Written answers

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Transport for the North and (b) Transport for Greater Manchester on rail connectivity​ in Leigh; and...

    • Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on evidence that premium diesel and premium petrol create less emissions and deliver improved miles per gallon,...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to encourage, the continuing trials of semi-autonomous, ground based Personal Delivery Devices; and if he will make a statement.

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish an updated Code of Practice for the operation of autonomous vehicles: and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what additional resources his Department has made available to improve enforcement action on bus operators to monitor compliance with the Public...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle pot holes.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the delivery of High Speed 2 uses resources manufactured in the UK; and what the Government's target is...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has accrued to the public purse from utility companies who have been late in completing roadworks in each local government area in the last...

      Transport: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of installing Hyperloop technology on national transport infrastructure.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the change in funding from her Department was for (a) Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, (b) Bury Metropolitan Borough...

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities and housing associations have approached his Department for funding to support remedial fire safety...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the length of time it will take to rehouse all former residents of Grenfell Tower.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government provided to the Grenfell Tower residents discretionary fund; and how much has been provided in...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to speed up the process of rehousing Grenfell Tower fire survivors.

      Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce measures to ensure that developers meet existing commitments before further public land is released to...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce measures to prioritise all brownfield sites for development in (a) Kent and (b) England.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department takes to balance protection of the countryside with putting community interests at the centre of...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), what the definition is of a broad location for growth; whether...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reassure small businesses on investment plans during the Government's...

    • Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force will be established; and whether the terms of reference will be made public.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken in response to the findings of the National Audit Office report entitled Protecting...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of barriers faced by people with a smart meter of changing energy provider; and if he...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of standing charges for energy consumers where a smart meter (a) has and (b)...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of energy consumers who have lost paperless discounts since having a smart...

      Randox Testing Services and Trimega

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the United Kingdom Accreditation Service assessed (a) Randox Testing Service between 2013 and 2017 and (b)...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to develop a carbon capture and storage cluster in the North West.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to update the regulatory provisions governing nuclear waste in light of recent natural science...

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 4.31 of the Autumn Budget 2017, for what reasons (a) 18 to 20 year olds and (b) 16 to 17...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the industrial benefits of solar power.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much (a) ground mounted (b) rooftop solar power was deployed in each month from January 2017.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what advice his Department has received on the lawfulness of excluding solar power from CfD auction rounds under state...

      Tidal Lagoons Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November to Question 110379, how many civil servants were seconded to the Hendry Review.

      Local Growth Deals: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for investment in the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to encourage greater diversify in energy production in the UK.

      Aerospace Industry: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to assist the UK aerospace industry to take advantage of global trading...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it remains his Department's policy to reduce the level of regulation by £10bn and what progress he has...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Animal Experiments: Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage countries yet to do so to join the ban on cosmetics animal testing and the...

    • GCHQ: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much GCHQ spent from the public purse on sponsorship of the National Diversity Awards 2017; and how many full-time...

      Diplomatic Service: Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to recover monies owed in parking tickets unpaid by diplomats.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed civil society in Pakistan with the Government of Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with the Government of Pakistan the important role that NGOs play in countering extremism and promoting...

      Pakistan: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will encourage the Government of Pakistan to consult NGOs on the effect of its policies.

      British Virgin Islands: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the tourism industry in the British Virgin Islands.

      Bangladesh: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh on increasing the length of permits for NGOs to operate in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish a future partnership paper or position paper on (a) services and (b) financial services.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the National Audit Office Report, Implementing the UK’s exit from the European Union, HC 593, published on 17...

  • Attorney General

    • G4S and Serco

      To ask the Attorney General, when the Serious Fraud Office investigation into G4S and Serco launched in 2014 into allegations of fraud on the tagging contract will be published.

  • Department for International Development

    • Lake Chad Basin: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much she plans to contribute to the UN humanitarian appeal for the Lake Chad region.

    • Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department works with the Department of Health to coordinate the objectives and disbursements of the Ross Fund to combat the...

      UN Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to support UN Women following the publication of the Multilateral Development Review 2016.

      UN Agencies: Pay Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the proposal to introduce payment by results to UN agencies

      Overseas Aid: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the remit and objectives of the Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research Board are.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Trade

      What steps her Department is taking to promote trade between the UK and least developed countries.

      Developing Countries: Education and Health Services

      What steps she is taking to promote universal access to free public education and health systems in developing and partner countries.

      Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      What aid her Department provides to Central African Republic.

      Developing Countries: Research

      What support her Department provides to assist developing countries with scientific research.

      Overseas Aid: Charities

      What steps she is taking to enable small charities in the UK to access funding allocated by her Department.

      Overseas Aid: Procurement

      What steps she is taking to ensure that private contractors funded through Official Development Assistance are scrutinised and managed effectively.

      Developing Countries: Technology

      What steps she is taking to promote technology for development purposes.

  • Department for Education

    • Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether Wakefield City Academies Trust has made a claim under her Department's risk protection arrangement in (a) the last three months and (b) the...

    • Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Regional Schools Commissioner for East Midlands and Humber did not announce plans to rebroker academies run by the Wakefield City...

      Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2017 to Question 110581, on pupils: health, what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that schools are...

      Music: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students taking music as a GCSE subject perform better overall in the Attainment 8 measure.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether a risk assessment was conducted by his Department on the smoking ban in prisons before the roll-out of that ban.

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the whiplash claims process.

      Holloway Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has taken steps to ensure that the site of the former HM Prison Holloway is not landbanked once it has been sold.

      Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents relating to Spice have been recorded at HM Prison Berwyn since that prison opened in Spring 2017.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, Pursuant to the Answer of 7 November to Question 110305, if he will the place a copy in the Library of the recent internal review into the probation system.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners there are serving IPP sentences for each (a) offence category as used in his Department's offender management statistics and (b) Home...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving IPP sentences have served (a) twice, (b) thrice, (c) four times, (d) five times and (e) six times longer or more than their...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal judges and staff there were in (a) the Eastern Region and (b) Bedford in each year from 2010 to 2017.

      Aircraft: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) Hull Maritime Museum, (b) Hull University, (c) Hull City Council, (d) TransPennine Express and (e) the artist Leonard J Brown were consulted...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Christianity

      To ask the Honourable Member for Meridan, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support Christians in the UK who face difficulties in following...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours have been logged on (a) Merlin, (b) Wildcat, (c) Apache, (d) Gazelle, (e) Chinook, (f) Puma, (g) Lynx, (h) Bell 212 and (i)...

    • Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours have been logged on (a) Merlin, (b) Wildcat, (c) Apache, (d) Gazelle, (e) Chinook, (f) Puma, (g) Lynx, (h) Bell 212 and (i)...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Joint Helicopter Command overseas training exercises have been cancelled in each of the last five years.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours the (a) Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, (b) Commando Helicopter Force, (c) Army Air Corps and (d) Royal Air Force pilots under Joint...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Joint Helicopter Command exercises have been held in each of the last five years.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Joint Helicopter Command overseas training exercises have been cancelled in 2017.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Army spent from the public purse on sponsorship of the National Diversity Awards 2017; and how many full-time equivalent Army staff worked...

      Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the timeline for procuring the next generation of Royal Navy frigates.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the losses and special payments made by his Department in the 2017-18 financial year to date

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on concern about the adequacy of the funeral fund to cover basic funeral costs; and whether he plans...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of removing mobility payments from former disability living allowance recipients...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an emergency telephone line will be available over the Christmas period to allow new universal credit claimants to apply for an...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the MP hotline will be available over the Christmas period for urgent universal credit casework inquiries.

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to reduce waiting times for complaints received by the Independent Case Examiner.

      Midland Bank: Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's policy is on compensating people affected by the clawback feature of the Midland Bank pension scheme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the requirement within the universal credit system for people whose assessment period falls at...

      Jobcentres: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received on parking difficulties experienced by jobcentre visitors; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals to amend income support rules to remove the requirement that women who have fled domestic violence with...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has plans to discontinue discretionary housing payments.

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what rate interest will be set on support for mortgage interest when that benefit becomes a loan rather than a grant in April 2018.

      Social Security Benefits: Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will assess the potential merits of providing interest-free credit to people receiving certain benefits in order to avoid...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department takes to (a) record the number of (a) birds, (b) cormorants and (c) gossanders shot annually under...

    • Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas continue to receive the...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when animal welfare charities will be able to comment on draft legislation to increase the maximum sentence for animal...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) steps his Department is taking to ensure and (b) financial support it provides to support local authorities to meet...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department takes on local authorities that consistently do not produce annual air quality reports.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with farming representatives and environmental groups on how to ensure workable environmental...

  • Home Office

    • British Transport Police: Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2017 to Question 4164, what proportion of the estimated life cycle costs for the emergency service network...

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) charges were made for offences related to the drug Spice in each of the last 12 months.

      Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Randox Testing Services have notified her of any changes to its procedures; and what assessment she has made of the ability of...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to Written Ministerial Statement HCWS265 for what reasons the Forensic Science Regulator has no statutory powers to enforce...

      Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 November 2017, HCWS265, on toxicology, if she will set out (a) which police forces...

      Randox Testing Services and Trimega

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what matters concerning quality have been referred to the Forensic Services Regulator involving (a) Randox Testing Services and (b) Trimega.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of new medical procedures for firearm and shotgun licence applications, which were...

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her strategy is to combat rural crime during the 2017 Parliament.

      Breathalysers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2017 to Question 112309, whether the document signed by the then Home Office Parliamentary Under...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed by the Migration Advisory Committee; and how many employees of that Committee are secondees from her Department.

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports have been produced by the Head of the Migration Advisory Committee in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) in 2017 to date.

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the salary is of the chair of the Migration Advisory Committee.

      Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will take steps to ensure that non-UK citizen veterinarians working in the UK’s agri-food sector will be allowed to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an EU citizen who is the spouse of a UK citizen will require a visa or sponsor after the UK leaves the EU when that spouse has been...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders, who had been issued with removal directions, have (a) made asylum claims (b) lodged judicial review...

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the conviction rate for bank fraud against an individual was in each year since 2012.

    • Shareholders: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the tax liabilities of UK citizens with shareholdings in companies listed in Europe.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making winter fuel allowance taxable at the marginal rate paid by the recipient of that allowance.

      Electric Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax yield has been to the Exchequer of the benefit in kind taxation of electric cars in (a) 2015/16 and (b) 2016/17.

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has he has made of the potential effectiveness in dealing with the illicit tobacco trade in the UK of the European Commission's proposals...

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the UK’s decision to exit the EU on the release of...

      European Investment Bank: North East

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that European Investment Bank funds are made available as soon as possible for disbursal to businesses in the...

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's position is on implementing an EU licensing scheme for the tobacco market; and if he will make a statement.

      Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to pages 5 and 16 of the Customs Bill White Paper (Cm 9502), whether the Government plans to negotiate a (a) highly streamlined customs...

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized enterprises of the requirement to obtain documents to transport equipment between the UK...

      Revenue and Customs: Disability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs' regional centres meet British Standard 8300 relating to the accessibility needs of disabled people.

      Emergency Services: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he has had with the hon. Member for Aberdeen South to discuss a VAT exemption for police and fires services in Scotland; and when those...

      Credit: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) capping interest rates and (b) other further regulation in the rent-to-own sector.

      Equality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of the 10 July 2017 to Question 2747, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce (a) geographical, (b) wealth and (c)...

      Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of the 10 July 2017 to Question 2747, how the Government plans to ensure that the industrial strategy drives productivity, creates...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of the 26 June 2017 to Question 238, when the Government plans to provide further information on the Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Economic Growth: Sheffield

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to provide funding for economic development in Sheffield when (a) local growth and (b) EU funding ends.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has a target for the number of homes to be built on disposed of Government estate assets.

    • Cabinet Office: Sick Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of sickness pay to staff in his Department was in each of the 10 years prior to June 2016.

      Royal Parks: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what safeguards in relation to the maintenance of assets were imposed on the Royal Parks when it altered its status to become a charity in 2016.

      Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of his Department's spend in the last year has been with Government strategic suppliers.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total amount of funding allocated by the Government for legal representation to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and their families was on 3...

      Leader of the House: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which public telephone lines for his Office's services are charged at higher rates; and how much was taken by each such telephone line in the last 12...

      Social Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the consultation on social care announced in the Queen's Speech 2017 will begin; and for how long that consultation will last.

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to replicate the Ministry of Justice Data Lab model across other government departments.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what deadline his Office is working to regarding the appointment of a chair for the contaminated blood inquiry; and when that appointment will be announced.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance is given to departments on the size of profit margins given to private contractors when awarding contracts.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the BBC will receive from licence fee payments in each year to 2022.

    • Gambling: Prizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what data source her Department used to inform the recent consultation on stakes and prizes on the percentage of problem and...

      Broadband: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the roll-out of superfast broadband to (a) rural areas and (b) Cornwall.

      Arts: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has allocated in arts grants to North Cornwall constituency in each of the last three years.

      Darts: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support is being provided by her Department to (a) grassroots darts clubs and (b) disabled grassroots darts clubs.

      Sportsgrounds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's policy is on safe standing at sporting events; and whether the Government plans to amend its policy on...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on establishing the Inter-Ministerial Group referred to in Sporting Future: A New...

      European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department was consulted on the European Commission's decision to discontinue participation of the UK in the...

      European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date her Department informed local authorities that they might not be able to bid to be the 2023 European City of Culture.

      European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department provided any advice to local authorities on whether they would be able to bid to be the 2023 European...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK EU nationals were employed by the NHS in oncology in each of the last three years.

    • GP at Hand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2017 to Question 112428, what the cost of the GP at hand service has been to the public purse to date.

      GP at Hand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to rollout the GP at Hand service nationwide.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2017 Question 111963 on patients: transport, for what reasons his Department will not commit​ to monitor the...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the success of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme in ensuring patients can access the most effective and...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which ten areas of England do residents have the longest travel times to their nearest radiotherapy units.

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2017 to Question 111078, how many mental health staff have been employed in the NHS in each year 2012-13 excluding...

      Patients: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with doctors about the recent NHS England guidance on sexual orientation monitoring.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce sepsis in hospital wards.

      Incontinence: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help women who experience incontinence after childbirth.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the new carina hearing device to be available on the NHS.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Royal College of Nursing and (b) other bodies on stem cell medicine and prevention of meningitis.

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State of Health, what steps the Department is taking to promote awareness and improve the rate of diagnosis of anaemia.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has budgeted for 2017-18 for a grant to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan for England.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that children are vaccinated against flu croup.

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of babies diagnosed pre-birth with a disability and subsequently born without that disability in...

      Pregnancy: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what counselling the Government provides to pregnant women expecting a child with a disability; when the adequacy of such counselling was last evaluated;...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women whose child was identified pre-birth as having a disability (a) had an abortion and (b) continued with the pregnancy, in each of the last...

      Abortion: Cleft Palate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions there were in each of the last 15 years in which the fetus had a cleft (a) palate or (b) lip, broken down by (i) grounds for the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions on the grounds of rectifiable disabilities were performed (a) after 24 weeks' gestation and (b) during the 24th week in each of the...

      Pregnancy: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department provides to women who know they are expecting a child with a disability on the experiences of families who have raised a...

      Body Modification: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to regulate (a) extreme body modification, (b) tongue splitting, (c) ear reshaping, (d) under-the-skin implants and (e) tattoos.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of women expecting a baby with a disability who (a) did and (b) did not have an abortion in each of...

      Abortion: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies found to have Down 's syndrome were aborted in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) gestation of the pregnancy and (b) health...

      Hormones: Pregnancy Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on the conclusions of the Report of the Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on Hormone Pregnancy...

      Mental Illness: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the reasons for the time taken to publish the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey in the UK Data Archive; and when he expects an approval...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on changes to the legal status of abortion in Northern Ireland.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many maternity beds there were in each of the last five years.

      GP at Hand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the financial implications to GP surgeries as a result of the NHS suggested eligibility criteria for the GP at...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Addictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in contact with addictions services in (a) Liverpool and (b) England have been detained under the Mental Health Act since 2012.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS Trusts are in the Distressed Cash regime?

      Mental Illness: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July to Question 1686, if he will adopt the recommendations of Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers, to...

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has plans to create a sepsis registry to capture key information on patients.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support implementation of the sepsis action plan.

      Sepsis: World Health Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government plans to implement the action points from the World Health Organisation Resolution on Sepsis, agreed on 26 March 2017.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what form of consultation the Government plans to undertake with local authorities in relation to the planned indicators to measure progress on...

  • Department for Transport

    • Crossrail Line: Railway Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cycle parking spaces will be provided at each of those Crossrail stations for which Network Rail has responsibility.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • National Trust: Tenants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 7 November (HL2762), whether there is an independent regulator or other body to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • George Papadopoulos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which official George Papadopoulos met during his visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2016; when that meeting was held; what was discussed; what...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Myanmar regarding reports of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Tula Toli on 30 August.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest information they have on the present political situation in Zimbabwe, in the light of reports of a military coup.

      EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 October (HL1876), how many UK citizens are currently being held without charge in other EU...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have determined in what circumstances they would withdraw from negotiations to exit from the EU; and if so, what are those circumstances.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of their Children in need and child protection statistics, for 2006–07 and 2016–17, showing an increase in the number of children who were...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many imprisoned mothers of children aged under 18 have been visited by those children in each of the last five years, broken down by the number of (1)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what major systems and equipments are common to the Type 31e and other major warships; what major systems are being developed uniquely for the Type 31e; and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, can easily access the online...

    • Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, will have the opportunity to make a claim for Universal Credit in person.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their Fly-tipping statistics for England 2016–17 which shows a 7 per cent increase in fly-tipping incidents from the previous...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing specific civil wrongs of (1) trafficking, (2) slavery, (3) servitude, and (4) forced labour, in legislation, to...

    • Lead: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of theft of lead from churches have been reported in each police force area in England in each of the last three years; and what steps they intend...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what criteria they assess an individual to have taken a direct role in hostilities in Iraq and Syria.

      Slavery: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests have been made by police forces to provide victims of modern slavery with support under the UK Protected Persons Service, since the...

      Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of the Licensing Committees and the operation of the licensing process in local authorities.

      Borders: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of drones in the maintenance of the UK’s borders after Brexit.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Prisoners' Release: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 September (HL1347–1351) relating to prisoner release, whether they will now answer...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Digital Charter to address online bullying.

  • Department of Health

    • Methadone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of methadone treatment programmes in saving lives.

    • Tattooing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of legislation regulating tattoo parlours.

      Dental Services: Tattooing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protections in place relating to dental tattoos.

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether non-EU citizens are entitled to register with NHS general practices; and what steps practices are expected to take to establish the identity of persons...

      Social Services: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect information on the number of contracts for publicly-funded adult social care that have been handed back to local authorities by providers of...

      Continuing Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the NHS on Continuing Health Care for each of the last three years for which information is available.

      Continuing Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made to the NHS for Continuing Health Care in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what proportion of...

      Nurses: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK-domiciled registered nurses (1) came on to, and (2) left, the Nursing Midwifery Council Register, in each of the years 2010–11 to 2016–17.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many places at UK higher education institutions were commissioned for graduate nursing studies in each of the years 2010–11 to 2016–17.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the total funds allocated for continuing professional development in each of the years 2013–14 to 2016–17 for (1) medical doctors and...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which institutions provide undergraduate courses in nursing.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) cis women, and (2) trans and non-binary people, have been recruited to take part in NHS England’s HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis impact...

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what equalities impact assessments local authorities are required to make when reducing spending on HIV support services, given that those most at risk tend to...

      Oral Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote a greater awareness of oral cancer.

      Drugs: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of drug-related deaths of people in treatment services; and what data they have on whether the number of...

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