Written answers

Friday, 16 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's most recent estimate of the total cost of High Speed Rail 2 is; and how much of that funding has been spent.

    • Department for Transport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money his Department has spent on each (a) consultant and (b) consultancy firm since 2010-11.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to review his Department's policy on parking on pavements.

      East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the partnership comprising Arup, SNC-Lavalin Transport Advisory (InterFleet) and EY to provide services to support him with his duties as...

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Directly Operated Railways has a valid safety certificate under the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 and...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place an updated copy of the contracted franchise payment profiles for all train operating companies in the Library.

      Southeastern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Southeastern on its compliance in delivering a minimum train length at all times on the Hastings Line,...

      Railway Industry Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implication for his policies of the report by Oxford Economics on behalf of the Railway Industry Association,...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Public and Commercial Services Union on the implications for public safety of the new satellite navigation test.

      Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to renew the plug-in car grant for electric vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the uptake levels of electric and low-emission vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent from the public purse through the Access to All fund to make improvements to railway stations in each years since 2006.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, of what factors Network Rail and his Department take account in deciding on allocations of Access to All funding.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what public funding other than Access to All funding is available for improvements to accessibility at railway stations.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway stations have received Access for All funding in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the nationwide trial of the 26-30 railcard was limited to 10,000 such railcards; and whether his Department took steps to ensure that...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the timetable of three weeks allocated by the Office of Rail and Road for a public consultation to...

      High Speed Trains: Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of ensuring the High Speed Trains on the East Midlands line will be PRM TSI compliant by 2020.

      Railways: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Network Rail’s procurement framework for Control Period 6 will encourage UK SMEs to tender...

      Roads: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether an announcement on the North West Relief Road and the large local majors scheme is still scheduled to take place in the summer of 2018.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of electronic vehicles on UK roads by 2028.

      Motor Vehicle Type Approval: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of the kit or replica cars on the road and (b) what proportion of vehicle emissions they represent.

      Motor Vehicle Type Approval: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Road vehicles: improving air quality and safety consultation, published by his Department in February 2018, what estimate he has...

      Bus Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a 16-25 bus discount scheme similar to the 16-25 railcard.

      Public Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequate provision of public transport in rural areas.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Research: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government's policy for Scotland to lead the UK in research and development investment.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the letter of the hon Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey of 4 of December...

      Living Wage: Thornbury and Yate

      To ask Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people are estimated to benefit from the planned rise in the national living wage to £7.83 in Thornbury and...

      Subscriptions: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on consumers' rights to request a refund if they were not made aware that they were on...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is (a) conducting a review and (b) undertaking other work on the deregulation of employment rights.

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Hon. Member for Burton of 13 March 2018 whether he plans to publish the...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of hon. Member for Burton of 13 March 2018, what plans he has to ensure that...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that signatories to the Prompt Payment Code pay all invoices within 30 days.

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to require signatories to the Prompt Payment Code to ensure that the payment terms in the code are...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Rohingya

      If he will take steps to secure a UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court following reports of violence in Myanmar towards the Rohingya in August 2017.

    • Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to his South Korean counterpart in advance of the proposed summit between Moon Jae-in and...

      Bermuda: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote education on LGBT+ rights in Bermuda.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Oman to encourage them to broker a peace deal in Yemen; and if he will...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Glasgow North of 16 November 2017 on the Consular Assistance...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on that government's failure to implement the UK-sponsored...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Uber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on services provided by Uber in each of the last five years.

      France: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on that government’s policies for the requirement to...

      Victim Support Schemes: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to continue to allocate a financial support grant of £100,000 to the Victim Support homicide...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the legislation passed by the Knesset on 7 March 2018 to enable...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 131113, on Syria: Armed Conflict, what progress has been made in...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on stability in the region of recent violence in Israel and the West Bank.

      Palestinians: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of institutionalised radicalism in the Palestinian territories.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.

      Hezbollah: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the amount of weapons held by Hezbollah.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government plans to place a Minister in the Department of Health in Northern Ireland in the absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to appoint an independent person to chair the next round of talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein and other political...

      Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will meet the Chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland to discuss the implementation of his report;...

      Devolution: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.

      St Patrick's Day: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information she holds on policing costs during St Patrick’s Day celebrations in 2017 in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has responded to the recommendations of the report by the Data and Research Working Group of the National...

    • Health Services: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to include the health care needs of Gypsies and Travellers in the commissioning of health services.

      NHS: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 3.4 of Oversight of NHS-controlled providers: consultation response, published in February 2018, which...

      NHS: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to ensure that maintenance of the rights of members of the public to (a) inspect and (b) obtain copies of the (i)...

      King George Hospital Redbridge: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains his Department's policy to close King George Hospital Accident and Emergency Department.

      Organs: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate levels of funding for organ transplant operations after the roll-out of the opt-out only...

      Mental Illness: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the report of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute on people...

      Asylum: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on the provision of health care for asylum seekers in interim accommodation centres.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish a new five year AMR Strategy, and whether that strategy will include best practice on infection...

      General Practitioners: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the GP to patient ratio was for Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group in each year since 2010.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) actual and (b) full time equivalent health visitors who have been employed in...

      Liverpool Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for the contract awarded for the provision of health services at HMP Liverpool of the...

      Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the recommendations of the review conducted by Dr Bill Kirkup, Report of the Liverpool Community Health...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times at A&E departments on (a) Fridays and (b) Saturday evenings.

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of non-UK doctors not meeting the £55,000 salary threshold to qualify for Tier 2...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department plans to provide support for health services in Gaza as a result of the recent findings of the United Nations...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129962, on Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government, what recent (a)...

      Ethiopia: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the level of food security in Ethiopia.

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve participation of students from under-represented areas in further or higher education.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of apprenticeship starts since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support kinship carers.

      Universities: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to secure compensation for students affected by strike action by university lecturers; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the new national funding formula on the salaries of teachers in schools in England.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to allocate funding for the training of educational psychologists after 2020.

      Collective Spirit Multi-Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2018 to Question 126339 on Collective Spirit Multi-Academy Trust and the Answer of 8 February to Question 126463...

      Collective Spirit Multi-Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what due diligence checks were undertaken on the (a) suitability to run and (b) experience and knowledge of running schools of the people who set up...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22952 on Schools Admissions, whether he plans to strengthen the position of siblings in...

      Free School Meals: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the changes to the eligibility of free school meals...

      Foster Care in England Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2018 to Question 130540, on Foster Care in England Independent Review, if he will publish the specific evidence...

      Free School Meals: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has he made of the effect of changes to free school meals as a result of universal credit on children in Liverpool; and will he make a...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, further to his oral statement of 13 March 2017 on Spring Statement, if he will publish the allocation of the £500 million funding to vulnerable...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what percentage of state-funded pupils benefited from a partnership between an independent school and a state-funded school in (a) 2016,...

      Further Education: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for further education provision in Cheshire as a result of the the announcement made on 9 March...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he had made of the number of children who will be eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare in the summer term 2018.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2018 to Question 131381 on Children: Day care, for which local authority and for what reasons that disapplication...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) three and (b) four year olds are eligible for 30 hours funded childcare.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many 3 and 4 year olds receive the early years Disability Access Fund.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many families have (a) registered and (b) re-registered for a 30 hours of funded childcare place for the summer 2018 term prior to the 31 March...

      Universities: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions his Department has had with universities on student mental health services.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences

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

    • Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in custody applied for a place in a mother and baby unit in 2017.

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women who had babies or infants resident with them in prison had those children taken away from them in 2017.

      Prisoners: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were known to be pregnant while on remand or serving a sentence in prison in 2017.

      Liverpool Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to respond to recent reports on conditions at HMP Liverpool.

      Prison Officers: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who had a prison officer grade were (a) dismissed and (b) resigned in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many FTE National Careers Service staff were working in prisons at (a) 1 March 2016, (b) 1 March 2017 and (c) 1 March 2018.

      Prisons: Vocational Guidance

      o ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to announce the timetable for arrangements to replace National Careers Service provision in prisons.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will take steps to ensure the accessibility of early legal advice; and what steps are being taken to include proposals to increase the...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to review the scope of individuals covered by the position of trust terms of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to include (a) youth workers,...

  • Treasury

    • Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 8 in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bank Services: Travellers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to encourage the banking sector to improve financial inclusion for Gypsies and Travellers.

      Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the total cost cap on payday lending to high-cost credit products.

      Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page two of Walking on Thin Ice: the cost of financial insecurity, published by Citizens Advice on 22 February 2018, if he will make an...

      Shareholders: Sanctions

      To ask the Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps she is taking to ensure that funds raised by foreign companies through initial public offerings in London do not finance companies under US...

      Pensions: Low Incomes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people from low-income households to save towards their pensions.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2018 to Question 126732, what the evidential basis is for HMRC’s estimation that less than one per cent of...

      Money Laundering: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 130173, on Money Laundering: Prosecutions, if he will list the individuals successfully prosecuted under...

      Personal Income: Mid Sussex

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent increases in the National Living Wage and the personal allowance on the personal incomes of Mid Sussex...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential monies that would accrue to the public purse of the introduction of revenue-based taxes on multinational companies.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has had discussions with the Home Office on the re-introduction of the alcohol duty escalator; and if he will make a statement.

      Treasury: Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £24.8 million allocated to...

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £260 million allocated to...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Media: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether social media platforms are required to (a) report to the police, (b) cooperate with a police investigation and...

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will permit people running in local council elections to put their electoral ward as their address for personnel...

      Rented Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average cost of renting a property in (a) the social rented sector and (b) the...

      Social Rented Housing: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the social housing Green Paper is planned to include measures to increase the supply of social housing.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local troubled family co-ordinators there were working as part of the Troubled Families Programme in each...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of defence contracts that procured through single source contracts in each year since 2013.

    • Ministry of Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military personnel and (b) civilian support staff have been based in Scotland in each of the last 5 years.

      Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of defence industry jobs have been located mainly in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many expressions of interest his Department has received on the supply of the future Mechanised Infantry Vehicle.

      Army Air Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current liability is of 661 Squadron Army Air Corps.

      MOD Caledonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future of Caledonia base in Rosyth.

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of euthanized military working dogs.

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to extend the armed forces mental health helpline service to veterans.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accommodation properties owned by his Department were rented to non-military personnel between January 2016 and January 2017.

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the 91 sites referenced on page 5 of his Department's document entitled A Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, how much...

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Written Statement of 6 September 2016, on Defence Estate Rationalisation, HCWS 133, whether he has any revisions to...

      Ministry of Defence: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2016 to Question 54025, on Ministry of Defence: Capita, if he will update those figures to date.

      Ministry of Defence: Uber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on services provided by Uber in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many houses rented by his Department are currently unoccupied.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £12.7 million...

      Armed Forces: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects Morpheus will receive a supply of radios to enable them to transmit data from their platforms to other users.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing (a) time and (b) accuracy targets for the (i) processing of universal...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 11 of the DWP claimant service and experience survey 2015 to 2016, published on 17 January 2017, what steps her...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on lowering the taper rate for universal credit.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the outstanding money under the Child Maintenance Service's collect and pay system is...

      Independent Case Examiner: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many apologies for administrative error have been issued by the Independent Case Examiner’s Office in each of the last five years.

      Independent Case Examiner: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints to the Independent Case Examiner’s Office has taken longer than 43 weeks to resolve since being accepted for...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the Credit Union Expansion Project has been closed; and if she will make a statement.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints relating to the equalisation of the state pension age investigation case managers at the office of the Independent Case...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many independent case managers at the office of the Independent Case Examiner are working on cases relating to complaints on the...

      Universal Credit: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children are included on universal credit claims in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims in Scotland include a child component.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Public Footpaths: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the funding for the maintenance of the England Coast Path will be in line with the National Funding Formula for...

    • Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the proposed EU ivory ban; and whether the Government has responded to the...

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to stop the spread of Phytophthoras in woodlands since May 2015; and if he will make a...

      Xylella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with the horticulture industry to contain the spread of xylella fastidiosa.

      Dame Glenys Stacey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hours Dame Glenys Stacey will be working on the review of the rules associated with the current subsidy payments system.

      Dame Glenys Stacey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements his Department has made with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that Dame Glenys Stacey will be able to...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of using blockchain technology to store information on (a)...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its Resources and Waste Strategy for 2018.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 27 February to Question 129074, which person or body carries out the monitoring to which he...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Landscape Funding programme on his...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department plans to use the Statements of Environmental Opportunity from National Character Area profiles to ensure...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans he has put in place to ensure the provision of mains water to (a) businesses and (b) households in...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on new IT capabilities to enable the (a) registration and (b) regulation of chemical...

      Fish: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on developing a new catch certificate system for UK (a) fish and (b) fish products...

      Ozone Layer: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of a UK system to manage the quota of (a) fluorinated gases and (b)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will take steps to prohibit the scorching of moorland in areas surrounding rivers and lakes with a high...

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will ensure that the criminal sanctions that apply to offences under the Control of Trade in Endangered...

  • Home Office

    • National Online Hate Crime Hub

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of cases that will be submitted to the National Online and Hate Crime Hub in the first year of its...

    • Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the expected (a) completion and (b) publication date of her Department’s review of the operation of the Psychoactive...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of modern slavery will potentially be affected by the proposed reduction in weekly subsistence payments.

      Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual Government allocation to the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner was in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, and (c)...

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the lack of access to healthcare for immigrants from West Indian nations due to disputes over their...

      Home Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of her Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

      Undocumented Workers: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information on (a) labour rights and (b) access to advice and remedy is routinely provided to workers who (i) file a complaint with and...

      Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the head of the Security Industry Authority on the treatment of visitors wearing turbans to...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with police forces across England to protect children from sexual exploitation.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey dated 25...

      Refugees: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129976 on Refugees, when she plans to publish the evaluation of the implementation of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the ability of MPAM to respond to correspondence from hon. Members within the service standard of 20 working...

      Passports: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures his Department has in place to provide compensation for lost passports, personal documents and application forms.

      Passports: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 130076, on Passports: Postal Services, whether it is UK Immigration and Visas policy...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the number of police officers in (a) England and Wales and (b) Gloucestershire; and if she will make a...

      Undocumented Migrants: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) his Department and (b) Cifas has undertaken an audit of the bank refusals made in error between January and July 2016 identified...

      Undocumented Migrants: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for information to be provided to his Department by Cifas for immigration enforcement.

      Offences against Children: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will commission an independent public inquiry into the abuse of children in Telford with a structure and processes that provide past...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Keith Cochrane

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings with Ministers Keith Cochrane attended in his role on the Government Network of non-Executive directors.

    • Cabinet Office: Drinking Water

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money his Department has spent on bottled water in each year since 2010.

      Government Departments: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many impact assessments Government Departments have conducted since 2015.

      Cabinet Office: Presidents Club

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what records his Department holds on whether Ministers or officials from Government Departments were invited to the Presidents Club Dinner on 18...

      National Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the remit of the new National Security Communications Unit will be; and if he will make a statement.

      DHL

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons DHL is no longer a strategic supplier to Government.

      Cabinet Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to answer Question 123288 asked on 17 January 2018.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many exceptions to the legal requirements set out in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles there have been since 2010; and to which...

      Childcare Implementation Taskforce

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the reason is for the omission of the Childcare Implementation Taskforce from the list of Cabinet Committees and Implementation Taskforces...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Import Duties: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations the Government has made to the (a) White House and (b) US Department of Commerce on the imposition of tariffs on steel...

    • Exports: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department had made of the proportion of steel exports to the US by value which are specialist steel products that the US...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the level of financial losses experienced by gamblers on fixed-odds betting...

    • Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support programmes tackling the misuse of drugs in professional sport.

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage collaboration in the music industry between the UK and the EU.

      Social Media: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress her Department has made with social media platforms on a voluntary code of practice for online (a) abuse...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of an expansion in youth full-time social action on the number of young people not...

      Commonwealth Games: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will take steps to ensure that people employed by contractors at the 2022 Commonwealth Games are paid the...

      Cultural Heritage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on the heritage sector of the reduction in the Heritage Lottery Fund...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much local content television channels established under the Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012 have...

      Government Departments: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 118594, on Government Departments: Flags, whether any government...

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to regulate in-game purchasing in video games.

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the game mechanics of (a) loot boxes and (b) similar in-game reward...

      Northamptonshire County Council: Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 131194, how many representations he has received on Northamptonshire...

      Northamptonshire County Council: Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 131194, on Northamptonshire County Council: Public Libraries, what the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will publish the advice she received from the DUP in relation to her visit to Belfast on 12 February 2018 during the negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Fein;...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost to the House has been of payments made to hon. Members who have not taken their seats in the House in respect of their Parliamentary duties, in each...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Legal Profession: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the scope of gender pay reporting applies at the level of partner at legal firms who employ over 250 staff.

    • Females: Footwear

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Equality Act 2010 so that women at work are not forced to wear footwear which is...

      Gender Recognition Act 2004

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish the consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 announced on 23 July 2017.

      LGBT People: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many non-binary respondents made submissions to the Government Equalities Office’s nationwide LGBT survey.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Wylfa Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reach a decision on the shape of public financial involvement in the proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey.

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech on 2 March, what assessment they have made of associate membership of EURATOM.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Professions: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the certification of professional qualifications to be agreed through mutual recognition under the Brexit negotiations for doctors,...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of the abolition of maintenance grants on university students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and (2) the report...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Torpedoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is planned for UK P8 aircraft to use the US Mark 54 torpedo in place of the UK Stingray; what the cost of new weapon stocks will be; and what...

  • Home Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 March (HL5646), whether the improvements to Action Fraud's IT systems will include allowing...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about security arrangements for the border between Northern Ireland and the...

      UK Border Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the Border Force in Northern Ireland following Brexit.

      UK Border Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current numerical strength of the Border Force in Northern Ireland; and what plans they have for recruitment, in the light of Brexit.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the PSNI regarding border security, in the light of Brexit.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a required skill for the purposes of immigration; in which sectors of the economy such skills are needed; whether they intend that that...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Absent Voting: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 July 2017 (HL3), 15 September 2017 (HL1448), and 13 October 2017 (HL1671), whether the Chief...

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