Written answers

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Merchant Shipping: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether seafarer certificates remain valid within Europe after the UK leaves the EU.

    • A12: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the A12 widening scheme between junction 19 and junction 25 will not be delayed as a result of the problems...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding that will be made available from the public purse for road investment proposals for the RIS2 programme.

      Transforming Cities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the bidding process for Transforming Cities funding (a) started and (b) is planned to conclude; and when a decision is due on which cities have...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Planning Blight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many residential buildings in Camden and Brent have been identified to his Department by HS2 Ltd as high risk for settlement damage due to (a)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Hampstead and Kilburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will publish information it holds on the construction plans of HS2 Ltd of February 2018 intended for Alexandra Road Park on Langtry...

      Northern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has indemnified Arriva Rail North for industrial action; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made a recent assessment of trends in the number of bus routes in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry South constituency; and if he will make...

      Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the effect of building a third runway at Heathrow on the residents of Tooting constituency.

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the frequency of trains on the Wrexham to Bidston line.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve travelling times between Wirral and Manchester.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Plastic Surgery: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of cosmetic surgery practitioners who continue to practice who have...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of (a) gas meters and (b) smart meters; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to consumers of over-billing by gas companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to require the measurement of the ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure in gas meters in...

      Construction: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support his Department provides to the construction industry.

      Utilities: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage utilities providers to offer discounts to customers purchasing two or...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the budget is for the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate for 2018-19; and how many staff the Inspectorate...

      Insolvency: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if will amend the insolvency legislation to provide for an independent ombudsman to advise on disputes.

      Companies House: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are taken by Companies House to ensure the legibility of the documents submitted to it.

      Thames Water: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that Companies House holds a legible copy of the Thames Water Utilities 2017-18 annual...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the number of companies with (a) 500 to 1,000 and (b) more than 1,000 employees.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on tackling the problem in the north of the UK with Data Communications Company hubs being...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the mobile solution to the DCC hub...

      Financial Reporting Council Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the first meeting of the advisory group of the independent review of the Financial Reporting Council will take...

      Financial Reporting Council Independent Review: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether trade unions will be consulted as part of the independent review of the Financial Reporting Council.

      Financial Reporting Council Independent Review: Costs

      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 the independent review of the Financial Reporting Council.

      Fire Prevention: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 156340 on fire prevention: insulation, what the total expenditure...

      Fire Prevention: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 156340 on fire prevention: insulation, if he will place in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the US Administration continuing its role as an honest broker in the...

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK missions in Israel and Palestine purchase goods produced in illegal settlements.

      Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to seek to reform the Vienna Convention 1961.

      Maldives: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department has provided to the Maldives Government to help improve that country's democratic processes.

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Turkey on the relocation to less accessible places of...

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Turkish general election was conducted fairly, given that one of the...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with which other government departments he is coordinating British soft power for global Britain.

      Gaza: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support and facilitate access of hon. Members to Gaza.

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps is he taking to ensure that the Geneva process for Syria is a priority in discussions with international partners.

      USA: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has summoned the US Ambassador to discuss the issue of US steel tariffs.

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he approved the first allocated budget of the Integrated Activity Fund.

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the overall allocated budget for the Integrated Activity Fund’s Gulf Strategy was at the beginning of that programme.

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which country has been the largest beneficiary of the Integrated Activity Fund’s Gulf Strategy to date.

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 22 May and 6 June to Questions HL7776 and HL8196, whether Bahrain was a beneficiary of the...

      Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the establishment of an international marine protected area...

      Cyprus: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Cypriot counterpart on peace talks and the reunification of Cyprus.

      Romania: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the European Court of Human Rights Case of Rezmive and Others v. Romania ECHR 137 (2017), what steps the...

      Romania: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Resolution on the intervention of the Romanian Intelligence Service in the Romanian Act of Justice,...

      South Sandwich Islands: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for completion of the review of the designation of the sea around the South Sandwich Islands; and if he...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • European Reference Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to promote continued UK co-operation and collaboration with (a) EUROCAN and (b) other European Reference Networks.

    • Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds information on the number of fly in, fly out cosmetic surgeons practising in the UK.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients admitted to hospital A&E departments were admitted as a result of aesthetic surgery complications in each of the...

      Breasts: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ultrasound scans associated with complications as a result of breast augmentation were performed in each of the last three years.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of corrective surgery performed by the NHS as a result of complications arising...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the NHS is of providing a kidney transplant.

      Donors: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on public health campaigns to encourage BAME (a) blood, (b) stem cell, (c) living organ and (d) deceased...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in each region of England in each of the last three years.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients took receipt of an insulin pump in each region of England in each of the last three years.

      Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve outcomes for patients who develop abdominal aortic aneurysms.

      Radiology and Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of NHS (a) vascular surgeons and (b) interventional radiologists.

      Prisoners: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many complaints were made by prisoners in (a) public and (b) private sector prisons in each of the last three years; and how many of...

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned date of publication is for statistics on the number of current or former armed forces personnel referred to and seen by...

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether public and private sector prisons have different healthcare providers; and if he will make a statement.

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for NHS England to respond to its service review on specialist spinal cord injury services; and what the timetable...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of the availability of training opportunities for new professionals in the NHS.

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to fill vacant diagnostic positions in the NHS.

      Cancer: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the budget for NHS England is allocated to the training of new cancer specialists.

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has received complaints from abattoir businesses on the effect on their businesses of the conduct of Food Standards Agency...

      Muscular Dystrophy: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 31 May 2018 to Question 146853 on Muscular Dystrophy: Medical Treatments, what assessment his Department has...

      Physical Education: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on promoting physical education as a GCSE subject in schools.

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to promote the provision of mental health services to elderly people living in rural areas.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to help improve (a) professional and (b) public awareness of the symptoms of Lyme disease.

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 31 May 2018 to Question 146854 on Rare Diseases: Drugs, whether NHS England can be mandated by NICE to enter...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether activities funded under section 7A of the public health functions agreement are included as part of the multi-year NHS England...

      Health Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made the effect of people adopting mutual health cash plans on cost pressures in the NHS.

      Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with key stakeholders on the implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) increase public and health professionals' awareness of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department funds research into Lyme Disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Equipment: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the capacity of UK (a) sea ports and (b) airports to maintain the supply of critical medical devices in...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity plan, what the timetable is for the consultation on a 9.00pm watershed on junk food...

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that occupational therapists are deployed to provide (a) mental and (b) physical health interventions...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will write to clinical commissioning groups to ask them to improve access to mental health support in primary care.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Procurement

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2018 to Question 146799 on procurement, how long that contractor has been employed by his Department at that daily rate.

    • Financial Services: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) bank employees and (b) directors have been prosecuted for their role in the 2007-08 financial crisis; and what the outcome was of those prosecutions.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many business owners he met during his visit to the Northern Ireland border in April 2018.

    • Economic Situation: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the economy of the Falkland Islands.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June to Question 140739, which multi academy trusts (MATs) have been funded through the £22,445,410 to increase MAT...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance on funding his Department has issued to local education authorities (LEAs) on the passing of funding issued under the national funding...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of money allocated to each local education authority was passed directly to schools under the National Funding Formula in...

      Sure Start Programme: Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made a comparative assessment of trends in the level of (a) sure start centres and (b) child benefit claims.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of attainment in each region of the UK.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to amend the School Admissions Code to ensure that summer born children can (a) be admitted to reception at the age of...

      Construction: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase the provision of high quality construction training.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of education funding for 16 to 18 year olds.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury on providing support for low-income families in (a) England and (b) Coventry who incur additional...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in (a) England and (b) Coventry have to travel out of their ward to attend school.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plays any role in the setting of university tuition fees; and if he will make a statement.

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has had recent discussions with the Minister for Women and Inequalities on increasing the number of girls who choose to study STEM subjects...

      Schools: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money allocated to the Northern Powerhouse schools strategy has been spent (a) in total, (b) in Bradford and (c) on teacher recruitment.

      Teachers: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in the regions covered by the Northern Powerhouse schools strategy have (a) joined and (b) left the teaching profession since November...

      Universities: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had and with whom on funding for mental health services at universities; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will take steps with the Department for Health and Social Care to establish locally agreed referral processes to enable (a) sixth...

      Family Drug and Alcohol Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts.

      Family Drug and Alcohol Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cases have been heard by each Family Drug and Alcohol Court since their inception.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2018 to Question 148950 on Courts: ICT, how many (a) victims and (b) witnesses the Government plans to consult with...

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of increasing the small claims track from £1,000 to £5,000 for soft tissue injury on...

      Sentencing: First Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of short-term prison sentences on the long-term mental health of first-time offenders.

      Voyeurism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the Government classified up-skirting as a sex offence.

      Plastic Surgery: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of negligent cosmetic procedure cases that were brought to court in the last two years.

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days each Minister his Department spent in Petty France between 17 July 2016 to 12 June 2018.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders are being held in prisons in Leicestershire.

      Prisoners: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of former service personnel admitted to prison who do not identify as former members of the armed...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether community rehabilitation companies in England and Wales received any funds over their agreed contract during the (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria are used to evaluate the quality of services provided by community rehabilitation companies in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many new prisons he plans to have built to meet the November 2016 commitment to build up to 10,000 modern prison places; and where those prisons are...

      Crimes of Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of (a) domestic abuse and (b) violence against (i) two, (ii) three and (ii) four or more persons in the last ten years.

      Sexual Offences: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many registered sex offenders have re-offended while in the community in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will reintroduce legal aid for early advice as part of the Government’s review of legal aid.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that legal aid is available to people who need it.

      Sexual Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders convicted in the last five years of (a) rape and (b) sexual assaults against (i) adults and (ii) minors were sentenced to (A) no time...

      Undocumented Workers: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 131686 on Undocumented Workers, how many people have been convicted of the offence of illegal working...

      Cemeteries: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who is responsible for monitoring developers when they are working in graveyards which are still consecrated ground, such as the Calderstones former...

      Birmingham Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2018 to Question 152832 on Birmingham Prison: Civil Disorder, when the investigation report into the riots at HMP...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 152833 on Prison Officers, what assessment he has made of the effect on prison officers of the...

      Ministry of Justice: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many contracts which his Department has open for tender Serco is bidding on.

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average age is of people given a custodial sentence for carrying a knife.

      Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the correspondence of the hon. Member for Cardiff West to his Department of 26 June 2018, ref MC57534, on account of which key Government...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will review the guidance provided to businesses and banks on trading with illegal Israeli settlements.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to launch consultations on future trade deals which are to be effective after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of establishing a new UK-India trade deal when the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of the value of the UK's international trade in (a) goods and (b) services is conducted under free trade agreements.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding allocated for house building by housing associations...

    • Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much grant funding has been awarded to for-profit housing associations in each financial year since 2010.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will confirm house building allocations for local authorities to allow them to finalise their local plans.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applicants there were in priority bands on council housing registers in England in each year from 2010 to 2018.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by local authorities in real terms on adult social care services between 2010 and 2018.

      Devolution: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeline is for the next steps on the Cheshire and Warrington devolution deal.

      Controlling Migration Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated from the Controlling Migration Fund to each of the devolved administrations.

      Urban Areas: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local...

      Parks: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the maintenance of parks in (a) Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough...

      Parks: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the maintenance of parks in each of the last five years.

      County Councils: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on the (a) total debt of, (b) population served by and (c) amount of debt per head of...

      Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help secure a sustainable future for local parks.

      Regeneration: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what capital expenditure his Department has made available for town centre regeneration in each year since 2010 in (a)...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the housing association Right to Buy pilot schemes.

      Local Government: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet with local leaders on a possible future deal on investment, infrastructure, and powers for the York...

      Housing: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that an adequate level of quality housing is available in Birmingham.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that temporary housing is available to people who urgently require such housing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether members of the Royal Air Force stationed in the Middle East are acting in an advisory capacity to the Saudi-Emirati led coalition on the...

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to Iraq to stop Isis re-grouping in that country.

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the UK's stock of D5 Trident missiles have been upgraded under the D5 Life Extension programme; and which Vanguard-class submarines...

      Nuclear Weapons: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what category of safety assurance was assigned to the nuclear domain by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator for the years (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and...

      Submarines: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the 2017 Defence Equipment Plan Report, published by his Department on 31 January 2018, how much of the planned £44 billion...

      Air Force: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that the RAF provides support for the 2018 RAF 100 National Aerospace Camp; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage the armed forces to participate in Armed Force Day events outside of major cities.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) tanks, (b) heavy armoured vehicles and (c) light armoured vehicles are permanently based in (i) Wales, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) England...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the Government’s Legal Service cleared the revised wording of the ESA65B letters to claimants’ doctors prior to the...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 May 2018 to Question 146987 on Employment and Support Allowance, who attened the meetings between officials in...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to implement a helpline number for hon. Members' constituency offices for casework inquiries relating to Universal Credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the validity of the assessment by the National Audit Office of the value for money of universal credit.

      Social Security Benefits: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of disability benefit payments paid to people for injuries as a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Maintenance Group complaints are awaiting allocation to an investigation case manager at the Independent Case Examiner's Office.

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) disability, (b) pensions, (c) working age and (d) debt management complaints are awaiting allocation to an investigation case...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of her Department's service providers' complaints are awaiting allocation to an investigation case manager at the Independent Case...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people claiming employment support allowance who are in work.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons enquiries from hon. Members on universal credit will not be taken by telephone; when the new system for answering such...

      Unemployed People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 157171 on Unemployed People: Voluntary Work, what steps she is taking to ensure that...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement on Personal Independence Payment of 25 June 2018, HCWS793, whether a claimant requesting a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on the incineration of waste.

    • Water: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to decrease water wastage in the South West.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department took steps in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) since 2016 to implement the recommendations of the October 2014...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2018 to Question 151231, for what reasons his Department does not collect data centrally on the number of...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on making the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill available for formal parliamentary...

      Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of instances of domestic abuse recorded by the police resulted in a prosecution in each of the last three years.

      Slavery: Blackburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has identified any victims of modern slavery in Blackburn since 2010.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many potential victims of trafficking have been (a) identified and (b) referred to the National Referral Mechanism under Operation...

      Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual cost to the public purse is of the office of the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

      Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the potential annual cost to the public purse of a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire.

      Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours a week the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner works.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the service level agreement (SLA) for Border Force’s performance in respect of waiting times for (a) EEA passengers and (b)...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport control queues exceeded the service level agrement (a) 25-minute waiting time for EEA passengers and (b) 45-minute waiting...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department, whether his Department has plans to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol in England.

      Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the recommendations of the scientific advisers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory which...

      Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2017 to Question 111296 on Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner, if he will place in the Library a...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review further Schedule 1A of the Poisons Act 1972.

      Acids: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department has collected on the substances used in corrosive substance attacks in the last five years; and if he will...

      Metals and Stone: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department issues to police forces on tackling the resale of stolen metal and stone.

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking on teacher training in Pakistan; and whether that training covers human rights and religious freedoms.

    • Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to seek to ensure that the educational system in Pakistan does not promote discrimination on the...

      Gaza: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the long-term development of (a) healthcare, (b) electricity, (c) sanitation and (d)...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to engage with Palestinian civil society groups as part of the provision of UK foreign assistance...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support improved (a) electricity provision b) rates and speed of approvals for patient permits...

      Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) discussions have been held and (b) agreements have been reached with international partners on responding to the displacement...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the Lebanese Government on the access of Syrian refugees to (a) residency, (b) the labour...

      Developing Countries: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on implementing reforms to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation in aid agencies.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent from the public purse to date on the 2018 boundary review; and if he will make a statement.

    • National Security Communications Unit: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants work as part of the National Security Communications Unit.

      Civil Servants: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to provide a fair and appropriate remedy for those civil servants who received voluntary redundancy under the 2016 terms of...

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason his Department missed the response deadline for 133 freedom of information requests submitted in 2017.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department that are not answered within the...

  • Treasury

    • Duty Free Allowances: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK's status as a third country in December 2020 means that duty free will automatically return for UK passengers travelling to EU destinations.

    • Duty Free Allowances: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to ensure that a return of duty free sales is available to passengers leaving the UK for the EU after December 2020.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2018 to Question 133080, what progress has been made on enabling the return of duty free sales to passengers travelling...

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to negotiate a return of duty free sales to the UK after December 2020.

      Plastic Surgery: Insolvency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cosmetic surgery providers have gone into administration owing VAT; and how much VAT has been owed by those companies in each of the last five years.

      Plastic Surgery: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) tax and (b) National Insurance was paid by Fly in/Fly out cosmetic surgeons performing cosmetic procedures in the UK.

      Health Insurance: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has he made on the effect of insurance premium tax on the take-up of mutual health cash plans.

      Fort Kinnaird: Sales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 156466, on Fort Kinnaird: Sales, in what ways the revenue from the sale of the Crown Estate’s...

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Time to Pay arrangements have been concluded by HMRC in each month since January 2016.

      Business: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria are used by HMRC when deciding whether to agree Time to Pay arrangements with companies.

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times HMRC has required security payments for VAT for every month since January 2016.

      Metals and Stone: Theft

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to ensure that (a) churches and (b) other places of worship continue to have adequate insurance for metal and stone theft after making...

      Corporation Tax and Income Tax

      What his policies are on the proposals for income and corporation tax set out in the 2017 Conservative Party manifesto.

      Tax Avoidance

      What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the 2019 Loan Charge on people affected by that charge.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring tracked play on gambling machines to reduce the level of...

    • Service Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the expansion of the hospitality sector.

      Mobile Phones: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure the prevention of smartphone addiction among children.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the decision to reduce the maximum stake allowed for fixed-odds betting terminals to two pounds to...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received and from whom since the decision to reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting...

      BBC Trust: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the BBC Trust contains a member from Northern Ireland in accordance with...

      Digital Technology: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the growth of digital economies in South Yorkshire.

      Cycling: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will make an estimate of the financial contribution of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire to the UK economy.

      Tourism: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department estimates the Welcome to Yorkshire brand has generated for the UK economy in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Homosexuality: Psychiatry

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June to Question 148680 on LGBT people: surveys, whether she has carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the...

    • Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will ensure the provision of funding for free sanitary products in (a) schools, (b) food banks and (c) homeless shelters.

      Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of the provision of free sanitary products in (a) schools, (b) foodbanks and (c)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to paragraph 4.10 of the ministerial code, on what date she approved the arrangements for superintending the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reported incidents of the knee-capping of Palestinians protesters.

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the Israeli military's use of drones which drop firebombs within the borders of Gaza.

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the new Israeli military order taking effect which negates the existing planning and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have received in the past 12 months about the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defence Force in the Occupied...

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent events in the Cameroon, and of how many civilians have been killed in Belo; and what representations they have made to the...

      Turkey: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 June (HL8302), of the 41 British nationals detained in Turkey, what is (1) the longest, (2)...

      Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last called in the High Commissioner for the Cameroon to discuss the crisis in English speaking Cameroon.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 19 March (HL6008), why the information surrounding the cost of missed appointments at hospital...

    • Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken, if any, to ensure that the 14 District Councils and two London boroughs that did not carry out any food safety sampling during...

      Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many competent authorities with responsibilities for food standards did not have a sampling programme in place for 2016–17; and how many local authority...

      Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the review of the official control laboratories agreed at the Food Standards Agency board meeting on 6 December 2017 will...

      Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken following the recommendation of the Elliott Review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks that they should...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the providers of mental health contracts commissioned by NHS England; and what criteria they use to evaluate the standard of services provided.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding they estimate the NHS will receive in each financial year from 2018 to 2025; and what percentage of that funding will be raised from...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions, if any, NHS England intend to apply to Clinical Commissioning Groups that fail to meet their Mental Health Investment Standard at the end of this...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefit of the school nurse service provided in schools in England.

      Local Government: Laboratories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which body is responsible for ensuring that local authority staff carrying out official controls to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law,...

      Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many food samples each local authority submitted to a Public Analyst in 2016–17; how many of those samples were part of (1) the Food Standards...

      Food: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many audits of local authorities' food standards enforcement services the Food Standards Agency conducted in 2016 and 2017; how many have taken place in 2018...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce the funding available for adult social care spending in (1) 2019–20, and (2) 2020–21.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools in England and Wales they estimate will have a cash terms reduction in their budget for 2018–19, compared to 2017–18.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the 2014 reforms for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to leave the European Convention on Human Rights after Brexit.

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Muslim, and (2) non-Muslim women have been remanded or convicted under any terrorism legislation since 2010.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of sentence for (1) Muslim, and (2) non-Muslim women convicted under any terrorism legislation since 2010.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of self-harm occurred in the women's prison estate in the two most recent years for which information is available.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Korea: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have been held with the United States authorities about the repatriation of the remains of United States and British servicemen killed during the...

    • Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 June (HL8674), whether 5 star officers and retired Heads of Service who were listed on the active list but not in...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 June (HL8674), whether honorary 5 star officers are in Regular Service.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the rollout of Universal Credit on the Gypsy and Traveller communities, particularly in relation to the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to arrange for the publication of the minutes of the meetings of the Forestry Commission's Board of Commissioners held on (1) 16 June...

    • Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to arrange for the publication of the minutes of all the meetings of the Forestry Commission's National Committee for England held since...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to arrange for the publication of copies of the 2006 Framework Agreements between the Forestry Commission and (1) Forest Holidays, and...

      Forest Holidays

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the interest of the Forestry Commission in Forest Holidays Group Ltd as regards (1) percentage of voting rights and (2) percentage of share ownership; and...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the research by the No Accommodation Network in its report Mind the Gap: Homelessness Amongst Newly...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 June (HL Deb, cols 1303 and 1305), when the landlords consultative panel for the Right to Rent...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their policy objectives for the Tier 1 investor visa scheme.

      Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the factors preventing the police from solving more than five per cent of all burglary and robbery cases in England and Wales;...

      Immigration Controls: London Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for some of the automated e-passport gates at London's airports not being available to incoming passengers.

      Immigration Controls: London Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to return the waiting time for passport controls at London's airports to the official target.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Minister for Immigration on 15 June (HCWS768), what criteria were used to determine which countries were included in the...

      Airports: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the target waiting times for (1) British and other EEA passengers, and (2) other passengers, at border control in British airports; and what percentage of...

      Airports: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of long queues at border control in British airports; what assessment they have made of the impact of those...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that fewer immigration decisions are taken to appeal.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure continued UK participation in EU refugee cooperation if the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they are making to ensure smooth passage of freight and cars between Dover and French channel ports in the event of a failure to reach an...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential effects on the wider supply chain if frictionless trade is not maintained after Brexit.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of their preparations for a no deal Brexit.

      EU External Trade: Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuation after Brexit of the Falkland Islands' current tariff-free access to EU markets for meat and fish products.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to respond to concerns raised by businesses and manufacturers arising from a perceived lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be able to finalise the agreement to withdraw from the EU by the October 2018 deadline; and what contingency plans they have in place to prepare...

      Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain regulatory alignment with the EU after Brexit; and if so, what progress they have made towards achieving this.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on new trade deals with (1) Brazil, (2) Russia, (3) India, (4) China, and (5) the United States; how many visits to those countries...

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