to assist the UK Border Force in patrolling and ensuring the security of UK inshore waters.

  • HM Treasury

    • Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to match, post-Brexit, the funding provided by the European Investment Bank for the environment and water industry within the UK;...

    • National Insurance Contributions: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the gender analysis undertaken by the Women’s Budget Group of the proposed national insurance changes relating to the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the governing of Northern Ireland in the event of failure to reach an agreement in the present inter-party talks conducted by the...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for acts of terrorism in Northern Ireland were made (1) in each of the five years prior to the making of the Good Friday Agreement on...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters of comfort were issued to on-the-runs (1) in the five years before 10 April 1998, and (2) between that date and 12 April 2010.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 28 March (HL6071), how much of the 20 per cent increase in NHS expenditure on medicines between...

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 28 March (HL6071), whether it is the responsibility of NICE to take the decision to extend the...

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that there are no legislative barriers to the integration of health and social care services and budgets.

      School Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the benefits of school and nursery milk as part of their childhood obesity strategy.

      Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS prescriptions for anti-depressants were written in (1) 2010, and (2) 2015; and what was their estimated cost.

      Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is NHS policy for general practitioners prescribing anti-depressants to patients whose depression relates to the effects of alcohol.

      Heart Diseases: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many operations treating congenital heart conditions were conducted by the Royal Brompton Hospital in London in each of the last three years for (1)...

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