Written answers

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Osteoporosis: Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent osteoporosis breaks; and what drugs are available from the NHS for people with that...

    • Mental Health Services: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent illicit drugs being brought into secure mental health wards.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people experiencing after-effects as a result of surgical mesh implants.

      Organs: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have undergone an organ transplant in each of the last five years.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to control and monitor the use of homeopathy.

      NHS England: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a strategy document on steps to improve the responsiveness of NHS England to complaints; and if he will make a statement.

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 have been released in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of IAPT services for the treatment of people with problem gambling disorders.

      NHS: South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse for NHS services in South Tyneside in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS Foundation Trusts hospital car parks in England are operated by (a) private parking companies and (b) Foundation...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many parking spaces there are in NHS Foundation Trust hospital parking facilities in England.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2018 to Question 131749 on Hospitals: Parking, when his Department last reviewed its 2015 guidance on...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of the availability of appointments for abortions in NHS hospital settings...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 133056 on social services: minimum wage, how many and what proportion of providers...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £1.6 billion announced in Autumn Budget 2017 for allocation in 2018-19 has been used to commission services from (a)...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether respite care is a health service or a social care.

      Accountable Care Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England plans to launch its consultation on Accountable Care Organisations.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2018, to question 132755 on NHS Finance, how much money will be reprioritised from his Department's...

      Fractures: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many falls among people aged 65 and over led to a hospital admission in each year since 2009-10; and what the five most frequent...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average (a) length and (b) cost to the public purse was of a finished admission episode for people admitted to hospitals with...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent representations he has received from care home operators on their financial viability.

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of bed days that were lost due to delayed transfers of care in Brighton and Sussex University...

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what change there was in the level of emergency admissions of older people between 2013-14 and 2016-17 in the Brighton and Sussex...

      Mental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commission within this Parliament research into the effect on children's mental health of living with (a) income poverty, (b)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pension, what estimate she has made of the cost incurred by (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) her Department and (c) any other public agency in the preparation...

    • Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the provision of universal credit as a primarily digital service will affect the job security of Jobcentre staff.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure disabled people in receipt of employment and support allowance do not face repeated work...

      Jobcentres: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to re-evaluate the security of staff in jobcentres as a result of recent trends in the level of knife crime.

      Jobcentres: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many violent incidents leading to arrests there have been at jobcentres in (a) the UK and (b) Nottinghamshire in the last (i) one, (ii)...

      Jobcentres: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many violent incidents involving knives there have been at jobcentres in (a) the UK and (b) Nottinghamshire in the last (i) one (ii) three...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what apps his Department has approved for use on mobile phones issued by his Department.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of jobs listed on Universal Jobmatch are open to (a) part-time or flexible hours and (b) full-time hours.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to employers on posting part-time vacancies including job share roles on the Universal Jobmatch website.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to reduce its use of single-use plastics .

      Universal Credit: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of paying universal credit into a joint bank account on the (a) level of independence of women and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations her Department has received from gas and electricity providers on the effect of the introduction of universal credit on...

      Universal Credit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were in receipt of a disability premium and after reaching the age of 20 began claiming Universal Credit have been...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on advising claimants who are appealing decisions on employment support allowance whether to apply for...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 105522, how much was paid to the Behavioural Insights Team for services relating to...

    • Home Office: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which public telephone lines for her Department's services are charged at higher rates; and how much was taken by each such telephone line...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will lift the requirement that applicants to participate in the Dubs scheme be under 18-years olds at 20 March 2016.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which funding authority is responsible for the installation of (a) rising bollards and (b) other such permanent road furniture designed to...

      UK Border Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new officials tasked with (a) immigration and (b) customs enforcement duties in backroom functions were recruited in each of the...

      UK Border Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new officials tasked with (a) immigration and (b) customs enforcement duties at the UK border were recruited in each of the last...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of complaints received on the use of fireworks in each of the last five years.

      Home Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which external recruitment agencies are used by her Department's non-departmental public bodies.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2017 to Question 113165, what plans her Department has to publish reports on inspections of G4S asylum...

      Home Office: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of employees in her Department worked (a) in departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) at any other...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the number of requests for mutual legal assistance that have been made to foreign jurisdictions to recover criminal...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions were made relating to offences committed under the Hunting Act 2004 in the last two years for which...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to commission an independent review of the Prevent strategy.

      Fraud: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the statutory provisions for combating fraudulent activities and...

      Immigration: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the number of Windrush citizens who have been (a) denied and (b) charged for NHS treatment; and what steps...

      Sexual Offences: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with her international counterparts to ensure that processes are in place to manage registered sex offenders who...

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential long-term trauma and detrimental effects on mental health caused to people affected by the...

      Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of her Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to help reduce the levels of prostitution and to close brothels in the UK.

      Home Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2018 to Question 127777, what factors her Department considers in its monitoring of the financial...

      Fires: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fatalities resulting from fire there were in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 2010.

      Gambling: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of (a) problem gambling and (b) gambling addiction on acquisitive crime.

      Sports: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the article entitled Premier League to question clubs over trafficking, published by the Times on 23 April 2018, what...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to uplift armed policing capability and capacity to respond more quickly and effectively to firearms attacks.

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the High Court Judgment of 10 October 2017, Medical Justice v. Secretary of State, what steps her Department is taking to...

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of drivers who took the National Speed Awareness courses in 2017.

      Airguns: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences involving an airgun were recorded by police in each year from 2010.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has modelled the effect on the UK economy of the Government's planned trading partnership with the EU.

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of foreign direct investment in the UK in 2017 came from (a) acquisitions, mergers and joint-ventures, (b) new investments and...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the role of his Department is on contributing to UK implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equitable Life to discuss the level of funding provided to victims through the Equitable...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what system is in place to monitor potential fraud in the collection of the sugar tax.

      Credit: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to protect customers from the high cost of (a) rent-to-own and (b) doorstep lending products.

      Equality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of all departmental budgets to ensure that they (a) include a sum for investment in tackling children's social and economic...

      Air Passenger Duty: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he is basing his plans for the (a) disapplication of Air Passenger Duty and (b) replacement of that duty with an air departure tax in Scotland.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with broadcasters on the omission of religion as a category in the diversity monitoring system...

    • Audio-visual Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the UK audio visual sector in the event that the country of...

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using emergency services masts to improve mobile phone coverage in...

      Mobile Phones: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with mobile phone operators on improving mobile phone coverage in rural parts of Scotland.

      Film and Television: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on changing (a) film and (b) high-end television tax relief...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      National Lottery: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery funding has been allocated to projects in Northern Ireland in 2017.

      Fascism: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has taken steps to deter the display or sale of Nazi memorabilia on social media marketplace platforms; and if he will make a...

      Parks: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on local communities of the ending of the Parks for People conservation...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity Generation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what records his Department made of emission changes in UK energy generation in each of the last 12 months.

    • Biofuels: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to measure the carbon dioxide emissions of biomass energy generation plants.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of ensuring that all homes are rated at least energy...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to seek reciprocal recognition of unregistered design rights between the EU and the UK...

      Trade Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to maintain a continuation of the EEA exhaustion regime in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much each country of the UK received from the European Social Fund in each year since 2012.

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many successful applicants to the European Social Fund left the programme early in each region of the UK in the...

      Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were received by Innovate UK from applicants in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications received by Innovate UK from applicants in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern...

      Innovate UK: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding Innovate UK awarded to applicants in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Innovate UK: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of bids to Innovate UK from applicants in Wales.

      Fuel Poverty: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of fuel poverty in (a) Lewisham borough and (b) London.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2018 to Question 136113 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to support commercial shipbuilding in (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

      Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report entitled 10 years of the UK Climate Change Act, published by the London School of...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a UK-wide emissions trading system after the UK...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of participating in Phase 4 of the EU's emissions trading system...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Diaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many page views there were of his Department's Ministerial diaries in each of the last 12 months.

      Electricity Generation: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much diesel electricity generating capacity is available on standby at times of peak demand; and if he will make a...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on carbon capture, utilisation and storage for (a) oil (b) gas (c) coal and (d) the...

      Electricity Generation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost per MWh of energy generated by (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore wind, (c) solar...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on making shared parental pay and paternity pay a right for all employees from their...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support Ofgem in ensuring that the new RIIO-2 price control framework is tougher...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to make up its shortfall in personnel.

    • Armed Forces: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he made the decision that Ministers will not meet military charities which are not members of Confederation of Service Charities; and if he will...

      Ministry of Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average time taken was to fill vacancies for (a) Administrative Assistant/Administrative Officer, (b) Executive Officer, (c) Senior Executive...

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to support naval shipbuilding in (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

      Army: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular army service leavers from (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Corps of Signals, (d) Army Medical Services, (e) Adjutant...

      Ministry of Defence: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to reduce its use of single-use plastics.

      Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on their respective Governments' frigate procurement programmes; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2018 to Question 127005, on Ministry of Defence Police, what the (a) agreed size of the Ministry of Defence Police...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to remove the Ministry of Defence Police presence from UK (a) facilities, (b) property and (c) sites which to date have had their...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Board of Trade: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the most recent meeting was of the Board of Trade.

    • Africa: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to support an increase in UK business and trade with African countries.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to attract foreign direct investment to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Human Rights and Democracy Report 2016, published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in July 2017, which countries...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what correspondence there has been between her Department and the Speaker of the House of Commons on whether a decision to re-open the Access to...

    • Commonwealth: LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the timetable is for the publication of the guidance on international best practice on sexual orientation and gender identity; and what steps...

      Sexual Harassment: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to publish its response to the recommendations made by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in its report entitled...

      Equal pay: Feltham and Heston

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many companies in the Feltham and Heston constituency employ over 250 employees; and of those companies (a) what the average gender pay gap is...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the Rail Ombudsman to commence operations.

    • East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps Network Rail is taking to improve power supply on the East Coast Main Line.

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of upgrading the power supply on the East Coast Main Line to ensure that the...

      East Coast Main Line: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department and Network Rail are taking to make the East Coast Main Line a digital railway.

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps Network Rail are taking to reduce journey times on the East Coast Main Line.

      Railways: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of rail services in the East Midlands.

      Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to publish maps showing disabled access to rail and bus stations and to other transport hubs.

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Great Western Railway on the reliability of its services; and if he will commission an independent audit of...

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to (a) bring forward legislative proposals to make compulsory and (b) promote the use of reflective or fluorescent...

      Roads: repairs and maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of insurance claims for pot-hole damage has been to the public purse in the last 12 months.

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the second remedial plan for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, whether he has made an assessment of the...

      First Transpennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the proposals of Trans Pennine rail submitted to him on the provision of train services on Boxing Day 2018.

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the terms of reference of the feasibility study into the restoration of the Skipton to Colne railway link.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions took place with the aviation sector during the preparation of the port connectivity study in relation to the surface access needs of...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to remove the Liverpool-Nottingham service from the East Midlands Trains franchise and add it to the TransPennine Express franchise.

      Roads: Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Article 4 of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, what assessment he has made of whether plans for a new tunnel and flyover at...

      Shared Spaces: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the ninth report of session 2016-17 of the Women and Equalities Committee, Building for Equality: Disability and the Built...

      Department of Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Answer 27 April 2018 to Question 137449 on Department of Transport: Procurement, what each of the contracts were for.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli Government on removing Iranian military bases from Syria.

    • Turkey: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Turkish Government on ensuring fair trials for people accused of having...

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK bodies will be implementing the technical assistance programme under the £1.52 million funding for overseas aid...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the denial of family visitations to political...

      Bahrain: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Bahrain on the sentencing of family members of Said Ahmed...

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the five-year prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain and the treatment to which he is...

      Lula Da Silva, Luiz Ignacio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Brazilian counterpart on the legal proceedings against former President of Brazil, Lula...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the implications are for the sale of arms to Israel of the Palestinians killed and injured during the Great Return March...

      British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 136780, on British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas, which Blue Belt programme...

      British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 136780, on British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas, which Blue Belt programme...

      Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding his Department has allocated to diplomatic work in (a) Africa, (b) Europe, (c) USA and (d) Latin America.

  • Department for International Development

    • West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian effects of recent trends in the number of demolitions and evictions in the West Bank.

    • Department for International Development: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average time taken was to fill vacancies for (a) Administrative Assistant/Administrative Officer, (b) Executive Officer, (c)...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guarantees her Department sought from the Saudi government on (a) humanitarian access to Yemen and (b) ending Saudi-led air...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to report to the Platform on Action Commitments and Transformation set up at the World Humanitarian...

      Middle East: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether (a) the UN and (b) its agencies have requested any increases in UK humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to make changes to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document to permit salary sacrifice for the purchase of...

    • Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote to people holding (a) Early Years Teacher Status and (b) Early Years Professional Status, the financial...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to incentivise local authorities to improve levels of participation by vulnerable children in decision-making on...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were referred to children’s social care services in Rotherham in 2017-18; and how many of those referrals resulted in (a) no...

      Social Services: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of referrals to children’s social care services in Rotherham resulted in no further action in each year between (a) 2009-10 and...

      Teachers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support newly registered teachers to find employment.

      Adoption: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136096 on Self-employed: Adoption, what assessment he has made of the implications for his...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children who received help from schools-based educational psychologists in each of the last three years for...

      Education Fellowship Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136599 on Education Fellowship Trust (TEFT), if he will list the (a) 10 TEFT schools for which...

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the panel sift for the appointment of a new Chair of the Social Mobility Commission took place on 12 April as advertised.

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether final interviews for the appointment of a new Chair of the Social Mobility Commission are still planned for 3 May.

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of girls participating in core STEM subjects after the age of 16.

      Teachers: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers over the age of 60 were employed in schools in each year in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England since 2010.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government's press release, Sentences for animal cruelty to increase tenfold to five years, published...

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 April 2018 to Question 135442 on Air Pollution, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) the...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to restrict the export of live animals for slaughter.

      Animal Welfare: Disqualification Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many disqualification orders issued under section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 have been breached in England and...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle food poverty.

      Dogs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has plans to replicate the Northern Ireland dog licencing system in England and Wales.

      Animal Welfare: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a registration and licensing system for animal...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what apps his Department has approved for use of mobile phones issued by his Department.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of Basic Payment Scheme payments have been delayed by (a) one, (b) two and (c) three and (d)...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer question 115400, on Dogs: Smuggling, how many illegally imported puppies have been seized at Dover...

      Non-commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish its post implementation review of the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Nationality: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 52 of the Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much time he spent (a) in Northern Ireland and (b) visiting the border area on 23 April 2018; and if he will make a statement.

      Customs Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) GDP, (b) the balance of trade, (c) small business growth and (d) large...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2018 to Question 123531 on Attorney General: procurement, if he will list those contracts including the supplier name and value...

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2018 to Question 123531, on Attorney General: Procurement, if he will list (a) the suppliers of and (b) the purpose of the (i) the...

      Attorney General: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Attorney General, what apps his Department has approved for use on mobile phones issued by his Department.

  • Wales Office

    • *No heading*

      What recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on building a new prison in South Wales.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of hours spent in education, purposeful activity and association by inmates of HM Feltham Young...

    • Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents where Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint techniques were deployed in response to (a)...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce incidences of violence in HM Feltham Young Offenders Institution.

      Young Offenders: Solitary Confinement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the (a) number of instances of, (b) average length of time and (c) average number of hours per day people aged...

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how often training is provided to prison officers by HM Prison Service.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136378, whether it is planned to review the legal aid means test threshold as part of the...

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the publication of his Department's female offender strategy.

      Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the procedure is for recording (a) births and (b) stillbirths in women's prisons.

      Independent Monitoring Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department records the (a) number of members, (b) number of vacancies or (c) quorum of each Independent Monitoring Board.

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff have resigned from HMP Chelmsford since 1 January 2018.

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner on prisoner assaults have occurred at HMP Chelmsford since 1 January 2018.

      Ministry of Justice: Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on social research or communications and marketing research in each year since 2010.

      Prison Officers: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of expenses for prison officers in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2018 to Question 133123, what the average target rate set out in contracts agreed by his Department for agency work...

      Ministry of Justice: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2018 to Question 133123, what the average maximum rate set out in contracts agreed by his Department for agency work...

      Ministry of Justice: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2018 to Question 133123, what the maximum hourly rate was which was set out in the last five available agency...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 24 April 2018, Official Report, column 717, on Victims...

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff resigned from HMP Chelmsford in 2017.

      Prison and Probation Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total real terms change in his Department's expenditure on HM Prison and Probation Service was between (a) 2017-18 to 2018-19 and (b) 2010-11...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many immigration law legal aid providers there were in each region in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

    • Capita: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which contracts Capita administers in (a) Lincoln constituency and (b) Lincolnshire.

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the reasons are for the rise of zero-hours contracts in the UK by 100,000 in 2017 identified in the most recent Office for National Statistics...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Westminster Hall: Cameras

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason the public were prevented from using single lens reflex cameras in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to prevent local authorities reducing support to bus operators following receipt of a Bus Operators’ Grant.

    • British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Transport Police are able to access additional funding to pay for a portion of the costs of policing transport for big events such as...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the governance and collapse of Carillion will be considered by the Financial Reporting Council as part of their review of the UK Corporate Governance Code;...

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of Carillion’s claim in its 2016 Annual Report that in the event of extreme downside scenarios the Company “will be able to continue in...

      Directors: Performance Appraisal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the framework for the regulation of corporate advisory firms undertaking board performance evaluations; and what assesment they have made of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds they decided to take no action against Sudan following Amnesty International’s report of the use of chemical weapons in Jebel Marra.

    • Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that countries that have signed but not ratified the 2014 Arms Trade Treaty comply fully with end-user certificate...

      Egypt: Torture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised concerns with the government of Egypt over the use of torture by security officials in Egypt.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their long-term objectives for Syria.

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for UK representations in European foreign affairs decisions after Brexit.

      Russia: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 April (HL6659), whether there is provision in the Chemical Weapons Convention to report...

      Bahrain: Technical Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies, bodies or individuals were given contracts to deliver any part of the technical assistance programme for Bahrain in the 2017–18 financial year.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Origin Marking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reached an agreement with the EU to ensure that after leaving the EU the UK will continue to enjoy its current protections under the EU's...

  • Department for International Development

    • UNRWA: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help prevent UNWRA running out of funds later this year.

    • Gaza: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lack of medical and surgical equipment in Gaza.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Peers

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many members of the House have (1) retired or otherwise resigned, and (2) ceased to be a member of the House as a result of non-attendance or conviction of a...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time planning officers they estimate will be required to deliver their target of building an average 300,000 new homes in England per year; and how...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training is being provided to Job Centre Plus staff to assist refugees during the twenty eight day move-on period.

    • Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they reconcile figures from the Office for National Statistics, in its UK labour market: April 2018 bulletin, showing that the employment rate is “the...

      Food Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met with food bank organisers; what was the outcome of that meeting; and whether they plan to hold further such meetings.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Child Maintenance Service is currently able to request the provision of P60s to enable calculations of child maintenance to be made; if so, to what...

  • Home Office

    • Madeleine McCann

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 December 2017 (HL4308), whether any request was made by the Metropolitan Police Service to...

    • Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 April (HL Deb, col 1070) concerning Operation Conifer, whether they have any responsibilities...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of security and policing for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the increase in February of the standard allowance for asylum seekers from £36.95 a week to £37.75...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 April (HL6898), why it is not possible to give even an approximate timetable for the review...

      Joint Maritime Operations Coordination Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which individuals may be held to account in the Joint Maritime Operations Coordination Centre if assets are not allocated to the highest priority incident.

      Witnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been given in the last ten years by the College of Policing to police authorities about believing witnesses; whether there have been any...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to consult on what should be a reasonable length of continuous residence in the UK, after which deportation cannot take place.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of UK national honours have been awarded to people working in the area of wildlife and the environment in each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce a self-declared gender recognition process to de-medicalise gender dysphoria as a mental health condition.

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