Written answers

Thursday, 24 May 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle cable theft on railway infrastructure in (a) Tyne and Wear, (b) North East England and (c) the UK.

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the east coast main line change in ownership will affect the new train services to Lincoln scheduled to begin in 2019.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department plans to allocate to dedicated cycle networks similar to London's cycle superhighways in (a) cities and (b) towns...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cyclists have (a) been injured and (b) died from cycling-related accidents in (i) York and (ii) the UK in each of the last eight years.

      Northern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation Northern Rail has paid to passengers for delays and cancellations since the start of the current franchise.

      Trains: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the date on which the first UK trains will be converted to run on hydrogen.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the use of (a) recycled plastic materials and (b) other innovative and durable techniques for road...

      Public Transport: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidences of sexual assault have been recorded on public transport in Lancashire in the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for the commencement of s15 of the Road Safety Act 2006.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to tackle motorists using (a) illegal exhausts and (b) other disallowed modifications.

      Driving: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions has he had with Cabinet colleagues on the suggestion of the Secretary of State for Tranport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel that a...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, If he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reintroducing road safety targets in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Hon Member for Hereford, the Transport Minister, plans to respond to the letter sent to him by the Batched on Site Association on 25 April...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps have been taken to improve passenger safety on trains for people with disabilities.

      Bus Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money from the public purse was spent on subsidised bus routes in Greater Manchester in each year since 2010.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of the Virgin East Coast re-branding of the East Coast line trains including (a) the repainting rolling stock and (b) changes staff...

      Air Routes: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of flights between non-UK EU airports that are run by UK airline operators.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Government has made on the establishment of the Major Road Network.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date the most recent UK State System of Accountability and Control Project Highlight Assessment was (a)...

    • Nuclear Power: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the high level risks on the most recent UK State system of Accountability and Control Project Highlight...

      Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish a draft charging agreement for the a new nuclear safeguarding regime.

      EURATOM: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) purchasing and (b) decommissioning nucler safeguarding...

      Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans for the new Safeguards Information Management and Reporting System to be fully operational.

      Conditions of Employment: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to implement the recommendations of the UK Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2018-19.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to establish UK electoral observation missions to monitor elections in other countries after the...

    • Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the Middle East peace process continues in a fair and legitimate manner.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department has in ensuring that UK arms exports to Israel are not being used in contravention of UK National Arms...

      Noura Hussein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to (a) the government of Sudan and (b) other governments in that region on the case of...

      Nnamdi Kanu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has any information on the whereabouts of Mr Nnamdi Kanu who was last seen in Nigeria in September 2017.

      Peking University: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from (i) Peking University HSBC Business...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on securing peace in Gaza.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the recent detention of leading women’s rights...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his US counterpart on appropriate (a) behaviour and (b language of the US president for his...

  • Attorney General

    • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions have been initiated by the (a) Crown Prosecution Service and (b) Serious Fraud Office against corporate bodies for offences committed under (i)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Psychiatry: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of child and adolescent mental health psychiatrists who have been hired in the (a)...

    • Mental Health: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health nursing commissions his Department plans to offer in each of the next five years.

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase investment in research into rare conditions.

      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 South East of England in...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      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 (a) Kent and (b) Medway in 2018-19.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      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 (a) the South East, (b) Kent and (c)...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of mental health support for people with haemophilia; and if he will make a...

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to attract more people into a career in learning disabilities nursing.

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase funding for research into brain cancer beyond those set out in his Department's press release of 14 May...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contractors have been employed by his Department for (a) up to one year, (b) between one and five years, (c) between five and 10...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions the Care Quality Commission has (a) required registered care providers to produce a plan to (a) mitigate or (b)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many early warnings has the Care Quality Commission issued to local authorities on the potential market failure of difficult to...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions local authorities have exercised their duties to meet an adult’s needs for care and support as a result of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the differences in (a) the level of fees paid by each local authority to social care providers and (b) the...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions care home providers have handed back contracts to provide social care to local authorities in each year since 2009-10.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the public purse was allocated to biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis in 2013-2014.

      South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) patient safety and (b) the long term recovery of patients of the recent...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Chief Dental Officer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have met with the Chief Dental Officer in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people who contacted NHS England's Customer Contact Centre after being unable to...

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have contacted NHS 111 for (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency dental problems in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report, Alcohol and Mental Health: Policy and Practice in England, published by the Institute of Alcohol Studies...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to publish a second Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Childhood and Obesity action plan to tackle the link between social deprivation and...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what projection has been made of the proportion of the UK population to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in each of the next 10 years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money the NHS spent on treating (a) type 1 diabetes and (b) type 2 diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of children in England who have mental health issues.

  • Department for International Development

    • Commonwealth: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018, what commitments her Department has made to increase aid...

    • Commonwealth: Rain Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of her Department's overseas aid budget allocated to Commonwealth countries is used to protect and...

      Yemen: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of access for medical supplies to north Yemen.

      Yemen: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the risk of cholera in north Yemen.

      Yemen: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of cholera vaccinations which will be available in north Yemen this year.

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding will her Department plans to provide to UN agencies working in Sudan in 2018-19.

      Palestinians: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation of Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus; and if he...

      Palestinians: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure protection and relief to Palestinian refugees affected by the conflict in Syria; and whether her...

      Somaliland: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the people and Government of Somaliland in the aftermath of Cyclone Sagar.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the stigma of, and discrimination towards people with, HIV Aids globally.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help ensure regional and global civil society networks have sufficient funds to respond to the HIV epidemic.

  • Department for Education

    • King's College London: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government has made an assessment as to whether the measures taken by King's College London as a result of violent disruption of meetings...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much debt interest accrued on student loans for which salary deductions have already been made by HMRC in each of the last three years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the value is of student loan debt assets sold to the private sector since 2010.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether debt interest is paid on portions of student loans for which salary deductions have already been made by HMRC.

      University of Chester Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he first received information on the financial difficulties experienced by the University of Chester Academies Trust.

      University Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, What steps his Department is taking to improve performance of University Church of England Academy.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy schools have been removed from their sponsors and placed (a) in new trusts and (b) into local authority control in each of the last...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which academy chains are banned from sponsoring any more schools.

      University Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to remove University Church of England Academy from its current sponsors.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2018 to Question 144965 on Pre-school Education: Teachers, if he will publish the names of the (a) unions and (b)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on offering incentives to Early Years settings to provide 30 hours of free childcare places.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of 13-25 year olds in prison in (a) 1997, (b) 2007, (c) 2010 and (d) 2017.

    • Small Claims: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2018 to Question 136859 on Small Claims: Electronic Government, where his Department has established a telephone...

      Debt Collection: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when HM Courts and Tribunals Service plans to announce the results of the tender process on the provision of enforcement services for debt collecting...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Treaties: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many international investment agreements to which the UK is a signatory include protections against expropriations without compensation.

    • Peking University: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has (a) held discussions with and (b) received representations from (i) Peking University HSBC Business School or...

      Overseas Trade: Southern African Development Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Trade Policy of 17 May 2018, Official Report, column 410, if he will publish the...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the trends of UK inward and outward direct foreign investment between 2016 and 2017.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the OECD Foreign Direct Investment Statistics which were published on 27...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Insulation: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ban the use of aluminium composite material cladding with fire retardant polyethylene filler.

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to (a) start and (b) conclude the proposed consultation on banning the use of combustible...

      Insulation: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 17 May 2018, Official Report, column 465, whether it is his policy that...

      Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will set out the assumptions on which he based the estimated cost of the removal and replacement of unsafe...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average Homes England Home Building Fund loan amount has been since October 2016.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average length of time has been to process loans provided by the Homes England Home Building Fund since...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what active weapon systems arm each vessel within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what weapon systems are planned to arm each of the planned Royal Fleet Auxiliary solid support ships.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons are for his Department's decision to purchase F-35A aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

      Rosyth Dockyard: Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a role is planned for the Goliath crane at Rosyth for the recycling of decommissioned nuclear ballistic missile submarines laid up in Rosyth...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the report Submarine Delivery Agency Corporate Plan 2018-2019, published in April 2018, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many businesses have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant since its commencement.

      Weeton Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made on plans to redevelop Weeton Barracks into HQ North West by 2022 as part of the 2016 Strategic Defence Estate Review; and if...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make funds available to enable cadet adult instructors to attend Stonewall train-the-trainers courses to enable detachment commanders to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133504 on Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations, if she will list the key service...

    • Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance and training is provided to staff determining sanctions for (a) jobseekers allowance and (b) universal credit to help them...

      Access to Work Programme: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date was the requirement for disabled people to contribute towards the cost of their wheelchairs as part of the access to work scheme...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Statement of 23 November 2017 on universal credit, Official Report, column 1200, what steps her Department has taken to...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the amount of funding her Department has allocated to support workless households in each of the last five years.

      Detergents: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that information on hazardous materials are displayed on the labels of domestic cleaning products imported...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints from women affected by the changes in the state pension age have been investigated and closed by the Independent Case...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints from women affected by the changes in the state pension age made to the Independent Case Examiners Office are outstanding...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to Question 141380, of the 13 complaints made by women in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency on...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Scotland who have been affected by the changes in state pension age have lodged a complaint with the Independent Case...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of women affected by changes in the state pension age have made an official complaint to the Independent Case Examiner's Office.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2018 to Question 133903, what assessment her Department has made of the financial effect of the loss of...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2018 to Question 143651 on State Retirement Pensions: Females, how much additional resource has been provided...

      Jobcentres: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many FTE employees were based in Oldham Job Centre in each year since 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has set a time limit for notifying claimants from the date of decision whether their (a) application and (b) mandatory...

      Work Programme: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money from the public purse was paid to work programme providers in Greater Manchester in each relevant year since 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2018 to Question 144202, how many universal credit claimants have had a disputed earnings referral in respect...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether plans she has to exempt people with Motor Neurone Disease who are in receipt of the higher rate of Employment Support Allowance from...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average (a) mode, (b) mean and (c) median time taken for personal independence payments to be made is, from the date on which the...

      Occupational Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of women participating in a workplace pension scheme in Hendon constituency.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the value to beneficiaries of increasing the access to work grant from £42,000 to £57,000.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where York is placed in the national rankings for air quality and pollution.

    • Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England)...

      Clean Air Zones: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has undertaken an economic impact assessment of the effects of clean air zones and associated air...

      Clean Air Zones: Greater Manchester

      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) Manchester and (b) Greater Manchester...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contractors have been employed by his Department for (a) up to one year, (b) between one and five years, (c)...

      Ulster Farmers Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has met representatives of the Ulster Farmers' Union since the referendum on the UK leaving the EU; and if he...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each month since June 2016.

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government is making on its strategy to tackle the spread of Japanese knotweed.

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the independent review by David Anderson QC entitled Attacks in London and Manchester, published in December 2017, whether...

    • Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Windrush generation cases are being considered for people in (a) Haringey and (b) Hornsey and Wood Green constituency.

      Immigration: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of immigration crime his Department received from the Department for Work and Pensions in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many communications his Department received from hon. Members and their offices on immigration enforcement hotlines during 2017.

      Immigration: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of immigration crime his Department received from members of the public in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of immigration crime his Department received from HMRC in each year since 2010.

      Asylum: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department makes available to ensure that newly arrived asylum seekers placed in initial accommodation have immediate...

      Home Office and Police: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) staff from his Department and (b) officers from UK police forces have been assigned to roles in the (i) British Embassy,...

      Seasonal Workers: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that British businesses can continue to recruit temporary workers from the European Economic...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that the facial recognition software that law enforcement bodies use is accurate.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time is to process an immigration application for (a) a Visa and (b) leave to remain.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Commonwealth Taskforce will have access the records of (a) HMRC and (b) police records to confirm the status of Windrush...

      Racially Aggravated Offences: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of race hate crime were recorded in Lancashire in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of any correlation between trends in police response times and trends in the number of police...

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many submissions his Department has received to the review into harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics; and when he expects...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what target his Department has been set for the processing of applications by non-UK EU citizens for (a) temporary and (b) settled status.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the status of non-UK EU citizens who fail to apply for (a) temporary (b) settled status by 31 December 2020.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of first-time Passport applicants were required to attend an interview in each of the last three years.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time for the issuing a biometric permit by immigration status.

      Racial Hatred: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of race hate crime have been recorded in Coventry in each year since 2010.

      Refugees: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to support refugees into education and employment upon their arrival in the UK.

      Prince Harry: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to Question 142892 on Prince Harry: Marriage, whether since that Answer (a) Thames Valley Police or...

      Migrant Workers: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who had held tier 1 (general) visas have been removed from the UK in the last 12 months as a result of a decision based on...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on contesting an appeal against refusal of leave to remain in the UK once it has received legal advice that...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the costs to the public purse were of defending the appeal in the case of Ahsan and others v SSHD [2017] EWCA Civ 2009.

      West Yorkshire Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for West Yorkshire Police.

  • Wales Office

    • Agriculture: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate his Department has made of the funding from agricultural subsidies which would be required to maintain the current level of farming in Wales...

  • Scotland Office

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the tendering process for the new solid support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Sick Leave

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

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 9 May 2018, which parts of the Social...

      Cabinet Office: Paternity Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many male staff of his Department have taken shared parental leave; and what the average length was of that leave.

  • Treasury

    • Instalment Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2018 to Question 141345 on Instalment Credit, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his...

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the sale of illegal tobacco.

      Cars: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial incentives the Government makes available to (a) purchase a car that runs on LPG fuel and (b) convert a car to run on LPG fuel.

      Treasury: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contractors have been employed by his Department for (a) up to one year, (b) between one and five years, (c) between five and 10 years and (d) over...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations HMRC is undertaking into corporate bodies, in relation to offences under (a) section 327-329 and (b) section 330 of the Proceeds of...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions HMRC have initiated as a result of breaches of the (a) Proceeds of Crime Act 2017 and (b) Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and 2017...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have been employed by HM Revenue and Customs in each month since June 2016.

      Gold: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of the value added tax exemption for gold investment coins in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Company Cars: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the benefit-in-kind surcharge for diesel has been increased from three per cent to four per cent; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Child Care Vouchers: Data Protection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to childcare voucher providers on changes to data-handling as a result of the implementation of the General Data...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to extend the sugar levy to (a) milk drinks containing sugar and (b) confectionery; and if he will make a statement.

      Treasury: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contractors currently employed by his Department are paid £1,000 or more per day.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a recognised governing body for white collar boxing; and...

    • Service Industries and Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value of seasonal migrant labour to the UK's hospitality and tourism industry.

      Sportsgrounds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to amend its policy on safe standing; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value to the UK economy of the outbound tourism industry.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the annual spend in the UK’s domestic tourism sector in each of the last five years.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money spent from the public purse on youth services in (a) 1997, (b)...

      Football: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether a mechanism is in place to allow a football club that has introduced a safe standing area to retain that area if it is...

      Independent Press Standards Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the Independent Press Standards Organisation to apply for approval under the...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) rights and (b) protections are available to people to prevent data on them that is held by organisations being...

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish the outcome of the national LGBT survey; and if she will make a statement.

    • Females: Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124453, what further plans there are to celebrate the centenary of women being allowed to vote.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Lebanon: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the results of the Lebanese parliamentary election which took place on 6 May; and what impact results will have on...

    • USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have contacted the White House in response to President Trump’s comments on knife violence in London in his speech to the National Rifle...

      Thailand: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Thailand about ensuring the safety of newly arrived refugees from Burma.

      Philippines: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Philippines about (1) the murder of Father Mark Ventura, and (2) the large number of extrajudicial...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the scale of acute and long-term medical care available to those injured in the protests at the...

    • St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of construction and bringing into operation of the airport at St Helena; what restrictions in aircraft types and passenger numbers are in...

      St Helena: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial flights to St Helena a week are currently operated; what is the average fare from mainland destinations; and whether these services are...

  • Department for Education

    • Police: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided financial or any other types of support to the University of Huddersfield’s new masters course in Security Science for...

    • Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and which Children's Centres closed in 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017 to date.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Small Claims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they decided to propose an increase to the limit to small claims to £2,000 despite the recommendation by Lord Justice Jackson in his 2009 Review...

    • Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 4 January (HL4280), what meetings they have had about the development of the assurace and compliance...

      Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current requirement for a prisoner to receive a pastoral visit from a chaplain within 24 hours of requesting one will be carried into any future policy...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children and young people have been convicted of drug offences in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, and (4) 2018.

  • Treasury

    • Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation's report The Dependency Trap—are we fit...

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of the UK being required to repay EU funding awarded to British organisations following the UK’s withdrawal...

      Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the Northern Ireland Block Grant was reduced to allow the Northern Ireland Executive to set a nil rate of Air Passenger Duty on transatlantic flights...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to continue to adhere to the OECD residency criteria for tax purposes post-Brexit.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities in England that are due to hold elections in May 2019 have been subject to boundary reviews conducted by the Local Government Boundary...

    • Leasehold

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of protection in place for people and organisations that have leasehold interests in land from freeholds being sold...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Hearing Impairment: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from (1) sign language users, and (2) organisations representing deaf people, concerning a free to access video relay service.

    • Pensions Regulator

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contribution schedules to a pensions scheme have been issued by the Pensions Regulator since it was established in 1996; and what assessment they have...

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Pensions Regulator.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Alex Smiles: Sunderland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations (1) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and (2) the Environment Agency received from (a) Sunderland City Council, and (b)...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Windrush immigration failures on the pensions of those affected by those failures; and whether they will take this...

    • Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision there is in UK law for all agents representing the interests of foreign powers in a political or quasi-political capacity to disclose their...

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 May (HL7459), how many Liaison Officers they have in (1) Italy, and (2) Greece; and how many...

      Visas: Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for an improved and simplified EU visa regime for students and professionals from Kosovo.

      Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion in the National Crime Agency's National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2018 that there...

      Islamic State: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to block access to internet archive sites that disseminate material including ISIS bomb making manuals and videos of the execution...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU chief negotiator's comments that the UK's custom deal proposals are not realistic.

    • Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the uncertainty regarding their customs proposals on the progression of Brexit negotiations.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money will be granted to the Department of International Trade in order to safeguard trade promotion jobs; and whether this figure will be enough to...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have secured continued recognition from any third countries that the UK will be treated as an EU member state for trading purposes during the...

      Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Trade Remedies Authority will be set up before the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Remedies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have set up the appeal mechanism required under World Trade Organization rules which will enable the UK to challenge trade defence measures taken by...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Telecommunications

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much the move to Skype for Business (1) has cost so far, and (2) is anticipated to cost; and what are the anticipated benefits of the change.

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