Written answers

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 July 2017, on rail update, HCWS85, if he will publish the evidential basis for the claim that it...

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 July 2017, on rail update, HCWS85, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of (a)...

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce rail journey times between York and Harrogate.

      Network Rail: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) BAME people, (b) disabled people and (c) women work for Network Rail.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway stations do not have step-free access.

      Network Rail: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the financial return to the public purse from the sale of Network Rail land and assets in each year since 2010.

      Network Rail: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people aged (a) under 20, (b) 21 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50, (e) 51 to 60 and (f) over 61-years old work for Network Rail.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) people, (b) BAME people and (c) women work for each train operating company.

      Bus Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many supported bus service routes have been (a) downgraded or (b) withdrawn in each NUTS 1 region of England in each year since 2009-10.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has (a) allocated and (b) plans to allocate to (i) Transport for London, (ii) Transport for the North and (iii) Rail...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total value of spending for projects in the 2015 to 2020 Road Investment Strategy is in each NUTS1 region of England and Wales.

      Roads: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the six major road schemes in the 2015-2020 Road Investment Strategy that Highways England is pausing, how many of those schemes are...

      Roads: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the 16 major road schemes in the 2015-2020 Road Investment Strategy that Highways England is delaying are in northern England, broken down...

      Oxford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with stakeholders on the redevelopment of Oxford railway station.

      Great Western Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the performance of bi-mode Class 800 trains on the Great Western route.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department has given to Transport for the North for the location of the (a) line and (b) stations on the Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the economic value of the East Coast Main Line to the UK economy.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what enhancement projects are planned for the East Coast Main Line in Control Period 6 in order to accommodate the forecast growth in passengers using...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the expected increase in passengers using the East Coast Main Line over the next 10 years.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Statement of Funds Available for Control Period 6, published on 12 October 2017, how much of the £47.9 billion of Network...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the planned £300 million infrastructure spending to connect Northern towns and cities with High Speed 2 will be allocated for strategic...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2017 to Question 110675, whether the announced £300 million of infrastructure spending related to Northern...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2017 to Question 110552, what discussions his Department has had with Transport for the North on connecting Leigh...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Transport for the North on the route of the proposed Liverpool to Manchester line of the Northern...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for part 2 his Department's review of park homes legislation.

    • Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will publish the recommendations made by the Park Homes Working Group set up in 2015.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to prioritise the use of clean, renewable energy over traditional energy sources;...

    • Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent meetings officials his Department have had with the Federation of Master Builders on late payment of small...

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction sector which have had...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on allowing zero subsidy contract for difference on-shore wind farms in Scotland; and if he...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Nigeria.

    • Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Nigeria on the protection of (a) LGBT rights, (b) other human rights and...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the number of Nigerian Christians who have been killed in Nigeria in each of the...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN Human Rights Council's 36th Session Report, on human rights in Sudan, whether the Government supports...

      British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which heads of Government in the (a) Overseas Territories and (b) Crown dependencies he has contacted since the release of the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure the maintenance of employment rights in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the benefits and opportunities available to the British aerospace industry after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to his Department's Freedom of information response DEX000585 of 29 September 2017, on sector studies, on which date...

  • Department for International Development

    • Kenya: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost to the public purse was of the visit to Kenya by the Secretary of State for International Development on 7 to 8 November...

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made to meet the target to increase UK education exports to £30 billion by 2020.

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what legal advice her Department has received on meeting data protection requirements to provide information to parents and children about the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) mature and (b) part-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds have entered higher education in England in each year since 2008-09.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students from (a) India, (b) Nigeria, (c) Germany, (d) France, (e) Ireland, (f) Greece, (g) Saudi Arabia and (h) Poland have studied in the...

      Care Leavers: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers there were in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex constituencies in 2015-16; and how many of those care leavers were not in...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Breeding: Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many visits to English and Welsh pheasant and partridge game farms the Animal and Plant Health Agency made in each of...

    • Trees: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 108716, on trees: imports, what powers the UK Plant Health Authority...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

      Playgrounds: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of playgrounds which are within 150 metres of roads with above legal...

      Sugar Beet: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the economic contribution of the British sugar beet industry to the East of England.

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports sent out by the Home Office have been lost in the post in each of the last five years.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that unaccompanied child asylum seekers in France eligible to care in the UK under the (a)...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's advertisement for a Lead Commissioner for Counter Extremism, published on 17 September 2017, who the 90...

      Domestic Violence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to take account of (a) the views of advocacy organisations and (b) regional trends in Northern Ireland for the draft...

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, how many project licence applications the Home Office rejected in 2016, 2015...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of regulated animal procedures conducted in 2016 were funded, or part-funded, by registered charities.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce use of live animals in experiments.

      Convictions: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reduce the qualifying period for filterable childhood convictions from five and a half years.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has commissioned any reports into the use of medical marijuana.

      Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens returning to the UK after joining Daesh in (a) Syria and (b) Iraq have been (i) interviewed under caution and (ii)...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any non-human primates that were previously housed at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany, which was the subject of...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure UK residents are not being charged £1.37 a minute rate applied to non-UK residents over and above...

  • HM Treasury

    • Valuation Office Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken to answer telephone calls from the public was at the Valuation Office in the last 12 months.

    • Business: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the proportion of (a) businesses whose lending and (b) funds lent to businesses which is regulated by the Financial Conduct...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total sum of revenue that it has forgone due to the successive freezes to fuel duty since 2011.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Duchy of Lancaster: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department have responsibilities relating to the UK leaving the EU.

    • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what amount of his Department's annual expenditure is allocated to work relating to the UK's exit from the EU.

      Government Communication Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to which countries the Knowledge and Capability Unit of the Government Communication Service has deployed (a) staff and (b) experts since 2015.

      Government Communication Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8718, on Government Communication Service, in which country the five projects were based; what...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7037, on Civil Service recruitment, what the other initiatives are which are hoped to bring...

      Public Sector: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many successful cyber attacks on public services took place in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8273, what proportion of the potential savings referred to have accrued to the public purse;...

      Government Departments: WiFi

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Wifi-enabled devices issued to Government employees are reliant on the WPA2 standard.

      Immigration: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of Irish nationals living in the UK.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 7512, on cybercrime, what the four services referred to in that Answer are.

      Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department was consulted by the Department for Exiting the European Union on the economic impact assessments conducted for the UK leaving...

      Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency funding his Department has allocated in relation to the Government's negotiations on the UK leaving the EU for the (a) 2017-18, (b)...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in (a) England and (b) each English region in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Nationals: Emigration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of non-UK EU citizens who have left the UK since 23 June 2016.

      Employment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of workers were in (a) part-time employment and (b) zero hours contracts in each (i) local authority area and (ii)...

      Domicil

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he maintains a record of the number of British citizens domiciled in the UK.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 7512, on cybercrime, how public sector organisations pay to use services provided by the National...

      Government Departments: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-UK EU nationals ended their employment in Government Departments between 23 June 2016 and 30 September 2017.

      Public Sector: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether blockchain technologies are used in the public sector.

      Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to extend the voting rights of UK citizens who are resident overseas in UK elections and referendums.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing the electoral system for local government elections in England to the...

      Census: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of placing questions in 2021 census on (a) military service and (b) membership of the Armed Forces...

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to consult the public on the merits of alternative methods to the first past the post system for voting in general elections.

      Ministers: Autobiography

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether there is a right to appeal against use of the Radcliffe exclusion rule.

      Ministers: Autobiography

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Radcliffe exclusion rule recommended by the Radcliffe Committee of Enquiry into Civil Service Security Procedure remains in force; and if...

      Cabinet Office: Nurseries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what childcare facilities his Department makes available for staff; how much his Department spent (a) overall and (b) per child on those childcare...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what performance information the Government collects on its contracts with strategic suppliers; and how frequently such information is collected.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a memorandum of understanding exists between the Government and each of its strategic suppliers.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for how many strategic suppliers his Department collects quarterly suppliers returns.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) capacity of Crown Representatives to strategic suppliers to undertake their duties in...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the public purse disbursed in contracts with Government strategic suppliers in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU-EEA citizens living in the UK.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the new staff he announced for his Department and across Government for 2017-18, which Departments those staff will be recruited to;...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of Government procurement from small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the voting age to 16 and the effect such a change would have on democratic participation.

      Low Pay: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people in work in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) the North West and (c) Denton and Reddish constituency earn less than the full-time...

      Deloitte

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2017 to Question 109984, in public sector: cybercrime, if he will meet representatives of Deloitte to discuss the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse was of establishing the trade remedies framework between January and August 2017.

    • USA: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on section 230 of the US Communications Decency Act 1996.

  • Department of Health

    • Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the average cost to the patient of travelling to and from a hospital appointment in (a) an urban and (b) a...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on the implementation of the Cancer Strategy; and what resources from the public purse he has allocated for that implementation.

      Vitamin D: Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps Public Health England is taking to promote its guidance on the benefits to people of taking a daily vitamin D supplement in the autumn and...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32737, on malnutrition, whether he plans to revise national guidance on food supplements.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the identification and management of Lynch syndrome.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness and early diagnosis of bowel cancer.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to provide additional funding to the NHS to finance the lifting of the NHS pay cap.

      North Devon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring that the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has adequate resources to deliver acute services at...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will end the policy of imposing financial penalties on local authorities which do not meet targets on transfers of care.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS funding to meet patient need.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the use of hyper-acute stroke units on patient outcomes.

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on the development of a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs.

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes to community pharmacy budgets on the number of pharmacies.

  • Department for Transport

    • West Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many signal failures there have been on the West Coast Main Line in 2017 to date.

    • Railways: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to guarantee the rights of disabled rail passengers following the UK's exit from the EU.

      Railways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of UK-registered railway undertakings to obtain European single safety certificates following the UK's exit from the EU.

      Motor Vehicles: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to keep UK vehicle standards in line with EU vehicle standards after the UK has left the EU.

      Railways: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are proposing to take to reduce the number of suicides on the rail network.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the total train delays in 2016–17 resulted from incidents over which the railway network and operators had no control; and how much total...

      Motor Vehicle Type Approval

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Whole Vehicle Type Approval framework and technical directives will apply in the UK following the UK's exit from the...

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 946–7), whether the internal review being carried out in response to the insolvency of...

      St James's Park: Cycleways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 25 October 2016 (HL 2343), what discussions Royal Parks has had with Transport for London concerning...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Pakistan following the lynching in April of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University in...

    • Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 October (HL1818), what were the outcomes of their conversations with the government of Saudi...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had a face to face conversation with representatives of the government of Bahrain about human rights issues; what conclusions they drew from that...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to legislate to criminalise the visiting of China to receive organ transplants.

      Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps' (1) support for terrorism and involvement in terrorist attacks in the region and around...

      Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps' involvement in (1) Iran's ballistic missile programme, and (2) possible nuclear and...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the trial in Bahrain of (1) Hajer Mansoor Hassan and Sayed Nizar Alwadaei who were sentenced to three years in prison, and...

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) contact they have had with, and (2) support they have given to, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, in response to concerns raised by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the repeated demolitions of the Bedouin village of Al Araqib.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the remarks by Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi, that Israeli plans to incorporate West Bank settlement blocs around Jerusalem...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports that plans will shortly be approved for 500 Israeli settlement units in the...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following that government’s pledge to provide $230 million for West Bank roads and...

      Gaza: Radiotherapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) the Palestinian authority, concerning the need to provide...

      Qatar: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence and credibility of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar.

      Gulf States: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations from the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar about human rights violations committed by those Gulf states who...

      Gulf States: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment hey have made of reports that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have committed human rights violations in respect of Qatari...

      Gulf States: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that citizens of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates can be imprisoned or fined for expressing sympathy...

      Qatar: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any British citizens with connections to Qatar have been subject to violations of their human rights since the blockade of Qatar.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to launch a public consultation concerning the institutions proposed by the Stormont House Agreement to address the legacy issues of Northern...

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much UK aid being provided to Iraq in 2017–18 is focussed on supporting the return of displaced individuals to their home communities, if they wish to...

    • Israel: Visits Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings have recently taken place between the Secretary of State for International Development and officials of the government of Israel; and whether...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: North West

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many academies have been established in the North West of England in each of the last two years to date.

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific information schools are legally required to collect regarding pupils.

      Academies: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have set an upper limit for the annual salary of CEOs of multi-academy trusts; and if so, what.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps to reduce the adult prison population, using methods similar to those which have successfully reduced the number of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to include serving military personnel in the awarding of the British Empire Medal.

    • Trident Submarines: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their current review of defence options, they will review whether or not the Vanguard class submarine replacement programme should be dealt with...

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any recent reductions in the total number of personnel employed by (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the Army, and (3) the Royal Air Force, have been matched by a...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters who had worked with the British armed forces have to date been relocated in the UK under the ex gratia redundancy scheme; how many...

      Walter Tull

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans for the posthumous award of the Military Cross to Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, killed on 25 March 1918 during the last German offensive...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether departments other than the Ministry of Defence are involved in assessing bids to build the three new solid support ships; how they intend to compare...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Himalayan Balsam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to eliminate Himalayan balsam; and what consideration they have given to introducing environmental schemes to reimburse landowners and...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were apprehended when illegally entering the UK via Northern Ireland's land border with the Republic of Ireland in each of the last two years.

    • Passports: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the failure rate of biometric passport gates at UK airports; and what was the total amount of delay resulting from such...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people held in immigration detention (1) self-harmed, and (2) tried to commit suicide, in the years (a) 2015, (b) 2016, and (c) 2017, to date.

      Immigration: Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they treat children who claim to be adopted differently from those who are not adopted in determining immigration cases; and if so, how many...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 November (HL Deb, col 1508), of the more than 9,000 children granted asylum or other leave to...

      Refugees: Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 July 2016 (HL1295) and 1 November (HL2214), whether it is still their intention to...

  • HM Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposed changes to the ATM network, and of the potential for such changes to limit access to free ATMs in some poorer communities.

    • European Defence Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK, as a major stakeholder in the European Investment Bank, will take part in discussions in December about the Bank giving greater support to the...

      NHS: Vat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 1 November (HL2444), what was the total cost of VAT refunds made in relation to health bodies under the...

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total number, and (2) the annual cost, of additional HMRC civil servants who will need to be recruited as a result of...

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of customs checks on goods on UK ships travelling (1) from the EU to UK ports, and (2) from the UK to EU ports,...

      NHS: Vat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 1 November (HL2444), and in the light of guidance from HMRC stating that VAT refunds paid under s 41(3) of the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) which (a) departments, and (b) ministers, received the sector-by-sector Brexit impact assessment analysis papers; and (2) which ministers received a specific...

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their commitment made in response to a Freedom of Information request by Seema Malhotra in October 2017 to release information in an organised and...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Gulf States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of reported human rights violations by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for the UK's trading...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the commitment made by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 20 March (HL Deb, col 40) to consider the definition of prohibited material in the...

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Key Principle 1 of their Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, published on 11 October, that standards of behaviour online should match those...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the limit per bet on fixed-odds betting terminals.

      Self-harm: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the number of children who self-harm as a result of over-exposure to the internet.

  • Department of Health

    • Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients have had surgical mesh implants since the introduction of the procedure; and how many (1) women, and (2) men, have suffered complications...

    • Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 30 October (HL Deb, col 1152), whether they will publish the tariff of fees paid to pharmacists for providing...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome are offered the choice of taking part in a telephone or Skype consultation...

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