Written answers

Friday, 1 December 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic Offences: Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers were (a) charged and (b) convicted of tachograph offences in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the levels of emissions of greenhouse gases from freight locomotives; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of active road safety cameras.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.7 and 4.57 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what plans his Department has to ensure that the proposed new fleet of Metro...

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.57 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the National Productivity Investment Fund will be allocated to improving the...

      Roads: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.43 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the additional funding to tackle potholes in England will be allocated to...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many children were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015 and (iii) 2016 in road accidents in which they were not restrained...

      Safety Belts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to inform parents on (a) laws on child car seats and (b) how to fit and use those seats correctly.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment has he made of the effect of abolishing car tax discs on revenue collected through vehicle tax.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of untaxed vehicles on the road.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of motorists automatically renew their vehicle tax.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Stanford West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on the planned lorry holding park in Stanford West in Kent.

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to expand and support the not-for-profit community transport sector.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce a temporary blue badge scheme for people with short-term medical conditions.

  • Home Office

    • Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to develop an evidential roadside test for people who drive under the influence of drugs; and if he will...

    • Foreign Nationals: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals living in the UK are currently subject to deportation orders; and how many foreign nationals outside the UK are...

      Greater Manchester Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's Special Grant Guidance updated on 28 November 2017, whether Greater Manchester Police will be required...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Solar Power: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to respond to the Mayor of London's Solar Action Plan consultation.

    • Living Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the National Living Wage is set at a lower rate for under-25s than for older workers.

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government's industrial strategy for the oil and gas industry takes account of issues relating to workforce...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2017 to Question 112113, on EU grants and loans, for how many years will the...

      Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been of energy subsidies to private energy companies in each of the last five years.

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to announce voluntary Contracts for Difference auctions for on shore wind in Scotland; and if...

      Green Finance Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has allocated to the Green Finance Taskforce in each of the next three years.

      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.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2017 to Question 7012, on iron and steel, when he plans to publish his...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who was present at the oil and gas roundtable attended by the then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, following reports of the torture of Jagpar Singh Johal in the Punjab, what representations he has made to the Government of...

    • Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last held discussion with the Bahraini embassy in London on human rights issues in that country.

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the case of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei with (a) his Bahraini counterpart and (b) the Bahraini Embassy in London.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department will take to help to ensure that Rohingya Muslims will not be forcibly returned to Myanmar.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the severity of violence towards Rohingya people in Rakhine from the Burmese civilian population

      Burma: Travel Restictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with other EU Member States on formalised travel sanctions on Burmese military leaders.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made with the Government of Bangladesh on reiterating the principle of non-refoulement in...

      European Union: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on whether the Slovenian EU Presidency's proposals relating to a new EU Constitution have...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the matter of the demolition of homes and structures in Area C of the West Bank at the United...

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what human rights issues his Department plans to raise at the Universal Periodic Review of Israel at the United Nations Human...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the United Nations' conclusion that the 46 Palestinian communities in the...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with European Union Member States about drafting a joint letter to the Government of Israel...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will prioritise the protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what relationship the Government plans to have with the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation, known as PESCO, after leaving the EU.

      Ali Feruz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) Russian, (b) Ukrainian and (c) EU counterparts on the treatment of Ali Feruz.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he (a) ordered the drawing up of and (b) received the completed Brexit impact assessments.

  • Wales Office

    • EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his policy is on the status of West Wales and the Valleys under the Governments new Shared Prosperity Fund; and if he will consider that area's...

    • EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has had any meetings with the Welsh Government on the future operation of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Mental Health: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to include mental wellbeing in the national curriculum.

    • Schools: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools were full or oversubscribed in (i) Oxford (ii) Oxfordshire and (iii) Oxford West and Abingdon...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.27 of the Autumn Budget 2017, whether her Department plans to work with employers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the new funding formula for 2018-19 will reflect the effect on schools of staff pay increases.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to secure sufficient recruitment and retention in the teaching profession.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to prevent smaller schools from closing in (a) England and (b) Kent.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what schools she plans to visit in November 2017.

      School Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of recent trends in (a) library provision and (b) the number of qualified librarians in state-funded schools and colleges...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of the Apprenticeship Levy among businesses.

      Veterinary Services: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce proposals to create new apprenticeships in the veterinary sector.

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.24 of Autumn Budget 2017, what funding her Department plans to allocate for (a) expanding the Teaching for Mastery maths...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding her Department has made available or plans to make available to secondary schools to increase the range of activities offered...

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average number of hours of sport and physical activity undertaken by pupils in primary schools in England in each...

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage primary school students to participate in after-school sports clubs.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of programmes in England providing free meals and activities for children during school holidays; what...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children looked after by foster carers use the 15 hours of universally available funded childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of extending 30 hours of funded childcare to children in foster care.

      Church Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on removing the 50 per cent cap on new Catholic schools; and what plans she has to bring forward legislative...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications have been made for education, health and care plans in (a) the UK, (b) Greater London and (c) the London Borough of Newham in 2017.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will require local authorities to produce a strategy for improving disadvantaged children’s outcomes.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.24 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what baseline year will apply for new schools opening in future academic years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Secretary of State for Education, what projection his Department has made of the increased cost of each year of graduate debt write-offs following the changes to the student loans...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to end the upper parameter limit on tuition fees?

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Secretary for State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.95 of the Budget 2016, how much has been allocated on the policies listed in that paragraph in financial year 2017-18.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding the Government plans to allocate to the PE and Sport Premium in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19, (c) 2019-20, (d) 2020-21, (e) 2021-22, and...

      Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Government has allocated to the healthy pupil capital fund in the next two financial years; and what proportion of that funding is...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much government funding was allocated to the Union Learning Fund in each financial year from 2009-2010 to 2014-2015.

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether funding for the planned £26 million contract to provide breakfast clubs will be allocated from revenue raised from the soft drinks...

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide funding for creative skills education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people received custodial sentences in 2016; and how many such people received a sentence of (a) over 12 months, (b) less than six months, (c)...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for St Helens North dated 14 September 2017.

      Magistrates' Courts: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what monitoring his Department has in place to ensure that Westminster Magistrates Court is compliant with disability access legislation.

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of criminal courts charges that have (a) been levied, (b) been paid, (c) been written off and (d) remained outstanding in the last 12...

      Juries: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an individual can opt out of jury service if the case includes sensitive or traumatic details that may affect their mental health.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of human trafficking have received Legal Aid in each of the last three years.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Written Ministerial Statement HCWS265, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) tests and (b) individuals tested by...

      Solicitors: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to alter the arrangements for supervision of solicitors in response to the Ecohouse fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for selling (i) black mamba and (ii) spice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

      Holloway Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the successful tender for the purchase of the land at...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who are (a) in employment and (b) housed as a result of the Government's resettlement policies.

      Prisons: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November to Question 111268, what guidance his Department issues to prisons on the promotion of (a) Holocaust Memorial Day,...

      Bedford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners aged (a) 19, (b) 20 and (c) 21 years old are held at HM Prison Bedford.

      Courts: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the amount was of each of the 20 highest compensation orders issued against offenders in each of the last five years; and to what offence each...

  • Prime Minister

    • British Irish Council

      To ask the Prime Minister, when she expects next to attend a meeting of the British-Irish Council.

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister, when she last met with the Taoiseach; and whether at that meeting they discussed the matter of the Irish-UK border after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a claimant in receipt of the employment and support allowance Work-Related Activity Group addition of £29.05 per week, living in...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for Personal Independence Payments from people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis have been rejected in (a) Oxford (b)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to suspend the full-rollout of universal credit planned for 29 November 2017 in (a) Brighton and Hove, (b) other...

      Recruitment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that visually impaired job applicants are guaranteed adequate magnification facilities on workplace...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Maximus CHDA assessment centres have recording equipment available for use by employment support allowance claimants undergoing...

      Pensioners: Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend Bereavement Support Payments to people above the state pension age.

      Universal Credit: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the rollout of universal credit is not being delayed in Cardiff.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to lay its annual report on progress towards full employment before Parliament as required by the Welfare Reform and...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff car parking spaces there are at Shettleston Jobcentre.

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the reassessment period for people with mental health problems receiving personal...

      Marriage Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2017 to Question 105652 (a) how the £30 million made available for relationship support services...

      Department for Work and Pensions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 109193, where the £500 million in investment in IT has been spent; how that amount...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training in assessing mental health conditions is available to officials dealing with personal independence claims; and what proportion...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Legatum Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings Ministers of his Department has had with representatives of the Legatum Institute in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of live animals transported between the UK and its international trading...

    • Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of plastic waste (a) was recycled, (b) was incinerated and (c) went to landfill in the latest period for...

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to reflect Decision 17.225 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

      Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to review compliance with and enforcement of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

      Agriculture: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the UK will retain access to the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) after the UK has withdrawn from the...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of dogs being brought illegally into the UK.

      Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the economic value of the veterinary sector.

      Birds of Prey: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on determining the reasons for the disappearance of raptors satellite tagged by...

      Game: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will introduce a licensing system or a code of practice for driven grouse shooting.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the (a) number of staff employed and (b) services provided by the Forestry Commission will reduce when it is split...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on completing (a) the UK’s Marine Protected Area designations by 2018 and (b)...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of trail hunting on (a) natural habitats, (b) historical sites, (c)...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessments (a) his Department and (b) Public Health England have made of air quality in the area of the Lancaster...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if it remains the Government's policy to meet the UK High Level Marine Objectives.

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to review the laws governing the export of live animals for slaughter or fattening.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to update the statutory codes of recommendation on the welfare of (a) dairy cows (b) ducks (c) turkeys (d)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to expedite the validation procedures for the examination of data relating to the introduction of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the number of English councils purchasing properties through (a) off-shore financial...

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department (a) provides funding for (b) monitors the effectiveness of (i) Holocaust Memorial Day, (ii) Black...

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, ?Media and Sport on the national roll-out of 5G...

      Housing: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 5.1 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what the ratio is of average house price and average worker’s...

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of changes in the business rate treatment of solar power since April 2017...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the fair funding review for local government to be finalised.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to provide funding agreements for local authorities that did not sign up to the four-year funding...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has provided financial or material assistance to the Kids on the Green community group for the children...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to undertake a public consultation before the launch of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to Autumn Budget 2017, how much funding has been allocated for the provision of new social housing.

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the difference in business rate liabilities is for rooftop solar power where the majority of the power produced is (a)...

  • HM Treasury

    • First-time Buyers: Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Autumn Budget 2017, if his Department will make an estimate of how many first-time buyers will benefit from the...

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 6.8 of the Autumn Budget 2017, whether the Government plans to commit to funding pay awards for public sector workers other than...

      Energy: Capital Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the capital allowance treatment is of (a) solar power, (b) Good Quality gas CHP, (c) solar thermal, (d) battery storage technologies, (e) biomass...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of Government employees are paid through trusts rather than through PAYE.

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of the solar industry on business rates for rooftop solar power.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2017 to Question 115078, what estimate he has made of the number of disabled children eligible for a tax-free...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the revenue raised from the soft drinks industry levy will go to (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, and (c) Northern Ireland as a consequence of the...

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of underwriting EU projects in Wales that extend beyond the UK's period of membership of the EU.

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the solar power industry on how rooftop solar power is treated in business rates.

      Renewable Energy: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what methodology is used to calculate the business rate liabilities of (a) solar power and (b) Good Quality gas CHP; and what the rationale is for that...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.46, page 52 of the Autumn Budget 2017, whether his Department will fund discounted rail travel for people aged between 26 and 30.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to lines 63 and 64 of Table 2.1 of Autumn Budget 2017, what target he has set for the Resource and Accounting Budgetary charge.

      Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to set before Parliament the itemised liabilities due for payment by the Government to the EU in respect of the forthcoming withdrawal...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the revenue projections for the soft drinks industry levy in the Autumn Budget 2017, Table C.5, what assessment he has made of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on the reform of surrogacy law being undertaken by the Law Commission in its 13th Programme of Law Reform.

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department employed after 24 June 2016 hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

      Government Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that 33 per cent of government contracts are given to small and medium-sized businesses by the end of the 2017 Parliament.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people registered to vote anonymously in the last general election.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the survival rate is for people with brain tumours; and what the comparative rate is for people with all forms of cancer.

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the cost of the helpline that incurs the greatest cost to members of the public at the point of call, for each Government department.

      Pay: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East earn below the UK average weekly earnings for full-time employees.

      Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data the Behavioural Insights Team holds on those people it can reach with its Predicitiv product; how many such people there; and what the origin...

      Grenfell Tower Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has held with the Prime Minister on the appointment of panel members to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when each Department will publish its single departmental plan; whether those plans will set out the Government’s response to the Sustainable...

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 111594, on Government Departments: Telephone Services, when he plans to provide a substantive Answer.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will set out the new public bodies that will need to be established in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of the current boundary review (a) up to the date of opening of the third consultation and (b) on the most...

      Electoral Register: Warrington North

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Warrington North constituency who are eligible for inclusion on the electoral register but are not...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the proportionate change has been in the level of voter registration over the most recent year for which data are available in (a) England, (b)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to his oral Answer on 23 November, what discussion he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the additional funding for...

    • Trade Agreements: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 113324, how many departmental staff are involved in the process of establishing a...

      Trade Agreements: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 113324, how many (a) seconded and (b) newly-hired staff were offered employment in...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2017 to Question 113264, if will he establish a contingency plan for the eventuality that the WTO will...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2017 to Question 113267, if his Department will include Commonwealth representation at such Trade and...

      Trade Agreements: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer 21 November 2017 to Question 110584, on trade agreements: arbitration, what his Department's definition is of...

      Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he has received on the inclusion of social and environmental criteria in the remit of the Trade Remedies Authority.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) funding in total UK sports have received from the EU in each of the last 10 years and (b) funding for...

    • European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Istanbul's being the European Capital of Culture in 2010, whether she plans to appeal the European...

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government intends to assess the importance of the night-time economy to regional economies.

      Mass Media: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has commissioned research on the prevalence of so-called fake news across social media and other...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library an estimate of the fiscal impact of each of the options in the Consultation on Changes to...

      European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date her Department received notification of the European Commission's decision to discontinue participation of the UK...

      European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much participating cities have spent on their bids to be European City of Culture 2023.

      Arts: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if it is her Department's policy that the UK should continue to pay in and be a member of the Creative Europe programme once...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2017 to Question 109191, on Big Ben: iron and steel, whether the Government plans to...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Olympic legacy funding has been disbursed in respect of the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell; and if she will make a...

      Mobile Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department plans to take to publicise whether mobile providers meet the target for broadband coverage of 90 per...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her most recent estimate is of the average (a) advertised speed for broadband services, (b) speed received by consumers...

      Youth Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Youth Development Fund grants; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the increase is in the (a) size of the mental health staff workforce and (b) number of professionally qualified clinical mental health staff...

    • Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the name of the commissioned provider for health services in each prison in England and Wales.

      NHS: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the digital transformation of the NHS.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for negotiation of the next pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme providing effective and innovative medicines for patients.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, will the Secretary whether he plans to increase patient access to their medical records.

      Surgery: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability comprehensive perioperative care pathways for NHS patients.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2017 to Question 7355, what discussions have taken place between the UK and the EU on the continuation of the EHIC...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring system is accessible to all diabetes patients

      South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 6.4 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of that additional NHS funding in England will be allocated to South Tyneside NHS...

      Patients: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the results of the 20 pilot studies into refusing treatment to patients who cannot produce a utility bill and a passport.

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Nursing Associates who will be placed in specialist mental health units after their training in...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is shared between NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, education providers and local education authorities after a diagnosis of...

      Department of Health: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the National Audit Office Report, Implementing the UK’s exit from the European Union, HC 593, published on 17 November 2017, if...

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the UK hospitals participating in the European Reference Networks on rare diseases will continue to participate in those Networks in the event of...

      NHS: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by NHS staff in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money is required to eliminate backlog maintenance work in the NHS in the current financial year; what amount were required during the previous...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the psychological effect of the Grenfell tower fire on survivors.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions information regarding the immigration status of NHS patients has been shared with the Home Office in each year since 2010.

      Bournville Gardens Village: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what topics were discussed during the Minister of State for Health's visit to Bournville Care Village on Friday 24 November 2017; and if he will make a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to respond to the letter of 31 October from the hon. Member for Birmingham Northfield on Premises...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were admitted to Accident and Emergency departments for self-harm in each NHS trust in England, in each of the last 12 months.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of management training opportunities provided to (a) junior doctors and (b) nurses for working in A&E...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of never events in NHS trusts.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the net change has been in the number of in-patient perinatal mental health beds since 2010.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Digital on 12 September (HC9406), what roundtable discussions the Secretary of State has had with...

  • Department of Health

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis National Outcomes Database ceased to exist; and why the data included in that database is no longer...

    • NHS: Ict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice, if any, they have provided to NHS Trusts regarding the need to upgrade software and improve cyber-security.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Game

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote British game meat.

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