Written answers

Thursday, 19 April 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable for negotiations on the new pharmaceutical price regulation scheme is; and if he will make a statement.

    • HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients living with HIV who (a) were offered and (b) received an annual health assessment for...

      Hyperactivity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people aged under 18 are awaiting assessment for attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder in (a) Kent, (b) West Yorkshire and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on encouraging people in the health sector to enter general practice.

      Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by what criteria his Department measures the value for money of applications for funding for research into Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to measure the effect of the removal of the NHS bursary on application rates to undergraduate nursing...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 20 March 2018, Official Report, column 156, on motor neurone disease, which projects received that...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to support a national roll-out of carer passport schemes.

      Alfie Evans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the standard of care at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in respect of Alfie Evans.

      NHS: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases against (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other medical professionals, (d) directors of NHS trusts and (e) other NHS staff...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of job roles advertised within his Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's implementation plan is for banning the box on job applications.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his...

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to continue to participate in the European Reference Networks for patients with complex or rare medical...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there is a formal process in place for patients who receive Continuing Health Care funding to challenge a decision of Decision...

      Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure the efficacy of capacity assessments for people with learning disabilities to look after a child.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people who work in the NHS who were born in Commonwealth countries and arrived in...

      Health Professions: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacant positions there are for (a) nurses and (b) doctors in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

      NHS: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were billed by the NHS each year on the grounds of non-UK citizenship in each year since 2010.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the pay offer to NHS nurses includes public health nurses employed by local authorities.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage NHS England to develop specialist services for Lyme disease patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published in February 2016, what progress his Department has made in...

  • Prime Minister

    • Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she plans to discuss the case of Jagtar Singh Johal during her bilateral meeting with Narendra Modi, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the 18 week limit for bereavement support payments on the time available to families to grieve...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the level of housing benefit (a) fraud and (b) overpayments in each region of England and Wales in...

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households remain to be contacted with respect to the change in Support for Mortgage Interest.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working-age households have been contacted with respect to the change in Support for Mortgage Interest.

      Pensioners: Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in receipt of pension credit and support for mortgage interest have applied for the replacement loan when support for...

      Construction: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department provides to the construction industry on the requirement of employee medicals as a pre-requisite for employment...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average net weekly household income was for people in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (b) London, (c) England, and (d) the UK in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of housing benefit in the UK.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK received Access to Work grants (a) in total and (b) for a...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of job roles advertised within her Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long households will receive Support for Mortgage Interest as a benefit, if they have not been contacted by the Department about its...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) disentitled and (b) sanctioned claimants of (i) jobseekers allowance and (ii) employment support...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of expenditure of local authorities on local welfare assistance schemes.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to deter fraudulent applications for state benefits.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, since 2016, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official...

      Social Security Benefits: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women aged between 60 to 65 are in receipt of employments benefits by type of benefit.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) Government funding (b) annual spending and (c) total staff head count was for the Health and Safety Executive in each financial...

      Work Capability Assessment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases there have been in which people have been declared fit for work and then went on to win their appeal against her Department in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether staff at her Department have instructed local authorities to cease paying housing enefit to all residents in receipt of personal...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many health assessment reports her Department has received from the (a) Independent Assessment Services and (b) Centre for Health and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will (a) prohibit the removal by departmental officials of documents from a person's universal credit journal and (b) ensure that in...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the number of people aged under 18 years of age convicted for drug related offences outside the local...

    • Drugs: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Halton constituency were prosecuted for illicit drugs offences in each year since 2010.

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's Serious Violence strategy policy paper published on 9 April 2018, from which of her Department's budgets...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people excluding those on student visas have been granted leave to remain in the UK with no recourse to public funds since 2010.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that non-UK EU citizens are aware that they will need to apply for settled status if they wish...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to (a) write to all eligible non-UK EU citizens and (b) use advertising to inform such citizens that they must...

      Police Patrolling: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers conducted street patrols in the (a) West Midlands and (b) Coventry in each year since 2010.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Written Statement of 31 January 2018 on Police Funding, HCWS439, which refers to an increase in total investment in the police...

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the press release of 9 April 2018, entitled Home Secretary launches serious violence strategy, which projects are to be...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 135034, for how many days each of the four requests to visit Yarl’s Wood...

      Visas: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134853, whether her Department plans to introduce transitional arrangements for Turkish...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department holds information on the number of families with no recourse to public funds who have been offered support under...

      Immigrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made any recent assessment of the adequacy of support available to the children of parents with no recourse to...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people living in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Lewisham have (i) been detained for immigration...

  • Treasury

    • Money Laundering: Cryptocurrencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to review money laundering regulations to take into account the effect of cryptocurrencies.

    • Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2018 to Question 124848, when his Department plans to complete its consideration of the implications of the Walker v....

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the compensation criteria is for parents who miss out on tax-free childcare payments as a result of technical problems experienced with the online...

      European Banking Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the UK will remain a member of the European Banking Authority during the implementation period for the UK leaving the EU.

      Broadband: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review tax rates applicable to the telecommunications industry for SMEs investing in broadband fibre.

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on promoting the use of digital currencies; and what impact assessment has been carried out on the economic benefits of regulating that...

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure there is (a) transparency, (b) fairness and (c) integrity in the work of the Financial Conduct Authority; and whether he...

      Annuities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend to the annuity market the freedom that people have to access their pensions.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-assessment tax payers have been audited by HMRC in each financial year since 2010.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-assessment tax payers have been fined by HMRC for under-reporting in each year since 2010.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the review of the Financial Ombudsman Service to begin.

      Supported Housing: Mental Illness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published in February 2016, what progress his Department has made in implementing...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on companies that sell personal data to third parties.

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of banning gambling adverts on television shown prior to the...

      Theatre: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of theatres that have closed in the UK since 2010.

      Football: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish any Government reports that assess the suitability of safe standing in the Scottish Premier League.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings her Department has had with (a) football fan groups, (b) representatives of Premier League football...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of shale oil wells that will be in place by (a) 2025 and (b) 2030.

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential for offshore wind to deliver significant electricity...

      Post Offices: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Post Office on the termination of the Post...

      ACAS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (a) how many calls the ACAS helpline received and (b) what the budget was for ACAS Helpline Services in 2017-18.

      ACAS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) Government funding, (b) annual spending and (c) total staff head count was for ACAS in each financial year...

      ACAS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many referrals were made to enforcement agencies from the ACAS helpline in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will assess the effectiveness of (a) protections in law for workers from penalisation for...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure greater protection and improved redress for consumers where developers of new build homes...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2018 to Question 130480 on Housing: Construction, in the event that (a) a local...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people have purchased a property through the Help to Buy scheme in (a) the Telford constituency, (b) Telford...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many properties purchased through the Help to Buy scheme in (a) Telford constituency, (b) Telford and Wrekin...

      Parish Councils: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides to parish councils on compliance the General Data Protection Regulation; and if...

      EU Committee of the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the merits of the UK continuing to send representatives to sit on the Committee of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new homes that will be built between March 2018 and March 2022.

      Electric Cables: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the current minimum reaction to fire classifications are for cables in (a) hospitals, (b) schools, (c) homes and...

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Ministry holds on the number of people referred to bailiffs for non-payment of council tax by...

      Social Rented Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people have bought social housing properties since 2012.

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the fire resilience of flats in timber-framed residential buildings.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that developers meet their quotas for affordable housing.

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve the transparency of Business Improvement District bodies.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of job roles advertised within his Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department's implementation plan is for banning the box on job applications.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimates he has made of the financial costs to leaseholders in tower blocks as a result of incurring charges to...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) procedures and (b) funding his Department has in place to provide alternative accommodation to leaseholders...

      Council Tax: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities use the minimum income floor for universal credit to calculate the eligibility of...

      Council Tax: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will commission research into the number of self-employed council tax support claimants who have lost (a) part...

      Council Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities provide full Council Tax Relief for working-age people.

      Buildings: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will review Approved Document B as a result of his Department's findings, Analysis of fires in...

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of legislative proposals to remove prison...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he decided to seek legal authority through secondary legislation to amend retrospectively the Local Government...

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the notes of the meeting held between officials of his Department and...

      Local Government: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has issued to Dorset Councils under the provisions of Section 3(5)(b) of the Local Government and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military airstrikes were carried out by the RAF in Syria in ach month between March 2017 and March 2018.

    • 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 in EU...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requirements his Department places on bidders to demonstrate the potential effect of their winning a contract on (a) UK employment and (b) the UK...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Joint Service Publication 464 Section IX, what discussions he has had with CarillionAmey on service family accommodation complaints...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Rochdale dated 26 February 2018 on songbirds in Cyprus, reference number IW/0029.

      Army: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress had been made on the Multi Role Vehicle (Protected) Group (a) 1 and (b) 2 contracts.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for a Main Gate decision to be made on the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme.

      Porton Down: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's press release, Defence Secretary boosts Britain's chemical defence capability as threat intensifies, published on 15...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £0.3 million in EU...

    • Scotland Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of job roles advertised within his Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

      Scotland Office: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879,...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Legatum Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will list the (a) meetings and discussions (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department have had with the Legatum Institute and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the consultation on proposals to reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 will be launched.

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will provide a timeframe for the publication of the consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

  • Department for Transport

    • Tunnels: Pennines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the plan for the trans-Pennine tunnel.

    • Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the (a) procurement and (b) design of LED street lighting.

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the successful bidder for the new Southeastern franchise.

      Virgin Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to withdraw the pre-qualification questionnaire passport from Virgin Trains.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that train operating companies comply with consumer data legislation.

      Train Operating Companies: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the profit accrued by train operating companies from schedule 8 payments; and if he will make a statement.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which companies are responsible for train maintenance on the West Coast Main Line; and by whom those companies are owned.

      Roads: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the business case presented to his Department by Shropshire Council for funding of the NW Relief Road for Shrewsbury.

      Transport: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to invest in strategic transport infrastructure in Essex.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he made any representations to the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or to the Government of the...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to organisations that are collecting evidence to support a referral of Myanmar...

      Ukraine: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission to eastern Ukraine.

      Crimea: Tatars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of the harassment and intimidation of Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea in the run-up to...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the Myanmar military to allow the safe, monitored and dignified return of the...

      Andy Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has provided consular assistance to the British human rights campaigner Andy Hall, who has been sentenced for...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he supports the creation of an independent body to (a) investigate, (b) document, (c) collect, and (d) analyse evidence...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2401.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Israeli counterparts in advance of the high court hearing on the demolition of school...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the international community is taking to bring about further pressure on the Assad regime to allow humanitarian aid...

      Yemen: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has made representations to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Government of Saudi Arabia on the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations for an independent investigation as called for by the UN Secretary General into...

      Ghana: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Ghana and (b) the US Administration on the Ghana - US Military...

      Cameroon: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the relevance and usefulness of the advice provided to UK citizens travelling to Cameroon...

  • Department for International Development

    • Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget is allocated to tackling chronic poverty and malnutrition in Central African Republic.

    • Commonwealth: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to discuss the global refugee crisis with her Commonwealth counterparts at the Commonwealth Heads of Government...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations his Department has made to the Pakistani Government on ensuring that freedom of religion and belief commitments...

      United Nations: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts at the United Nations on the inclusion of provisions on protection for...

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • School Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce a right for parents to send their children to the same school.

    • Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of children who were fostered in 2017.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students from each socio-economic group achieved three or more A* or A grades at A level in each of the last five years.

      Further Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve the quality of further education.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the current level of employer demand for apprenticeships at (a) higher and (ii) degree level; and if he will make a...

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Institute for Apprenticeship's policy document of February 2018, Faster and better: Transforming the development of quality...

      Pupil Premium: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the advanced maths premium to cover all pupils studying level 3 maths.

      Agriculture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to (a) provide for and (b) promote the study of (i) agriculture and (ii) related land-based subjects as academic subjects in...

      Citizenship: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many entries for GCSE Citizenship Studies there have been in (a) England and (b) York in each of the last five years.

      Department for Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times he has visited (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire, and (c) Yorkshire and Humber since his appointment; and if he will set out the...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase take-up of disabled student allowances from eligible higher education students.

      Design and Technology: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward proposals to require all new free schools to offer a design and technology GCSE; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the proposal for differential fees for different university courses.

      Paramedical Staff: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will classify paramedic science as an exception course to allow those who study it as a second degree to obtain a student loan.

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many commissioners he plans to appoint to the board of the Social Mobility Commission.

      Universities: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of students whose classes have been cancelled as a result of the recent strikes by university staff.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that student nurses do not experience hardship as a consequence of administrative errors in the provision of...

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2017 to Question 111966, on Wakefield City Academies Trust, how many of the schools formerly within the...

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the schools formerly within the Academies Enterprise Trust and awaiting re-brokering have been placed with new trusts.

      Breakfast Clubs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 135187, how much of the £26 million funding for school breakfast clubs will be allocated in...

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2017 to Question 135188, on Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments, which Minister is responsible for the...

      Water: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of incorporating water safety and drowning prevention into the national curriculum.

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to appoint the independent chair of the review into the Teaching Excellence Framework.

      Institute for Apprenticeships: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications his Department received for the Panel of Apprentices in 2017-18.

      Apprentices: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to allocated funding for the UK's participation in the European Apprentice Network after the UK leaves the EU.

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding his Department has provided to trusts that are taking over schools from the Wakefield City Academy Trust.

      Schools: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce the need for schools to pay for the advertising of school staff vacancies; and if he will make a...

  • Leader of the House

    • Legislation

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the policy of the Government is on the use of secondary legislation to amend primary legislation with retrospective effect; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will require operators of waste incineration sites to monitor emissions of particulate matters of less than 2.5.

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will require the operators of waste incineration sites to (a) monitor the emissions of PM 10 and PM 2.5 particles at...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of extending badger culling on the effectiveness of vaccination...

      Fisheries Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date the 1964 London Fisheries convention will cease to apply to the UK; and from that date all EU fishing vessels...

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the effective operation of the Central Equine Database.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016,...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support was given to families who infant feed with formula milk during the Thames Water water supply disruption in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether a formal risk register has been completed for the UK leaving the EU.

  • Wales Office

    • Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2018 to Question 135100 on Ports: Wales, whether the (a) Government (b) Welsh Government and (c) Port Authorities will...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of virtual court processes on the court experience of defendants.

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment support allowance appeal hearings have been adjourned in each of the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is between an appeal being accepted by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service and an appeal hearing being held in...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that in areas where there are no immigration and asylum provider bids, unaccompanied children seeking asylum can get...

      Legal Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the Legal Ombudsmen's review process.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in drug-related deaths of prisoners in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 128419, on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, on what date the...

      Administration of Justice: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published in February 2016, what progress his Department has made in implementing...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Family Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish his Department's report entitled Public Family Law Pressures - what do we know and what can be done.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 March (HL6495), whether they will now answer the question asked on when the review into the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan comprehensively to set out the rights of UK citizens living in the EU after the UK leaves the EU; and if so, when.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Infrastructure: Weather

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of the damage to infrastructure caused by the recent bad weather in the UK.

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