Written answers

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2018 to Question 133895, when his Department plans to respond to the Cycle Safety Review, published on 9 March 2018.

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the safety of general aviation of the use of controlled airspace.

      Air Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that any change to lower airspace strategy recognises the needs of all types of aviation; and if he will...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to assess the infrastructure needs of the UK general aviation sector.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on the use of average speed limit cameras on smart motorways (a) at all times and (b) when a variable speed limit is...

      A316

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on classifying the A316 as part of the Strategic Road Network.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the data sharing arrangements are between licensing authorities on the licensing of (a) hackney carriages and (b) private hire drivers and operators.

      Roads: Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the prehistoric landscape at Stonehenge of the proposals for a new flyover and tunnel.

      Buses: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles will be affected by the proposed changes to Sections 19 and 22 of the Transport Act 1985.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on encouraging consumers to source their energy from providers of renewable energy.

    • Batteries: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,what representations he has received on the use of child labour in the production of batteries; and if he will make a...

      Batteries: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to encourage companies manufacturing batteries to ban the use of child labour in their supply...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: EU Law

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

      Business: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote environmental sustainability in businesses.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to support the UK offshore wind industry to produce one third of UK electricity from...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the accuracy of the Offshore Wind Industry Council’s projection that the sector...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential for offshore wind to deliver significant electricity system cost...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the Government's new nuclear power programme compared with other...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that as many as possible (a) new and (b) existing homes reach energy performance...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the long-term trajectory for energy performance standards across the private rented sector.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of energy performance standards in the social housing sector.

      Energy: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of energy efficiency in (a) new and (b) existing commercial buildings.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including energy efficiency in the lending decisions of mortgage...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increasing the use of hydrogen for domestic heating on the level...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Design Acceptance Certificate for the European Pressurised Reactor expires in December 2022.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Design Acceptance Certificate for the European Pressurised Reactor is renewable; and if he will make a...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether EDF has informed him that it plans to seek a renewal of the Design Acceptance Certificate (DAC) for the...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Design Acceptance Certificate for the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) could be used for a re-designed...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the publication of the analysis of the UK’s off-grid housing stock deemed suitable for...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the Committee on Climate Change to complete its review into the implications of the Paris...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133971, for what reasons that answer does not contain information...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met with representatives of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to align the UK's domestic climate commitments under the...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to submit a new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which is separate from the EU's...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether leaders from the Western Balkans countries who have denied that the Srebrenica massacre was an act of genocide will be...

    • UN High-level Conference On Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to attend the UN General Assembly conference on nuclear disarmament from 14 to 16 May.

      Falkland Islands: Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has provided to interested parties in respect of establishing a second commercial air link to the...

      Nigeria: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Nigeria on the return of abductees from (a) Chibok and (b) other...

      Libya: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help tackle modern slavery in Libya.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) US administration, (b) Japanese Government and (c) South Korean Government on...

      West Bank: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the transfer of (a) urban and industrial by-products and (b) hazardous waste from...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Eritrea on respect for (a) freedom of religion and (b) human...

      Jordan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what military assistance in the form of (a) funding and (b) training his Department provided to Jordan in (i) 2005, (ii) 2015...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

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

      Armenia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Armenian Government on the recent elections in that country.

      Cuba: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Cuba on freedom of religion and human rights in that...

      Kosovo: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations has he made to the Government of Kosovo on the rendition of six Turkish citizens from that country to...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the conference on peace in Afghanistan held in Tashkent on 26-27 March 2018.

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Afghan Government's progress on securing bilateral peace talks with the Taliban.

      Afghanistan: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of the voter registration process in Afghanistan since the launch of that process...

      Togo: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Togo on reports of the use of excessive force against people...

      Burkina Faso: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Burkina Faso on (a) recent attacks by militants on schools and...

      Guinea-Bissau: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to help ensure that parliamentary elections due to be held in Guinea-Bissau in November 2018 are...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Yemini counterpart following recent reports of threats made by representatives of the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Israel on allowing medical supplies from (a) Israel and (b) elsewhere to...

      USA: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Government ministers President Trump will be meeting during his upcoming visit to the UK on 13 July 2018.

      USA: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons President Trump's visit to the UK on 13 July 2018 will be a working visit and not an official state visit.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the implementation of European Court of Justice judgments during the...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what services and Government funding are available for women (a) in need of support throughout a crisis pregnancy and (b) after...

    • Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to offer an advanced service for community pharmacies to provide weight management to tackle obesity.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting times were for GP appointments in the 10 (a) most deprived and (b) least deprived areas of England in each of...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average number of GPs per income quintile of the population in England in each of the most recent 10...

      Dental Health: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of DIY dentistry among low-income households.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many IVF cycles where 20 or more eggs were collected fresh embryo transfers were carried out in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d)...

      Abortion: Misoprostol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing women to take misoprostol at home; and whether abortion clinics provide...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Health Service Investigation Branch investigations into late-term stillbirths were (a) undertaken and (b) completed in 2017.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the number of NHS professionals working in (a) endoscopy and (b) on screening for bowel...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of patients are treated within the target time for cancer referrals.

      Cot Deaths: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on a possible causal link between cot death and air pollution.

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome; and what the proportion of such people is in each age group and gender.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with clinical bodies on establishing a genetic cure for prostate cancer.

      Cardiovascular System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with clinical bodies on the effect of drinking coffee on heart health.

      HIV Infection: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for a new HIV vaccine to be available on the NHS.

      Headaches: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the NHS has to make available a monthly injection for the treatment of migraine.

      Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died or been admitted to hospital as a result of taking pain-killers in the last 12 months.

      Social Services: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of social care capacity in the Hemsworth constituency.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Australian government on proposals for the Universal Cancer Databank.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether newly established wholly owned subsidiary companies in the NHS which apply for access to the NHS Pension Scheme will have their...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Diaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many page views there were of his Department's Ministerial diaries in each of the last 12 months.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what targets have for the 2018-19 mandate to NHS England to increase the proportion of people identified as likely to be in their last...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the bowel cancer screening age to 50 on a more effective prognosis of that...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to encourage Clinical Commissioning Groups to fund transport for vulnerable and disabled patients to...

      Medicine: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medical students there were in each year since 2011 excluding the additional (a) 500 places introduced in October 2018 and (b)...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent school nurses there were in each January since January 2010.

      Contraceptives: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the availability of appointments for women at contraception clinics in England and Wales.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to promote healthcare courses to school leavers.

      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 proposed increases in NHS pay; and if he will make a...

      Hospices

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

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in each local authority area in each of the last...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to reduce its use of single-use plastics .

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many full-time equivalent officials in her Department work on the promotion of freedom of religion and belief.

    • Department for International Development: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries full-time or full-time equivalent DFID officials are employed to work on freedom of religion or belief.

      Unrwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what amount of funding the UK provided to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government supports the right of Syrian refugees voluntarily to return to Syria.

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2018 to Question 126095 on Developing Countries: Energy, if he will publish (a) companies, (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills has held meetings with the panel of apprentices that reports to the Board of the...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he retains the legal power to revise the terms and conditions of student loans, including those sold to the Student Loans Company; and whether...

      Schools: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of girls who play football in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England in each of the last...

      Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships are available in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency, (b) Lewisham borough and (c) London.

      Graduates: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of people from (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency and (b) Lewisham borough who graduated from...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the average weekly cost of a childcare place in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency, (b) Lewisham borough and...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the provision of careers information, advice and guidance in schools accommodates the needs of...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the careers strategy, what plans his Department has to extend the provision of qualified careers guidance counsellors.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of conferring qualified teacher status on people who have completed the (a) the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make it his policy to review the early years national funding formula to enable childcare settings to pay graduate-level wages...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking ensure the adequacy of guidance issued to childcare providers on the support his Department offers on graduate...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to improve the transparency of the (a) content of the modules within the early years initial teacher training...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will disaggregate the data for primary initial teacher training and those for the early years initial teacher training programme in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing mandatory early years training for reception teachers.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on outcomes for vulnerable children of the variation in the level of access to children's...

      Education: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Home Department on the effect of (a) the status of immigration bail under Schedule 10 to the Immigration Act...

      Department for Education: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last three years; and...

      Schools: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff were empolyed in local authority schools in Coventry in each...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department provided for schools-based educational psychologists in each of the last three years for which data is available.

      Home Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Correspondence 17 April 2018: schools, published by the Skills and Funding Agency, and pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2018 to...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 137156 on Students: Loans, what estimate he has made of the increase in the average level of debt...

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils at secondary schools have been on foreign exchange trips for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number people living in poverty who are not eligible for legal aid.

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of effect of Personal Learning Plans in ensuring the delivery of hate crime education in prisons.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers that work at prisons rated as Overall performance is of concern were working on detached duty at another prison during January 2018.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was for an employment tribunal appeal hearing at each employment tribunal hearing venue in each of the last 12 months.

      Ministry of Justice: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last three years; and...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of the 24 April to Question 136754 on Immigrants: Detainees, whether the pay rates for immigration-related detainees are...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Thailand: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what safeguards are in place to ensure that UK companies investing in the Thai poultry farm industry comply with (a) business and (b) human...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Garden Communities: Ebbsfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes have been built as part of Ebbsfleet Garden City; and how many of those home are for (a)...

    • Fire Prevention: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134374 on Fire Prevention: Preston, what discussions his...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134929 on Local Government Finance, whether the Government has...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have not had a corporate peer challenge from the Local Government Association since 2011.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of receipts from Right to Buy sales received by each local authority were retained for providing...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Shared Housing and Affordable Homes Programme 2016-21 prospectus will be updated to reflect additional...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the starter homes land fund that has been spent to date.

      First Time Buyers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Departments holds on the average cost of a home purchased by first-time buyers in (a) Lewisham,...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to issue new guidance to planning authorities on the proportion of affordable homes in any new...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities are able to charge self-builders under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March to Question 132182 on Housing: Finance, what assessment he has made of the adequacy...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the wrap-around substance misuse and mental health services that will...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Questions 245 to 259 of his evidence to the Treasury Committee on 25 April 2018 on local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Questions 245 to 259 of his evidence to the Treasury Committee on 25 April 2018 on local authority...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Questions 245 to 259 of his evidence to the Treasury Committee on 25 April 2018 on The Work of the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to oral evidence given to the Treasury Committee on 25 April 2018, HC 424 and the Local Government...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British military officers played a role in Qatar's training of armed opposition groups in the western mountains of Libya during the war in 2011.

    • Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Commander UK Amphibious Forces Headquarters is to be folded into a revamped Maritime Battle Staff this year.

      Air Force: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to counter open-source tracking of RAF aircraft.

      Army Foundation College: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133468, if he will place a copy of the most recent report of the Army’s internal audit of...

      Autonomous Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 23 April 2018, whether he will plans to realigning the definition of lethal autonomous weapons within the eight...

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has he made of effect on recruitment to the Royal Navy of the opening of the United Kingdom Naval Support Facility in Mina Salman, Bahrain.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his Polish counterpart on increasing the number of UK troops on rotational deployment to the Suwalki gap.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which critical national infrastructure sites the Ministry of Defence Police provides civil policing and armed security for.

      Ministry of Defence: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last three years; and...

      Military Aircraft: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reported incidents of lasers attacks on military aircraft operating in UK airspace have been recorded by his Department in each of the last...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to clarify its definitions of the terms (a) warship, (b) complex, (c) war material, and (d) warlike when they are used for...

      Chile: Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has concluded a deal to sell any Royal Navy frigates to the Chilean Government.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Answer of 22 March 2018 to Question 133837, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of tendering a...

    • Parents: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in seeking views from local authorities on the forthcoming Reducing Interparental Conflict programme and the range of interventions to be made...

      Employment Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2018 to Question 135350, if she will estimate the number of people in receipt of the upper rate of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money the Child Maintenance Service has collected from paying parents in collection fees in (a) the UK and (b) in Scotland in each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average amount in collection fees taken by the Child Maintenance Service from paying parents has been in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-resident parents are in maintenance arrears through the Child Maintenance Service; and what amount of money is outstanding in...

      Pneumoconiosis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will revise the standard guidance on post-retirement screening for pneumoconiosis to include the provision of CT scans.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on her Department's review of all personal independence payment claims.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claims from people in (a) Wales and (b) Arfon constituency her Department intends to review.

      Personal Independence Payment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals there were against personal independence payments determinations in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Bradford district in...

      Personal Independence Payment: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the accessibility to deaf claimants of the personal independence payment customer satisfaction surveys that...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment (PIP) review notice letters were sent out to claimants (a) up to one year and (b) over one year in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of her Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last three...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have received support through the Youth Obligation; and how many of those people have subsequently gone on to (a) an...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of young people have stopped receiving benefits since beginning the Youth Obligation.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have been sanctioned whilst receiving support through the Youth Obligation.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coaches have supported claimants on the Youth Obligation to date.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are on the Youth Obligation by Jobcentre Plus (a) region and (b) office.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will made an assessment of the potential merits of ensuring that claimants of personal independence payments receive a copy of their...

      Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 130769, on Disability Premium, on what date her Department plans to release the ad-hoc...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to people who have had their motability vehicle removed as a result of a personal independence payments...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 131978, how can residents who live near an incinerator find out the...

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 131978, why incinerators are exempt from monitoring and reporting on...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135379 on Incinerators, what equipment is used by operators of waste...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135379 on 19th April 2018, what the reason is for the question on Form...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons why Form PI-1 - Pollution Inventory Reporting sets the reporting threshold for PM2.5 at 1000kg per annum...

      Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of Goodnature A24 traps on the hedgehog population.

  • Home Office

    • UK Border Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2018 to Question 136733 on Brexit: Northern Ireland, and with reference to section 3.6(iv) of the Civil...

    • Home Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of her Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last three...

      Home Office: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what apps her Department has approved for use of mobile phones issued by her Department.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the cost to the public purse is of processing an application for indefinite leave to remain.

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department undertook an Equality Impact Assessment in advance of the decision to destroy documentation relating to the Windrush...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2018 to Question 136771 on Deportation, when the Home Office Manual of Escorting Safely (HOMES) was...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of the 24 April to Question 136754, what the longest period is for a detainee to have been held; and how many and...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure safeguards are in place to enable eligible EU citizens to access public funds after the UK...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) elderly and (b) computer illiterate EU citizens living in the UK are given adequate support to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds she will accept immigration status and residence applications made by EU citizens after the June 2021 deadline.

      British Citizenship: Ilois

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 25 April 2018, Official Report, Column 870, whether the citizenship status will be...

      Aerials: High Peak

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mobile phone masts are being built under the Emergency Services Network in High Peak.

      Poisons: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has a programme of test purchases of chemical substances to assess compliance by retailers with the provisions of the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what external agencies or consultants have been contracted by his Department to carry out work in each year since 2010.

    • Scotland Office: Procurement

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the annual infant mortality rates in England were by household income quintile for each of the past 10 years for which information is available.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on a cap on banker's bonuses after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Treasury: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

      Vocational Training: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the application of VAT to providers of vocational training.

      Treasury: Mobile Phones

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what apps his Department has approved for use on mobile phones issued by his Department.

      Treasury: Permanent Secretaries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many days his Department's Permanent Secretary spent working in HM Treasury at 1 Horse Guards Road in each month since 1 January 2018.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of applications for 30 hours of free childcare have been processed within seven days in the last three months for which data is available.

      Taxation: Debts Written Off

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax was written off by HMRC for (a) individuals and (b) businesses due to them becoming insolvent and HMRC constituting an unsecured creditor in...

      Advance Pricing Agreements

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Advanced Thin Capitalisation Agreements have been agreed to in each month in each of the last two years.

      General Anti-abuse Rule Advisory Panel

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many opinions the General Anti-Abuse Rule Advisory Panel has published in each year since 2013.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what track and trace system will be in operation for cigarettes, other tobacco products such as IQOS and substitutes such as e-cigarettes after the UK...

      WHO Framework Convention On Tobacco Control

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for that reasons the UK has not ratified the WHO Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

      Customs Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of leaving the Customs Union on trade in goods and services in each region and nation of the UK.

      Overseas Trade: Crown Dependencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General of 26 April 2018, on customs and borders, what estimate...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the live music industry in (a) London and (b) the UK.

    • Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support women’s football in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency, (b) London and...

      Sportsgrounds: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of the introduction of safe standing in Scotland; and if he will make a...

      Sports: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of volunteers for (a) amateur and (b) youth sports; and if he will make a statement.

      Digital Technology: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support older people to use digital technology.

      Mass Media: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking with the Department for Education to promote the teaching of media skills in schools.

      Sports: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking (a) promote and (b) increase the number of sporting opportunities for disabled people.

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 21 March 2016 to Question 904216 on Public Libraries: Closures, if he will publish the (a)...

      Broadcasting: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many broadcasters have moved their licences away from the UK since the start of 2018.

      Data Protection: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 112162 on Data Protection: Small Businesses, what steps his Department...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any validated statistics from the Scottish Government relating to the impact of the reduction of the drink driving limit in Scotland on...

    • Midland Main Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the replacement carriages on the Midland Mainline Sheffield to London route will be new rolling stock or refurbished rolling stock; and if the latter (1)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to small business suppliers affected by the collapse of Carillion.

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resources they will provide the Office of the Small Business Commissioner to support small business suppliers affected by the collapse of Carillion.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to lay the non-domestic renewable heat incentives regulations before Parliament.

      Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of advances in digital technologies on wage levels as skilled work turns into unskilled labour due to the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col 614), what is their assessment of the religious composition of the Fulani herdsmen...

    • Commonwealth: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to press members of the Commonwealth to abolish laws which discriminate against the LGBT community.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take following the killing of unarmed demonstrators during recent protests in Gaza.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take following reports that members of the press in Gaza were either targeted by Israeli snipers or that shooting was indiscriminate,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports that 15 year old Hamed al-Masri was shot in the head by an Israeli...

      Turkey: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Turkey regarding the continued detention of (1) Seyran Demir, a young female prisoner with...

      Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help secure the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances, if any, they have received from the government of Saudi Arabia that, in response to the statement by the UN Security Council of 15 March 2016,...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that there is monitoring of the situation in Yemen by the UN Security Council; and whether they intend to seek Security...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are pursuing to table a UN Security Council resolution which gives substance to the statement on Yemen of 15 March 2016, in particular...

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategy they are developing to promote the prevention of atrocity crimes; and how that strategy relates to Yemen.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they are making of the continued provision of arms to Saudi Arabia following the announcement by other European countries of restrictions on the...

      UN High-level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 March (HL6202), whether they have now made a decision on whether to attend the 2018 UN High-Level...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of escalating international conflict as a result of the recent air strikes against Syria by the US, France and UK in...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of worsening relations with Russia as a result of UK military action in Syria.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 3 April (HC133854), what action they will take to protect the...

      West Bank: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports that 18 Palestinians from the West Bank were recently prevented from...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports that money was confiscated from Yasmin Eshtayyeh, a civil society...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the current holdings of banned chemical agents by the Assad regime; and whether they have held any discussions with the government of...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to include sexual violence in the designation criteria for UN sanctions, as recommended in the report of the UN Secretary-General on...

      St Helena: Tortoises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to authorise and commission the removal of cataracts from Jonathan, the oldest giant tortoise in the world who lives in the grounds of the...

      Commonwealth: International Cooperation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will encourage further cooperation between Commonwealth nations.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many junior doctors have chosen to opt out of the Working Time Regulations through provisions included in their contracts.

    • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their review of Regulation 5, the Fit and Proper Persons Regulation of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the phrase "medically unexplained symptoms" in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme guidance if the World...

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest NHS England estimates of the total number of people infected with the Hepatitis C virus within each Operational Delivery Network.

      NHS: Virgin Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to the tax status of Virgin Care when awarding that company preferred contractor status with the NHS last year.

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what percentage of, GPs in England opt out of providing contraceptive services to their registered patients.

      HIV Infection: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of women in England who are accessing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.

      HIV Infection: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to tackle the late diagnosis of women infected with HIV in England.

      Dental Services: Pupils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ensure that regular dental checks are carried out on children in school.

      Mental Health Services: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to increase the provision of services for gambling addiction, in particular in connection with mental health services.

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Solicitors: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to data published by the Law Society in April, which shows a growing shortage of criminal law solicitors.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Environment Agency can use income from its permitting activities in the waste sector to pursue and bring to prosecution illegal waste operators.

    • Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that legitimate businesses in the waste sector are not undermined by illegal operators with a lower cost base.

      Fly-tipping: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many waste businesses or sole traders were prosecuted for illegal waste tipping offences in England in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017.

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total Environment Agency expenditure on pursuing and bringing to prosecution illegal waste operators in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children of the Windrush generation that might face the threat of deportation to the West Indies.

    • Anthony Bryan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report in The Guardian on 15 April that Anthony Bryan spent three weeks in immigration removal centres and over £3,000 in legal fees...

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Earl of Courtown on 16 April (HL Deb, col 1012), what proposals they have (1) to return the fees already paid by members of...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the recent uncertainty over the immigration status of the Windrush generation will not be repeated in relation to other...

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the deportation of the Windrush generation.

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the Windrush generation have been deported; and if so, what steps they will take regarding those cases.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Regulation: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which regulators in (1) the UK, and (2) England, are fully funded by the industries or sectors that they regulate and receive no grant in aid from their sponsoring...

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the membership of the Cabinet sub-Committee that discussed the hostile environment policy for illegal immigrants; and what conclusions that...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s data is hosted (1) in the UK, and (2) overseas.

    • Email

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to safeguard the use by UK citizens of .eu email addresses after the UK's departure from the EU.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce the reduced stake for category B2 gaming machines, known as fixed odds betting terminals.

      Fin7

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any UK companies or customers have been affected by data breaches or malware attacks linked to hacking group Fin7.

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