Written answers

Thursday, 12 October 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Pay

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

    • Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants in his Department are part of the Government Commercial Function; and how many of those civil servants have been seconded (a)...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4255, on Volkswagen, how many (a) Audis, (b) SEATs, (c) Skodas, (d) Volkswagen commercial vehicles...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase mobile telephone coverage alongside inter-city rail networks throughout the South West to improve...

      Department for Transport: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers of his Department and their counterparts in the devolved administrations; and what...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will undertake to assess the effectiveness of directives on operator licensing after the UK leaves the EU.

      Community Transport: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to protect and widen derogations for community transport operators to operate vehicles under a Section 19 or 22...

      Passenger Ships: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with cruise ship operators on reducing the amount of waste generated by cruise ships that is deposited in harbours and ports.

      Shipping: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of navigational accidents in harbours and ports.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Eddisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the funding available to the second phase of High Speed 2 has been allocated to the section of the track running...

      Railways: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to increase passenger capacity on trains between Hull and (a) Liverpool and (b) Leeds; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Growth: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the value of the A19 to the promotion of economic growth and regeneration in Easington constituency.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward changes to the legal status of personal electric transporters.

      Department for Transport: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with the Chief Scientific Adviser in his Department in the last three months.

      A19: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review road safety on the A19.

      South Western Rail Franchise: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what obligations and timescales he has placed on the new South Western Railway under its franchise agreement on the introduction of faster trains from...

      Railways: Ryde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) Network rail have made on the scale and timing of any required infrastructure works on Ryde Pier, Isle of...

      Railways: Ryde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the cost of necessary infrastructure works on the Ryde Pier rail route will be funded by Network Rail; and whether such funding will be borne...

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff of HS2 Ltd work on communications for that project.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) remit and (b) powers he plans to give the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what process he plans to put in place to identify and recruit the lead commissioner for the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to establish the proposed Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers from his Department and their counterparts in the devolved...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department is making on implementing the housing white paper of February 2017, Fixing our broken housing...

      Letting Agents: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fines have been levied on letting agents in England for breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 since it came into force.

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2017 to Question HL1415, when the report of the working group on electrical safety in...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the housing needs of Travellers who conform to the revised definition of Gypsy Travellers as...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the 31 local authorities are that have requested additional funding for tower block safety.

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the five local authorities are that have been asked for further information on their application for requested additional...

      Grenfell Tower Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2017 to Question 9205, on the Grenfell Tower inquiry, how he plans to report the...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017, to Question 9297, on Grenfell Tower: fire, how many families have been rehoused;...

      Community Relations: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to promote the integration into UK society of Pakistani women who are not able to speak English and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Radioactive Waste: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the total volume of UK-generated radioactive waste that will be sent to Australia's...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants in his Department are part of the Government Commercial Function; and how many of those civil...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) men and (b) women have left his Department or former constituent Departments under exit schemes since 31...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers from his Department and their counterparts in the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to secure funding for the development of a nuclear plant at Moorside in Cumbria.

      Partnerships: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Scottish limited partnerships are qualifying under the terms of the Scottish Partnerships (Register of People...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the role of Companies House is in combatting money laundering.

      Infrastructure: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure the delivery of (a) utilities, (b) communications,...

      Company Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what checks his Department carries out to ensure that dividends paid by companies do not exceed their distributable...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will appoint an independent committee to examine the governance of the Financial Reporting Council.

      Audit: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the dates on which his Department authorised the Financial Reporting Council to pass the fines...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what procedures are used by Companies House to verify the authenticity of company directors, secretaries and registered...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether any action has been taken against the promoters and officers of Magnolia Fundaction UK Ltd for filing...

      Professional Organisations: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Recognised Professional Bodies are authorised to regulate insolvency but are not subject to Freedom of...

      Financial Services: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which organisations are authorised to act as Recognised Supervisory Bodies under the Companies Act but not subject to...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress is being made on the Insolvency Service's investigation into the affairs of BHS.

      Minimum Wage

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

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the results from his Department's consultation on Tips, gratuities, cover and service charges;...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many fines have been issued for non-compliance with the People with Significant Control register; and how much has...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of companies that have not complied with the terms of the People with...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has taken any action against the promoters and officers of Magnolia Fundaction UK Ltd for filing information...

      Natural Gas: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of domestic regulatory options through the National Grid and Ofgem on allowing...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what energy contingencies the UK will rely on after the recent closure of the Rough gas storage facility.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on gas security of supply in the event that Interconnector UK...

      Natural Gas: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the UK's merchant gas interconnectors of the EU network codes...

      Interconnector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what alternative regulatory frameworks his Department has considered following the cessation of storage at the Rough...

      Interconnector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the closure of Interconnector UK on the security of UK gas...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide a breakdown of the estimate of the total whole life costs for Hinkley Point C in the major project...

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support the UK space industry during the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Digital Technology: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the publication of the responses to the call for views by the Intellectual Property Office on...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the implications of the section entitled...

      Solar Power and Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on considering the case for future contracts for difference rounds for solar and...

      British Coal Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recommendations the British Coal pension schemes trustees have made on the current 50/50 surplus arrangements; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Egypt: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of non-governmental organisations to operate freely in Egypt and the restrictions...

    • Egypt: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of is of progress towards identifying who was accountable for the violent dispersal of protestors...

      Egypt: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the level of assessment he has made of disappearances, mass arbitrary arrests, torture, deaths in custody and...

      Giulio Regeni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress towards identifying who was accountable for the abduction, torture and murder of Giulio...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to facilitate negotiations between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority on...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Iran nuclear deal of (a) ballistic missile tests carried out by Iran...

      Sajaad Mohamed Abu Abdallah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the fatal shooting of Sajaad Mohammed Abdalla in Awamiya on...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on the provision of (a) adequate food, (b) medical care and (c)...

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain about allegations of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture...

      Saudi Arabia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the Government of Saudi Arabia on adequate housing and...

      Saudi Arabia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the Government of Saudi Arabia on discrimination against Shiite...

      Israel: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government on intelligence-gathering targeting pro-Palestinian activists; whether...

      Israel: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK citizens of the Israeli laws which preclude entry to that country for...

      Saudi Arabia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Saudi Arabia for a fair and thorough investigation into use of firearms by...

      Elias Faisal Al-Mulla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on the provision of (a) adequate medical care and (b) contact with...

      Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding was allocated to the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution (CIPCR) for projects in the...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help de-escalate the conflict in Yemen; and whether the Government supports a UN-led independent...

      Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Nigerian Government protects (a) religious minorities and (b) the rights...

      Cameroon: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Cameroon on violence and unrest in the anglophone region of that country.

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the situation in the south-east region of Nigeria.

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from the Nigerian Government on the use of force against unarmed...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcome of the most recent round of negotiations in Geneva on the civil war in Syria.

      Syria: Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the work of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the United States and (b) Turkey on the recent decision by the US...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policy on Syria of the recent decision by the US...

      Madagascar: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he plans to update official advice on travel to Madagascar as a result of the recent outbreak of plague in Madagascar.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the memorandum issued by the Governments of Russia, Iran and Turkey on 4 May 2017 following negotiations in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Gulf Strategy Unit: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what funding has been allocated to the Gulf Strategy Integrated Delivery Team for 2017-18.

    • Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a timetable for the introduction of online electoral registration in Northern Ireland.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that funding for Electoral Registration Offices reflects the scale of activity required to process...

      EU Nationals: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to allow EU27 citizens who are awarded settled status to be able to vote in (a) local government, (b) police and crime...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to review the Government's redactions of the Intelligence and Security Committee's April 2017 UK Lethal Drone Strikes in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce bureaucracy in voter registration processes during and outside canvass periods.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2017 to Question 7608, on Public Sector: Procurement, how many service users waived their right to anonymity in...

      Government Property Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8258, what proportion of the Government Property Unit's resource is (a) interim and (b) permanent.

      Government Property Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8258, what the expected peaks are that the Government Property Unit will have to manage.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8204, on the live trials of the New Property Model, what evidence informing the Go-Live...

      Equifax

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government's joint venture with Equifax remains operational.

      Government Property Unit: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8257, on Government Property Unit: staff, how many and what proportion of unit staff are...

      Government Property Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8508, on the Government Property Unit, what the 13 applications were which were granted with...

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2017 to Question 8361, what the five most common conditions attached to agreements to extend or renew lets with...

      Government Departments: Empty Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many buildings owned by government departments are empty in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex constituency; which those buildings are; to which...

      Cybercrime: USA

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adopting in the UK a programme similar to the US Department of Defense trial bug bounty...

  • Department for International Development

    • Cyprus: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to visit Cyprus during the current parliamentary session.

    • Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she plans to publish the review of her Department's aid programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  • Department for Education

    • Johnson Kane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set out the information obtained by background checks carried out by her Department on Johnson Kane, the co-founder and Chief Executive...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Minister for Children and Families plans to respond to the letter dated 16 August 2017 from the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby on a...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 10246, whether the purchase of the Bowring Sports Ground required the approval of HM Treasury;...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department accepts health visitors as suitable professionals to complete and sign the letter Response from health professional to request...

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many civil law proceedings involving alleged domestic violence or child abuse one or more of the parties has chosen to represent themselves.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time between the commencement of an employment and support allowance appeal and a decision was in (a) Ashfield, (b) Mansfield, (c)...

      Commercial Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Law Commission on including a review of whether the UK's corporate laws are fit for purpose in its 13th programme...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Logistic Commodities and Services: Donnington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4291, for what reasons the Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington was opened by the Minister for...

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the costs of the renewal of the Trident submarine programme (a) with and (b) without (i) construction of the Hinkley Point...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) global and (b) per capita spend from his Department's Regional Expenditure with the UK Industry and Commerce and Supported Employment for...

      Burma: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK has provided funding, training or other support to the military forces of Myanmar in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Marriage Guidance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it remains his policy to double relationship support funding to £70 million during the course of the current Parliament.

    • Parents: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when tenders for the new £30 million inter-parental conflict programme announced in April 2017 will be published.

      Families: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial provision there is for people in need of family counselling services who are unable to pay for such services.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of replacing the work capability assessment with separate assessments for employment...

      Universal Credit: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will collect and publish quarterly data on the number and proportion of universal credit claimants who fall into rental...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is to process new claims for employment and support allowance in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is to process new claims for jobseeker's allowance across the UK in the last 12 months.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is to process new claims for employment and support allowance across the UK in the last 12 months.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people declaring incorrect incomes to avoid child support payments in the last 12 months.

      Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of raising to 35-years the age threshold of the shared accommodation rates since January...

      Learning Disability: East Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how (a) many employers in East Renfrewshire signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme and (b) that scheme is promoted to employers.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of Child Support Agency Arrears are deemed uncollectable in (a) Aberdeen City (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Scotland.

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants have experienced a delay in receiving their first full universal credit payment because they do not...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time has been for first payments to be made to new claimants of universal credit from their application date in (a) Newcastle...

      PAYE: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the remit and activities of the Late, Missing and Incorrect RTI Project are.

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will give claimants the ability to receive benefits in line with calendar months, rather than four week periods, as is the norm for...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 8608, when he plans to announce the proposed next steps on statutory sick pay.

      Personal Independence Payment: Livingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of constituents in Livingston constituency have had their personal independence payments overturned as a result...

      Universal Credit: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports from the Trussell Trust that foodbanks in areas of full universal...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of trends in employment.

      Personal Independence Payment: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had personal independence payment awards reduced or removed as a result of reassessment in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017 to date...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral Answer of 9 October 2017, Official Report, column 12, what proportion of personal independence payment assessments were...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the value of recreational bass fishing in England to the economy in each of the last 10 years...

    • Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the introduction of mandatory separate food waste collections in...

      Incinerators: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with HM Treasury on the efficacy of an incinceration tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the natural flood management funding schemes that have been...

      Environment Agency: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the Environment Agency's capacity to maintain those navigable waterways...

      Supermarkets: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage supermarkets to publish food waste data and audited annual breakdowns of food waste.

      Agriculture and Fisheries: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward the (a) agriculture and (b) fisheries bills which were announced in the 2017 Queen's Speech;...

      Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish its 25 year environment plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to launch a consultation on tranche three of the marine conservation zone.

      Forests: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to maintain Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade certification and market access to after UK leaves...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU nationals have received compensation for unlawful detention under Immigration Act powers in each of the last five years.

    • Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many international students entered the UK with (a) a child and (b) an adult dependent in each of the last five years.

      National Security: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that security measures undertaken by other governments outside the UK and funded from the...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unsuccessful bids were made for the Police Transformation Fund; and what the amount was of each unsuccessful bid to that fund.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what administrative errors occurred that led to letters being sent to EU nationals incorrectly notifying them that they would be deported.

      Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers of her Department have had with the Chief Scientific Adviser in her Department in the last three...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the powers available to take action against illegal encampments; and if she will make a...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average gross and net income received by her Department is from migration applications for each category of migration application...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to UK Visas and Immigration, under the premium service, there are which (a) exceeded the advertised timescale for a...

      Special Constables: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the lack of paid leave on the take-up of the Employer Supported Policing scheme.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions fire service response times have been extended as a result of new build housing developments not being included in GPS...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 August 2017 to Question 2332, how many people directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire have been granted 12...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Section 135 of the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used (a) in total, (b) by region and (c) by ethnic group in each year...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to introduce new regulations under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in relation to amendments to that...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applicants for premium service visas wait more than one month to be allocated a caseworker.

      Refugees: Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs on fast track access to child tax credits for families who have...

      Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of the practice known as cuckooing have been reported to the police in England in each of the last five years for which...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce identity theft across the UK.

      Orgreave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to commitment to the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee in her letter dated 28 November 2016, whether all of her...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of charging for 101 calls on the number of people reporting crimes;...

      Refugees: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to remove the UK from the EU framework on refugee protection before a new policy is in place.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether allegations made under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 are held on a person's criminal record.

  • HM Treasury

    • Customs Officers: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to base customs officials in Scotland after the UK has left the EU.

    • Landlords: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which local authorities in England share the names and addresses of landlords with HM Revenue and Customs.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made in its inquiry into the Panama Papers.

      EP Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates he has met the EU PANA Committee; what was the duration of each of those meetings; and what topics were discussed at each.

      Stocks and Shares: Channel Islands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals (a) to amend section 841 of the UK Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 to withdraw recognition of the...

      British Home Stores: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission an independent inquiry into tax avoidance schemes used by BHS.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent from the public purse on Help to Buy in each region of England; and how many beneficiaries in each income group there have been from...

      Charities: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to support small local charities.

      Free Schools: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many sites approved for purchase for free schools by the Education Skills Funding Agency have been refused funding by his Department; and if he will...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Government on the fiscal implications of that Government's plans to introduce minimum unit pricing...

      Capital Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the scope of investment allowances to include encouragement for investment in software,...

      Financial Services: Gibraltar

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on whether financial services providers located in Gibraltar should have barrier-free access to the UK market after the UK leaves the EU.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likelihood that off-gas grid businesses will switch to higher carbon fuels when the climate change levy on liquid...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide additional ring-fenced funding from the public purse for pay rises over one per cent for nurses.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many times he has (a) invited and (b) met with consumer groups to discuss negotiations on the UK leaving the EU and their...

    • Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 September 2017, Official Report, column 302, what the evidential basis is for the statement...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7952, on Department for Exiting the European Union: temporary employment, how...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8561, what the evidential basis is for his statement that Parliament has...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6...

      Civil Servants: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8511, on civil service: secondments, which other departments sent staff to...

      Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 8695, on consumers, which consumer groups have been invited to the planned...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many times he has visited (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland since his...

      UK Membership of EU: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the position paper, Confidentiality and Access to Documents, published on 21 August 2017, what representations the...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the policy paper, The exchange and protection of personal data: a future partnership paper, published on 24 August...

      Business Council for Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the membership is of the new Business Council for Brexit.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if the Government will review its policy on granting export licences to Saudi Arabia, taking into account recent evidence on the incidence...

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information his Department receives on the end use of UK arms exports.

      Hospitals: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the revenue accrued to the public purse of UK hospitals operating branches in India for each of the last five years.

      Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government is taking steps to monitor the (a) sale and (b) promotion by companies at the Defence and Security Equipment...

      Department for International Trade: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to appoint a Chief Scientific Adviser.

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress has been made on identifying what continued co-operation with the EU on matters of arms and strategic export controls will...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2017 to Question 9573, what the 10 biggest foreign inward investments from EU countries into Wales...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will list the value of UK arms exports to each country in the last three years.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings he has had with representatives of UK arms manufacturers on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU.

      Arms Trade: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the robustness and transparency of the UK's arms export licensing system.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK conducts its arms trade in a responsible manner.

      Overseas Trade: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Qatar on future trade and investment between the UK and Qatar.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of trends in demand for UK exports.

      Overseas Trade and Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to identify potential barriers to trade and investment after the UK leaves the EU.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of how World Trade Organisation rules would affect UK trade in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Meat Products: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he has made to his US counterpart on lifting the US ban on haggis imports.

      Bombardier: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the EU Trade Commissioner on the Bombardier trade dispute.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's policy is on the grounds on which government files are allowed to be exempt from the 30 year rule.

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what preparations her Department is making for the possibility of negotiations on the UK leaving the EU resulting in no agreement.

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an assessment of the potential capacity of England to host the 2022 World Cup; and if she will make a...

      Gambling: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the introduction of a compulsory levy on licensed gambling businesses to help treat problem gamblers.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Broadband

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the average broadband download speed is on the Parliamentary estate.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the cost to the NHS to date of defending legal action brought against it by Dr Chris Day.

    • St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) midwives and (c) nurses and health visitors were employed by St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust in each year between...

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8527, on transvaginal mesh implants, whether he intends to discuss ongoing or long-term delays...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the financial deficit has been in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.

      Continuing Care: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the retention of patient records for use by people who are claiming funds back as part of the NHS Continuing Healthcare scheme.

      Psychiatric Nurses: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community psychiatric nurses working in the NHS in England are non-UK EU nationals.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2017 to Question 6313, on sugar, whether the 5 per cent reduction target has been met.

      Oral Tobacco: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to introduce product standards for chewed tobacco in order to reduce the health effect.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will continue to work with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to develop guidance for clinical commissioning groups in the...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of health visitors.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of daily smoking levels in the UK each year for the next 15 years.

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the scientific evidence upon which the Government based its ban on snus.

      Mental Health Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken to rehouse an adult male in-patient with complex needs has been following the closure of services in (a) Yorkshire and (b)...

      Gender Recognition: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding the Government has provided to ensure that there are adequate specialist gender identity clinics for people undergoing treatment relating to...

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy treatment administered by the NHS on the health...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the number of clinical commissioning groups that have entirely decommissioned IVF services.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practice speciality training posts were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17.

      Hospitals: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals he has visited in an official capacity since 9 June 2017.

      Prescription Drugs: Addictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider introducing a national 24-hour helpline to support people affected by prescribed drug dependence.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve delivery of primary care health services for people with coeliac disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Department of Health: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 9980, on iron and steel: procurement, what progress his Department has made on delivering greater...

      Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review legislation on surrogacy.

      European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of replicating the relevant functions of the European Food Safety Authority after the UK...

      Nabiximols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what medical evidence his Department has recently taken into account in its decision not to license nabiximols for use on the NHS.

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his planned consultation on social care will include consultation on the needs of working-age disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to reduce the price of self-funded care home beds.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department offers on what constitutes serious handicap for the purposes of the Abortion Act 1967.

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recent survey conducted by Pregnancy Sickness Support, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of treatment of symptoms...

      Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that the children of problem drinkers (a) have access to and (b) receive the support they need.

      Urgent Care Centres: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on improving urgent care centres in North Northamptonshire.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the proportion of GP practices that responded to a BMA survey stating that they...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the research basis is for the decision his Department has taken not to make calorie labelling mandatory.

      Psychiatry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the training of more child psychiatrists; and if he will make a statement.

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the shingles vaccine is not available to people between the age of 73 and 77; and if the Government will make that vaccine available to...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve availability of wheelchairs.

      Learning Disability: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) examination of eyes and (b) dispensing of glasses to adults and children with learning disabilities.

      Learning Disability: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the high risks of sight problems in people with learning disabilities.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Science and Engineering

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of women taking up careers in science and engineering.

    • Feminism

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on women's rights of the UK leaving the EU.

      LGBT People: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government is making on its consultation with LGBT people on their experiences of accessing public services.

      Females: Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to celebrate the centenary of women being able to vote.

  • Department of Health

    • Surrogate Motherhood: Lone Parents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 19 September (HL1420), whether, under the proposed remedial order relating to the Human Fertilisation...

    • Tobacco: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any assessment made of the health hazards from illicit tobacco products compared with those that are legally produced; and if so, what...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of any positive impact in the overall health of under 35 year old smokers arising from tax and packaging measures that they have imposed.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide any additional support to women travelling from Northern Ireland to access abortions in England; and if so, (1) whether financial...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the waiting time for treatment by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

      First Aid: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools have received mental health first aid training.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which non-governmental organisations have been established by secondary legislation in the last 30 years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of civilians killed during the liberation of Mosul.

    • Mike Walliker: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Commander of the British Forces, Commodore Mike Walliker, has had with (1) the Chief Police Officer of Gibraltar, (2) the Chairman of the...

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