Written answers

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK and Northern Ireland registered fishing vessels are owned by international or European companies in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales...

    • Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Agency on licenses for space flights and the location of spaceports in (a) the UK and (b) Cornwall.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on kit car owners of the implementation of proposals on emissions in paragraph 4.11 of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • ACAS: Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases of migrants working undocumented were (a) found and closed and (b) passed from Acas to Immigration...

    • Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2017 to Question 109411, what the timetable is for the publication of his...

      Laboratories: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on UK laboratories continuing to be able to be certified to EU standards under the ATEX...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Western Sahara: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with his counterparts in the Government of Morocco on (a) the work of the UN peacekeeping...

    • United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the agenda for the UK UAE Taskforce meeting in London in February 2018 was; who attended that meeting, how long that...

      British Nationals Abroad: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of UK nationals who have been arrested for child sex offences overseas in...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Government of Hong Kong on the disqualification of lawmakers...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he held discussions with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on the number of executions in that country.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with reference to Children in Military Custody, published in June 2012, how many of that report's recommendations have been...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the application of the principle of universal jurisdiction for alleged war crimes...

      Zimbabwe: Emigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the Zimbabwean diaspora in the UK to return to Zimbabwe.

      Israel: Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on whether any UK citizens are serving as judges in Israeli military courts in the West...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that the Commonwealth Heads of Government joint communique makes reference to the right to freedom of...

      Football: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect UK fans planning to travel to Russia this year, ahead of the Football world cup.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Hong Kong as a result of the disqualification of lawmakers from its...

      Gui Minhai

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Government of Hong Kong and (b) the Government of the People's Republic of China on...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to develop religious literacy among its staff in the past two years.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on implications for (a) the public health regulation of food companies’...

    • Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of UK residents who have been not been given access to healthcare due to disputed...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS (a) trusts and (b) foundation trusts made a loss on the treatment of private patients in (i) all and (ii) some of the last...

      NHS: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much debt was written off by NHS (a) trusts and (b) foundation trusts in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available;...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS received in income from private patients in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much NHS trusts and foundation trusts paid in clinical negligence compensation to private patients in the last financial year for...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has a policy on the price that NHS trusts and foundation trusts are permitted to charge for procedures on private patients;...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS trusts and foundation trusts are able to charge private patients prices that are lower than those set out in the national tariff.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the level of NHS funding generated by the treatment of private patients.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS beds are reserved for the use of private patients.

      Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) profit and (b) loss Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust made from treating private patients in each of the last 10 years for...

      NHS Trusts: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what safeguards his Department puts in place to ensure that NHS patients are not adversely affected by the treatment of private patients...

      NHS Trusts: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2018 to Question 129169, on NHS: Loans, which 10 NHS trusts received the highest level of new loans in...

      NHS Trusts: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS trust (a) Chairs and (b) Chief Executives are women.

      Diabetes: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) address the risk of and (b) treat diabetes in people from a Pakistani background living in the UK.

      General Practitioners: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of online booking services for GP appointments on the ability of over 75 year olds...

      Diabetes and Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to address diabetes and obesity in children.

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that all men over 50 year of age have access to prostate tests even when they have no symptoms of...

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to include blood cancer in the cancer dashboard.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on negotiations between NHS England and Vertex Pharmaceuticals on access to the drug Orkambi for people with...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support local councils in developing improved support for carers across (a) Hull West and Hessle...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister of his Department has responsibility for NHS Property Services.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the outcome of the review undertaken of the administration and operational effectiveness of NHS Property...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from which Government budgets the £540m of additional funding for the NHS for 2018-19 announced on 2 February 2018 will come.

      NHS: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS (a) fit and proper person requirement and (b) duty of candour applies to an individual who undertakes an independent review...

      NHS: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are mechanisms in place to provide oversight of independent reviews commissioned by NHS bodies that are funded by his...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups and Salute: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has received on recent work undertaken by East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and the...

      Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the validity of Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit's policy of allowing themselves up to...

      Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2018 to Question 129143 on Carillion: Insolvency, what discussions he has had with representative of...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children have been refused access to a school nurse since the introduction of the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment)...

      Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the wellbeing of children who may be permitted to change gender below the age of 18 without...

      Respiratory System: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 122074, on Respiratory System: Medical Equipment, if he will publish the number of...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that GPs receive a copy of Crohn's & Colitis UK's latest Inflammatory Bowel Disease toolkit to...

      Psychiatry: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS child and adolescent psychiatrists have been employed in the West Midlands in the last two years for which data is available.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate has been made of the number of people with undiagnosed HIV, broken down by NUTS 1 region, in each year since 2013-14.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is developing a new child obesity plan; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of developing a...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what assessment he has made of the effect of charging VAT on the affordability and accessibility of medicines.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      What steps he is taking to improve the provision of mental health services for children and young people.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      What the timetable is for the implementation of the faecal immunochemical test for bowel cancer screening.

      Heart Diseases: Young People

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths of young people from cardiac arrest.

      NHS: Capital Investment

      What steps he is taking to increase the level of capital investment in the NHS.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of school police liaison officers on (a) pupil's behaviour, (b) truancy rates and (c) youth crime rates in...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to English for Speakers of Other Languages classes in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the GovernorLine service cost his Department to operate in each of the last five years; and how many people have used that service in each of...

      Childline: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2018 to Question 130466, Childline: Finance, how much funding his Department has provided to the NSPCC's Childline...

      Childline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2018 to Question 130467, on Childline: Finance, when his Department plans to respond to the NSPCC's Are You There...

      Children: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2018 to Question 130484, on Children: Refuges, whether his Department has plans to allocate departmental resources,...

      Children: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2018 to Question 130484, on Children: Refuges, whether his Department has undertaken any cross-departmental projects...

      Academies: Alternative Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2018, to Question 129771 in which local authority the 117 alternative provision academies and free schools are...

      Music: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in England offered GCSE Music in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

      Music: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Primary Schools in England did not employ a specialist music teacher in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

      Sign Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will enable schools to teach British Sign Language to GCSE level; and if he will make a statement.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what arrangements the Government plans to put in place from 2018-19 to support adult education providers which operate both in Mayoral Combined...

      STEM Subjects

      What steps his Department has taken to increase the take-up of STEM subjects.

      Pupils: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle (a) eating disorders and (b) body image issues among young people in schools.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of teachers on each point of the main pay range.

      Sign Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has held with (a) examination boards, (b) teachers, (c) students and (d) other stakeholders on the creation of a GCSE in...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is mandatory for (a) local education authorities and (b) school management boards to (i) consult and (ii) inform School Governing Bodies...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Computers and Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent from the public purse on the pilot scheme on placing telephones and basic computers into prison cells by prison involved in that...

    • Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of his Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission more than once since 1997.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March to Question 131737, what the maximum length of time is for a prisoner to continue to be incarcerated after a Parole...

      Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of former employees of Carillion working in (a) HM Prison and Probation Service and (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service have been...

      Shoplifting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the amount of court time that has been made available as a result of his Department's policy to allow people accused of...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether parents of disabled children are entitled to an increase of 40 per cent in the proportional rate of the top-up for tax-free childcare contributions.

    • Video Games: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many firms claimed video games tax relief in each year since its introduction.

      Video Games: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of video games tax relief on (a) employment and b) investment in the video games sector.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) small and (b) large firms have claimed research and development tax relief in each year since 2010.

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what restrictions are placed on the use of capital receipts gains from Departments' disposals of surplus property; and what guidance his Department provides...

      Financial Services: Standards

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the report of the Financial Conduct Authority, FCA Mission: Our Future Approach to Consumers, what assessment he has made of the potential...

      NatWest: Sheffield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will meet with representatives of NatWest to discuss the potential effect on that bank's elderly and vulnerable customers of the proposed...

      Treasury: Buildings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of his Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2017 to Question 112340 on Owner Occupation, if his Department will take steps to ensure that lenders take into...

      Shareholders: Sanctions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he takes to ensure that funds raised by companies through initial public offerings in London do not finance companies under US and EU sanctions;...

      En+ Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of whether the listing of EN+ Group on the London Stock Exchange received appropriate security checks; and if will he make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households received (a) Working Tax Credit, (b) Child Tax Credit and (c) both Working and Child Tax Credit in 2015-16.

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with consumer groups on the effect on consumers of LINK's proposals to reduce the interchange fee.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet representatives of Employers for Childcare to discuss its concerns about the closure of the childcare voucher scheme to new entrants after...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Education of 13 March 2018, Official Report, Column 802, on Universal Credit, for what...

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people aged under 30 in employment to save towards their pensions.

      Pensions: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage self-employed people to save towards their retirement.

      Personal Savings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what barriers to investing in savings by people aged under 30 his Department has identified.

      Energy: Storage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of business rate rises for onsite battery storage on the development of the UK battery storage market.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how frequently the contractor's compliance with the government childcare service contract is assessed by his Department.

      Cryptocurrencies: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with its international counterparts on developing regulations for crypto-currencies.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Care Homes: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to place a statutory...

    • Land Drainage: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made in taking forward the proposal to make Lead Local Flood Authorities a Statutory...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the use of high pressure laminate cladding is permitted under Approved Document B.

      Building Research Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Building Research Establishment has represented the Government in an official capacity on fire safety in...

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that High Street stores are not empty.

      City Deals: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of progress on the Belfast City Deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the change in the level of local government finance on the geographical variation in...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Right to Buy on the number of young people in rented accommodation.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) military personnel and (b) civilian support staff based in Scotland have an annual salary of...

    • Gulf War Syndrome: Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will implement the recommendations of Lord Lloyd’s report entitled Independent Public Enquiry into Gulf War Illnesses, published in November...

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of bullying have been recorded in the armed forces in each year since 2013.

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have voluntarily retired from (a) the Army, (b) the Navy and (c) the RAF in each year since 2012.

      Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to put the prime contract for the Airborne Warning and Control System replacement programme out to tender.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrades to the F-35 in the next seven years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has allocated contingency funding to pay people who are having their personal independence payment claim reviewed by...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pension, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow North of 13 December 2017 on his constituent's employment and support...

      Independent Case Examiner: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints about the Independent Case Examiner’s Office have been referred to the Parliamentary and Health Service...

      Health and Safety Executive: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information on (a) labour rights and (b) access to advice and remedy is routinely provided to workers who (i) file a complaint with and...

      Health and Safety Executive: Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of migrants working undocumented were passed from the Health and Safety Executive to Immigration Enforcement in each of the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of her Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

      National Insurance: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department determines which refugees automatically get a National Insurance number as soon as they receive their refugee status; and...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Department for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that all medical assessment centres have disability access and disabled parking for claimants with mobility issues.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the cost of adding Dupuytren's Contracture to the list of prescribed diseases.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will including Dupuytren's Contracture on the list of prescribed diseases.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what organisations she met with when considering the inclusion of Dupuytren's Contracture on the list of prescribed diseases.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the maximum level of funeral expenses payments, in relation to recent trends in funeral costs.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit claims by heterosexual couples (a) with children and (b) without children who do not receive split...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on the consequences of the UK changing its regulatory standard...

    • Poultry Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the import of chicken dosed with the...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on steps to tackle air pollution.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of the sites listed in the Particulate Numbers and Concentrations Network monitors emissions of particulate matter of...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the Government monitors emissions of persistent organic pollutants by waste incineration facilities.

  • Home Office

    • Missing Persons: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to use the National Missing Person’s Register as a tool for information sharing between (a) the police...

    • Human Trafficking: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum submitted by victims of trafficking are awaiting a decision to date.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the loss of specialist teams for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors on their (a)...

      Visas: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) any policy has been changed and (b) guidance has been implemented to reduce the number of Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the number of eligible child refugees who are able to enter the UK.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent the grooming and sexual exploitation of vulnerable young women.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) girls groomed for sexual exploitation and (b) perpetrators of child sexual exploitation in...

      Offences against Children: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse plans to (a) visit and (b) consider Telford as part of its current investigation...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what access detainees in immigration detention centres have to mobile phones, the internet and social media.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Hate crime action plan 2016.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her oral contribution of 6 March 2017, Official Report, column 560, if she will grant the application made in November...

      Detainees: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions her Department paid compensation to a victim of wrongful detention and at what total cost in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March to Question 129628, what the strict time limits are on resolving defects where inspected asylum...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the proportion of (a) leave to remain, (b) indefinite leave to remain and (c) naturalisation...

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been received from (a) Irish citizens and (b) citizens of other EU countries for British citizenship under the...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees residing in the UK who have been separated from their family due to not being eligible...

      West Midlands Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for West Midlands Police.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of his Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) completed and (b) ongoing public sector contracts in (i) Bethnal Green and Bow, (ii) Tower Hamlets and (iii) Greater London involved...

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to comments made by the Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office at the London School of Economics on 24 January 2018, which 600...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce are paid (a) weekly, (b) less frequently than weekly but more frequently than monthly and (c) monthly.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the size of the Government estate was, by Department, in square metres of floor space in each of the last five years.

      Social Mobility Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he has had with the Social Mobility Commission since his appointment.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to support British digital and cloud services its companies through procurement policies.

      Government Communication Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many agencies applied to be included in the Campaign Solutions Framework for GCS; and when he plans to reopen the framework for new agencies.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department's cyber-security awareness campaigns take account of behavioural and social sciences; and whether his Department has worked with the...

      Civil Servants: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the workforce plan 2016-2020 for improving the diversity and inclusiveness of the Civil Service, whether any meetings were held by...

      Productivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will discuss with Cabinet colleagues the potential use by government departments of the what3words geocoding addressing system to improve...

      Proof of Identity: Photographs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of adults in (a) England, (b) England and Wales and (c) the UK who do not hold any form of photo identification.

      Public Sector: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 111417, on Public Sector: Recruitment, which civil service roles were not identified as suitable...

      One Public Estate Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the total amount of capital receipts received by local authorities as a result of the One Public Estate programme; and if he will...

      Regulatory Futures Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 7.4 of his Department's report, Regulatory Futures Review, published in January 2017, whether it is his policy that...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on changes in the level of life expectancy of living (a) males and (b) females in each local authority area in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many and what proportion of his Department’s cloud hosting contracts have been awarded to (a) hyperscale cloud providers and (b)...

    • Exports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total amount of exports by (a) volume and (b) value to the Republic of Ireland were in the (i) pharmaceutical and (ii) chemicals...

      Department for International Trade: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of his Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

      Exports: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of steel exports to the US by volume that are specialist steel products that the US...

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of whether the recent European Court of Justice ruling issued on 6 March 2018 in the Slowakische Republik v...

      Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the volume of steel that will be re-directed to the UK which would have otherwise gone to the US as...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's policy is on a ban on phone companies charging a fee for services to protect against nuisance calls.

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the liquidation of Carillion on their facilities management contract...

      Young People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which youth full-time social action programmes have received statutory funding in each of the last five years.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to change the status of full-time volunteers from not being in education, employment or training.

      Basketball

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to increase the funding for basketball at grassroots level across the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the (a) National Audit Office...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Camelot Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions he or Ministers or staff of his Department met with Camelot representatives since March 2016; and how...

      Telephone Operator Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require 118 directory enquiries phone lines to (a) have an automated message...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of his Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

      Lawn Tennis Association: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to rectify the 31 per cent mean gender pay gap in the Lawn Tennis Association.

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the charity sector's income from 1p and 2p coin donations; and if he will make...

      Young People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the independent review of full-time social action, published in January 2018, whether the Government plans...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to amend the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to permit children under the age of 18 to change their gender without parental consent.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • General Election 2017

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many complaints the Commission received in relation to breaches in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans the Secretary of State has to visit the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the next 12 months.

    • Brexit: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make an assessment of the implications for the Government's policies of the Oliver Wyman report entitled The Red Tape Cost...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK natural gas demand of (1) the Carbon Price Floor, and (2) the proposal to end power generation from coal by 2025.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill on energy securiy in Great Britain.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill on investment in the development of future (1) power, and...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they sought from (1) Ofgem, and (2) the Competition and Markets Authority, ahead of the Prime Minister's announcement in October 2017 of an energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the assessment made of the costs and benefits of including a clause in the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill to allow...

      Trade Marks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who has the right to register a trademark in the United Kingdom.

      Trade Marks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions govern contesting the ownership of a trademark in the UK.

      Defence: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers ministers have in relation to national security in cases of proposed takeovers of British defence-related manufacturers.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 February (HL5413), what are the staff savings made in (1) Asia, (2) the Americas, and (3)...

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iraq concerning the restitution and restoration of churches desecrated by ISIS in Mosul; and what...

      Commonwealth: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether issues affecting (1) people living with HIV, and (2) key populations affected by HIV, will be considered at the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports of discrimination against Palestinians living in East Jerusalem...

      Mohammed Tamimi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports that a minor, Muhammed Tamimi, had a bullet removed from his skull and then...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel in regard to reports of the targeting of Palestinian children by Israeli forces.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any GP surgeries are approved for the purpose of terminating an unwanted pregnancy; if so which; and what consideration they have given to approving GP...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the findings by an Israeli economist, Shir Hever, that as much as 78 per cent of the humanitarian aid intended for Palestinians is...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood that the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will use funds levied from the mining...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bates on 22 February (HL Deb, cols 319–22), what assessment they have made of the extent to which older women with...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the savings that would be made if UK aid spending were based on the world average percentage spend for overseas aid.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will commence the review of school exclusions and implications for pupil groups disproportionately represented in exclusion statistics, including those...

    • Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have run an impact study on the likely effect on UK university finances of EU students having to pay international fees following Brexit; and if so,...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma courses have been terminated as a result of new rules arising out of the Apprentice Levy.

      Schools: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a place where only religious matters are taught to children who do not reside there is required to register as a school; and if not, to what extent the...

      Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that personal budgets for looked after children, those at risk of entering care, adopted children, and care leavers, are spent...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide for the development of University Technical Colleges.

  • Treasury

    • Stocks and Shares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the Bank of America's survey of managers of global investment portfolios, which found that UK equities were the least...

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address the decline in use of the cash Individual Savings Account; and how investment in 2016–17 compared to 2015–16.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take, through housing associations, local authorities, and social landlords, to bring into use empty properties over shops, in...

    • Rented Housing: Security of Tenure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs and benefits of introducing five year minimum contracts for rented accommodation, in order to provide greater...

      Homelessness: Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of homeless charities with regard to upholding the rights of vulnerable people.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the two new low-yield nuclear weapons, submarine-launched cruise missile and submarine-launched ballistic missile, contained within the...

    • USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the implications of the US nuclear posture review for UK nuclear weapons and deterrence policy.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of (1) the effect of the US nuclear posture review plans to "strengthen the integration of nuclear and non-nuclear military...

      Poland: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British troops are deployed in Poland as part of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group led by the United States; what is their assessment of how...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Self-sufficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the most recent figures for the UK's food self sufficiency; and what assessment they have made of whether increases in overall food production are an...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allowing online electoral registration using a recognised Government identification such as a passport or driving licence...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to promote anonymous electoral registration for people who have been victims of domestic violence, or whose personal safety is at serious risk as a...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to encourage GPs (1) to attest to the need for anonymous electoral registration under the Representation of the People (Amendment)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Companies: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions apply to British firms seeking to acquire Chinese commercial assets.

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that close regulatory alignment with the EU in certain areas will have on the UK's ability to trade with the US.

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