Written answers

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what services his Department has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

    • Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include, as part of the Think public information campaign on road safety, messages which highlights the risks of harm to cyclists and...

      Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that air passengers can effectively and easily access compensation for long flight delays under EU Regulation 261/2004.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce a decision on the delivery of a new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's plans are for funding of the Tyne and Wear Metro after the current funding arrangement ends in 2021.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on their powers to take noise abatement enforcement against companies undertaking...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on bringing forward a new southern rail access link to Heathrow Airport.

      High Speed Two: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7698, on High Speed Two: Redundancy, whether he has plans to publish the (a) new governance...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the funding available for the second phase of High Speed 2 has been allocated to (a) contingency and (b) rolling stock.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Eddisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many environmental surveys have been conducted on the proposed route of the second phase of High Speed 2 through Eddisbury; and how many land...

  • Home Office

    • Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent subscription to Islamic extremist groups or ideology within the UK.

    • Home Office: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what services her Department has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

      Immigration: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been classified as having no recourse to public funds in (a) Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency, (b) Hull...

      Immigration: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been classified as having no recourse to public funds in (a) Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency, (b) Hull...

      Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the comments of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill QC, published in the Independent newspaper on...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Local Government: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to tackle non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage.

    • New Businesses and Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) grants and (b) other financial support his Department provides to (i) small and (ii) start-up businesses.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on whether the framework of the Six Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear programme provides the...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from those EU Member States who abstained in the vote on UN General Assembly Resolution...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the work of the 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee and the Panel of Experts assisting...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to submit its report on the UK's implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2371 to the 1718...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU member states on the potential imposition of new EU sanctions on...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UN member states that have not submitted implementation reports on (a) UN...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on whether secondary sanctions should be imposed on individuals, entities and governments in...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on whether there should be pre-conditions for any resumption of multilateral diplomacy on North...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in countries previously involved in the Six Party Talks on North...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate the Government has made of the number of nuclear weapons controlled by the Government of North Korea...

      North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate the Government has made of the time frame within which the Government of North Korea is likely to develop...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential humanitarian effects of a decision to impose sanctions on North Korean oil...

      North Korea: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of North Korean oil imports linked to that country's development of...

      Malaysia: Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Malaysia on introducing public caning under Sharia law.

      Qatar: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the Government of Qatar to reduce terrorism and potential conflict in the Middle East.

      South Sudan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan on the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan; and what assistance...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what services his Department has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

      Burma: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for a potential humanitarian intervention and assistance mission in Myanmar.

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterparts in the Government of Myanmar through the office of the Special...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when last he discussed repression and violence in Rakhine State with Aung San Suu Kyi.

      Burma: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions the Government has implemented as a result of human rights abuses in Myanmar.

      Bangladesh: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the authorities in Bangladesh in taking refuges from Rakhine State, Myanmar.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Myanmar Government on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army ceasefire.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the ceasefire offered by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army to the Myanmar...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings his Department has had with the UK Ambassador to the UK on the situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 91, what recent discussions he has had...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 87, what recent discussions he has made to...

      North Korea: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 83, what recent assessment he has made of...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 84, what the basis is for his estimate of...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 83, what the basis is for his scepticism...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made on the ability of the Government to gain support at the UN from EU member states for...

      Egypt: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Egyptian Government on the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir Islands to Saudi Arabia.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government was appointed as a member of the new Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Task Force following the 9th...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that young people are represented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Attorney General

    • Rape: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Attorney General, how many applications were made to extend custody time limits (CTLs) in cases of alleged rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 where the defendant was remanded in...

    • Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many complaints the Crown Prosecution Service received on the handling of allegations of rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each year since 2004-05.

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases of alleged rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by police in each year since 2009-10; on how...

      Attorney General: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Attorney General, whether requests for consultancy and temporary staff for the Law Officers' Departments must be accompanied by a formal business case.

      Attorney General: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of requests for consultancy and temporary staff for the Law Officers' Departments were approved via a resource board.

      Attorney General: Secondment

      To ask the Attorney General, how many applications the Law Officers' Department has received for (a) internal loans and (b) secondments from civil servants in each year since 2010.

      Attorney General: Assets

      To ask the Attorney General, in which of the last 10 years the Law Officers' Departments have submitted a strategic asset management plan to the Government Property Unit.

      Attorney General: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Attorney General, how much the Law Officers' Departments paid to the Behavioural Insights Team in each year since 2014.

      Attorney General: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Attorney General, what services the Law Officers' Departments has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) academies, (b) free schools, (c) comprehensive and (d) grammar schools are rated good or outstanding.

    • Department for Education: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what services her Department has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing an initiative similar to the Welsh Government's initiative to tackle children's hunger in...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many sites for new schools were purchased by the Education Skills Funding Agency in the last three years at 60 per cent above the Red Book price;...

      Free Schools: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her most recent estimate is of the funding required to establish a free school in Southend-on-Sea in 2019; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Education: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much has been paid to (a) men and (b) women who left her Department under exit schemes since 31 March 2016.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many places for new admissions were available in secure children's homes in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what services his Department has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

    • Witnesses: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to complete the roll-out of the Section 28 pilots in Kingston upon Thames, Liverpool and Leeds Crown courts; and if he will make a statement.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is the Government's position that no child can consent to their own abuse.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of food (a) per prison inmate per day and (b) all prison inmates was in each year since 2010.

      Youth Custody: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of food (a) per inmate per day and (b) for all inmates in youth custody was in each year since 2010.

      Youth Custody: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many injuries were sustained by children during restraint in each custodial institution in each year since 2010.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much has been paid to (a) men and (b) women who have left his Department under exit schemes since its creation.

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Trade in the Westminster Hall debate of 12...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Trade in the Westminster Hall debate of 12...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Trade in the Westminster Hall debate of 12...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Caribbean: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) short-term emergency and (b) medium-term reconstruction aid his Department has provided to people affected by Hurricane Irma.

    • Army Reserve: Prestatyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the Army Reserve Centre in Prestatyn.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to maintain welfare standards for farm animals after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Animal Welfare: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to recognise animals as sentinent beings in legislation, as in the Lisbon Treaty, after the UK leaves the EU.

      Food: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Welsh food processing sector's access to labour of the UK...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives his Department gives to help control fox numbers in the UK.

      Game: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department gives to gamekeepers to reduce the use of antibiotics on game birds.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many avian influenza outbreaks there have been in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Sheep: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking better to control of lamb worrying and to impose greater penalties for people who allow...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on providing an affordable insurance scheme for businesses affected by flooding.

      Dangerous Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that dangerous dogs are chipped in (a) Vale of Clwyd constituency, (b) Wales and (c) England.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of social housing in (a) the London Borough of Haringey, (b)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been paid to (a) men and (b) women who left his Department under exit schemes since 31 March 2016.

    • Free Movement of People: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 7297, how many representatives of the hospitality sector have raised concerns about the...

      Domestic Visits: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 7642, if he or a Minister in his Department plans to attend an official engagement in Glasgow...

  • HM Treasury

    • National Insurance Contributions: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Hull West and Hessle constituency earn under £6,000 a year and make voluntary national insurance contributions through Class 2.

    • Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect on the country's gross domestic product of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Credit Cards: Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the practice of credit card lenders targeting individuals who have unaffordable levels of debt.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Government departments meet their obligations to publish transparency data in a timely fashion.

    • Cybercrime: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Cyber Security Strategy, if he will list spending on each project supported by the Cyber Investment Fund.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the security ratings for new products set out in paragraph 5.2.6 of the National Cyber Security Strategy were implemented.

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many publications routinely issued by each Department have had their release date delayed or pushed back since January 2017.

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on likelihood to vote based on distance from polling station for each socio-economic group.

      Cabinet Office: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has given to the Behavioural Insights Team on policy on potential conflict of interest between its clients and Government...

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to improve the quality and timeliness of his Department's responses to Freedom of Information requests.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many suppliers have adopted the cyber security standards set out in paragraph 5.3.11 of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid to (a) men and (b) women who left his Department under exit schemes since 31 March 2016.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average number of bids received for each contract put out to tender by her Department was in each year since 2010.

    • S4C: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to appoint new members to the S4C Authority.

      Big Lottery Fund: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on all consultancy services by the Big Lottery Fund in the last 12 months.

      Big Lottery Fund: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants are employed by the Big Lottery Fund in each pay scale.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average length of time is for a (a) commercial property and (b) domestic residence to be connected to a broadband...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether departmental guidance on the implementation of the Digital Economy Act 2017 will make it clear that section 106...

      Lotteries: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to bring forward proposals for regulatory reform of the Society Lottery sector.

      Swimming Pools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of public (a) indoor and (b) outdoor swimming pools that have closed in...

      Swimming Pools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote the restoration of (a) indoor swimming pools and (b) outdoor lidos.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote the uptake of outdoor swimming.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting in point...

      Radio: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the response to the Commercial Radio Deregulation consultation.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that proactive and independent scientific advice informs its activities.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting in point...

      Cosmetics: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of videos demonstrating skin bleaching on young people; and if she will...

      Broadband: Dumfries and Galloway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties in Dumfries and Galloway constituency have a broadband service of less than 10mbps.

      Broadband: Dumfries and Galloway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans are in place to improve access to broadband services in Dumfries and Galloway constituency.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting outlined...

      Broadband: Dumfries and Galloway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many residential properties have access to superfast broadband services in Dumfries and Galloway constituency.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting outlined...

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting outlined...

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting outlined...

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting outlined...

      Sports: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of women employed in top jobs on UK sports governing bodies.

      Sports: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase the representation of women in top jobs on UK sports governing bodies.

      Swimming: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department supports the Thames Bath Initiative.

      Swimming Pools: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the public have affordable access to public swimming pools.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers' Meeting outlined...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Wales on testing full-fibre broadband in Wales.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold the commitment it made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting outlined...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the current broadband speeds are in the six areas across England and Scotland that the Government plans to use to test...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what qualifying criteria were used to determine the six areas the Government selected to test full-fibre broadband.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the Government did not sent a Minister to the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting in Uganda to prepare...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to extend the testing of full-fibre broadband to (a) Ceredigion and (b) Wales.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the six areas in England and Scotland were selected by the Government to test full-fibre broadband.

      Commonwealth: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to uphold its commitment in paragraph 19 of the final communiqué of the 9th...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid to (a) men and (b) women who left her Department under exit schemes since 31 March 2016.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many of her Department's staff had a pay increase (a) above, (b) at and (c) less than one per cent in each of the last...

  • Wales Office

    • South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the electrification of the Cardiff-Swansea railway line.

    • Meat: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Welsh red meat sector of the UK leaving the European (a) single market and (b) customs union.

      Food: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Welsh food processing sector of access to labour of the UK leaving the European (a) single...

  • Department of Health

    • Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many detentions there were under the Mental Health Act 1983 by each section of that Act in each year since 2010.

    • Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis, (b) early intervention and (c) treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many practising school nurses there were in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ban the use of vehicles with petrol and diesel engines from 2050.

    • Air Routes: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure continued access for airlines based in the UK to EU member states, once the UK has left the EU.

      South Western Railway: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to offer additional compensation to South Western Railway season ticket holders who purchased their tickets before the announcement of...

  • Home Office

    • Farms: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are planning to take to address the theft of equipment, vehicles and livestock from farms.

    • Personation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the implications for crime and security in the UK of reports that there are 500 occurrences of identity theft each day and...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the composition of the Technical Advisory Panel established under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

      Refugees: Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Sri Lanka's new Counter Terrorism Act, what assessment they have made of risks to Tamil returnees to Sri Lanka who have been refugees in the UK.

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the comments by a Home Office spokesperson, reported in The Guardian on 4 August, that they have "provided refuge or other forms of leave to...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals who have completed custodial sentences and have been recommended for deportation, are currently awaiting deportation.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Hurricanes and Tornadoes: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether use was made of the UK's remote sensing and satellite technology to predict the impact of the storm system of Hurricane Irma; and if so, by whom.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ascension Island: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in providing assistance to those working on Ascension Island, whose work has been disrupted by the cessation of the use of...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 27 July (HL733) and 9 August (HL734), whether they will now answer the question and list those establishments which...

    • Schools: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to put guidance on school uniform supply on a statutory basis as set out in the HM Treasury 2015 report A Better Deal.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners on Remand: Acquittals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to change the policy of making no discharge grant or compensation to remand prisoners acquitted of the offences for which they were remanded.

    • Prisons: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison places there are without in-cell sanitation or access to toilet facilities.

      Legal Representation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of litigants in person on the court system.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to launch a post-implementation consultation on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners there are; and what is the breakdown by nationality of those who are not UK citizens.

      Children: Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring that the judiciary are trained to adhere to Practice Direction 12J: Child Arrangements and Contact Order: Domestic...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that finding of fact hearings are undertaken within family court proceedings where there are allegations of domestic abuse.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Burma: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the suspension of military assistance, including training, for the Burmese army.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of (1) the future annual cost of ending the freeze on working-age and children's benefits, and (2) what the additional annual cost of those...

    • Housing: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in the benefit cap on housing availability for victims with children under two who have fled abusive partners and...

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reach conclusions following their review of the Fit for Work Scheme.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they hold data on the family circumstances of babies born to low income families in the UK; if so, which department holds those data; and how many babies...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Tenants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met with the Tenant Farmers Association to discuss their proposals for the reform of the taxation framework within which agricultural tenancies...

    • Agriculture: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commit to continuing public investment in supporting growth in farm productivity and resilience after the UK has left the EU.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance public procurement of British food once the UK has left the EU.

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider introducing policies for import substitution on food products, particularly dairy and horticulture, once the UK has left the EU.

      Environment Protection: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the finding in the State of Nature 2016 report that 56 per cent of assessed species are in decline, what measures they are taking to support...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Parks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total acreage of public parks in the UK for each year since 2010.

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 21 July (HL370), what does "followed up on all of them" mean in the context of the Coroner's report...

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are in a position to announce the mechanism for distributing the second year of funding from the Community House Fund.

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make an announcement on mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Medicines Agency: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date, and by whom, was the European Medicines Agency lease at Canary Wharf agreed; and what problems have been reported to them as to the terms of the lease.

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a record of the comments made by Michel Barnier at the Ambrosetti Forum held in Italy on 2 September and if so, whether they will publish them.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans for the Law Commission to have a role in the review and preparation of legislation affected by Brexit.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when issues relating to the UK's participation in the Erasmus Programme will be scheduled for discussion as part of the negotiations on exiting the EU.

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors they will take into account, and with whom they will consult, in their deliberations on the nature of future customs arrangements with the EU, with...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic consequences of no deal being reached with the EU.

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any future variance in environmental and consumer standards between the UK and the EU on customs...

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the financial impact on taxpayers of setting a new streamlined customs arrangement once the UK has left the EU; if so, when they expect...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent they expect the UK and EU to have mutual recognition of (1) goods, and (2) services, through regulatory equivalence post-Brexit.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have used the continental media as a way of presenting to the public in the EU–27 their case for a constructive future relationship with the EU;...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made for the UK to leave the EU in March 2019 in the event that the European Council or the European Parliament does not ratify any agreement...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Bell Pottinger Group: South Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Bell Pottinger's recent public affairs work in South Africa was in line with their policy on international trade...

    • Bell Pottinger Group: South Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the finding that Bell Pottinger was in breach of the UK Public Relations and Communications Association code of conduct regarding its recent...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the aims of the Tampon Tax Fund; and whether those aims have been published or made available to applicants for grants.

    • Life

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what timetable for (1) monitoring, and (2) evaluation, has been agreed for the grant from the Tampon Tax Fund awarded to Life 2009; and to whom the results of the...

      BBC: Video on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure licence payers are able to access BBC iPlayer when outside the UK; and if so, when.

      Commercial Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the consultation on Commercial Radio Deregulation.

  • Department of Health

    • Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the effectiveness of the Scottish Tobacco Retailer Licensing Scheme; and whether they have any plans to replicate that...

    • Hepatitis: Pigmeat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Public Health England first became aware that pig meat from the Netherlands and Germany was infected with Hepatitis E; and why steps were not taken...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients (1) are receiving, or (2) have in the last year received, blood plasma from compensated US donors.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction there has been in the incidence of cervical cancer since the introduction of the vaccination against the human papilloma virus.

      Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the consultation exercise being undertaken by the Epsom and St Helier Trust about the future of local...

      Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the proposal from the Epsom and St Helier Trust to downgrade or close services at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals to make way for a...

      Hospitals: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of proposals to close acute hospitals at (1) one in five sites in South West London, and (2) one in three sites in Leicestershire.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with NHS England over the funding of a proposed new hospital in South West London.

      Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the expenditure per head of population for each NHS England clinical commissioning group.

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether payments to GPs in England in respect of long-acting reversible contraception cover the full cost of administering those treatments; and, if not, why not.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to improve the streamlining of commissioning services for family planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in England.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the public health budget for family planning or Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in England in (1) 2000, (2) 2005, (3) 2010, (4) 2015, and (5) 2017.

      NHS: Exchange Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs to the NHS as a consequence of the fall in the value of the pound since the EU referendum.

      Surrogate Motherhood: Lone Parents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Remedial Order relating to the Human Fertility and Embryology Act 2008 which will allow single people to apply for parental orders following a surrogacy...

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