Written answers

Friday, 6 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of the High Speed Two station at Birmingham airport; and how that station will be funded.

    • Railways: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that non-electronic copies of train timetables are available for people who have visual impairments or who cannot...

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to help ensure the financial viability of local community transport providers.

      London North Eastern Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the cost of redesigning and replacing rolling stock livery with LNER branding.

      Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the proposed plans to construct a third runway at Heathrow Airport benefits North East England.

      Traffic Commissioners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to establish the traffic office in Wales intended to support the Traffic Commissioner for Wales.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on promoting premium (a) diesel and (b) petrol to motorists as a result of the lower levels of harmful emissions from...

      Railways: Nationalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has taken preparatory steps to bring train services operated by (a) Govia Thameslink Railway and (b) Northern Rail back into public ownership.

      Exhaust Emissions: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce transport emissions in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of an underground Northern Powerhouse Rail station at Manchester Piccadilly.

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2018 to Question 137644, on Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise, what the planned publication...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the tunnelling of High Speed Two under the Chilterns is planned to involve Bentonite under pressure.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what break clauses have been written into the contracts for High Speed Two contractors working on Phase One; and in what circumstances those clauses...

      High Speed Two: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the appointment of the HS2 Construction Commissioner has been confirmed.

      Airports: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the remits of the (a) Airport Expansion & Aviation and Maritime Analysis Directorate and (b) Aviation Directorate are in relation to the...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates the Airport Capacity Programme Board met since June 2017; and if he will list the job titles of its members.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on the European Council's modernisation of European copyright rules.

    • Small Businesses: Gillingham and Rainham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in Gillingham and Rainham constituency.

      Nuclear Power: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the news article on red warnings for UK’s post-Brexit nuclear safeguards published by Sky News...

      Nuclear Power: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government spent from the public purse on (a) subsidies, (b) investment and (c) research and development...

      Forests: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Multi-functionality and sustainability in the European Union’s forests published by the...

      Nuclear Power: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set regional targets for job creation as part of the 100,000 new jobs planned in the Nuclear Sector Deal.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Duke of Cambridge: Royal Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department provided any input and approval to the schedule of HRH Prince William's visit to Israel and the Occupied...

    • Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support and assistance his Department is providing to imprisoned Christians in Iran currently appealing convictions.

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for UK sanctions on Iran of the level of harassment and intimidation of...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to what extent ongoing UK diplomatic sanctions on Iran are intended to target the judicial system in that country on account of...

      Libya: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had his counterpart in the Libyan Government on tackling human traffickers who set up illegal...

      Yemen: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the United Nations Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen in relation to the investigation of war...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with what frequency his Department makes representations to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

      Yemen: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of landmines being used in the conflict in Yemen.

      Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts on the Antarctic Commission on the establishment of a marine protected...

      Africa: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that refusals and delays to visas for people from African...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has taken steps to determine the reasons for his Department being ranked 40 of the 45 major aid donors in the Aid...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 153716, how many of those British nationals who received consular assistance...

      Afghanistan: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of his recent trip to Afghanistan; and how much CO2 was generated by undertaking that trip.

      Sri Lanka: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government on violence and intimidation perpetrated against Muslims in...

      Azerbaijan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Azerbaijani Government on human rights abuses in that country.

      Thailand: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Thai counterpart on opportunities for Karen refugees in different parts of that country...

      Thailand: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Thai Government on the treatment of Karen refugees in that country.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Myanmar on the militarisation of the Karen State and the treatment of the...

      Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will commission an independent public inquiry into UK complicity in torture and rendition between 2003 and 2010.

      Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary for tackling climate change.

      Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will advocate the creation of the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary at an international level.

      World War II: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2018 to Question 158199, on World War II: compensation, what estimate his Department made of...

      World War II: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2018 to Question 158199, on World War II: compensation, if he will set aside the advisory...

      Mexico: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Mexican Government on the protection of Mexican Christians from drug...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the British Council can continue to operate at its current capacity in the...

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Afghan counterpart on (a) the assassination of MP Elect Awtar Singh Khalsa and others on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits to public health of increasing the funding of the NHS above four per cent per...

    • NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle computer flaws that have led to delays in the NHS.

      Mental Health: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent registered mental health nurses were employed by the NHS in each year since 2009.

      Psychiatry: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the number of consultant psychiatrists has been per head of population in England in each year since 2009.

      Donors: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether increasing the number of BAME (a) blood, (b) stem cell and (c) organ donations to the NHS would result in savings to the public...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department is making on the development of the new national stroke plan for England.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of multiple births in England in 2017 were a result of IVF treatment which took place outside the UK.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will close the legal loopholes to make the market for unlicensed medicinal products less restricted.

      Medical Examiners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 16 June 2018, Official Report, column...

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on (a) tackling online trolling and (b) the...

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) internet trolling and (b) online abuse on people’s psychological wellbeing; and...

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on legislation in relation to internet trolling.

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on educating children and young people on online trolling; and...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have been diagnosed with endometriosis in each of the last eight years.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of patients diagnosed with (a) antimicrobial- and (b) antibiotic-resistant diseases in England in...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people with a diagnosis of (a) TB and (b) drug-resistant TB in (i) Wirral, (ii)...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of any potential risks to the supply of medicines to patients in the event that the UK leaves the EU without...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, hat progress has been made on the NHS Nurse recruitment drive; what assessment he has made of the implications of (a) the UK leaving the...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department is planning to allocate to Public Health England as part of the 5-year NHS funding plan.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) preventative care, (b) outreach on and (c) awareness of sexual health for high risk...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has his Department made on the effect of self-testing sexual health kits on (a) 16-24 year olds and (b) high risk...

      General Practitioners: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to (a) reduce the number of locum doctors and (b) recruit additional permanent GPs in Easington constituency.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making General Practitioners NHS employees.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce an incentive scheme for newly-qualified doctors to take up practice in...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the adoption support fund can be used for the treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

      Lung Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) the Manchester Lung Health Check and (b) other lung cancer screening pilots;...

      Lung Diseases: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he makes of the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic breathing problems; and what steps his...

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to review and monitor the content of textbooks in states throughout Pakistan for material...

    • Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to address biased or hate material in textbooks and curricula as part of her Department's...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with representatives of universities on ensuring that (a) scholarships are made available and (b) those scholarships are...

    • Schools: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rate was for (a) primary school teachers, (b) secondary school teachers, (c) primary school teaching assistants and (d) secondary...

      Physical Education: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of expanding the range of individual sports included in the GCSE PE activity list.

      Citizenship: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations in the House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement...

      Citizenship: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of financial support available to trainee citizenship teachers.

      Higher Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the level of pay inequality between the highest and lowest paid employees in the higher education sector.

      Higher Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the gender pay gap in the higher education sector.

      Gambling: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce requirements for schools to teach pupils in secondary school about the dangers of gambling online.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of technical education provision for secondary school pupils.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prevent selective schools and sixth form colleges (a) suspending pupils and (b) encouraging pupils to leave due to poor grades.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to bring publish a consultation on amending the School Admissions Code to enable summer-born children can be admitted to a reception...

      Social Mobility: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps is he taking to improve social mobility in post-16 education for people in Coventry.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on investing in digital technologies to help integrate SEN children into mainstream...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 153261, on teachers: recruitment, how his Department plans to use the money within the remaining budget.

      Schools: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the funding for schools in Manchester in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19.

      Carillion: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 157841, how many of the 775 apprentices transferred from Carillion Training Services Limited who...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were refused an Education, Health and Care assessment by a local authority in England in each of the last three years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons HM Courts and Tribunal Service is sending a new enquiry form to disabled/unwell people who have already submitted an SSCS1 appealing...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when HM Courts and Tribunals Service started writing to disabled and unwell appellants to request that they complete and return a new enquiry form...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether HM Courts and Tribunal Service is sending a copy of the new enquiry form being sent to disabled and unwell people in respect personal...

      Prison Officers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the retirement age for a prison officer is different from that for a police officer.

      Prison Officers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications of the retirement age for prison officers being set eight years higher than that for police officers for...

      Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in England and Wales left the Prison Service more than 18 months after the commencement of their employment in each of the last...

      Birmingham Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2018 to Question 152828, on Birmingham Prison: Prison Officers, how many prison officers in England and Wales left the...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 156397 on Prisoners' Release, which offence was committed in each of the 17 instances of...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community or equivalent orders each current prisoner serving a sentence of 12 months or less has previously been given.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list every offence committed by each of the female prisoners currently held in prison.

      Prisons: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to increase the number of private prisons in the West Midlands.

      Legal Aid Scheme: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of legal aid provision for litigants in (a) Barnsley and (b) South Yorkshire.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Justice of 2 July 2018, Official Report, column 100, whether he has a target date for the...

      Legal Representation: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure access to legal representation for people with low incomes.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the duties and functions of Ministry of Justice Controllers are in each privately-operated prison.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to enable businesses in the East Midlands to increase their international trade after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to assess the environmental effect of new housing using the DEFRA biodiversity metric;...

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 152765 on Social Rented Housing, what other sources of local...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many councils are eligible to bid for additional housing revenue account borrowing in each region.

      Housing Revenue Accounts: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Cheshire West and Chester Council is eligible to bid for additional housing revenue account borrowing.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether when determining the high affordability pressure criterion of the additional housing revenue account borrowing...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted funding for the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of funding the replacement of cladding on local...

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure the adequacy of the powers of local authorities to maintain the safety of...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many blocks of flats which have been found to have dangerous cladding after the Grenfell Tower disaster are owned...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have declared their sexual orientation to be (a) heterosexual, (b) homosexual, (c) bisexual or (d) other.

    • Armed Forces: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people employed by the armed forces have a declared disability.

      Armed Forces: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more service personnel to declare their sexual orientation.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of reservists that have joined the regular armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on investigating documents leaked from his Department.

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond substantively to Questions 142890 and 142899, on Clyde Naval Base: Submarines, tabled on 10 May 2018 by the hon. Member for...

      Awacs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the replacement for the Royal Air Force E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 154724, if she will publish an evaluation of the steps taken by her Department to implement...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for employment and support allowance have waited over one year for a medical assessment in (a) Scotland and (b) Kirkcaldy...

      Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of personal independence payment have been successful on appeal at tribunal in (a) Scotland and (b) the Kirkcaldy and...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce unemployment in (a) Oldham West and Royton constituency and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many female offenders did not receive an appointment at their local job centre on the day of their release in each year since 2010.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Maintenance claims are currently in dispute.

      Child Maintenance Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to staff of the Child Maintenance Service on legislation applicable to their area of responsibility.

      Social Security Benefits and Child Support: Inverclyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mandatory reconsideration cases in relation to (a) social security and (b) child support claims have taken place in Inverclyde...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that information is provided to people in auto-enrolment pension schemes on the potential...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the most recent data from the ONS on the number of disabled...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the removal of implicit consent in welfare cases on claimants with (a) learning difficulties,...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Health and Safety Executive has the capacity to act on four residential fires in one building in...

      Funerals: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications were made to her Department for a grant towards the costs of a funeral between June 2017 and May 2018.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Mink: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing an (a) regional and (b) national species...

    • Frogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) increase habitats for frogs.

      Fisheries: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the use of antibiotics in the UK fisheries sector in the last five years for which...

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the trends in antibiotic usage in the UK agricultural sector over the most recent five years...

      Origin Marking: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2017 to Question 2142 on Origin Marking: Scotland, what progress he has made on UK...

      Food Poverty: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the Food Standards Agency on the potential merits of including questions that relate to...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to answer Question 136368, tabled on 18 April 2018 by the hon. Member for Brighton Pavilion.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to respond to the letter of 24 April 2018 to the Minister of State for Immigration from the hon. Member for Slough...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in the Home Office for the processing in a timely manner of applications for...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications for support under section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999 to prevent asylum seekers becoming...

      British Nationals Abroad: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the then Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of 14 September 2017, Official...

      Home Office: Email and Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the (a) £1.37 per minute charge for the public helpline and (b) £5.38 charge for email correspondence.

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the administrative cost to the public purse is of processing an application for British citizenship.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the administrative cost to the public purse is of processing a passport for applicants with newly attained British citizenship.

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mean average queue time was for (a) EEA and (b) non-EEA arrivals in each month for the period (i) January 2017 to June 2017 and...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Border Force is taking to ensure that passport queues are kept to a minimum during the summer travel peak period at UK airports.

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the level of resources and staffing required by Border Force to reduce passport queues at airports.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's press release of 19 June 2018, Home Office launches review into medical use of cannabis, what the...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that Fire Authorities are able to investigate antisocial behaviour in properties that have suffered four...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to improve the provision of information for people seeking asylum; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of permitting people seeking asylum, and their adult dependants, to work in any...

      Migrant Workers: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to exempt industrial action from the 20-day limit on unpaid annual leave for migrant workers.

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of children who have been separated from one or both parents or guardians as a result of immigration...

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the wastage rate was for (a) Merseyside Police and (b) all police forces in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police officers in Merseyside police have served in frontline roles in each year since 2010.

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many full-time equivalent police officers including long term absentees will be serving in Merseyside...

      Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the next meeting of the Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group will be held.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on providing refuge and asylum to the Sikh and Hindu communities from Afghanistan.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) payroll and (b) non-payroll staff are employed in his Department for the provision of policy advice.

    • Scots Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 155850, what steps his Department is taking to enable Gaelic speakers to complete official documents...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Agencies: Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking ensure that staff working for Government executive agencies are guaranteed the real living wage as set by the Living Wage...

    • Contracts: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February to Question 125571 on Contracts: Billing, if he will publish the payment performance data for each prime...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade With EU: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Falkland Islands retains tariff free access to the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Economic Situation: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish the Government's impact assessment of the effect on economy of Greater Manchester of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in each English region are eligible for tax-free childcare; how many households have applied to the scheme since that scheme was...

    • Working Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the income profile of recipients of working tax credit childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average benefit per applicant for tax-free childcare.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) public, (b) private and (c) self-regulatory bodies are responsible for enforcing compliance with financial sector legislation.

      Import Duties: Western Sahara

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the 21 December 2016 ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Polisario vs Council, whether imports from Western Sahara are...

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the increasing use of and reliance on electronic cashless payments on people (a) with...

      Pensions: Private Sector

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on private sector pension schemes of the decision to provide full indexation of Guaranteed Minimum...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 155282, when the programme of research and analysis related to the tax-free childcare scheme will be complete.

      Financial Services: Powers of Attorney

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 158173, if he will make it his Department's policy to require (a) banks and (b) other financial...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Government has made of the amount of fuel duty which has not accrued to the public purse as a result of the freeze in duty introduced in...

      Student Loans Company: Living Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the (a) Scottish Government and (b) Student Loans Company (SLC) staff to ensure all SLC staff based in Scotland are paid as...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding is available for (a) rugby, (b) basketball and other sports clubs to help them attain international recognition...

    • Gambling: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the recommendations in the Responsible...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislation to ensure that gambling websites introduce stronger third-party age...

      Broadcasting: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress he has made on negotiating a deal with the EU on broadcast licensing.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Catering

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the cost to the public purse of awarding an...

    • House of Commons: Catering

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff were employed in the House of Commons Catering Services team as of 1 July...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will review legislation to ensure that people responsible for threatening paramilitary window displays can be prosecuted effectively.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal made by Rethink Gambling in their 2014 Gambling Manifesto that any new form of gambling, including new modes or...

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the obligations of charities to disclose their financial stability to donors.

      Gambling: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for additional independent research on the number of gambling related suicides in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Gosport War Memorial Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate to set up a joint inquiry...

    • Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any discriminatory effects on Black and Asian Commonwealth citizens of the Commonwealth Immigrants Acts 1962 and 1968 and the...

      British Nationality: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 April (HL6972), when a decision, said to be made "as soon as practicable", will be...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 June (HL8591), when each of the bodies listed became public under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.

    • Females: Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of ethnic minority women, including Muslim women, occupying FTSE 100 finance chief roles.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of gas meters and smart meters.

      Natural Gas: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is being given by the Office for Product Safety and Standards to the measurement of the ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure in gas...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the efficacy of the smart meter programme in reducing the proportion of households in fuel poverty.

      House of Fraser: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss of jobs and the impact on the high street arising from the closure of some House of Fraser stores.

      Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference between an impact assessment and a regulatory triage assessment when undertaken by a government department.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report Chain reaction: Improving the supply chain experience for smaller firms, published by the Federation of Small...

      Business: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that potential disruption in the supply chain could have on businesses which rely on "just-in-time" systems; and what...

  • Department for International Development

    • St Helena: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits exist for the economy of St Helena from the withdrawal of the shipping subsidy and reductions in the utilities subsidy.

    • St Helena: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial benefit St Helena has so far gained from the weekly scheduled flights which began in October 2017.

      St Helena: Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of current and projected price increases in St Helena on (1) its employment levels, (2) the disposable income of its...

      St Helena: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether British residents in receipt of pensions in St Helena are experiencing difficulties in obtaining and returning the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Children: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the establishment of a children's fund for Northern Ireland.

    • Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have applied to join the electoral register in Northern Ireland by online registration in each of the eighteen Parliamentary constituencies.

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make a determination on the salary levels of Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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