Written answers

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • British Transport Police: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to bring forward the legislative proposals to facilitate the transfer of British Transport Police (a) staff, (b) administrative...

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current cost to the taxpayer is from his Department’s (a) administrative, (b) chairing and (c) other responsibilities for the British...

      British Transport Police: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide estimates of the final cost to the (a) taxpayer and (b) British Transport Police Authority of the proposed transfer of (i) staff,...

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the temporary closures of the Brighton Main Line planned for October 2018 and February 2019 as part of Network Rail's improvement...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department received the options paper on the development of potential infrastructure options for the Transpennine route upgrade.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the reliability and punctuality of train services in the South West.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to improve the train service between both Cheltenham and Gloucester and London; and if he will make a statement.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on proposals to extend Crossrail from Reading to Basingstoke.

      Railways: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of train cancellations and delays caused by predictable winter weather; and if he will make a statement.

      Virgin Trains East Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Virgin Trains East Coast on the franchise commitment to run direct trains every two hours to London from Bradford,...

      Railways: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway franchise holders are contractually obliged to put forward proposals to provide a Boxing Day train service; and when such proposals...

      Railways: Penalty Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to change the regulations on the appeals process against the imposition of penalty fares by rail operators.

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of ANPR equipment to monitor vehicle tax in rural areas.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the invitation to tender for the West Coast Franchise will be issued; for what reasons that invitation for tender was not issued in November...

      East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the annual contribution to the public purse from franchise holders on the east coast mainline in each of the last 20 years.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the rail fare rises implemented in January 2018 on rail (a) patronage and (b) revenues.

      Railways: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on passengers living outside of East Anglia of the advertising the new 26-30 railcard pilot for East Anglian...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Patents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to The Patents and Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2017, what assessment has made of the potential...

    • Employment: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure that people who live in socially deprived areas are aware of their employment rights.

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts at Euratom on (a) the future ownership of Euratom’ s...

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Clean Growth Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of subsidising biomass...

      Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of the battery storage industry.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of supporting the creation of energy markets similar to...

      Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to define energy storage.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to the Government of Israel on the military detention of human rights defenders, Ahed...

    • Saudi Arabia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Saudi Arabia on steps to reduce tensions with Yemen and Iran.

      Egypt: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Egyptian Government on equality for and the rights of women.

      China: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on steps to reduce pollution and increase green growth.

      Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Iraqi government on measures to assist Yazidi refugees to return to their homes.

      Brunei: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Brunei; and what steps the Government is taking to...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Ferries: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 118968, where in those returns the names of the attendees at the UK Ferry Companies...

    • British Irish Chamber of Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2018 to Question 119507, if he will publish the representations he received from the...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2018 to Question 120198, how many of the 720 staff referred to in that answer have expertise in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of introducing warnings on alcoholic products at the point of sale on a...

    • Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will consider the merits of introducing a national audit system for clinical trials; and if he will make a statement.

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have been diagnosed with or received treatment for cluster headaches in...

      Tamoxifen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice the NHS provides on the use of Tamoxifen for menopausal women.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were diagnosed with bipolar disorder in each of the last five years.

      Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure the provision of routine Strep B testing for all pregnant women in the UK; and if he will make...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what priority has been accorded to the provision of diabetic pumps for children; and what discussions his Department has had with each of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to address the greater prevalence of mental health issues in Northern Ireland and to ensure parity of...

      Radiotherapy: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accessibility of radiotherapy in rural areas as a result of NHS England's plan to modernise...

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of changing his Department's name.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on UK patients' access to new medicines.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of patients who have paid for non-emergency treatment who are registered as having no...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children under 18 years old have had gastric band operations in each of the last 5 years.

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many households have signed up to the Shared Lives initiative in (a) England and (b) North Cornwall constituency.

      Cancer: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with the national cancer waiting time standard in Oxfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the NHS sight test fee on the accessibility of sight tests for people with severe learning...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) hospital admissions and (b) deaths related to (i) benzodiazepines, (ii) z drugs and (ii) antidepressants there were in the...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to maintain the quality of service of specialist diagnostic workforces in cancer treatment after the...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to reduce the occurrence of still-births.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of potential merits of offering a third trimester scan to pregnant women as a measure to reduce the number of...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the six week postnatal GP appointment for new mothers is a full check on the mother's...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

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

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of residential and care home closures on the ability of local authorities to fulfil their...

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much land he has declared as surplus to NHS needs in (a) West Sussex and (b) the Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership area.

  • Department for International Development

    • Port Health Authorities: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has met with the Association of Port Health Authorities to seek their support for such the training of such health...

    • West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will assess the potential effect of planned demolitions in the West Bank village of Susiya on (a) the welfare and rights of...

      Developing Countries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding from her Department allocated to plastic recycling projects, including the...

      Rohingya: Refugees

      What steps her Department is taking to support the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar.

      Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness

      What recent steps she has taken to ensure value for money for overseas projects funded by her Department.

      World Humanitarian Summit

      What progress her Department has made on delivering its commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.

      Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness

      What steps she is taking to promote value for money in aid.

      South Sudan: Violence

      What steps her Department is taking to help tackle gender-based violence in South Sudan.

      Caribbean: Disaster Relief

      What steps she is taking to support post-hurricane relief in the Caribbean.

      Nature Conservation: Overseas Aid

      What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the use of Official Development Assistance to help communities in developing countries protect endangered species.

      Land Mines: Developing Countries

      What steps her Department is taking to support the removal of land mines in developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption and Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support cross-cultural fostering and adoptive placements.

    • Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) scope, (b) timetable and (c) membership the review panel for the review of university funding and student financing...

      Apprentices: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the introduction of the Commercial Airline Pilot Standard apprenticeship to be introduced; what estimate he has made of the...

      Universities: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Guardian article published on 26 December 2017, entitled Jo Johnson to tell universities to stop no-platforming speakers, which...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many authorised pupil absences for illness were there in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each (i) spring term and (ii) autumn term in...

      Department for Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the roles and responsibilities of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of States in his Department are.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities to discuss their statutory responsibilities for children with disabilities.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities' children’s services departments are now (a) independent trusts and (b) community interest companies; and what the...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish a list of the organisations and people who responded to his Department's National fostering stocktake consultation.

      Pre-school Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of children in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals have achieved...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary age children in (i) Nottinghamshire and (ii) England that attend a school...

      Education: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe and (c) Mansfield who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average Attainment 8 score is per pupil who is (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Mansfield, (iii)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in each prison establishment gave birth in 2017.

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prison was the largest weight of drugs was found in 2017.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mobile phones or sim cards were found in each prison in 2017.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women given an indeterminate sentence for public protection under section 225 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have upon...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that the Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Reduction Taskforce considers the matter of rural homelessness.

    • Non-domestic Rates: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120091 on non-domestic rates: Liverpool City Region, if his...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, given the UK’s commitment to participate in the EU’s multilateral financial framework 2014-2020, when the...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on outcomes for looked-after children.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that adult social care is adequately funded.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the local government finance settlement on the ability of local...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the evidence used to calculate the minimum threshold for pooling assets under the local...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for what reasons the scale criteria of £25 billion for pooling local government pension scheme assets has been...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse of establishing each local government pension scheme pool has been to date; and what...

      Local Government Pension Scheme: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government if he will publish the (a) pay and (b) other benefits of the (i) chair, (ii) vice chair, (iii) non-executive and (i)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether alterations to the design of HMS Prince of Wales (a) have been made and (b) will be made following the sale of HMS Ocean.

    • Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) planned and (b) actual savings to his Department were under the Army Recruiting Partnership Project in each financial year between 2012-13...

      Royal Welsh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where recruits to the Royal Welsh regiment are based when not on active service.

      Welsh Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where recruits to the Welsh Guards regiment are based when not on active service.

      Navy: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the names are of all the joint military exercises with other countries which Royal Navy vessels participated in during 2017.

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made the percentage of serving British Armed Forces personnel who were resident in Wales at the time of their recruitment.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department's Investment Approvals Committee plans to confirm its acquisition strategy for the planned Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the first delivery of vehicles from the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme will take place in 2021; and whether the date for the first...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid from the public purse to civilian staff from (a) Network Rail and (b) the German Federal Railway Die Bahn to oversee the loading of...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department will publish the Defence Equipment Plan 2017-2027.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the US administration's latest Nuclear Posture Review; and whether that review has any...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the strategic relevance of the deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads.

      USA: Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with his US counterpart on the development of a modified version of the Trident D5 submarine-launched missiles; and if he...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government’s policy is on the use of nuclear weapons in retaliation to non-nuclear strategic attacks.

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the development of new nuclear weapons with the Government's policy on non-proliferation.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2018 to Question 121442, on Armed Forces: Recruitment, when those system defects will be fixed; and what assessment...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on young autistic adults in further education of the implementation of universal credit.

    • Universal Credit: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the timetable for the roll-out of the universal credit landlords' portal.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which local authorities to which universal credit full service has been rolled out have (a) trusted partner status and (b) access to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 121091, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that her Department's staff are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to explain to applicants at jobcentres the difference between (a) contribution-based and (b) income-based...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of safeguards to ensure pensions are inherited to the intended recipient.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to implement the guidance set out by the Government Commercial Function in its paper...

    • Factory Farming: Ammonia and Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the environment of (a) nitrate and (b) ammonia produced by intensive...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the effect on food price inflation in (a) 2019-2020, (b) 2020-2021 and (c) 2021-2022 of (i)...

      Hunting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has given to the potential risks to human and animal health posed by packs of hounds and...

      Hunting: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the risks of the spread of disease posed by sporting visits made by registered...

      Agriculture: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cooperation programmes his Department has with the Government of Israel for research and trade in the agricultural...

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports have been lost abroad in each of the last five years.

    • Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff hours her Department spent confirming whether employees have the right to work in the UK in response to queries from or on...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the differences are between the proposed settled status for EU nationals after the UK leaves the EU and the current status of EU...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been raised by the Immigration Health Surcharge for the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will examine the reasons for the number of asylum applications which are overturned on appeal; and if she will make a statement.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications, by nationality, for family reunification with a beneficiary of international protection were received by the UK in 2017.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decisions made by the UK on applications for family reunification with a beneficiary of international protection were (a) accepted...

      Refugees: Travel Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many travel documents were issued to beneficiaries of international protection in 2017.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for (a) indefinite and (b) limited leave to remain were under consideration on the latest date for which figures are...

      Asylum: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the decision was taken to require Oxford-based asylum seekers to have to report at Eaton House, Hounslow, rather than at a...

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations and bodies have requested permission to access Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in each year since 2015-16; when each...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2017 to Question 5358, on Immigration: EU Nationals, whether those proposals will also apply to EU-born...

      Brook House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve conditions at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to collect data on the (a) ethnicity, (b) race and (c) religion of people recorded as encountered in...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to refund visa applicants who have paid for the online Premier Service and have not had their...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to announce the launch of the consultation on the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cessation of international protection (Articles 11 and 17 Directive 2011/95/EU) decisions were made by the UK in response to asylum...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 116509, what the cost of unlawful detention claims paid by the Home Office was in (a)...

      Brook House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2017 to Question 116507, what the cost to the public purse was of running Brook House Immigration...

      Brook House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2017 to Question 116507, what the average annual cost of detaining an individual in immigration...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Orthodox Christians seeking asylum in the UK from Syria for persecution are given fair...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour; and what assessment she has made of trends in the levels of such behaviour...

      Antisocial Behaviour: York Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded incidences of anti-social behaviour there were in York Central constituency in each year since 2010.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 27 October 2017, Official Report, column. 512, when a new...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 27 October 2017, Official Report, column. 512, what the...

      Home Office: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps her Department has taken to support employees with...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the residence rights of the EU family members of UK nationals who have derived those rights under Ruiz Zambrano case law are; and...

      Football: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on the amount contributed by Premier League football clubs toward crowd...

  • Scotland Office

  • HM Treasury

    • VAT: Registration

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to launch the Government's public consultation into the VAT registration threshold.

    • Bank Services: Internet

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people without access to online banking.

      Banks: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding from the public purse the Government has provided to UK banks since 2008.

      HSBC: Low Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC employees are paid less than £7.83 per hour; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to charge VAT on any part of the training required to complete the Commercial Airline Pilot Standard apprenticeship.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average monthly amount is that (a) parents and (b) the Government has paid into tax free childcare accounts since those account were introduced.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

    • Elections: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the budgets of Returning Officers and Electoral Registration Officers are exempt from Freedom of Information requirements; and what...

      Kidney Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with Wilms' tumour of the kidney in the UK in each of the last 5 years.

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to publish an updated edition of the List of Ministerial Responsibilities.

      Learning Disability: Hemsworth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of adults with a learning disability in Hemsworth constituency were in paid work in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost was to his Department as a result of officials taking sick leave in the last year.

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2017 to Question 119231, if he will place in the Library a copy of the analytical work his Department...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 January 2018, on the Trade Bill, if he will list the countries which have indicated an interest...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will list those countries with which the EU has a trade agreement which he intends to form the basis for a new trade agreement with UK.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 January 2018, on the Trade Bill, what plans he has made for the potential renegotiation of any...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total level of earnings was of UK businesses from Government Procurement Agreements (GPA) in each of the last five years; and what...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for International Trade on 9 January 2018, if he will publish a definition...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2018 to Question 120867, on Trade Agreements, for what reason that answer does not contain the list of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to implement the guidance set out by the Government Commercial Function in its paper...

    • Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the feasibility of Programme Making and Special Events services operating in the...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that providers respond to demands from consumers for access to superfast broadband.

      Musicians: Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118830, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK...

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to work with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to ensure full implementation of the...

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many postcodes in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow and (b) London are designated for for fibre broadband implementation that is...

      British Museum: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the approval of the British Museum’s 2017 pay remit for staff had been delayed and what assessment he...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will widen the scope of the commissioned annual independent evaluation of the National Citizen Service (NCS) in order to...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will enable other youth programmes to make use of the control group of non-National Citizen Service (NCS) participants...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Brexit referendum result, what assessment they have made of the case for training overseas port health officers to UK standards, especially those in...

    • UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for international cooperation to make good the deficit on the current budget of the UN High Commissioner For Refugees; and in particular,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether responsibility for the procedure for issuing Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences for hydraulic fracturing was removed from the Department of...

    • Fracking: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria the Oil and Gas Authority uses in granting Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences for hydraulic fracturing.

      Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of Professor Richard Hull, published in Chemosphere, that the application of flame retardants "makes furniture burn...

      Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 December 2017 (HL4283), what assessment they have made of (1) the sufficiency of the independence of the...

      Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Professor Mariana Mazzucato's recent evaluation of innovation-led growth and strategic public investment.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to offer any assurances to those industries that received notification from the European Commission, in December 2017, of the lack of an...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter published by the government of the Netherlands on 22 December 2017 stating that Daesh has, in all likelihood,...

    • Israel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with Mahmoud Abbas since the announcement by the government of the United States of its intention to relocate the US Embassy in...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also known as Rojava, is represented at future peace talks on Syria.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) diplomatic, (2) military, and (3) humanitarian, training and support they have provided to the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also...

      Pakistan: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan following the attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta on 17 December 2017; and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a report by the Palestine Red Cross Crescent Society and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights that the Israeli military...

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the legislation before the Parliament of Israel that would set a high threshold for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the conditions necessary to enable a viable and secure Palestine to exist alongside a secure Israel, following recent developments.

      Government Communications Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the management of HM Government Communications Centre, in particular of whether (1) clear management guidelines and objectives...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 November 2017 (HL3468), 12 December 2017 (HL3864), and 19 December 2017 (HL4126), what other changes have been...

    • HMS Ocean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a decision regarding the future of HMS Ocean has been put on hold until the work of the National Security Adviser is complete.

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to remove the statement for the Royal Navy to "Fight and Win" found in naval recruitment literature.

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