Written answers

Thursday, 8 March 2018

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce the length of time that unemployed people spend out of work.

    • Unemployment: Thornbury and Yate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of unemployment in the Thornbury and Yate constituency since 2010.

      Unemployment: Thornbury and Yate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has she made of trends in the level of female unemployment in the Thornbury and Yate constituency since 2010.

      Unemployment: Thornbury and Yate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of youth unemployment in the Thornbury and Yate constituency since 2010.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease have been placed in the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity group with a prognosis...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit on levels of child poverty.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many completed second or third personal independence payment assessment planned award reviews there have been of people with (a)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease have been given personal independence payment awards of (a) enhanced rate daily living and (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson’s disease with an indefinite disability living allowance award received a (a) one-year award (b)...

      Employment Support Allowance: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on employment support allowance (ESA) claimants resident in Brighton and Hove in the (a) support...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants with (a) cystic fibrosis, (b) rheumatoid arthritis, (c) motor neurone disease, (d)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the number of Universal Credit claimants who have a level of deduction from the standard allowance (a) at the 40 per cent and (b) above the 40...

      Plumbing: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the financial effect on members of the Plumbing and Mechanical Services (UK) Industry Pension...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for the publication of the White Paper on Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of changes to the liability of small and family business under s.75 of...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of Access to Work funding will have their funding capped as a result of the introduction of a cap in April 2018.

      Work Capability Assessments: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps has she taken to ensure that work capability assessments take account of the fluctuating nature of degenerative illnesses.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest time taken by his Department to respond to Members' casework inquiries on behalf of...

      Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest periods were between submitting an online application for universal credit and attending a...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by her Department are apprentices.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people that will sell their home because of the introduction of the replacement loan...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the replacement loan for support for mortgage interest payments is based on the Gilt interest rate.

      Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128375, on Universal Credit: Internet, if he will publish a timetable for those...

      Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128375, on Universal Credit: Internet, what funding the Government has made available...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2018 to Question 128116, what the average time taken is between (a) a complaint being received on the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the extent of liabilities imposed on small business owners by the operation of section 75 of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to research published by the Family and Childcare Trust on childcare costs published in February 2018, whether her Department...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which members of her Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former...

    • Knife Crime Community Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria are for accessing her Department's knife crime community fund.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128880, how much further (a) funding and (b) FTE staffing her Department has deployed...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128880, on how many occasions the MPAM team did not to respond to written...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the information contained in the migration transparency data release provided in the Answer of 28 February 2018 to Question...

      Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the last time was that each Minister in her Department met the Departments Chief Scientific Adviser.

      Key Forensic Services: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 128775, on Key Forensic Services: Insolvency, which police forces were contracted...

      Hamza bin Walayat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reconsider the application for asylum made by Hamza bin Walayat.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total amount was that each police force received from the police precept in 2017-18.

      Home Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by her Department are apprentices.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence will be required for EU citizens to prove five years of continuous residency after the UK leaves the EU.

      Forensic Science: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February to Question 124886, whether FSR-C-133 was issued to any providers during its development.

      Home Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of the 1 November 2017 to Question 110846, when she plans to publish (a) The Review on Counter Terrorism Strategy and...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will assess the potential merits of expanding the definition of refugees to include people displaced by environmental factors.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of HMRC calculations of child poverty in working households; and if he will make a statement.

    • Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to regulate employee benefits trusts following the Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust case; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many penalties related to tax avoidance HMRC has collected in each year since 2010.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance schemes HMRC has closed in each year since 2010.

      Empty Property: VAT Zero Rating

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received a zero rate of VAT on sales of homes that are empty for more than 10 years in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Landfill Tax: Dredging

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an exemption from landfill tax for dredging waste in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Transport, Official Report, column 943, what the funding methodology is for the...

      Treasury: Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Sanctions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2018 to Question 126717, if he will publish (a) the total value of suspected breaches to each sanctioned country and...

      Sanctions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many breaches of financial sanctions there were in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016; and what the aggregate value of such breaches was.

      Signature Living: Business Premises Renovation Allowance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims for relief under the Business Premises Renovation Allowance scheme were granted to Signature Living Ltd in (a) 2015-16 (b) 2016-17; and what...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules...

    • Service Industries: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the UK hospitality industry’s job growth target of employing an...

      Service Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to support the hospitality industry’s upcoming campaign entitled Hospitality Works; and if...

      Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers: British Hospitality Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received on the potential effect on the hospitality sector of the proposed merger...

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland authorities on the roll-out of superfast and ultrafast broadband...

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of 1 March 2018, Official...

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of 1 March 2018, Official...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the volume of UK citizens’ data held by companies (a) supplying cloud services to his...

      Broadband: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of homes are connected to superfast broadband in the West Midlands.

      Broadband: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes which have been connected to superfast broadband in Coventry...

      Broadband: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes which have been connected to superfast broadband in Coventry.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of trends in participation in sports that are funded by UK Sport.

      Sports: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out the amount spent by UK Sport per active participant in (a) equestrian events, (b) sailing, (c) shooting...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Young People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Youth Full Time Social Action Review published in January 2018, what steps he is taking to widen...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tidal Power: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the wave and tidal energy sector in the South West.

    • Modern Working Practices Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has held with the devolved administrations on the Government's response to the Matthew...

      Productivity Leadership Group: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on (a) the Productivity Leadership Group and (b)...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128441, Fracking: Wells, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) costs of introducing a cap of £5,000 rather than...

      Property: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many properties there were in (a) London and (b) Hampstead and Kilburn constituency which were registered to owners...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost of installing smart meters in domestic properties has been to date; and what estimate his Department has...

      Fracking: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs in the shale gas industry in (a) 2025 and (b) 2030; whether...

      Ceramics: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to reduce the incidence of ceramic manufacturers experiencing gas price spikes.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the production of electricity from onshore wind.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps is his Department taking to promote energy efficiency in households.

      Natural Gas: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to prevent gas shortages.

      Minimum Wage: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127413 on Minimum Wage: Arrears, how many of the 169 employers...

      Small Business Research Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy how much funding from the public purse was allocated though the Small Business Research Initiative programme by each...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the smart meter roll-out plans submitted by energy companies...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of energy smart meters which are operating in dumb mode.

      Regional Growth Fund: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Regional Growth Fund money has been allocated to the West Midlands.

      Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to bring into force the provisions of the Easter Act 1928 to fix the date of Easter from 2019 onwards.

      Employment: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to issue guidance to employers on pay for employees who were unable to travel to work as a result of...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff currently employed by his Department who are apprentices.

      Employment: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will issue guidance to employers on payroll deductions for employees who were unable to travel to work by public...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff his Department has in Scotland; where those staff are located; and what the roles of those staff are.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Wolverhampton City Council: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes to the local government grant to City of...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2018 to Question 126930, what plans he has to adjust previously published...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to support local authorities affected by the collapse of Carillion; and if he will make...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will place a copy of Fire Research Station Report CR143/94, entitled Investigation of the behaviour...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department produces on purchasing housing for the benefit of first time buyers.

      Building Regulations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants are working on the Government response to the ninth report of Session 2016-17 of the Women and...

      Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, how much funding...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, how much funding...

      Private Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, how much funding...

      Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, how much funding...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 127316 on High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention, what the...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, what assessment he...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, what assessment he...

      Regeneration: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, what assessment he...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum on its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, what assessment he...

      Green Belt: Telford and Wrekin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect green belt and green open spaces in the Telford and Wrekin local...

      Local Government Finance: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many councils have (a) requested and (b) received funding help for urgent fire safety work following the Grenfell...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business...

      Housing: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2018 to Question 127503, if he will take additional steps to promote to local...

      Housing Benefit: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on changes to payments of housing benefit to women's refuges.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of using desktop studies to assess the flammability of...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2018 to Question 128437, on High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention, for what reasons...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the implications for the planning applications he has called in relating to sites in...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2018 to Question 120663, on Right to Buy Scheme: Fraud, how many individual...

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government is providing support to local authorities to ensure that all public places can offer fully...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 127211 on Housing: Insulation, which industry experts his...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the levels of home ownership have been in England in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been built on flood plains since January 2017.

      Council Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of additional funds to local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training members of the armed forces receive in respect of the initiative on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.

    • Ministry of Defence: Stirling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and Stirling Council on the future use of his Department's Forthside estate in Stirling.

      Defence Animal Centre: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many dogs from the Defence Animal Centre have been re-homed in each of the last three years.

      Ministry Of Defence: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

  • HM Treasury

    • Inheritance Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received relief from Inheritance Tax for deaths on active service in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

    • Safety Belts: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received a reduced rate of VAT on children’s car seats in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Financial Services: Mental Illness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that financial lenders provide appropriate support to customers experiencing mental health difficulties.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Jerusalem

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church of England has had with the leaders of other Christian Churches on the closure of the...

    • *No heading*

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps are being taken to roll out financial education in Church of England schools.

      Churches: Bureaucracy

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to reduce the level of administrative paperwork for church communities.

      Churches: Infrastructure

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what funding is available for church infrastructure projects.

  • Department for International Trade

    • China: Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Scottish based small and medium sized enterprises were invited to take part in the Prime Minister's trade visit to China in January...

    • Small Businesses: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses in (a) Shropshire and (b) the Telford constituency have received export support from his Department since it was set up.

      Department for International Trade: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former...

      Honduras: Electronic Surveillance

      to ask the Secretary of State for Intentional Trade, with reference to the statement from the Honduran office in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning the...

      Department For International Trade: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost is of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme to date; and how many people have used that scheme.

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide Members of Parliament with a direct line to contact the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to the British Transport Police on the timescales for responding to correspondence from Members of Parliament.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the evidence base for traffic-calming measures introduced recently in (a) Derbyshire and (b) the rest...

      Emergency Services: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on the mandatory use of (a) snow tyres and (b) snow chains by the emergency services in severe winter weather.

      Public Transport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of accessibility by public transport of hospitals in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to make an assessment of the effect on passenger services of Arriva Rail North closing the Southport, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport line.

      Department for Transport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in he will meet with the Minister for Loneliness to discuss the role of reliable and timely bus services in helping to alleviate social isolation.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received reports that Sudanese nationals returning from Belgium to Sudan were (a) detained, (b)...

    • Asa Hutchinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 129007 on Asa Hutchinson, if he will publish the ministerial-level...

      Cyprus: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the naval security situation in the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus.

      Cyprus: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Turkey regarding Turkish Navy ships operating in proximity to the...

      France: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 February 2018, Official Report, column 5, what the criteria is for the...

      Iran: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Iranian Government on the ban on women attending football matches;...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Swaziland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether officials at the British High Commission in Pretoria meet regularly with (a) the Swaziland United Democratic Front and...

      Swaziland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department meets regularly with (a) Action for Southern Africa, (b) the Swaziland Human Rights Network UK and (c)...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether political rights and democracy are planned to be a priority agenda item for the Commonwealth Heads of Government...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish in full his letter to the Prime Minister on the border in the island of Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what methodologies in addition to the UN Inter-agency Standing Committee’s Sanctions Assessment Handbook his Department...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to deafness programmes in each of the last five years.

    • Developing Countries: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to vet people who volunteer for overseas placements on Government-backed schemes.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127246, on Schools: Standards, if he will list the (a) number and (b) names of academy schools...

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authority areas had their early years hourly funding rates reduced in 2017-18 compared with 2016-17; and what percentage that reduction in...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much supplementary funding will be allocated to local authorities for maintained nursery schools in (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many working parents with 3 and 4 year olds in receipt of 30 hours of early years education (a) receive the Government's universal 15 hours of...

      Primary Education: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Rushcliffe constituency attend a primary school rated as (i) good and (ii) outstanding...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of secondary school pupils who are eligible for free school meals in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England attend a school rated as (i)...

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Key Stage 2 pupils who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals met the expected standards in (i) reading, (ii)...

      Department for Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make Personal, Social, Health and Economic education part of the statutory curricula.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 129125, on Schools, where that information is held.

      Social Work England: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the press release issued by his Department on 8 February 2018 on the consultation on Social Work England, if he will set out (a) the...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 124482, on Children’s Centres, what evidence his Department has gathered since September...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much free school meals monies is returned annually to the provider when not used by the intended child.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its summary of responses to its Consultation on changes to the identification of...

    • Department For Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on extending the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Motor Vehicles: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect on the car industry in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he plans to publish the Computable General Equilibrium model estimates of the economic effect of the UK leaving the EU on...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to in Central Government Supply Estimates 2017-18, HC808, if he will itemise the £22 million reduction in his...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department plans to implement any of the recommendations of the report, Joint Serious Case Review Concerning Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adults...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of suicides which took place in prisons were by people who were not on the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork...

    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, What steps his Department is taking to ensure that the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 receives input from a...

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to allocate funding from the public purse for legal representation in the Court of Appeal to families who have been...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of reinstating legal aid for early advice in family law cases.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the number of incidents of concerted indiscipline in prisons in (a) England and Wales and (b) HMP Bedford year on year from 2010 to 2018.

      Ministry of Justice: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Gladstones Solicitors (Knutsford) and BW Legal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claims were made against people by companies or people instructing (a) Gladstones Solicitors (Knutsford) and (b) BW Legal in English and Welsh...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Scotland, what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff currently employed by his Department who are apprentices.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Grenfell Tower fire survivors and families have received legal representation funded by the Government; and how much has been set aside to...

    • Cabinet Office: Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to which legislation his Department has applied the Family Test, published in August 2014.

      Cabinet Office: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to implement the guidance set out by the Government Commercial Function in its paper entitled Exiting Major IT...

      Cabinet Office: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which EU (a) Directives, (b) Regulations and (c) other legislation affecting his Department he is planning to propose the (i) revocation and (ii)...

      Construction: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the financial viability of those construction companies that have won public procurement projects with a...

      Procurement: Swindon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total value of goods and services procured from companies in Swindon by (a) all Government departments, and (b) all public bodies was in 2017.

      Cabinet Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the responsibilities of the Minister for the Constitution, what the term Cabinet Office domestic refers to.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Security Risk Assessment 2015, whether International Military Conflict is still considered a Tier One risk.

      Carrillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he carried out any assessment of the effect of Carillion's liquidation on the viability of the small businesses in its supply chain in the UK...

      Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts his Department holds with government strategic suppliers.

      Bank Services: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate access to online banking for people without internet access.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Presidents Club

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will (a) commission an investigation into how a lunch engagement with the Foreign Secretary came to be auctioned at the Presidents Club dinner of...

      Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will widen the scope of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 to (a) include in-house...

      Cabinet Office: Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 23 of his Department's document Public Bodies 2017, published in November 2017, what work has been commissioned on the...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many incidents of malware being used to illegally mine cryptocurrency have been reported by the Government since 2015.

      Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of departmental variations in finance, human resources and procurement processes on the development of shared...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128095, on Government Departments: Procurement, whether any payment was made to that third party.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128092, whether it is his policy that contracts would be assessed to be of sufficient risk that...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to promote voter registration.

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that all groups who use public transport have equal access to public transport and that none are discriminated against, including the elderly and...

    • Merchant Shipping: Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the cyber risks to merchant shipping (1) in UK ports, (2) in UK waters, and (3) globally.

      Merchant Shipping: Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued advice to merchant shipping companies about the level of cyber awareness expected of ships entering UK ports.

      National Maritime Information Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Office intends to fund the £4.5 million annual cost of running  the National Maritime Information Centre and Joint Maritime...

      Government Departments: Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish a post with executive authority over the maritime craft of those departments with an interest in coastal littoral activity; and if...

      Rolling Stock: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern rail franchise is still intended to result in the withdrawal of all Pacer trains by the end of 2019.

      Clitheroe-Hellifield Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals from Ribble Valley Council to reopen the railway line from Clitheroe to Hellifield for passenger trains.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Innovate UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what processes are used by Innovate UK to confirm that all parties listed in a project application have consented to their inclusion in that project.

    • Innovate UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recourse a business has if it finds that it has been falsely cited by a third party in a bid application to Innovate UK.

      Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to convene a roundtable of representatives of Ebay, Amazon and Electrical Safety First to seek a resolution to the problem of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Sudan has forced recently released political detainees to take part in negotiations with that...

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Joint Statement of Guiding Principles for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS which says that "only a few pockets...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they provided to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Syria between 2015 and the latest date for which figures are available; and what was...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what legal basis they participate in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Syria.

      South Africa: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they (1) have contacted, or (2) plan to contact, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in relation to Lord Hain's referral of Hogan Lovells LLP to...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the situation in (1) Afrin, and (2) Eastern Ghouta, in Syria.

      Universal Declaration of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which takes place on 10 December.

      South Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what practical steps they intend to take to strengthen bilateral relations with South Africa, including UK ministerial meetings with new President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ascertain the wishes of the people of Northern Ireland on (1) the current political impasse over the restoration of a Northern...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a consultation on legacy issues pertaining to Northern Ireland; if so, when; and whether they intend to seek the views...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates the Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention met in the last five years.

    • Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards implementing the provisions of the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017, specifically in relation to...

      Measles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of measles there were in England in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017; whether there was a drop in vaccination rates in the UK in 2017; what action they are...

      Cheltenham Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reintroduce a 24-hour Accident and Emergency service at Cheltenham General Hospital.

      Dental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the effects of drinking fruit tea on dental health.

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vacancies existed for (1) nurses, (2) junior doctors, (3) doctors, and (4) consultants, in the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, in each...

  • Department for International Development

    • Brazil: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Department for International Development's spending in the last financial year was in Brazil.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Eastwood Park Prison: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the Mother and Baby Unit at Eastwood Park Prison was closed.

    • Reparation by Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 22 February, whether they will actively promote the practice of restorative justice for all levels of crime.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards removing barriers to the replacement of homes sold under Right to Buy.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 March 2016 (HL7094), when the next biennial review will be published; and why there has...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Defence Recruiting System to be able to process enlistments to the Army Reserve.

    • Armed Forces: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 February (HL5176), what are the figures for the Medical Deployability Standard categories for (1) the army, (2)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Fly Tipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to tackle the dumping of waste on farmland.

    • Agriculture: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address concerns about a shortage of labour on British farms.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quantity of products they have bought under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy; and how they plan to manage those...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies: Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when their Preparing for Emergencies guidance was last updated.

    • Emergencies: Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they raise public awareness of the advice contained in their Preparing for Emergencies guidance.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are being lobbied in respect of any future UK–US trade deal.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in addressing the gender pay gap.

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