Written answers

Thursday, 17 May 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the potential cost to the public purse of (a) restoring free off-peak bus travel to people aged 60 and over in England...

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the recruitment process for the next Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to be completed.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2018 to Questions 135948 and 135949 on Bus Services: Disability, and with reference to the recently developed best...

      Department for Transport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in each of the last three years.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) national network of marine offices on...

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether improvements to infrastructure and the capacity for East Midlands Trains will be completed in 2020; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Lakes Railway Line: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to (a) improve the performance and (b) reduce train cancellations on the Lakes line between Windermere and Oxenholme.

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the apportioning of ticket revenues and cross-subsidy arrangements between Stagecoach companies Megabus and East...

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support community transport operators.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time taken for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency was to issue driving licence forms in the Welsh language when such forms were...

      Heathrow Airport Limited

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have held with Heathrow Airport Limited on the proposed...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers have had their licences revoked as a result of having failed an eye test in each year since 2010.

      Cycling and Walking: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2018 to Question 140051 on Cycling: Rural Areas, how much of the £1.2 billion of funding available for cycling...

      Network Rail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 9 May 2018 to Questions 140753 and 140754 on Network Rail: Standards, when he plans to publish the (a) targets and (b)...

      Network Rail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 9 May 2018 to Questions 140753 and 140754 provided on May 9th on Network Rail: Standards, whether the Office for Rail and...

      Network Rail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Parliamentary answers of 9 May to Questions 140753 and 140754 on Network Rail: Standards, whether the Office for Rail and Road’s...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to simplify the application process for a Blue Badge for organisations that are required to prove that a...

      Great Western Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what testing period was agreed with Hitachi for the new rolling stock for Great Western Railway.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce (a) energy consumption and (b) energy production from biomass fuel after...

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help consumers save domestic household energy.

      Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2018 to Question 140867 on fire regulations, whether the previously-set business impact...

      Holidays: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government takes steps to measure the positive effect that holidays can play in family life.

      Mark Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of people who had work that they consider defective completed by...

      Directors: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the Financial Reporting Council to (a) complete its review and (b) publish an updated version...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to improve the advice for care workers on gov.uk to help them check employers' compliance with...

      City Deals: Tayside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on the inclusion of support for the aerospace sector in the Tay Cities Deal.

      Hitachi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of Hitachi on the funding of any new nuclear power...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Najah Ahmed Yousif

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on reports of sexual abuse and torture and on the imprisonment of...

    • Iran: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he has received from the Iranian Government on consular cases involving British nationals and residents which...

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve UK relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

      Saudi Arabia: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual...

      Burma: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Myanmar on recent attacks on Christians in Kachin in that country.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with its Israeli counterpart on the use by the Israeli military of expanding bullets...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse has been spent by the NHS on treating injuries or conditions relating to alcohol use in each of the...

    • Doctors' List of Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been removed from GP lists as a result of alleged violent, threatening or abusive behaviour in each of the last...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of which NHS Trusts have raised concerns with his Department on the breast cancer screening programme since 2010.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by clinical commissioning groups to respond to complaints in each of the...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time taken by clinical commissioning groups in each of the last three years to deal with individual funding...

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take steps to rectify the omission from the General Medical Services contract of maternal postnatal checks.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women in Warrington who have been affected by the errors in the breast cancer screening programme.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that hospital trusts record cases of malnutrition.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has estimated the potential savings to the public purse annually from providing patients with timely nutritional care; and if...

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to develop a national commissioning policy to reduce local disparities in the testing for Lynch syndrome.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2018 to Question 134482 on Clinical Priorities Advisory Group, what budget forecasting assumptions were...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of NHS England's specialised commissioning budget for medicines which is committed to...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of screenings for breast cancer.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much land his Department has released for the building new homes since May 2010.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of substance abuse by teenagers.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to provide (a) support and (b) assistance to the families of chronic alcoholics.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his (a) Department and (b) Department's non-departmental public bodies has spent on vacant properties since May 2010.

      Sunderland and Gateshead Community Acquired Brain Injury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the Community Acquired Brain Injury Service on patients in (a) Sunderland and...

      Psychology: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the recruitment of psychologists qualified to treat young people with mental health difficulties.

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2016 to Question 139056 on Health Services: Finance, how much and what proportion of the £1.6...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2018 to Question 123474, what the timetable is for the publication of the mental health pathways for...

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the efficient and timely transfer of prisoners to hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983; and how...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of in-patients in mental health units have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of staffing levels at places of safety under the Mental Health Act 1983 in...

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the timetable for the introduction of the additional qualified informants for...

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to Clinical Commissioning Groups of providing salary support for Improving Access to...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, what steps he is taking to ensure Clinical Commissioning Groups...

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate funding for the training of (a) clinical psychologists and (b) child and adolescent psychotherapists after...

      Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the targets set in the Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, and Health Education England’s Stepping...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Department has made an assessment of the effect of the NHS surcharge for non-EEA migrants on the recruitment and retention of...

      Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2018 to Question 142304 on Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships: South East, what sanctions...

      Prescriptions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many claimants of universal credit who ticked the box income-based JSA on their free prescription forms were subsequently accused of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the quality of social care provision is not being affected by increase in demand.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to change the social care budget in line with changing levels of demand for services.

      Thyroid Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many diagnoses of (a) hypothyroidism and (b) hyperthyroidism were made in each of the last three years.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medical exemption certificates were issued under regulation 10 of the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances)...

      Thyroid Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on (a) T4 and (b) T3 in each of the last three years.

      Department for Health and Social Care: Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what damages his Department has sought against companies which have breached competition law in each of the last eight years.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what has been the (a) cash and (b) real terms allocation to each English clinical commissioning group for (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14,...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Official Cars

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

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in each of...

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on UK lawyers being able to practice in the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in each of the last three years.

    • Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education report entitled How well do schools prepare children for their future published in...

      Apprentices: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative estimate he has made of the apprenticeship uptake in Greater Manchester in (a) the last twelve months and (b) the previous three years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of people working as private tutors for (a) primary and (b) secondary school aged children.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish a response to each question in the Schools that work for everyone consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 11 May 2018 on Good School Places, HCWS676, what criteria his Department will use to assess (a)...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 11 May 2018 on Good School Places, HCWS676, what proportion of schools approved in Wave 13 are...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Academy Trusts reported a severe financial deficit to the Education and Skills Funding Agency in financial year 2018-19.

      Pupils: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2018 to Question 141912 on Pupils: Hyperactivity, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a)...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 May 2018 to Question 138993 on Schools: Finance, if he will publish the 19 local authorities that submitted...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer 10 May 2018 to Question 138993 on Schools: Finance, in how many of those nineteen cases he has made a decision; and what the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Solicitors: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Solicitors Regulation Authority on the conduct of Blackstones and BW Legal in their work on behalf of private...

    • Insurance: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the implications for the public liability claims...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to restrict the right of prisoners to be eligible for parole on multiple occasions.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners convicted of what offence and with what period of sentence left to serve who were released from prison in error (a) have and (b) have...

      Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women convicted of sexual activity with a child received a prison sentence in each of the last five...

      Magistrates' Courts: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the sale price was of each magistrates' court building sold in the last two years; and for how long each such building was not in use for court...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were released on temporary licence from each category of prison in the most recent twelve month period for which figures are available.

      Racially Aggravated Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ethnicity was of each (a) offender and (b) victim of each racially aggravated offence which resulted in a prison sentence in the last five...

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of previous convictions was for an person convicted of a further offence in each of the last three years who was not given a...

      Slavery: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to address the denial of free legal assistance to potential victims of modern slavery for which they are entitled.

      Home Office: Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent from the public purse on Registered Intermediaries in each of the last four years.

      Young Offenders: Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the use of restorative justice for young offenders.

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sent to immediate custody from the (a) the Crown Court and (b) magistrates' courts for sentences (i) below 6 months and (ii) above 6...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the percentage of courts which currently have the technological capacity to host video links.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cases that were (a) lost and (b) dropped in areas where the local court has closed in each of the...

      Magistrates' Courts: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of cases heard at Calderdale Magistrates Court are now heard in (a) Bradford, (b) Huddersfield and (c) Leeds.

      Domestic Violence: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for a domestic violence charge to be heard in a court in (a) Calderdale and (b) West Yorkshire in...

      Right of Search: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many search warrants were issued for properties in west Yorkshire in (a) 2018, (b) 2015 and (c) 2010.

      Courts: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were summonsed in (a) 2018, (b) 2016, (c) 2010 in West Yorkshire.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the longest waiting time recorded from the lodging of a personal independence payment appeal to the confirmation of a date...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 8402 on Personal Independence Payment: Appeals, what the average waiting time was for a personal...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that UK businesses trading with Iran are protected from the imposition of US extraterritorial...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in his Department were posted to each country for the purposes of promoting trade with the UK since his Department was...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2018 to Question 136658 on Local Government Finance, if he will publish the dates...

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce how funding for the Integrated Communities Strategy will be allocated.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the use of council reserves.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the (a) use of and (b) existing level of reserves by local authorities.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to introduce new rules on the amount of minimum reserves councils should hold.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the financial payments made by local authorities to bring to an early end...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to Written Statement of 9 May 2018, HCWS671, how long the Housing First pilots are planned to last.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to Written Statement of 9 May 2018, HCWS671, whether he plans to publish interim reports from external...

      Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many veterans of the armed forces are classed as homeless in each constituent part of the UK.

      Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department provides to veterans who have left the armed forces and become homeless.

      Planning: Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 May 2018 to Question 140674, on Planning: Public Inquiries, how many and what proportion...

      Derelict Land: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish a breakdown by local authority of the £50 million brownfield land fund for Greater Manchester...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much responsibility a Government Local Plan Inspector has for identifying the soundness of a Local Plan.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on the...

      Opencast Mining: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed ‘Bradley’ open-cast coal mine in Pont...

      Housing Associations: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many properties have been disposed of by housing associations in each English region in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 May 2018 to Question 141014, on Official Cars, what the total number of civil servants who have been provided with a car to...

    • Defence: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Government selecting a non-UK based supplier for a deployable long range...

      Ministry of Defence: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page six of the Thirty-Ninth report of the Public Accounts Committee, the Equipment Plan 2017- 27, HC880, what steps he is taking to...

      Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to publish its response to the Modernising Defence Programme consultation before it publishes the Modernising Defence...

      Joint Cyber Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members there have been of the Joint Cyber Reserve in each year since it was launched; and how people have expressed an interest in joining the...

      Armed Forces: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Armed Forces played in response to the (a) Parliament and (b) Wannacry cyber attacks in 2017.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of each branch of the armed services work at the National Cyber Security Centre.

      Armed Forces: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of each branch of the services are employed in the national offensive cyber programme.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of premiums claimed for universal credit after the age of 20; and how many of those people requested a mandatory...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average payment has been to the top (a) one, (b) five and (c) 10 per cent of benefit claimants by amount received in each of the last...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number and proportion of people under the age of 25 who are both not in employment and not in receipt...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the maximum target holding time is for calls to the Tell Us Once phone line.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by her Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in each of the last...

      Windrush Generation: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is in place to assist Commonwealth and Windrush applicants in applying for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support...

      Shop Direct Group: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department plans to provide to Jobcentre Plus employees affected by the closure of Shop Direct centres in Greater Manchester.

      Universal Credit: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2018 to Question 140056 on Universal Credit: Easington, what data his Department collects on individual claims...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for (a) personal independence payment, b) employment and support allowance and c) universal credit (limited capability for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to ensure that universal credit claimants are aware that they are entitled to deduct expenses when stating their income.

      Social Services: Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure care workers whose income is too low to trigger auto-enrolment know the advantages of opting in to pension saving.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who had an earnings deduction order for child maintenance subsequently lost their jobs and claimed job seeker's allowance in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coaches have been allocated within her department to assist universal credit claimants in each month of the last three years for...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason additional resources have not been provided to the Independent Case Examiner to ensure that complaints made by WASPI women and...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pieces of correspondence her Department has received from honourable Members on waiting times for personal independence payment...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government’s decision to remove the ordering restriction on exceptions to the two-child limit for the child...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of households receiving universal credit are repaying debts incurred on (a) the social fund, (b)crisis loans, (c) tax credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Forestry Commission on its proposal to dispose of (a) Mortimer Forest, near Ludlow...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in...

      Forestry Commission: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will set out all land owned by the Forestry Commission where development has been granted for holiday centres or...

      Animals: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued to online marketplaces on the regulations that apply the sale of animals.

      Furs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the ban on the sale of cat, dog and seal...

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Theft Act 1968 on deterring the theft of pets.

      Animals: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require all animal owners to hold a licence to own an animal.

      Clean Air Zones: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has conducted an economic impact study on the effects of clean air zones and associated air quality measures on...

      Clean Air Zones: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials of his Department have had with small and medium businesses in...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials of his Department have discussed the relocation of sediment from the Hinkley...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Cairnryan Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has identified the port of Cairnryan as a route for human trafficking; and if he will make a statement.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who have had their application for asylum refused but cannot legally be returned to...

      Visas: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2018 to Question 140194, for what reasons information on Tier 2 applications by doctors and nurses turned...

      Chemicals: Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the updated leaflet entitled Sell Chemical Products Responsibly, published by her Department on 4 April 2018, what...

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the cost of policing rural areas compared to urban areas.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the fire service is adequately funded.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that firefighters are paid fairly.

      Asylum: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had their housing support terminated as a result of a failed asylum claim in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b)...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 10 May 2018, HCWS674 on Immigration, if he will make is his policy that information in response...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will publish an immigration white paper before the Migration Advisory Committee's final report on the effect on the UK...

      Horse Racing: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made at each Horse Racing racecourse in 2018; and for what offences those arrests were made.

      Fires: Domestic Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of accidental fires in England and Wales were caused by faulty appliances and leads in each of the last last...

      Migrant Workers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the effect of migrants...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were wrongly issued and subsequently cancelled or suspended in the last year.

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional (a) Border Force personnel and (b) customs officials the Government plans to assign to Welsh ports of entry in (i) 2018,...

      Passports: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people born outside of the UK to active UK armed forces personnel from 1970 to 2016 were (a) issued British passports and (b)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Pneumonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is taking steps to prioritise tackling pneumonia throughout the world.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support developing countries to establish universal health coverage.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the Department of Health and Social Care to use the upcoming World Health Assembly as an...

      Yemen: Diphtheria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on aid for the treatment of diphtheria cases in Yemen in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East has adequate...

  • Scotland Office

    • Channel Four: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Channel 4 on the location of their new national headquarters.

    • Royal Bank of Scotland: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland on branch closures in Scotland.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the amount of sick leave taken by civil servants for mental health issues in (a) his Department and (b) the...

    • Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many complaints from sub-contractors in respect of slow and poor payment practices have been (a) received since the Mystery Shopper service was...

      Crown Commercial Service: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of SMEs ability to bid for inclusion in Crown Commercial Service Management Consultancy Framework 2.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to require Government suppliers to publish (a) their processes for dealing with and (b) anonymised outcomes of whistleblowing cases...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in each of the last three years.

    • Royal Bank of Scotland: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland on branch closures in Scotland.

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland on branch closures throughout England and Wales.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter of Wednesday 18 April 2018 from the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle on the tier 4 CAHMS inpatient...

      Social Services: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve the advice provided for care workers on tax relief for travel expenses.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has undertaken an investigation into the company agent that formed (a) Augela Systems LLP, (b) PR-Vert system Ltd and (c) Ronida Invest Ltd,...

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on consumers in England of (a) recent and (b) forthcoming RBS bank branch closures.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on the roll-out of the breathing space policy in relation to problem debt.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IT faults with the 30 hours childcare system have been outstanding since November 2017; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department issues guidance to sports colleges and teaching coaches on recognising the dangers of concussion; and...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to mandate actions to be taken by online bookmakers to...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by his Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in...

      Comcast and 21st Century Fox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria his Department has used to assess the bids submitted by (a) 21st Century Fox and (b) Comcast for the takeover of...

      Comcast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the broadcasting standards set out in the Enterprise Act 2002, if he will make an assessment of adequacy of...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much money raised from the tampon tax has been allocated to BAME women's organisations since 2016.

      Nuisance Calls: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation on (a)...

      Nuisance Calls: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation on the...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish its funding scheme to compensate owners of equipment affected by the clearing of the 700...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Security

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what medical counter measures are in place to protect police officers responding to...

    • House of Commons: Packaging

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons spent on (a) disposable cups, (b) disposable food...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Official Visits: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish the guidance on protocol for members of the Irish Government visiting in an official capacity (a) Northern Ireland and (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Crossrail Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the heights of station platforms above rail at all stations where Crossrail trains are planned to stop; whether there are any differences from the...

    • Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 2 May (HL7047), what evidence there is that local authorities have used the Bus Operators' Grant to fund...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction Labour Market in the UK Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Farmer Review of the UK construction labour model.

    • Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to achieve their aim to “stamp out illegal unpaid internships”, as pledged in their response to the Taylor review of modern...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning Israel's Settlements Regularisation Law and the test case to be held before the Israeli...

    • Egypt: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Egypt about the importance of ending the practice of female genital mutilation in that country.

      Burma: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Burma regarding the recent military offensive by the Burmese army in the Mutraw district of Karen State.

      Saw O Moo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Burma regarding the killing of human rights defender and community leader Saw O Moo by the Burmese Army on 5...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 1 May (HL7025), which three GP practices opt out of providing contraceptive services to their...

    • Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 26 April (HL Deb, col 1654), whether it has been agreed with the EU that "during the implementation period we will...

      Health Services: Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the details of the review into the use of the fit and proper persons test recommended by Dr Bill Kirkup in the Liverpool Community Health...

  • Department for International Development

    • West Bank: Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to discuss with the Palestinian Hydrology Group an equitable basis for sharing the available water in the West Bank.

    • Developing Countries: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have received anti-corruption support funded by the UK since 2015.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 May (HL7372), what is the criteria for the delivery of the UK's £2.71 billion in humanitarian aid to the...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education and Research Act 2017

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, including progress against commitments made by ministers during its...

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative assessment they have made of the incidence of neglect of children (1) in mainstream schools, and (2) who are home-schooled.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • National Probation Service for England and Wales: Bristol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the premises at Eden House, Bristol have been sold by the National Probation Service; and if so, when they were sold and to whom.

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the extent to which cuts to legal aid provision were a factor in the Windrush immigration issue.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reinstate legal aid for those seeking to challenge their immigration status; and what safeguards they will put in place to prevent...

      Offenders: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what form the latest review of the decisions to set up community prisons for women and launch a scheme to support female offenders will take; and when it is likely...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction Methods

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that their call to the construction industry to build well-designed homes will also include plans to use the latest...

    • Housing: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding or borrowing approval for housing was returned to HM Treasury in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities were unsuccessful in the latest round of bids for funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

      Land Drainage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage greater use of soakaways.

      Fire Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 30 April (HL6940), which organisation performed the original fire safety tests as specified in BS...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families claiming Universal Credit incur childcare costs above £760.42 per month for one child or £1303.57 for two or more children.

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research published by the TUC that estimated that the number of children growing up in poverty in working households will be...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having about the future of the Welsh fishing industry; and with whom they are having any such discussions.

    • Animal Products: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in ensuring the UK will be added to the EU's list of approved third countries for imports of products of animal origin; and what action...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of land were owned by the Forestry Commission in (1) 2000, (2) 2005, (3) 2010, (4) 2015, and (5) 2018.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the Home Office's annual targets for the removal of illegal migrants for each year since 2010; and how many people were removed because of...

    • Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the proposed deportation of Yvonne Williams to Jamaica; and what assessment they have made of the public interest in preventing the...

      Deportation: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reassure members of the Windrush generation that they will not be deported.

      Immigration: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reassure members of the Windrush generation about the legality of their immigration status.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Home Office immigration services are fit for purpose following the Windrush scandal.

      Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 April (HL Deb, col 1845), what elements of the Lord Bishop of Leeds' question gave the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who participated in the UK delegation at the recent meeting held between the Prime Minister and representatives of the European Parliament; who participated on...

    • National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made progress in securing a Brexit deal on security.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 10 May (HL7370), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely which EU member states are (1) net...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 5 September 2017 (HC Deb, col 55), what progress they have made in achieving a...

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