Written answers

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

    • Government Car Service: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has given guidance to drivers in the Government Car Services on Westminster City Councils' initiative Don't Be Idle.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which new rail schemes to be jointly funded between Network Rail and the private sector his Department has assessed and analysed in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new projects or schemes Network Rail has agreed to in the last 12 months which are to be jointly funded with the private sector; and which...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the report it commissioned from First Class Partnerships on the commissioning of new rail services; and if he...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the equalities impact assessment carried out for the East Midlands Rail Franchise; and if he will make a statement.

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on recent trials in Amsterdam of switching off traffic lights to improve traffic flows; and if he will consider...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the police response has been delayed as a result of new build housing developments not being included in GPS...

    • Research: EU Nationals

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

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect of no longer having access to the second generation Schengen Information System...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to revise the process for awarding contracts to private companies for the provision of accommodation for asylum...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department collects on people whose appeal rights have been exhausted and then become missing.

      Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of retail crime to (a) businesses, (b) local authorities and (c) the police in each of the last five...

      Immigration: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements she has placed on the NHS to report on patients' immigration status.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure its provision of overseas assistance is in accordance with the Government's human rights...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department collects on the nationality of people spot-checked by immigration officers and subsequently (a) arrested and (b)...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to collect data on the ethnicity or race and religion of people recorded as encountered in immigration...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of correspondence to UK Visas and Immigration was responded to within (a) 10 days, (b) 20 days, (c) 30 days and (d) in the...

      Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to her Department's announcement of 8 October 2017 on a new national online hate crime hub, what the total expected operational...

      Police Custody: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish data on the number of people with a mental disorder removed to police stations under Section 135 or 136 of the...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the time and resources required to apply her Department's new annual data requirement on recording each...

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the timetable for the roll-out of the Emergency Service network since it was agreed to; and if she will make...

      Human Trafficking: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people convicted of human trafficking offences were (a) UK nationals, (b) other EU nationals and (c) nationals from...

      Anti-slavery Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings of the anti-slavery task force there have been since that task force was established; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking: Cairnryan Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been trafficked into the UK through the Port of Cairnryan in each of the last...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether European Arrest Warrants for (a) non-UK EU suspects in the UK and (b) UK suspects in the EU would be operable on the day after the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refunds were issued by her Department to visa applicants in each of the last 12 months.

      Poisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious transactions, within the terms of the Poisons Act 1972 as amended, have been reported using the (a) national contact...

      Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the terms of reference for Stephen Shaw's follow-up review of the welfare of vulnerable people in immigration detention...

      Europe: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of child refugees who are unaccompanied in each European country.

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has of the potential merits of introducing a licensing system for online purchases of knives for certain trades.

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to meet knife manufacturers and suppliers in advance of the proposed changes to regulation of the sale of knives online.

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to issue consultation on the sale of knives online.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role UK officials located at border points have in the early identification and safeguarding of trafficked children.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons hon. Members' telephone access to UK Visas and Immigration has been reduced.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for non-straightforward Tier 2 visa applications in each quarter of the last five years.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for non-straightforward Tier 1 visa applications in each quarter of the last five years.

      Visas: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is she taking to ensure that bona fide business and personal visitors from African countries to the UK receive an efficient and...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of administering the system for applications for settled status.

      Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications from UK citizens resident in the Irish Republic have been processed by the (a) Belfast Passport Office and...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for non-straightforward settlement visa applications in each quarter of the last five...

      France: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to work with its French counterpart for better coordination in the joint response to unaccompanied child refugees.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to reduce the size of the immigration detention estate.

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Test of English for International Communication students have had their visa cancelled in each of the last 12 months.

      Overseas Students: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Test of English for International Communication students are currently in deportation centres.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that family reunion provisions for unaccompanied children are not restricted in the event that...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the length of time people are detained for immigration purposes.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on which the principal pull factors are for unaccompanied children choosing to come to the UK; and if...

      Police: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training her Department provides to senior officers in the (a) Metropolitan Police and (b) Hertfordshire Constabulary to assist and...

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been employed by (a) Greater Manchester Police and (b) Bury Police Service in each year since 2010.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to review the rules on Disclosure and Barring Service checks that cover the criminal convictions of children...

      College of Policing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the interview for the new chief executive of the College of Policing took place; and when she will announce the successful candidate.

      Intercountry Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish new guidance on inter-country adoptions to replace the guidance that was removed and archived on 7...

      Police Custody: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to introduce regulations on the use of police stations as a place of safety under section 136A of the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Police: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been (a) accused, (b) suspended and (c) discharged from the service for being affiliated to a proscribed...

      Fires: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number is of fire-related deaths by fire authority in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Civil Service workforce in his Department dedicated to planning for...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law...

      Managers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on executive pay being approved by an annual vote of shareholders.

      Managers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to introduce the register on shareholder voting announced by the Prime Minister on 27 August...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many 0345 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and how much revenue has been generated by each such...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without...

    • Colombia: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Colombia on reports of anti-narcotics police firing on a UN-led...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2017 to Question 9872, what the Government's policy is on the circumstances under which...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2017 to Question 9879, what the Government's policy is on whether the Government of...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Iran on the (a) destruction of the site of the mass grave of...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) make representations to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on establishing an independent inquiry into...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2017 to Question 9871, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of emerging...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

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

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2017 to Question 9879, what specific steps the Government of North Korea needs to take...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2017 to Question 9879, what the Government's policy is on the length of time for which...

      North Korea: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential risks faced by UK nationals visiting North Korea; and what plans he has to...

      Kim Jong-nam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the (a) Government of Malaysia and (b) the Organisation for the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on whether a formal request should be made for the UN Secretary-General to use his good offices...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the diplomatic implications of the North Korean Government's rejection of an offer from the...

      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 (a) the US and (b) North Korea on the circumstances under which the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the diplomatic implications of the recent statement by his North Korean counterpart that the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking towards achieving a two state solution to the Israel and Palestine conflict.

      Catalonia: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken in response to the recent violence in Catalonia.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Israeli Government on that government's legal obligation towards the...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Israeli Government on the matter of the legality of Israeli settlements...

      Syria: Human Rights and War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that members of the Assad regime who have committed war crimes and human rights...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the protection of vulnerable Christian villagers in...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received on the number of cases in Saudi Arabia where torture has been alleged to have...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to review the implementation of the recommendations in the Children in Military Custody report,...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many 0345 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and how much revenue has been generated by each telephone number...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the decision not to sign the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty 2017.

  • Attorney General

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Attorney General, what charges have been brought against British citizens for acts relating to the conflict in Syria and Daesh activities in that region; how many citizens have been...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions for violence in a domestic setting there were in each of the last three years; and how many of those prosecutions resulted in a conviction.

      Prosecutions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking under the (a) UK statutory and (b) international legal framework to improve rates of prosecution for British Citizens for participation in (i)...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Attorney General, how many times the Government has been ordered to pay damages in accordance with the European Court of Justice ruling in Francovich of 1991; and if he will make a...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Government is involved in cases in which it might be ordered to pay damages in accordance with the European Court of Justice ruling in Francovich of 1991...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has responded to the appeal from humanitarian agencies for a global fund of $25 million for humanitarian...

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs humanitarian funding appeal...

      Developing Countries: Pneumonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle preventable child deaths from pneumonia in support of progress towards Sustainable...

      Overseas Aid: Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made towards its commitment to increase spending on disaster risk reduction; and to which countries...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the memorandum of understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, what discussions her...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary on support for the establishment of an international fund for...

      Developing Countries: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle modern slavery in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help tackle neglected tropical diseases.

      Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to promote access by SME's to her Department's procurement programme.

      Department for International Development: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to increase staff resources in her Department to implement the Government's reforms to private contractor...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK aid to people displaced by the crisis in Syria.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which (a) academies and (b) free schools applied to her Department to have their funding arrangements changed to allow them to vary their...

    • Department for Education: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether third party organisations have access to data on the National Pupil Database; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of ensuring that those schools that have been underfunded relative to the national average for...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate her Department has made of the proportion of the schools budget spent on supply teachers in (a) Kirklees, (b) West Yorkshire and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the accessibility for children with special educational needs and disability of 30 hours free childcare places.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase participation in sport by school children.

      Department for Education: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 10448, on Department for Education: procurement, to which organisation that civil servant was...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate the Government has made of the amount her Department will receive from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in each year from 2018 to 2022;...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have gone missing from care homes in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the refreshed school food standards set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan; and whether those standards will reflect new...

      Sugar: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to issue additional guidance to local education authorities on the effect of sugar on young people's health.

      Department for Education: Government Property Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 105820, if she will make public applications made to the Government property unit to extend or...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local funding authority is responsible for financial support for high needs students aged 16 to 25 when they study in a different area to that...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the National Police Chiefs' Council on its decision to tender the work of civilian enforcement officers.

    • Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the rate of successful prosecutions originating in investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and if...

      Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the business cases for requests for additional funding by community rehabilitation companies.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which community rehabilitation companies have requested additional funding in 2017.

      Package Holidays: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on plans to tackle bogus holiday sickness claims.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to enhance joint-working between probation services and sentencers.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the continuing professional development of existing prison officers.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve the training of new prison officers.

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to extend statutory status to the office of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has allocated to improve prison buildings in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Chair of the Sentencing Council on linking the length of custodial sentences to the acquisition of specified skills...

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of prison-based de-radicalisation programmes; and what improvements have been made to such...

      Juries: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of people registered as deaf who are called for jury service in each of the last five years.

      Electronic Tagging: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to use contracts it has with G4S to improve the tagging performance of that company; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in (a) HM Prison Northumberland, (b) the North East and (c) the UK have died by suicide whilst incarcerated in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department maintains a list of books and other written materials which have been banned by each prison.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that drug users receive (a) suitable accommodation and (b) access to addiction support services after they...

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the Civil Service workforce in his Department dedicated to planning for (a) the UK leaving...

      Young Offenders: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on criminal offences of people under 18 being carried forward into adulthood.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how far away from residential properties are the planned new prisons at (a) Yorkshire, adjacent to HM Prison Full Sutton, (b) HM Young Offenders...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with Natural Resources Wales on plans to build a prison on land in the Baglan Industrial Estate.

      Magistrates: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female magistrates serve on the Warrington bench; and how many of those magistrates are resident (i) in each ward and (ii)...

      Prisoners: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of incidents of discrimination on grounds of race or religion reported by prisoners.

      Personal Independence Payment: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time for personal independence payment tribunals in Wrexham constituency was in each of the last four years.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many probation staff have been affected by the administrative error by Shared Services on pension contributions; and whether he plans to compensate...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to create a task force to ensure HM Inspectorate Probation recommendations are implemented across the National Probation...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the reimbursement of employment tribunal fees; and if he will make a statement.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders have been recalled to prison in each year since 2007.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders who were recalled to prison in each year since 2007 were diagnosed with (a) alcohol misuse issues, (b) gambling addiction issues and...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the collection rates were for warrants of control by HM Courts and Tribunals Service on Warrants of Control for each year since 2008.

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many warrants of arrest have been (a) issued by HM Courts and Tribunals Service and (b) executed by civilian enforcement officers in each of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

    • Defence: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the risks of online disinformation campaigns conducted by foreign powers which are aimed at UK...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has any plans to review the personal independence payments assessment criteria.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing an assessment rate for personal independence payments during the appeals...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality and (b) consistency in the delivery of personal independence payment assessments across the UK...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent defending appeals of personal independence payment decisions in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Aberavon in each of the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the psychological effect that the personal independence payment assessment process is having on applicants.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the usefulness of the information provided to personal independence payment claimants on obtaining supporting...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the next version of the personal independence payment assessment guide for assessment providers to be published.

      Personal Independence Payment: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints were upheld in relation to the personal independence payment assessment process in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Aberavon...

      Personal Independence Payment: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints were received in relation to the personal independence payment assessment process in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many PIP2 forms were (a) completed and returned within the four week deadline, (b) completed and returned outside the four week deadline...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people with conditions that do not require face-to-face assessments for a personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to commission a review of the evidence-gathering process for personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the usefulness of the PIP2 form in collecting information about a claimant's conditions.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to promote Access to Work.

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the costs of relocation and refurbishment at Cavendish Court Jobcentre as part of the current jobcentre...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of disabled people in work; and whether his Department is planning to set targets.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Access to Work reassessments have been conducted in each year since 2009-10.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8578, when he plans to complete the analysis of various trade...

    • Animal Welfare: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 July 2017, HC Deb col 627, if he will ensure that Article 13 is carried over...

      Bees: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has recently conducted into the effects of neonicotinoids on the health of the UK bee population.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of dog breeding premises operating without a licence.

      Fisheries: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2017 to Question 5217, how the Government plans for bycatch fish species identified in the...

      Pets: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to introduce a standardised form of inspection for pet shops and dog breeders.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to (a) monitor and (b) measure the effect of maritime conservation zones on ecological recovery; and if...

      Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been convicted of animal cruelty in each of the last five years.

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many investigations into unlicensed (a) dog breeding and (b) pet shops have led to a prosecution in each of the last...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 11 of the RSPB's Reserves 2012 report, what information his Department holds on the population of...

      Plastics: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made on international steps to tackle plastic pollution in the oceans; and if he will make...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2017 to Question 5177, how many case workers have been allocated to work with (a) Grenfell...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the fire resistance of residential tower blocks that are (a) under construction or (b) due to...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what right to buy receipts local authorities have paid to the Exchequer in (a) capital receipts, (b) interest accrued and (c)...

      Planning Permission: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of prosecutions that have been brought for unacceptable breach of planning...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the settlement for local government in the next...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what proportion of prime contractors his Department paid their sub-contractors within 30 days in each of the last 24 months.

      Mayors: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the salary of the proposed Sheffield City Region Mayor will be.

  • Wales Office

    • UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on each sector of the Welsh economy of changes in the UK's participation in the single market...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many criminal investigations have been initiated by HM Revenue and Customs against individuals suspected of being involved with tax evasion and...

    • Tax Evasion: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals have been prosecuted for offshore tax evasion in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date the Government plans to introduce a statutory breathing space scheme for household debt.

      Treasury: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of revenue lost by the Exchequer due to the sale of illicit tobacco in the UK in the last year for...

      Gaming Machines: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which year there were first references in his Department's publications to actual and anticipated public revenues from the use of fixed-odds betting...

      Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of supply chain jobs in the UK supported by (a) High Speed 2, (b) Heathrow expansion, (c) Hinkley...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has reviewed the economic modelling that underpinned his Department's paper, The long-term economic impact of EU membership and the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Arms Length External Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of new arms-length bodies his Department plans to establish once the UK has left the EU.

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to figure 7 on page 24 of the National Audit Office's report, Progress on the government estate strategy (HC 1131), published on 25...

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 44 of the National Audit Office's report, Progress on the government estate strategy, HC1131, published on 25 April 2017, what...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will review the grounds for the requirement for council candidates to publish their home address on ballot papers.

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing proposals for secure online voting for elections.

      Electoral Registration Officers: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for electoral registration officers.

      Polling Stations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to codify the roles and responsibilities of tellers at polling stations.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward proposals on the registration of people in (i) universities, (ii) colleges, (iii) residential care homes and...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward proposals to tackle duplicate voter registrations.

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an attestation arrangement for postal vote applications requiring a signature waiver.

      Ballot Papers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing the absolute requirement to count unused ballot papers as a part of the verification...

      Ballots

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will conduct a review of the combination of polls which includes an assessment of (a) which polls should be automatically combined, (b) the...

      Elections: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that expenses claims submitted to the Election Claims Unit are audited and settled within six months of...

      Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Law Commissioners proposals of February 2016, on reforming electoral laws, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving (a) electoral registration officers the responsibility for the subdivision of UK...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to end the Boundary Commission's review of constituency boundaries.

      Oesophageal Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer aged between (a) 20 to 40, (b) 40 to 60 and (c) over 60 in each of the last five years.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce are on permanent agency contracts in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK.

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average number of hours worked a week was on a zero-hours contract in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK in the last 12 months.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people have received fixed penalty notices for failing to register on the electoral register in each local authority...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to the public purse to date is of the Boundary Commission for England's 2018 Review.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the (a) value and (b) proportion of manufactured (i) goods and (ii) services exported to other EU countries was by each nation and...

    • Department for International Trade: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to publish the findings of his Department's review of the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational...

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reasons UK Export Finance can only lend for periods up to 10 years; by what legal authority the OECD imposes that lending...

      Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many officials employed in his Department as of 12 October 2017 have substantial experience of international trade negotiations.

      Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many officials employed in his Department in June 2016 had substantial experience of international trade negotiation.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the UK is on course to meet the target to export £1 billion of goods and services by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Sefton Central of 12 October 2017, Official Report, column 428, what the value of...

      Trade Fairs: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Sefton Central of 12 October 2017, Official Report, column 428, what the cost was...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to implement the European Electronic Communications Code in the event that it becomes EU law (a)...

    • Commercial Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on commercial radio deregulation before the November...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Elizabeth Tower: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what material has been used in the scaffolding for the renovation work on the Elizabeth...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the Lancet article, entitled How will Brexit affect...

    • Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the supply of medical devices to NHS patients in the event that there is no...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the research on the effect of incineration on health commissioned by his Department and being undertaken by Imperial College, is expected to report.

      Eylea: Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Lars Bruening, Bayer UK and Ireland CEO, as a result of the recognition by NICE of the merits of using Eylea to treat...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to encourage and incentivise people to take up nursing.

      Department of Health: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people living with HIV were accessing HIV medicines in (a) England, (b) each parliamentary constituency, (c) each clinical commissioning group...

      Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that all stem cell transplant patients receive adequate care and support after treatment.

      Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of current commissioning arrangements for services provided to patients after a stem cell...

      Health Services: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on journalists attending the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo.

      Locums: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on locum doctors in each local authority in London in each of the last 12 months.

      General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of GPs in Enfield; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulance Services: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of ambulances is currently provided by the public sector.

      Health Services: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the NHS high-risk maintenance backlog to be remedied.

      Cancer: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the management of pain, including the use of fentanyl, for cancer patients.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the economic impact assessment of introducing charges to non-UK citizens for using NHS services.

      Drugs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations has he received from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on single wholesaler distribution of pharmaceutical medicines...

      Drugs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has he made of whether single wholesaler distribution of medicines and medical supplies offers value for money for patients.

      Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to assist the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust since it has been placed into special measures.

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information (a) his Department, (b) NHS England and (c) arms-length bodies collect on the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff.

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the minimum waiting time for elective surgery; and if he will make a statement.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the regulation, movement and education of doctors in the UK.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of treatments provided to private patients in NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Physician Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to expand the role of physician associates in accident and emergency departments; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding from the public purse for children's health services, as a proportion of total health services funding, is now commissioned from non-NHS...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve information for patients who may be exempt from dental charges.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of denying or delaying treatment for patients requiring bariatric surgery.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of NICE guidance on bariatric surgery (CG189).

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women were admitted to hospital with severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome following IVF treatment in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Department of Health: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 0345 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and how much revenue has been generated by each such telephone number in each year since 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the Government Equalities Office's estimate is of the amount of EU legislation and regulation that can be incorporated into UK law without amendment.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the social and economic consequences of restricting zero-hours contracts to students and pensioners.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Christian, Yazidi and Shia minorities in Iraq are considered as vulnerable people in terms of UK humanitarian assistance; and if so, how this status is...

    • Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UNHCR’s vulnerability criteria in relation to refugees from Iraq or Syria; and whether they consider that religious...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions there were for the offences of (1) gross indecency, (2) attempted gross indecency, (3) buggery, and (4) attempted buggery, in England and...

    • Prison Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Justice intends to implement the ratio of personal responsibility for six prisoners being given to every prison officer, as stated...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace funding from the European Social Fund for programmes supporting young people not in employment, education or training after the UK...

    • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the recent conclusions by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that the UK has not done enough to...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the freeze on Local Housing Allowance on levels of homelessness in England.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings they have held with the Chief Executives of Atos and Capita about Personal Independence Payment assessments since the General Election.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that, within their 25 year plan for the environment, the ways in which they will protect and enhance the special qualities of...

    • English Nature

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will support English Nature in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities for designated landscapes.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that all important areas for biodiversity and wildlife, including those within National Parks and Areas of Outstanding...

      National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that, in arrangements for strategic planning in the UK, all proposed developments in areas adjacent to National Parks are...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Combined Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many proposals to establish a combined authority have been (1) received, (2) approved, and (3) rejected, since 8 May 2015.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a position paper on the effect of Brexit on the transport sector; and if so, when.

  • Department of Health

    • Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of manufacturers of medical products in restrictions of supply to pharmacists, and of the relationship of such...

    • Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any discussions have taken place with the Scottish Government following publication of the updated recommendations on folic acid by the...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the changes brought in by National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the action taken by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in 2012–13 to undertake enhanced pharmacovigilance alongside routine...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials were used by marketing authorisation holders for the testing of HPV vaccines prior to approval by the...

      Drugs: Side Effects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is possible to inform the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of signs and symptoms that arise after a Yellow Card report has been...

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