Written answers

Friday, 14 July 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the Oyster ticketing system to Three Bridges and Crawley railway stations.

    • Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve access to rail stations for disabled people.

      Railways: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to establish a passenger ombudsman for rail ticketing and pricing.

      Department for Transport: Redundancy

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

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses were received in the HS2 Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds: Route Refinement Consultation 2016; and how many of those...

      River Mersey: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated annual income from Mersey Gateway tolls is.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated annual cost to the taxpayer is of reducing the Severn Bridge Toll to £3.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what road and rail infrastructure projects outlined in the Transport Investment Strategy published on 5 July 2017 are considered (a) England only, (b)...

      Mersey Tunnels: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual cost to the taxpayer would be of scrapping Mersey Tunnel tolls.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria the Government uses to assess whether a transport infrastructure development is considered (a) England only, (b) England and Wales, (c)...

      Wales and Borders Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government expects to devolve legislative powers to the Welsh Assembly to procure and manage the Wales and Borders rail franchise.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the automotive manufacturing industry.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of rail infrastructure funding identified in the Transport Investment Strategy will be spent on the Welsh rail network.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure effective consultation with the devolved administrations on proposals made in the Transport Investment...

      Transport: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations the Government has received from the Welsh Assembly on the Transport Investment Strategy.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set target dates for phasing out (a) petrol and (b) diesel vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motor vehicles in each vehicle excise duty class are registered to Scottish addresses by registration (a) before and (b) after 1 April 2017.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Nexus on its proposal for new rolling stock on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

  • Home Office

    • Airbnb: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will discuss with Airbnb the security implications of the requirement by some hosts for guests to send the photograph page of their...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the extension of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme will include people leaving Syria of Palestinian nationality and...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

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

      Drugs: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2017 to Question 2344, on drugs: Greater Manchester, what discussions she has had with Greater Manchester...

      Passports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2017 to Question 2980, if she will take steps to assist people who have changed their name through...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2017 to Question 2790, on immigration: EU nationals, what criteria for (a) conduct and (b) criminality...

      Deportation: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were removed from the UK as a result of representations made by their spouse in 2016.

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to use any current or ex-Ministry of Defence properties as accommodation for asylum seekers under the Compass contracts;...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the final financial package given to Justice Goddard was in respect of her chairing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and which detention centres she has visited since her appointment.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional support she plans to make available to UK Visas and Immigration to deal with the issue of EU nationals in the UK.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are currently employed at UK Visas and Immigration.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for settlement visas for spouses were refused in 2016.

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what initial accommodation centres are currently being used under the Compass asylum accommodation contracts.

      Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts put out to tender by her Department have been (a) cancelled and (b) re-tendered in each year since 2010.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Written Statement, HCWS23, published on 3 July 2017, on resettlement, if the Government will take referrals from the...

      Hassan Yousef

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Written Statement, HCWS23, published on 3 July 2017, on resettlement, if she will review the case of Yousef Hasan.

      Immigrants: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Section 2(1) of the Ireland Act 1949, what the status of Irish citizens will be after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he plans to ensure that carbon emissions continue to fall in line with the commitment to reduce emissions by 57 per...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Committee on Climate Change report, Meeting Carbon Budgets: Closing the policy gap, published in...

      Iron and Steel: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his Department's Steel Future Capabilities Review; and what effect that review will have on...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question HL2367, on motor vehicles, if it remains his Department's...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Advertising

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

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Building our Industrial Strategy consultation.

      Open University: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Open University on its use of a restricted countries list in its...

      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 energy sector of the UK leaving the EU without having agreed a trade deal with the EU.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set a target date for the UK to become carbon neutral.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for the motor manufacturing industry of the UK leaving the EU with no deal.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the implications are for his Department's policies of data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what response the Government plans to make to the request by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders of 20 June...

      EU Exit Business Advisory Group: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 27 June 2017, Official Report, column 441, what organisations on the EU Exit Business...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received any representations on the Post Office's planned operation of Transcash in 2017-18.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Mass Media and Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of media freedom and plurality in Turkey.

    • Idil Eser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to make representations to his counterpart in Turkey on the arrest of Idil Eser, director of Amnesty...

      British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has given to his counterparts in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies that the Government will...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • Leader of the House

    • Government Departments: Written Questions and Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many (a) parliamentary written questions and (b) letters from MPs were answered late in 2016-17, by Department.

    • Times of Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether she plans to provide additional days in proportion to the duration of the 2017-19 session for (a) Opposition, (b) Backbench and (c) Private Members' Bills...

      Times of Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House, when she plans to announce the dates for Friday sittings of the Commons for the 2017-19 session.

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education: Teachers

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

    • Department for Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the amount of manual processing on paper that it carries out and to make such processing digital.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of introducing free school meals to all primary school children.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria the Government will use to determine eligibility for free school meals after the roll-out of universal credit.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of including religious education in the national curriculum.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to include (a) antisemitism and (b) Islamophobia in the personal, social and health education curriculum.

      Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set out plans to address issues identified in the report by London Councils, Talking heads: the views of London's school leaders in future...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The short- and...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish the second stage of the national funding formula for schools consultation.

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to include the teaching of emergency lifesaving skills in the curriculum for all students.

      Schools: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the new school funding formula for each school in Coventry South constituency.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2017 to Question 1477, on schools finance, whether she plans to publish that response before the Autumn Budget Statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on changing the schools admissions code to give summer-born and premature children the right to start reception...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to HCWS232, published on 1 November 2016, if she will place in the Library copies of the quarterly updates the Government provides to...

      Schools: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 29 March 2017 to Question 68665, from the hon. Member for York Central, on schools: City of York, if she will provide...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 70790 on arts: teachers, if she will publish the same data on the total number of (a)...

      Nurseries: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the average wage paid to nursery nurses in each of the last five years.

      Nurseries: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what qualifications are held by nursery nurses at each employment level.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities have made representation to her Department on their ability to deliver 30 hours free childcare to all applicable children...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has given to nurseries and childcare providers on charging for (a) meals, (b) activities, (c) nappies and (d) any other...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on her plans to abolish SATs at Key Stage 1; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was for an ESA appeal hearing in each of the last 12 months.

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reoffending rates for (a) short-term and (b) long-term prisoners were in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which organisations have been given clearance to run educational activities on hate crime, racism or discrimination as part of prisoner rehabilitation work.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what programmes his Department sponsors across the prison system to educate prisoners against (a) racism, (b) anti-Semitism, (c) Islamophobia and (d)...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse of out-sourcing electronic tagging for ex-offenders.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many electronic tags used by the Electronic Monitoring Service to monitor ex-offenders have been reported (a) faulty and (b) lost.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost of redundancy payments made to (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers has been since she became Prime Minister.

    • Turkey: Human Rights and Press Freedom

      To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions she has had with President Erdogan of Turkey on (a) human rights and (b) press freedom in that country.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many parliamentary private secretaries have undertaken travel (a) within the UK and (b) overseas with or on behalf of ministers since she became Prime Minister.

      Russia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions she has had with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on political prisoners in that country.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the size of the British Army; and if he will make a statement.

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from his Department supported the (a) civilian and (b) military components of Operation Temperer following the activation of that...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from his Department who support the (a) civilian and (b) military components of Operation Temperer had leave cancelled during the...

      Annington Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for the public purse of Annington's 2021 review of rents on the properties sold to it by his Department...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease and its effects with employers.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of his Department have been referred for disciplinary action as a result of factual inaccuracies in employment and support...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of compulsory workplace pensions on the level of private sector job creation since the introduction...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women born in the 1950s and affected by the change in the state pension age have not been able to return to employment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to share copies of assessors' reports with individual claimants before decisions on personal independence...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Business Premises: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to assess the implications of the Grenfell Tower tragedy for limiting the use of permitted development...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the review of fire regulations and safety in tower blocks following the fire at Lakanal House in Lambeth began; who has...

      Planning: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the planned 20 per cent increase in planning fees will be implemented.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 64994, on procurement, what estimate he has made of the amount spent...

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to review the indicative allocation of the revenue support grant for 2018-19 and 2019-20.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish all assessments carried out into the costs of retrofitting sprinklers in high-rise, multi-occupied...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Reynobond PE aluminium panels are banned for use as cladding on high-rise residential tower blocks in the UK.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will allocate additional funding to the relevant local authority to support the mental health of people...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that residential buildings of 10 storeys and higher are re-inspected to ensure that fire...

      Temporary Accommodation: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of placing a requirement on councils to have emergency plans in place for rehousing and...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department will undertake a full review of all social housing properties making an assessment of safety in terms of...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what additional fire safety arrangements will be put in place in tall residential tower blocks which may have flammable...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether money from the Grenfell Tower Residents' Discretionary Fund can be used to fund the legal costs of court challenges for...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on whether any survivors of the Grennfell Tower fire who have been made statutory...

      Social Rented Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government is taking steps to proceed with renovating all social housing properties that have been fitted with...

      Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in the social rented sector in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

      Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Oral Answer of 26 June 2017, Official Report, column 361, when he last met representatives of estate...

      Grenfell Tower: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the cladding used at Grenfell Tower was approved for use when the tower was refurbished; and whether standards changed...

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to enable councils to access flats bought under right to buy in order to undertake...

      Housing: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of developers selling on the leasehold of new-build homes to other...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on amending the provision of local authority housing finance further to incentivise construction of council...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the Home Building Fund has been allocated to property developers in each region since October 2016.

      Non-domestic Rates: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of maintaining the previous lower level of business rates for roof-top solar.

      Fire Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding is available to (a) local authorities, (b) arms-length management organisations, (c) social landlords whose...

      Leasehold Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will appoint a representative of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership to the board of the Leasehold Advisory Service.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many policy advisers employed by his Department are experts in external wall systems, including cladding systems; and what...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in his Department in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017 (i) had expertise in cladding systems, (ii) were chartered...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which external bodies his Department has consulted on the safety of cladding and external wall insulation systems in the last...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will define the terms (a) high rise, (b) tower block and (c) multi-storey for the purposes of the building safety review...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what pre-assessment is undertaken before cladding or an external wall insulation system is installed to ensure that buildings...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what reports his Department has received of incidents of cladding coming away from external walls on high-risk buildings.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward amendments to improve safety standards in planning regulations.

      Non-domestic Rates: Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with representatives from police forces on the effect of business rate...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to restrict housing developers from being able to recommend solicitors to prospective buyers.

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council homes have been sold in (a) Ashford constituency and (b) Nottingham in each year since 2010.

      Social Services: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the annual financial cost of adult social care was to Southampton City Council in the last seven years.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of whether additional costs to local authorities for fire prevention measures in tower blocks will...

      Local Government Finance: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes in local authority funding on the capacity of (a) South Tyneside...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish its social integration strategy; and what assessment that strategy will make of the effect...

      Private Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of borough-wide licensing schemes on the value of buy-to-rent properties in (a)...

  • Wales Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Advertising

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on advertising on social media in each month since January 2016.

    • Overseas Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to improve transparency of loans made to Governments outside the UK.

      Office of Tax Simplification: Secondment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many secondments there have been from (a) the Office of Tax Simplification to placements outside of Government and (b) from outside Government to the...

      Treasury: USA

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the US Commerce Secretary; and what was discussed at that meeting.

      Treasury: USA

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the US Treasury Secretary; and what was discussed at that meeting.

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will make an assessment of the effect on the insurance sector of the UK leaving the EU without having agreed a trade deal with the EU.

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the closure of the last remaining local bank in communities where there is a high population.

      Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last discussed with members of the US Cabinet trade in steel between the US and the UK.

      Government Securities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by country where stocks of gilts are held by overseas investors and foreign central banks; and how much and what proportion of such stocks...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that administration fees charged by car insurance companies for changes to policies are proportionate to the cost of the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 6 of his Department's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 6 of his Department's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 6 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, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled, Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which rights accruing from EU citizenship non-UK EU nationals will lose as a result of transitioning to the settled status outlined...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Redundancy

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

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the automotive manufacturing industry.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Advertising

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

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade between the UK and the least-developed countries.

    • Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to help UK-based pharmaceutical businesses export and develop their businesses internationally.

      Electronic Surveillance: Arab States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has approved export licenses for internet surveillance systems to (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) the United Arab Emirates, (c)...

      Electronic Surveillance: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if his Department will revoke export licenses for internet and telecommunications surveillance equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...

      Department for International Trade: Equality

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

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff of his Department work on trade negotiation.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the automotive manufacturing industry.

      Cybercrime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to encourage inward investment in cyber security in Northern Ireland.

      Overseas Trade: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Brazil on the potential for trade in the agri-food sector.

      Department for International Trade: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many receptions he has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since the establishment of his Department; how much each...

      Department for International Trade: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of public procurement contracts his Department awarded through framework agreements since his Department's creation.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sport: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to tackle the use of performance-enhancing drugs in (a) elite and (b) amateur UK sport.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require future chairs of NHS Improvement to have had previous experience in the health sector.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Mental Illness: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to extend provisions in the Equalities Act 2010 related to protection against discrimination to mental health conditions that are...

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make it her policy to allow different sex couples to enter into civil partnerships.

      Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to amend same-sex marriage legislation to allow couples to convert civil partnerships to marriage.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government why products are not required to carry labels which indicate exactly what flame retardant materials they contain, including those materials which were permitted at the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of measures to improve relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    • Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they have in place to identify the occurrence of genocide for the purposes of fulfilling their obligations as a contracting party under...

      United Nations: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new developments and initiatives they are currently undertaking as part of their support for British candidates for senior positions in the UN and for...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek assurances from the government of Iran that Nazanin Ratcliffe will be granted access to a lawyer and due process rights.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the specific criteria for selecting and deselecting target countries for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the wounding with live fire of fishermen who were working within three nautical...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have to prevent the annexation of the West Bank by Israel.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of parity of esteem as outlined in the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to security service personnel who have a residence outside Northern...

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what role they are seeking for UNESCO in the battle for hearts and minds, in the cause of defeating terrorism and building world security.

  • Department for Education

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what advice they, or their agencies, give to universities on the appropriate remuneration of vice-chancellors.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether, in the past 12 months, they, or their agencies, have advised any university, or universities, that proposed fee levels were unacceptably high; and if so, what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make cuts to the RAF Sentinel R1 fleet before 2021; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such cuts upon the UK’s...

  • Home Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent acid attacks on Muslims in England and what advice they have provided to the police in relation to these attacks.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the numerical strength of the Border Force in Northern Ireland; and whether they have plans to increase that strength in the near future.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many Iraqi refugees they have resettled since 2014 under (1) the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Scheme (VCRS), and (2) other global resettlement schemes such as...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of the shooting of cats by airguns were reported to the police in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016; and how many of those incidents related to fatal shootings.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how much lower the EU net migration figure would have been for each of the last five years if EU nationals had been removed from the UK under Article 14(4)(b) of...

  • HM Treasury

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend that UK exporters will continue to have access to the Excise, Movement and Control System following Brexit; and if not, what system they intend to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure that critical national infrastructure is protected to safeguard national security post-Brexit.

  • Department of Health

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to repeal (1) sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, and (2) section 25 of the Criminal Justice...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they will take in response to claims that hospital patients are paying 50p a minute to make telephone calls.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which parity of esteem between the treatment of mental health and physical health is applied across the NHS.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefit of playing chess and bridge for (1) older people, (2) those with mental health problems and (3) children.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the rise in indemnity costs, resulting from the change in the discount rate on personal injury payouts, on the incentives...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide financial support to general practitioners to meet the increase in indemnity costs as a result of the change to the discount rate on personal...

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