Written answers

Thursday, 6 July 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement the policy of prohibiting exit payments for public sector employees in England...

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of losing access to the EU Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme on tackling terrorism in the UK.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the widening access training scheme in the NHS applies to staff who work in health professions transferred to work in local authorities.

      VAT: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was collected in VAT in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Capital Gains Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was collected from Scotland in capital gains tax in each of the last five years.

      Excise Duties: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in duties on imported alcohol products in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Excise Duties: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in vehicle excise duty in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was collected in income tax from Scottish taxpayers in each of the last five years.

      Private Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue that would be generated by introducing VAT on private school fees.

      Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs Customer Compliance Group has made changes to its recruitment plans because of an overspend in 2017-18.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish HM Revenue and Customs' review of its Needs Extra Support service; and if he will make a statement before the summer recess.

      Private Education

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the (a) tax and (b) charitable status of independent schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Private Education

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the sum likely to accrue to the public purse from (a) changing the tax status of and (b) ending the charitable status of...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco: Minimum Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of minimum alcohol and cigarette pricing on the ability of small and medium-sized retailers to...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the First Secretary of State of 26 June 2017, Official Report, column 342, if he plans to consult on the effect of VAT...

      Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to tackle wage stagnation among young people and low wage earners.

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, of those who are self-employed more than 12 months and in receipt of universal credit, what estimate he has made of those who were previously on working tax...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the one per cent public sector pay cap on the levels of child poverty since 2010.

      Foreign Exchange: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2017 to Question 69488, if he will place in the Library the results of the research commissioned by his Department...

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding will be available through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and what mechanism will be used to distribute that funding.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department took legal advice on the target of upholding original decisions in 80 per cent of mandatory benefit reconsideration...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on the trial of in-work progression for universal credit claimants; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department uses for determining the likelihood that child maintenance arrears will be collected.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to collect child maintenance arrears, by category of collectability.

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to announce a final decision on Eastern Avenue Jobcentre closure following the consultation.

  • Home Office

    • Fire Prevention: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many home fire safety checks have been made in each year since 2010.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on whether the ransomware virus which began infecting computers on 27 June 2017 is able to bypass the...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process is in place for individual constituents to bring alleged cases of war crimes to the attention of the war crimes unit and the...

      Restraint Techniques: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on the disproportionate use of force against BME people in prison and police custody.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the purpose of front desks in police stations; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the legal status of (a) Spice, (b) Black Mamba and (c) the new highly potent and lethal crystalised form...

      South Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there have been in the South Yorkshire Police Service in each year since 2010.

      Drugs: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Greater Manchester Police have sufficient resources to reduce harm caused by the drug spice.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of how many people on the sex offenders register will be moved to a reactive management monitoring...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 219, if she will publish the Home Office report on foreign funding of extremism and...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the potential loss of access to Europol's Terrorism Situation and Trend Report system on the...

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of fraud were reported to Action Fraud by each police force in each year from 2010.

      Police Custody: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) adults and (b) children with a mental disorder in each force area have been removed to police stations since January 2017.

      Counter-terrorism: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on public safety of decreasing the Counter Terrorism Policing and Protective Security...

      Immigration Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish new Immigration Rules and associated Guidance in response to the ruling in the Supreme Court case of MM...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 3 July 2017, Official Report, WS 23, if the Government will increase the number of refugees to be...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 3 July 2017, Official Report, WS 23, whether it is her policy that refugees who are (a)...

      Visas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications made in Scotland were (a) rejected as a result of the income threshold regulations and (b) granted an appeal in...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is on the establishment of a statutory duty on political parties in Northern Ireland to publish details of donations and donors...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on obtaining compensation from Libya for the UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA...

      Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons he declined the request of the Electoral Commission to publish the details of donations since January 2014 to political...

      Conservative Party: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Conservative Party publishes details of the donations made since January 2014 to the Conservative...

  • Department of Health

    • Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report, Taking organ transplantation to 2020: a detailed strategy, published in 2013, what progress his Department has made towards...

    • Heart Diseases: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric congenital heart disease surgery cases there were in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2015-16; and how many of those cases in each time period...

      NHS Shared Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of board meetings of NHS Shared Business Service he has attended in each of the last five years.

      NHS Shared Business Services: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to his Department has been of dealing with the NHS Shared Business Service backlog.

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on whether any NHS organisations have previously let contracts for the delivery of services over a 15 year period.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether estimates have been made of the potential of break clauses included in the contract proposed by Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group for a...

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the assumptions which the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group has made on levels of staff training and...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the capped expenditure process in the NHS is estimated to save in 2017-18.

      Health Professions: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which member of his ministerial team has responsibility for the allied health professions.

      Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of salmonella were identified in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, and (d) 2017; and of those cases how many originated in each non-UK EU country.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to double research funding for Motor Neurone Disease.

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations has he received from Health Education England on the effect of the removal of NHS bursaries on staff recruitment.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which public assets are subject to transfer of ownership in the contract for Dudley's multi-specialty community provider.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for costs in the event of the termination of the contract for Dudley's multi-specialty community provider.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will oversee the quality of care provided by Dudley's multi-specialty community provider.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Dudley's multi-specialty community provider will be allowed to award bonuses to board members or executives.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the organisation awarded the contract for Dudley's multi-specialty community provider will be required to post a security bond.

      Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the effective spending of the additional funding of health services in Northern Ireland as part of the Government's...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projection he has made of the number of people affected by dementia in the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will make up the shortfall if the organisation awarded the contract for Dudley's multi-speciality community provider loses funds.

      Health Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what will happen to any surplus made by the organisation awarded the contract for Dudley's multi-speciality community provider.

      NHS: South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what costs have been (a) incurred to date and (b) committed for future periods for the development and management of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw...

      Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Institute for Health Research will begin the clinical trial comparing universal screening for Group B strep carriage in late pregnancy...

      Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to review Group B strep prevention strategies to align the UK with international best practice in preventing early-onset Group B Strep.

      Homelessness: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on medical conditions experienced by homeless people in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of non-UK EU nurses working in the UK of the UK leaving the EU.

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England and other key stakeholders on putting in place support for families visiting relatives who are...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the data from the BRC1/2 tests carried out by the UK Genetic Testing Network.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the two research studies into ovarian cancer awareness which the previous Government indicated it planned to publish in the...

      Social Workers

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

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate consultation with social workers on its proposals for social care.

      Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical services contracts awarded to private providers in England are of a duration of longer than five years.

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is available for prisoners with mental health issues.

      Social Workers: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are directly employed by the NHS in adult social care in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet representatives of the Disabled Children's Partnership to discuss its Secret life of us campaign for support for disabled children and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will require shale gas exploration companies to (a) take out insurance, (b) enter into a bond or (c) take other...

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support growth in the UK entertainment systems manufacturing industry.

      Intellectual Property: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the infringement of intellectual property through social media.

      Business and Public Sector: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward proposals to encourage public sector bodies and private companies to relocate to Easington...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve productivity in British commerce and industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-employed and Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on proposed changes to the filing of tax...

      Private Sector: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from smaller businesses on the timeliness of the payment of invoices in the...

      Public Companies: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to require the workforce to be represented on boards of public limited companies.

      Small Business Commissioner: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce the appointment of a Small Business Commissioner.

      Self-employed: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on proposed changes to national insurance...

      Minimum Wage: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total sum of arrears recovered by HM Revenue and Customs was for non-compliance with the national minimum wage...

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many financial penalties have been imposed to date on respondent employers for aggravated breach of employment law...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 11 January 2017 to Question 58968, how many (a) warning letters and (b) financial...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2017 to Question 346, how many veterans were homeless in each of the last five years.

    • Sweden: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many official visits have been made to Sweden by officials from his Department in each of the last three years.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether work on the site of HMS Victory 1744 is fully compliant with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

      Sweden: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from his Swedish counterpart regarding the UK's participation in the Swedish Armed Forces Aurora 17 military exercise.

      Sweden: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units from the armed forces will participate in the Swedish Armed Forces Aurora 17 military exercise.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on utility bills for sites owned by his Department that have been officially closed in each of the last five years.

      Hyde Park Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans are in place to dispose of Hyde Park Barracks.

      Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's plans are for the basing requirements for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on implementing recommendation 1.5.7(a) of the Military Aviation Authority inquiry, published on 30 June 2014, to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his predecessor's letter of 20 May 2013 to the Coroner investigating the Lakanal House fire incident, what...

    • Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions in each year since 2009-10 local building control authorities used their powers under section (a) 35, (b)...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who have been recorded as made statutory homeless have been re-housed by the...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will review fire safety regulations to ensure that highrise accommodation is required to have more than one...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will review fire safety regulations to ensure that cladding on highrise accommodation is fireproof.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to ban the use of flammable cladding in new social housing developments.

      Fire Extinguishers: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he last met (a) the Secretary of State for Education and (b) Ministers of that Department to discuss fire sprinklers in...

      Building Regulations: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to issue a review of Approved Document B (fire safety) for public consultation.

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to review the materials used in renovating and building social housing in terms of their...

      High Rise Flats: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fire-safety checks have been carried out in high-rise residential blocks in Birmingham since the Grenfell Tower fire;...

      High Rise Flats: Hornsey and Wood Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on residential tower blocks in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency which are clad in...

      High Rise Flats: Hornsey and Wood Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on (a) high-rise commercial buildings and (b) public buildings in Hornsey and Wood Green...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with (a) the Mayor of London, (b) the Leader of London Councils, (c) Greater London Authority...

      Planning Permission: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Planning Inspectorate plans to convene a hearing into the appeal by the site owner of Tall Trees Park, Matchams Lane,...

      Council Tax: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements his Department has put in place to ensure a consistent approach between the Valuation Office Agency and local...

      Tenants: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on policies of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on compensating council tenants for loss...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) Southampton, (b) the South East and (c) England has received in new homes bonus since 2012.

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the likely amount of council tax revenue that was foregone in the most recent year...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been published to ensure that local authorities offer financial support to specialist care providers that...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to provide funding required by (a) Hull City Council and (b) other councils to carry out fire...

      Mental Health: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will provide guidance to local authorities on using Age UK's loneliness heat map to identify local needs.

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish the outcome of its consultation on funding for supported housing.

      Non-domestic Rates: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate has been made of the potential sum accrued to the public purse from ending beneficial business rates status given...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish the review of Part B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations following the Lakanal House...

      Grenfell Tower: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the material used to clad Grenfell Tower was approved under British standards and has subsequently failed British...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to reassure the public about the adequacy of building standards.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential increase in heating costs for residents living in high-rise blocks from which...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to expand the right to buy scheme to a national level.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to replace all homes sold under right to buy on at least a one-for-one basis.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to decide whether sprinkler systems should be a mandatory requirement for high-rise buildings.

      Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Sir Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Building Research Establishment, approved the guidance document BR135 as...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to broaden the scope of combustibility testing as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire to include (a)...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the combustibility testing regime being used to test samples of building materials as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire...

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to use the authority given to him in the Building Act 1984 to retroactively enforce the standards laid...

      Social Services: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to create a centrally-held funding source to local authorities who provide care and support to...

      Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on a devolved settlement for Yorkshire.

      Housing: Freehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations governing the level of management fees which can be charged to...

      Social Rented Housing: Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on what housing functions in Kensington and Chelsea Council have been contracted to the private...

  • Scotland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he will seek additional resources for Scotland under the Barnett Formula principle as a result of the agreement reached between the Government...

    • Scotland Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on social media advertising in each month since January 2016.

      Scotland Office: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's communications team in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the value of the Fairtrade scheme in potential future trading deals with countries outside of the EU; and if...

    • Campaign against Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will list the costs incurred by the Government in the legal case on arms sales to Saudi Arabia brought against it by the Campaign...

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions has he had with his counterparts in Commonwealth countries on the future of trade and investment between the UK and...

      Exports: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to ensure that the North East remains a national leader in exports.

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to encourage and facilitate trade cooperation between the UK and Israel in the (a) agricultural technology and (b)...

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether progress has been made on securing a trade agreement between the UK and Israel for when the UK is no longer part of the EU-Israel...

      Exports: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will place in the Library studies produced by the Defence and Security Organisation and Defence Growth Partnership that examine the...

      Commonwealth: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other Commonwealth countries on the future of trade and investment between the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to open up more work opportunities for women.

  • Department for Transport

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when a decision will be made on the outstanding force majeure claims made by the Govia Thameslink Railway.

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration his Department has given to the recommendations in Appendix 9 of the independent report, Changes to improve the performance of the...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any of the recommendations on the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise agreement in Appendix 9 of the independent report by Chris Gibb...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has provided relief to Govia Thameslink Railway from contractual payments against benchmark targets in the current franchise...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the force majeure claims from Govia Thameslink Railway for the current franchise agreement for Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the DVLA plans to process the application by Mr Bentall of Christchurch for the reinstatement of his driving licence; and what the reasons are...

      Cycling: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much central government investment Southampton has received to upgrade its cycling network in each of the last five years.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for completion of roadworks and lane closures on the M62 between Hull and Manchester.

      British Transport Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that the British Transport Police publishes in full all information relating to its staffing levels in its operations...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that his Department's next periodic survey of seatbelt and mobile telephone use by motorists (a) covers London in its...

      Identity Cards: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the UK to ratify International Labour Organisation Convention 185 on seafarers' identity documents; and what recent steps he has taken...

      Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that tyres used for public service vehicles do not exceed 10-years of age.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on securing a new round of access-for-all funding to improve railway station access...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government plans to take to expedite completion of planned upgrades to the A1 and A19.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government plans to take to remove capacity constraints on the East Coast Mainline.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to support the delivery of a new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Newcastle Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is planning to take to improve road and rail access to Newcastle International Airport.

      Highways England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require Highways England to publish the minutes of its board meetings.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the one per cent public sector pay cap applies to employees of (a) Highways England, (b) Network Rail, (c) the Civil Aviation Authority, (d)...

      Network Rail: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 5 of the minutes of Network Rail's Board meeting of 28 September 2016, what the accounting reason referred to is which requires...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 30 June 2016 to Question 41299, on cycling and walking, and the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39847, on travel,...

      Network Rail: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to migrate the current Network Rail website to the gov.uk website.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Russia: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of (a) LGBT fans travelling to the World Cup and (b) other LGBT...

    • Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential implications of the Human Rights Watch report on exploitation of...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the creation of a new national programme to attract experienced industry professionals to work in further education colleges.

    • Technology: Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the introduction of new institutes of technology.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on reviewing funding across tertiary education.

      Teachers: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on teaching apprenticeships.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the introduction of a national retraining scheme.

      Sign Language: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all British sign language interpreters use the same set of standards.

      Lifelong Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure current levels of funding for lifelong learning are maintained after the UK leaves the EU.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her policy to set up at least one new institute of technology in the UK, dedicated to world-leading digital skills and developed and run...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if it is her policy to achieve three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will guarantee apprenticeship funding for non-levy paying employers in (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20, (c) 2020-21 and (d) 2021-22.

      Apprentices: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment she has made of the number of apprenticeship vacancies posted by employers in May (a) 2017 and (b) 2016.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she remains on course to publish the Government's careers strategy by the end of the 2017 calendar year.

      Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of introducing free lifelong learning education in further education colleges.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on establishing a national retraining scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Pre-school Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to release new standards for early years apprentices at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

      Headteachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of head teachers are paid £150,000 or more per year.

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce skills shortages in the (a) engineering, (b) STEM, (c) ICT, (d) care and (e) accountancy sectors.

      Students: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Office for Fair Access report, Outcomes of access agreement monitoring for 2015-16, published on 29 April 2017, what assessment...

      Kingsway Academy: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that all pupils attending Kingsway Academy will have a school place in the next school year, after the closure of...

      Schools: Mid Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) cash and (b) per pupil funding has been provided to schools in Mid Sussex constituency in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Mid Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the projected (a) cash and (b) per pupil funding is for schools for Mid Sussex constituency in each of the next three years.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to allow nursery schools to offer the 30 hours of free early education for three and four year olds from September 2017.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the (a) maintained schools, (b) non-maintained schools, (c) independent schools, (d) providers on the Early Years...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of early years foundation stage providers have been assessed as (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliament Square: Road Works

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she was consulted before roadworks on Parliament Square were commenced during a parliamentary sitting rather than a recess period.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to increase the maximum custodial sentence for serious acts of animal cruelty.

    • Agriculture: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the farming unions in Wales on developing a more targeted system of farming subsidies...

      Zoos: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that animal welfare standards are maintained at a high standard in zoos and...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will assess the potential merits of issuing a stay to prevent Asulam or Asulox spray being used to control...

      Agriculture: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with farmers and growers on future access to foreign workers; and whether he plans...

      Fisheries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Scottish counterparts on the use by the Scottish salmon farming industry of live wrasse...

      Waste Management: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on retaining the European Recycling Platform scheme and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment...

      Agriculture: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in (a) South Lakeland District Council area and (b) Cumbria have not yet received their full basic payment...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Agriculture Bill is suited to the farming conditions in England.

      Fisheries: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Government has not given notice of the UK's withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention 1964.

      Air Pollution: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2017 to Question 1033, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost to the...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the future availability of seasonal labour...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Free Trade Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent meetings he has had with the secretariat of the European Free Trade Association.

    • Brexit: Judgements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to disclose the cost of the Supreme Court case R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many of his senior negotiating team are from an ethnic minority background.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 160, whether he plans to increase the number of women in his senior negotiating team.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, how many contracts put out to tender by the Law Officers' Departments were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how quickly the complaints received by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2015-16 were dealt with; and what the 10 most common complaints were.

    • Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will assess the merits of requiring Imams carrying out the Islamic marriage ceremony to ensure that a civil ceremony has already taken place.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has received in each of the last five years; and how many of those cases were (a)...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claims have been rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, by the reason for refusal, in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average length of time people have waited for decisions from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each of...

      Trials: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were heard at (a) Liverpool Crown Court and (b) Liverpool Magistrates' Court in each of the last six years; of those cases how many...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to put the Victims Code into law.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the success rate for appeals against decisions on (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment entitlement in...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how does a prison notify the next of kin of a prisoner's death in custody.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner deaths attributed to suicide were recorded in prisons in each year since 2010.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish the findings of his Department's review into Transforming Rehabilitation.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many under-18 year olds have been starred up in each prison in each of the last three years.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes his Department has made to the funding of community rehabilitation companies.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish the Anti-Corruption Strategy.

    • Cybercrime: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of spend on cyber security in the public and private sectors.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Cybercrime

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hon. Members' passwords were compromised in the recent cyber attack on Parliament.

    • Parliament: Cybercrime

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what information the Commission holds on the number of passwords belonging to Members of...

  • Department for Transport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 March (HL5882) and 27 March (HL6202), where the East Coast Main Line infrastructure...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 March (HL6061), what specific maintenance and renewal projects will be delivered as part of Network...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote the establishment of new tram lines in towns and cities in England.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what co-ordination they are planning with the devolved administrations in assessing the safety of tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement their 2017 manifesto commitment to support the development of those wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland that are...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the report Race in the Workplace.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to continue to support the development of shale gas in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand their global efforts to combat extremism, terror and the perpetration of violence against people because of their faith, gender or sexuality.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to create an ambassador-level champion for freedom of religion or belief.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made in enabling the safe return of Yazidis and Christians to their villages and homes in Iraq's Nineveh Plains and providing for their future security.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding disruptions and dangers experienced by school children at the hands of Israeli settlers and...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage political reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they are holding discussions with the government of Iraq regarding the establishment of a regional ad hoc tribunal to prosecute crimes by Daesh.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what investigations are taking place with a view to reviewing the effects of the suspended aquifers on the lives of residents on Tristan Da Cunha.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Republic of Iran concerning the continuing persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, as described in the Annual report of...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what information they hold about approximately 7,000 people alleged to be detained in Iraq by the officially sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces, including about 650...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when the 2016 Annual Human Rights Report will be published.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what were the reasons for the delay in publishing the 2016 Annual Human Rights Report.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what part, if any, they are playing in discussions about the Republic of Ireland re-joining the Commonwealth.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they have a strategy to help strengthen the United Nations, particularly in relation to supporting the new Secretary-General and encouraging the merit-based...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK foreign policy is always underpinned by the objective of enhancing the wellbeing of the international order.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enhance the level of public understanding of the relevance and value of international organisations and agencies to the wellbeing of...

  • Department for Education

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in ensuring that those going through Initial Teacher Training have received adequate training on dealing with pupils with Special Educational...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government which higher education providers failed to attain at least a Bronze award in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 12 April (HL6565) concerning future policy and support for farming, how they plan to consult and work...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many Marine Conservation Areas there are in UK waters; and whether they have a target for the number of those areas.

  • Home Office

  • Department of Health

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the next Tobacco Control Plan for England; and whether that plan will include recommendations for the NHS as well as for local government.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications that the European Court of Justice's decision in Case C–621/15 will have for UK claims for vaccine damage.

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