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Written answers

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Nexus on the (a) procurement, (b) delivery and (c) roll-out of the new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

    • Driving Tests: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing language translation services for non-English speaking candidates during...

      Heathrow Express Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the press release, GWR to manage Heathrow Express service, published in the Railway Gazettee on 28 March 2018, for what reason the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will postpone a decision on hydraulic fracturing at the Preston New Road well site until the conclusion of...

    • Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for his decision on Cuadrilla Bowland Limited’s hydraulic fracturing consent application...

      Cuadrilla Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has instructed the Infrastructure and Projects Authority to begin conducting financial resilience tests on...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2018 to Question 146305 on Fracking, and with reference to Written Ministerial...

      Fire Prevention: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place the project specification used to commission the Manufacturing Technology Centre to look at the...

      Directors: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds at (a)...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of whether the affordable warmth component of the Energy Company Obligation...

      Funerals: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce a fair funerals pledge to obligate funeral directors to advertise their lowest-price funeral packages.

      Company Accounts: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in England that have a statutory duty to report on payment...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has consulted industry representatives on placing the powers on the prompt payment code within the Office of...

      Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department made of Hitachi’s nuclear power safety record in advance of considering private...

      Sizewell C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department had with representatives of EDF Energy on funding options for Sizewell C nuclear power...

      Bradwell B Power Station: Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of Bradwell B nuclear plant in Essex.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had it's counterpart in South Korea on (a) new nuclear power stations in the UK and...

      Sellafield

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

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what risk assessment his Department has made of the involvement of foreign companies in the delivery of the UK's new...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for nuclear waste management in the event that there is no capacity for deep disposal of such waste.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department’s policy to compile a risk register for proposed nuclear power stations.

      UK Research and Innovation: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) fulfils its mission to push the frontiers of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nicaragua: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Nicaraguan Government on recent protests in that country.

    • Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the authorities in Myanmar on the displacement of residents in Kachin.

      Yemen: UN Special Adviser On the Prevention of Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his international counterparts on upholding (a) international law and (b) UN Security...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish a list of the UK/EU negotiating groups that are discussing the future partnership with the EU.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendation from the Interim Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, published on 25 April...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the public purse is of a GP appointment in (a) England, (b) the South East and (c) Southampton.

      Drugs: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increased uniformity of medication packaging across manufacturers to enable the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on lead ministerial responsibility for drugs policy.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to include differing (a) faith and (b) cultural perspectives in its consultation on opt-out organ...

      Donors: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what targets had been set out for BAME (a) blood, (b) stem cell and (c) organ donation in each of the last five years; and to what extent...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Re-employment

      Can the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff made redundant by his Department between January and March 2017 have been reemployed by his Department on (a) permanent, (b)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the number of job vacancies in his Department is.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is adequate funding for NHS services in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to question 141319 on Breast Cancer Screening, what estimate he has made of the number of women...

      General Practitioners: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of GPs in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

      Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to expand NHS services based outside London to treat gambling addiction.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if an assessment can be made on the current funding settlement for the NHS and if it meets current levels of demand.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that the forthcoming Green Paper on Social Care will include greater (a) support for carers and (b) funding and other...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to reduce the number of patients that are discharged from hospital late.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) heart monitors, (b) TENS machines and (c) mobility aids that are no longer...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to ensure that more medical equipment is returned and reused by other patients; and if he will make a...

      Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients with sight and hearing impairments are able to access NHS services.

      Sleeping Rough: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the value of the process of safeguarding adult reviews into the deaths of people sleeping rough.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many safeguarding adults reviews have been launched since 2010.

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many joint replacements have taken place in each of the last five years.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding is available for palliative care services.

      Dementia: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what talking therapies are available for dementia patients.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the saving to the public purse of unpaid carers.

      Mental Illness: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the outcome of the consultation on restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with...

      Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the minutes of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust’s Board Meeting which took place on 3 May 2018,...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June to Question 148807 on Vaccinatoin, on how many occasions the Government has adopted changes to...

      Pneumonia: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2018 to Question 148810 on Pneumonia: Vaccination, if he will place in the Library the estimates...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial assistance her Department has given to projects in Palestine in each of the last ten years.

  • Department for Education

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to publish the draft guidance on Relationships and Sex Education by the summer recess 2018.

    • Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what role his Department has played in the (a) external audit of domestic abuse services and (b) full review of domestic abuse services being...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment he has made of the effect of increases in the (a) national living wage and (b) minimum employer pensions...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to review his policy on the early years national funding formula.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to review the effect of the introduction of 30 hours' free childcare on childcare businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has for the allocation of unspent apprenticeship levy funds; and whether such unspent funds will be ring fenced for skills development.

      Children: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taken to improve the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of children in England.

      Schools: Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award.

      National Union of Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he last met with representatives of the National Union of Students.

      Salford Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) reasons for and (b) evidential basis for his Department's decision on winding up Salford Academy Trust.

      STEM Subjects: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to equalise the gender balance in the take-up of STEM apprenticeships.

      T-levels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional resources he has allocated to ensure the introduction of T levels by 2020; and what steps is he taking to ensure the value for money...

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to (a) consult and (b) respond to disabled young people who have secured an apprenticeship.

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many disabled people were refused an apprenticeship as a result of failing a Further Education college's literacy and numeracy assessment.

      T-levels: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the level of parental awareness of the introduction of T levels; and what steps he is taking to raise...

      Gambling: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance is provided to pupils in secondary schools on the risks of gambling.

      Early Intervention Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to increase council funding for early years intervention.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of women serving prison sentences for non-violent crimes since 1 January 2018.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure that claims made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority relating to child sexual abuse are only considered by...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has received representations on the Daily Mirror campaign for the introduction of a Victims law; and when his office plans to publish its...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward a compensation scheme for victims of anti-social behaviour; and if he will...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been refused compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for having an unspent conviction by category of that...

      Probation Hostels: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of beds available in probation hostels in West Yorkshire.

      Prisoners' Release: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison leavers in West Yorkshire were staying in detention centres awaiting hostel beds during April 2018.

      Prisons: Restraint Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for rolling out (a) Pava pepper spray and (b) rigid police-style handcuffs across the prison estate.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what preparations he has made to safeguard essential services in the event of a Community Rehabilitation Company (a) running into financial...

      Birmingham Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in England and Wales left the Prison Service while serving in HMP Birmingham after less than (a) six months, (b) twelve months...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to build new prisons during the current Parliament.

      Amey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contractual sanctions would apply to Amey in the event of its failure to satisfactorily deliver facilities management work in prisons.

      Birmingham Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish his Department's report into the 2016 riots at HMP Birmingham.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps HMRC has taken in respect of (a) disguised remuneration schemes and (b) the promoters of such schemes.

    • Liability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals for a duty of care in relation to the Financial Guidance and...

      Students: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June to Question 149630 on student private rented housing; what estimate his Department has made of the expected contribution...

      Students: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June to Question 149631 on students: private rented housing, whether he plans to devise a method to identify businesses that...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the level of corporation tax to fund the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding his Department (a) plans to make available to the Department of Health and Social Care to implement a state-backed GP indemnity scheme in...

      Financial Services: Misrepresentation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the FCA is taking to raise awareness of the mis-selling of (i) non-insurance debt waiver and (b) debt freeze products.

      Treasury: Liability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions his Department has been unable to notify Parliament of the particulars of a liability and thus fulfil the required 14 days’...

      Financial Services: Misrepresentation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department or (b) the FCA plans to set a deadline for consumers to submit claims for the mis-selling of non-insurance debt freeze or debt...

      Midland Metropolitan Hospital

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the minutes of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust’s Board Meeting which took place on 3 May 2018, what (a) checks and...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 150168, on immigration: EU Nationals, what funding arrangments have been made for those increases and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his letters of 1 June 2018 to local authorities and housing associations, whether his Department...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 149922, how many of the unsafe (a) social and (b) private tower...

      Housing Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of additional housing supply on the level of (a) housing affordability...

      Rented Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 149632, on Rented Housing, what recent representations his...

      Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that ground rent increases are kept in line with inflation.

      Parish Councils: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what mechanism is in place for members of the public to raise complaints about the operation of town and parish...

      Homelessness: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the number of homeless people dying.

      Domestic Violence: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to supporting victims of domestic violence per capita in each year since...

      Homelessness: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities provide adequate support for newly-recognised refugees to...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2018 to Question 145535, how many students are residing in the 31 student residences...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2018 to Question 145535, how many of the 31 student residential buildings identified...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2018 to Question 145535, where the 31 student residential buildings identified as...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many student residential buildings there are in the UK; how many student residential buildings have been tested...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to provide military support to NATO allies in (a) Estonia and (b) Iceland in the next 12 months.

    • South Korea: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent contributions the UK has made to UN Command-led exercises in South Korea.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was for training UK armed forces personnel to (a) operate and (b) service the Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-37 Distributed...

      Defence: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the support cost is for each radar per year of the (a) BAE Systems and (b) Lockheed Martin long range air defence radar support contracts; and what...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what weighting will be given to National Security Objective 3 during the bid selection process for future Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet Solid Support Ships.

      Singapore: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the future of security and defence cooperation between the UK and Singapore following the Shangri La Dialogue Asia...

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase security for strategic command and control bases overseas.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that after the full roll-out of universal credit no person has their benefits sanctioned in the event that...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to introduce a minimum protected income within the universal credit system to ensure that claimants are not left...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to introduce the video recording of personal independence payment assessments.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 125594 on Personal Independence Payment, what assessment she has made of the reasons that...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to ensure that claimants previously in receipt of severe disability premium of employment and support allowance...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance have not been contacted by her Department when they...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit couple households are in work.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claims are calculated automatically.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Written Statement of 15 June 2018, on personal independence payments, HCWS767, what methodology she used to determine that...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Written Statement of 15 June 2108, on personal independence payments, HCWS767, whether previously unsuccessful personal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: International Fur Trade Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings have taken place between Ministers or officials of his Department and representatives of the International Fur...

    • European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for setting up a UK chemicals agency in the event that the UK cannot remain...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of the introduction of the mid-tier countryside stewardship scheme and...

      Alabama Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is carrying out research to evaluate the cause of and potential threats posed by Alabama Rot to dogs...

      Alabama Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Chief Veterinary Officer on including Alabama Rot as a notifiable disease in the UK;...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to decrease water wastage.

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale is for bringing forward proposals to establish (a) levels of public expenditure and (b) measures to assess the...

    • LGBT People: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the level of hate crime towards LGBT+ people.

      Females: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding that specialist women’s services in the UK currently receive from the EU.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding his Department plans to allocate to local authorities as a result of the additional duties they are required to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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.

    • Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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)...

      Absent Voting: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 20 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Labour Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of staff turnover levels in the (a) private and (b) public sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of businesses delivering public procurement projects in England are SMEs.

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the provisions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which impose a 30-day payment...

      Government Departments: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have undertaken unpaid work in each Government department since 2016; and how many of those people were not subsequently offered a...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many multiple births there were in England in 2017.

      Science and Technology Honours Committee: Scientists

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many scientists sit on the UK Honours Science and Technology Committee.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has had discussions with cabinet colleagues on making Japanese employees exempt from visa quotas in any future UK-Japan trade...

    • Customs Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of the UK entering a customs union with the EU after the UK leaves the...

      Solar Power: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations the Government has made to the European Commission on the imposition of tariffs on the solar technology sector; and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the data held by his Department is hosted outside the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Heritage Lottery Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the heritage lottery fund was allocated to projects in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Film and Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has held with (a) television and (b) film production companies on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will introduce legislative proposals on limiting the time for which a user can be active on an online...

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2018 to Question 149988, on theatre: young people, which the organisations have benefited...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the command paper, Future operation of Civil Partnerships, Cm. 9606, published in May 2018, what specifications her Department...

    • Parental Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with (a) maternity and (b) paternity groups on measures to improve the take-up of shared parental leave.

      Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to FTSE women leaders: Hampton-Alexander review, published by the Government in November 2017, what steps the Government is taking to...

      Sanitary Protection: Low Incomes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to ensure provision of free sanitary products to low-income families.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest economic case for HS2; and whether this has altered since the High Speed Rail (London — West Midlands) Act 2017 received Royal Assent.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what seat occupancy assumptions have been used in the economic case for HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 23 May (HL7911), what discussions they have had with contractors about the need to ensure that fencing...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the results of their consultation on extending eligibility of Blue Badge holders to ensure parity for those with physical and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Industry: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lack of industrial floor space in London and of its effects on businesses.

    • Industry: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to increase the amount of industrial floor space available in London.

      UK Notified Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Notified Bodies will be able to continue to work with UK manufacturers, checking their products conform to the essential requirements of European...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report Forced Conversions & Forced Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan, published by the Commonwealth Institute for Freedom...

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reflect the recommendations and conclusions from the report Forced Conversions & Forced Marriages in Sindh,...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which member states of the United Nations have recognised Palestine as a state.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the agreement of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition involved in the conflict in Yemen to the UN Plan of Action to protect...

      Burma: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar following reports of attacks by the Myanmar military on the Christian Kachin people in the...

      Philippines: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Philippines about the recent killings of the Reverends Tentorio, Favali, Carzedda, Paez, and Ventura;...

      Burma: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to put pressure on the Burmese authorities to comply with international humanitarian law and assist Kachin civilians trapped in the fighting.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to press the government of Burma to address the underlying causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • British Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to hold a meeting of the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference; if so, who would represent the UK at such a meeting; what...

    • Belfast-Dublin Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive and the government of Ireland about improving the rail line between Dublin and Belfast,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission research into the effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions for children and young people with mental health...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were treated by doctors in general practice in each year between 2007 and 2017.

      Health Professions: Dismissal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of (1) doctors, and (2) nurses who have been dismissed for misconduct at work.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of hours worked by GPs in the NHS; whether working hours are increasing; whether they intend to limit the number of...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 5 June (HL8135), what assessment they have made of the ethicality of the continued recommendation of...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to continue to pursue a backstop arrangement for the Irish border following the rejection of that proposal by the EU Chief Brexit Negotiator.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of pupils have been granted extra time in public exams as a result of special educational needs in (1) state schools, and (2) independent schools;...

    • Special Educational Needs: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include someone with expertise in speech, language and communication on the external steering group working with the Department for...

      Special Educational Needs: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the trailblazer areas proposed in the Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision: a Green...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new definitions of damages for personal injuries were introduced into law by the Civil Procedure Rules 1998.

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to a laying an order under section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 to give legal recognition to marriages...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Almshouses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future role of almshouses in providing housing to elderly people.

    • Religious Buildings: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect data on the number of (1) mosques, and (2) madrassas, in England and Wales; and if so, how many there are.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to involve scientists, economists and environmentalists in developing a set of metrics to measure the progress of the 25 Year...

    • Water: National Policy Statements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in consulting on the National Policy Statement for Water Resources; and when the outcome of that consultation will be published.

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions have been made for raptor persecution in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Conduct

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what professional standards are required of employees of public sector commercial enterprises; and whether these comply with the standards of the Civil...

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