Written answers

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Traffic Management Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commence Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations on the need for clarification of his Department's guidance on Blue Badge holders to avoid any possible...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the introduction of the urban compensation scheme for Phase 1 of High Speed Two.

      Railways: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the re-opening of rural railway lines and halts.

      Taxis: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Government ministers on cross-border issues in the taxi and private hire industry.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the downward trend in UK solar development on the solar industry's supply...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many contracts his Department holds with Capita; and what the total value of those contracts is.

      Incinerators: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much fossil fuel co2e is reported to the United Nations Framework Commission on Climate Change as emitted for each...

      Carbon Emissions: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to make funding available for the delivery of the Government’s clean growth strategy...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Lanark and Hamilton East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many photovoltaics installations through Green Deal plans provided by Home Energy Lifestyle Management Systems were...

      Visual Impairment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will meet with eye research charities to discuss addressing age-related sight loss within the proposed Health...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 January 2018, on Energy Policy, HCWS#428, what criteria he...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ethiopia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help bring about a peaceful resolution to the recent unrest in Ethiopia.

    • Afghanistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government will take to promote human rights in Afghanistan once the UK has left the (a) EU and (b) EU+ Local...

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on the persecution of Christians and other minority faiths...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with President Erdogan on ensuring protection for the rights of Kurds and Christians in Turkey.

      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 recent airstrikes on Afrin.

      Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will stop arms sales to Turkey following the airstrikes against Afrin.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has made representations to the government of Turkey on the aerial and land attacks on Afrin and...

      Isa Qassim

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the house arrest and revocation of citizenship of prominent...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was allocated to Syria under the (a) Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and (b) Conflict Pool in 2016-2017.

      Embassies: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department can provide to Members of Parliament who do not receive responses to letters sent to foreign...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports into investigations of civilian casualties in Yemen he has received from the Saudi Arabia Joint Incidents...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Religion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120791, for what reasons that answer does not refer to meetings with any of the leaders of...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120790, what the timescale is for the publication of the consultation on legacy issues in...

      Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2018 to Question 120800, if she will take steps to meet with the (a) Northern Ireland Equality Commission...

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121859, what the timescale is for the implementation of the recommendations of the Reaney...

      BBC Northern Ireland: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121860, if she will make representations to the Northern Ireland Equality Commission on...

      Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has she made of the implications for her Department of the recommendations in the report of the Historical Institutional Abuse...

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      What recent assessment she has made of the strength of the Northern Ireland economy.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on ensuring that people in England who were victims of terrorism perpetrated by paramilitary groups based in Northern...

      Local Growth Deals: Northern Ireland

      What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on city deals in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on ensuring the UK remains part of the European Health Insurance Card scheme.

    • General Practitioners: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of non-EU GP registrars who are currently on GP training schemes in England who will not be...

      Health Services: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse has been available for the provision of NHS services in Swindon in each year since 2010.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to share best practice in providing triage services for patients among hospital trusts.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to widen access to proton radiotherapy for cancer patients in England.

      Hospital Wards: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to ensure that NHS England provides (a) complementary wifi and (b) basic television services in children's hospital...

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to promote volunteering in IBM's World Community Grid to support research into childhood cancers.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made on the effect of the Active Movement programme on levels of childhood obesity.

      Neuroblastoma: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the (a) cost and (b) effectiveness of mandatory testing of babies at birth for neuroblastoma.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the outcome of the consultation on fixed recoverable costs for clinical negligence claims.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has made an assessment of the reasons for the sustained decrease in life expectancy in some areas of the UK since...

      East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the average waiting time of people making emergency telephone calls to the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the EU on access to existing medicines in the NHS.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the effect of the proposed customs checks for medicines entering from the EU after...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ring-fencing clinical commissioning groups' funding for mental health; and if he...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the formula for mental health funding for CCGs to take into greater...

      Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to develop an additional appraisal process for new rare disease treatments which do not meet the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NICE on the time taken to issue guidance once a marketing authorisation has been granted.

      Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the criteria to access the accelerated access pathway.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve access to and (b) reduce waiting times for, mental health facilities for children and...

      Mental Health Services: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to new mothers with post-natal mental health conditions.

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the proposed membership is for the Steering Group on the forthcoming PHE review on addiction to medicine.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its consultation on adult social care.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to ensure that General Practitioners who host medical students on placements receive adequate funding for doing so.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts his Department holds with Capita; and what the total value of those contracts is.

      Ambulance Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of times ambulances have been called to schools for suspected cardiac arrests in...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will widen access to (a) early diagnosis and (b) support services for developmental neurodiverse conditions.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital-borne cases of sepsis have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the effects of loneliness on health.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of guidance to help staff in GP surgeries recognise loneliness in patients.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of current nursing staffing levels on patient safety.

      Leeds General Infirmary: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the average waiting time for A&E patients at Leeds General Infirmary in each year since 2010.

      Cerebral Palsy: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the implementation of the NICE Quality Standard on cerebral palsy in children and young people.

      Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a national cerebral palsy register to record incidences of...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussion she has had with the Continuing Healthcare Alliance on care package funding arrangements for people with NHS continuing...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that the new National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care will require...

      Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of patients waiting to be handed over to A&E had to wait for longer than 30 minutes in (a) an ambulance,...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on health services for maternal mental health in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 20000, on Department of Health: Buildings, what refurbishments have been...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many employees of his Department make use of the childcare voucher scheme.

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the bed capacity is at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust; what estimate he has made of the proportion of beds which were unused at...

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the maximum operating theatre capacity is at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust; for how many hours per day theatres are used at that...

      Health: Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the value of recommending the use of public parks for improving healthcare outcomes.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to increase funding for continuous professional development funding for nurses in the NHS.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much land (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies owns in (i) England and (ii) the South...

      Restraint Techniques: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring children’s trusts to record data on use of physical restraint.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England plans to publish planning guidance for 2018-19.

      Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2018 to Question 123159, how is mental health expertise adequately represented across the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve the effectiveness of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of full time equivalent (a) pastoral care workers (b) counsellors (c) mentors and (d) educational...

    • Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many educational psychologists were employed in all local authorities in 2017.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide guidance on how the sport premium can be used in schools.

      Higher Education: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the financial value of higher education as an export in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the Government intends to meet its 2020 target to increase higher education as an export.

      Pupils: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Active Movement programme on exam results in participating schools.

      Business: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase entrepreneurship and business education in schools.

      Pre-school Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of nursery school funding for nurseries in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      Special Educational Needs: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to improve support for children in Cornwall with special educational and disability needs.

      Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department’s strategy is on increasing the number of people who seek to become head teachers.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that school governing boards produce publicly accessible minutes of their meetings.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been fostered in England in each of the last five years.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of primary school starting age on (a) intellectual development, (b) social mobility and (c)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the level of accessibility of childcare for disabled children.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assistance his Department has made available to Camden Council for expanding the number of free childcare places.

      Care Leavers: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing care leavers aged between 18 and 25 with free bus passes to help them find and...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote incentivised learning to improve the prospects of young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to answer the letter of 12 June 2017 from the hon. Member for Sefton Central on school funding in the Sefton Central constituency.

      Free Schools: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the budgets of the (a) Collective Spirit Free School in Oldham and (b) Manchester Creative Studio in...

      Collective Spirit Multi-Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will place a copy of the financial investigation carried out by the Education Funding Agency into the Collective Spirit Multi Academy Trust in...

      Collective Spirit Multi-Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what related party transactions were registered by the Collective Spirit Multi Academy Trust in each year since its foundation.

      Free Schools: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times the Regional Schools Commissioner visited the (a) Collective Spirit Free School in Oldham and (b) the Manchester Creative Studio (i)...

      Students: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of university students who have accessed university counselling and well-being services (a) in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to collect centrally data on waiting times for coronial post mortems for (a) adults, (b) children and (c) neonatal deaths.

    • Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether access to justice will be used as a criteria by his Department to assess the performance of (a) PwC and (b) other contractors in the delivery of...

      Amey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral evidence given to the Justice Select Committee by Michael Spurr on 24 January 2018, on resetting the prison maintenance...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on the post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the change in real term pay is for those employed in the National Probation Service since 2010.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce tribunal waiting times.

      Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for hunting foxes with hounds in each local authority area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Birmingham Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 123578 on Birmingham Prison: civil disorder, what steps his Department has taken as a result of...

      Prisoners: Childbirth

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

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total additional projected payments to Community Rehabilitation Companies of £342 million will be spent on.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid from the public purse in compensation to prison staff as a result of injuries suffered in a violent attack on the prison estate in 2015-16.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid from the public purse in compensation to prison staff as a result of injuries suffered in a violent attack on the prison estate in 2010-11.

      Prison Officers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff were deployed on detached duty in each month of 2017.

      Prison Officers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days of detached duty were worked by prison staff in 2017.

      Prison Officers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days of detached duty were worked by prison staff in 2010.

      Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2018 to Question 123660 on Courts: ICT, if he will publish the plans to deliver against the 6 initial work packages.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 123441, on Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance, if he will publish the sections of the independent...

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have been in special measures in each month since 2010.

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the assessment his Department has made of the effect on rehabilitation of the cancellation of the work of the National Careers...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the estimated return to the public purse will be from the sale of each of the eight courts for which a closure consultation has recently been opened.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were employed by HM Courts and Tribunal service in each year since 2010.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest time is that has elapsed between an employee starting work and being paid for the first time for a member of NPS staff.

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff have been paid on time since the single operating system was introduced by the Shared Service Centre compared with the average...

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the research his Department has conducted on the potential effect of outsourcing the work of Civilian Enforcement Officers.

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many National Compliance and Enforcement Service staff have been employed in each year since 2010.

      Sex Offender Treatment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have completed a sex offender treatment programme, by course, in each month in each of the last three years.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions Gold Command was called out to prisons in each month since January 2017; and what the incidents were for which it was called out.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions was the Tornado Team were called out to prisons in each month since January 20167; and what the incidents were that it was called...

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) on how many occasions, (b) in which prisons and (c) for what incidents the National Tactical Response Group was called out in each month since...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much money his Department has spent in respect of errors in staff payslips in each year since 2010.

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2017 to Question 108876, how many women received custodial sentences in 2017; and how many of such people, by...

      Sexual Offences: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications were made under S41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 for (a) sexual assault and (b) rape in each of the last...

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the criteria are for applications under S41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, in cases of rape.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 123244, for what reasons the Government does not plan to make public the improvement plan agreed...

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded breaches of contracts between private contractors and his Department there were by (a) site and (b) company in each year since 2010.

      Probation: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the completion of the official review into privatisation of the probation service.

      Aiding and Abetting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of prosecutions for joint enterprise.

      Ministry of Justice: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any changes to the contract with Capita for electronic monitoring have been agreed since it was initially signed.

      Ministry of Justice: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many letters of concern on the delivery of electronic monitoring his Department has sent to Capita.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which Departments have (a) marked and (b) plans to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

    • Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2018 to Question 124559, on Planning Permission, if the he will take steps to (a)...

      Local Government: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to allow local authorities operating joint committees, parish councils and combined...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria is used by his Department to estimate the level of civilian casualties as a result of UK airstrikes.

    • Ministry of Defence: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in to the library of the House a copy of his Department's policy on flying the EU flag on departmental property.

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will confirm the in-service date for the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor anti-air missile that is being integrated with the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigate fleet.

      Aerospace Industry: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the aerospace industry in North Wales.

      Aerospace Industry: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aerospace jobs in North Wales are sustained by contracts with his Department.

      BAE Systems: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the contracts that his Department holds with BAE Systems in North Wales.

      Aerospace Industry: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on the aerospace industry in North Wales of potential restrictions on the free movement of people after the UK...

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Career Transition Partnership Annual statistics: UK Regular Service Personnel Employment 1 April 2012 to 31 March...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Career Transition Partnership Annual statistics: UK Regular Service Personnel Employment 1 April 2012 to 31 March...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel from (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the RAF were selected for redundancy between September 2011 and June 2014 and...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost was incurred through (a) the Core Resettlement Programme, (b) Career Transition Partnership, (c) CTP Future Horizons and (d) the...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Career Transition Partnership Annual statistics: UK Regular Service Personnel Employment 1 April 2012 to 31 March...

      Nuclear Weapons

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

      BAE Systems: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to let future contracts to BAE Systems in North Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts his Department holds with Capita; and what the total value of those contracts is.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans he has in place to maintain army recruitment in the event of Capita plc becoming insolvent.

      Armed Forces: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has assessed the potential merits of donating used service personnel clothing to homelessness charities.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the full establishment is for the Submarine Service; and what its manning was as of 31 January 2018.

      Ministry of Defence: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Defence in the Media blog, published on 1 February 2018, in which financial years the £5 billion in efficiencies...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to issue backdated payments as a result of the High Court judgement on the Social Security (Personal...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to include provision to consider mental health issues on the personal independence payments assessment form; and if...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts her Department holds with Capita; and what the total value of those contracts is.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Health and Social Care on the potential links between mental health and welfare...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to mitigate the effect of welfare sanctions on people with mental health problems.

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for her Department to update the personal independence payment assessment guide following the judgment of RF v Secretary...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department is using to prioritise the personal independence payment claims it is reviewing.

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department's review of 1.6 million personal independence payment claims includes those claims which (a) scored 0 points and (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there be an appeal process for personal independence payment claimants who believe they are entitled to back payments but are not...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the increase in the estimated number of people eligible for higher personal independence payment support from 164,000 to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the review of all personal independence payment claims.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's test and learn approach to universal credit, what her Department has learned about universal credit during...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how money has been accrued to the public purse the Government from (a) Child Maintenance collection charges and (b) Child Maintenance...

      Mortgages: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Hove constituency, (b) East Sussex, (c) the South East receive Support for Mortgage Interest; and how many of those...

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of Support for Mortgage Interest have received information on forthcoming changes to that scheme.

      State Retirement Pensions: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the relative rate of state pension and cost of living.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to hold discussions with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary on its proposal to end the protection of badgers.

    • Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department ensures that waste exported via PERNs are suitably reprocessed outside the EU and OECD countries.

      Neonicotinoids: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the scientific evidence expected from the European Food Safety Authority to be presented; if he...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts her Department holds with Capita; and what the total value of those contracts is.

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to prepare for the potential increase in demand for passport services ahead of the passport price increase.

      Passports: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that Russian-UK dual nationals who are unable to renew their passport due to their Russian maiden name being...

      Passports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of planned passport fee increases on people without access to internet services.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124424, on Refugees, what guidance has been issued to job centre staff on the new scheme.

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who have claimed to be a victim of torture have been detained at immigration centres.

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to review its policy on detention for asylum seekers who have made an application on the grounds they were...

      Overseas Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions there are on the (a) working hours and (b) type of work permitted for international students with tier 4 visas; and...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the conclusions of the review of the operation of Section 40(4A) of the British Nationality Act 1981; and what steps her...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to (a) process the DBS application and either scan or return to...

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrants granted leave to remain in the UK have had no recourse to public funds conditions imposed on them because of exceptional...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2017 to Question 110954, when she plans to write to the hon. Member for Christchurch separately on the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) dependants, (b) spouses and (c) civil partners of non-UK EU nationals normally resident in...

  • Scotland Office

    • Local Growth Deals: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans his Department has to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Aberdeen City Deal.

    • Bridges: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the viability of building a bridge from Scotland to the island of Ireland.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on tax avoidance, how many penalties were imposed under the General Anti-Abuse Rule regarding (a) income tax and (b) corporation tax in each in (i) 2016 and...

    • Aircraft: Isle of Man

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the scoping assessment of his Department's review of the taxation of the import of business jets into the Isle of Man will be published.

      Aircraft: Isle of Man

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what correspondence he has had with Pierre Moscovici on the import of business jets to the Isle of Man.

      Financial Services: Technology

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

      Retail Trade: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal support the Government provides to small businesses on high streets affected by trends related to online retail.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of drafting and publishing his Department's May 2016 report, HM Treasury analysis: the immediate economic impact of...

      Revenue and Customs: Directors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Director General of Border Coordination for HM Revenue & Customs is a member of the HMRC Executive Committee.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 35 of the HMRC Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC staff are currently planned to transfer across to the DWP in line...

      Revenue and Customs: European Anti-Fraud Office

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 88 of the HMRC Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, when HMRC plans to respond to the OLAF report.

      Cash Dispensing: Rural Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to discuss with LINK the availability of ATMs in rural areas in respect of the Government’s Financial Inclusion Programme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the statutory instruments required to allow for electoral pilots at local government elections in May.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government's negotiating position is that the provisions of any implementation agreement will extend to the countries...

    • Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the withdrawal of Rules of Origin trade exemptions contained...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 122345, whether the remit of the Market Access and Budget Directorate includes...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many assessments his Department has conducted into the economic impact of the UK leaving the EU, including the document EU Exit...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the proposed transition arrangements mean the UK will still be a member of the European Union after 29 March 2019.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124540, on Brexit, what assessment he has made of whether his Department's...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that funding for superfast broadband solutions have public support.

    • Arts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the growth in the creative industries in Northern Ireland to UK-wide...

      Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce online gambling among under 18s.

      Audio-visual Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans for trade negotiations with the EU to include the audio-visual sector.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the second report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, The potential impact of Brexit on the...

      Culture: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funds from the European Regional Development Fund were delegated to arts and culture in each of the regions in each year...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to review sexual harassment laws to ensure those laws are adequate in tackling unsafe work environments for women.

    • Government Equalities Office: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Question 124786, on Government Equalities Office: Directors, what the (a) names and (b) dates of departure...

  • Department for Transport

    • European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer given by Baroness Sugg on 17 January (HL Deb, col 637), in which she stated that "continued membership of the European Aviation Safety...

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate made by the Local Government Association that it will cost £12 billion to bring roads in England “up to...

      Cycleways: City of Westminster

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Westminster Council in relation to the Council’s objections to the proposed Cycle Superhighway Route 11; and what were...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Iresa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the one-off charges received by customers of the energy company Iresa; and what steps they will take to protect consumers in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be attending the forthcoming meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Co-operation in February; and what assessment they have made of...

    • Turkey: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the issue of aggression by Turkey in Syria will shortly be discussed at the UN Security Council; and whether any progress towards a ceasefire in, or...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the repatriation of any of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh is entirely voluntary.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the (1) civil rights, (2) personal human rights, (3) land ownership rights, and (4) security, of any Rohingya people returned...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reforms introduced in Zimbabwe by President Mnangagwa; and whether they plan to provide any assistance in implementing those...

      India: State Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when consideration was last given to investigating the possibility of arranging a State Visit to the UK by the President of India.

      Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights record of Cameroon and the impact, if any, this is having on anglophone Cameroon.

      India: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of UK–India cooperation on environmental policy.

      Argentina: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve intergovernmental relations between the UK and Argentina.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prisons: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to encourage local authorities with responsibility for scrutinising health services to exercise that function in relation to the provision of...

    • Radiation: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that provision is made for the implementation of European technical and safety standards in relation to medical radiation...

      Radioisotopes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) patients in the UK benefit from a continued supply of radiopharmaceuticals that meet the CE-marking for technical and...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the stakeholder questions on the requirement for all relevant bodies to charge upfront for treatment, which are being asked as part of the review of the...

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the degree to which the analysis contained in the NHS England document Items which should not be routinely prescribed in...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK's overseas development assistance is devoted to poverty reduction.

    • Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid from the Department for International Development's budget has been made available to Ethiopia, either through direct or indirect contributions...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was their non-core financial contribution to the United Nations Population Fund in (1) 2012–13, (2) 2013–14, (3) 2014–15, (4)...

  • Department for Education

    • STEM Subjects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which sectors are included within the definition of STEM used to inform the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers guidance published by...

    • Intercountry Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 15 November 2017 (HL2833), when children adopted from abroad will have access to the educational...

      Further Education: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many further education colleges lost their allocation of non-levied apprenticeships funding in the recent Education and Skills Funding Agency procurement...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take following critical reports by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and Probation; and in particular, whether they intend to review the...

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women currently in prison were resident in Greater Manchester at the time of receiving a custodial sentence.

      Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 22 January (HL4521), how many convictions for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving were secured in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are still living in hotels, bed and breakfasts or other temporary accommodation.

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have paid to local authorities since the Grenfell Tower fire to help with the recladding of tower blocks.

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that councils distribute the hardship relief funds made available to support small businesses facing business rate rises; and...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to use the HM Treasury central contingencies fund to meet the costs of removing and replacing dangerous cladding on tower blocks in England.

      Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks and balances they have put in place to ensure that the actions of elected city mayors are subject to proper and impartial scrutiny.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Genetics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what protocols are in place to share the genetic data of serving and retired members of the Armed Forces with the police and prosecuting authorities.

    • Annington Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what savings the Ministry of Defence expected to make out of sales of unwanted service housing and reduction in rent negotiated with Annington Property...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the principal factors taken into account during preparation of the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Initial Gate business case.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of defence spending over each of the past five years has been on (1) pensions, (2) pay and allowances, and (3) support and maintenance.

      Capita

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review the contract with Capita for armed forces recruitment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 23 January (HL4649), whether they have taken legal advice on the possibility of Dutch and Spanish...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a position paper on financial services and Brexit; and what steps they are taking to provide clarity on the implications of...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliament: Catering

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what steps, if any, are being taken to withdraw the use of plastic straws in catering outlets and bars across the Parliamentary estate.

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what steps he plans to take to engage the devolved parliaments and assemblies in the work of the House.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report from the Chartered Insurance Institute Women's Risks in Life.

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