Written answers

Thursday, 11 January 2018

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to recommendation eight of the Government’s response to the Second Independent Review of the Personal Independence...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to recommendation six of the Government’s response to the Second Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all women born in the 1950s affected by the change in state pension age have now been informed by letter of such changes.

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department decided against the introduction of a transitional protection period for people claiming support for mortgage...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on closing universal credit claims when income in any monthly assessment period results in a zero payment; and if he will...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce statutory sick pay at an hourly rate; and if he will make a...

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will recalculate winter fuel payments for eligible claimants living in other EU member states using postcode enumerators to devise a...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pension, how many and what proportion of his Department's Answers to Written Parliamentary Questions in the 2017-18 Session to date have referred to the...

      Social Security Benefits: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people over the age of 60 have claimed (a) employment support allowance and (b) job seekers allowance in the London Borough of Newham...

      Pension Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Greater London have claimed Pension Credit in each year since 2010.

      Universal Credit: Cardiff and Penarth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit live service claimants have been registered at (a) Cardiff and (b) Penarth JobCentre Plus in each of the last 12 months.

      Universal Credit: Cardiff and Penarth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date her Department plans for legacy claimants at (a) Cardiff and (b) Penarth JobCentre Plus to have been migrated to full service...

  • Home Office

    • Border Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Border Force officers are currently employed; and how many such officers she estimates will be required after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2017 to Question 10312, how many UK Border Force officers were deployed in each month between August...

      Home Office: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what processes her Department has put in place to (a) monitor, (b) collate cost information on, (c) review and (d) respond to requests to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incoming Dublin III regulation requests were received by the UK in 2017.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incoming Dublin III regulation requests were received by the UK in 2017 broken down by responsibility criterion under Chapter III...

      Police: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces own an international mobile subscriber identity catcher.

      Police: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces operate an International Mobile Subscriber Identifier Catcher.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will increase the period in which refugees continue to receive asylum support after receiving a positive decision on their asylum...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reintroduce a programme of support to newly-recognised refugees similar to that provided by the Refugee Integration and...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the North and Midlands Independent Monitoring Board for Short-Term Holding Facilities can annual report,...

      Passports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to ensure that UK passports can be provided bi-lingually in English and Welsh for people living in Wales.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 115050, what progress the Government is making on the appointment of a Lead...

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants were detained by the UK in 2017, broken down by grounds for detention.

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied minors seeking asylum were detained by the UK in 2017.

      UK Border Force: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many FTE Border Force officials tasked with immigration or customs enforcement duties were deployed to the ports of (a) Newport, (b)...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has drawn up a shortlist of independent chairs for potential future talks about restoring the power-sharing Executive in Northern...

    • Elections: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps his Department has taken to deter and prevent electoral fraud in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many National Citizen Service participants there were in 2017.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made the effectiveness of the National Citizen Service Innovation Programme.

      Charities: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2017 to Question 117774 on charities: young people, when she expects the response to be...

      EU Grants and Loans: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an estimate of the amount of EU funding that UK-based charities and social enterprises received in 2016.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has produced a written timetable and payment schedule for sales of assets on the Olympic Park.

      Gaming Machines: Gower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the effect of fixed-odds betting terminals on gambling addiction rates in Gower constituency...

      Athletics: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to work with UK Athletics to ensure the integrity of the sport following recent drug...

      ICT: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to implement the EU Network and Information Systems Directive.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which fruitless payments in excess of £30,000 her Department has made by (a) recipient of each such payment, (b) purpose...

      Libraries Taskforce: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to Answer of 14 December 2017 to Question 118632, for what reason her Department did not publish the full Libraries...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105277, what the timetable is for the consultation on the new Accountable Care Organisation contract.

    • Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his Department's policy that contracts associated with the formation of Accountable Care Organisations will not be outsourced to the...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young people

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the 122 local areas that published local transformation plans for children and young people published updated versions of those documents in...

      Vitamin D: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2017 to Question 111555, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the rise in cases of vitamin D deficiency...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the cost to the NHS of malnutrition.

      Department of Health: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that his Department allocated to the production of impact assessments on the UK...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it has adequate medical importation and exportation customs expertise after the UK leaves the EU.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patient access to medicines currently available in the UK is maintained after the UK leaves the EU.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government is monitoring whether NHS hospitals have adopted good practice to enable appropriate patient flow through (a) more timely hand-offs...

      Department of Health: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those regulations have been (a)...

      Department of Health: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which EU (a) Directives, (b) Regulations and (c) other legislation affecting his Department he is planning to propose (i) revocation and (ii) amendment...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time has been for a patient to receive mental health support after being referred by their GP in the most recent period for...

      NHS: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117371 on NHS: Logos, on how many occasions the fee has been paid in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers are available to Accountable Care Organisations to raise funds from financial institutions.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements are in place for Accountable Care Organisations to follow the NHS Constitution.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

      Phenytoin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the public purse has been of (a) an individual prescription and (b) treating a patient with the drug Phenytoin in each of the...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is provided to the staff working on the NHS 111 service.

      Department of Health: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are employed in his Department; and how many vacancies there are.

      Department of Health: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contractors are employed by his Department.

      Health Services: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish guidance for healthcare professionals on the entitlements refugees have to NHS treatment.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of the 4 December 2017 to Question 116582, if his Department will carry out an assessment of the long-term cost to the NHS of...

      Soft Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of labelling on energy drinks sold in the UK stating that such drinks are not recommended for children...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that his Department allocated to the production...

    • Green Deal Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on tackling incidences of mis-selling of green energy deals.

      Green Deal Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what powers are available to Ofgem to protect consumers against fraud by green deal energy providers.

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he has had with trades unions in the past 12 months on developing a commercially sustainable proposition...

      Iron and Steel: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2017 to Question 114581 on iron and steel: research, if he will publish the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what steps his Department is taking to ensure that consumers on default or standard variable energy tariffs get a fairer...

      Minimum Wage: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking (a) to increase the number of inspectors and (b) to raise the level of penalties to deal with...

      Solar Power: Kilmarnock and Loudoun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120003, how many photovoltaics installations through Green Deal...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120003, what steps he has taken to ensure that the installation...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120003, on Home Energy and Lifestyle Management, how many of...

      Green Finance Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the membership of the Green Finance Taskforce and each such member's business interests and affiliation.

      Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) replacing the Emissions Trading System...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Industrial Strategy, published in November 2017, (a) what additional funding will be made...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the time period is for the funding settlement for Growth Hubs which the Government committed itself to in its...

      Minimum Wage: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 16 November 2016, 3 March 2017, 12 September 2017 and 18 December 2017 to Questions 52385,...

      Wind Power: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to agree a sector deal on wind energy; and which organisations in Humberside his...

      British Business Bank: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much loan funding was provided by the British Business Bank by NUTS 1 region in each year since 2013-14.

      British Business Bank: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many full time equivelent staff are employed by the British Business Bank in each NUTS 1 region.

      Independent Industrial Strategy Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where the independent Industrial Strategy Council will be based when it is created in 2018.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which fruitless payments in excess of £30,000 her Department has made by (a) recipient of each such payment, (b)...

      Manufacturing Industries: Easington

      To ask the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will provide incentives to (a) businesses and (b) the automotive industry to locate manufacturing facilities...

      Post Offices: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average income received from the Post Office is for postmasters who host a post office branch.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of temporary closures of post offices after the resignation...

      Modern Working Practices Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of the 4 December 2017 to Question 116592, when the Government plans to publish its response to...

      Construction: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2017 to Question 120511, on Construction: Industrial Health and Safety, what...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2017 to Question 120505, what discussions he has had with representatives of...

      Industry: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues to ensure that the industrial strategy does not discriminate...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the performance of new online recruitment system for the Armed Forces.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of time housing association tenants with disabilities or long-term illness spend...

    • Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of his Department's dealing with rogue landlords in each year...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many residential properties were owned by private landlords in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (f) 2015,...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the proportion of households without functioning smoke alarms in (a) England, (b) the...

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen local authority powers to deal with rogue landlords.

      Affordable Housing: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in construction of affordable homes within Greater Manchester since 2010.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to investigate fraud relating to the Right to Buy scheme.

      Homelessness: Wandsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children in the London Borough of Wandsworth who will be homeless on 25 December 2017.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on housing supply of the previous housing targets for local authorities...

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his Department's proposed new funding model for short-term supported...

      Housing: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of housing costs in Greater Manchester on the ability of employers to...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which fruitless payments in excess of £30,000 his Department has made by (a) recipient of each such payment, (b) purpose...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the renaming of his Department; and which new policy...

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing regulations on the extent to which financial institutions can offer retail customers...

    • Individual Savings Accounts: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of transferring funds from the Financial Services fines pool to bring the value of Junior ISAs up...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 9 September 2016 to Question 44820, how much of the £1.74 million of minimum wage arrears owed by TSS Security Ltd and...

      Tax Avoidance: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 116884, on tax avoidance: EU law, how much extra tax will be collected as a result of the...

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to make consumers aware of the forthcoming changes being implemented through the Open Banking standard and the Second...

      Bank Services: Standards

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which regulator will be responsible for monitoring the performance of the standardised Open Banking Application Programme Interfaces; and how that regulator...

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor the Exchequer, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 20 December 2017, who will examine the mistreatment of smaller businesses by RBS.

      Visual Impairment: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the ability to transfer a Blind Person's Allowance to long-term partners who live together.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of employers that have been fined the maximum penalty for breaches of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998...

      First Time Buyers: Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's estimate is of the annual loss of revenue from the changes to the level of stamp duty for first time buyers; and what the regional...

      Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Markets and Competition Authority on the introduction of a cap on overdraft charges for personal current...

      Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how his Department determines main responsibility for receiving child tax credit and child benefit when care is split evenly.

      Consumers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to make consumer markets operate more fairly to reduce the costs of essential household items.

      Credit: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to reduce the cap on the cost of credit offered by payday lenders.

      Financial Services: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to implement a duty on regulators to identify vulnerable customers within the finance industry.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's planned Breathing Space scheme will include a full 12-month freeze on interest, charges and debt collection activity.

      Electric Vehicles: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money from the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund his Department plans to allocate to each NUTS 1 region.

      National Productivity Investment Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 130 of the Industrial Strategy, published in November 2017, how much has funding has been allocated to (a) transport, (b) housing,...

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution by the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth on 8 January 2018, how many of the 5,000 new customs officials have...

  • Department for International Trade

    • *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to ensure that UK trade and investment policies promote gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

    • Trade Agreements: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when officials in his Department received a draft report of the research conducted by Copenhagen Economics and Van Bael & Bellis into...

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what role his Department plays in the management of the Prosperity Fund.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will include in the information published on the Government's gender pay gap portal a total headcount column for each company.

    • Children: Day Care

      What steps the Government is taking to help (a) women and (b) men balance work with childcare responsibilities.

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide a regional breakdown of the £1 billion valuation of the Network Rail Commercial Estate business; how the £1 billion...

    • Bicycles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the health benefits created by a bike-share scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve enforcement against drink-driving in light of recent report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies Running on empty,...

      Electric Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial incentives his Department makes available to public transport providers to encourage the use electric vehicles in Northern Ireland.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing public bodies to bid for rail franchises; and if he will make a statement.

      London Midland: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers travelled to London from Coventry during peak hours on London Midlands trains in the last 12 months.

      Transforming Cities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money from the Transforming Cities Fund his Department plans to allocate to each NUTS 1 region.

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 119952, whether the Government revised Accessibility Action Plan will make specific reference...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has made to Volkswagen on (a) compensation to UK vehicle owners affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Somalia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to authorities in Somalia on the cases of Daud Saied Sahal and Muhamed Yasin Abdi.

    • Mahmoud Abu Zeid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the release of the photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid known...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of rocket fire into Israel from Gaza.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on re-joining direct peace talks with Israel without...

      Ahed Tamimi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make any representations to its Israeli counterpart on the arrest of Ahed Tamimi.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Bahrain on (a) the denial of adequate medical access and (b)...

      Bahrain: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, reference to his Department's Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance how many reports he received from his staff in...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those...

      Sri Lanka: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when last he met his counterpart in the Government of Sri Lanka and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

      Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will respond to EDM 483, role of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the UK Government has taken to reaffirm its commitment to a two state solution in light of the non-adoption...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures her Department has put in place to assist children recovered from abduction in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: Sheffield Central

      To ask the Secretary for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children in Sheffield Central constituency who are currently eligible for free school meals who would not be...

    • Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120011, whether she has made an assessment of the accuracy of the Ever 6 model in...

      Pupils: Soft Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have banned students from consuming energy drinks on school premises; and if she will make a statement.

      Office for Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what briefing was prepared by her Department to ensure the panel for appointments to the Board of the Office for Students had sufficient background...

  • Church Commissioners

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Xylella: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the spread of Xylella through the importation of infected plants.

    • Environment: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals for a new Environment Bill after the UK leaves the EU...

      Microplastics: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice he has received from the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee on the existence of solid plastic particles in...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to public purse is for China and other countries to take delivery of plastic waste from the UK.

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on preventing the persecution of raptors.

      Environment protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the environmental principles contained in EU treaties that are to be retained in UK law via the EU (Withdrawal) Bill...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has plans to introduce legislative proposals for a free trade agreement between the UK and (a) the EU and (b) countries...

    • Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those regulations...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those regulations have been (a) subject...

    • Wales Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which EU (a) Directives, (b) Regulations and (c) other legislation affecting his Department he is planning to propose (i) revocation and (ii) amendment of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were released on temporary licence from each establishment by nationality of offender in each of the last five whole reporting years.

    • Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of the physical environment in prisons constructed in the 19th century for prisoners who are...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and (b) the Home Secretary on the extending the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 119818, on Scotland Office: Advertising, what services were provided by (a) the Leith Agency and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Contracts for Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's news story of 18 December 2017 about the 200 suppliers who sign up to the Contracts Finder service each week, how...

    • Civil Servants: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has a policy on the use by civil servants of instant-messaging apps for the purpose of completing their work.

      Civil Servants: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the reasons why the average number of sick days taken by civil servants decreased in the past 12 months; and what...

      Civil Servants: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information the Government holds on the proportion of civil service sick days taken for reasons relating to (a) mental ill-health and (b) physical...

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts that involve processing personal data will be affected by Procurement Policy Note 03/17.

      Devolution

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the minutes of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Devolution for Scotland, Wales and the Regions from 1997 and 1998 will be made public.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans his Department has prepared in case of the folding of (a) Carillion and (b) any other strategic supplier.

      Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government is planning any ceremonial or official events to mark the formal exit of the UK from the EU.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in 2017 it was necessary to scramble Quick Reaction Alert aircraft; and, in each case, for what purposes those aircraft were scrambled.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 10 December that the agreement reached with the EU on 8 December was a...

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