Written answers

Friday, 27 April 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Trains: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he had with the rail freight industry on the level of power required efficiently to haul freight before he announced the withdrawal...

    • Department for Transport: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many IT systems which his Department uses are more than (a) three, (b) five and (c) eight years old; and what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to local authorities to help them with the repair and maintenance of potholes.

      Transport: Colne Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to invest in strategic transport infrastructure in the Colne Valley constituency.

      Community Transport: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his plans are for the future of the community transport permit system.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) maximum and (b) average level of attenuation will be achieved by noise barriers on High Speed 2.

      Bus Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve bus services in (a) the East Midlands and (b) Nottinghamshire.

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to update the Highway Code.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals on pavement parking.

      Department of Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role Network Rail has in the rail franchising process; and what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Network Rail in carrying...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of delivering the High Speed 2 programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has he made of the ability of the (a) Greater Anglia and (b) South Western rail franchises to (i) provide and (ii) deliver new train...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of (a) First Group and (b) Trenitalia on the level of competitiveness in the bidding...

      Highways England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the (a) affordability and (b) efficiency of the work for which Highways England is responsible...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government undertook its sampling to establish which roads would be included in the Major Road Network.

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the second remedial plan for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise will be published before the new timetable is introduced in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.

    • New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much financial support his Department provided to help people start up businesses in 2017.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to protect the public purse from (a) risks and (b) liabilities during the construction of new...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will undertake to run a full public consultation prior to the use of any (a) loan guarantees from Government and...

      Wylfa Power Station: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department is considering any funding options to support the new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd, Wales,...

      Wylfa Power Station: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Japan on the project finances for the proposed new nuclear power...

      Wylfa Power Station: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evidence his Department holds on the reliability of the performance of the advanced boiling water reactors being...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in South Korea on (a) new nuclear power in the UK and (b) funding...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) availability and (b) reliability of financial backers for the proposed new...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his Chinese (a) counterpart and (b) representatives of the State Nuclear Power...

      Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support local businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

      Insurance: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has considered the implications for the public liability claims handling process of the non-disclosure by...

      Toys and Games: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for the continuation of CE safety and quality marking on British-made toys after the UK leaves the EU.

      Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on the maintenance of the provisions of the Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement)...

      Gas Appliances (Enforcement) and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the maintenance of the Gas Appliances (Enforcement) and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2018...

      Small Businesses: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to classify small businesses as preferential creditors in cases of (a) insolvency and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of multilateral progress towards nuclear non-proliferation.

    • Algeria: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 119188, what response he has received from the Algerian authorities on...

      Gaza: Visits abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what dates officials of his Department visited Gaza to inspect (a) hospitals and (b) other other medical facilities.since 30...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations has he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the use of live fire against Palestinian demonstrators since...

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to representatives of the Egyptian government on the granting of permits to residents in Gaza...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on providing electric wheelchairs for NHS patients.

    • Anticoagulants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the timetable for the publication of the outcome of the review on the effective, safe and appropriate use of anticoagulation...

      Anticoagulants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taken to ensure that the (a) views and (b) experiences of (i) stakeholders, (ii) patients and (iii)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to implement...

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government programmes that assist low-income families who are supporting children...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of funding required to raise awareness of the potential health risks for women of child-bearing age...

      Speech Therapy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of recent trends in waiting times to access children’s speech and language therapy services.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the role of speech and language therapy services in...

      Motor Vehicles: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the statutory definition is of a disability access vehicle; and whether that definition is different to a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

      Neuromusclular Disorders: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to recruit a clinical nurse specialist to support adults in the neuromuscular service at Salford...

      Lipoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost of Lipedema to the (a) NHS and (b) economy in lost working days in the last twelve months.

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the General Medical Contract includes a requirement for GP practices to undertake a check of a baby but not a mother at...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the proposed NHS pay increases on voluntary sector hospices.

      Life Expectancy: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Office for National Statistics data on life expectancy, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in...

      Fast Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to give local authorities the power to (a) remove junk food advertisements from billboards outside schools and (b) place...

      Health Services: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS trusts and healthcare organisations there are in (a) East Sussex, (b) West Sussex and (c) Sussex; and what the respective...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from the hospice movement on the effect of the proposed pay increases for NHS staff; and if he will...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans for voluntary hospices to be able to access the additional government funding being set aside to fund the proposed NHS...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March to Question 133805, on Dental Health: Children, how many and what proportion of local authorities have...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for patients in A&E in the North East of England in each of the last 12 months.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has held discussions with other Ministers on the process by which EU regulations and directives will enter into force...

    • Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the UK will retain the exclusive use of the six-nautical-miles and 12-nautical-miles fishing zones during the proposed...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136425 on Brexit, if he will make it his policy to include within that analysis...

      Small Businesses: UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that small and medium sized enterprises that trade with the EU are not subject to high tariffs for...

      Trade Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether UK trade mark attorneys will maintain rights of representation at the EU Intellectual Property Office during the transition...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when the Government plans to start the process of applying for an adequacy decision on data from the EU.

  • Department for Education

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to introduce LGBT teaching for primary school age children.

    • Alternative Education: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will reassess the potential merits of requiring a code of practice for schools which operate outside mainstream education.

      Department for Education: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to implement as a result...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training is provided to teachers on (a) psychological and (b) trauma issues raised by young people with challenging behaviour.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to include practical life lessons into the PSHE curriculum.

      Cultural Heritage: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of educating young people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups about their ethic...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of parents not eligible to receive 30 hours free childcare because their income is from a...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce the teaching of menstrual wellbeing in schools.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to consult small and medium-sized businesses on the future of (a) technical and (b) vocational education.

      Free School Meals: Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64323, what proportion of students enrolled at (a) selective schools and academy sixth...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of graduate students who are earning over £50k and have begun repaying their student loan since 2010.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many eligibility codes for 30 hours of free childcare have been generated for the summer term 2018.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of eligible (a) three and (b) four year olds have received an eligibility code for 30 hours of free childcare for the summer 2018 term.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of eligible two year old children receive 15 hours of free early years education each week.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average weekly cost of childcare in Warrington for a child (a) under two and (b) two to four years of age.

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to improve the performance of secondary schools against Gatsby benchmark number 7.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many employers have been asked to answer the employer skills survey in 2018.

      Work Experience: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions has he had with (a) employers and (b) further education colleges on the effect of health and safety requirements on the use of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2018 to Question 136788, on Students: Loans, how many of the 793 Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Miscarriages of Justice: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance on accessing Government compensation his Department provides to prisoners released after a wrongful conviction.

    • Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had and with whom in response to the recommendations of the A Voice for the Voiceless: The Victims’ Commissioner’s...

      Reoffenders: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of re-offending rates among under 25s in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands since 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many IT systems which his Department uses are more than (a) three, (b) five and (c) eight years old; and what steps he is taking to ensure that all...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what powers the Legal Aid Agency has to grant legal aid even where the means test is not met.

      Tribunals: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March to Question 130227, on courts: video conferencing, what assessment his Department has made of how representative the...

      Tribunals: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March to Question 130227, on courts: video conferencing, what proportion of participants in Tax Tribunals are children.

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what variable fee payments were made under facilities management contracts in each category of variable fee in each year since those contracts were...

      Ministry of Justice: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contracts for consultancy services (a) his Department and (b) his Department's arms-length bodies agreed in 2016; what the value is of each of...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff there have been at each prison in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March 2018.

      Glen Parva Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the planned timescale is for the completion of the new prison scheduled for Glen Parva.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there was a public sector bid for the contract to build the prison scheduled for Wellingborough.

      Ministry of Justice: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to implement as a result of...

      Victim Support Schemes: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the level of funding from the Victims Fund that is allocated to West Yorkshire.

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to devolve the Victims' Fund to Police and Crime Commissioners.

      Funerals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is implementing the Children's Funeral Fund for England.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what target his Department has for the number of full-time equivalent prison officers to be in post in 2018.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the letter of 28 March 2018 from the hon. Member for Birmingham Northfield on legal aid for families of the victims of the...

      Legal Opinion: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to investigate and assess the (a) quality of services provided by and (b) growth in the number of providers in the...

      Prisons: Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing boxing programmes in prisons to improve the rehabilitation of prisoners.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the press release entitled Life sentences for killer drivers, published by his Department on 15 October 2017, what progress he has...

      Shoplifting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the amount of court time which has been saved by allowing people accused of shoplifting to the cost of £200 to...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to coordinate its work with the Department for International Development to ensure that UK trade policy...

    • Overseas Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department makes of the effectiveness of impact assessments on future UK trade agreements with poorer countries on those...

      Overseas Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to maintain UK market access for poorer countries, in trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for International Trade: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to implement as...

      UK Trade With EU: Colne Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what contact his Department has had with businesses in Colne Valley constituency on trade with the EU after the UK leaves the EU with...

      Small Businesses: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what advice is available from his Department for SMEs that (a) export to the EU and (b) are planning to export to the EU to enable them to...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answers of 16 April 2018 to Question 134891 and Question 134889 on Export Controls, what the process is for the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Discrimination: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to tackle (a) Islamophobia, (b) sexual orientation discrimination and...

    • Islam: Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the growth of extreme anti-Muslim views in (a) print, (b) broadcast and...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department’s press release of 14 March 2017, how much of the £50 million of funding...

      Leasehold: Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reform leaseholder rights.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Assets

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

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral Statement of 15 March 2018, Official Report, column 1018 on Building Safety, whether he...

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has had any discussions with the (a) Welsh Government and (b) Welsh Local Government Association on the...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings

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

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132215, how much his Department spends on each of those categories.

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has made as part of the ONS consultation Initial View on Census 2021 Output...

      Local Government: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what statutory requirements rest on local authorities with regard to having to advertise in local print media.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b)...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to ensure that design and civil engineering standards are maintained after the UK leaves...

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to monitor the compliance of organisations and companies with their duty to provide accessible...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with local authorities on funding for local government after the UK leaves the EU.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of additional affordable homes that will be built over the next 10 years as a...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for all the people who survived the Grenfell Tower fire to have moved into permanent new housing.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for all high-rise residential accommodation with dangerous aluminium composite material cladding...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason Homes England has not produced quarterly updates on the (a) Affordable Homes Programme 2015 to 2018...

      Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the total spending on grant funding for affordable homes by the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Greater...

      Homelessness: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Government recording homeless death statistics at a...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps have been taken as part of the £100 million programme for low-cost move on accommodation to enable...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for his Department to allocate resources from the Shared Prosperity Fund.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the protection of interpreters who have previously worked for the Armed Forces and who no longer feel safe in their country of origin.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the criteria are for assessing houses in Service Family Accommodation as grade (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, and (f)F.

      Afghanistan: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many safety occurrence reports have been raised on the (a) Boeing E-3d Sentry and (b) Nimrod prior to the crash in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to publish the scope and further details of the review he commissioned on the merits of a military ethos in education.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a decision on the base-porting arrangements of the new Type 26 frigates will be announced in the report of the defence modernisation programme.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of the trim and compensation system for the Dreadnought programme; and whether that estimate is...

      Veterans: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the pilot scheme for the Integrated Personal Care for Veterans’ System.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time and post-initial training personnel there were in each of the three services in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel left (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force through voluntary outflow in each of the last five years.

      Submarine Delivery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 9 of the Submarine Delivery Agency Corporate Plan 2018-2019, whether three Government non-executive directors and three...

      Submarine Delivery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Submarine Delivery Agency Framework Document, published by his Department on 23 April 2018, what the timetable is for the...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) armament and (b) sensors are planned to be included in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet support ships which are currently being tendered; what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims include a child component in (a) Scotland and (b) Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency.

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children are included on universal credit claims in (a) Scotland and (b) Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have requested an advance payment when applying for universal credit; and what proportion of people that figure applies to in...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many payments for housing costs have been paid directly to landlords from people's universal credit payments; and what proportion of...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been seen by work coaches since the introduction of universal credit full service in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath...

      Personal Independence Payment: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2018 to Question 133246, if she will provide an email address on the webpage...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2018 to Question 128682, for what reasons the claimant service and experience survey does not include...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many violence-at-work incidents have been reported at Govan job centre; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were entitled to the higher rate of the (a) care component and (b) mobility component of disability living allowance...

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have enrolled on the Work and Health Programme; and how many of those people are in employment as a result of enrolling in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of universal credit claimants that have been (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid; what the value of the...

      Universal Credit: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many in-work universal credit claimants have received an incorrect award for reasons involving the real time information system.

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants signposted by Jobcentre Plus to food banks were previously (a) offered and (b) awarded an advance payment or...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of her Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the maximum amount deducted was, as a proportion of each award from universal credit claimants to repay advance payments and historic...

      Access to Work Programme: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 133974, on Access to Work Programme, when her Department plans to publish its update to the...

      Disability: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to close the pay gap between people (a) with and (b) without disabilities.

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to publish the list of subcontractors for the Work and Health Programme.

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department plans to use to determine which jobseekers should be referred to the Work and Health Programme.

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what performance targets she has set for the Work and Health Programme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage food producers to use recycled content in their production.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many IT systems which his Department uses are more than (a) three, (b) five and (c) eight years old; and what steps he...

      Bottles: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of replacing PET-made plastic drinks bottles with PLA-made...

      Life Environment Fund: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of the UK Overseas Territories being able to access the...

      Bottles: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support the Government has provided for research into the use, composting and tertiary recycling of...

      Bottles: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with industry representatives on setting a date by which polyethylene terephthalate in plastic...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 21 February 2018 from the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland on the time taken to...

      Food: Industry

      What recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK food industry.

      Animal Welfare

      Whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to improve standards of safety in animal rescue homes.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Living Wage

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

    • Sexual Offences: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the sexual abuse of young people by criminal gangs.

      Knives: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect of banning the possession of a knife on a further education premises on students studying catering.

      Sexual Offences: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many registered sex offenders have notified the police of an intention to leave the UK in the last five years.

      Victim Support Schemes: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of EU funding was for specialist services to support victims and survivors of child abuse and sexual and domestic violence in...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to enforce compliance with s54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      National Retail Crime Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132685, when the National Crime Steering Group's work plan was last updated; how often...

      Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2018 to Question 132690, what the British Retail Consortium's estimate of the cost of crime to the UK...

      HM Passport Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time equivalent staff and (b) people were employed in the Passport Office in (i) May and (ii) November of (A) 2013, (B)...

      HM Passport Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the projected full-time equivalent staff numbers are for the Passport Office in both peak periods and low season in (a) 2018, (b) 2019...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for certain posts in the UK Border Force BA to be classified as reserved for people with British Citizenship.

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on applicants of the April 2018 increase in fees for applications from non-EEA nationals for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration plans to respond to the letter of 21 March 2018, reference DL0506, from the hon. Member for...

      Engineers and Scientists: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136252 on Engineers and Scientists: Visas, for what reason her Department can no longer...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that it is prepared for the volume of EU citizens living in the UK who apply for (a) an...

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that deportation safeguards are in place for EU citizens (a) before and (b) after June 2021.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the number of Tier 2 visas issued; and what representations she has received on increasing the number of Tier 2...

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to provide the Migration Advisory Committee with the (a) number of Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship...

      Visas: Sports Competitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the eligibility of international Kabaddi players for Tier 5 visas.

  • Wales Office

    • Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Questions 136835, 136834, 136836, if he will publish the correspondence between his Department and the Welsh...

  • Department for International Development

    • Unrwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in maintaining its operation after the recent...

    • Developing Countries: Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 128376, on Developing Countries: Coal Fired Power Stations, what support her...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many IT systems which her Department uses are more than (a) three, (b) five and (c) eight years old; and what steps she is taking to ensure...

    • Northern Ireland Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which regulations her Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to implement as a...

      Sinn Fein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has had with the Leader of the House on bringing a motion before the House to...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what meetings she has held with the leaders of each of the political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly since the collapse of the talks...

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will clarify her plans on the use of her statutory power to call Northern Ireland Assembly Elections; and if she will make a statement.

      Northern Ireland Policing Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she has taken to support the Northern Ireland Policing Board since the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will...

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons she did not exercise her power to cut the salaries of members of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been lost to the public purse as a result of non-payment of VAT from (a) EU and (b) non-EU trade in the last available year.

    • Imports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of imports from non-EU countries are inspected by (a) physical and (b) electronic means for customs purposes.

      Gannett UK and Newsquest Media Group: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC plans to investigate the tax status of Gannett Corporation and the losses at Newsquest.

      Treasury: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to implement as a result of EU...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new people registered as non-domicile for tax purposes in 2015-16; and how much (a) income tax, (b) capital gains tax and (c) national insurance...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of firms that operate self-invested personal pension schemes for individuals which have ceased operating within the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Slough to receive a response to his letter of 22 March 2018, reference TD2873, sent to the Chief Secretary to the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 135820, on Children: Day Care, how much was spent each month on (a) call centre support and (b) IT...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2017 to Question 118571, on Overseas Trade: China, whether the Government has made an alternative estimate to that...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of taxpayers who are paying an effective marginal rate of tax on income in excess of (a) 40, (b) 50, (c)...

      Tobacco: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's consultation on the tax treatment of heated tobacco products, published on 20 March 2017, whether he is taking steps to...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 5G: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussion he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on cyber security risks relating to 5G mobile networks.

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures – formal advice, published by the...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which regulations his Department (a) has introduced as a result of EU legislation from 23 June 2016 to date and (b) expects to...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Independent review of Full-Time Social Action, published in January 2018, what plans his Department has...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to make an assessment of the effect of participation in National Citizen Service on the level...

      Mobile Phones: Ochil and South Perthshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many mobile phone masts there are in Ochil and South Perthshire constituency.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what powers of enforcement local authorities have when a premises with a Temporary Event Notice exceeds the number of people...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to limit the fees charged by online fundraising platforms on Gift Aided money; and if he will...

      Tourism: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the amount spent by his Department on promoting regional tourism in each year since 2010.

      Information Commissioner: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much central government funding was provided to the Information Commissioners Office in each of the last three years; what...

      Broadband: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the criteria are for accessing his Department’s Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what impact assessment Department has conducted on the estimated cost to (a) Government Departments, (b) companies, (c)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135934, for what reason she did not raise the case of Jagtar Singh Johal during her bilateral meeting with Narendra...

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Prime Minister, what are her objectives are for her two years as the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 April (HL 6694), who is the newly appointed Migration Liaison Officer with France;...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many checks by private landlords have been carried out on private tenants under the terms of the Housing and Planning Act 2016; and how many of those...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to private landlords completing checks on potential tenants under the terms of the Housing and Planning Act 2016; and what measures are...

      Immigration: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure that two decision makers are involved in each Home Office immigration interview.

      Visas: Peru

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the lifting in 2014 of the Schengen visa requirement for visitors from Peru and of the introduction by Peru in 2016 of biometric passports which comply...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 April (HL6809) on food prices and the removal of external import tariffs, whether they will...

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