Written answers

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Air Ambulance Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will fund the air ambulance in Northern Ireland.

    • NHS Improvement: NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings have taken place between NHS Improvement and NHS trusts to agree plans to improve their financial position since 2010;...

      Hospitals: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total annual cost to the NHS was of hospital contract funerals under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 in each...

      NHS Trusts: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many companies which comprised a single person were paid for services by NHS trusts since 2010.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths were recorded of (a) patients awaiting the arrival of an ambulance and (b) patients in an ambulance by each ambulance...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the nurse vacancy rate was on 1 December in each year since 2010.

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average monthly occupancy level was for adult acute admission wards in each year since 2010.

      NHS Trusts: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS trusts do not have buildings insurance cover in excess of £5 million.

      Chiropdy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129509, on Chiropody, what the name of the NHS Digital healthcare workforce...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many accident and emergency visits there were for minor ailments in each clinical commissioning group in each year since 2012-13.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of calls made to NHS 111 resulted in a referral to pharmacy in (a) England and (b) each clinical commissioning group in...

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's mandate to NHS England for 2018-19, published on 20 March 2018, for reasons the elective surgery...

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's mandate to NHS England for 2018-19, published on 20 March 2018, what plans his Department has to...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of hospitals in England with a Type 1 A&E department have a consultant presence on emergency wards for a minimum of...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of patients waiting more than six weeks for diagnostic tests by the NHS.

      Health Professions: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of NHS medical practitioners identified as (i) white British and (ii) from any other ethnic group in...

      Nurses: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses from non-UK EU countries the NHS employed on 1 September (a) 2017, (b) 2016 and (c) 2015.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many admitted patients waited over (a) 18, (b) 26 and (c) 52 weeks for treatment in each (i) NHS and (ii) NHS foundation trust since...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the performance criteria are against which 999 ambulance call handlers are assessed.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to increase the number of midwives working in the NHS over the next five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spends on mental health services in England; and what proportion of that amount is spent on community eating disorder...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of eating disorder specialists in the area of adult eating disorder treatment and care.

      NHS: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records are held of how much was owed to NHS trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region in unpaid medical bills incurred by foreign...

      Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of ambulance handovers at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were delayed by more than...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of eligible brain tumour patients with a glioma had their tumour tissue sample tested for 1p/19q co-deletion biomarker...

      Whittington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether steps are being taken to prevent the closure to new patients of the Lower Urinary Tract Services Clinic in north London.

      Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the £86 million to support innovators and the NHS in overcoming barriers to getting new, innovative technologies to patients as...

      Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hours of training on complex regional pain syndrome are included in the syllabus for (a) a medical degree, (b) GP training,...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government’s policy is on hospitals sourcing food that is produced locally.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role Public Health England will play in monitoring the effect of the implementation of a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of recent underspending nationally on depreciation on (a) the NHS estate and (b)...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of eligible brain tumour patients with a glioblastoma had their tumour tissue assessed for MGMT promoter hypermethylation...

      Sugar: Soft Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date did each NHS trust in the North West sign up to NHS England's voluntary scheme to reduce the sale of sugar sweetened drinks...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the falling rates of breast cancer screening across England, in patients aged between 50 and 70 years old.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all eligibility decisions for continuing healthcare funding are made within 28 days.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle variations in the number of people assessed as eligible to receive continuing healthcare...

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the conclusions and recommendations of the Age UK...

      Mental Health Services; Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2018 to Question 134184, whether his Department has plans to start collecting data on the number of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the soft drinks industry levy on diabetics who may regularly buy drinks...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the studies from Deloitte, Frontier Economics and LaingBuisson on the effect of sleep-in back payments on the social care sector...

      European Medicines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK will remain a member of the European Medicines Agency during the implementation period after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of trends in the level businesses terminating employment contracts temporarily during building work in those...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment support allowance appeals have been held in the last three years at which from her Department was not represented.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what length of time her Department retains records relating to employment support allowance claims.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the service delivery standards for universal support.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of households affected by the replacement of Support for Mortgage Interest with a new loan were still to be...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of families whose benefit entitlement exceeds the benefit cap as a result of looking after children...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of exempting children under child arrangement orders from the benefit cap.

      Support for Mortgage Interest: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any people in Scotland have been refused a Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) loan since the conversion of SMI from a benefit to a loan.

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Government has made on reducing the extent of employer discrimination against people with (a) criminal records and (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times her Department has requested a Statement of Reason from a tribunal after a tribunal has ruled in a personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment tribunal decisions that have ruled in favour of the claimant have subsequently been appealed by her...

      Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claimants with a primary condition of epilepsy who were awarded such payments after a tribunal ruling...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2018 to Question 133807, on Universal Credit, by what means his Department determines how much of a...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department's phone number for employment support allowance related queries will be changed to a freephone number.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the increase in the state pension age for women on the entitlement to pension credit of men who...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Members' Constituency Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of constituency enquiries by hon Members to the Complaints Resolution Team were not resolved within 15 working days.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people whose income has increased above the standard minimum guarantee threshold for pension...

      UK Men's Shed Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what service level agreements her Department has entered into with the UK Men's Sheds Association.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Members' Constituency Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will undertake a review of her Department's policy to only recognise implicit consent to act on peoples' behalf from MPs and their...

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the planned increase of passport fees will be used to pay for anything additional to the cost of issuing passports and consular...

    • Females: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the affordability of access to justice for women escaping domestic...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121751, on immigration: appeals, how many initial decisions are (a) not appealed and...

      Passports: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK companies were able to bid for the contracts to manufacture (a) Dutch and (b) French passports.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to ensure the identification of victims of human trafficking among (a) migrant and (b) asylum...

      Detention Centres and Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people died in (a) police custody and (b) immigration removal centres in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Police Custody: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people of (a) 16 years old or under and (b) 17-18 years old presenting in a mental health crisis were detained in police custody...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, what criteria is used by the Security Industry Authority in respect of the re-issue of licences to door staff who have been acquitted in a court...

      Human Trafficking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of fines imposed for the smuggling of migrants were collected within (a) six months and (b) nine months of...

      Human Trafficking: Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines for the smuggling of migrants remain unpaid.

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a business which did not use her Department's employer checking service when requested by a job applicant would be in breach of Home...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter of 26 September 2017 from the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse on the case of Mrs Justina...

      Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to be fully operational.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter of 28 March 2018 from the hon. Member for Croydon North a visa enquiry on behalf of a constituent.

      Birth Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of recording the time of birth on birth certificates; and if she will make a statement.

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to (a) publish torture guidance protocols and (b) consult (i) human rights organisations and (ii) others on protocols and...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the guidance for police forces on recording and publishing statistics on knife crime to provide more specific figures...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letters of 16 February 2018 referenced M2579/18 and M2417/18 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many modern slavery operations were led by Immigration Enforcement Crime teams in each of the past three years.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many potential cases of modern slavery were encountered by Immigration Enforcement Compliance teams in each of the past three years.

      Construction: Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many potential cases of people trafficking or modern slavery were identified during the course of Operation Magnify; and by which...

      Car Washes: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority on exploitation of labour in the car wash industry.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of salary thresholds for work visas for non-EU nationals on NHS recruitment.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Queen's Speech 2017, whether her Department plans to publish the Immigration Bill only when the negotiations with the...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, of 17 January 2018, House of Lords Official Report, column 701, when the...

      Communications Act 2003: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for each year since 2013.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of successful asylum appeals since 2015.

      Airguns: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people responded to her Department's consultation on air weapon licensing of 1 December 2017 to 6 February 2018 raising concerns...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much in total was invested in the UK under the Tier 1 Investor Visa scheme between 2008 and Q1 2015.

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to Question 126030 tabled on 31 January 2018, and Question 128803 tabled on 21 February 2018 by the hon. Member...

      Immigrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children born in the UK are ineligible to access public funds as a result of their parents having no recourse to public funds.

      Robbery: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of personal robberies in each London boroughs, in each of the last twelve months for...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the UK will remain a member of Europol during the implementation period for the UK leaving the EU.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many online passport applications HM Passport Office has received in the last 12 months; and how many applications HM Passport Office...

      Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish the results of its review into air weapons following the consultation that ran between 12 December 2017...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens who have returned to the UK after living in territories claimed by ISIL have been stripped of their citizenship.

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to issue body worn video cameras to all (a) police officers and (b) detectives.

      Emergency Calls: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of response times to 999 calls in (a) Lincoln, (b) Lincolnshire and (c) the UK.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the contribution of the discussion paper from the FCA published on Monday 12 March 2018 entitled Transforming culture in...

    • Bank Services: Misrepresentation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA's) Final Notice on the mis-selling by Vanquis Bank of its repayment option plan, whether other...

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to promote community banking facilities.

      Financial Services: Technology

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to encourage financial technology firms to relocate to the UK.

      Electric Vehicles: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing tax incentives to support the take-up of electric vehicles.

      Credit: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to cap the maximum sum of money people can borrow from rent to own and doorstep lenders.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to increase access to financial education for people on low incomes.

      Treasury: Equality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what training is provided to staff of his Department on conducting equality impact assessments.

      Revenue and Customs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC shares information on the amendment of tax returns or other taxation errors of non-UK citizens with UK Visas and Immigration.

      Non-domestic Rates: Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of removing from business rates (a) new investment in plant and machinery and (b) all plant and machinery.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's policy paper, Autumn Budget 2017: government action to tackle tax avoidance, evasion, non-compliance and aggressive tax...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue accrued to the public purse through corporation tax in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

      Libor

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of progress on the ICE Benchmark Association project to reform the LIBOR Benchmark Methodology; whether the new system will be...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make his policy to require the National Infrastructure Commission to analyse the distributional effect of different infrastructure options by...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much road tax was collected from vehicles owned by people living in (a) Bury North constituency, (b) Bury and (c) the North West in each of the last...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to engage with the digital currency industry.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Questions 130023, 130025, 130026, 130027, 130028, 130029 and 130030, what figure his Department uses for tax...

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 119327, Revenue and Customs: ICT, whether HMRC remains on track to start migrating customers from the...

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were employed by HMRC at the Tax Credit Office in Preston as at 28 March 2018; and how many of those staff his Department (a) estimates will...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total payments made by parents direct to childcare providers due to technical issues experienced with HMRC's online service...

      Malawi: Double Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for a new double taxation treaty with Malawi to be signed.

      Treasury: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's implementation plan is for banning the box on job applications.

      Prince Harry: Marriage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost to public purse of the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127398 on PAYE, whether the contract agreed by HMRC provides for routine reporting of real time...

      Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the guidance his Department has issue to HMRC on the criteria for Future Revenue Benefit.

      Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of customs checks were cleared by HMRC within (a) 30 minutes, (b) one hour, (c) 90 minutes, (d) two hours and (e) three hours...

      Tax Evasion: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the success rate of HMRC has been in taking action through (a) court proceedings and (b) tax tribunals in each of the last 10 years.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Figure 8 of HMRC's Annual Report 2016-17, what methodology was used to assess the cost of providing personal tax credits and other reliefs...

      Revenue and Customs: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 5.1 of HMRC's Annual Report 2016-17, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the low results for engagement...

      Taxation: USA

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the requirement for dual UK and US citizens who reside and pay tax in the UK to also file...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to reduce (a) regional and national oversight, (b) quality assurance, (c) evaluation (d)...

    • Charities: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that charities have access to clear advice on the effect of the provisions of the...

      Charities: Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with references to Technical Issues in Charity Law, published by the Law Commission in September 2017, whether he plans to...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government is going to meet its target date of April 2018 for moving the management of the National Citizen...

      National Citizen Service Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the recruitment of board members to the National Citizen Service Trust; and what assessment his...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of launching a new scheme, similar to Project Lightning,...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of participation among businesses in enabling their staff to engage in full-time...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many page views the online Civil Society Strategy consultation form has received since the start of that consultation.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sales: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Consumer Affairs Act 2015 on the regulation of private sales...

    • Infant Foods: Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the safety of propped bottle feeder products.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to make it easier for people living in properties with shared responsibilities, such as blocks of...

      Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information the Government holds on the proportion of UK businesses that (a) own their own premises and (b) rent...

      Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 3.32 of his Department's consultation document entitled Maritime 2050: Call for evidence,...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what incentives the Government provides for whistleblowers to come forward with information before an incident has...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he had made of the merits of a US-style system for whistleblowing whereby whistleblowers are given...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met with representatives of (a) British Gas and (b) Ofgem to discuss future pricing policy.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made is of the (a) financial risks (b) liabilities to the public purse of the...

      Post Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post boxes (a) have been removed from operation and (b) had their collection rates reduced since the Royal...

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people the Insolvency Service has disqualified from being directors of companies since 2010.

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Paisley and Renfrewshire North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120003, how many photovoltaics installations through Green Deal...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Paisley and Renfrewshire North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in Paisley and Renfrewshire have accessed green deal finance through Home Energy Lifestyle...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Airdrie and Shotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120003 on Home Energy and Lifestyle Management, how many...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • 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 from the public purse for urgent fire safety work after...

    • Secure Tenancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to give councils the flexibility to retain secure tenancies as standard in local tenancy...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 26 March to Question 133676, how he proposes to take forward the garden city principles,...

      Homelessness: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what applications he has received from Milton Keynes Council for funding for (a) homelessness and (b) rough-sleeping...

      Telecommunications: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the revenue accrued to the public purse from Fibre Tax in each tax year since 2010.

      Leasehold: Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to Written Statement of 21 December 2017 on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, HCWS384, what progress he has...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many Section 215 (Town and Country Planning Act 1990) notices have been issued by local authorities in the past...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a copy of any unpublished evidence held by his Department on the effect of immigration on house...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to close legal loopholes that allow housing developers to avoid meeting quotas on...

  • Scotland Office

    • Social Rented Housing: Glasgow North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information his Department holds on the (a) amount of social housing stock there was in Glasgow North East constituency in each year from 1999 to...

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of his Department's social media campaigns have used the audience targeting filter, Exclude: Interests: Scottish independence since 2010.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which of his Department's social media campaigns used the audience targeting filter, Exclude: Interests: Scottish independence since 2010.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on social media campaigns which used the audience targeting filter, Exclude: Interests: Scottish independence since 2010.

      Scotland Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on hospitality in each of the last eight years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the annual salary is of the Director General for Exports.

    • Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications to the (a) Export Control Joint Unit and (b) Export Control Organisation which were referred up to ministerial level...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many UK arms export licenses have been granted to Israel in each of the last five years.

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how may export licences for (a) arms and (b) dual use goods have been denied under criterion 8 of the Consolidated EU and National Arms...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many employees in his Department are working on the (a) promotion of arms exports and (b) control of arms exports.

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133617 on UK Trade With EU, how many of the third countries have (a) agreed to continue...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what her policy is on salary equality between male and female staff carrying out the same role.

  • Department for Transport

    • Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.32 of his Department's consultation document entitled Maritime 2050: Call for evidence, published on 27 March 2018, what...

    • Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.32 of his Department's consultation document entitled Maritime 2050: Call for evidence, published on 27 March 2018, what...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Weight Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the Mobile Concrete Batching Plant industry of the announcement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary...

      Railways: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the adequacy of funding provision for the electrification of rail services operating through West Lancashire.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government in Turkey on ending the attacks on the Christian community in Syria.

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press for an early recall of the UN Security Council in order to seek a resolution to the conflict in Yemen.

      Overseas Trade: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 133853 on Occupied Territories, what assessment he has made of whether trade...

      Libya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government helped Libyan exiles or British Libyans living in the UK to travel to Libya in 2011.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has provided to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

      Sierra Leone: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made the political situation in Sierra Leone’s since the presidential elections in April 2018; and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in Bangladesh on the (a) restricted humanitarian space in Bangladesh and (b)...

    • Palestinians: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on UK aid to the Palestinian Authority of the decision by that...

      Palestinians: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Department's press release, Explaining British support for Palestinian education, published on 1 April 2018, how her...

      Palestinians: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Department's press release, Explaining British support for Palestinian education, published on 1 April 2018, what...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      What steps she is taking to support people with disabilities in developing countries.

      Overseas Aid

      What steps her Department is taking to inform and educate UK citizens on the benefits of international development assistance.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      What steps her Department is taking to help prepare Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, for the monsoon season.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      What steps her Department is taking to protect Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh from the effects of the monsoon season.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations her Department has received on the effect of Progress 8 on schools in white working class areas with high levels of deprivation.

    • Children: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the campaign being run in schools by ITV and INEOS to promote the Daily Mile required the approval of his Department; and if he will make a...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which schools are in the 20 per cent most deprived areas.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve the educational experience for children with autism.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were informally excluded from schools in academic year 2016-17; and how many of those informal exclusions related to SEND children.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to increase the take-up of free school meals among eligible pupils.

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made in the appointment of the (a) Chair and (b) board of the Social Mobility Commission.

      Pre-school Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish information on the tasks on which children will be assessed under the forthcoming early years baseline assessment; and if he...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of the £200 self-contribution for disabled students who are in receipt...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of pupils in England who are (a) eligible and (b) not registered for free school meals.

      Science: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of physics and chemistry at A-level.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students enrolled at (a) selective school and academy sixth forms, (b) non-selective school and academy sixth forms,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average GCSE results are for students enrolled at 16-19 academies in England.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the practice of local authorities charging residents to dispose of DIY household waste.

    • Palm Oil: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) palm oil imports are sustainably sourced and (b) the effect of those products on...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to end the use of food labels which are likely to mislead consumers; and whether his...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent food retailers from using labelling to indicate that animals not reared outdoors were...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Professions: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress the Government is making in securing the maintenance of mutual recognition of professional qualifications after the UK...

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress the Government is making in negotiations with the European Union on reciprocal arrangements for health care in the UK...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £0.3 million in EU exit...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mobile phones confiscated in each prison have been analysed for information contained in them for each year since 2010.

    • Amey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2018 to Question 132514, if he will publish the monthly scorecards for each prison in which Amey is responsible for...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure applications for Legal Aid for victims of domestic violence are not means tested against the victim's partner's income; and if he will...

      Reoffenders: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people previously convicted of (a) murder and (b) other killings have subsequently been convicted of carrying out additional killings after...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact report, The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund's (CSSF) aid spending: A performance...

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure good cyber security practices are followed for the systems that support the delivery of UK elections ahead of local...

      Absent Voting: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the local statutory orders for the proxy and postal voting pilots in Peterborough, Slough and Tower Hamlets.

      Government Departments: Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many live contracts Government departments and agencies have with Carillion and its subsidiary companies.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans his Department has put in place in the event of the collapse of Strategic Supplier Interserve.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the role of Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector was vacant between September 2014 and...

      National Fraud Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the costs of running the National Fraud Initiative have been in each year since 2014.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total cost is of the proposed Visitor Services Academy programme scheduled to...

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what qualifications will be required of the staff responsible for training tour guides...

      Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate has been made of the total cost of the Tour Guides Project proposed to...

      Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the timetable is for the delivery and operation of the (a) Tour Guides Project and...

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