Written answers

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing additional funding for real-time continuous glucose monitoring.

    • Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the creation of a central appraisal system to monitor variations in...

      Nurses: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses have left employment with the NHS after the UK voted to leave the EU.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the level of GP shortages in (a) Chelmsford, (b) Ormskirk, (c) Lincoln, (d) Sunderland, (e)...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has allocated funding for research into new treatments for diabetes.

      European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy for the UK to remain part of the European Food Safety Agency in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

      Dental Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure rural areas have adequate access to dentists; and whether the Government provides...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a requirement for people who qualify for free NHS prescriptions to...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much it cost NHS hospitals in England to maintain their parking facilities in (a) 2010, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016 and (e) 2017.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral contribution of 1 February 2018, Official Report, column 1083, what recent discussions he has had with NHS...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the mean cost is to park at an NHS hospital in England for one hour.

      Health Services and Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the government is taking to ensure that the UK continues to attract the best talent in science and healthcare after the UK...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the need for additional investment in the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency...

      Patients: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role the General Medical Council plays in (a) assessing and (b) enforcing safeguarding measures put in place by NHS trusts after...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the process is for updating NICE guidelines on transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to increase access to transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedures in England.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage (a) clinical commissioning groups and (b) primary care clinicians to tackle variations in access to...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits for children's oral health of an England version of Scotland’s...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to extend NHS England’s Starting Well scheme to more than the 13 local authorities in which it has been introduced...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on take-up rates for healthy start benefits among...

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the publication, The government's mandate to NHS England for 2018-19, published on 20 March 2018, for what reasons the...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS workers who will benefit from the pay-rise announcement of 21 March 2018 in...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his department is taking to measure the effect of the availability of cheap alcohol on rates of alcohol-related hospital...

      NHS: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the GP at Hand service on funding for NHS services in Tower Hamlets.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of its decision to change NHS funding for postgraduate nursing courses in England.

      NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Health of 20 March 2018, Official Report, Column 144, on NHS Trusts:...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of consultant neurologists in the NHS.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of cheap alcohol on the rates of alcohol-related mortality for (a) young people and (b)...

      Halton Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 19 March 2018 to Question 132568 on Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, whether the previous interim Accounting...

      Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions staff at Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust have not been paid on time in each of the last two...

      West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has introduced financial incentives for GP Practices that do not refer patients...

      NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to prevent hospital trusts from transferring estate and facilities staff out of the NHS and into wholly-owned subsidiary...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits for children's oral health of providing supervised tooth-brushing...

      Dental Health: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the tends in the level of oral health problems in care home residents.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the next Child Dental Health Survey.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to increase the level of medical support for people who have brain tumours.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that claimants who are moved on to universal credit when employment and support allowance is withdrawn after an assessment...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the criteria for assessments for personal independence payments for people with mental...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 March 2018 on Access to Work Scheme, HCWS563, what estimate her Department has made of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a universal credit claimant in the support group requires a claimant commitment.

      Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have received overpayments due to errors by her Department.

      Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that universal credit overpayments caused by errors by her Department are not recoverable from claimants.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to allow third parties to submit DS1500 forms on behalf of terminally ill universal credit claimants.

      Government Departments: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure disabled access and facilities are made available at all job centres and any other Departmental...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances her Department can impose fines on the Centre of Health and Disability Assessments under the contract to provide...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money her Department has recovered in financial penalties from (a) Centre for Health and Disability Assessments and (b) Independent...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints her Department has received on (a) conduct during and (b) the quality of health assessments provided by the Centre of...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that (a) employment and support allowance and (b) universal credit claimants are advised by letter calling them for an...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government takes to monitor the quality of assessments provided by (a) Centre for Health and Disability Assessments and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will examine tribunal decisions for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments to provide...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the benefits of the outsourcing of health assessments to (a) Centre for Health and...

      Employment: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department plans to take to help people who have learning difficulties find work.

      National Insurance: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children who are living in families where the parent has indefinite leave to remain but...

      National Insurance: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have indefinite leave to remain and have reached the end of their eligibility for asylum support are waiting to receive a...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's internal review in 2009 of the descriptors in the work capability assessment, if she will publish the...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many private sector organisations hold level (a) one, (b) two and (c) three accreditation under the disability confident scheme; and...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of mandatory reconsiderations upheld the initial decision on (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment support...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the publication of a survey into the Traffic Regulations Orders...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) her Department and (b) any of its agencies has entered into contracts with Cambridge Analytica since 2012.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of (a) the effect on vulnerable benefit claimants of the requirement to pay in advance for front travel costs...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the length of time assessors of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which mental illnesses will not be recognised as disabling in the new Personal Independence Payment guidelines.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for split payments under Universal Credit have (a) been made and (b) been granted.

      Department for Work and Pensions: SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) her Department and (b) any of her Department's agencies entered into contracts with Strategic Communication Laboratories in each...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the number of calls to the universal credit helpline received each week has increased since it became a free service.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions the Scottish Government has had with her Department on the early payment of winter fuel payments to people who are off-grid;...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending implicit consent to universal credit to ensure that authorised third parties...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will assess the potential merits of requiring an entry to be made in the journals of universal credit claimants' journals to confirm...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the types of reasons are to date that have prompted a natural migration to universal credit from legacy benefits.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the difference in weekly benefit income is for a claimant who is migrated to universal credit from an employment and support allowance...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2018 to Question 131814 on Universal Credit: Scotland, what the timetable is for the initial workshop on...

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to improve assessments and decision-making processes for blind and partially sighted people who claim personal...

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the Personal Independence Payment assessment process is accessible to people with sight loss.

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that personal independence payment assessors understand sight loss.

      Pensions: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress has been made on the Pensions Dashboard Prototype project.

      Social Security Benefits: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of personal independence payment and and disability living allowance assessments which...

      Social Security Benefits: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has any specific policies on personal independence payment and disability living allowance assessments for pregnant women.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans automatically to split benefits payments between two partners in a relationship.

  • Home Office

    • Hate Crime: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings her Department has had with social media companies on tackling online hate crime.

    • Asylum: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to allocate funding for volunteering opportunities for people seeking asylum in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber...

      Passports: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the importance of local value in deciding the preferred bidder for the new contract to produce...

      Passports: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that the new British blue passports are produced in the UK.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to investigate the allegations of data theft by (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) Strategic Communications...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what quality control and safeguards his Department has in place to ensure that errors in HMRC tax correspondence are identified.

    • Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason incorrect tax information was included in letters recently sent by his Department to people in receipt of a mineworkers pension.

      Revenue and Customs: Resignations

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are estimated to have left HMRC as a result of the Government’s Building Our Future programme to date.

      Aviation: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from VAT on flight training in the last five years for which data is available.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to review current avenues for claiming tax relief.

      Revenue and Customs: East Kilbride

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department have had with (a) HMRC staff, (b) local trade union representatives and (c) the local community on the potential...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has any responsibility to support RBS in retaining its customers.

      Entrepreneurs' Relief

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department last undertook a review of entrepreneurs' relief; and what the findings of that review were.

      Revenue and Customs: Length of Service

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many permanent HMRC staff in post at the end of financial year 2014-15 had worked for that organisation for (a) under five years, (b) five to nine...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make bring forward legislative proposals to amend s.660 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 in respect of the tax status...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out all companies that have been fined by HMRC for breaching the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 after June 2017.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Film and Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK television and film production sector.

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care tackling childhood obesity through...

      Sportsgrounds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to provide funding for small sports clubs to renovate their stadiums.

      Mobile Phones: Ochil and South Perthshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of mobile phone masts in Ochil and South Perthshire constituency.

      Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner on Cambridge Analytica.

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring secondary ticketing websites to state that they are (a)...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a percentage cap on the amount that tickets can be sold...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Retail Trade: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage high street retailers to reduce their carbon footprint.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evidence his Department holds of energy retail price caps having been successfully introduced into competitive...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government’s policy is on onshore wind farming; and what plans he has to encourage growth in that sector...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits to the Scottish manufacturing sector of the development of floating...

      Nuclear Power: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2018 to Question 126434 and with reference to House of Commons Library Deposited...

      Fracking: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 25 October 2017, Official Report, column 300, what the evidential basis...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which UK coal-fired power stations supplied the National Grid during the week commencing 26 February 2018; and if he...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that consumers can access the cheapest energy tariffs without the need to...

      Private Sector: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the number of companies, restaurant chains and shops that require staff to...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the recommendations directed towards the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on a further extension of the smart meter SMETS1 end date.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on finding a business model for carbon capture storage and utilisation which goes beyond...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Committee on Climate Change on the advancement of carbon capture storage and...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to respond to the Oxburgh Report on carbon capture storage and utilisation.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to re-target the Renewable Heat Incentive towards lower carbon forms of heating; and if he will...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Committee on Climate Change on re-targeting the Renewable Heat Incentive towards...

      District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to establish a public database of UK heat networks; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Improvement: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will benefit from the landlords' liability fund for improving...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) level of further cost-effective energy efficiency measures that could be...

      Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to action number 1.2 on page 21 of Upgrading Our Energy System Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan,...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that savings from the roll-out of smart meters will be passed on to consumers.

      Employment: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to help women get back into work after maternity leave.

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Government onthe Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) domestic and (b) small non-domestic energy customers are presently on time of use tariffs.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2018 to Question 125469, what the difference is between the installation cost...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February to Question 127494, on Energy: Meters, what progress has been made on ensuring...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) men, and (b) women have been in precarious employment in each year since 2011.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times his Department has met the Trustees of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme to discuss the surplus-sharing...

      Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of pubs that have closed in each UK constituency in the last five years.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2018 to Question 131688, which local authorities have rehoused the 64 households...

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2018 to Question 131885 on Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to requisition empty (a) flats and (b) houses that have been used for (i) speculation...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans for infrastructure utility providers to become statutory consultees on planning applications.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Nuclear Biological and Chemical Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on the Defence, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centre in each of the last five years.

    • Army Foundation College: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons AFC Harrogate has not been inspected for welfare and duty of care issues since 2012.

      Syria: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British military personnel are operating in Syria; from which regiments did they come from; and where in that country those personnel are based.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which armed opposition groups in Syria are being trained by UK armed forces; and where that training is taking place.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Saudi Royal Airforce pilots have been trained under UK military programmes or under programmes supported by the UK military; and how many such...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) UK armed forces and (b) BAE Systems has a role in helping to maintain or repair Saudi aircraft being used in the war in Yemen.

      Ministry of Defence: Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has (a) had any contact and (b) held any contracts with Cambridge Analytica or its parent company SCL Group Limited or as...

      Egypt: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Egyptian military officers who have been trained in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Cambridge Analytica and (b) SCL Group is approved to hold international partners information classified as confidential and above.

      Military Bases: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to retain civilian support jobs in York following the planned closure of Queen Elizabeth Barracks and Imphal Barracks.

      Burma: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the attendance of members of the Myanmar military at the...

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to transfer surplus MoD land to local authorities in Scotland at no cost.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK contribution will be to NATO's new Joint Support and Enabling Command.

      NATO: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking with NATO Maritime Command to increase awareness of naval readiness across the NATO alliance.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether (a) his Department and (b) any of its agencies has entered into contracts with Cambridge Analytica since 2012.

    • Scotland Office: Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has met representatives of (a) SCL Group, (b) Strategic Communication Laboratories and (c) Cambridge Analytica in the last five years.

      Scotland Office: Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department or its agencies has entered into contracts with SCL group or Cambridge Analytica.

      Scotland Office: SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether (a) his Department and (b) any of his Department's agencies entered into contracts with Strategic Communication Laboratories in each year since...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2018 to Question 12507 on Department for International trade: staff, if his Department will publish data...

    • UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2018 to Question 125208 on UK trade with the EU and with reference to each agreement mentioned at the...

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2018 to Question 125208 on UK trade with the EU, whether any third countries have made any proposals...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has to begin formal negotiations on trade deals with (a) Australia, (b) New Zealand, (c) Canada and (d) the United...

      Department for International Trade: Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has met representatives of (a) SCL Group and (b) Cambridge Analytica.

      Developing Countries: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of UK trade agreements with developing countries on the economies of those countries...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the recommendations directed towards the DVSA arising from the Cabinet Office's Regulatory Futures Review, published in...

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of the M4 second Severn Crossing tolls on 31 December 2018 on levels of road congestion on...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to minimise disruption to road users arising from the removal of toll booths and plazas as a result of the abolition of...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) a phased reduction of toll fees over a period of several years and (b) other...

      Roads: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to fill potholes throughout London.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on fee levels for (a) merchant seafarer training and certification and (b)...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Surveying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many marine surveyors were recruited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18; and what the total...

      Merchant Shipping: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the 2010 Manila amendments to the Seafarer, Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention, if he will take steps to ensure...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the £300 million allocated by his Department to Network Rail for improvement works on the Southern and Thameslink networks will be...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people are represented on his Department's working group on taxi and private hire licensing.

      Taxis: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of making disability equality training a requirement for all (a) taxi and (b)...

      Department for Transport: Hedgehogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) agencies of his Department to (i) protect and (ii) support hedgehogs since his appointment as...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the outputs published from the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum hosted by the Commonwealth...

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support proposals for peace talks in Yemen.

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the right to freedom of religion and belief will (a) be discussed at the Commonwealth...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided (a) financial and (b) other support to (i) Jaish al-Islam, (ii) Ahrar al-Sham and (iii)...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information the Government holds on the identity of the armed opposition group in Syria which Bherlin Gildo supported; and...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Government support for armed opposition groups in Syria in each...

      British Overseas Territories: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the UK is able to respond quickly to hurricanes affecting UK Overseas Territories.

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, what assessment he has made of the charges which have been brought...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) his Department and (b) any of its agencies has entered into contracts with Cambridge Analytica since 2012.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK-supplied military-related equipment does the Government assess that Turkey is using in operations in Afrin.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions on Myanmar took place at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 26 February; and if he will make a statement.

      Hong Kong: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect the proposed Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23 legislation on British...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department have held with representatives of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Payroll Deduction Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether officials in his Department who are members of credit unions have the facility to make deposits through payroll deductions.

    • Palestinians: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage other Governments to honour the reconstruction pledges made at the 2014 Cairo Conference.

  • Department for Education

    • Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the recommendations direct towards Ofsted arising from the Cabinet Office's Regulatory Futures Review, published in...

    • Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what definition his Department uses for a mature (a) full-time student and (b) part-time student.

      Pupil Referral Units: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase availability opportunities for physical activities for children and young people in Pupil Referral Units.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provides to children in care to help them integrate into new families.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on developing data exchange arrangements to identify the movement of (a) EU and (b) third...

    • Veterinary Medicine: Homoeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has any evidence which shows that homeopathic vets are a risk to animal welfare by using homeopathy...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money his Department has raised from the sale of (a) assets, (b) land and (c) buildings in each year since 2010.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with the Environment Agency on delaying the planned increase in permit charges...

      Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to introduce the mandatory labelling of non-halal meat.

      Agriculture: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to help farmers affected by heavy falls of snow in March 2018.

      Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission an independent investigation into the (a) causes and (b) effects of poverty in rural areas.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that women’s views are represented in negotiations to leave the EU.

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he had with his Cabinet colleagues before 19 March 2018 on leaving fishing rights under EU control during a...

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members' Constituency Work

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Committee will make representations to the Independent...

  • Attorney General

    • Money Laundering

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127856 on money laundering, how many of those businesses have been fined more than once; and what the (a)...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132229 on Wales Office: Buildings, what the cost to his Department was of the rented accommodation in...

    • Wales Office: Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether (a) his Department and (b) any of its agencies has entered into contracts with Cambridge Analytica since 2012.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people released after being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 have subsequently been convicted of a crime in each year for which...

    • Refugees: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to reinstate legal aid in refugee family reunion cases.

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2018 to Question 132222, on Ministry of Justice: Buildings, what the annual cost is of his Department occupying each...

      Ministry of Justice: Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) his Department and (b) any of its agencies has entered into contracts with Cambridge Analytica since 2012.

      Ministry of Justice: SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) his Department and (b) any of his Department's agencies entered into contracts with Strategic Communication Laboratories in each year since 2010.

      Child Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding his Department has allocated to support the establishment and operation of child contact centres in England in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Cambridge Analytica​ and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has met with representatives of (a) SCL Group and (b) Cambridge Analytica.

      Ministry of Justice: Cambridge Analytica​ and SCL Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) his Department and (b) agencies of his Department have had contracts with (i) SCL Group, (ii) Cambridge Analytica.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether non-UK EU citizens will be able to vote in local elections after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Regulatory Futures Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 8 of his Department's document Regulatory Futures Review, published in January 2018, whether he has received such a report on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet office, what steps he is taking to increase voter registration among under-registered groups.

      Electoral Register: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet office, what steps his Department has taken to make it easier for victims and survivors of domestic violence to register to vote anonymously.

      Devolution: Scotland

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Transport

    • Ferries: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sufficiency of the frequency of sailings of ferry services between Northern Ireland and the UK mainland; and how often such...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Brexit

      To ask the Leader of the House how much time she proposes that the House will allocate to the debate of the final draft of the Brexit agreement.

    • Insolvency

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to propose a debate in the House of Lords on their consultation on Insolvency and Corporate Governance, announced on 20 March.

      Statutory Instruments: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House whether statutory instruments before the House for approval following consideration in Grand Committee are debatable; whether there is any time limit on such...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 1 February (HL5095), for which periods, from 2004, the word “required” was used in the factsheet...

    • Liquefied Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much liquefied natural gas has been imported into the UK since 1 January; and from which countries.

      Sharing Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to improve workers’ rights for the self-employed and workers in the gig economy.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a loophole for electricity generating units of 3MWTh (MW thermal) under the EU Emissions Trading System.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision to replace net demand with gross demand in calculating Capacity Market charges for suppliers.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to classify grid-scale storage as electricity generation.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the electricity market of system operators and network owners owning and operating electricity storage.

      Regional Electricity Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to set a deadline for distribution network operators to transition to distribution system operators.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of recent criminal and terrorist acts targeting members of minority communities in Iraq; and what discussions they have...

    • Iraq: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq about practical steps that can be taken to (1) support and...

      Pakistan: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the recent ruling that all Pakistani citizens must declare their religion when applying for...

      USA: Asia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the United States administration’s vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Jerusalem: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel to protect the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem.

      Russia: Crimea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Russia regarding reasonable local automony for ethnic and cultural groups in the Crimea, including...

      South Africa: Property Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the motion passed in the Parliament of South Africa on 1 March to confiscate land without compensation from white farmers.

      Gaza: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 March (HL5727), what progress has been made on easing movement and access into and out of Gaza,...

      Golan Heights: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minster of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on 5 March (HC130079), whether they will now make an assessment of the...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of incursions by Spanish state vessels into the British waters around Gibraltar in the last 12 months.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to assess the views and concerns of all the UK Overseas Territories regarding the UK’s departure from the EU.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what economic and logistical plans they are making to assist the UK Overseas Territories following the UK’s departure from the EU.

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, are employed by the Crown Prosecution Service; and how many (a) men, and (b) women, hold senior posts.

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of domiciled students in England in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2016–17, aged (a) 18 to 24, and (b) 25 and over, who were taking (i)...

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is provided to Multi-Academy Trusts on the appointment of members.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Legislatures

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answers by Lord McFall of Alcluith on 5 February (HL5378) and on 6 March (HL5733) and by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 February...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rules govern council taxes and business rates on (1) blocks of flats for university students, (2) houses in multiple occupation let to university students,...

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Help to Buy loans have been repaid before the end of the five year interest free period.

      Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the advice they have provided to public bodies, local authorities and housing associations following the fire and safety test...

      Grenfell Tower: Fire Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to undertake further tests to determine whether the type of fire doors installed at Grenfell Tower in 2013 conformed to the appropriate fire...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock Industry: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 February (HL5471), how the remaining 20 per cent proposed charge for permit variation that...

    • Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conversations they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland on the rights of Northern Ireland-based fishermen after Brexit.

      Environment Protection: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so when, they will publish a list of the statutory instruments that will be laid subsequent to the passing of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill,...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they took into account the visa humanitarian exemption in the case of Ernesto Schwartz-Marin and his wife Arely Cruz-Santiago who have been ordered to...

    • Asylum: Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Sri Lankan nationals have sought asylum in each year since 1 January 2007; and how many were successful.

      Slavery: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all positive reasonable grounds decisions made under the National Referral Mechanism for children result in the recording of a crime of modern slavery.

      Slavery: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crimes of modern slavery involving children have been recorded since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the inspection process and sanctions if a public authority fails to comply with section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Slavery: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have requested re-consideration of a negative National Referral Mechanism decision in the past three years.

      Runaway Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of children being re-trafficked after going missing from local authority care.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the review into the legal position of police firearms officers will be concluded; and whether they intend to publish the findings of that review.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued any policy guidance to help immigration caseworkers assess the character and conduct of highly-skilled migrants applying for visas to work...

      Undocumented Migrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been apprehended when illegally entering the UK via Northern Ireland's land border with the Republic of Ireland during the last twelve months,...

      Lauren Southern

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Lauren Southern was detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 in Calais in March; and why she has been denied entry to the UK.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Relations with EU: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 February (HL5442) concerning the future security partnership with the EU, whether they intend to...

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of finalising a UK–EU Brexit agreement by October 2018; and if such an agreement were reached, whether the...

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