Written answers

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of local bus services in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East, and (d) the UK...

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the National Maritime Single Window pilot exercise.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the next annual update of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the health effects of achieving the aims of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Network Rail: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128316, on Network Rail: Property, what the (a) proceeds and (b) costs were in each of those years.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will discuss with (a) HM Treasury, (b) the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, (c) the Department for Business,...

      Roads: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how funding has been allocated by his Department for repairing potholes in (a) North Cornwall, and (b) Cornwall.

      Trains: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of breakdowns which have affected bi-mode trains since their introduction in October 2017.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department provides for (a) feasibility studies for rail enhancement projects and (b) rail enhancement projects outside of the parish...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost per mile of installing WiFi and mobile phone connectivity on the West Coast Main Line.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits extending the eligibility for the older person's bus pass to 60 year olds in England.

      Railways: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the extension of the 26-30 railcard to people living in Sussex.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to restrict parking on pavements to remove potential obstructions for the visually impaired.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will take steps to encourage increased trades union membership.

    • Energy: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of guaranteeing funding for UK Projects of Common Interest...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the proposed energy price cap will extend to people who use (a)...

      Business: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking encourage businesses to adopt (a) ethical business practices and (b) policies that...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that smart meters are on schedule to be installed in every household by 2020.

      Data Processing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the potential contribution of machine learning to UK GDP by 2020.

      Graphene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential contribution of graphene to UK GDP by 2020.

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the level of debt accrued by SMEs as a result of late payments.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage energy companies to improve the accessibility and clarity of energy...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the reliability and accuracy of smart meter energy readings.

      Energy: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of a disruption in the EU internal energy market on the price of electricity...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of the Republic of Iraq on the opening to international passenger flights of...

    • EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy that UK embassies in EU 27 countries collect information British citizens living within those...

      EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has put in place to ensure that UK embassies in EU 27 countries provide adequate assistance to British citizens...

      British Nationals Abroad: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK embassies in EU 27 countries are making preparations to engage with British citizens overseas in the event that the...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what report he has received on whether all 80 of the detainees included in the Government of Sudan’s announcement of 18...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on whether the Government of Sudan has released political detainees on the condition that...

      Salih Mahmoud Osman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he holds on the arrest and detention of Salih Mahmoud, vice chair of the Darfur Bar Association.

      Amal Habani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether the journalist Amal Habani was hospitalised after being beaten by Sudanese security...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

      Sudan: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in the Government of Sudan on the recent demolition of places of worship...

      Poland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in the Government of Poland on their Holocaust law.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, whether the Government plans to attend the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament in May.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, what steps the Government is taking to support gradual multilateral nuclear disarmament.

      Gambia: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage investment in The Gambia.

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on future of the Minsk II agreement; what assessment he has made of the implications for UK foreign policy...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in support of the Minsk II agreement.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further steps the Government is taking to secure a UN resolution condemning persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar and...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage all parties to abide by the Minsk agreements.

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent enactment of the Donbass Reintegration law by the Ukrainian Parliament...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of India on the release of Jagtar Singh Johal.

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help end the conflict in South Sudan.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many and what proportion of his Department’s cloud hosting contracts have been awarded to (a) hyperscale cloud providers...

    • Customs Unions: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the economic consequences for the North East of leaving the Customs Union after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in full receipt of NHS continuing healthcare had their cases reviewed and then deemed ineligible for continuing...

    • Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish their planned refresh of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare.

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all community eating disorders services for children and young people are sufficiently...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for Abbot-Diabetes monitors; and if his Department will extend the availability of...

      Ambulance Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of ambulance services in rural areas.

      Mental Health Services: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the provision of mental health services in Portsmouth of the fall in the real...

      NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether those NHS trusts which have created subsidiary companies have conducted an equalities impact assessment regarding that change.

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the GP contract includes a postnatal check for babies but not for mothers.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to NHS dental care in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all children have access to NHS dental services.

      Health Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of e-health technology in reducing patient waiting lists; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential of machine learning to deliver efficiency savings in the NHS.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which artificial intelligence applications his Department uses; and what assessment his Department has made of the potential introduction...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to help ensure parity of treatment for patients diagnosed with (a) mental health and (b) physical health conditions.

      Health Services: Telford and Wrekin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) total and (b) per capita funding from his Department's budget on (i) health and (ii) mental health in England has...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS hospitals in England charge outpatients to park.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were admitted to an NHS hospital in England with a brain injury or related condition in 2017.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients stayed at an NHS hospital in England for seven days or longer in 2017.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on staffing levels in the NHS.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to use community pharmacies to help support people with long term conditions to manage their conditions.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve early diagnosis rates for pancreatic cancer.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) raise awareness and (b) reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer.

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the potential number of cases of prostate cancer which could be identified earlier by a...

      Prostate Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve pancreatic cancer survival rates.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the future treatment and care of people with cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the speed with which (a) GPs in the UK and (b) their equivalents in other countries refer...

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase cancer survival rates in the next five years.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for cancer test results in each hospital trust in England in 2009-10 and each subsequent year.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have received medicine funded by the Cancer Drugs Fund by medicine since 2016.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Government on the availability of drugs to treat cancer.

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people aged 17 and under were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 by age in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Mental Health Services: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for care leavers who are between 18 and 25 years old.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people of what age under 18 were treated in adult mental health wards in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the longest period of time was that a patient has had to wait for access to mental health services in the last 10 years.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people were registered with Child and Mental Health services in (a) England, (b) London, (c) each London borough and (d)...

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to improve the support available to mental health professionals to manage their own mental health.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to improve access to mental health services for children who have (a) been the victims of abuse and...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on average ambulance waiting times in each year since 2010.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the total sleep-in back pay liability for providers in (a) North Norfolk constituency and (b) the Norfolk...

      Public Sector: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will bring the Balanced Scorecard approach for public procurement of food and drink in line with the 2015 SACN sugar...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what events Ministers of his Department attended during Eating Disorders Week between 26 February and 4 March 2018.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former Ministers and...

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the need for additional secondary schools in the London Borough of Barnet.

    • School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school leavers have participated in further and technical education in England in each year since 2010.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school leavers have participated in higher education in England in each year since 2010.

      STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote STEM careers and pathways to (a) students, (b) parents, (c) teachers and (d) governors as part of the 2018 Year of...

      STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that the National Careers Service website includes case studies of diverse STEM role models and career pathways.

      Apprentices: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of young people in Telford started an apprenticeship after completing GCSEs in each year since 2010.

      Apprentices: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the 200,000 new public sector apprenticeships announced by his Department on 20 January 2017 have been filled; and how many of those...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money was spent by (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in employing supply teachers in each of the last eight years.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the use of (a) higher level teacher assistants and (b) cover supervisors to cover teaching absences.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the names of all supply teacher agencies registered with his Department in each year for which data is available.

      Children's Commissioner for England: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the selection process is for members of the Children's Commissioner's Advisory Board.

      Pupils: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of support for pupils who experience mental health problems.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February to Question 125796, on vulnerable children, which professionals, schools and other experts have been consulted as...

      Universities: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on students of the loss of teaching hours as a result of the university lecturers’ pension strike.

      Department for Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the volume of UK citizens’ data held by companies (a) supplying cloud services to his Department and (b) contracted...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many two year-old children were eligible for childcare places for disadvantaged two-year olds in each of the last five years.

      Children's Centres: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had since September 2015 with (a) other government departments, (b) the children’s sector and (c) early...

      Pre-school Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of pay in the early years and childcare sector on settings' capacity to employ staff qualified to...

      Pre-school Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) companies and (b) other organisations have submitted bids to the tendering process for the early years baseline assessment.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many litigants in person pursued personal injury cases in the courts in each of the last 5 years.

    • Personal Injury: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of proven fraud or exaggeration in non-road traffic accident injury claims.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to increase the number of private prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of violence and self-harm in prisons.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of privatised probation companies.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has he made of reoffending levels since the part-privatisation of probation.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that private probation companies have adequate staffing levels.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to make additional extra payments to privatised probation companies following the £342 revision in 2017.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has undertaken into the cost effectiveness of legal aid for early legal help.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2018 to Question 125714, what his Department's estimated cost is for determining on how many occasions wings of...

      Amey and Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2018 to Question 126482, what estimate his Department made of the cost of providing the information sought.

      Birmingham Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2018 to Question 126526, if he will publish the report into the riot at HMP Birmingham in December 2016 with the...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of Question 8 February 2018 to Question 125878, on Community Rehabilitation Companies, whether the monitoring of expenditure...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2018 to Question 126465, what estimate his Department made of the cost of providing the information sought.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2018 to Question 126466, on Capita, on how many occasions his predecessor met Capita to discuss the issues raised...

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in the (i) current, (ii) next and (iii) subsequent financial year; and what the...

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost has been of employing civil servants to undertake procurement in his Department in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid matter starts there were in each matter start category in each constituency in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours people in each Young Offenders Institution spent in (a) work and (b) education on average in each year since 2010.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claims for compensation were rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each year since 2010-11; and for what reasons each of...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for compensation rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority were referred to the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

      Ministry of Justice: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 127066, on Ministry of Justice: Public Opinion, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time was that it took to process an immigration appeal in the last twelve months; and what targets are set for processing and...

      Prisons: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many use of force incidents have been recorded in each prison since 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions his Department refused to approve a subcontractor proposed by Interserve in each year since 2010; what the reason given for each...

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions his Department refused to approve a subcontractor proposed by Amey in each year since 2010; what the reason given for each refusal...

  • Attorney General

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS has taken as a result of the BBC Panorama programme, Undercover: Britain's Immigration Secrets of 4 September 2017.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, what assessment he...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has issued instructions to local authorities to build up reserves.

      Local Government: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 120654, on Local Government: Training, what direct funding his...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the Defence Council has concluded that conduct by (a) a member of the armed forced engaged in active service and (b) a civilian...

    • Boeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many defence contracts his Department has awarded to Boeing since December 2017; and what the value of each of those contracts was.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the REACH chemical framework on the defence supply chain.

      Ballistic Missile Defence: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of a new ballistic missile defence radar demonstrator.

      Defence Equipment: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) bridges, (b) vehicles, (c) trestle sets and (d) pontoon sets his Department is planned to continue to operate as part of the Project TYRO...

      Defence Equipment: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) regular and (b) reserve units within the Corps of Royal Engineers operate the BR90 bridging system.

      Defence Equipment: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether plans to re-timetable or re-profile the Project TYRO replacement and upgrade of the British Army's BR90 bridging system are under consideration...

      Poland: Battle of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received representations from the Government of Poland on displaying a Supermarine Spitfire in Poland to commemorate the...

      Babcock International: Stirling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with Babcock Defence Support Group on the future use of the Forthside estate in Stirling.

      Japan: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 123796, how many personnel from the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force are planned...

      Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department issued a request for information to industry in respect of a deployable long-range air defence radar for use overseas.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure all tyres for military vehicles are capable of being remanufactured.

      Boeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts his Department has agreed with Boeing in the last 12 months.

      Israel: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of security co operation between the UK and Israel.

      USA: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the governance arrangements are for United States Visiting Force bases in the UK.

      Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the combined pre-qualification questionnaire and invitation to negotiate (ITN) to industry for the Type 31e...

      Ministry of Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of his Department’s cloud-hosting contracts have been awarded to (a) hyperscale cloud providers and (b) UK SMEs; and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to publish its mid-term review of the European Social Fund Operational Programme.

    • Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment Scheme her Department (a) received and (b) accepted in (i) the West Midlands and...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2018 to Question 128081, for what reason complaints from women born in the 1950s who are affected by...

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department took to inform recipients of Support for Mortgage Interest of the changes from benefit to loan occurring on 5 April 2018.

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much time his Department deemed adequate to provide sufficient notice to those in receipt of Support for Mortgage Interest of the...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of universal credit recipients in receipt of disability benefit with non-dependents living...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department most recently revised its guidance to jobcentre staff on managing customer declarations of intention to attempt suicide or...

      Employment: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to take steps to encourage companies to improve the health and well-being of their employees.

      Independent Assessment Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2018 to Question 126937, what target her Department sets for the completion of Stage 2 complaints...

      Poverty: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in (a) North Cornwall, and (b) Cornwall, were living below the poverty line in each year since 2015.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which members of her Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former...

      Mortgages: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2018 to Question 129578, how many households in Yorkshire and the Humber his Department has written to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the 20 per cent deduction to repay rent arrears from the universal credit personal allowance, on...

      Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants are re-paying benefit overpayments; what the (a) mean and (b) median value is of those overpayments; and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farmers: Hedges and Ditches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the period during which farmers are permitted to cut...

    • Plants: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many species of plants the UK has provided for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in each of the last five years.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Government's command paper, Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of his Department’s cloud-hosting contracts have been awarded to (a) hyperscale cloud...

      Government Departments: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Departments are compliant with (a) Government Buying Standards and (b) the balanced scorecard approach for the...

      Local Government: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of local authorities which use (a) Government Buying Standards and (b)...

      Local Government: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to use the (a) Government Buying Standards and (b) balanced...

      Public Sector: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will ensure support for British horticulture in the balanced scorecard approach for public procurement of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 25 January 2018 from the hon. Member for Leeds West on the Leeds Flood Alleviation...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to implement any of the recommendations of the report, Joint Serious Case Review Concerning Sexual Exploitation...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle cyber crime.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by the Government to encourage businesses with a total annual turnover of under £36 million to produce a...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been reported lost or mislaid by her Department and its agencies during immigration applications in each of the last...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will assess the health and economic benefits of legalising cannabis for medical use.

      Sexual Offences: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to respond to the joint serious case review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle.

      Political Activities: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Deptartment, what the Government's policy is on the destruction of security service files on the political activities of private individuals.

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, how many cases were referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme in each year since 2010; and which organisation made each such referral.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in the French Government on unaccompanied children in Calais vulnerable to (a)...

      Police: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has issued instructions to police authorities to build up financial reserves.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of shotgun and firearms certificates that have been granted where the applicant's doctor...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of equipping more police officers with Taser non-lethal weapons, and if she will...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to change IT systems to allow information on the (a) average length of time for a decision on asylum support applications...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU nationals have applied for permanent residency since 23 June 2016.

      Home Office: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value of cloud-hosting contracts with (a) Amazon Web Services, (b) Oracle Fusion, (c) Microsoft Azure, (d) Vodafone, (e) DXC, (f)...

      Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are carried out on goods arriving into the UK from outside the EU at the point of entry.

  • Scotland Office

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on improving digital connectivity; and what recent discussions he has had with that...

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      What assessment he has made of the effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in Scotland.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Internet

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the volume of UK citizens’ data held by companies (a) supplying cloud services to his Department and (b) contracted to...

    • Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of RegTech's potential effect on reducing the administrative burden of regulation.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for relocation of employment in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Research: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received relief on payments to relevant scientific research associations in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Revenue and Customs: Telford

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HM Revenue and Customs has for the future of its staff working at Abbey House and Parkside Court in Telford.

      Save As You Earn

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of deferring the upcoming increase in the contributions holiday for SAYE schemes from six to 12 months...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Atos or any other contractor has been found to be have failed on any part of the contract related to providing the website services which generate...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Government response to the Fifth Report of the International Development Committee, Session 2014-15, HC 816,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of assurance mechanisms operated by government bodies on the employment practices of contracted-out staff.

    • Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Exiting Major IT Contracts: Guidance for Departments, published in November 2017, what information his Department plans to collect to...

      Cabinet Office: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric and (b) ultra-low emission.

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment has been made of the risk of contagion from the collapse of Carillion plc to other private companies and contracts in the public and...

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the position of crown representative responsible for Carillion services was vacant for three months following the retirement of Julie...

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund on disinvestment from fossil fuels.

      Avanton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has taken to monitor compliance by the right hon. Member for Sevenoaks of conditions it gave...

      Cabinet Office: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of his Department’s cloud-hosting contracts have been awarded to (a) hyperscale cloud providers and (b) UK SMEs; and...

      Small Businesses: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people in the (a) Telford constituency and (b) UK were employed by small and medium-sized enterprises in each year...

      Public Sector: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to make improve the use of digital technology in the public sector.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many homes have been built on land released through the One Public Estate programme since 2013.

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department holds information on the number of people that died by suicide who were experiencing a financial crisis at the time of their death.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions a Government Minister has overruled the views of an Inquiry Chair received under the Government’s requirement to consult...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods has comprised fair trade products since it was established.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many mutual recognition agreements he plans to negotiation with third countries after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which non-EU countries his Department has identified as best for future trade deals in the automotive sector.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with which countries he and his officials have held discussions with about future trading options after the UK leaves the EU.

      Motor Vehicles: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to promote UK automotive exports to the international market.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the change in the volume of UK trade with non-EU countries in each year between 2013 and 2017.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the April 2017 reforms to the Horserace Betting Levy on (a) horse-racing and (b)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many staff employed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission are working on the gender pay gap.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the design and enabling works for HS2 phase one Area Central are (1) on time, and (2) within budget.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Noha al-Balawi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the detention without charge of Noha al-Balawi; and whether they will press for her release.

    • Qatar: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Technical Mission to the State of Qatar's December 2017...

      Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about the demolition of an evangelical church in Al Haj Yousif by State authorities; and what...

      Bangladesh: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to follow-up the initial deployment to Bangladesh of two staff under the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative; what gaps those staff identified in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work they are conducting with international partners in response to calls to freeze all international bank accounts and assets held by the President of the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to keep the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the top of the international agenda; whether they plan to raise it...

      Gaza: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take, and what representations they are making, to expedite planning and negotiations for a new port to provide access to Gaza.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the demolition of the two EU-funded classrooms in Abu Nuwar by Israeli authorities on 4 February, whether they plan to call for the strongest possible...

  • Attorney General

    • British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General regarding the potential prosecution of UK citizens who...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Opiates: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what NHS and voluntary services are currently available to help patients who are addicted to prescription opioids.

    • Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the economic cost of the loss of productivity resulting from muscolo-skeletal problems and chronic pain.

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to assess whether to accept recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in relation to proposed changes to...

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the public health benefits of adopting the recommendation made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation at its...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual value per child of providing free school meals in England.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost to charities of the additional spend on food banks likely to arise from ending free school meals for those affected by...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding the funding of children’s services from (1) fostering and adoption agencies, (2) local authorities, (3)...

      Schools: Cheltenham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, based on the latest funding formula, what will be the anticipated funding per pupil of Cheltenham schools in 2019–20; and what the equivalent figure was in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether statutory instruments have been used to introduce increased fines for criminal offences at any point in the last 30 years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Fit for Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation in relation to the Fit for Work scheme; and if so, when.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Richmond Park: Diesel Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of diesel emissions on the wildlife of Richmond Park.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend the badger cull to (1) Staffordshire, (2) Shropshire, and (3) Derbyshire; and if so, to which areas in those counties.

      Fisheries: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government about the effect of Brexit on Scottish fisheries.

      Sheep: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government about the findings of a report by Scotland's Rural College on the effect of Brexit on sheep...

  • HM Treasury

    • Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the replacement for the EU’s Financial Instrument for the Environment will allow Overseas Territories to access funding for large scale environmental...

    • Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 22 February (HL5517), whether they are able to provide any examples, from the current centrally maintained list of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to allow EU citizens living in the UK to continue being able to vote in local elections after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Government Departments: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on recruitment consultants in (1) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (2) the Department for Exiting the European...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Foreign Investment in UK: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Japanese ambassador has raised concerns with regard to future Japanese investment in the UK; and, if so, what assessment they have made of those...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations are currently in place for podcasts.

    • Simulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what budget they are allocating to train and evaluate personnel on individual tools, techniques and processes related to live, virtual and constructive simulated...

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