Written answers

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Luton Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to include increased rail services to Luton Airport Parkway as part of the East Midlands rail franchise.

    • Southeastern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) Southeastern Rail and (b) Network Rail have written to his Department on the matter of passengers being held on a train for over four...

      Southeastern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on when the need to evacuate passengers from Southeastern Rail trains near Lewisham station on 2 March 2018 was...

      Southeastern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) Southeastern Rail on compensation for passengers left on trains outside Lewisham Station for...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) procedures and (b) regulations his Department has put in place to ensure the (i) welfare and (ii) safety of passengers held on trains for...

      Southeastern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long passengers were held on trains outside Lewisham Station after the electricity supply was turned off on Friday 2 March; and if he will make a...

      Southeastern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on when a risk assessment of passengers self-evacuating from the trains stranded outside Lewisham Station on 2...

      British Transport Police: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will decline to lay any orders devolving the management of British Transport Police to the Scottish Government.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of diesel-fuelled vehicles to meet carbon emissions targets.

      Southeastern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on steps taken by (a) Southeastern Trains and (b) Network Rail to stop trains becoming caught behind the broken...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2018 to Question 126126, whether details have been agreed with the railway industry on the roll-out of the 26-30...

      Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles his Department (a) owns and (b) leases.

      Government Departments: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars in central Government departmental fleets are electric.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish how many people were registered for the Blue Badge scheme in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that rail companies provide passengers with the best possible ticket price for train journeys in order...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK is projected to become a net exporter of electricity by 2025.

    • Productivity: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase regional productivity in the North East.

      Infrastructure: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to provide funding for regional infrastructure development in the North East.

      Job Creation: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support job creation schemes in the Jarrow constituency.

      Shipping: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128159, for what reasons the decision was made to procure ships...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of whether the target of installing 53 million energy smart meters by...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve local infrastructure for small and medium-sized businesses.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much was collected in environmental levies from businesses in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Solid Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the companies that manufacture and supply smokeless solid fuels into the UK (a) industrial and (b)...

      Toys R Us: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support employees of ToysRUs as a result of its entering administration.

      Audit: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to secure the validity of UK statutory audits across the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Accountancy: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to secure recognition of UK accountancy qualifications across the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 131059 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 131059 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:...

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      What steps he is taking to support the marine energy industry.

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      What steps he is taking to support the renewable energy sector.

      Renewable Energy

      What steps he is taking to support the renewable energy sector.

      Energy: Older People

      What steps he plans to take to help elderly people manage their energy bills.

      Employment

      What progress his Department has made on implementing the Good Work Plan.

      Solar Power

      What change there has been in the amount of UK energy provided by solar power in the last two years.

      GKN: Melrose

      If he will use his powers under the Enterprise Act 2002 to intervene in the takeover bid for GKN by Melrose.

      Agriculture: Technology

      What steps the Government is taking to support the growth of the agri-tech sector.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recent report of the International Society for...

    • World War II: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) diplomats have made to the Polish Government on its Holocaust law.

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to raise with the Polish Government concerns about Poland's Holocaust law; and if he will make a...

      Israel: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the travel ban imposed by the Israeli Government on the British...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea is renewed.

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the outgoing Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea on...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure that the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights...

      UK Permanent Representation to the EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether staff based in UKRep Brussels were offered group therapy sessions by counsellors following the EU referendum result.

      Li Baiguang

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the death of Chinese human rights lawyer, Li Baiguang, on 25 February 2018; and what...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the recent deaths of (a) Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, (b) Peng Ming, political...

      Benjamin Ryalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to assist Mr and Mrs Dennis Ryalls to ascertain the cause of the death of their son,...

      UN Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty Review Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recommendations the UK will make to the second Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review...

      Haji Musa Mohammed Nur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations on the recent death in detention of Haji Musa Mohammed Nur to the Government of Eritrea.

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights situation and (b) level of religious freedom in Eritrea.

      South Sudan: Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for South Sudan.

      Money Laundering and Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for implementing the Government's new anti-money laundering and sanctions regime.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has held discussions with his Russian counterpart on that country’s development of new nuclear weapons; and if...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has held discussions with his US and South Korean counterparts on the Chinese-Russian proposal for the suspension of...

      Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage non-signatories to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many vehicles her Department (a) owns and (b) leases.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of blasphemy laws on religious minorities in Pakistan.

  • Attorney General

    • Personal Injury: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, how many proven fraudulent personal injury claims were made by (a) horse-riders, (b) pedestrians, (c) cyclists and (d) other vulnerable road users in the last 12 months.

    • Personal Injury: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, how many successful prosecutions there have been for personal injury insurance fraud in the UK court system in the last 12 months.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many students have applied to courses starting in Autumn (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to be a Nursing Associate in (i) Gloucester and (ii)...

    • Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were prescribed with a prosthetic limb, in each of the last five years.

      Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have had been treated for pulmonary arterial hypertension in England, in each of the last three years.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to the Ambulance Service on the timescales for responding to correspondence from Members of...

      Medical Treatments: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the yellow card system for reporting medical harms does not include (a) Graded Exercise Therapy and (b) Cognitive...

      NHS: South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group on funding for NHS services in South Tyneside.

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to medical research for the development of new medicines in each of the last three years.

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the level of funding from the public purse to be allocated to research for medicines in each of...

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) funding from the public purse for medical research is transparent; and (b) that...

      Mental Illness: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many unique patients have been prescribed (a) antipsychotic drugs, (b) stimulants and drugs to treat ADHD, (c) mood stabilisers and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) availability and (b) adequacy of GP services as a result of the publication of the British...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken by local authorities to tackle loneliness; and what support the...

      Parkinson's Disease: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners with Parkinson's disease in 2017.

      Carers: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to introduce free vaccinations for carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, What assessment (a) his Department and (b) NHS England has made of the potential resource efficiencies of redesigning NHS Inflammatory...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the number of unplanned admissions to A&E departments due to inflammatory bowel disease by hospital trust was in each of the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance the NHS provides to operational delivery networks on tackling hepatitis C to minimise variation in the effectiveness of...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to (a) investigate the lack of information given to pregnant women prescribed with sodium valproate in the 1970s...

      Prostate Cancer: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department collects information on the number of men who (a) were diagnosed late for and (b) died from prostate cancer by GP...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the capacity of mental health training for Registered General Nurses working on (a)...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many independent serious incident reviews were (a) commissioned and (b) completed (c) not completed by NHS England in each month...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of young people who have not received access to child and adolescent mental health services after...

      Prostate Cancer: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of prostate cancer screening in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

      Colorectal Cancer: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of bowel cancer screening in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether UK citizens resident in an EU country after the UK leaves the EU will be required to apply for a European Health Insurance Card...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will meet with Ministers in the devolved administrations to discuss (a) geographical and (b) gender disparity in life expectancy in...

      Palliative Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Health Education England plans to produce an end of life care core skills education and training framework to support health...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report by the APPG on Breast Cancer, A Mixed Picture: An Inquiry into Geographical Inequalities and Breast Cancer,...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to expand access to PACE treatment for people who have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when his Department plans to respond to the correspondence dated 19 December 2017 from the hon. Member for Colne Valley on a...

    • EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 2 March 2018 on the UK’s future economic partnership with the EU, whether the...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans he has to negotiate for reciprocal access for health care services across the EU.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which local authorities did not pass-through 93 percent of early years funding to early years providers in 2017-18; and which local...

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which local authorities allocated a quality supplement through the early years funding formula in 2017-18; and which local authorities...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities will have their early years hourly funding rates reduced in 2018-19; and what percentage that reduction in funding rate will...

      Out-of-School Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the scope of evidence that Ofsted is able to collect during its...

      Out-of-School Education: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on out-of-school education settings.

      Higher Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) Bexley Borough, and (c) London...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of applications to Russell Group universities were from pupils in each socio-economic group in each of the last five years.

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of support for young carers in education.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of careers advice in schools on vocational training.

      Out-of-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that unregistered schools do not continue to operate.

      Schools: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provides (a) guidance and (b) financial support to help schools fulfil their responsibilities under the General Data Protection...

      Residential Care Leadership Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the membership is of the Residential Care Leadership Board.

      Care to Learn Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many learners have been supported through Care to Learn funding in each of the last five years; and how much has been spent through that same...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adult learners were funded in 2016-17 to participate on (a) maths and English courses, (b) English courses only, (c) maths courses only and...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what number and proportion of academy schools have received a financial notice to improve in each of the last five years.

      Adult Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted inspections of adult education providers have involved inspectors undertaking on-site visits to sub-contracted provision (a) in the UK...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average length of time was for an apprenticeship programme undertaken by (a) women and (b) men in each sector subject area in 2016-17.

      Office for Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of higher education providers which will be outside of the registration frameworks of the Office for Students.

      Students: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what protections he plans to introduce for students studying at unregistered higher education providers.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of primary school pupils eligible for free school meals in (a) Nottinghamshire and b) England attend a school rated as (i) good or...

      Office for Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains his policy for the Office for Students to be the validator of last resort for Higher Education Institutions.

      Academies: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on the purchase and development of land and buildings for academies and free schools to date.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Early Years Workforce Strategy published in March 2017, whether he has made an assessment of the feasibility of a programme to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121830, how much was paid from the public purse to each company providing agency staff in each...

    • Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2018 to Question 125711, on Prisoners: Childbirth, whether his Department plans to record the number of women who...

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it remains his policy for prisons to give permission for young people referred by (a) police and (b) young offending teams to visit prisons as...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice , what support the Government is offering to women who have been the victims of up-skirting.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125576 and the Answer of 9 February 2018 to Question 126482, on prisons: repairs and maintenance,...

      Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded crimes were committed by people residing in bail and probation hostels by site in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.

      Witnesses: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 113046 on witnesses: video recordings, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what scoping of the state of the prison estate was conducted prior to the formulation of (a) lot 1, (b) lot 2, (c) lot 3 and (d) lot 4 and before the...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) names of providers and (b) value of each of the bids was of tenders submitted for (a) lot 1, (b) lot 2, (c) lot 3 and (d) lot 4 for the...

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of the offence of illegal working since the introduction of that offence.

      Brixton Prison: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) resignations and (b) dismissals there have been from the Chaplaincy Service at HMP Brixton in each of the last six months.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is after the issue date of the judgment for prisoners who have been granted release to directed premises by Parole Boards...

  • Treasury

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an exemption from climate change levy for energy used in some forms of transport in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

    • Natural Gas: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received a lower rate for supplies of gas to Northern Ireland in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an exemption from carbon price floor for coal slurry for use in electricity generation in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the UK has contributed to the European Investment Bank since that bank's inception.

      Tobacco: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in excise duties on tobacco products in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Corporation Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was collected in corporation tax from companies in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Marginal Tax Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the marginal tax rates applying to (a) men and (b) women at...

      Apprentices: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) male and (b) female apprentices who were paid less than the minimum wage in (i) the West Midlands...

      Combined Heat and Power: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an exemption from the carbon price floor for fuels used in small combined heart and power stations in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an exemption from the aggregates levy for china clay waste and ball clay waste in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the progress made by the banking sector on meeting the needs of vulnerable consumers.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Refuges: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that refuge services that are in receipt of Government funding in (a)...

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent representations his Department has received on the advertising of private property lettings explicitly to...

      Refuges: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's proposals for funding short-term supported...

      Refuges: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support has been made available to (a) Shropshire County Council and (b) Telford and Wrekin Council for the...

      Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the members of the Government's Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel were selected.

      Private Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to prevent landlords from discriminating against people on the basis that they are in receipt of...

      Hate Crime: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to improve the recording of hate crimes against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • MOD West Freugh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the West Freugh facility in Dumfries and Galloway.

    • MOD West Freugh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training exercises have been carried out at the West Freugh facility in Dumfries and Galloway in the last five years.

      MOD West Freugh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed at the West Freugh facility in Dumfries and Galloway.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve mental health support for (a) veterans and (b) serving Military personnel in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to implement a defence review before 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5th March 2018, Official Report, column 5, when he plans to launch a consultation on the Modernising Defence Programme.

      Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5 March 2018, Official Report, column 10, whether the Modernising Defence Programme is planned to include new risk...

      Norway: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5 March 2018, Official Report, column 11, whether training exercises in Norway are planned to return to normal...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to answer the letter of 12 February 2018, on military exercises and the MOD's duty of care, from the hon. Member for Bridgend.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that equipment purchased via the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation or single source procurement...

      Strike Experimentation Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on establishing the Strike Experimentation Group.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2018 to Question 128636, who the new Director of Economic Security and Prosperity is.

      Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accommodation properties owned by his Department were empty between January 2016 and January 2017.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the saving to the public purse as a result of the removal of disability premiums under universal credit.

    • Unemployment: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce youth unemployment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled universal credit claimants have been sanctioned for failing to undertake the required work-related activities.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the ability of vulnerable households without access to the internet to (a) make a new claim for universal...

      Universal Credit: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of agency and zero-hour workers who are enrolled on universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming universal credit are in paid employment and are paid weekly.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will issue guidance on accessing free and impartial financial advice on the support for mortgage interest payments loan.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund budget was spent on (a) transport, (b) childcare, (c) training and (d) other costs in each...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps (a) her Department and (b) SERCO have taken to provide the full terms and conditions of the Support for Mortgage Interest Payments...

      Universal Credit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many responsible carers with children have been sanctioned under universal credit provisions in the last two quarters.

      Jobcentre Plus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will meet with Ministers of the Welsh Government to discuss the potential merits of extending the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are in receipt of (a) child tax credit, (b) working tax credit and (c) both those tax credits by income decile.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 130479, on state retirement: pensions, how many complaints the Independent Case Examiners...

      Ethnic Minority Engagement Stakeholder Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the meetings he has attended with former members of the Department’s Ethnic Minority Engagement Stakeholder Group since...

      Welfare Tax Credits: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are in receipt of (a) child tax credit, (b) working tax credit and (c) both child and working tax credit by income decile...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who are in receipt of support for mortgage interest have applied for the replacement loan.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on legal costs seeking to prevent the publication of the Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the ability of Support for Mortgage Interest claimants to afford financial advice on whether to...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which organisations Serco signposts Support for Mortgage Interest claimants to for advice on deciding whether to take out a loan from her...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127702, if her Department will put transitional protections in place for the continued...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many face-to-face interviews have been conducted with Support for Mortgage Interest claimants to explain the replacement of that benefit...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many vehicles her Department (a) owns and (b) leases.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of a deposit return scheme for glass bottles.

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on UK agriculture of the UK leaving the EU single market and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many herds were located in each of the badger cull areas of the first (a) Gloucestershire, (b) Somerset and (c) Dorset...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that water companies prepare for cold weather; whether his Department plans to...

      Caviar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the civil sanctions in the Control of Trade in Endangered...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the resettlement of disabled refugees under the Dubs scheme.

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who were detained in immigration detention centres have been released into the community in each of the last five years.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been wrongfully detained in immigration detention centres for (a) 1 week, (b) 1 month, (c) 3 months, (d) 6 months...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims of compensation for wrongful detention were (a) received by the Home Office and (b) successful in each of the last five...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Immigration of 5 February 2018, Official Report, column 1211, when she expects the...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reviews of a person's detention in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre have been triggered by Rule 35 reports since 2015.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Dublin Regulation take charge requests were received by the her Department in 2017; from which EU member states those requests were...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the National Counter-Terror Policing network on tackling extreme right-wing threats.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any of the member of the National Counter Terror Network has requested additional resources to tackle threats from extreme...

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Scotland and Northern Ireland Account Management Team at UK Visas and Immigration have dealt with enquiries from...

      Firearms: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) she or (b) Ministers or Officials of her Department have discussed the shooting of 8 March 2018 in Wood Green with (i) the local...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK aid to Gaza is not used to fund the construction of tunnels from Gaza to Israel.

    • Nigeria and Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support programmes to tackle discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief in educational systems in...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will request from the Scottish Government details of (a) the land it holds and (b) the proportion of that land which has been judged surplus; and...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Blackburn

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Diocese of Blackburn has made of the potential merits of using its church spires for relaying...

    • Churches: Broadband and WiFi

      To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church of England has to make its buildings available for broadcasting (a) Wi-Fi and (b) broadband...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Arms Length Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 32 of his Department's document Public Bodies 2017, published in November 2018, what progress he has made on the review of...

    • Employment: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) private sector and (b) public sector employees in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South...

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the rate of excess winter deaths in 2017-18.

      Young People: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged 16 and 17 who are in (a) part-time and (b) full-time employment.

      Firearms: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many instances of gun crime have been reported in (a) Hornsey and Wood Green and (b) London in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the amount of trade was between the UK and countries with whom the UK has (a) a Customs Union arrangement and (b) no Customs Union...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the volume of trade was between the UK and countries with whom the UK has (a) a Free Trade Agreement and (b) no Free Trade Agreement in...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the volume and value of UK trade conducted with other countries on (a) WTO and (b) Free Trade Agreement or other preferential terms was...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much foreign direct investment there was into the UK from the Republic of Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many homes are connected to superfast broadband in Telford constituency.

    • Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has any powers to intervene over the removal of Channel 4 HD services from the Freesat satellite television network.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will consult all Members on the decision of the Administration...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Independent Industrial Strategy Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to whom the Industrial Strategy Council will be answerable.

    • Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what process will be in place for Her Majesty's Government to decide the next areas to benefit from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

      Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their process for selecting the next areas to benefit from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

      Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund projects will be permitted to fail.

      Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund money can be spent on basic research.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further assessment, if any, they have made following the report by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy The Impact of Brexit on...

      Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of job losses in the UK that might result if the US were to impose the proposed 25 per cent tariff on...

      Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact on the steel industry in the UK if the US were to impose the proposed 25 per cent tariff on steel imports.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Duaa Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 February (HL5316), what steps they are taking to seek clarification from the government of...

    • Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain regarding (1) the alleged torture of Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab at the Criminal Investigation...

      Gaza: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the increased restrictions on travel to and from Gaza.

      Israel: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Israel regarding the fines issued by Jerusalem municipality to properties owned by the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding that government's reported practice of charging Palestinians for the costs incurred in...

      Gaza: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the decline in the approval rate of applications for travel to and from Gaza for...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all patients with type 1 diabetes in England have access to flash glucose monitors.

    • Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each year between 2007 and 2017, (1) how many patients were treated by the NHS who were not ordinarily resident in the UK, (2) what was the gross...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process to recover money owed to the NHS from those patients who are treated by the NHS but who are not ordinarily resident in the UK and do not...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many beds were available in NHS hospitals in each year from 2007 to 2017; and what was the total number of instances where a delayed transfer of care...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients treated by NHS Accident and Emergency departments were under the influence of drugs or alcohol in each year from 2007 to 2017; and what is...

      Rare Diseases: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of access to specialist cross-border healthcare for sufferers of rare diseases following Brexit; and how they plan to ensure that...

      Midwives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been an increase in the number of midwives (1) registered to practise in the UK, and (2) practising in the NHS, over the past five years.

  • Department for International Development

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Palace of Westminster: Electricity

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the total annual electricity bill for the Palace of Westminster; and what proportion of that bill is paid by the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the levels of capital receipts available for building new council housing in each year since 2010, broken down by local authority.

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to replace EU structural funds after Brexit; and, if so, how.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Ocean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans they have to fulfil the functions formerly performed by HMS Ocean.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Home Office

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers have been recruited via the Direct Entry Superintendents Scheme in each year since that scheme was introduced.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific measures they will take to address the issues with the Northern Ireland border in the withdrawal negotiations with the EU.

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech by the Prime Minister on 2 March stating that "our access to each other's markets will be less than it is now", and to the remarks by the...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ascertain the views of each of the EU 27 parliaments on the UK's current position on Brexit.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the petition handed to 10 Downing Street by Stuart Bonar on 3 February, calling on the Prime Minister to negotiate with the...

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Council’s draft guidelines for the negotiation of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

      EU Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Council’s announcement that the UK will not be allowed to participate in EU institutions, agencies or bodies...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK remains a competitive destination for foreign firms.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the requirements for gender pay gap reporting could allow employers to submit fabricated information or avoid reporting.

    • Government Departments: Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 18 September 2017 (HL1445), whether all government departments and executive agencies with 250 or more...

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