Written answers

Friday, 19 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information her Department holds on the age of service vehicles in (a) London and (b) England and Wales.

    • Department for Transport: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with caring...

      Railways: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral contribution of 29 November 2017, Official Report, column.350, when he plans to meet the hon. Member for Leeds West to discuss...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the main contractor on the A59 switch island planned works is; when that work is due to start; and whether the capacity to complete the work will...

      Carillion: High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of Kier and Eiffage to deliver the contracts for HS2 previously awarded to those companies and Carillion.

      High Speed Two: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff from (a) Carillion, (b) Eiffage and (c) Kier have been (i) seconded to or (ii) worked in the offices of HS2 Ltd or his Department over...

      Carillion: High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff were working on the HS2 phase 1 contract at Carillion when that company went into liquidation; and whether under the terms of the HS2...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the cumulative effect of the closure of (a) banks, (b) post offices, (c)...

    • Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to concerns about water usage in the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor's report, From Waste to...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the First Minister of Wales on...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an estimate of the value of early-phase research to the UK economy in the last 12 months.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much solar energy has been contracted under the contract for difference scheme since 2015.

      Energy: Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121674, for what reasons the calculation of projected savings...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the impact assessment for the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill does not include...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill proposes to remove the right of energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill proposes to require Ofgem to review the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the proposed provisions of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill would permit him to remove...

      Carillion: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of (a) the amount of money owed by Carillion to and (b) the number of self-employed...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Rohingya: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the UK's diplomatic response following sexually violent incidents resulting from...

    • West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect of planned demolitions in the West Bank village of Susiya on the viability of a...

      Tanzania: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on pardons being given to child rapists in Tanzania; and if he will make a statement.

      Tanzania: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the veracity of reports that the Commissioner of the Mwanza region of Tanzania, John Mongella,...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to review the right to return of the Chagossian people.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support...

      Idil Eser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Turkish Government on the arrest of Amnesty International's Director for Turkey,...

      Cambodia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote the upholding of political rights in the state of Cambodia.

      Mali: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of religious freedom in Mali; and what steps the Government is taking to promote and protect...

      Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of religious freedom in Sri Lanka; and what steps the Government is taking to promote and...

      Uzbekistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Uzbekistan; and what steps the Government is taking to...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government will match the level of EU funding provided to British Overseas Territories after the UK leaves the EU.

      Iran: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the protests in that country that began on 28 December 2017.

      Nepal: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Nepalese Government on recent levels of persecution of Christians and moves to close...

      Turkey: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met with his Turkish counterpart; and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

      Middle East: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations at the UN on the increase in persecution of Christians and other non-Muslim religions in the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Carers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with caring...

    • Civil Servants: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2018 to Question 121212, what changes the Government plans to make to the Civil Service People Survey in order to...

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Scheme is invested (a) directly and (b) indirectly in (i) oil, (ii) gas and (ii)...

      Carillion: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any Ministerial directions were issued in respect of the Government's contracting with Carillion plc in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      British Telecom

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, at what times the position of Crown Representative to BT plc was vacant during the last twelve months.

      Devolved Matters: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Agreement on Government Procurement, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing devolution arrangements for...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the liquidation of Carillion, whether any services provided by the other 29 strategic suppliers to Government are similarly exposed.

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral statement of 15 January 2018, Official Record, column.627, on Carillion, which schools are holding contracts with Carillion in England.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of technology appraisals on medical technologies, devices and diagnostics that...

    • Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure a funding requirement is placed on medical technologies, devices and diagnostics that receive a...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118905, on Slaughterhouses: Inspections, what the types of audit outcomes that can...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118905, on Slaughterhouses: Inspections, what types of businesses are classed by...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118905, on Slaughterhouses: Inspections what assessment his Department has made of...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20th December 2017 to Question 118904, on Slaughterhouses: Inspections, what constitutes an (a) imminent risk...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118905, on Slaughterhouses: Inspections, which slaughterhouse and meat...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of ambulance services in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire to meet their targets for...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Annex B of NHS England’s publication, Biological Medicines Commissioning Framework, published on 12 September...

      Cancer: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 115987, on Cancer: Finance, how much transformation funding has been allocated to...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with cystic fibrosis who would be eligible for treatment with the drug Orkambi if it...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the potential savings accruing to the public purse from reduced hospital admissions in the event that...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average value of Units of Dental Activity (UDA) was in (a) Bradford South constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) England...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many providers were commissioned to deliver Units of Dental Activity in (a) Bradford South constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and...

      Orkambi: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had recent discussions with his Irish counterpart on the cost-effectiveness of Orkambi in treating cystic fibrosis.

      Orkambi: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has discussed with his German counterpart the cost-effectiveness of Orkambi in that country's health service treatment of...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value is of NHS contracts with Carillion plc.

      Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust to ensure that the new hospital is delivered...

      Prescription Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2017 to Question 119906, what steps he took to ascertain why the market price of amlodipine 5mg...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2018 to Question 122208, if he will make it his policy to conduct an assessment of the potential...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of Carillion plc's collapse on the Liverpool Hospital Company; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on delivering the recommendation of the Mental Health Taskforce Five Year Forward View for Mental Health,...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on delivering the recommendation of the Mental Health Taskforce Five Year Forward View for Mental Health,...

      Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the membership is of the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA); who the chair of ACRA is; and if he will place copies of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on delivering the recommendation of the Mental Health Taskforce Five Year Forward View for Mental Health,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Rohingya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 8 December 2017 to Question 117071, on Bangladesh: Rohingya, what assessment he has made of whether...

    • South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the ability of humanitarian aid to access South Sudan since the 9 November 2017 order from President...

      Namibia: Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has made any assessment of the effect on development of basic income trials taking place in Namibia.

  • Department for Education

    • Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many registered foster carers there have been in each of the last 10 years.

    • Office for Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what consideration was given to statements on the public record made by candidates and the effect of those statements on the (a) operation and (b)...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will remove the 50 per cent faith admissions cap.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his Department's policy to make all school governor’s meetings minutes public.

      Autism: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with autism as their primary special educational need received a permanent or fixed-period exclusion in (a) the North West and (b)...

      Free School Meals: Colne Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils in the Colne Valley constituency would be entitled to free school meals under the pre-universal free school meals system.

      Universities: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether capital funding commitments for universities which have been agreed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England but not yet disbursed...

      Department for Education: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with caring...

      Arts: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to assist people from BAME backgrounds to be better represented in university arts courses and stage schools.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 24 month lock-out for Postgraduate Certificate in Education students who fail one qualified teacher...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made in implementing the finding and recommendations of Putting Children First: Delivering our vision for excellent...

      Department for Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the ministerial responsibilities are within his Department.

      Department for Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has retained ministerial responsibility for social mobility policy.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support apprentices affected by the collapse of Carillion plc.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an estimate of how many children are not currently accessing their full 30 hours of free childcare because their specialist needs...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure that disabled three and four year olds who require one-to-one care can still access the thirty hours of free...

      Schools: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to take steps to compensate schools in Warrington for financial detriment experienced as a result of the unauthorised recruitment of...

      STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of take-up of STEM skills.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the survey of childcare providers in England, conducted...

      STEM Subjects: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people graduated with a STEM degree in each of the last four years for which figures are available.

      Social Mobility Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the budget for the Social Mobility Commission was in each year since 2010.

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions in faith schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the National College for Teaching and Leadership has ever reached the recruitment target of 2,400 early years teachers per year; and if he...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2018 to Question 121998, how many eligible children there are for 30 hours of funded childcare in (a) England,...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 108254, when he intends to set out further steps on the review of higher education student finance.

      Special Educational Needs: Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities who are home schooled.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools Carillion provides building or maintenance services to; and what the total value of those contracts is.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Coroners: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps he has taken to review the criteria for provision of legal aid funding for inquests.

    • Coroners: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made in providing publicly funded legal representation for bereaved families taking part in an inquest at which a public authority...

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the (a) results of the Measuring the Quality of Prison Life survey from each of the last five years and (b) the reports generated for...

      Ministry of Justice: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with caring...

      Swansea Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff were sent from HMP Swansea to prisons in England to cover staff shortages in each of the last 12 months.

      Swansea Prison: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults occurred at HMP Swansea when there were fewer staff as a result of staff being sent to cover staff shortages in England in the last 12...

      Swansea Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ratio was of prisoners to prison officers at HMP Swansea on every occasion where staff were sent to prisons in England to cover staff shortages...

      Swansea Prison: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions HMP Swansea was placed on lockdown due to staff covering staff shortages at prisons in England in the last 12 months.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of response times for callers contacting local...

    • Local Government Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure local authorities provide support to people with disabilities who are...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will lift the cap on borrowing by Leeds City Council for new council housing.

      Local Government Services: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) funding for and (b) services delivered by...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department's ability to deliver its functions was last assessed.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 121624, whether he has made an estimate of the potential cost to...

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the evidential basis was for the Government's proposals for a different funding mechanism for short-term...

      Housing Associations: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many times the Social Housing Regulator has found that there has been serious detriment to tenants by the poor...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.

    • Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many facilities management contracts his Department holds with Carillion plc.

      RAF Lossiemouth: Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions RAF fire personnel based at Kinloss have been used to support the civilian manned fire station at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the...

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to review the adequacy of pensions arrangements for his Department's fire-fighters.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column. 621, whether the Government still plans to purchase 138 F-35s.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will permit dedicated representatives to submit applications for short term benefit advances on behalf of claimants who are awaiting...

    • Social Security Benefits: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to help claimants with autism apply for (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payments.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with representatives of (a) Citizens Advice and (b) other organisations on the effect on their clients of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Health and Social Care on the potential links between mental health problems...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to inform Employment and Support Allowance claimants who are approaching retirement age that their benefit...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to make the PIP application process more user-friendly for severely disabled people.

      Social Security Benefits: St Helens South and Whiston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claims for (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payments went to appeal in St Helens South and...

      Access to Work Programme: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2017 to Question 106843, how much her Department plans to spend on promoting the Access to Work scheme in...

      Personal Independence Payment: Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether disability assessors for personal independence payments receive training that includes information relating to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

      Social Security Benefits: St Helens South and Whiston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals for (a) ESA and (b) PIP in St Helens South and Whiston constituency resulted in an increase in the amount awarded in each of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the transfer from disability living allowance to personal independence payments is made...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department plans to ensure independent scrutiny and enforcement of environmental standards after the UK leaves the...

    • Recycling: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing fines for people who fail to recycle...

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage large retailers to minimise the amount of the 5p levy on single use plastic bags...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of municipal waste collected as recyclable waste is exported.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to key message 1 on page 12 of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor's report published on 14 December...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 27 of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor's report, From Waste to Resource Productivity,...

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to implement Decision 17.226 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

      Air Pollution: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding he plans to make available to Leeds City Council to support the implementation of its air quality improvement plan.

      Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is planning to take to make an assessment of the feasibility of an anti-poaching taskforce as...

      Incinerators and Landfill: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that operators of (a) landfill sites and (b) incinerators monitor emissions of PM 2.5...

      Supermarkets: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure large supermarkets exceeding a footprint of 400 sq metres tackle...

  • Home Office

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Home Secretary, what steps her Department is taking to tackle violence against Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and girls.

    • Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by (a) Lancashire Constabulary and (b) Greater Manchester Constabulary in (i) 2015, (ii) 2016 and (iii) 2017 on painting...

      Lancashire Constabulary: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions horses from the Lancashire Constabulary were used for activities outside constabulary's area in 2017; what the date,...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has undertaken a societal or cultural cost-benefit analysis on removing non-EU students from their Government's net...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers waited over six months for a decision on their asylum application in 2017.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect of the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on the number of assaults on...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what charges his Department has incurred for parking vehicles in Edinburgh in the last 18 months.

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Nationals: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he estimate the loss in tax revenue from the emigration of non-UK EU citizens between 23 June 2016 and 30 September 2017.

    • Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Scottish Government first informed his Department of its removal of the marriage allowance for couples on the proposed 19p Scottish starter rate of...

      Imports: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies will be liable for payments of upfront VAT at the point of importation of goods into the UK if the UK leaves the EU VAT area.

      Imports: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies made declarations on payments of upfront VAT when importing goods into the UK from outside the EU in each of the last five financial years.

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those territories that are outside the EU but part of the EU VAT area.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been raised by average speed cameras, installed on a temporary basis because of roadworks on motorways in England during the last 12...

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposal to raise income tax in Scotland on cross-border trade, employment and the location of businesses.

      Imports: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on small and medium-sized businesses of changes in the costs of importing goods into the UK in the event that...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of abolishing the 50p income tax rate.

      Cash Dispensing: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential loss of free-to-use ATMs in (a) North Down, (b) Northern Ireland as a consequence of LINK'S proposal to reduce...

      Treasury: Carers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with caring responsibilities.

      Tax Evasion: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil penalties were issued for the evasion of (a) customs duty, (b) community import duty, (c) import VAT, (d) customs duty of a preferential...

      Revenue and Customs: Proof of Identity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date HM Revenue and Customs stopped using the GOV.UK Verify service; and for what reasons that decision was taken.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of changes in the level of average household debt in each of the last three years.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of household debt in each of the last three years.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of household debt in each of the last eight years.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date the Government plans to introduce a statutory breathing space scheme for household debt.

      Debts: Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has commissioned recent research on the effect of inflation on household debt.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse for social security of the public sector pay cap in each year since 2013.

      Minimum Wage: Arrears

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2018 to Question 120608, on Minimum Wage, how many employers HMRC initiated civil action against in pursuit of unpaid...

      Companies: Climate Change

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on encouraging companies to take up the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

      Personal Savings: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount lost to the public purse as a result of the Personal Savings Allowance in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18 to date.

      Public Bodies: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of public bodies that have created subsidiary companies with the intention of reducing VAT liability.

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118847, what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs staff were engaged with their Learning...

      Pedicabs: Tax Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department had made of amount of tax collected from self-employed pedicab riders in the last five years.

      Company Liquidations

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many winding-up orders HMRC has issued in each of the last 10 years.

      House Insurance: Competition

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the loyalty penalty faced by consumers who do not switch home insurance providers; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parents have accessed tax-free child care since April 2017.

      PAYE: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2018 to Question 90331, what estimate he has made of how many RTI returns are (a) late, (b) missing, and (c) incorrect.

      Electronic Commerce: Statistics

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on improving the quality of statistics available to quantify levels of e-commerce.

      Defibrillators: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to review legislation related to VAT paid on community-purchased defibrillators after the UK leave the EU.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were employed in (a) HM Revenue and Customs; and (b) departments of HM Revenue & Customs in each of the last ten years; and what the...

      Export Controls: Arrests

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many arrests have been made under the provisions of the Export Control Order 2008 in each year since that Order came into effect; how many charging...

      Carillion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the High Speed Two project of Carillion entering liquidation; and if he will he publish that assessment.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each quarter since...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2018 to Question 120796, on Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit, what other...

      Community Transit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress has been made on negotiations for the inclusion of the UK as a separate contracting party to the Common Transit Convention.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to respond to the two letters from the hon. Member for West Lancashire dated 13 October 2017.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on conducting market access assessments for when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Burma: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what advice his Department gives to UK companies on investment in Burma.

    • Malawi: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of appointing a UK trade envoy to Malawi; and whether his Department plans...

      Department for International Trade: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with...

      Department of Trade and Industry: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who the full members of the Board of Trade are.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is his Department's policy that provisions on trade in services in any existing EU free trade agreements that are transitioned...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of whether the adoption of existing EU Free Trade Agreements with third party countries can only happen with the...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January to Question 121983, if he will list each of the 14 trade working groups and 21 countries; and where...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Horse Racing: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution of the horseracing industry to the economy in Scotland.

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the proportion of the price of an entry to the (a) Lotto, (b) Lotto Hotpicks, (c)...

      Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the selection criteria were for the most recent round of appointments to the board of the Charities Commission.

      Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people applied for positions in the most recent round of appointments to the board of the Charity Commission.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of access to indoor sport facilities for young people living in Lower...

      Telecommunications: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the letter sent to her by the chair of Ofcom regarding the Communications Acts 2003, 27(6), if she will make...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Fraud: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many arrests there have been in connection with fuel fraud in Northern Ireland between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their forthcoming internet safety strategy will address the harms of pornography to adults, including to their interpersonal relationships; whether any...

    • BBC: Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 9 January (HL Deb, cols 130–34), whether they intend to make representations to the BBC regarding...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK remains competitive in attracting overseas talent following Brexit.

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare for a "no deal" Brexit; and what impact the absence of a designated "no deal" Minister will have on such preparations.

      Brexit: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received from the Welsh Assembly any formal indication of its intention to reconsider withholding legislative consent to the European Union...

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