Written answers

Thursday, 1 February 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Personal Track Safety cardholders are (a) currently employed by Network Rail and (b) employed by Network Rail’s top 20 suppliers.

    • Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to reduce the difference in the amount spent per person between (a) London and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber on...

      Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to ensure equality between regions on spending per person on transport infrastructure.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to encourage more people to run to work; and if he will make it his policy to expand the cycle-to-work scheme to include running...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of charging points for electric vehicles there will be in the UK on (a) 1 January 2019, (b) 1 January 2020 and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many road traffic accidents poor driver eyesight was a significant contributory factor in each of the last five years for which figures are...

  • Home Office

    • Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2018 to Question 123704, on Randox Testing Services, which forensic guidelines Randox Testing Services...

    • Forensic Science: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2018 to Question 123692, to what FSR guidelines are providers of Section 5A drug driving analysis...

      Airguns: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend the gun licensing regime to air weapons that have a muzzle energy of more than one joule.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the home countries were of the people who were granted asylum on the basis of being illegally trafficked for each the last five years...

      Offences against Children: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of reports of child sexual exploitation there have been in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in each of...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support people with a family history that is (a) unclear and (b) unknown to verify their UK citizenship.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to release reliable, disaggregated data on unaccompanied minors entering and leaving the UK.

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fully qualified foreign doctors have been declined Tier 2 visas in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Insolvency: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to implement the EU Insolvency, Restructuring and Second Chance Directive.

    • Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Clean Growth Strategy, published on 12 October 2017, if his Department will make an assessment of...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Government and supplier obligation energy efficiency investment there was in each year between 2012-13 to...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Clean Growth Strategy, published in October 2017, what estimate his Department...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number of virgin forests that have been affected by biomass...

      Fracking: Ryedale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to recommend to the Oil and Gas Authority that final consent is not given for fracking in...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support manufacturing in each of the countries and regions of the UK through the Industrial Strategy.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support aerospace supply chains.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the UK's contribution to the global growth in investment in renewable energy.

      Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the geographical spread of recently announced spending commitments drawn from the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2018 to Question 122980, on Energy: prices, if he will make an assessment of the...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many SMETS2 meters have been installed as part of the smart meter roll-out programme to date.

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which sector deals are currently in development; and when he expects those deals to be published.

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of employer-mandated policies on the retention of tips in the hospitality...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of freedom available for civil society groups operating in Bangladesh.

    • Bangladesh: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) level, (b) sources, and (c) effect of political violence in Bangladesh.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Nigerian Government on recent violent clashes among tribes,...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) human rights and (b) security situation in Nigeria.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Presidents Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any Ministers in his Department attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational Trust in an...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on Turkish military operations around Afrin in northern Syria and...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the legality of Turkey's operations in the Afrin district of Northern Syria.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his counterpart in Turkey on the need for a negotiated peaceful and democratic solution to...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the lead non-executive director and other non-executive director board members are in his Department.

      Antarctic: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will respond to Early Day Motion 804, on Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

      Hong Kong: Freedom of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Chinese authorities to respect freedom of religion and all religious...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Nigeria on the Zaria massacre and other human rights abuses;...

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with Cabinet colleagues on (a) political, (b) security and (c) economic relations with Zimbabwe...

      Zimbabwe: Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart about human rights abuses in the Zimbabwean diamond industry.

      Zimbabwe: Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with his Zimbabwean counterpart on the protection of human rights for workers in the Zimbabwean...

      Zimbabwe: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart on the provision of justice for the victims of the Matabeleland...

      Zimbabwe: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, What representations has he made to his Zimbabwean counterpart on the involvement of Emmerson Mnangagwa in the Matabeleland...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria are used to determine the appropriateness of charitable donations by his Department and its Ministers.

      Ukraine: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights and (b) security situation in Ukraine.

      Syria: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of the YPG in a future peaceful settlement to the conflict in Syria.

      Brazil: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Brazilian counterpart on steps to ensure a democratic and fair presidential election...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between October and December 2017.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality since it was established.

      Anguilla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether Anguilla will be covered by the implementation period as part of the UK leaving the EU.

      Service Industries: Non-tariff Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the speech made by the Secretary of State for International Trade to the American Enterprise Institute of 24 July...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124540, whether any journalist has had access, in error or inadvertently, to...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether citizens’ rights will continue to be a distinct strand of the UK's negotiations with the EU.

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy to seek to preserve the existing rights of UK citizens living in an EU 27 country to (a)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy to offer EU citizens with settled status in the UK a life-long right of return to the UK.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy to seek to ensure that EU nationals who come to the UK during an implementation period fall...

      EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with EU negotiators on the involvement of the UK in EU institutions and organisations during the...

  • Attorney General

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between October and...

    • Middle East: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has provided to (a) Jordan, (b) Iraq, (c) Israel, (d) The Palestinian Territories, (e) Turkey, (f)...

      Burma: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January to Question 123667, what discussions she has had from the Burmese Government on the safety and...

      Burma: Internally Displaced People and Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January to Question 123667, what recent estimate she has made of the (a) number of Burmese refugees in...

      Burma: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January to Question 123667 on Burma: Thailand, when her Department last reviewed the level of funding it...

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question on Bangladesh: Rohingya, what recent discussions she has had with her...

      Bangladesh and Burma: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the levels of humanitarian access available to organisations operating in Bangladesh and Burma.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department will make its next assessment of the Palestinian Authority's compliance with the Partnership Principles set out in...

      Yemen: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of levels of humanitarian assistance entering Yemen through Hodeidah port since...

  • Department for Education

    • Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of socio-economic background on the uptake of arts subjects at GCSE level.

    • Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will ensure that during routine inspections Ofsted do not single out young Muslim female pupils wearing hijabs for (a) questioning and (b) the...

      Special Educational Needs: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of specialist teachers for deaf children in the last period for which figures are available; and what estimate...

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a difference in grades exists between deaf and hearing children in (a) England, (b)Yorkshire and (c) Wakefield district.

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to encourage universities in the Russell Group to recognise vocational qualifications as part of their admissions...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of disadvantaged two year olds receive 15 hours free early education in (a) England (b) each region of the UK and (b)...

      Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of apprenticeship starts in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices and Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of devolving (a) careers funding streams and (b) London’s apprenticeship levy...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January to Question 123901 on Apprentices: Pay, how many of the apprentices transferred from Carillion Training Services...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including knife crime prevention as a factor in school Ofsted inspections.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2018 to Question 123518, Carillion: Insolvency, what steps his Department is taking to support the Construction...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the reduction from 103,000 to 20,000 in the number of people aged 25 and over starting...

      Schools: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made any estimate of the number and proportion of schools that have created a code of practice on inclusivity and tolerance.

      Apprentices: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department plans to spend on apprenticeships in the 2017-18 financial year; and how much his Department spent on apprenticeships in (a)...

      Children's Centres: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2018 to Question 124199, on Children's Centres: Inspections, what the timetable is for new inspection criteria to...

      Communication Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason his Department did not renew the specialist speech, language, and communication needs contract with The Communication Trust.

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions the Government has had with UK universities on the negotiations for the UK leaving the EU.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Presidents Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any Ministers in his Department attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational Trust in an official capacity.

    • Coroners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendation of the Chief Coroner, set out in his Annual Report 2016 - 2017, that coroner areas...

      Prison Sentences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female young offenders who were resident in Wales at the time of their sentence are serving sentences in England.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which figures are available.

      Ministry of Justice: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who the lead non-executive director and other non-executive director board members are in his Department.

      John Downey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has had discussion with the Legal Aid Agency on the funding of civil proceedings against John Downey; and if he will make a statement.

      John Downey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Legal Aid Agency has provided funding for John Downey.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has plans to review the Criminal Cases Review Commission in terms of its accountability, Independence, efficiency and ability to...

      Terrorism: Hyde Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will examine the adequacy of the grounds for the refusal of legal aid to the victims of the Hyde Park bombing; and if he will make a statement.

      Magistrates' Courts: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter to the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South and the hon. Member for Sunderland Central from the former Minister of...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his Department's Green Paper on family justice.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of compensation orders were paid within (a) one month and (b) one year of the order being made in each of the last three years for which...

      Domestic Violence: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family law cases involved a victim of domestic abuse being cross-examined in court by the perpetrator in each of the last three years for which...

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of rape cases in which the complainant's sexual history was referenced by the defence in each of...

      Eastwood Park Prison: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons and for how long the mother and baby unit at HMP Eastwood Park has been closed.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which organisations his Department plans to invite to submit evidence as part of the post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to review the use of joint enterprise and bring forward legislative proposals to clarify the law on joint enterprise as a result...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were involved in self-harm incidents in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Nottingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure that the Prison Officers Association is identified as a key participant to effect change in the HMP Nottingham Urgent Notification...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment is made of whether protection of greenbelt land outweighs unmet assessed housing need when (a) making...

    • Domestic Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to review or update the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

      Houseboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which regulations govern the rental of houseboats; and whether he plans to amend those regulations.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning inspectorate decisions there were in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether planned changes related to viability assessments will include the introduction of a standard methodology for...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to effectively manage the...

      Faith Schools: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Secretary of State plans to reform the planning system to ensure that Jewish religious schools can develop...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Presidents Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any Ministers in his Department attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been identified as unfit for human habitation by local authorities for each constituency in the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the closure of domestic violence refuges.

      Rented Housing: Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of homes with category 1 hazards were owned by (a) local authorities, (b) social...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the mandatory licensing scheme for houses in...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which criteria were used to determine the allocation of the latest round of business rates retention pilots.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters he and his predecessor received directly from service personnel and their dependents raising concerns or complaints on accommodation...

    • Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which figures are available.

      Ministry of Defence: Chemring Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124375, on Ministry of Defence: Chemring Group, what the total value of those 70 contracts is.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, why the Child Maintenance Service allows non-resident parents £2,500 of unearned income that is not factored into payment plans; and...

    • Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions , what assessment she has made of the effect on productivity of (a) absence as a result of stress or mental ill health and (b) presenteeism...

      Direct Selling: New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money from the new enterprise allowance has been granted to people to participate in multi-level marketing schemes with (a) Herbalife...

      Universal Credit: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on levels of child poverty.

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the implication for her policies are of the High Court ruling of 21 December 2017, RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

      Mortgages: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from 5 April 2018 how many people in Midlothian will be affected by the decision to change SMI from a benefit to a loan.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to match the funding provided by the European Social Fund after the UK leaves the EU.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many ESA113 forms were processed by his Department in (a) 2017, (b) 2016, (c) 2015.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reports were requested from GPs in connection with claims for personal independence payments in (a) 2017, (b) 2016 and (c) 2015.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Health Care Professional assessments were carried out by her Department in (a) 2017, (b) 2016 and (c) 2015.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department is using to assess whether the roll-out phase of universal credit is successful.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tobacco: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the environmental effect of cigarette waste; and if he will make a statement.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the lead non-executive director and other non-executive director board members are in his Department.

      Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with major supermarkets on the reduction of plastic use.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to raise awareness of the Blue Belt programme during the International Year of the Reef.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Equality: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 in the integrated...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which figures are available.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of the General Medical Council to investigate concerns about doctors working in the NHS; and...

    • Bicycles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the health benefits of bike-share schemes.

      Cancer: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on implementing the NHS England Cancer Strategy in Oxfordshire.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Presidents Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any Ministers from his Department attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educatonal Trust in an official...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which figures...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of people who were unable to secure within a week an appointment with...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 4874, on general practitioners: Greater London, how many (a) general medical...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 8 September 2015 to Question 8249, on mental health services: children and young people, how many Child...

      Lipoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women suffering from Lipedema.

      Lipoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what learning modules are approved by NHS England to clinicians dealing with Lipedema cases.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many incidents the NHS has recorded of Citalopram leading to the deterioration of a patient's health in 2016-17.

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2017 to Question 50386, on Incinerators: Health hazards, what information his Department holds on the planned...

      Breast Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the running cost of Central and East London breast screening services has been in each of the last three years.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the replacement with loans of the nurse training bursary on the number of applications from...

      Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department plans to support social care providers in Yorkshire and the Humber following changes in pay for support care workers...

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of eating disorder services for children and young people in Coventry.

      Ambulance Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of ambulance waiting times in (a) Coventry and (b) West Midlands in each month in 2017.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice he has received from Public Health England on heat-not-burn tobacco products as a result of the conclusions of the 2016...

      Caffeine: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of setting age restrictions on the sale of high caffeine energy drinks to children...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that changes to stroke services do not delay access to treatment for those living in areas...

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many health visitor training places were (a) available and (b) filled in the most recent academic year for which data is available.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many community health nurses were employed by the NHS in each year since 2010.

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will reinstate the infant feeding survey.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that all maternity services are accredited by the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Medicines Agency on the UK health sector.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he had with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 October and 31 December 2017.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total sum of revenue that it has generated from the gradual reductions in the rate of corporation tax since 2010.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total sum of revenue that it has generated from increases in stamp duty since 2010.

      Taxation: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to work with other countries and multilateral institutions on ensuring global tax transparency.

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to work with other countries and multilateral institutions on taxing global multinational digital businesses.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to promote tax simplification.

      Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to increase the efficiency of customs clearance processes.

      Taxation: Lesotho

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the mandatory binding arbitration clause in the UK’s new tax treaty with Lesotho will help the Lesotho Government to combat tax avoidance and...

      Taxation: Lesotho

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the lower rates of withholding tax for dividends and royalties in the UK’s new tax treaty with Lesotho will benefit Lesotho’s economy.

      Taxation: Treaties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will publish the objectives that it is seeking to achieve before any future negotiations on bilateral tax treaties.

      Taxation: Lesotho

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's new tax treaty with Lesotho is the first UK tax treaty with (a) any country or (b) a low or middle-income country to include a...

      Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure greater cooperation with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in order to achieve the...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce tax relief to enable HGV drivers to claim an allowance for food and provisions bought...

      Tax Avoidance: Lesotho

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps has he taken to ensure that the mandatory binding arbitration clause in the UK’s tax treaty with Lesotho cannot be used by UK businesses to...

      Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an assessment of the potential merits of impact assessments of the effect on the (a) economy, (b) human rights and (c) environment of...

      Taxation: Lesotho

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department requested the inclusion of a mandatory binding arbitration clause in the UK’s new tax treaty with Lesotho.

      Taxation: Lesotho

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department received from UK companies on the (a) negotiation and (b) ratification of the new tax treaty with Lesotho.

      Shared Ownership: Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether purchasers of shared ownership properties are benefiting from the the stamp duty exemption announced in Autumn Budget...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cost of living on levels of child poverty.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the recent findings of the End Child Poverty coalition on the levels of child poverty in the UK; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January to Question 123164, for the (a) staff numbers and (b) budget for Customs A/B for each year since 2008.

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans have been put in place for the next round of the Financial Inclusion Fund; and will he make a statement.

      Autumn Budget 2017: Equality and Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will conduct an impact assessment of the effect on child (a) poverty and (b) inequality of Autumn Budget 2017.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on awarding contracts to companies which have issued profit warnings.

    • DHL

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122912 on DHL, on what date the position of Crown Representative to DHL became vacant.

      Engie

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122914 on ENGIE, on which date the position of Crown Representative to Engie (a) became vacant and...

      British Telecom

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122911 on British Telecom, on what date position of Crown Representative to BT plc (a) became vacant...

      Government Departments: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the guidance to Departments on preparing registers of ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase voter registration among attainers; and if she will issue special guidance to electoral registration officers on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to review the declaration of local connection to enable people without a fixed address to register to vote online.

      Mass Media: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government Minister will have responsibility for the fake news rapid response team.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which figures are available.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he has issued on the management of conflicts of interest in respect of Crown Representatives.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between October and December 2017.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the number of new institutions that the UK will need to create to mirror the terms of existing trade...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government became aware that UK cities would not be able to bid to be named European Capital of Culture; and when...

    • Film: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote international collaboration between British and European film industries after...

      Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are taken to ensure balance in (a) political background, (b) gender, (c)age and (d) regional affinity in...

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps BDUK is taking to engage with stakeholders; and what stakeholders BDUK has met with in the last 12 months.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what evaluation measures the Government plans to put in place for the superfast broadband roll-out.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that new build developments are connected to fibre broadband; and if he will...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Post Offices

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, (a) how many and (b) which hon. Members were consulted about the change in the opening...

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 29 November that the Stagecoach–Virgin partnership would cease to operate the East...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to refer Carillion’s tendering activities and the connected actions of relevant officers of the company over the past three years...

    • Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Henley on 16 January (HL4540 and HL4541) confirming the classification of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as a...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 16 January (HL4541) confirming the classification of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as a public body,...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 16 January (HL4540) confirming the classification of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as a public body, what...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total remuneration paid to the Chief Executive of the Financial Reporting Council for each year since, and including, 2004; and what was (1) the...

      Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK’s requirements under the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context will be met following withdrawal from...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) sought to resist the classification decision of the National Accounts Classification Committee in 2004 that the FRC...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of external legal advice sought by the Financial Reporting Council regarding the classification decision of the National Accounts...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 January (HL4627), why the penultimate paragraph of the fact sheet accompanying the request for payment by...

      Audit: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 16 January (HL4543), how much in fines has been received under the Statutory Auditors and Third Country...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Southern Africa: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many education projects have been supported by the British Council in (1) Swaziland, (2) Botswana and (3) Lesotho, in each of the last five years.

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of warnings by the Burma Human Rights Network about plans announced on 16 January by the governments’ of Burma and Bangladesh...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of whether the Rohingya refugees who may be returned to Burma from Bangladesh will be subject to refoulement to camps where they may...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to UN agencies and Rohingya representatives before and after refoulement plans to return the Rohinga refugees from Burma to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the study by James Davies et al Long term Benzodiazepine and Z-drugs use in the UK: A survey of general practice, published in the...

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the completion of Liverpool Hospital following the collapse of Carillion; and what is now the anticipated completion date.

      Radioisotopes: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK radiopharmaceutical supply after leaving Euratom might be relied upon to not have an impact on...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that schools whose admission arrangements were found by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator to have contravened the School...

    • Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the contract for the grant to run a Support Service to the Free Schools Programme (1) when bids were invited, (2) where this was advertised, (3)...

      Student Wastage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the findings of the University Partnerships Programme Foundation and Social Market Foundation report On course for success?...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement procedures to ensure that children and other vulnerable defendants are not subject to video hearings in any situation...

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ask the Judicial College to develop guidance for judges, magistrates and magistrates’ legal advisers about when video hearings...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to consider proposals for a methodological assessment of the impact of video hearings on justice outcomes, including appeals.

      Magistrates: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training, if any, magistrates receive on the culture and ethnicity of gypsies and travellers.

      Criminal Proceedings: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Keen of Elie on 19 December 2017 (HLWS365), who are the members of the Race and Ethnicity Board of Senior Officials;...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many initial immigration decisions were overturned on appeal in (1) 1990, (2) 1995, (3) 2000, (4) 2005, (5) 2010, and (6) 2015.

      Air Displays: Shoreham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the refusal by the Legal Aid Agency of support for the families of the victims of Shoreham air show seeking representation in the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Multiple Occupation: Domestic Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following publication of their response to the consultation Houses in multiple occupation and residential property licensing reforms in December 2017,...

    • Local Government: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is an cap on the borrowing that local authorities can undertake; if so, what the basis for this cap is; and what powers they have to step in should...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 January (HL4523), whether the privilege of wearing Royal ADC aiguillettes and cyphers has been removed from...

    • Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which naval decks will provide the UK’s amphibious force with simultaneous two company lift between now and 2023.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence has ordered all the long-lead items for the first eight T26 frigates.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Scottish government’s proposals to ban plastic stemmed cotton buds; and whether they plan to consider similar proposals...

    • Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 22 January (HL4503), when they expect the new powers given to local councils in England outside...

  • Home Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Private Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the recent report by the National Audit Office and the collapse of Carillion, they plan to produce new guidance on the circumstances under which...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Freedom of Information: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the procedures being followed by civil servants in Scotland for maintaining records of meetings with ministers which may be...

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last published a list of Crown Representatives and strategic suppliers; whether the published listed is updated when appointments cease or new ones are...

      Carillion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the Crown Representatives named for Carillion; what was their period of service; and what was their previous relevant experience.

      Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of deaths in the UK in each of the last ten years.

      Immigration: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to publishing student and non-student immigration figures separately.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which voluntary action by global companies will be sufficient to make the UK the safest place for young people...

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