Written answers

Friday, 20 October 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle funding disparities in transport infrastructure between North and South England.

    • Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding from the public purse his Department has allocated to transport per head of population in (a) the North East, (b) Greater London and (c)...

      London-Brighton Railway Line: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 July 2017, HCWS160, on rail infrastructure funding: 2009-24, whether the upgrade of the Brighton...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the options under consideration in the European Commission's consultation on the REFIT review of Directive 2009/103/EC...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that new rail freight terminals are appropriately sited to benefit the national economy.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on finalising the East Midlands rail franchise.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Road Investment Strategy: for the 2015-16 to 2019-20 Road Period, which of the projects announced have (a) been completed, (b)...

  • Home Office

    • British National (Overseas): Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many valid British National Overseas passports are currently in issue.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence were reported to police authorities in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the monthly cost to the public purse is of the delay in the roll-out of the new Emergency Services Network for (a) charges to Airwave...

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of the upgrade to the Emergency Services Network; and how much of that cost will be incurred by...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to resolve the delays in processing settlement visa applications; and whether those delays are caused by staff...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged with, (b) prosecuted for and (c) convicted of membership of a proscribed organisation under section 11...

      Home Office: Telephone Services

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

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many home fire safety checks were completed by fire and rescue services in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17 and (d) 2017 to present.

      Extradition: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens have been extradited from Bangladesh to the UK in each year since 2010.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many European arrest warrants for UK citizens were outstanding at 1 September 2017.

      Metropolitan Police: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of police officers in the Metropolitan Police Service worked in the London Borough of Newham in each year since...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied migrant children in the UK have been moved to at least two different local authorities since their arrival.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of closing the refugee camp in Calais on the availability of data on unaccompanied...

      Visas: Married People

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

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure transparency in the appointment of members to the Each Home Counts steering group and...

    • Office for Nuclear Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an impact assessment of the (a) implementation of a domestic safeguards regime and (b)...

      Office for Nuclear Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the workforce capacity of the Office for Nuclear Regulation...

      Office for Nuclear Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department plans to make available to the Office for Nuclear Regulation to enable it to take...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of coal required to manufacture the (a) cement and (b) iron and...

      Pregnancy: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government response to the First Report of the Women and Equalities Committee of Session 2016-17,...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that his decision on hydraulic fracturing consent applications, and the assessments...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on the proportion of energy customers on standard variable tariffs who are...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to tackle incidents of late payments to small and medium-sized enterprises by...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Trade Agreements

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

    • Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the humanitarian effect on Palestinians of UK arms sales to Israel.

      Palestinians: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Palestinian refugees' right of return to Israel and the Occupied Palestian Territories.

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to make representations to the Government of Israel on the demolition of the two Palestinian West Bank...

      Mohammed Awad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Israeli Government on Mohammed Awad's application for an exit visa to study at a...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how his Department determines whether a British national has been arbitrarily detained abroad.

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department provides before, (b) during and (c) after trial to UK nationals who are arbitralily detained abroad.

      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.

      Yemen: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to degrade Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the implementation of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy overseas.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to support the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he or the Minister for North Africa plans to visit (a) Egypt or (b) the headquarters of the African Union in Addis...

      Egypt: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the persecution of LGBT people in Egypt.

      LGBT People: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote LGBT rights in (a) Egypt and (b) other countries.

      Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government's special envoy for gender equality on the promotion of women's rights...

      Egypt: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received reports of LGBT people having their sexuality allegedly verified by means of anal testing; and whether...

      LGBT People: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will appoint a special envoy for LGBT rights.

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 68600, whether he has had sight of the bilateral treaty between Ethiopia...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has requested that consular visits with Andy Tsege be conducted in private.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts on the reported death of Joe Dixon as a result of a drone strike in Syria.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will confirm whether Sally Jones and Joe Dixon were killed in a drone strike; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of implementation of the 2016 peace agreement in Colombia; and if he will make...

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his priorities are for the Antarctic region for the next 12 months.

      Antarctic: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department will represent the UK at the meeting of the Commission for the...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received legal opinions on the status and contravention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's rights under (a)...

      Gao Zhisheng

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from (a) members of the public, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c)...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Joint Press Statement from the Permanent Representatives to the UN of the US, France and UK on 7 July...

      Somalia: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in Somalia and (b) representatives of Somalia in the UK on support for...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many officials of his Department have expertise in health.

    • Brexit: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that the views of UK citizens living in the EU are taken into account during the negotiations on...

      Brexit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that young people who were unable to vote in the 2016 EU referendum are being taken into account...

      UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what representations he has received from (a) businesses and (b) business organisations on the relationship the UK should have with...

  • Department for International Development

    • Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 106502, what process she used in reviewing aid to the Occupied Palestinian...

    • Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 106502, what (a) bilateral and (b) centrally managed programmes have been closed...

      Bangladesh: Islamic Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations to the Bangladeshi Government on ensuring that Islamic Relief is able to operate in that country; and...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the additional £3.7 million allocated to Shropshire schools was previously allocated to another area of her Department's spending.

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the prevalence of recruitment agencies cold-calling teachers on school telephone lines during school hours and...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been taught music in schools in each constituency in each of the last three years.

      Home Education: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the median cost was for a home-schooled student to sit five GCSEs, including mathematics and English in each of the last five years.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons funding that was previously directed to support specific additional needs is now to be directed towards minimum levels of per pupil...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the level of funding in the new funding formula for schools that have a large number of pupils with additional needs...

      Secondary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Government's policy is on secondary school inclusion; and how that policy has been taken account of in the new funding formula.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many sites for free schools have been purchased by the Education and Skills Funding Agency since June 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Graduates: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Early Years Workforce Strategy published in March 2017, when her Department plans to publish the feasibility study on the...

      Pupil Premium: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are in receipt of the service pupil premium; and what the amount received by Plymouth schools was of that premium in financial years...

      Pre-school Education: Warwickshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the local authority of Warwickshire County Council has requested to disapply the high pass-through requirement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's response to Freedom of Information request 45757, for what reason her Department does not hold information on...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there is a deadline on using childcare eligibility codes issued by HM Revenue and Customs to secure 30 hours of free childcare from childcare...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Counter-terrorism: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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...

    • Prison Officers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many additional prison officers have been recruited since June 2017.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to commence its review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for exceptional case funding were (a) made and (b) granted for clinical negligence where the case relates to vaginal mesh implants...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which options the Government plans to assess on reducing the number of litigants in person as part of its review into the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which provisions of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 the Government's plans to scrutinise in its post-implementation review.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many clinical negligence proceedings involving the death of a child were granted legal aid in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic abuse cases included the use of Level 1 restorative justice in the last 12 months.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of family law proceedings in England and Wales involved domestic violence or child abuse in the last 12 months.

  • Prime Minister

    • Brexit

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her Oral contribution of 9 October 2017, Official Report, column 55, what sea area she referred to as coastal waters.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 October 2017 to Question 10447, on Ministry of Defence: procurement, to which firms those 20 civil servants within the...

    • HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether HMS Prince of Wales has been designed to operate in littoral waters.

      European Fighter Aircraft: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the sale of a second tranche of Typhoon aircraft to Saudi Arabia.

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours the nine Hawk aircraft of the Royal Aircraft Aerobatics Team have flown since they were introduced.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Armed Forces Pay Review Body on levels of pay for the armed forces.

      Turkey: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the delivery of the F-35 to Turkey.

      Japan: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on that country's procurement of a replacement for its KT4 trainer aircraft.

      Turkey: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on that country's procurement of a replacement for its T38 trainer aircraft.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest recorded call was to the universal credit helpline in each of the last 12 months.

    • Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has issued to ensure that universal credit claimants are informed of the option of being called back when...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total number of telephone calls made to the universal credit helpline was from a (a) landline number and (b) mobile telephone number...

      Pension Funds: QG Apollo Limited

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for the Pension Regulator to appoint a trustee to manage the QG Apollo Pension Scheme.

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from what acceptance date the Independent Case Examiner's Office is allocating complaints to an investigation case manager.

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases were awaiting allocation to an investigation case manager at the Independent Case Examiner's Office on 30 September 2017.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals for additional powers of enforcement to ensure that employers comply with deductions of earnings issued by...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of levels of co-operation between employers and the Child Maintenance Service to process deductions of earnings in...

      Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105496, on universal credit: internet, how many new claimants log into their online...

      Universal Credit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional support is being offered to people applying for universal credit who (a) have lost identification documents during a period of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the six-week wait on universal credit payments on levels of (a) household poverty, (b) household...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of further advanced payment loans on financial security in cases were the universal credit...

      Social Security Benefits: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to revise the criteria for determining applications for personal independence payments and employment and support allowance...

      Pension Credit: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of how many people in Glasgow East constituency are eligible to receive pension credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who in those areas where universal credit is being rolled out is receiving the payment by sex in each household.

      PAYE: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 106562, on PAYE: disclosure of information, in what circumstances the abbreviation, LMI...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106034, on universal credit, for what reason that data is not available; and whether his...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Community Plant Variety Office: National Institute of Agricultural Botany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what talks he has had with the EU Commission to ensure that the Community Plant Variety Office continues commissioning...

    • Apples: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) Royal Gala and (b) other types of apples were exported to non-EU countries in each of the last five years.

      Trade Agreements: Agricultural Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the potential demerits of any trade deal that permits agricultural products to be...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of single use plastics.

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase the level of recycling of single use drinks containers.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the EU on the level of the UK's self sufficiency in food; and if he...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 3360 on redundancy, how much of the £15,805,000 paid in redundancy...

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable residential pitches have been (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last five years.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) starts and (b) completions have occurred for Gypsy and Traveller sites under the Affordable Homes Programme...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions the Government had with Historic England on the proposal to build the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust...

      Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2017 to Question 7325, if his Department will issue additional fire safety advice in the...

      Shops: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the relative accessibility to wheelchair users of shops in England.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities have appropriate powers to re-coup the cost of repairing...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to enable local authorities to expedite the removal of unauthorised Traveller encampments.

      Shops: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on statutory provisions to ensure that all shops in England have facilities to enable wheelchair access; and...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) bungalows and (b) four bedroom homes were available for social rent in each of the last 10 years for which figures...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people are registered as on the waiting list for a council property in (a) Ashfield, (b) Mansfield and (c) England in...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what records his Department keeps on the number of major decisions overturned at appeal by the local planning authority in England.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many compromise agreements were agreed with staff leaving his Department in the last 12 months; how many such agreements...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average expenditure on a troubled family under the revised system that began in 2015 has been to date.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hectares of land owned by county councils have been made available for housing development in each of the last three years.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in England have not increased levels of council tax in each of the last three years.

      Health Education: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with cabinet colleagues on the planning of the Stay Well This Winter 2017 campaign.

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish a supported housing green paper.

      Private Rented Housing: Newham

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

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of new dwellings in England were built on previously developed land in each year since 2015.

      Homelessness: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of homeless people who have been offered a one-way train ticket by local...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to proceed with the forced sale of council homes and other assets in order to fund the right to buy programme.

  • Wales Office

    • Parking Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the power to legislate to make parking on the pavement an offence in Wales is a reserved or devolved matter.

  • HM Treasury

    • Customs Officers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of new customs officials that will be required as a result of leaving the Customs Union; and what the estimated...

    • Customs Declaration Services Programme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contingency plans are in place in the event that the Customs Declaration Service is not fully operational before the UK is due to leave the EU in March...

      Customs Declaration Services Programme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the new Customs Declaration Service will be fully operational by January 2019; and whether it will have been fully tested to ensure that it is able...

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the terms of reference of the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group.

      Treasury: Trade Agreements

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials employed in his Department in June 2016 had substantial experience of international trade negotiation.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Borders Planning Group has made any recommendations to date.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent officials report to the Borders Planning Group.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Departments the Border Planning Group report to in addition to his Department.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy allocated to England is allocated for spending on school sports and healthy living initiatives.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group was established.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group held its first meeting.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who the current members of the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group are.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group has (a) met on what dates and (b) plans to meet.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2017 to Question 4611, whether Surge and Rapid Response Team staff receive training to the same standard as the Border...

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the next meeting of the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group will take place.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2017 to Question 4611, whether HM Revenue and Customs charges Border Force the full cost, including VAT, for the provision...

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what annual budget has been allocated to the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contribution the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group has made to the Autumn Budget 2017.

      Border Planning Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the HM Revenue and Customs Border Planning Group meetings.

      Revenue and Customs: Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 112 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how much was paid by HMRC to its apprenticeship training...

      Revenue and Customs: Work Experience

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 112 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many people on Movement to Work placements during...

      Revenue and Customs: Work Experience

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 112 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, whether people on Movement to Work placements are able...

      Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, whether staff subject to formal warnings under the...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees of HM Revenue and Customs are non-UK EEA nationals in each pay grade.

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2017 to Question 5903, what the average cost to the public purse of a referral for occupational health advice is.

      Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, whether staff subject to formal warnings under the attendance...

      Revenue and Customs: Work Experience

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 112 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, whether people on Movement to Work placements undertake...

      Loans: Students

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 164 of the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how frequently data on student loan recoveries made through the...

      Revenue and Customs: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support HM Revenue and Customs provides to the HMRC EU Nationals Network.

      Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what use HM Revenue and Customs makes of the Civil Service Management Code when formulating its personnel policy.

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work is being undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of the General Data Protection Regulation.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether non-UK EEA nationals employed by HM Revenue and Customs will be subject to changes to their terms and conditions of employment after the UK leaves...

      Coinage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to each new coin introduced into circulation in the last 30 years, what has been the period between its introduction and its predecessor...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK voter registration system.

    • Electoral Register: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward proposals to improve data-sharing in the voter registration process.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will conduct a review of all election and electoral registration deadlines which includes the consideration of deadlines for the registration of...

      Elections: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the (a) current use of electronic forms of electoral counting and (b) potential merits of...

      Elections: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that all costs properly incurred in (a) the administration of elections, including electoral registration costs...

      General Election 2017

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report, Turned Out 2017, published by the RNIB on problems...

      Cabinet Office: Government Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he has had with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the last three months.

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women have died from ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in each year since 2011.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent comparable assessment the Government has made in the volume of guidance produced by the Electoral Commission for the registration of UK...

      Personation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases of impersonation took place in each parliamentary constituency and local authority in each of the last seven years.

      Employment: Bolton West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the working population of Bolton West constituency is employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which local authorities have expressed interest to his Department in conducting a voter ID pilot in polling stations for the May 2018 local elections.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to his Department was of producing the July 2017 report entitled UK trade and investment highlights in the 435 US...

    • Police: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much of his Department's financial assistance to Ethiopia is dedicated to be passed on to Ethiopian (a) police or security forces and...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to negotiate and sign new trade deals while still operating within an interim customs arrangement with the EU and...

      Antidumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to replicate EU Anti-dumping legislation when the UK leaves the EU.

      UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2017 to Question 9154, if he will publish the agenda of the plenary session of the first meeting of...

      Trade Agreements: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on lowering the UK's visa restrictions in the context of negotiating future trade deals...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of export opportunities for the UK in non-EU countries.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of what constitutes good practice in attracting foreign direct investment to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants in his Department speak fluent (a) Mandarin, (b) Arabic, (c) Japanese and (d) Spanish.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants in his Department previously worked for the European Commission on trade negotiations.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has carried out any contingency planning for what happens if the UK leaves the EU without having reached an agreement...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants in his Department have direct previous experience of negotiating a free trade agreement.

      Department for International Development: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to DIT Ministerial Quarterly Transparency Returns, published on 13 October 2017, on which international journeys undertaken...

      Bombardier: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which members of the US Senate he has met to discuss the trade dispute between Boeing and Bombardier.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government is able to guarantee that new trade deals with third-party countries at least match the value of trade lost by...

      Military Aircraft: Slovakia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he has made to his Slovak counterpart on that country's procurement of a replacement for the L39 aircraft.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on cases of discrimination on the basis of (a) race, (b) gender and (c) sexual...

    • Gaming Machines: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the amount spent each year on fixed-odds betting terminals in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

      Battle of Cambrai: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to mark the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Government Property Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 105820, if she will make public applications made to the Government...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for National Lottery funding have been made by parliamentary constituency in each of the last three years.

      Video Games: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the regulation of the video games industry.

      Gambling: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many prosecutions under the Gambling Act 2005 there have been in each of the last five years.

  • Department of Health

    • Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made on implementation of the recommendations of the working group on autism on the time taken to diagnose autism.

    • NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the list of (a) invitees and (b) attendees for the meeting of NHS leaders on 18 September 2017; and what criteria was used to select...

      Health Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agreements have been signed by clinical commissioning groups which are not subject to the tariff system.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of his meeting with NHS leaders on 18 September 2017.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that the Government's policy for opt-out for organ donation does not contravene the religious beliefs of...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the process is for helping people with no fixed abode and no identification documents seeking an ordinary residence determination.

      NHS: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of NHS services in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) South Tyneside.

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote opportunities for patients to participate in clinical research; and if he will make a statement.

      Department of Health: Government Property Unit

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

      Continuing Care: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Continuing Healthcare claims for repayment of fees paid were outstanding in each of the last 12 months.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address the variation in spending between clinical commissioning groups on mental health services for children.

      Dentistry: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on dental services of the British Dental Association's press release of 1 October 2017...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from the medical profession on changing the job title Junior Doctor; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Human Tissue Authority Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has fully implemented recommendations 10 and 11 on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome of the 2013...

      Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken in response to the Care Quality Commission reports of its inspections of Marie Stopes International published in December 2016.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that all termination of pregnancy providers record patient NHS numbers on HSA1 and HSA4 forms.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect data on post-abortion complications as a result of treatment at (a) private and (b) NHS abortion providers.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the General Medical Council releases papers on the pre-signing of HSA1 certificates by doctors to the police for...

      Secure Psychiatric Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been detained in locked rehabilitation wards in England in each year since 2010.

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to assist those affected by complications relating to transvaginal mesh implants.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of food waste generated by DfE offices for each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Secretary of State for Justice has had with the Prison Officers' Association regarding recruitment and retention in the Prison Service, and...

    • Prison and Probation Service: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Secretary of State for Justice has made of the current provision of mental health assessments and treatment in the prison and probation systems.

      Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens are currently held in prisons in England and Wales (1) in detention without charge, and (2) without a date set for trial; and how...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 15 February (HL5165), what are the greenhouse gas emissions targets, broken down by...

    • Foreign Investment in UK: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are in place to monitor the safeguarding of UK national security each time a foreign firm invests in the UK.

      Foreign Investment in UK: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce a dedicated body with responsibility for scrutinising those foreign investments which may impact on national...

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

October 2017
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031 

Did you find what you were looking for?