Written answers

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to work with airlines and airports to enable wheelchair users to board and travel on aeroplanes with comfort and...

    • Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of part-worn tyres imported into the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Transport: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of DVSA testers available to test commercial vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Fylde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120042, for what reasons the Answer of 11 December 2017 to Question 117958 stated that the...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an assessment of the non-provision by (a) Govia Thameslink Railway and (b) other franchisees of part-time season tickets on (i)...

      Railways: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of diesel trains on air quality at railway stations.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to negotiate for continued UK membership of the Blue Badge disability parking scheme.

      Railway Stations: Welborne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a new train station at Welborne and the effect that station would have on...

      Driving Tests: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that new standards within the updated driving examination meet health and safety requirements for (a)...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of train operating companies levying administration fees on customer compensation claims for...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the Speed to the West initiative in the last three months; and what the outcomes of those discussions...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the Peninsula Rail Task Force rail improvement plan published in 2016.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department and Network Rail plan to spend on the Paddington to Penzance rail link in Control Period 6.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sum his Department has spent on the UK space sector since 2010.

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate has been made of the number of hot drink cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department made an assessment of the operation of energy price caps in other countries prior to publishing...

      Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding for research has been allocated by the EU to UK institutions in (a)...

      Fuel Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of fuel poverty of households which are off the gas grid.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of whether the post office network will have the capacity to meet any increase...

      Post Offices: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that post offices provide free access to ATMs when...

      Minimum Wage: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2018 to Question 121446, how many of the 169 employers owed arrears, including...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will reform the Warm Home Discount Scheme to target support at disabled people who are struggling...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help aid to reach people in Yemen.

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help bring about a settlement in Yemen.

      Iran: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the establishment of Iranian rocket factories in Lebanon under the control of Hezbollah.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the US Administration on options for the replacement of the UK Trident...

      Hezbollah: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on Hezbollah’s weapons arsenal.

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on an attack using chlorine gas in the Eastern Ghouta region of Syria on 13 January 2018; and if...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on reports of an attack using chlorine gas in the...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with officials from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on reports of an...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the use of chemical weapons by the Government of Syria at the 87th Session of the Executive Council...

      Turkey: 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 Turkey; and what steps the Government is taking to...

      Africa: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to mark the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.

      Africa: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons his Department was not represented at the UN Regional Meeting on People of African Descent of 23 to 24...

      Repatriation: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support is available to families to repatriate a family member who dies abroad and for whom they cannot afford the cost of...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take as a result of reported violations of the South Sudan cessation of hostilities agreement.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on accepting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's invitation...

      Kazakhstan: 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 Kazakhstan; and what steps the Government is taking to...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Iran: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department took in response to the restrictions placed by the Iranian Government on the instant messaging...

      Jerusalem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK Government representatives attended the Egyptian Government's Al-Azhar's international conference in Cairo on the...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that civil society groups in South Sudan are included in the second round of the High Level...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many ministerial directions were issued to her Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

    • Bombardier Aerospace: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make it her priority to meet with Bombardier in Belfast to discuss the potential merits of additional Government support for that...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Doctors: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce workload-related strain on doctors in hospitals.

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to a Hepatitis C elimination plan in order to meet the WHO target of eliminating the disease as a public...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to discuss with the pharmaceutical industry steps to ensure that all patients who suffer from Hepatitis C have access...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Hepatitis C treatment rates were for each Operational Delivery Network in 2016-17.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department plans to increase the number of Hepatitis C patients who are diagnosed and treated.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks on health inequalities.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital trusts in England have considered installing a pay on exit or similar scheme since the publication of his Department's...

      Rape: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care whether his Department has issued guidance in the procedure for using rape kits on children under 16 and the gender of the medical...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for patient transport.

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to avoid a repetition of this year’s winter crisis in the NHS.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure patients at accident and emergency departments do not spend an extended period of time...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department are taking to replace the services of overseas qualified doctors that (a) are planning to leave and (b) may...

      Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that slaughterhouse vets who are non-UK EU citizens can continue to work here after the UK leaves...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) draw up contingency plans and (b) identify alternative suppliers to provide the public services to the NHS...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to improve the opportunities for NHS staff to receive on-going education and training; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of non-clinical, non-patient facing staff who are employed in the NHS; and what proportion...

      Arrowe Park Hospital: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many elective operations were cancelled at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral in each year since 2010.

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy of the Medical Technology Group’s 2017 report, Keeping Britain...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to broaden the scope of NICE guidance to include social care spending.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the extent to which NHS organisations comply with NICE guidance.

      NHS: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 Jan 2018 to Question 121068, on NHS logos, who paid the fees on each occasion; and for what purpose those...

      NHS: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 Jan 2018 to Question 121068, on NHS logos, what his Department’s policy is when the logo is used...

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much compensation was paid to prisoners in respect of prison health issues in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what processes his Department has in place to make sure that patients access the correct health services to reduce unnecessary A&E...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the use of blockchain technology on strengthening security for patient information and...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will mandate junior doctors to work in the NHS for at least one year after completion of training.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2017 to Question 120096, on Tobacco, what informal or other communication his Department has had...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the General Pharmaceutical Council's enforcement of standards for registered pharmacy...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with (a) hospice directors and (b) commissioning bodies on the use and capacity of hospices as part of the...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many healthcare staff have been physically attacked or assaulted at (a) University Hospital Coventry and (b) other healthcare...

      Carillion: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value is of NHS contracts with Carillion in (a) West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the quadrivalent flu vaccine; and what guidance NHS England has issued to GPs on...

      Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the most recent quarter for which data is available, what proportion of patients at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation...

      Heart Diseases: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure equality of access to heart attack treatment for women.

      Children: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research his Department has conducted on the effect of social media on anxiety among under-16s.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Department will be responsible for producing the Government Green Paper on social care.

  • Department for International Development

    • Egypt and Libya: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is taking steps to assist with the mapping and disposal of World War Two-era mines in the Tobruk and El-Alamein...

    • Department for International Development: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by her...

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to support the maintenance of the operation of medical facilities during an electricity crisis in the...

      Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people between...

      Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people between...

      Palestinians: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, signed in 2014, what...

      Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people over the...

      Somalia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on a UK aid...

      Somalia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking, alongside her international counterparts, to secure a long-term solution on (a) food security and...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations she has made to the Bangladesh Government to give UK humanitarian agencies access to Bangladesh to support...

      Prosperity Fund: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to paragraph 4.11 of UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest, published in November 2015, what...

      Prosperity Fund: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy that there there will be no further increases in spending from the Prosperity Fund until that fund is...

      UNESCO: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with UNESCO on progress with its performance improvement plan.

      Burma: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to internally-displaced people and refugees on the Thailand-Burma border.

  • Department for Education

    • Office for Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria were used to assess the suitability of candidates for the board of the Office for Students.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provisions are in place to enable access to 30 hours of free childcare for parents working unusual and anti-social hours.

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to assist young people diagnosed with dyslexia to improve their writing skills for their A-level exams.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to extend 30 hours of free childcare to the parents of two-year-old children; and if he will make a statement.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of schools which have contracts with Carillion plc; and what the value of those contracts is.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make it a condition of any new school funding agreement that the school in question must make its sports facilities available...

      Pupil Premium: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools in (a) North Swindon constituency and (b) Swindon have received in Pupil Premium in each year since it was established.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools in (a) North Swindon constituency, (b) Swindon and (c) England have received in Sport Premium in each year since it was established.

      Department For Education: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 118316, on what date work was last carried out on the children's centres consultation.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to section 1(1) of the Childcare Act 2016, what steps he is taking to ensure that childcare is available free of charge for disabled...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to provide updated funding formulas for maintained nursery schools.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money his Department has allocated to the Partners in Practice programme.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121204, on Education: Finance, which local authorities have made a written request to disapply...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Orders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120661, on Community Orders: Females, how many women received a community sentence by status of (a)...

    • Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of violence in Young Offenders Institutions in England and Wales.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to provide for the continuity of services supplied by Carillion plc to prisons.

      Young Offenders: Solitary Confinement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of instances of a people aged 18 or under being held in solitary confinement in the youth secure...

      Prisoners: Solitary Confinement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on mental health of prisoners of being held in solitary confinement.

      Ministry of Justice: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Judiciary: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the proposed changes to part-time judicial pensions.

      Legal Ombudsman: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training staff of the Legal Ombudsman are required to complete.

      Legal Ombudsman: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints the Legal Ombudsman has received about its service in the year 2016-2017.

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      What steps his Department is taking to improve support for prisoners with mental health conditions.

      Family Courts

      What steps he is taking to reduce the number of cases in which people are repeatedly compelled to appear in a family court due to action by a former partner.

      Victim Support Schemes: Staff

      What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of victim support officers.

      Victim Support Schemes

      What assessment he has made of the effect of reforms to the National Probation Service on the operation of the victim contact scheme.

      Courts: Modernisation

      What steps his Department is taking to modernise the courts system.

      Young Offender Institutions

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of violence and self-harm in young offenders institutions.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Public Buildings: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the National Planning Policy Framework to stipulate...

    • Devolution: Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which regions have agreed or are developing plans for devolved government without the need for an elected mayor.

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of devolving (a) tax raising powers, (b) business and skills funding,...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is working with combined authorities in delivering new housing schemes.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) county and (b) district councils which have overspent on their budgets...

      Homelessness: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will include Portsmouth in funding allocations for Housing First pilot schemes to reduce homelessness.

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps have been taken by the Government in response to the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.4 of the Council of...

      Churches: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on community and inter-faith relations of attacks on churches in the UK...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps have been taken by the Government in response to the recommendation in paragraph 6.6 of the Council of...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 111729, on what dates Royal Parks expressed its support for...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117268, on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library, a copy of the letter from Lord Feldman of October 2015 proposing that the Holocaust...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to maintain services supplied by Carillion plc to local councils.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many civil penalties have been used by local authorities since their introduction in April 2017.

      Private Rented Housing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to extend mandatory licencing schemes for landlords in the private rented sector.

      Ministers: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of previous Ministers for Portsmouth; and whether the...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2018 to Question 118353, for what reasons the homelessness funding announced in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2018 to Question 121269, how much of the £1.2 billion of funding for the...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have requested the Government for assistance as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire; how...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the fire safety of high-rise cladding material other than aluminium composite material...

      Leasehold: Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the ministerial statement HCWS384 of 21 December 2017, what steps he plans to take to prevent...

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's funding for supported housing policy paper, published in October 2017, what...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 27 December 2017 to Question 120298, what information his Department holds on the number of...

      Housing Associations: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Social Housing Regulator has taken to protect tenants of Old Ford Housing Association in Tower Hamlets...

      Housing Associations: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, under what circumstances he would intervene in a case handled by the Social Housing Regulator in the event that there...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will take steps to ensure through the planned National Planning Policy Framework revision that...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to allocate funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund to the (a) third sector (b) public...

      Coastal Areas: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to projects in (a) Plymouth and (b) South West Devon constituency from...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2017 to Question 111244, when his Department completed its exercise seeking...

      First Time Buyers: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the average cost of a home purchased by first time buyers in (a) Oxford city,...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications of the snap-back clauses in the Community Infrastructure Levy...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many contracts his Department holds with Government strategic suppliers.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to grant powers to councils to be able to use unused planning permissions.

      EU Grants and Loans: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent progress has been made on the creation of the Shared Prosperity Fund for Cornwall.

      Housing: Bethnal Green and Bow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of homes with Category 1 Hazards owned by the local authority in...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to allow local authorities to use money raised via the social care precept for both adult and...

      First Time Buyers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the average cost of a home purchased by first time buyers in (a) Enfield...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what account is taken by his Department of trends in population growth when determining the local government finance...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what consideration he gives to relative levels of deprivation in determining the local government finance settlement...

      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 15 January 2018 to Question 122068, for what reasons the nomenclature of his Department has...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to Answer of 15 January to Question 122068, what the cost of purchasing new letterheads for his Ministry is;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to announce a reduction in the number of Royal Marines during the current Parliament.

    • Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that more women are prepared for and encouraged to takeup positions in senior command.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9 December 2015 to Question 19392, how much his Department has spent on studies to support whether to refurbish or...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the in-service date is for the UK Trident Mark 4A modified warhead; what the estimated cost of the Mark 4A programme is; and what progress has been...

      USA: Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with the US Administration on options for the replacement of the UK Trident nuclear warhead.

      Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2017 to Question 117143, whether any redundancies made by contractors as a result of the implementation of Project...

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column.613, at what number the Government has made a clear commitment to...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column 617, what the personnel will be for the(a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the housing stock at those of his Department's sites which were identified for disposal under the Better Defence Estate strategy.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 6 of the Independent Report to inform the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy, published 29 November 2016, and with reference to...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's lower and upper cost estimates are for the Fleet Solid Support ships contract.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Barclays: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent meetings she has had with the Pensions Regulator on the future of the Barclays Bank Pension Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, why her Department is asking the recipients of state pensions to switch the accounts that their pensions are paid into from the Post Office to...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 108399, whether there are any factors legally preventing her from granting up-rated...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by her Department.

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis have been awarded the enhanced rate of personal independence payment (a) mobility, (b) daily living...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis placed in the employment support allowance (ESA) support group at initial work capability assessment...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will issue new guidance to Financial Investigation Units in the Child Maintenance Service for dealing with miscalculations...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with motor neurone disease awarded personal independence payments in 2016-17 were granted an ongoing award with a light-touch...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants who did not qualify for Employment Support Allowance made successful appeals in each of the last...

      Housing Benefit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help people with chronic and enduring mental illnesses make an application for housing benefit.

      Universal Credit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help people with chronic and enduring mental illnesses make an application for universal credit.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of employment support allowance claim decisions made by the Department for Work and Pensions were overturned at...

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish the updated terms and conditions of the replacement SMI loan scheme.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of defending decisions made by his Department on employment and support allowance claims taken to...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with (a) service users and (b) local community groups on the closure of Langside jobcentre.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what resources his Department has committed to (a) ensuring that unclaimed benefits are claimed and (b) investigating false and fraudulent...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of benefits remained unclaimed in 2017.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to introduce proposals to up-rate by the rate of inflation payments made by the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to implement the changes to Work Capability Assessment set out in the Government's report, Improving Lives: The Future of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Urban Areas: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of local authorities' powers to deter pigeons and pests in town...

    • Wind Power: Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of birds of prey who have died as a result of impacting with wind...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase the population of game birds in the UK.

      Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research is being conducted on the effect of organophosphates on people that operate sheep dips.

      Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Guy's hospital poisons unit on organophosphates in sheep dips.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers he plans for the Tree Champion to have; what the annual budget of that champion will be; and to whom that...

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect animal welfare standards in slaughterhouses after the UK leaves the EU.

      Algae: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in frequency and scale of algal blooms on the health of the marine...

      Government Departments: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase recycling rates across (a) Government Departments and (b) non-executive agencies.

      Puffins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department had made of the (a) reasons for and (b) extent of the decline in the puffin population.

      Birds: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans next to undertake a census of seabirds.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117198, if he will place a moratorium on new incinerators until he...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of school children who will be affected by the discontinuance of...

      Plastics: Inland Waterways and Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of plastic pollution in rivers and canals.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many IS.96 notices have been incorrectly sent to individuals who have not had their applications for leave to remain refused in each of...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged 18 and under were held in immigration detention centres in each year from 2014 to date.

      Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations from the Shaw Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons,...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Parliamentary cases received a response within the 20-working day service standard from the UK Visas and Immigration...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the proportion of spousal visa applications which failed because the sponsoring spouse is unable to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has carried out modelling on potential changes in migration numbers caused by the savings and salary thresholds for...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to introduce a maximum waiting time for a reply to applications for indefinite leave to remain under the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the twelfth report of 2016-17 of the Home Affairs Committee, Asylum accommodation published on 17 January 2017, HC 637,...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much it costs her Department to process a leave to remain application; how many such applications it has processed in each of the last...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact assessments were carried out ahead of the proposed 22.5 per cent fee increase for leave to remain applications.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the second report of the Home Affairs Committee, Immigration policy: basis for building consensus, published on 15 January...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the second report of the Home Affairs Committee, Immigration policy: basis for building consensus, published on 15 January...

      Undocumented Migrants: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the ICIBI annual report 2016 to 2017, published on 13 July 2017, what plans she has to improve the accuracy of the data in...

      Dublin Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which three countries the UK made the largest number outgoing Dublin III regulation requests in 2017, and how many requests were made to...

      Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking under the 2003 Le Touquet accord to ensure that UK border controls are conducted on French soil.

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which criteria are applied by UK Visas and Immigration staff when judging a visa application to be non-straightforward; and what service...

      Asylum: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of unauthorised sharing of asylum information there have been in her Department in each year since 2010.

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of establishing a special volunteer force to support Border Force.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Edinburgh East of 14 November 2017; and what steps her Department is taking...

      Forensic Science: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Forensic Regulator Guideline C-133.

      Detention Centres: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the immigration detention estate cost the public purse in each of the last five years.

      Ilois: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information she holds on the number of people of Chagossian descent who have been (a) detained in immigration detention centres or (d)...

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the six Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures in force as of 31 August 2017 have been imposed on (a) British nationals...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used and (b) sent for recycling each year by his Department.

    • South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of not proceeding with the electrification of the Cardiff-Swansea mainline.

  • HM Treasury

    • Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new duty band for high strength white cider on the lives of homeless people.

    • Treasury: Ministerial Powers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      VAT: Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the length of time available for people to respond to the consultation on the [Draft] Value Added Tax...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional funding has been allocated to HM Revenue and Customs to tackle tax avoidance since the release of the Paradise Papers.

      Financial Services: Liability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the introduction of the duty of care; and what the process and timescale will be for...

      Help to Buy Scheme: Oxfordshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the average cost of a home purchased using a Help to Buy ISA in (a) Oxford city, (b) Oxford West and Abingdon...

      Banks: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to establish an independent tribunal to act as a mandatory first dispute resolution mechanism between banks and small and medium-sized...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of UK companies which operated employee share schemes in (a) 1988, (b) 1990, (c) 2000, (d) 2010 and (e) 2017.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of UK employees who held shares in the company they worked for in (a) 1988, (b) 1990, (c) 2000, (d) 2010...

      Carillion: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax has been paid by Carillion in each year for which information is available.

      Local Government: Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will grant councils the freedom to invest in local infrastructure in new housing developments.

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have to meet with representatives of UK Financial Investments to discuss the closures of Royal...

      Valuation Office Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Valuation Order Agency has for their tenancy of The Mount House, Shrewsbury, in 2020.

      Income Tax: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the powers devolved to the Welsh Government on income tax.

      UK Trade with EU: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of firms in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland that would be subject to upfront VAT for...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the completion of the Financial Conduct Authority inquiry on RBS; and whether that report will be published.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT Zero Rating

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a VAT zero rate on women's sanitary products immediately after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress the Government Property Unit has made on the sale of Government Departments' surplus land.

    • Crown Commercial Service: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Crown Commercial Service contracts there are with Government strategic suppliers.

      Carrillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts the Government awarded to Carillion in Aberavon constituency (a) between 5 May 2010 and 7 May 2015, (b) between 8 May 2015 and 13...

      Carillion: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts the UK Government holds with Carillion in (a) Motherwell and Wishaw constituency and (b) Scotland; and what the value of those contracts is.

      Carillion: Coventry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts the Government holds with Carillion in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry South constituency; and what the value is of those contracts.

      Serco

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to section 6 of the Strategic Supplier Risk Management Policy, what improvement measures were agreed by the Crown representative to...

      Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what engagement he has had with (a) local authorities, (b) Metro Mayors and (c) LEPs on the potential economic effect of Carillion entering liquidation.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Electric Vehicles

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

    • Lebanon: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the level of exports from the UK to Lebanon in was in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Turkey: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the current status is of Government involvement in the partnership between BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries to develop the...

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has for recognising protected food names in future trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people using public libraries in each of the last five years.

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the arts sector to become self-funding and financially sustainable.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Hartlepool United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to provide (a) financial and (b) other support for Hartlepool United; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate has been made of the number of hot drink cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by his...

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to promote tourism in the UK.

      Tourism: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support her Department provides to increase the number of visitors to Cornwall.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans Parliament has to recognise Fair Trade Fortnight.

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the lines and stations used by services included in the East Coast franchise will be included in the proposed partnership arrangement between Network Rail...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to the East Coast partnership arrangement that is proposed to be set up from 2020, what proportion of the current paths are allocated to each of the...

      East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether officials prepared any estimates for the Secretary of State for Transport of the value transferred, or to be transferred, to the franchisees of the...

      Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last five years, what percentage of those taking the DVLA theory test have sat that test more than three times.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Parental Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 9 January (HL Deb, cols 109–110), when they expect to complete the evaluation of shared parental leave; and...

    • Energy: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made regarding the impact of Brexit on energy trading with Europe.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise of death sentences and executions being used to combat alleged terrorism in Egypt.

    • Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any recent representations to the government of Egypt regarding human rights and rule of law.

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UK funding being spent on masters of science degrees for security officials in Ethiopia.

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 December (HL4170), what action they intend to take to protect the rights of Palestinians in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports that Israeli and Palestinian children are being treated differently by the...

  • Department for International Development

    • East Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of financial support for (1) Ethiopia, (2) Sudan, and (3) Somalia, in the past three years.

    • Southern Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which aid programmes they have supported in (1) Swaziland, (2) Botswana, and (3) Lesotho, since May 2015.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the return on investment to the British economy from foreign aid spending.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to increase (1) the availability, and (2) the take-up, of part-time apprenticeships.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the current cap of 10 per cent on the proportion of apprenticeship levy funds that can be transferred by levy-paying employers to other...

      Church Schools: Catholicism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 6 December 2017 (HL3948), what is their assessment of the value of Catholic schools.

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 20 December 2017 (HL3949), what evidence they have, if any, of why some Muslim parents send their...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many community sentences were handed down in each year from 2008 to 2016; and what action they are taking in response to reported reductions in the number of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the commitment by Westminster City Council to retrofit sprinklers in all of their blocks of flats over 30 metres in height.

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 9 January (HL Deb, col 113), which projects funded by the Fair Chance Fund have been successful in...

      Councillors: Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their guidance to council tax payers in cases where a monitoring officer has not intervened when councillors who have not paid their own council tax...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families with three or more children have been affected by the benefit cap in each month since April 2017; how many children were included in each...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 20 December 2017 (HL4048), what have been the annual funding levels per capita per universal credit...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on meeting their targets on work capability assessments for disabled people.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recruitment of healthcare professionals by third party providers is sufficient to meet the current volume of work capability assessments for disabled...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the quality of Work Capability Assessment assessors.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken an impact assessment of a refundable deposit scheme for glass bottles, plastic bottles and metal cans; if so, what was the outcome;...

    • Fisheries Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for inshore fishermen of their decision to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention of 1962; and whether,...

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of food consumed in the UK was imported from the EU in (1) 1990, (2) 1995, (3) 2000, (4) 2005, (5) 2010, (6) 2015, and (7) 2017.

      Poultry: Campylobacter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the high levels of campylobacter infection which are resistant to antibiotics in UK chickens.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total number of empty dwellings in England; how many of those dwellings are owned by (1) housing associations, (2) local authorities,...

  • Wales Office

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering further devolution of powers to the Welsh Assembly; and if so, what.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made on the UK’s reliance on EU workers, and the effects of Brexit on industries that rely on these workers.

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard businesses from the possibility of a "no deal" Brexit; and what is their assessment of the survey by the manufacturers'...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Iron and Steel: Dumping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from representatives of the UK steel industry that the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill might not provide sufficient...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Marketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to market English tourist destinations in 2018.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the estimated earliest date by which both Houses of Parliament could decant the Palace of Westminster in the event of a decision so to do for the purposes...

    • Parliament: Broadcasting

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answer by the Senior Deputy Speaker on 19 July 2017 (HL599) concerning the resource costs of £1,104K to the House of Lords for...

      Parliament: Broadcasting

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answer by the Senior Deputy Speaker on 19 July 2017 (HL599) concerning the resource costs of £1,104K to the House of Lords for...

  • Women and Equalities

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