Written answers

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to meet representatives of the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign to discuss the effect of 1995 and 2011 changes...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is for an employment and support allowance claim to reach the assessment stage in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and...

      Universal Credit: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2017 to Question 1302, if he will estimate the number of people engaged on zero-hours contracts who are in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Advertising

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

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the findings of the Trussell Trust report on financial and food insecurity, published in June 2017, on the...

  • Home Office

    • Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to collect and collate statistics on the age and gender of perpetrators of acid attacks.

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2017 to Question 1467, when the report of the review into the funding of Islamist extremism was (a)...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the capacity of the Metropolitan Police to handle multiple large-scale terrorist attacks such as...

      Greater Manchester Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the capacity of Greater Manchester Police to handle multiple large-scale terrorist attacks...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to publish a report on the funding of extremist activities in the UK by foreign governments, entities or individuals.

      Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have contacted the Right to Rent check service in each month since that service has been in operation.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of her Department's approved intervention providers for the Channel programme as located in each region of England.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding was allocated to the Research, Information and Communications Unit in her Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Proof of Identity: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the cost of producing identification for EU nationals in order to prove their settled status...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of which judicial body will be best placed to have oversight of the rights of EU citizens with...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish terms of reference for the Commission for Countering Extremism; and whether those terms will include foreign state...

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Compass asylum accommodation contract, in 2015-16 and 2016-17, if she will publish a copy of the health and safety...

      Proof of Identity: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of providing non-UK EU nationals with identification documentation after the UK...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the policy paper, Safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU, published...

      Refugees: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the British Bankers' Association on the process of opening a bank account for refugees who have...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on allowing unaccompanied refugee children to sponsor their parents for the purpose of family reunion.

      Social Media: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to introduce fines for social media companies which fail to remove extremist content from their platforms.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process her Department plans to use to identify all existing lawful EU residents and their families eligible for the period of blanket...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of her Department's capacity to implement the policy proposals outlined in her Department's policy paper...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to update her Department's guidance on removals and revocations of European Economic Area nationals as outlined in her...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State, Home Office of 29 June 2017, HL 783, column 551, whether local authorities with...

      Sopra Steria: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints were made about the loss of passport application packs or documents contained within those packs by Sopra Steria in the...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total amount remaining in the Special Grant available to police forces is for 2017-18.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of people classified as low risk on the Sex Offenders Register are recorded in the Disclosure and Barring...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports Competitors: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions her Department has had with disability sports organisations on classing Down's syndrome athletes as a...

    • Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the announcement on 8 November 2016 by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Civil...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure value for money in the delivery of the National Citizen Service; and whether she is taking...

      Office for Civil Society: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many permanent members of staff have been assigned to the Office for Civil Society since it was moved to her Department.

      Dormant Assets Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether a decision has been taken on allocation of the funds identified in the final report of the Commission on Dormant...

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies and Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made by the Inclusive Economy Unit in working with other Government Departments to expand public...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers of her Department have had with representatives of S4C since 1 January 2017.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2017 to Question 65037, which items from the Government Art Collection have been...

      Performing Arts: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the performing arts industry on diversity in casting voice-only...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has recouped from EU member states whose nationals have received emergency treatment from the NHS in each of the last five years.

    • Department of Health: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many such...

      Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on preventing escalating clinical negligence costs in the NHS.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the forthcoming consultation on guidelines for treating...

      Antenatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the occurrence of post-natal illness.

      Suicide: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many suicides involving (a) 10 to 14-year olds and (b) 15 to 19-year olds were the result of online bullying.

      Pregnancy Complications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce pre-eclampsia in pregnant women.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to further reduce the incidence of still births.

      Pregnancy: Paracetamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the potential effect of pregnant women taking paracetamol and its effect on unborn boys.

      Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Accelerated Access Review, published in October 2016.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to secure an affordable price for Orkambi, to make it available to people with cystic fibrosis.

      Suicide: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of websites promoting, encouraging or selling products to assist with suicide.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2017 to Question 71179, if he will require all sustainability and transformation partnerships to publish the...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to modernise the ambulance call-handling system; and if he will make a statement.

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people diagnosed with chronic urinary tract infections receive appropriate treatment.

      Health Visitors: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors have been employed in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each year since 2010.

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to provide alternative sources of advice to support new parents in areas where there is a shortage of health visitors.

      Health Professions: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which specialist areas of medicine are experiencing shortages of (a) consultants and (b) registrars; and how many vacancies there are in those disciplines.

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of establishing the NHS Property Board.

      Department of Health: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Cabinet committees and sub-committees relating to the UK leaving the EU he is a member of.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of treating tooth decay in the NHS has been in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the (a) consultation on improving social care and (b) green paper on social care funding.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon before the summer recess; and if he will make a...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in his Department in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Electricity: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many GWh of electricity consumed in the UK in the last 12 months were supplied by interconnectors.

      Electricity: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many TWh of electricity were consumed in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what operational interconnectors there are in the UK; and what the MW capacity is of each of those interconnectors.

      Electricity: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many GWh of electricity were exported from the UK through interconnectors in the last 12 months.

      Electricity: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many TWh of electricity have been imported into the UK by individual interconnectors since 2012.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the T-4 capacity market auction for delivery in October 2021 will take place in February 2018; and and if he...

      Electricity: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average cost is of transmission network costs for (a) interconnectors and (b) domestic generators of electricity.

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many megawatts of new interconnector capacity are proposed by (a) 2020 and (b) 2025.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the risk that the UK's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community would...

      Iron and Steel: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Chinese steel has been imported into the UK in the last six months.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contingency plans the Government has in place to offset the decline in investment in the automotive sector since 2015.

      Working Mothers: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance the Government provides to employers on the provision of flexible hours for mothers returning to work.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with business organisations on the implications of maternity leave and requests for...

      Energy: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of energy prices on the viability of small and medium-sized businesses.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what scope Ofgem has to implement a domestic energy market price cap without the need for further primary legislation.

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on regulation relating to late payment of invoices...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which members of the Cabinet will be responsible for making a decision on the pathfinder tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what communication he has had with Ofgem, further to his letter dated 21 June 2017, on implementation of an energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on the implementation of an energy price cap for households on...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of customers potentially covered by Ofgem's proposals for a price...

      Renewable Energy: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will assess the effect on the renewable energy sector of the UK leaving the EU without having agreed a trade deal...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the value of the contracts awarded by his Department to McKinsey & Co in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many such...

    • Sea Cadet Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) financial and (b) other support his Department provides to the Sea Cadets.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the shortfall in manpower is for (a) commissioned aircrew, (b) non-commissioned aircrew, (c) officers and (d) non-commissioned other ranks in (i)...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate has been made of the cost of each sonobuoy that will be used by the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft once that aircraft comes into service.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft in the RAF Chinook helicopter fleet are (a) operational and (b) in storage.

      Low Flying: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid in compensation to complainants affected by low-flying aircraft in the last two years.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what command acquisition and support plans for equipment and support requirements are in place between (a) Navy Command, (b) Army Command, (c) Air...

      Firing Ranges: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unauthorised entries to MOD firing ranges have been recorded in the last two years.

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful prosecutions of foreign nationals there have been made for unauthorised entries under the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • HM Treasury

    • Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how much will be raised for the public purse in fuel duty in each year to 2029-30.

    • LIBOR: Charities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding will be available in the next round of Libor funding for charities.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage more financial institutions, including those based overseas, to provide support to executors and administrators of...

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of tax cuts for companies and individuals earning more than £75,000 for each year since 2010 up to 2020.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government plans to bring corporation tax down to 17 per cent by 2020.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out total receipts for (a) corporation tax, (b) VAT, (c) business rates and (d) national insurance contributions for each business sector in...

      Excise Duties: Diesel Vehicles

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to undertake a consultation exercise on vehicle excise duty for new diesel vehicles.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have (a) been taken out of paying income tax and (b) had a reduction in the income tax they pay in (i) North Swindon constituency and (ii)...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to include the cash value of changes to income tax on payslips when any change is made.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to remove the requirement for schools and colleges to pay VAT on extensions funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases have been brought for non-compliance with the national minimum wage in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available in (a)...

      Consumer Price Index

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the rise in the Consumer Price Index on consumer spending habits in each of the last 12 months.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether vehicle excise duty raised from cars registered in Wales will be included in the National Road Fund.

      Consumers: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in household spending power on the economic sustainability of businesses of all sizes in (a) the...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been saved in 2017 prices as a result of the imposition of the public sector pay cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much he plans to spend on social security in each of the next five financial years as a percentage of gross domestic product.

      Treasury: Contracts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contracts have been awarded by or on behalf of his Department to (a) Brewin Dolphin PLC, (b) Tullett Prebon PLC, (c) PARC, (d) Oxera, (e) Goodacre...

      National Cyber Security Centre: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employees of the National Cyber Security Centre are included in the one per cent public sector pay cap.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has plans to publish a White Paper on International Trade.

    • Burma: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what advice the Government provides to British companies which supply or are considering to supply the Burmese military or are considering...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with each of the devolved administrations on the functions of a new Board of Trade.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to consult the devolved administrations on trade deals for (a) fishing, (b) agriculture and (c) transport.

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she had made representations to the Prime Minister on LGBT rights in Northern Ireland prior to the Prime Minister meeting with Democratic...

    • LGBT People: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and (b) Members of Northern Ireland Executive on the...

      Parliament: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the House of Commons Commission on taking steps to ensure that the Parliamentary estate is fully accessible to...

      Equal Pay: Business

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to require companies with more than 250 employees to publish data on the pay gap between men...

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many such...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Eddisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work (a) has been done and (b) is ongoing, to analyse historical satellite surveys to assess the rate and magnitude of recent ground movements on...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's publication of 2 February 2017, Road accidents and safety statistics, for what reasons there has been a delay in...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Eddisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if any space-borne synthetic aperture radar surveys have been commissioned to assess ground movements on the proposed route of High Speed 2 phase 2B...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the decision will be announced of the route of phase 2B of High Speed 2 from Crewe to Manchester and Leeds.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding model his Department has proposed for the delivery of a new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Department for Transport: Advertising

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

      Cycling: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much central Government investment has been provided to (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands to upgrade the cycling network in those areas in...

      Cycling: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has made available for cycling in (a) Sunderland and (b) the North East since 2010.

      Railways: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his oral contribution of 4 July 2017, Official Report, column 1137, which routes currently operated under the East Midlands...

      Cycling: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of public funding for cycling per head of population in each of the next five years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page five of High Speed Two Limited's Initial Framework Agreement with the TUC, published on 8 April 2016, if he will list the dates...

      National Air Traffic Services: Government Shareholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 33920, on National Air Traffic Services: Government shareholding, if it remains his policy...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2017 to Question 1538, on railways: fares, what plans he has to increase the cost of regulated rail fares by RPI plus...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the airline industry and other key stakeholders on the resumption of direct flights to Sharm...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on reported human rights...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Mahmoud Abu Zeid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the release of the photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral Answer of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, what steps his Department has taken to use...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Advertising

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

      North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has spoken to his US counterpart on the recent missile test in North Korea.

      North Korea: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his North Korean counterpart.

      China: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) the UK ambassador to the People's Republic of China have had with their Chinese...

      Hong Kong: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has spoken to Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, since 1 July 2017.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff have left or agreed settlements to leave his Department under (a) voluntary exit, (b) voluntary redundancy and...

      Argentina: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his Argentinian counterpart; and what was discussed at that meeting.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to provide humanitarian support to (a) all the inhabitants and (b) the children in Mosul once the...

    • Department for International Development: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the oral Answer of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, what steps her Department has taken to use 2011...

      Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the level for humanitarian support from the international community required for the people of Mosul...

      Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help other government departments that spend aid achieve Good or Very Good ratings under the...

      Department for International Development: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff have left or agreed settlements to leave her Department under (a) voluntary exit, (b) voluntary redundancy and (c)...

      Burma: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding was provided to support the peace process in Burma in 2016-17; and which organisations were recipients of that funding.

      Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to address the shortfall in funding for internally displaced people in Shan State and Kachin State in Burma.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Prosperity Fund in the delivery of her Department's goals.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade between the UK and the Least Developed Countries.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the development of relations between schools in the UK and in Africa.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the availability of safe drinking water in the Gaza Strip.

  • Department for Education

    • Scholarships: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has made to the US Administration about (a) the strategic importance of the Fulbright programme to the special relationship...

    • Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Supreme Court ruling on Isle of Wight Council v Platt in April 2017, what plans she has to work with her colleagues in the...

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what number and proportion of children have been assessed as (a) meeting, (b) exceeding and (c) not yet reaching expected levels of development at the...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answers of 28 June 2017 to Questions 544, 545 and 546, when the supplementary tables with additional analysis will be published by her...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Social Mobility Commission's report: Time for Change: an assessment of government policies on social mobility 1997-2017, if she...

      Schools: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what systems are in place for schools reporting hate incidents occurring in the classroom.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) families and (b) children who will benefit from the new 30 hours free childcare for three and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many additional childcare places have been created in each quarter since May 2015 to support the roll-out of the 30-hour childcare offer.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) parents and (b) childcare providers have signed up to the Childcare Choices website in each month since it has been in operation.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to introduce legislative proposals on grammar schools.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on the educational outcomes of children of an entrance exam to some state schools at the age of 10 or 11.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which schools in England have closed their sixth form since 2010.

      Sixth Form Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department spent on 16 to 19-year-old education in each financial year since 2014-15.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Leisure: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will make funding available for the construction and maintenance of a swimming pool and other leisure facilities in...

    • Swimming: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) she and (b) the Minister for Sport plan to meet (i) Swim England and (ii) British Swimming to discuss increasing...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in her Department in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Swimming Pools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to provide funding for the construction of new swimming pools in (a) Hornsey and Wood Green, (b)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with each of the devolved administrations on his Department's plans for the reform of...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 25 year strategy for tackling bovine TB.

      Beaches and Rivers: Litter and Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that the UK's rivers and beaches are not polluted by sewage or litter.

      Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure a common UK environmental framework when the UK leaves the EU.

      Agriculture: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance he is receiving from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ensure that his Department is fully funded to...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department are covered by the remit of a pay review body.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Gibraltar: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make representations to the EU on including Gibraltar in all negotiated agreements as the UK leaves the EU.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to encourage diversity in his Department.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral Answer of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, what steps his Department has taken to use 2011...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how continuous residence in paragraph 6 of his Department's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 37 of his Department's policy paper entitled, Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government plans to implement any of the proposals in his Department's policy paper entitled, Safeguarding the position...

  • Attorney General

    • Homicide

      To ask the Attorney General, whether he plans to encourage the Crown Prosecution Service to introduce a regular review of evidence in homicide cases where (a) no person has been charged with an...

  • Wales Office

    • Rhondda Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on transferring ownership of the Rhondda Tunnel to the Welsh Government.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support the Government is able to provide for Grenfell Tower residents to access Probate Registry papers.

    • Victim Support Schemes: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what long-term assistance is available for victims of terrorism in the UK.

      Offenders: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any community rehabilitation companies in England or Wales use bio-metric machines as a method of reporting for offenders.

      First-tier Tribunal: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases are awaiting determination by the First Tier Immigration Tribunal.

      Immigration: Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many new immigration judges were appointed in 2017.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many probation staff were employed by each community rehabilitation company in England and Wales on (a) 1 April 2015, (b) 1 April 2016 and (c) 1...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) anticipated and (b) actual caseload was for probation workers in community rehabilitation companies in 2016-17.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any community rehabilitation company in England and Wales received additional funding above the agreed contract in 2016-17.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious further offence reviews were carried out in each community rehabilitation company area and for the National Probation Service in (a)...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the review on the functioning of community rehabilitation companies was completed; and what the main recommendations of that review were.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the report Taking control: the need for fundamental bailiff reform, published by a consortium of debt advice agencies in...

      Ministry of Justice: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many protected disclosures were made by staff in his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many such...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any offenders supervised by community rehabilitation companies in England or Wales report to call centres.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the ownership of any community rehabilitation company has changed since February 2015.

  • Cabinet Office

    • General Election 2017

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Government's agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party once it has been concluded.

    • Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the level of Government procurement of UK steel was for each Department in the last financial year.

      Government Departments: Payroll Deduction Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government intends to introduce payroll giving as an option for all government staff.

      Offshore Industry: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) employees and (b) self-employed workers were classified as working on oil and gas installations on the UK Continental Shelf in each year...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the average percentage pay rise awarded to Government special advisers in each fiscal year since 2009-10.

      Government Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special advisers the Government employs, by Department.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to the public purse was for special advisers, including the cost of redundancies, across all Government departments in each of the...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will appoint a Minister with sole responsibility for cyber security.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed at the National Cyber Security Centre; and what estimate he has made of changes to that number in each of the next five years.

      National Cyber Security Centre

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans are in place for the National Cyber Security Centre to assist companies in fighting against organised cyber-crime and preventing cyber-attacks.

      National Cyber Security Centre

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans are in place for the National Cyber Security Centre to assist schools in fighting against organised cyber-crime and preventing cyber-attacks.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Contribution Pension Fund

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent discussions the Commission has had with trustees of the Parliamentary...

  • Department for Transport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to proceed with plans for Crossrail 2; and if so, what is their timescale for future development.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how they are working with van and truck manufacturers to improve vehicle safety.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether, before creating any new category of road vehicles of historic interest, they will engage in consultation with representatives of the estimated 250,000 users of...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the decision by the government of Sweden to abolish testing for all road vehicles over 50 years old, what consideration they have given to applying a...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce noise nuisance resulting from the use of motorbikes.

  • Home Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many of the unaccompanied child refugees who have entered the UK under (1) section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, and (2) the Dublin III Regulations, have been...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether an acid attack would be classified as a terrorist attack.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of staff shortages in the key areas of teaching and the NHS, they intend to remove public service jobs from the immigration cap.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Academies: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last discussed with the government of Tunisia the security improvements required before the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's current advice...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the adjournment of Asia Bibi's appeal, what representations, if any, they have made on her behalf to the government of Pakistan regarding reports that...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, following the High Court decision that pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is legal, what assessment they have made of this as non-violent means to...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey following the cancellation of the Istanbul Pride March by the Istanbul authorities.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of LGBTi rights in Turkey.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the transfer of 50 Syrian Christian churches, monasteries and cemeteries in Mardin province to the...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to strengthen the role of the Global Britain Fund.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the role of the Syrian Civil Defence group, commonly referred to as The White Helmets, in the Syrian conflict.

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of maintaining the RMS St Helena since May 2016.

  • Department for Education

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether schools or local authorities have the legal power to fine parents of children who are late for school and if so, whether there is the right of appeal through the...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many children and young people have undertaken home tuition in each of the last three years.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost to local authorities of assessing home-educated children.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, how much legal aid was paid to England based solicitors of John Downey, who was accused of killing four soldiers in the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park; over what period;...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • School Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to work to establish a Digital Powerhouse Contract Portal, as recommended in the recent report The Digital Powerhouse: The innovation...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the criteria for assessing Personal Independence Payments to take into account claimants with mental health issues.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the statement in the Green Paper on work and health and disability,  Improving Lives,  published in October 2016, what consideration they have...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 February (HL5288), what progress they have made with the pilot scheme which aims to assist asylum applicants...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that the Saudi Arabian air force is adequately trained in the accurate use of weapons such as the Paveway bomb supplied by the UK, so as to...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Defence Secretary’s remarks on the Today Programme on 27 June that the UK will support US military action, provided it is legal,...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they remain committed to the purchase of 138 F-35B jump–jets for the Royal Navy.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, whether following the High Court ruling that pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is legal, they will change their guidance governing...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless people in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester.

  • HM Treasury

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether the pay cap for civil service employees will be lifted; and if so, when this will happen.

  • Cabinet Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the commitment in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 to review how the Joint Intelligence Committee supports the National Security Council...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review (1) the National Cyber Security Strategy, and (2) the role and powers of the National Cyber Security Centre.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the WebRoots Democracy report, Inclusive Voting: Improving access to elections with digital democracy, published...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to farmers and growers of the reduction in the bee population in the UK.

  • Department of Health

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the life-time cost of providing medication and care for an individual diagnosed with HIV at the age of 35.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the number of nursing posts vacant within the NHS in England.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have held with representatives of NHS doctors regarding the potential impact of the increasing cost of medical indemnity.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current provision of wheelchairs for disabled people; the adequacy of funding for such provision; and whether they will investigate...

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