Written answers

Thursday, 10 May 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the importance of general aviation to the UK's national infrastructure; and if he will make a statement.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the points being raised in the Hybrid Bill petition for phase 2a of the High Speed Two project are...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the most recent acceptance rate was for Need to Sell applications for phase 2b of High Speed 2.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many complaints about the Green Deal have been raised with him under the Green Deal Framework (Disclosure...

    • Electricity: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to maintain the single electricity market with Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.

      Financial Services: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to support the growth of green investment and finance beyond the delivery of the fifth carbon budget.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of contextual recruitment.

      Oil: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to vary the work commitments under Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence 189.

      Takeovers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Takeover Code following the take over of GKN by Melrose.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer the 6 April 2018 to Question 134603 on fracking, what the timetable is for up-to-date estimates...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many leak enquiries his Department has undertaken in the last two years.

      Fracking: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to mitigate the costs to the public purse relating to recovery of environmental damage in the...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2018 to Question 133883, on what date he plans to publish the prospectus for the 2018...

      Energy: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the energy bills of (a) households and (b) businesses of the requirement...

      Climate Change and Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) levels of interconnection for...

      Electricity Interconnectors: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the merits of investing in new...

      Coal: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of coal reserves that have planning permission to be mined for each year since...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) time-scale for setting up a British Global...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the UK Space Agency's announcement on the development of a British Global Navigation Satellite System...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Overseas Aid: Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to help ensure that visits and fundraising undertaken by UK schools and faith groups to overseas...

    • Travel: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department is having with insurance companies on steps to ensure that holiday insurance covers staying in...

      China: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Chinese Government on the UK's commercial participation in that country's...

      Ethiopia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of recent inter-ethnic fighting in southern Ethiopia for the overall...

      Ethiopia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Ethiopia on the recent detention of protesters in the Somali region of that...

      Ethiopia: Emergency Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Ethiopia on lifting the state of emergency in place in that country.

      Ethiopia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Ethiopia on the commitment of the Prime Minister of that country to hold...

      Ethiopia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Ethiopia on the postponement of local elections in that country; and...

      Eritrea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the outcome of the April 2018 visit by that country's Assistant...

      East Africa: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for initiating a dialogue between the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea...

      Paraguay: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Paraguay on the adoption of a comprehensive law against all forms...

      Venezuela: Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the potential deployment of an EU Election Observation Mission to monitor the Presidential...

      Venezuela: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in Venezuela on the Government of that country co-operating fully with the...

      Egypt: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the use of torture in Egyptian (a) prisons and (b) detention centres by (i) police and...

      Philippines: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of the Philippines on the expulsion of church and faith leaders from that country.

      Abbas Edalet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Iranian Government on the detention of Professor Abbas Edalet.

      Nordic Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the UK having observer status at the Nordic Council.

      Palestinians: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the international community to honour the reconstruction pledges made at the...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with the Government of Bahrain the UN statement calling for to end military trials against civilians and a...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to raise with the Government of Bahrain the conditions and lack of access to medical care of the female...

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the accuracy of recent reports of systematic destruction of mass graves of political prisoners...

      Russia: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consular protections are at present available to British visitors to Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad...

      Russia: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will he conduct an urgent review of the advice given by his Department to England football supporters planning to travel...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage all parties to participate in the peace process in South Sudan.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Mass Media: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is for the Government's announced unit to tackle fake news to commence operations.

    • National Fraud Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been taken in fees to the National Fraud Initiative from (a) the public sector, b) the private sector and (c) mandatory reporting bodies...

      Cabinet Office: Plastics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to reduce its use of single-use plastics.

      Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the provision of paper copies of (a) information and (b) application forms to people who do not have the requisite skills to...

      Ethnic Groups: Kirklees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 136610, how the Government plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the Race Disparity Unit in...

      Suicide: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the suicide rates are for people under the age of 18 in the (a) North East and (b) UK.

      Cabinet Office: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what training is provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on the scrutiny and legislative...

      Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the KPMG Civil Service Learning contract for the provision of civil service training.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Expenditure over £25,000 - March 2018, published on 2 May 2018, what the payments to...

      Cabinet Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has signed with employees in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the Civil Service in July 2016.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the Civil Service in April 2018.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many diagnosed cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were reported in the UK in each year since 2012.

    • General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many general practice speciality training posts have been (a) commissioned and (b) filled to date.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients waited more than six weeks for (a) an initial NHS hearing assessment and (b) a follow-up NHS hearing aid assessment in...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on audiology services in each of the last five years.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse for research into Parkinson's disease in each of the last five years.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were living with a diagnosed brain or inter-cranial tumour on the last date for which figures are available.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve diagnosis and treatment times in paediatric services.

      Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rate was of (a) age-related macular degeneration, (b) glaucoma and (c) diabetic retinopathy per 100,000 population by age group...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many free sight tests were provided on the NHS to people aged (a) under and (b) 60 years old and over in England in each of the last...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding there has been from the public purse for research into treatment of (a) Crohn's disease and (b) ulcerative colitis in...

      Pneumococcal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average (a) length and (b) cost to the public purse was of hospitals admissions owing to a case of pneumococcal disease in the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of hepatitis C there have been in the UK in each year since 2010.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of research into rare and less common cancers.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) detection and (b) treatment of Parkinson's disease.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the response from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to the consultation on Developing a method to...

      Midland Metropolitan Hospital Smethwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he is making on coordinating the restart of work on the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the implementation of NHS England’s Excellence in Continence Care guidelines.

      Incontinence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of Level 1 paediatric continence services for (a) school nurses, (b) health...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people under the age of 18 were referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the North East in each year...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide published in 2014 and accredited...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding has been allocated from the public purse for youth mental health services in Northumberland in 2018-19; and whether there...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department are taking to reduce waiting times for access to mental health services in the North East.

      GP Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to parish councils in assisting doctors' surgeries to find suitable venues for general practice.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure the planned efficiency savings of £855 million from the NHS Continuing Healthcare budget will...

      Spinal Injuries: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that beds in spinal cord injury centres are prioritised for the use of people with spinal cord injuries who...

      Incontinence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on paediatric continence services of the transfer of public health commissioning...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the number of registered diabetics in each clinical commissioning group area.

      Lung Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the matching of donated lungs with people waiting for lung transplants.

      Mental Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of social media on young people's mental health.

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2018 to Question 138009, what estimate he has made of the cost of answering that Question; and if he will...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that mental health services for children and young people are able to benefit from an annual uplift in...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he will issue statutory guidance to local authorities and health service providers to ensure the quality and implementation of...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 8231, for what reasons his Department is unable to provide a breakdown of how the...

      Ecstasy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital admissions related to ecstasy use there have been in (a) Manchester and (b) the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coventry South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding in cash terms was provided per pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Coventry South...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department allocated to schools in (a) Harborough constituency (b) Leicestershire (c) Leicester and (d) England in each financial...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding was provided to each pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (a) Coventry, (b) the West...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities have submitted a disapplication notice to move more than 0.5 per cent of their schools block funding in line with paragraph...

      Schools: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to allocate funding to support the Plymouth Challenge initiative from Plymouth City Council’s education board.

      Department for Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) male and (b) female apprentices are employed by his Department; and how many people have started an apprenticeship within his Department...

      Apprentices: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the recommendations in the report by the Young Women’s Trust, Trust for London, Learning and Work Institute and Timewise...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the cost of servicing private finance initiative contracts on school budgets.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on the role of schools in the (a) negotiation and (b) renegotiation of private finance initiative contracts.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the real terms net change in funding per pupil will be for schools in Birkenhead under the new national funding formula.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools will not receive a cash terms increase in their budget per pupil in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in 2018-19.

      Teachers Pensions: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 May 2018 to Question 139388, on Teachers Pensions: Capita, which organisation conducts the external benchmarking and what...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what annual savings he estimates the courts reform programme will have made by 2021 when that programme is complete.

    • Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average minimum terms were for (a) men and (b) women completing a life sentence for murder in the last year for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were given extra days in prison for assaulting a prison officer in the last year for which information is available.

      Prison Officers: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value was of severance packages for prison officers that took voluntary early departure and were subsequently re-recruited since after 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts in north-west Wales are available for benefits appeal hearings in (a) English and (b) Welsh.

      First Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female offenders by offence type were sent to prison for their first offence in the latest year for...

      Magistrates' Courts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has for the transfer of work from Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on its closure; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of claims of equal pay to employment tribunals in the last two years were successful for (a) men and (b) women.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in order to attend which religious festivals prisoners were released on temporary licence in the latest year for which information is available.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what evidence his Department has on the effect of participation in out-of-court restorative justice on re-offending rates.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of recalls to prison have been fixed-term recalls in the last year for which information is available.

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences of each type were committed by (a) sentenced female prisoners and (b) female prisoners held on remand who had their children with them...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to fund therapy services for child victims of sexual abuse who are aged under 13.

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for public order offences involving pro-life vigil participants outside abortion clinics in England and Wales in...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he last met the President of the Family Division; and whether they discussed the level of take-up of mediation by people attending the family court.

      Gurpal Virdi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which public bodies have obtained a transcript of the trial of Gurpal Virdi at Southwark Crown Court.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has made an assessment of the role of Highland Games and Highland Gatherings in promoting Scottish exports.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants serve in the minerals planning team of his Department; how many civil servants served in that...

    • Hyde Group: Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the efficacy of the investment decisions made by Hyde Housing Association in relation...

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on a Housing Association's obligation to reinvest their funds into the properties that...

      Planning: Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of decisions of public planning inquiries did not follow the advice of the planning...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2018-19 on the ability of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is responsible for the provision and maintenance of fire hydrants on MoD bases.

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian and (b) military overseas operations the UK has participated in under the EU's Common Security and Defence policy.

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on devolution and...

      Ministry of Defence: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the job titles are of civil servants in his Department who have been provided with (a) an official car and (b) a driver.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which foreign governments have been alerted to the potential availability of Royal Navy (a) frigates and (b) amphibious ships that are currently in...

      Armed Forces: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average age was of regular (a) officers and (b) other ranks joining the (i) Infantry, (ii) Royal Artillery, (iii) Royal Corps of Signals, (iv)...

      Defence: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the defence and aerospace industry of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees in the UK oil and gas industry served as elected safety representatives on UK continental shelf installations in each year...

    • Offshore Industry: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what standard training the Government has made available to elected safety representatives in the (a) detection and (b) reporting of...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve safety on offshore oil and gas installations on the UK continental shelf.

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Ministers in the Department for Exiting the European Union on the EU directive on the safety of...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the level of enforcement of the Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the HSE's workforce engagement commitments in the offshore...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE)Helping Great Britain Work Well: Commitments document, published in November 2016,...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there are any targets relating to the number of sanctions made against claimants of universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ban or limit the use of non-biodegradable plastic in the packaging of bread and other...

    • Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much revenue has been raised by the plastic carrier bag levy since the introduction of that levy.

      Plastics: Biodegradability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of making it obligatory for manufacturers to include oxo...

      Clean Air Zones: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with small and medium-sized businesses in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 137038 on Water Companies, if he will provide that data for the period...

      Opencast Mining: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations his Department has received on plans for an opencast mine at a site in Bradley, County Durham; and what...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2018 to Question 137984, on seas and oceans: environment protection, whether the UK...

      Scallops: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of destruction and damage caused by scallop dredging; and if he will review that...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has signed with employees in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Trees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to appoint the national tree champion; and to whom that person will report.

      Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for funds he has had for the capital grant scheme for peat restoration.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he had with animal welfare organisations between the publication of the draft Animal Welfare Bill and the...

  • Home Office

    • UK Visas and Immigration: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral contribution of 16 April 2018, Official Report, Column 27, on Windrush Children (Immigration Status), what plans she...

    • Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Biometric Residence Permits have failed to meet her Department’s target for delivery in each of the last (a) five years and...

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has commissioned research on the motivations of the perpetrators of gang-grooming crimes against young girls; and if he will make...

      Public Spaces Protection Orders: Ealing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has made an assessment of the human rights implications of Ealing Council using a Public Spaces Protection Order to...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the subsistence rates are for victims of modern slavery supported by the National Referral Mechanism living in (a) accommodation in a...

      Home Office: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the job titles are of civil servants in his Department who have been provided with (a) an official car and (b) a driver.

      North Yorkshire Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any recommendations for improvement were made relating to the North Yorkshire police force after its most recent inspection by Her...

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Windrush generation cases involve people who live in the Glasgow North East constituency.

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Windrush generation cases involve people who live in the Midlothian constituency.

      Police: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been wrongly identified by automated facial recognition CCTV cameras at deployments by (a) Metropolitan Police and (b)...

      Police Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Police stations have closed in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland Office

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with EU negotiators on the right of UK citizens living in other EU countries to move freely...

    • Offshore Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has met representatives of the Scottish oil and gas sector to discuss their priorities for negotiations for the UK's...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the job titles are of civil servants in his Department who have been provided with (a) an official car and (b) a driver.

  • Treasury

    • Equity Release: Older People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will support over-55s planning to take out equity release on their properties.

    • Capital Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has assessed the potential merits of introducing a green supporting factor to address prudential rules on capital weighting.

      Treasury: Lycamobile

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings Ministers of his Department have had with Lycamobile since 2015; and what the subject was of each of those meetings.

      Treasury: Lycamobile

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings (a) agencies and (b) arms length bodies of his Department have had with Lycamobile since 2015; and what the subject was of each of those...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to limit profit levels over the duration of private finance initiative contracts.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants whose claims were wrongly suspended by Concentrix in previous tax years have since similarly had their claims wrongly...

      Revenue and Customs: Dundee

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date HMRC plans to close its office in Sidlaw House, Dundee.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 7 March 2018, Official Report, column 427, how many HM Revenue & Customs...

      Revenue and Customs: Redundancy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 7 March 2018, Official Report, Column 428, how many HM Revenue &...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public broadcasters reflect and provide for the whole of the UK.

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on access to broadband in remote parts of Scotland.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Children: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the devolved administrations on waiving the costs of child burials.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many non-disclosure agreements her Department has signed with employees in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Science

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their indication that they will to continue to collaborate with European partners on science and research initiatives post-Brexit, how they intend to...

    • Postal Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many communities in the UK do not receive a daily postal delivery.

      Royal Mail: Managers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which executives have responsibility for the efficient and timely delivery of the Royal Mail; and how many of those executives are paid more than £50,000.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cloud services contracts that were previously delivered by British cloud services providers for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial...

      Galileo System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend that the UK will continue to participate in the Galileo satellite navigation programme following Brexit; and what alternatives they are...

      Coal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continued availability of coal at an affordable price for (1) heritage steam locomotive, (2) traction engine, and (3)...

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made the use of zero-hours contracts; and what steps they are taking to ensure that people who would like to work more hours have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to Leading by Example: Reforming UK Nuclear Declaratory Policy, the briefing by the British American Security Information Council,...

    • Romania: Prison Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of prison conditions in Romania.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made to implement UNSC Resolution 2379 of 21 September 2017; in particular, whether an investigative team is now in place with terms of...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the widest compliance with UNSC Resolution 2401 of 24 February concerning Syria, apart from paragraph 1; and in particular,...

      Gaza: Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the government of Egypt in an attempt to find a solution that will ensure a sustainable future for Gaza.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any public statements in favour of the concept of European Union enlargement since the UK referendum on EU membership; and if so, when and...

      Balkans: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their principal aims for the EU–Western Balkans summit to be held in Sofia in May, and for the subsequent UK–Western Balkans summit to be held...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent representations they have made regarding the decision by the Military Court of Cassation in Bahrain to uphold death sentences against four citizens,...

      Bahrain: Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK embassy in Bahrain has been prevented from observing the trial of civilians tried in military courts.

      Bahrain: Technical Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 April (HL6836) regarding the technical assistance programme in Bahrain which includes...

      Iran: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic strategies they are pursuing to help to de-escalate tensions and reduce mistrust between Iran and her neighbours.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are seeking guarantees from the government of Turkey that it will not cause further deaths, injuries and destruction elsewhere in Syria, similar to...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the UK will be liable to make Brexit-related payments to the EU even in a no deal scenario.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) staff, and (2) consultants, at the Department for Exiting the European Union are paid salaries in excess of £140,000; and to what posts those...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which EU member states are (1) net beneficiaries, and (2) net contributors, to the EU budget; and what are the approximate total (a) net contributions, and (b) net...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the inclusion of cyber security in the security treaty they hope to negotiate with the EU; to what extent...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Parliament has the power to veto any withdrawal agreement reached between the UK and the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cloud services contracts that were previously delivered by British cloud services providers for the Department for Exiting the European Union are now...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 20 February (HL5494), whether they gave any consideration to the possibility of withdrawing from the EU in...

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the library of the House a copy of the document Draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern...

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will consult business and other interested groups on EU regulations that come into force during the transition period; and what assurance they intend to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to bring forward the NICE guidelines for mesh in stress-related urinary incontinence from 2019 to 2018.

    • Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether GPs in England and Wales offer a variety of contraception free of charge to women and girls; and if so, which contraceptives are offered.

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether charitable hospices will be able to access the additional funding that is being set aside to pay for the proposed increases in the NHS Agenda for Change...

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ensure that translabial scans are available at every acute hospital where urogynecologists and gynaecologists are seeing women for pain and...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether details of all patients who received Cervarix or Gardasil human papillomavirus vaccines and who have developed cervical cancer are recorded on the National...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the rates of tooth decay among children in England in each of the last ten years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the humanitarian needs of Shan refugees on the Thai–Burmese border, following cuts in international aid and food...

    • Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Burma about allowing unhindered access for humanitarian aid to all parts of Kachin, Northern Shan and Rakhine...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to focus economic and technical assistance to those developing countries in the tropics that are experiencing the most adverse...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help ensure that Rohingya refugees are in suitable housing for cyclone and monsoon season.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help ensure that all Rohingya refugees have adequate food and drinking water supplies during the cyclone season.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help ensure that waste management is maintained in the Rohingya camps throughout monsoon and cyclone season.

      Yemen: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help children at risk of starvation in Yemen.

      Yemen: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help ensure hospitals in Yemen have access to medical supplies, including antibiotics.

      Yemen: Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help ensure people in Yemen have access to clean water.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many school age children were home-schooled in 2015 and how many are home-schooled according to their latest figures; what information they havwe about...

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of flexi-schooling in terms of the school roll and pupil funding allocation.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliament: Telephone Services

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what, if any, has been the annual saving to the two Houses of the outsourcing of the switchboard service; and how are the costs of that service apportioned...

    • Parliament: Telephone Services

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what has been the saving to the two Houses arising from the changes to the opening hours of the switchboard service that were introduced in February.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current strength of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wildcats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about re-introducing wildcats to the English countryside.

    • Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 26 April concerning the April Agriculture and Fisheries Council (HLWS631), what assessment...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of dogs that are not microchipped.

      Bees: Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the harm that neonicotinoids do to the bee population.

      Agriculture: Ammonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in grants to farmers under the Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant Scheme.

      Rural Areas: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in grants, and to whom, for the Rural Development for England Growth Programme.

      Food: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any future regulatory divergence in the area of food and drink on the UK’s ability to trade with the EU27...

      Food: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to establishing, after Brexit, (1) a framework for the food industry to minimise fragmentation across the UK, and (2) a single...

      Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when their fisheries white paper will be published.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Windrush generation immigrants may be too afraid of deportation to contact the Home Office to regularise...

    • Home Office: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the Home Office's data is hosted (1) in the UK, and (2) overseas.

      Home Office: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns raised by civil rights groups regarding the potential negative effects that exemptions for the Home Office...

      European Arrest Warrants: Romania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether prison conditions in Romania are taken into account when responding to European Arrest Warrants.

      Deportation: Romania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK could be in breach of its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights by deporting individuals...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were detained for immigration purposes in (1) 2010, (2) 2015, (3) 2016, and (4) 2017.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the closure of the Cedars family immigration centre, what accommodation they now use to house families with children, when deemed necessary for...

      Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they make with destination countries when asylum seekers who were previously minors are deported at the age of 18.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual cost per person held in immigration detention centres.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reassess their target to reduce net migration to below 100,000 per year.

      Educational Visits: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take steps to ensure that educational school day trips to Europe are not disrupted due to potential visa requirements following Brexit.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Capita

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what IT or data services are provided to central government departments by Capita.

    • Intelligence Services: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 April (HL6781), how many of the “over 1,900 additional security and intelligence staff” stated in the...

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 11 and 13 April (HL6782 and HL6848), how the Fusion Doctrine from the 2018 National Security Capability Review is...

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 April (HL6849), whether they consider they have sufficient financial resources to pre-empt and address a hybrid...

      National Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Chilcot Checklist is being applied to the policy-making and decision-taking processes of the National Security Council and its sub-committees.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Small Businesses: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support, if any, will they offer small and medium sized businesses to help them comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.

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