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Written answers

Monday, 24 July 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of potential changes in electric car sales after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Lakes Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the completion date for the electrification of the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the 38 recommendations in the Gibb report his Department has decided not to implement.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

    • Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to reduce the number of police officers in the Metropolitan Police Force during the course of the current Parliament.

      Metropolitan Police: Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many metropolitan police officers there were serving in Greater London in Safer Neighbourhood Teams in (a) 2011 and (b) 2016.

      Counter-terrorism: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were assigned to counter-terrorism duties in (a) 2011 and (b) 2016.

      Qatar: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how much and (b) what forms of assistance have been provided to Qatar for countering terrorism as part of the Sharaka project between...

      Qatar: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forms of collaboration have taken place between the UK and Qatar as part of the additional counter-terrorist financing training with...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of child grooming have been identified in each of the last five years.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had indefinite detentions in the UK in each of the last five years; and what the age groups are of those people.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2017 to Question 2727, what investment has been made since the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London...

      Fraud: Telephone Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to (a) educate the police and other law enforcement agencies on and (b) support the successful...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent female genital mutilation.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who absconded from ports of entry after being stopped by Border Force officers were subsequently recovered in each year...

      Immigration Controls: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people absconded from ports of entry after being stopped by Border Force officers in each year since 2010.

      Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications from residents of the Republic of Ireland were processed through the Belfast Passport Office between 31 March...

      Hate Crime: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many attacks involving a corrosive substance were treated as a hate crime in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Asylum: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers have been made homeless in (a) the UK and (b) Liverpool for each of the last three years.

      Counter-terrorism: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many counter-terrorism liaison officers were in post in each Police area in England and Wales in 2010.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK withdrawing from Euratom on cancer research in the UK.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on NHS cancer patients of the Government’s decision for the...

      Energy: Cardiff Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of constituents in Cardiff Central constituency who will...

      Energy Supply: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment the Government has made of the level of threat posed by cyber-attacks to (a) nuclear, (b) other...

      Trading Standards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what fee structures are published by primary trading standards authorities for services to appliance manufacturers.

      Social Tariffs: Neath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of constituents in Neath who will be covered by the...

      Small Business Commissioner: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 2615, how much his Department has spent on the process of recruiting...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 2614, how much his Department has spent consulting on the Green Paper...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

    • Qatar: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on reported support from Qatar for (a) Fateh al-Sham, (b) Hezbollah, (c) ISIS and (d) al-Qaeda.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, how many contracts put out to tender by the Law Officers' Departments have been (a) cancelled and (b) re-tendered in each year since 2010.

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of public procurement contracts the Law Officers' Departments awarded through framework agreements in each year since 2010.

      Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of bids received for each contract put out to tender by the Law Officers' Departments was in each year since 2010.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department spent on correspondence that was sent by (a) Ministers and (b) Parliamentary Private Secretaries in each financial year since...

    • Employment: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to prevent embedded elitism within the professions and higher-paying careers from restricting access to such careers for...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent per pupil on improving the condition of school buildings in (a) Barnsley East constituency and (b) the UK on average in each year...

      Schools: Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing mandatory requirements for schools to take effective safeguarding measures...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      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, what...

      Social Services: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people Southampton City Council supports for child services.

      Primary Education: Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on offering free breakfasts for all primary school children.

      Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding her Department provides to local authorities for offering free sporting activities during the summer holidays.

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on forecasted funding for her Department in the event that the UK leaves the EU and only operates as a...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many educational psychologists were employed in all local authorities in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to provide additional training to teachers on child protection and safeguarding.

      Department for Education: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many public engagements for which a media calling notice was issued were attended by a departmental Minister in each of the last 12 months.

      Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the future role of technology in classrooms; and if she will make a statement.

      Department For Education: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the value-for-money framework which her Department applies to all private finance 2 projects.

      Schools: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the update on school cladding safety checks published by her Department on 13 July 2017, what additional resources will be made...

      Drama: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per student her Department provides to schools in order to fulfil the entitlement that every student taking drama GCSE or A level...

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the publication of the report by Sir Adrian Smith on post-16 mathematics.

      Department for Education: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason (a) the number of Ministers of her Department has reduced by one in the current Parliament and (b) there is no longer an early years...

      Schools: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have been contacted by her Department to submit cladding for testing.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in her Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of ensuring that no school receives a reduction in funding as a result of the national funding...

      Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of teachers and school leaders to receive training through the Teaching and Leadership Fund in 2017-18.

      Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which organisations have been selected to take part in the Teaching and Leadership Fund.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is given to schools experiencing difficulty in attracting and retaining teachers.

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department plans to spend on high quality industry creative courses in schools in the next five years.

      Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much each organisation that has been selected to take part in the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund has been awarded.

      Worksop Town Football Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken in relation to Worksop Town football academy since March 2017.

      Education Funding Agency: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Education Funding Agency has completed its purchase of 1 The Embankment, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4DW.

      Worksop Town Football Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of students on the 2015-16 West Anglia College/Worksop Town FC academy who attended an examination...

      Primary Education: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her oral statement of 17 July 2017, Official Report, column 563, on school funding, what estimate she has made of per capita funding to be...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in what years her Department has not met its target for teacher recruitment for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools from 2010 to 2017.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what budget has been allocated to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20.

      Schools: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her oral statement of 17 June 2017 on school funding, Official Report, column 568, by what process she will identify programmes for...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce online booking for jobcentre appointments.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their welfare entitlement reduced after completing an application for tax free childcare.

      Office for Nuclear Regulation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff the Office for Nuclear Regulation has at each (a) grade, (b) age profile and (c) gender.

      Office for Nuclear Regulation: EURATOM

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Exiting the EU and (b) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial...

      Office for Nuclear Regulation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of staff working for the Office for Nuclear Regulation are (a) British and (b) citizens from other countries.

      Office for Nuclear Regulation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what level of funding his Department has provided to the Office for Nuclear Regulation in each of the last five years; and what estimate he...

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3064 how many fire experts are employed by the Health and Safety Executive; and if he will...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Keswick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to provide adequate funding for flood defences in Keswick.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in his Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for bringing forward the new Control of Trade in Endangered Species regulations.

      Supermarkets: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to (a) prohibit supermarkets from throwing away food that is out of...

      Rowanoak Waste Services: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Environment Agency powers to tackle sites such as the site operated by Rowan...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 70622, on what date the new reporting system was permanently...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 1556, how many people have received the maximum six months imprisonment...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving...

      Fisheries: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any of the fishing limits set within the North Sea Annual Plan are at a level that is not capable of producing...

      Rodents: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidences of rat and mice infestation were recorded in England by his Department in each year for which data is...

      Seagulls: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the urban seagull population in England.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

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

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what additional Government funding is required to make 68 units in the Kensington Row development available to Grenfell Tower...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will commission an expert panel to review the leasehold sector.

      Private Rented Housing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of borough-wide licensing schemes in raising standards and improving safety in the...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the cladding samples that failed safety tests were not compliant with building regulations for buildings higher...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff in his Department have responsibilities which relate to preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice he has sought from Local Resilience Forums on ensuring building safety following the Grenfell Tower fire.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to review the effectiveness of permitted development rights; and if he will make a statement.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support has been provided to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who are unable to speak English.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether building cladding that failed safety testing by his Department should be removed.

      Emergencies: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to revise his Department's guidance Local authorities preparedness for civil emergencies as a result of the...

      Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the affordability of starter homes with a value of up to £450,000 in London for...

      Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on which date he plans to publish the findings of the consultation, entitled Banning letting agent fees paid by tenants,...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to improve the mechanisms of support for people facing hardship while renting in the...

      Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will make it mandatory for letting agents to (a) display details of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme used for each...

      Fires: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Grenfell public enquiry will give due regard to the needs of disabled people and make recommendations on their...

      Forests and Trees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government response to the Housing White Paper will consider ancient woodland and veteran trees.

  • Wales Office

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of children were living in poverty in Neath in each year for which data is available.

    • Electoral Register: Neath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many 18 to 25-year-olds in Neath are (a) included in the latest census estimate and (b) recorded on the electoral register.

      Wales Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the EU in 2017-18.

  • HM Treasury

    • Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received Small Breweries Relief in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he has had with representatives from the UK's Overseas Territories on public registers of beneficial ownership in each of the last five years.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of tax evasion in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 72 of the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, when the grievance test will be removed.

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC employees have been dismissed on the...

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC employees have been issued with written...

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC employees have lodged appeals against...

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC employees have been referred for...

      Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 72 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many complaints submitted by HMRC employees in 2016...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses received an exemption from the carbon price floor for fossil fuels used in a combined heat and power station to generate good-quality...

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the Government had at the June 2017 G20 summit on a multilateral agreement on public country-by-country reporting.

      Revenue and Customs: Location

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to what extent HM Revenue and Customs took account of local labour market conditions and regional economic prospects when it decided to close many of its...

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs' employees are permitted to access their own personal tax account when using their work computer.

      Equal Pay: Public Sector

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the gender pay gap is within HM Revenue and Customs.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Small Businesses: Arfon

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

    • Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2017 to Question 861, on regulation, if he will set out the £850 savings referred to by (a) region and (b)...

      Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to monitor adherence to changes made to steel procurement guidelines in the last two years by (a) local authorities...

      Conservative Party-DUP Agreement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) destination, (b) departure time and (c) landing time was of the Royal Air Force flight which took Arlene Foster back to Northern Ireland...

      Conservative Party-DUP Agreement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any Government Ministers were on board the Royal Air Force flight which took Arlene Foster back to Northern Ireland after the completion of the...

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have the word trade in their job title.

      Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government is still carrying out its audit of racial disparities in public services.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in her Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

    • Data Protection and Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2017 to Question 2821, on the internet, and the Answer of 10 July 2017 to Question 3119, on...

      Social Media: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3684, on social media, hate crime, on what occasions have Ministers met...

      Advertising: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints have been made to the Advertising Standards Authority in each of the last five years.

      Telephones: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage Ofcom to use its existing power under Article 28(2) Universal Service...

      Codes of Practice: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish a code of practice for providers of online social media platforms.

      Privacy: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to ensure that all employers are aware that they cannot monitor employees' on-line services...

      Data Protection: Global Positioning System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to ensure that cloud account holders who have given permission for their location data to be...

      Free Movement of People: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that British musicians will continue to be able to travel across Europe for touring and...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which of her Department's online services are only available in the Welsh language on request.

  • Department of Health

    • Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of routine operations which have been delayed in each of the last five years.

    • NHS Trusts: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the capacity of NHS Trusts to provide safe and high quality care throughout the winter in 2017.

      Ambulance Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government plans to take to regulate independent ambulance services.

      Department of Health: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the EU in 2017-18.

      Royal Brompton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that patients of the specialised paediatric respiratory and paediatric cystic fibrosis services at the Royal Brompton Hospital will be...

      Emergency Calls: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on 999 callers being assessed via video-call technology such as Skype to determine whether an ambulance should be sent; and if he will...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS Mandate and Constitution continues to apply to areas subject to the capped expenditure process.

      NHS Property Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure transparency data on the NHS Property Services website is kept up to date.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the report to be produced by the independent consultants analysing the responses to the consultation by NHS England on the reconfiguration of...

      General Practitioners: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from GP practices on service charge increases.

      Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals for a national endoscopy strategy.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to fill vacancies for medical staff in the NHS.

      Medical Treatments Abroad: European Economic Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was recharged by European Economic Area Governments from the UK for health costs incurred by UK citizens in 2016.

      Department of Health: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of his Department's online services are only available in the Welsh language on request.

      NHS Property Services: Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of shares in NHS Property Services Ltd are publicly owned.

      Hospitals: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals have had vacancies for medical staff unfilled for more than (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four years.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the Government's policy to ensure that all medical trainees gain experience working in mental health disciplines.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the decision to abolish the post of Disability Commissioner in 2017 was taken at a meeting of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Board.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, on what dates (a) the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, (b) the Deputy Chair, (c) the Chief Executive, (d) any other member of the...

  • Department for Transport

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      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 28 June (HL9), whether the programme of refurbishment of trains between Waterloo and Exeter will include works on...

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      Her Majesty's Government how many of the projects to tackle congestion and to improve the UK's strategic road network announced in the 2014 Road Investment Strategy have been delayed or...

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      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote best practice in the management of road verges in order to protect endangered species of flora in the UK.

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      Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made to electrify the rail lines to South Wales.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to simplify rail ticketing for the benefit of passengers.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the East Coast Main Line since the award of the new contract in 2014.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what projects to electrify rail lines in England are currently subject to delays in (1) commencement, and (2) completion, of works.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs and benefits of electrifying the railway line between Crewe and Holyhead.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2015/995 concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the operation and traffic management...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to convert Regulation (EU) 788/2014 relating to ship inspections into UK law; and, if so, which UK body will assume the Commission's role in...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide for segregated cycle lanes to be made accessible to (1) mobility scooters, and (2) tricycles.

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      Her Majesty's Government since what date one lane of the A130 trunk road between the A12 and the A14 has been cordoned off and closed to traffic; what work is proposed to be carried out before it...

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      Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for the regulation of UK civil aviation following Brexit.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Prior of Brampton on 11 July (HL Deb) on Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, why no reference was made to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prioritise the prevention of atrocity crimes in the execution of British foreign policy at the UN and elsewhere; and what arrangements they...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that arms control is emphasised within, and integrated into, their security strategy.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when they will publish a timeline establishing a date by when crown dependencies and UK overseas territories must have introduced the same standards on transparency in...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the new Hamas Charter of 1 May 2017, in particular paragraphs 16 and 17.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning their suggestion that a seaport be built in Gaza.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding the impact of availability of stocks of the drug Fentanyl on performance of surgical...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the freedom of information response issued by the Department for International Development (DfID) on 13 March which stated that “Our aid … to...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support those living in Gaza who have been deprived of electricity and of phone and internet access.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking concerning the reported delays in ambulance response times to treat injured and sick Palestinians.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking concerning the reported confiscation and destruction of EU-funded humanitarian aid projects in the West Bank.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when they expect a regular air service will begin to and from St Helena.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government wht action they are tkaing to ensure that all refugee policy contains direct refugee input, in line with commitments made by the UN General Assembly in September 2016.

  • Department for Education

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how, and when, they intend to honour the pledge in the Queen's Speech "to make progress to tackle discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender,...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to celebrate the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring forward proposals to introduce enhanced compensation for injured armed forces personnel as outlined their 2017 Manifesto.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the programme for the modernisation of the Warrior infantry combat vehicle; what factors have contributed to its delay; and when...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to legislate to prohibit farmers from placing (1) bulls, and (2) cows with calves, in fields traversed by a public footpath.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many sea defence areas have been established during the last 10 years in North-West England; and where each such area is located.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the membership of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme transition group; whether the minutes of its meetings are publicly available; and what plans they have...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the latest evidence that the UK bee population is decreasing; and what steps they are planning to reverse this trend.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of the dairy sector in England.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when the Rural Payments Agency will pay the outstanding amounts due to farmers for 2015; and what is the average length of time taken from submission of a claim to a...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how they plan to maintain the UK's current food supplies level after Brexit, in the light of the findings of the study A food Brexit: time to get real that the EU is...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 June (HL Deb, col 1004), what new information they have about the fate of the 10,000 unaccompanied...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 July (HL Deb, col 789) stating that immigration removal centre providers must make a minimum number of...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the recent report by Refugee Action, Slipping through the cracks - How Britain's asylum support system fails the most vulnerable, on the...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that EU nationals living in the UK are not discriminated against, for example in respect of letting arrangements and...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the responsibilities imposed on landlords, employers and others to check individuals' immigration statuses, what guidance they will issue to enable those...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take in response to the Independent Monitoring Board's Charter Flights Annual Report 2016; when they will respond to, and implement, the...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, for each local authority in England, how many children referred to the National Referral Mechanism for victims of modern slavery in each year since 2010 have gone...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government which seven charities have been granted funding from the Child Trafficking Protection Fund; and how many of those charities work with children in (1) England, (2) Wales,...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 8 September 2016 (HC44784), whether training on modern slavery has...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether the denial of citizenship to illegitimate children born abroad before 1 July 2006 to British Overseas Territories fathers was discussed as part of either the main...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government to what timescales they aim to ensure that a destitute asylum seeker who successfully applies for section 95 (1) subsistence and accommodation support, and (2)...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will grant discretionary leave to remain to persons who should move from the UK but are unable to do so through no fault of their own.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government which family tracing services they are using to assist UK residents to find their missing relatives and dependants.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the budget for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority for 2017–18; how many staff it expects to employ in 2017–18; and how many staff it employed...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, since the refreshed approach to the Home Office's ending gang and youth violence programme was announced in January 2016, how levels of gang and serious youth violence,...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many citizens of other countries have been given British citizenship in each of the last 10 years.

      Refugees: Children

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the repeating of an answer to an Urgent Question by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 July, whether they plan to increase (1) the number of families with...

  • HM Treasury

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that (1) the precise spot rate, and (2) the commission charged, are identified for all consumer foreign currency transactions at the moment...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the decision to introduce the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, whether they will review their decision in 2015 not to impose a levy on tobacco products; and if...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been (1) committed to, and (2) expended on the Cardiff and Swansea city-regions, and what level of expenditure is anticipated for these projects in...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the stamp duty levy on investment in new homes available for rent.

      Pay

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comparative public and private sector pay, including the value of pensions, for the years for which this information is available.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how, and when, civil society will be consulted with regard to Brexit.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been made to ensure detailed analysis and discussion across government departments of the impact of departure from the EU single market on...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether House of Lords ministers in the Department for Exiting the European Union will be provided with all cabinet papers that are relevant to their role and...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to integrate their negotiations with Euratom to withdraw from the Euratom Treaty with their Brexit negotiations; and if so, how.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to negotiate transitional arrangements for their withdrawal from the Euratom Treaty.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the offer to UK citizens living in other EU member states made by the EU on 22 May, why the Prime Minister made a separate, and different,...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's offer made on 22 June concerning EU citizens living in the UK, in particular the statement that the UK courts would have...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any consideration to the creation of a new supra-national dispute resolution mechanism relating to the enforcement of the rights of EU citizens...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to negotiate an agreement relating to the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU following Brexit separately to other...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Network and Information Security Agency.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of independent television production companies in the UK; and how many of them are not owned by another broadcasting company.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of local television companies in the UK.

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