Written answers

Thursday, 29 June 2017

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on which date (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last visited Shettleston Jobcentre Plus.

    • Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on which date (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last visited Easterhouse Jobcentre Plus.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on which date (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last visited Parkhead Jobcentre Plus.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evidence a claimant will have to provide to secure an exemption in relation to support for a child conceived without your consent.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many third party professionals in Scotland have been approved to complete the form NCC1, Support for a child conceived without your consent.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time for a tribunal hearing is for someone appealing a personal independence payment decision.

      Jobcentres: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus districts have a designated Armed Forces champion.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training and guidance is provided to his Department's staff on dealing with veterans.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department uses to select employment and support allowance claimants for medical examination.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the minimum qualification requirements are for people conducting medical examinations on employment and support allowance claimants.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been made by employment and support allowance claimants after medical examinations.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to announce his decision on the future of Maryhill Jobcentre.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 82 of the report, UK Poverty: Causes and Solutions, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on 6 September 2016, if...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will end the freeze on working-age benefits.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the formula for the distribution of discretionary housing payment grant to local authorities.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2017 to Question 66119, on children: maintenance, when he plans to publish his Department's response...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were not notified of the outcome of a personal independence payment assessment or a change in the level of their awards owing...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are resident in Glasgow East constituency.

    • West Midlands Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has discussed the stay put policy in relation to fires in tower blocks with West Midlands Fire Service since the fire...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for the funding of anti-hate crime projects of the UK leaving the EU.

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy that EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for five years or more will be granted the same legal rights as...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her oral contribution of 22 June 2017, Official Report, column 211, on terror attacks, whether (a) the requirement for a...

      Immigration Rules: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review immigration rules for spouse visas.

      South Wales Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many armed police officers were trained for deployment in the South Wales Police in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14, (d) 2014-15...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Explosives: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions the Government has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on the (a) seizure of substantial amounts of Semtex in...

    • Defamation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will initiate consultation on aligning libel law in Northern Ireland with that in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Paracetamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent in prescribing paracetamol in each of the last five years.

    • Mental Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much per person the NHS has spent on treating people with mental health conditions in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is between a patient being diagnosed with a mental health issue and receiving access to counselling and talking therapies.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are directly employed by the NHS in adult social care.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to clinical commissioning groups regarding workforce planning (a) across the board and (b) for social workers on...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are employed in the adult social care sector.

      Social Workers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are employed by private adult social care providers carrying out NHS contracts.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce inequalities in health outcomes caused by higher rates of smoking among lower socioeconomic groups.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to increase NHS spending in line with increases in GDP.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list accident and emergency departments that the NHS plans to close or downgrade in the next five years.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the promises and pledges set out in the NHS Constitution on waiting times are met.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on meeting the target of introducing front-door clinical streaming in all accident and emergency departments by October 2017.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the value of private sector profit that will be generated in each of the next five years as a result of the implementation...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of nurses as a percentage of the total nursing workforce who are at the top of their agenda for change pay band.

      Nurses: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of nurses who have left the NHS to work in the private sector in the last three years.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Brexit on NHS staffing and finance.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to end any NHS pay restraints.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, through what mechanism sustainability and transformation plans will be made accountable to their local communities.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to require that each sustainability and transformation plan establishes a public-facing website.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide a list of clinical commissioning group chairs and their respective remuneration packages.

      Cerebral Palsy: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who would potentially benefit from selective dorsal rhizotomy each year.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to require all sustainability and transformation plans to include a needs analysis.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to require all sustainability and transformation plans to include an equality impact analysis.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to require all sustainability and transformation plans to include a detailed workforce plan.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will require all sustainability and transformation plans to make an assessment of the impact of the UK leaving the EU on future staffing levels in...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the change in the level of organ donations in Wales since the introduction of an opt-out system in that country.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2017 to Question 71709, on organs: donors, if he will introduce a system of deemed consent for organ and tissue...

      Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what experience members of Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group management team have of tendering 15-year contracts.

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has made to ensure that patients do not experience delays in accessing emerging treatments for muscle-wasting conditions after the UK...

      Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with the condition known as runner's knee over the last five years.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people with chronic fatigue syndrome to exercise each day.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure continued UK participation in EU research programmes into musculoskeletal conditions...

    • Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Scottish Government on his Department's Industrial...

      Green Investment Bank: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 62846, if he will provide updated figures on the number of...

      Trade Union Recognition: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of companies which do not recognise trades unions in (a) the Linlithgow and East Falkirk...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of statutory flexible working requests made in (a) Linlithgow and East Falkirk...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the cost-benefit analysis conducted for the sale of the Green Investment Bank.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to strengthen identification requirements, including proof of address, for businesses registering...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on fracking.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government intends to introduce a cap on energy prices.

      Carrington Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has received representations from Duro Felguero UK Ltd on the payment of contractors involved in...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department provides to local authorities to increase the roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been of installing charging points for electric vehicles in each year since 2010.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many charging points for electric vehicles there are in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure that the roll-out of charging stations for electric vehicles is spread evenly...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assistance from the Regional Growth Fund is available to companies based in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Tidal Lagoons Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the Hendry Review.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will publish its response to the consultation Coal generation in Great Britain, published in...

      Borough Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will meet Borough Market traders affected by the recent terrorist attack to discuss their business needs.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make representations to the Treasury to (a) lift the public pay sector cap and (b) allow the Armed Forces Pay Review Body to make...

    • Stonehouse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to ensure that memorials located in the Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth which are dedicated to Royal Marines who died...

      Ministry of Defence: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance will be provided for his Department's staff currently working at Wrexham following the decision to move operations to Bristol; and if he...

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his Department's policy to reconsider the closure of eight military bases in Scotland.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Change of Use: Chipping Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of permitted development rules in Chipping Barnet constituency.

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the average cost per flat of retrofitting sprinkler systems for fire safety in tower...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make available funding for the renewal and redevelopment of high streets.

      Buildings: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what fire risk assessments have been carried out on the use of polystyrene ceiling tiles; and whether this product should be...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the right to buy to Low Start Shared Ownership schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend right to buy to local authority-owned garages; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the names and full remuneration packages of each local enterprise partnership chair and chief officer for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will change building regulations to make it compulsory for new buildings to be self-sufficient in energy through the...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Fire and Rescue Services on the retro-fitting of sprinkler systems in residential tower blocks.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government's undertaking to test cladding in high-rise residential tower blocks will extend to other tall buildings...

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to reform the way in which Neighbourhood Plans can be amended by (a) parish councils and (b) other sponsoring...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which programmes his Department currently funds will have their funding affected by the UK leaving the EU.

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to introduce restrictions on the overseas ownership of new properties in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is for the provision of additional co-operative housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to review regulations on the purchase of (a) leasehold properties and (b) the sale of freeholds...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many investors who have brought back into use derelict town centre premises have been subject to the community...

      Garden Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to consider new garden cities or villages within their local plan...

      Local Government: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to update the Local Government Redundancy Modification Order; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to devolve administration of the Local Government Redundancy Modification Order to the Scottish Parliament;...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the change in the core spending power of (a) Newcastle City Council and (b) local authorities in England has been in each...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how he plans to ensure that local authorities in England are able to fund their (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to reintroduce the provisions contained in the Local Government Finance Bill 2016-17 for the full...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: Football

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of professional football players and managers concealing income from image...

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of sentence for a conviction for the illegal sale of tobacco was in each of the last 10 years.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to strengthen sentences for people convicted of the sale of illegal tobacco.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that Scotland remains eligible for, and retains access to, European Investment Bank funding after the UK leaves the EU.

      Carers: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether kinship carers in Scotland who do not receive a fee for the role they perform and receive kinship care allowance from a local authority are required...

      Bank Services: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the banking industry complies with the Access to Banking protocol; and what steps the Government has...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many women have claimed an exemption to the two-child limit on tax credits for a child born as a result of non-consensual conception since the...

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of changes in the level of unsecured debt over the last two years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Israel: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to increase trade between Scotland and Israel; and what potential opportunities there will be for that...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the Government's policy is on protecting the right of (a) Christians and (b) people of other religious beliefs to wear or carry religious...

  • Department for Transport

    • Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to support regional airports.

    • Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the potential cost to extend entitlement to free travel passes to women born in the 1950s who have yet...

      Kites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to monitor and control kite-fighting contests.

      Public Transport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on bus and train travel for apprentices.

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to change the eligibility criteria for people seeking to rent large cars, vans and HGVs.

      Apprentices: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of introducing discounted train and bus travel for apprentices in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19,...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to cease collection of tolls for the Severn Bridges.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to restrict the use of bus replacement services for rail journeys only in the event of engineering works on rail lines.

      South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on electrification of the rail line to Swansea.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the outcome of Unlocking the UK's High Tech Economy: Consultation on the Safe Use of drones in the UK.

      Transport: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce legislation to create an offence of shining laser pointers at aircraft and other modes of transport.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the annual total fare income from High-Speed 2 services as part of the West Coast Partnership franchise.

      Transport: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to protect pilots, train and bus drivers from the misuse of laser pens.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to (a) introduce new or (b) amend existing legislation on the collection of tolls on the Severn Bridge.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has (a) identified and (b) decided what powers and responsibilities should rest with a system operator as a custodian of overall system...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Gibb report, published in December 2016.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with officials of the Republic of Zimbabwe on human rights.

    • Zimbabwe: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with officials of the Republic of Zimbabwe on that country's rate of inflation.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the EU on free and fair elections in the Republic of Zimbabwe in 2018.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the African Union on free and fair elections in the Republic of...

      Iran: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for International Development and (b) the Government of Iran on...

      Israel and Lebanon: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Government of Israel and (b) Government of Lebanon on disputed...

      Egypt: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic and other support the Government has given to the Egyptian Government as a result of recent attacks on...

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic and other support the Government has given to the Lebanese Government to assist it with the influx of...

      Lebanon: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Lebanon on the planned demolition of historical buildings of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Israeli Government on encouraging more Palestinians to seek Israeli citizenship.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Together For Syria's Election 2017 manifesto, what steps he plans to take to work with the international...

      Qatar: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the diplomatic situation between Qatar and its neighbouring states.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he or a Minister of his Department intends to meet representatives from the Chagos community to discuss (a) their...

      Somaliland: Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding the Government is providing for election monitoring in the 2017 elections in Somaliland.

  • Department for International Development

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to increase funding to support grassroots groups working to end violence against women and girls across...

    • Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on Fairtrade certification.

      Department for International Development: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of time joint Department for International Development-Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers will spend at her...

      Department for International Development: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil service staff, by grade, work in her Department's Special Advisers' Office.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of official development assistance which will be spent by other Departments in each year...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training the Government is providing for teachers on the new GCSE grades system.

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on preventing new places in schools that have been rated inadequate or requiring improvement by Ofsted.

      Schools: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the opening of specialist maths schools.

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on inclusivity rules and faith school admissions.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to carry out a review of school admissions policy.

      Literacy: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on phonics screening testing.

      Primary Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the knowledge of times tables by 11 year olds.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on accountability of schools at key stage 3.

      English Baccalaureate: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the proportion of pupils to be entered for the EBacc combination of GCSEs by the end of this Parliament.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on access to an academic, knowledge-rich curriculum.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on assessments at the end of primary school.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on how Ofsted can give parents more information on what their children are being taught.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the repayment of student loans by teachers.

      Teachers: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on providing career support for teachers.

      Schools: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on unnecessary paper work.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on reducing the burden of Ofsted inspections.

      Schools: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on introducing a single jobs portal for schools to advertise vacancies.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on introducing a new national funding formula for schools.

      Pupils: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students attending (a) comprehensive and (b) grammar schools in England are within each decile of the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index.

      Literacy: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what methodology her Department plans to use to measure the effectiveness of the phonics screening test.

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers there were in state primary schools in England in each year from 2010-11 to the most recent year for which data is available.

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support poorly performing multi-academy trusts.

      University of Chester Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the performance of the University of Chester Academies Trust.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 1 March 2017, HCWS509, on Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), what the timetable is for deciding the...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the proposal set out in Schools that work for everyone, published in September 2016, on the 50 per cent admissions cap on faith...

      Schools: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much additional (a) capital and (b) revenue funding her Department plans to allocate for opening a specialist maths school in every major city in...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to carry out further consultation on primary assessment in England.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse will be of ensuring that no school will have its funding cut as part of the introduction of a new funding formula...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of core school funding in each year from 2015 to 2019.

      Schools: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the number of schools built since 2010 that are (a) not fitted with sprinkler systems and (b) have used...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of school buildings in England that contain asbestos.

      Literacy: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on improving the phonics screening test.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students in state maintained schools were (a) offered and (b) took up (i) musical instrument lessons, (ii) free or...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to allow new selective schools to be established; and if she will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will introduce proposals to rescind standing orders relating to English votes for English laws; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Commercial Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish a list of organisations and individuals who submitted evidence to the Commercial Radio Deregulation Consultation.

    • S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the independent review of S4C will be completed before 1 January 2018.

      Arts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the merits of the European Accessibility Act for deaf and disabled artists; and what plans she has to...

      Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals which closed in December 2016.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the provision of free television licences for over-75s.

      Gaming Machines: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to make an announcement on its review of fixed odds betting terminals.

      Gaming Machines: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to make an announcement on its review of fixed odds betting terminals.

      Gaming Machines: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to make an announcement on its review of fixed odds betting terminals.

      Music: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to improve financial and statutory support for small music venues.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2017 to Question 69979, for what reasons that Answer does not refer to any...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to promote public knowledge of air pollution levels across the UK.

      Nitrous Oxide: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made for the length of time it will take for air quality to comply with EU nitrous oxide...

      Nitrous Oxide: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the court costs for the air quality compliance cases brought by ClientEarth; and if...

      Agriculture: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the number of non-UK workers in the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will provide a list of people and organisations which have lobbied him and his Department on the UK's requirements for seasonal...

    • Brexit: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Falkland Islands Government on that Government's role in discussions on the...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it remains the position of the Government that the UK should withdraw from both the customs union and the single market.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of withdrawing from the Customs Union on the land border between Northern Ireland and the...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much has been spent in total on services provided by Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, Ernst & Young and McKinsey Consulting since his...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 67738, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from (a) PwC,...

      Brexit: Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Statutory Instruments that will be required to support the UK leaving the EU.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he expects to reach an agreement on the cut off date for EU nationals to gain the same rights as British nationals after the UK...

      Brexit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Repeal Bill will require a legislative consent motion from the Scottish Parliament.

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Government plans to extend the scope of the unduly lenient sentence scheme.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Road Traffic Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish feedback from the consultation into driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury that closed on 1...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that HM Courts and Tribunal Service hears appeals relating to the Child Support Agency as quickly as possible.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to publish a draft Courts Bill.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the provisions of the Courts Bill as introduced will simplify the criminal justice system for offenders.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the provisions of the Courts Bill as introduced will include a legal duty on prisons to reform and rehabilitate offenders.

  • Scotland Office

    • Domestic Visits: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on which dates (a) he and (b) a Minister of his Department last attended an official engagement in Glasgow East constituency.

    • Regeneration:Barrhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what Government investment and projects supporting regeneration there are in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire.

      Urban Areas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions his Department has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal.

  • Cabinet Office

    • General Election 2017

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland played a role in the post-election negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party.

    • Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made representations to the Democratic Unionist Party leader, Arlene Foster on the extension of (a) civil partnerships and (b) same-sex...

      LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the protection and promotion of LGBT rights was discussed at recent meetings with the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party.

      Human Rights: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the protection and promotion of women's rights was discussed at recent meetings with the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether tackling climate change was discussed at recent meetings with the DUP leadership.

      LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Ruth Davidson MSP on (a) promoting LGBT rights across all countries within the UK and (b) the priorities for...

      Queen's Speech

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish minutes of the meetings between Ministers and the Democratic Unionist Party on supporting the Queen's Speech 2017.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the 2018 constituency boundary review.

      Polling Stations: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the value of using overseas diplomatic facilities as polling stations, to help electors living abroad to vote.

      Social Enterprises: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK leaving the EU does not adversely affect public procurement opportunities for social enterprises.

      Low Pay: Barnsley Central

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working in Barnsley Central constituency earn less than £10 per hour.

      Zero-hours Contracts: Barnsley Central

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in Barnsley Central constituency are employed on zero-hour contracts.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of the revision of constituency boundaries review undertaken in the 2015-2017 Parliament for (a) Scotland, (b)...

      Small Businesses: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of public procurement spend by Government that has reached small and medium-sized firms...

      National Cyber Security Centre

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people, businesses and organisations from (a) Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) cyber security experts required to implement the National Cyber Security Strategy and (b) such experts...

      Zero-hours Contracts: St Helens North

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in St Helens North constituency are employed on zero-hours contracts; and how many of those people are (a) aged between 16 and 24 and...

  • Department for Transport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capability of the Civil Aviation Authority to (1) ensure the issuing of accurate pilot licences, (2) oversee flight training...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact within the UK of the relocation, following Brexit, of EU medical research and related facilities which are currently...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what joint response they are making with the governments of other European countries in response to the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord;...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government on what date they plan to make available to the general public their online digital service for the reporting of payment practices and performance by large companies...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to convert EU Regulation 425/2016 into UK law; and, if so, whether they expect UK notified bodies to be able to award the CE marking to personal...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to convert EU Regulation 426/2016 into UK law; and, if so, which UK body will assume the role of the European Commission for investigating whether...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia in respect of Indonesia's blasphemy laws following the two-year prison sentence handed down on 9 May to...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion or belief in Indonesia.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of parity of esteem in the Belfast Agreement 1998 means that people living in Northern Ireland are subject to more parity of esteem than...

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of the concept of parity of esteem as applied to Northern Ireland; and why those standards of esteem are not applied in the rest of the UK.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Keen of Elie on 11 May (HLWS694) regarding the increasing threat from dissident Irish republicans, what plans they...

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of supporting the installation of assisted natural ventilation in hospitals in developing countries, particularly in...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian impact on Gaza of the decision by the government of Israel to implement a request from the Palestinian Authority to...

  • Department for Education

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their target for the number of school pupils who will (1) study, and (2) achieve, the English Baccalaureate by 2022; what estimate they have made of the number of...

  • HM Treasury

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what would be the fiscal impact each year, at current prices, if tax relief on higher-rate pension contributions was (1) abolished, or (2) reduced by 50 per cent.

  • Cabinet Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the UK's workforce in 2016 were non-British nationals.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how they have ensured since the 2015 general election that Special Advisers employed in 10 Downing Street do not do anything which is inconsistent with their obligations...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have sent representatives over the last five years to attend courses or to obtain advice on preparation for major crises at the Cabinet...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what are the foreign language skills of each member of the UK team negotiating withdrawal from the European Union

  • Department of Health

    • Prime Minister: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that NICE guidance is followed in the use of faecal microbiota transplants in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to convert EU Regulation 658/2014 into UK law; and, if so, which UK body will assume the role of the European Medicines Agency for the setting and...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to convert EU Regulation 536/2014 into UK law; and, if so, whether the UK will continue to notify the EU Clinical Trial Portal of applications for...

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