Written answers

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department offers to people over 25-years old to re-enter the job market.

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2017 to Question 105738, how many people aged (a) between 100 and 105, (b) between 106 and 110, (c)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who previously qualified for disability living allowance have not been awarded personal independence payments following...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Hull and (b) England who will be (i) made statutory homeless and (ii) in rent...

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has estimated the potential savings to the public purse of the closure of Eastern Avenue jobcentre.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department was consulted by the Department for Exiting the European Union on the economic impact assessments conducted for the UK...

      State Retirement Pensions: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of correspondence he has received from people in Midlothian constituency on changes to the state pension age for women born in...

      Universal Credit: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints his Department has received from universal credit claimants in Midlothian constituency since its introduction.

      Jobcentres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which jobcentres in Wales have offered claimants free access to jobcentre (a) telephone lines and (b) computers in each year since 2010.

      Jobcentres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times jobcentre computers were accessed by claimants in each jobcentre in Wales in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Jobcentres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many telephone calls were made by benefit claimants from within each jobcentre in Wales in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's service providers' complaints are awaiting allocation to an investigation case manager at the Independent Case...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Maintenance Group complaints are awaiting allocation to an investigation case manager at the Independent Case Examiner's Office.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability, pensions, working age and debt management complaints are awaiting allocation to an investigation case manager at the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints relating to women born in the 1950s and affected by changes in state pension age are awaiting allocation to an...

      Jobcentres: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106233, on jobcentres: Sheffield, if he plans to publish a cost-benefit analysis for the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to address the good news culture in his Department in relation to the roll-out of universal credit, which was...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangements have been made in each month since April 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the (a) effect on claimants and (b) extent of the practice of encouraging claimants to voluntarily switch from...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether tickets for the journeys undertaken by the Minister of State for Employment set out in the transparency release, entitled DWP's...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police cars in each constabulary have been painted with the rainbow flag since 2015.

    • Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the potential income from (a) email and (b) other visa charges.

      Visas: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make the visa enquiry helpline free of charge.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support the police in tackling street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

      Refugees: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward secondary legislation to enable Scottish local authorities to accept unaccompanied minors from the National...

      Dual Nationality: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the UK have applied for dual UK-EU citizenship since 23 June 2016.

      Visas: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications her Department has received for standard visitor visas from China in each of the last 10 years; and how many such...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of overstayers who (a) are and (b) are not in detention from (i) all countries, (ii) India, (iii)...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of refugee families reunited under the Mandate scheme.

      British Nationals Abroad: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens have returned to the UK after fighting in Iraq and Syria since 2012.

      Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has met representatives of the (a) FCSA UK club or (b) National Rifle Association to discuss her Department's proposals on...

      Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria her Department uses to formally approve target shooting clubs; and if she will make a statement.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on granting asylum to unaccompanied child refugees in Europe under the Dubs scheme.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the additional resources required to accelerate the processing of applications to ensure that immigration...

      Immigration Controls: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the additional expenditure required to control levels of immigration at the UK border after the UK leaves the EU.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105689, on police: finance, whether her Department holds the information requested in...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of establishing more localised administration of the Dubs Scheme based in the regions...

      Psychiatry: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 107878, on the international skills charge, what discussions she has had with the...

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the emergency services network will operate underground; and if she will make a statement.

      Emergency Services Network: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will continue to facilitate the use of Airwave until the emergency services have confirmed that the emergency services network has...

      Emergency Services Network: Motorola Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of negotiations with Motorola on the legacy core transmission network.

      Crimes of Violence: Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of violent crime were disposed of out of court in each of the last three years; and in how many of those cases...

      Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Immigration Skills charge will be applied to employers of EU nationals that arrive after the grace period following the UK...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2017 to Question 109366, on asylum: applications, what number of decision makers constitute the level...

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Compass contracts for housing asylum seekers.

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the accommodation provided under the Compass contracts are fit for human habitation.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Proscribed Organisations: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to prevent the online sale of merchandise promoting (a) the IRA and (b) other terrorist groups.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department was consulted by the Department for Exiting the European Union on the economic impact assessments conducted for the UK...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to provide a timetable and schedule of events for the Glasgow briefing on 1 November 2017 on 5G Testbeds and...

    • Electronic Programme Guides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that electronic programme guide providers comply with their duties to provide...

      Broadband: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2017 to Question 7471, on broadband: universal service obligation, what estimate she...

      Broadband: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2017 to Question 7471, on broadband: universal service obligation, whether that...

      S4C Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2017 to Question 107920, on S4C: Reviews, if she will publish the names of the key...

      Youth Social Action Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to respond to the recommendations of the youth full-time social action review.

  • Department of Health

    • Cervical Cancer: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in each clinical commissioning group (CCG) in the North West have not had a cervical smear test in the last three years despite receiving...

    • Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 9587, on incontinence, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally that information.

      Abortion Act 1967: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the events that he and Ministers of his Department attended to mark the 50th anniversary of passing of the Abortion Act 1967.

      Docetaxel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by each clinical commissioning group in England on Docetaxel since the publication of Docetaxel in combination with androgen...

      Breast Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the events that he and Ministers of his Department attended as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2017.

      NHS Trusts: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS Employers paper, Alcohol and Drugs, whether NHS trusts in England are required to have policies on alcohol at work; which NHS...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the budget surplus of (a) clinical commissioning groups in England and (b) Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group...

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the recording and sharing of NHS data to assist to improve care for patients and scientific research.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve the UK's clinical trials base capacity over the next five years.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted via accident and emergency departments with a primary diagnosis of local infection in each month of (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted via accident and emergency departments with a primary diagnosis where nothing abnormal was detected in each month of (a)...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to the public purse of NHS Direct has been in each year since its formation in March 1998.

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the discount rate change on the indemnity costs of general practitioners.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of 6 October 2017 from the hon. Member for Bridgend on Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group's proposed withdrawal of...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional resources have been allocated to child and adolescent mental health services in Lancashire, outside the Greater Manchester region, since...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that GPs and nurses are able to access training to gain and maintain qualifications to fit long-acting...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many days locum GPs have been employed in each clinical commissioning group in England in each year since 2013.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted via accident and emergency departments with a primary diagnosis for a respiratory condition in age groups (a) under one,...

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 105147, on dental services: contracts, what the total value of undelivered contracted units of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Companies: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Scottish Limited Partnerships have been fined since the People with Significant Control register came into force.

    • Domestic Appliances: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the introduction of mandatory portable appliance testing for residential properties.

      Social Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department changed its guidance on sleep-in shifts to state that a worker who was asleep could be deemed to be...

      National Grid: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits for consumers of national grid privatisation.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he defines the term growing Royal Navy.

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the recommended level of spare parts held by the armed forces for the UK's Typhoon squadrons is.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department and the armed services on Typhoon spare parts in each financial year since 2010-11.

      RFA Tidesurge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of transporting the Lady Sponsor and accompanying guests to South Korea for the naming ceremony for RFA Tidesurge...

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which dates the Red Arrows display team last performed in (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Jordan, (c) Kuwait, (d) Qatar, (e) Oman, (f) Bahrain and (g) the...

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the decision to extend the out-of-service date for the Hawk T1 aircraft was made.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency or replacement policy his Department has in place if any F-35 variant is lost during operations.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2017 to Question 3402, if he will publish the scoring and evaluation conducted by his...

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children who previously lived in Grenfell Tower are living in hotel accommodation as of 9 October 2017.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households that previously lived in Grenfell Tower are living in (a) permanent new homes, (b) temporary accommodation...

      Radicalism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) published since May 2010 on citizenship and public attitudes towards...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of local planning authorities in England have not (a) published, (b) submitted and (c) adopted a...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to mitigate the potential effects of local planning authorities implementing the Suitable...

      Local Government: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on which local authorities publish magazines or newsletters for the public more than four...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between his Department and the Local Government Association on...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which faith and regeneration projects the Government works with to meet recommendation one of the Government Response to the...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of new houses sold as leasehold properties in each of the last five years.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2017 to Question 9514, on Grenfell Tower: fires, whether his Department's work with the...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the level of rent increases in the private rented sector in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the Accelerated Construction programme.

      Derelict Land: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of new residential properties have been built on brownfield sites in the North of England in each...

      Housing: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities in the North West region have chosen to build fewer houses than set out in their Objectively Assessed Need.

      Green Belt: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of land in (a) Bolton, (b) Wigan and (c) Greater Manchester has been designated green belt land.

      Social Rented Housing: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1002, on Grenfell Tower, what plans he has to...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that new build homes are sold on as leasehold properties.

      High Rise Flats: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1001, on Grenfell Tower, what the total estimated...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1001, on Grenfell Tower, how many tower block...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1001, on Grenfell Tower, how many of the...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1001, on Grenfell Tower, how many of his...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1001, on Grenfell Tower, what has been the...

      High Rise Flats: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 19 October 2017, Official Report, column 1001, on Grenfell Tower, how many buildings...

      Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans for the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 relating to client money protection to come into force.

      Mayors: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has sought legal advice on the appointment of a Sheffield City Region mayor.

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children in temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department publishes for (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations on providing a safe means of exit...

      Private Rented Housing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Local Government Association on improving standards of (a) electrical and (b)...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 107742, on Department for Communities and Local Government: procurement,...

      Fire Prevention: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has received any representations from fire authorities on the frequency of fire warden visits in a local...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward legislation to reform leasehold; and if he will make a statement.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 76, on Grenfell Tower, if he will publish...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that freeholders offer leaseholders the first option to...

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Aberdeen

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse from the proposed closure of the Ruby House HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to develop and increase future trade with Israel.

    • Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Education, (b) Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (c) Foreign...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Abortion Act 1967: Anniversaries

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will publish the events that she and Ministers at the Government Equalities Office attended to mark the 50th anniversary of passing of the...

    • Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans her Department has to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2017.

  • Department for Transport

    • Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the completion of the electrification of the rail line between Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads.

    • South Western Railway: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on commuters from Hook and Winchfield of the proposed reduction in morning peak-period services...

      Community Transport: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential effect on the viability of community transport organisations of the requirement for them as...

      Community Transport: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an estimate of the cost to community transport organisations of ensuring that all their drivers have a PSV O-licence; and...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release of 12 October 2017, when his Department plans to announce how the new £48 billion funding for...

      First Class Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has commissioned any work from First Class Partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      M6: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of air quality on the M6 between junctions 9 and 10a; and what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase capacity on popular train routes between London and (a) Chester, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) major cities in...

      Air Routes: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the resumption of flights to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether proposed statutory guidance on taxi and private hire vehicle licensing will include a requirement for all drivers to undertake disability...

      Crossrail Line: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of accessibility for disabled people planned for Crossrail stations.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a new round of access for all funding to improve railway station access for the...

      Marks Tey Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of accessibility at Marks Tey railway station.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the letter of 15 September 2017 from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office summarising the findings...

    • International Relations: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has provided to private organisations that work to improve the UK's international relations in each of...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the Governments of Uganda and Kenya to participate in the Intergovernmental...

      South Sudan: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the alleged involvement of a British company in supplying arms to the Government of...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department plans to spend on preparations for no deal being reached in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding his Department has allocated as a contingency in the event that no deal is reached in negotiations on the UK...

      Gaza: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority to rescind its request to Israel to reduce electricity supply to Gaza.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department was consulted by the Department for Exiting the European Union on the economic impact assessments conducted for...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, under what circumstances the Government would consider increasing the percentage of GDP allocated to official development assistance...

      Uganda: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to support the Government of Uganda in supporting refugees in that country.

      Department for International Development: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference her the oral contribution to the International Development Committee on 24 October 2017, if she will set out the...

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of unfilled vacancies there are in private and voluntary-run nurseries and pre-schools; and what...

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to launch its careers strategy.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the apprenticeship levy increases social mobility.

      English language and Mathematics: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what 50 institutions or providers have the best post-16 catch-up rates in (a) English and (b) mathematics in England; and in which local authority...

      Teachers: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rates are for qualified early years teachers in the East Midlands who began their employment in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rates are for qualified teachers in the North West who began their employment in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 October 2017, on Opposition Day debates, HCWS199, if she plans to make a statement in response to the...

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rates are for qualified teachers in the North West who began their employment in each of the last five years.

  • Leader of the House

    • Opposition Days

      To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Written Statement of 26 October 2017, on Opposition Day debates, HCWS199, if that policy applies retrospectively to resolutions of the House passed...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the introduction of legislative proposals to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty...

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how UK fisheries will be managed after 30 March 2019; whether UK fisheries will be managed out to the Exclusive Economic...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to stop the dumping of dead fish in UK waters after the UK leaves the EU.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2017 to Question 107602, on packaging, how many local authorities provide roadside...

      Marine Environment: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the role of the UK in demonstrating global leadership on ocean...

      Marine Environment: Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to further the roll-out of marine sanctuaries in the Antarctic.

      Inland Waterways: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of a small- scale cutter dredger brought from the Netherlands by...

      Farms: Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the archaeological profession on the future of farming policy,...

      Badgers: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of he availability of the BCG vaccine for badgers.

      Conservation Board for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of the board responsible for Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Area reside in...

      Fly-tipping: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost incurred by farmers of cleaning up fly tipping on farm land in each of the last three...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department has allocated as a contingency in the event that no deal is reached in negotiations on the UK...

      Sheep Meat: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the protected designated...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his oral contribution of 17 October 2017, Official Report, column 744, on EU Exit negotiations, what the evidential basis...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many non-British EU nationals have been employed by his Department in each month since it was established.

      EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government will publish its plans to delegate powers and responsibilities currently possessed by EU institutions after...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Brexit

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Law Officers' Departments were consulted by the Department for Exiting the European Union on the economic impact assessments conducted for the UK leaving...

  • Wales Office

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of incidents of prisoners spitting at prison officers in 2016.

    • Prisons: Racial Discrimination and Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department and its agencies hold on incidence of (a) anti-Semitism, (b) Islamophobia,(c) racism and (d) homophobia by prison guards...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to invest in the refurbishment of prisons in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) HM Prison Liverpool in the next five...

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to close prisons in (a) the North West and (b) England in the next five years.

      Liverpool Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the (a) running costs and (b) budget for HM Prison Liverpool in each of the last 12 years.

      Liverpool Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff at HM Prison Liverpool have suffered injury in each of the last 12 years.

      Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on diverting offenders with mental health problems away from detention in prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons he or the Minister for Prisons have visited in (a) England and (b) the North West in each of the last three years.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were employed in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) HM Prison Liverpool in each of the last 12 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to tackle (a) violence, (b) drug use, (c) use of drones and (d) use of mobile phones in prison.

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of reconviction rates among women leaving prison.

      Prisoners' Release: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to help mothers leaving prison rebuild family relationships.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of trends in the level of homelessness among women leaving prison.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much funding his Department has allocated to prepare for the contingency of no deal being reached in negotiations between the UK and the EU.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has assessed the findings and conclusions of the September 2017 report by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, Elections for Sale?;...

    • Special Constables: Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 105664, on special constables: leave, whether it is the policy of all government departments to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government's annual migration figures include seasonal workers.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average speed of a freight train on British railways for the last year for which figures are available; and how that figure has changed over the...

    • Aviation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the airline industry and the Civil Aviation Authority on issues relating to alcohol consumption on flights to and from the UK.

      Raynes Park Station: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Network Rail have any plans to improve the accessibility for disabled people of Raynes Park station in the London Borough of Merton; and if so, what...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current risk assessment of Sharm El Sheikh Airport.

      International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the entry into force of the International Maritime Organisation International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water...

  • Home Office

    • Madeleine McCann

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when funding for Operation Grange, investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is due to end.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to produce an alcohol strategy.

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any projection of the number of deportations of (1) EU, and (2) non-EU, nationals from the UK after Brexit; and if so, what.

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many intended deportations have been overturned by a discretionary decision to naturalise non-UK citizens by nationality, annually since 2010.

      British Nationality: Ceremonies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to local councils on the costs of gifts presented to new British citizens at citizenship ceremonies.

      Refugees: Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 July 2016 (HL1295), when they expect to publish their evaluation of the pilot scheme,...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports did not work at ePassport gates in airports in the UK in (1) 2014, (2) 2015, and (3) 2016.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of facial biometric recognition systems currently being used by police forces in the UK.

      Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 October (HL1670), whether they have plans to ensure improvements to police...

      Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 October (HL1668), whether they have made representations to the Metropolitan Police...

      Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Home Office has spent on facial biometric recognition technology to date, and which companies have been paid to build facial biometric...

      Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent rises in reported crime and the underlying trends relating to reported crime.

      Norfolk Constabulary: Police Community Support Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by Norfolk Police to dispense with all of their Police Community Support Officers.

      Refugees: Hungary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission in relation to Hungary's refusal to participate in the EU-wide programme of relocation of refugees.

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 October (HL Deb, col 615), what work they are doing with industry to tackle hate crime; what measures...

      Motor Vehicles: Forfeiture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles were confiscated in England and Wales in 2016; for which offences; how many were (1) released, (2) sold, and (3) crushed; and how...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to inspect proof of nationality on entry into Britain of people travelling from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

      EU Nationals: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU citizens remaining in the UK after Brexit will be subject to the same deportation rules as non-EU citizens.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many facial biometric recognition systems are being used by police forces in England and Wales.

      Passports: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports Her Majesty's Passport Office (Northern Ireland Regional Office) has issued in each year since 2007.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) Aung San Suu Kyi, and (2) the government of Burma, regarding recent reports of rape and other sexual violence committed...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Foreign Secretary has had with the Secretary of State for International Development about a co-ordinated UK response to alleged sexual...

      Sudan: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sudan’s role in human trafficking in the light of the government of the United States...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they held with the White House prior to the President of the United States' announcement that he would not certify Iran's compliance with its...

      Burma: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the disenfranchisement of Burmese citizens, including the Rohingya, in the November 2015 elections in Myanmar.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of efforts to prevent and address sexual violence in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and of the processes in place to...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar regarding its reported complicity in the torture, rape and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people.

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that British citizens who have fought for ISIL in Syria, and who have surrendered or been captured after the fall of Raqqa, will...

      Israel: Hebron

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding restrictions placed on Palestinian families, including the welding shut of front doors of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Hate Crime: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on freedom of speech of the definitions used by the Crown Prosecution Service to identify racist or religious...

  • Department for Education

    • Science: Graduates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have completed their studies in the UK over the last 20 years at (1) undergraduate, (2) taught masters, and (3) doctorate level, in (a) molecular...

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of maintenance support awarded to nursing students who study on a full-time basis via distance learning.

      Universities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the terms of reference and membership of the major review of university funding and student financing, announced by the Prime Minister on 4 October, will be...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 October (HL Deb, cols 393–5), what are the terms of the agreement between the Chair of the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been granted compassionate release from prison on the grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years.

    • Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents in prisons have required (1) the use of the National Tactical Response Group, (2) the deployment of Tornado teams, and (3) the opening of Gold...

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children suffered injuries during the use of restraint in each custodial institution in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisons in England and Wales have implemented a smoking ban.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for a roll-out of a smoking ban in prisons.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been issued to prisons ahead of introducing a smoking ban; what support is available to prisoners in preparation for a smoking ban; and what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Earl Howe on 25 October, what is their definition of state actor in relation to security issues; and why they use this term.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Protection Fund: Monarch Airlines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Pension Protection Fund nominated someone to sit on the board of Monarch Airlines, or otherwise monitored (1) the financial performance and management...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which statutory instruments currently in force and approved by Resolution of both Houses of Parliament, relating to the responsibilities of the Department for...

    • Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of glyphosate and neonicotinoids in crop production.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of new funding announced for housing in each year since June 2010 has been targeted towards (1) social housing,  (2) affordable housing, and...

    • Housing and Planning Act 2016

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures provided for in or under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 have been formally dropped.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consider the proposal for a prevention precept on council tax at district council level to match the social care precept...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess the effectiveness of local homelessness strategies and monitor their progress in reducing homelessness.

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxis: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) taxis, (2) private hire cars, (3) Uber drivers, and (4) other types of taxi and private hire vehicle, are subject to VAT; and, if not, why not.

    • Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of tax income and public revenue that will be foregone as a result of the failure of Monarch Airlines.

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on business resulting from the implementation, in their current form, of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what calculations they have made to substantiate the view, expressed by the Secretary of State for International Trade on BBC News on 17 October, that a...

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the Exchequer of the recently announced changes to student loan repayments.

      NHS: Vat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cost of VAT refunds made in relation to health bodies under the provisions of section 41(3) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 are met from...

      Economic Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent figures indicating that the UK economy is growing at the slowest rate of the G7 countries, compared to its position as the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the distribution of civil servants working in (1) England, (2) Scotland,(3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each year since 2010.

    • Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the change in the net migration figures for UK citizens in each of the last two quarters.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the list of nationalities specified for public answer in the 2021 census; and which nationalities are being considered for inclusion...

      Government Departments: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments are using facial biometric technology; and for what reasons and purposes.

      Travellers: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, in the Race Disparity Audit published on 10 October, they have not included information on housing, including permanent and transit sites, as well as...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement made by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511), (1) how many times the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU has spoken to...

  • Department for International Trade

    • North Korea: Foreign Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of levels of trade in oil and coal between North Korea and other countries, in particular (1) China, and (2) Russia.

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop new arrangements for trade in nuclear goods and services, including licensing and customs systems, after the UK’s withdrawal...

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Illness: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a programme and timetable to increase funding for mental health research from its current level of six per cent of health research so that it can...

    • Mental Illness: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been invested in UK mental health research over the past five years and how much of this has come each year from the EU.

      Mental Illness: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain the current levels of total funding for UK mental health research after the UK leaves the EU.

      Mental Illness: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU nationals engaged in mental health research have left the UK since 23 June 2016, and how this number compares with the same time period before 23 June 2016.

      Antibiotics: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on international intergovernmental co-operation to offset market failures in the development of new antibiotics.

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to holding a discussion with the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Poland and Germany, and the governments of the...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the families of children believed to have suffered serious adverse reactions to human papilloma virus vaccinations are...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency record individual symptoms relating to suspected adverse reactions to human papilloma virus vaccines...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any recent measurements of the take-up of folic acid supplements by women of child-bearing age; and whether any such measurements show...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each year since 2008, what has been the incidence of (1) foetal abnormalities, and (2) autism or other neurological disorder, in birth or pregnancies resulting...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of oocytes frozen for a patient's own use, how many pregnancies, births, and miscarriages have resulted in each year since 2013, after the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to oocytes frozen for a patient's own use, in how many cases in each year since 2013 was more than one embryo transferred simultaneously to the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the oocytes frozen for a patient's own use in the UK since 2013 were frozen and thawed for the purpose of treatment by in vitro fertilisation; of those...

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