Written answers

Thursday, 19 October 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Navigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of criminal investigations which have been undertaken into allegations relating to failure to...

    • Ports: Navigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a duty on his Department to oversee or direct competent harbour authorities in the...

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings his Ministers of his Department have had with representatives from Competent Harbour Authorities in the last 12 months.

      Crossrail 2 Line: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the transport, housing and economic benefits of Crossrail 2 for (a) Tottenham constituency and (b) the London Borough...

      Railways: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the provision of rail services in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) the North East of England.

      Atol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the extent of the protection extended to commercial flights by ATOL.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent taxi drivers from refusing to carry passengers with guide dogs.

      Airports: Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will review the decision to increase security requirements on passengers flying between Ercan International Airport and UK airports.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many station upgrades are due to start before April 2019 under the Network Rail Access for All scheme.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on improving the accessibility of train stations for disabled people under Network Rail's Access for All scheme since 2014 in...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many planned station upgrades under Network Rail's Access for All scheme have been (a) cancelled during rail control period 5 and (b) deferred to...

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the detailed legislative guidance on the franchising powers made available to combined authorities with elected...

      Shared Spaces: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made on the effect of shared-space schemes on disabled people.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce congestion on the strategic road network.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if (a) employees and (b) contractors of her Department receive incentive payments in relation to the number of deportations from the UK they...

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September to Question 6756, what guidance her Department (a) has provided or (b) plans to provide to financial...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a time limit on the period for which an individual can be detained for immigration purposes.

      Sleeping Rough: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens sleeping rough in the UK have been (a) detained and (b) deported in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 9570, how many unsuccessful bids were made to the Police Transformation Fund; and what...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will introduce a central database of unaccompanied children entering the UK.

      Crime: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been made available to implement section 13 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

  • HM Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many kinship carers have been denied child tax credit, for a baby to whom they or their partner have given birth, as a result of the restriction of...

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the potential fiscal effect is of reducing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to (a) £2, (b) £10, (c) £20, (d) £30...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential additional bureaucratic requirements that will be imposed on British businesses in the event that the UK leaves...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of social care employers found to be non-compliant with the national minimum wage have had arrears identified by self-correction since...

      Revenue and Customs: Cornwall

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 46 of HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, whether HM Revenue and Customs took account of the minority status...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made on the effect on the wine and spirit industry of the 3.9 per cent increase in duty paid.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 6005, what plans HM Revenue and Customs has to conduct compliance work nationally from a reduced...

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to allow (a) bank customers and (b) customers of open banking services greater control over their banking data.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 9980, on iron and steel: procurement, what progress his...

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential financial effect on consumers of implementation of the recommendations set...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources.

      Job Creation: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support job creation schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of competition conditions for domestic supply contracts...

      Homebase: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is offering to the employees affected by the closure of some Homebase stores.

      Fracking: Ryedale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment that (a) the relevant criteria for hydraulic fracturing consent have been met for the...

      Construction: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to promote (a) gender and (b) racial diversity in the construction industry.

      Petroleum (Production) Regulations 1966

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what changes have been made to the Model Clauses incorporated in PL080 Licence from the Petroleum (Production)...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with the Welsh Government on minimising any potential effect of radioactive sediment...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many sectors have responded to his open door challenge and are negotiating a sector deal as part of the industrial...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to provide guidance to businesses on (a) the process, (b) the expectations and (c) the sign-off...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of radioactive sediment from the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he plans to ensure the safety of the South Wales coastline in relation to potential effect of radioactive sediment...

      Bombardier: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he and his Cabinet colleagues made to (a) their counterparts in the US Administration and (b) US...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received information obtained by the US Administration through provisions within the USA Patriot Act...

    • Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many Syrians have been disappeared by the Assad regime; and what proportion of those people...

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request a UN investigation into the 1988 executions of political prisoners in Iran.

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Iran nuclear deal JCPOA; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the British diplomatic and military support for the Government of Libya.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that the UK Mission to the UN in New York makes representations on the situation of the Baha'i community in...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has investigated how Andargachew Tsege's itinerary was shared with the Ethiopian authorities in advance...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to co-sponsor a resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran at the current session of the...

      USA: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on diplomatic tensions between the US and North Korea.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with the Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ms Asma Jahangir, or with the...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on whether Andargachew Tsege's in absentia death sentence is unlawful.

      South Sudan: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the abduction of young people in the Darfur region of South Sudan for (a) militia...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the findings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion No. 28/2016 on Nazanin...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to secure consular access to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe since recent new charges have been brought...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the new charges being brought against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of publishing details of all public sector pay above the £100,000 threshold for which it holds the...

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Government Property Unit calculated that 75 per cent of staff will relocate to a hub less than 10 miles from their current office and that 90...

      Government Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government (a) department and (b) Minister is responsible for the promotion and recognition of British Sign Language.

      Action Fraud: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Cyber Security Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to the Action Fraud helpline.

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 57073, what the cost to the public purse of the gov.uk Verify system has been to date.

      Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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)...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK data privacy legislation of not incorporating into UK law, Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental...

      Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward proposals to provide for the appointment of sub-agents at any future national referendum.

      Crown Commercial Service: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7708, on Crown Commercial Service: procurement, what the two contracts were where the tender...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will assess the merits of introducing a process to cancel a postal ballot paper issued to an elector who is subsequently deleted from the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will assess the merits of clarifying the arrangements around deferring publication of the electoral register where an election occurs during the...

      Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister authorised the Cabinet Secretary to discuss the comments made by Lord Maude on the UK leaving the EU with the media.

      New Businesses: Bolton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information the Government holds on the number of new businesses that were established in Bolton in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Zero Hours Contracts: Blackburn with Darwen

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of employees in Blackburn with Darwen were on zero hours contracts in each year for which data is available.

      General Election 2017: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the cost to the public purse of holding the general election 2017.

      Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) groups and (b) organisations were involved in stakeholder consultation exercises as part of the Race Disparity Audit, broken down by (i)...

      GDS Advisory Board

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 6989, for what reason the Government Digital Service Advisory Board has not met since January 2017.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to establish an online service to enable people to check if they are registered to vote.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding was allocated by the Government to support (a) the registration of UK electors overseas and (b) residents without a fixed address in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure consistency in Unique Property Reference Numbers for the database used by councils and the...

      Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what safeguards are in place to ensure that people registered to vote outside of the UK do not register in more than one parliamentary constituency.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud entitled Securing the ballot, not...

  • Department for International Development

    • Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to replenish out-of-date bed nets in malaria-endemic countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Graduates: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students from disadvantaged backgrounds graduated from university in the last three years.

    • Apprentices: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) men and (b) women over 60-years of age have (i) started and (ii) completed an apprenticeship in each of the last seven years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the 30 hours free childcare entitlement on childcare providers' ability to (a) employ and (b) support...

      Pre-school Education: Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of eligible three and four year-olds in England are not claiming the early years pupil premium.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Children and Families of 12 October 2017, Official Report, column 212WH, in how many...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the revenue raised by the Apprenticeship Levy will be allocated to fund apprenticeships with non-levy employers.

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment she has made of registered training providers in receipt of (a) less, (b) the same, (c) more funding in real terms per...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's budget is for apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year olds in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19; and what proportion of that budget is...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Children and Families of 12 October 2017, Official Report, column 210WH, how many times...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a list of the funding allocated to each training provider for apprenticeship starts for the periods (a) August 2016 to April 2017...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she had made of the number of children in each local authority in Greater Manchester who will benefit from the Government's policy of 30...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she intends to take to address the shortage of applications for secondary teacher training places in subjects not expected to reach the...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools are currently meeting the Gatsby benchmarks of good practice in careers education, information, advice and guidance.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many registered (a) childminders, (b) nurseries and (c) maintained nurseries rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted have closed in each of the...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to continue the National Careers Service Prime Contractor Area Groups from 1 April 2018.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there were in May to July 2017 for each industry sector.

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to achieve the objectives on broadening the early years workforce set out in the Early Years Workforce Strategy.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to monitor the level of additional charges placed on parents by childcare providers accessing government-funded free...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Juries: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on how to facilitate jury service by people who are registered as deaf.

    • Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of recent HM Inspectorate of Probation reports which indicate that workloads in both the National Probation Service and...

      European Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many UK citizens were protected by the European Protection Order when residing in or visiting another EU member state in each year since 2015.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the publication of the Government's Green Paper on family justice.

      Probation: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders currently meet their probation officer in a public space such as a library, café or restaurant due to a lack of appropriate...

      Probation: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the criticism of the use of booths in probation work contained in the HM Inspectorate of Probation report, The...

      Probation: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to take to address the problems identified in HM Inspectorate of Probation's report on Gloucestershire with service...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid applications for civil cases of domestic violence have been made in each of the last six years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • USA: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received information obtained by the US Administration by means of provisions within the USA Patriot Act of 2001; and if he...

    • Yemen: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suspected terrorists the Government has targeted in Yemen (a) on its own and (b) with the US since January 2017.

      USA: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance is provided to UK personnel in support of US counter-terror actions outside of war zones.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to invest in research on rehabilitation, health and social care models to improve the quality of life for Gulf War veterans who...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to the US in its response to the threat posed by North Korea.

      Law of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since August 2015 the Government has authorised the use of lethal force in a non-military context under the legal basis of...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people currently serving in the armed forces were born (a) in other EU countries and (b) outside the EU; and in which countries those armed...

      USA: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since August 2015 the UK has provided (a) intelligence, (b) communications, (c) material and (d) other assistance to the US in its...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to step the trapping and killing of song birds on his Department's land in Cyprus.

      NSA/CSS Georgia: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK personnel were embedded in the National Security Agency Cryptologic Centre in Georgia USA, in each month between 1 October 2016 and 1...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department plans to publish its response to the Better Compensation consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department does not record the postcode of new recruits to HM Armed Forces.

      HMS Duncan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the ambassadorial use of HMS Duncan by Belfast City Council or Invest NI.

      Defence and Aerospace Industry: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on defence and aerospace manufacturing capability in the North West of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 9283, on universal credit: self employed, what assessment he has made of the (a)...

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of whether the local housing allowance rates are keeping pace with increasing rents in the private sector.

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure prompt and accurate payments of universal credit for people being transferred to that benefit in...

      Wheels to Work Schemes: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support his Department has provided to Wheels to Work schemes in rural areas, including Cornwall in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department accrues any income from the universal credit helpline.

      Work Capability Assessment: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which disabilities and health conditions are now exempt from work capability re-assessments for (a) employment and support allowance and (b)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time of a call was to 0345 telephone numbers by his Department.

      Social Security Benefits: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to assist households facing debt as a result of benefit sanctions.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-UK EU citizens are in receipt of each of his Department's benefit to which they are entitled.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of unfreezing local housing allowance.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to reduce the number of working days it takes his Department to respond to hon. Members' enquiries.

      Employment and Support Allowance: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many decision-makers considering employment and support allowance claims are employed in County Durham.

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Sefton Central of 12 October 2017 to the Leader of the House, Official Report,...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what budget has been assigned to the dedicated team to address complaints by women adversely affected by an increase in the state pension age.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff work in the dedicated team to address complaints by women adversely affected by an increase in the state...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) non-UK EU and (b) other seasonal agricultural workers who have come to the UK...

    • European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the number of staff required to replicate the relevant functions of the European Chemicals...

      Flood Control: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Education Skills Funding Agency contacted his Department to discuss the cost and suitability of relocating flood...

      Agriculture: Animal Welfare and Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the (a) use of cage systems for farm animals and (b) routine preventative use...

      National Institute of Agricultural Botany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations his Department has received on support for the National Institute of Agricultural Botany after the UK...

      Tree Planting: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the planting of extra trees in towns and cities; and what provision he plans to make for additional...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the use of plastic in (a) retail packaging and (b) food outlets.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastics and other packaging in the UK.

      Timber: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is his policy to maintain the contents of the EU Timber Regulation after it is transposed into UK law.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment on the benefits for Great Britain and Northern Ireland's coastal communities...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the entirety of the Fisheries acquis will be transferred into domestic legislation in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the number of social and affordable housing units created by the redevelopment...

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2017 to Question 6312, on carbon emissions, whether his review of the minimum energy...

      Affordable Housing and Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much earmarked for the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme has been spent since the scheme was announced in the...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Iron and Steel

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

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government did not hold a public consultation on the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial and...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government obtained advice on the security implications for the Palace of Westminster before deciding to locate the...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations the Government has received from the Royal Parks agency's (a) Board and (b) officials on the plan to site...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions the Government has had with Westminster City Council on the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial in...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the planned Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens with...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will list the local authorities that have made a request for financial assistance for fire safety work in tower blocks;...

      Housing: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will change building regulations to ensure that all new buildings are constructed with solar panels.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions in social care funding on the delayed transfer of care.

      Mayors: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Sheffield City Region mayoral election.

      Private Rented Housing: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make a decision on the London Borough of Newham's application to continue its private rented sector licensing...

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105962, what the timetable is for the establishment of the Shared...

  • Wales Office

    • EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many meetings he has had with organisations and campaigners from Wales since June 2016 on European Structural Investment Funds after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Scotland Office

    • Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to visit a food bank in October 2017.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the (a) economic, (b) diplomatic and (c) tariff conditions that would apply to relations between the...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 105822, on Department for Exiting the European Union: secondment, from which...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with broadcasters on restricting the marketing of foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar to...

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group met over the last year.

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2017 to Question 106052, when the complete figures for the numbers of library closures...

      S4C: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the independent review of S4C announced on 7 August 2017, whether information on (a) the deadline for...

      Cultural Heritage: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance the Government has given to cultural and artistic venues to assist with extra security costs...

      Cultural Heritage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing finance for the establishment of a...

  • Department of Health

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report from the King's Fund entitled NHS hospital bed numbers:...

    • Electronic Cigarettes: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the advertising ban on the use of e-cigarettes.

      Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) receive therapy to prevent AF-related stroke.

      Pharmacy: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for widening the use of NHS Digital to enable pharmacists to update a patient's health record.

      Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the National Steering Committee review of its 2014 recommendation on national screening for atrial fibrillation.

      Diabetes and Hypertension: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to evolve Medicines Use Reviews to enable community pharmacists to better support people with long-term conditions such as...

      Abortion Act 1967

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to re-define the term serious handicap used in the Abortion Act 1967 to improve clarity in the healthcare profession.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NICE plans to update its guidance on myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of support provided by his Department for individuals suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis to access...

      Diets: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made on the adequacy of the availability of vegan and vegetarian medicines.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to eliminate Hepatitis C.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what national consultations the Government has undertaken on (a) sustainability and transformation partnerships and (b) accountable care organisations.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on tackling childhood obesity.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on implementing the National Cancer Strategy.

      Influenza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much contingency are funding is available from the public purse for NHS hospitals in the event of a severe influenza outbreak in 2017.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what processes his Department has put in place in the event of a (a) clinical commissioning group, (b) council or (c) NHS trust not complying with the...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the system-wide cap of £20 million for NICE approved medicines proposed by NHS England with the...

      Health Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Path to Excellence proposals made by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership on (a) service users...

      Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to introduce a nationwide, family-based, follow-up system to ensure comprehensive identification of people affected...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people aged over 65 have adequate transport to and from routine hospital appointments.

      Sugar: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of sugar consumed by people over 65-years of age and the health implications of that level of...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to work with retailers to limit the availability of high sugar food and drink products at the point of sale.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the voluntary guidelines for food in early years settings set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan.

      AAT Deficiency: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations made by the Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group on 10 March 2017 on Alpha 1...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Healthy Start scheme in achieving the objectives of the Childhood Obesity Plan.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the proposed requirement for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to go through an individual...

      Eating Disorders: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England has spent on specialised inpatient eating disorder services (a) in total and (b) using services provided by private sector...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the start of the Meningitis B teenage carriage study; and when he plans for the results of that study to be published.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of budgetary changes to the funding of drug treatment programmes on mortality rates among heroin and crack...

      Drugs: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding from the public health grant his Department allocated to Blackpool for drug treatment budgets in the years (a) 2010-11, (b) 2013-14, (c)...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the (a) number of children having a delayed discharge from in-patient mental health treatment and (b) total number of delayed days for...

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were employed by NHS England in the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the number of children dropping out of (a) child and adult mental health services treatment and (b) eating disorder treatment in each...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate NHS England has made of the baseline level of investment clinical commissioning groups need to commit to children's mental health services...

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children started eating disorder treatment in each (a) clinical commissioning group area and (b) trust in each of the last 36 months.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the number of children completing (a) child and adult mental health services treatment and (b) eating disorders treatment in each...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the local authority spending on children's mental health by area for the last two years.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were (a) referred to a CAMHS service and (b) accepted by a CAMHS services for each (i) clinical commissioning group area and (ii) trust...

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children had a delayed discharge from in-patient eating disorder treatment and how many days of delayed discharge there were in each (a) NHS...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the level of spending on universal and targeted (non specialist) child and adolescent mental health services in each...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish clinical commissioning group spending on children's mental health by area for the last two years.

      Emergency Calls: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of emergency calls which have been put on hold in East Sussex in the last 12 months.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Members: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of female hon. Members; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to review the effectiveness of the Financial Reporting Council and its independence from the accounting industry.

    • Storms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent statements made by the World Meteorological Organization regarding long-term trends in relation to the frequency and...

      Research: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns expressed by the UK scientific community regarding future participation in EU funded research projects, what funds will be made available...

      Shares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of public company share buybacks on the economy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of the United States regarding the effectiveness of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action through...

    • South Korea: Olympic Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the decision of the government of France that its Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in PyeongChang if that...

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 September (HL1520), what is their long-term vision for Venezuela.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL1524), whether they have plans to ask the UN to conduct an independent...

      Raed al-Salhi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the death of Raed al-Salhi after a raid by Israeli soldiers on his home.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the planned demolition of the Palestinian communities of Susiya and Khan Al Ahmar.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the government of Israel following its decision to seal off the West Bank and Gaza Strip from 4 to 14 October over the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of Community Rehabilitation Companies; and what evidence they have to demonstrate that...

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals will be refunded employment tribunal fees, following the decision of the Supreme Court in R v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51; and what is...

      Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials are responsible for allocating sentenced persons to individual prisons; and who is responsible for ensuring that those sentenced are held as...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Universal Credit on the employment outcomes for families with children and other new claimants in full service areas.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their justification for the difference in application of the six-day standstill rule to (1) a red animal auction mart, and (2) a green animal auction mart;...

    • Kielder Forest: Lynx

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussion they have had with the Scottish Government about the proposed release of lynx animals in Kielder Forest which straddles the border between England...

      Drinking Water: Testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make any changes to the sampling procedures for drinking water in England.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Economy Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Digital Economy Council, announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 July; whether they will publish...

  • Department of Health

    • Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their contingency plan for the delivery of health and social care services in the instance of a flu epidemic.

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