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Written answers

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) men and (b) women under 18 years of age had a stroke in each of the last five years.

    • Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people claimed a refund of reasonable travel costs under the NHS healthcare travel costs assistance scheme in 2017-18.

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the NHS healthcare travel costs assistance scheme is funded.

      Menorrhagia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women affected by heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in England; and if he will make...

      Menorrhagia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the economy of women missing work due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

      Menorrhagia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on women’s preferences for managing heavy menstrual bleeding.

      Hernias: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many inguinal hernia repair procedures have been undertaken in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.

      NHS Business Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the clinical evaluation team in the NHS Business Services Authority will include reference to potential savings to the public purse...

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many learning disability nurses were employed in each of the last ten years for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of ID checks and charges on waiting times for urgent treatment for non-UK citizens in (a)...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the implications for his policies are of the data sourced from the Care Quality Commission and published by Agenda on 3 July 2018 on...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many current contracts his Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of each of those...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 157012, what the timeframe is for eligible women in (a) central and (b) east London to...

      Doncaster Young Offender Institution: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of healthcare provision in HMYOI Doncaster.

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the average waiting time before a 999 ambulance call is answered in (a) Wirral, (b) Merseyside,...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to promote public understanding of the link between alcohol and cancer.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of people in receipt of universal credit in Wansbeck constituency who will have a household...

    • Social Security Benefits: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking through the welfare system to support children and young people with cancer and their families.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that children with cancer that are in receipt of disability living allowance have access to financial support...

      Universal Credit: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the guidance her Department has issued to Case Managers and Work Coaches to ensure they accurately identify people with...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department collects on the time taken from making a claim to the first payment under universal credit where the claimant has...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report, Rolling out Universal Credit, published by the NAO on 15 June 2018, if she will publish the data, by condition,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department is considering writing off arrears and debts to the claimant and to the public purse when transferring cases from the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report, The impact of state pension reforms on people with guaranteed minimum pensions, published by the National Audit...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's press release, personal independence payment assessment guidance updated, published on 2 November 2017,...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many current contracts her Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of each of those contracts is.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit were sanctioned in each month of the last year, and how many of those cases involved another person in...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department is collating on the employment outcomes for disabled people as a result of companies signing up to the disability...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of child maintenance have been exempted from paying the application fee for Collect-and-Pay as a result of domestic abuse.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 158272 on Work Capability Assessments, for what reason informal observations are included in...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 146881 on Personal Independence Payments, for what reason informal observations is a...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to revise Section 9 of the Social Security Act 1998 to allow payment of benefit when a...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many minors who entered the UK after January 2014 under the Dublin Regulation, or as part of the Calais camp clearance in 2016, were...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received compensation from his Department as a result of their unlawful detention in an Immigration Removal Centre in...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children suffering from epilepsy and associated illnesses will be able to apply for emergency use of medical cannabis after...

      Deportation: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were subject to removal by the Home Office to Afghanistan in 2017.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on supporting the financial needs of women who escape abusive...

      Home Office: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has imposed a requirement upon constituents to give their consent before matters taken up on their behalf by hon. Members are...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department uses to determine whether to accept refugees recommended for resettlement in the UK by the UN High Commissioner...

      Customs: Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the port of Dover is able to manage its customs clearance operations after the UK leaves the EU...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been separated from their parents while under immigration detention in each year for which information is available.

      Fires: Moorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional support the Government is providing to fire fighters tackling the fire at Saddleworth Moor.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference are of his Department’s urgent review into DNA tests for immigration applications; what the timescale is...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the additional resources the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration will require to monitor...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has with user groups on the proposed fees for an application for settled status.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland on sales of cider; and what assessment he has made...

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been received by his Department as a result of fees for applications by British-born children to register their right to...

      UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the (a) dates and (b) attendees of each meeting of the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group...

      UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Officials in his Department are working (a) full-time and (b) part-time on the UKVI Lost Documents Working Group; and what the (i)...

      UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group plans to publish a report of its findings; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Assembly: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to her oral contribution of 21 March 2018, Official Report, column 337, if she will publish the representations made to her by...

    • Northern Ireland Assembly: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which of the Northern Ireland political parties objects to the salaries of MLA's being cut in the continued absence of a functioning Northern...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what time target his Department has for the answer of Departmental correspondence relating to constituency cases.

    • Incinerators: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits to the (a) public purse and (b) environment of the introduction of an incineration tax.

      Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on the effect of Government use of the retail price index on the Bank of England base rate.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in each English region were eligible for child tax credit as of 5 April 2017.

      Public Health: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on changes in the level of funding for public health services in the...

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how small businesses will manage their VAT arrangements with EU customers after the UK leaves the EU; and what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 157736, whether people using childcare vouchers are able to use that voucher scheme alongside (a) the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote UK arts and culture overseas.

    • Ticketmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that (a) the recent data breach of Ticketmaster and (b) other data breaches...

      Ticketmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Information Commissioners Office has plans to undertake an investigation into the data breach by Ticket Master.

      Advertising: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to encourage advertisers to promote healthy body images.

      Sports: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to encourage sports clubs to offer family package deals on match tickets.

      ICT and Television: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the fair and proportionate representation of disabled people in digital and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average length of time was for an application for a patent submitted to the Intellectual Property Office to be...

    • UK Intellectual Property Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff were employed at the Intellectual Property Office in each year since 2010.

      UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications for a patent lodged at the Intellectual Property Office have been pending a decision for over (a)...

      Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of generating capacity after the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors are...

      EURATOM Supply Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on contracts held by UK businesses under the Euratom...

      Utilities: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policies on the regulation of privatised utilities...

      Aerospace Industry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people are employed in the aerospace industry in (a) each English Region, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and...

      Aerospace Industry: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department has allocated to aerospace research and development in each of the last five years.

      Aerospace Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support SMEs in Scotland to access the aerospace industry supply chain.

      Motor Vehicles: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions has he had with representatives of car manufacturers in the EU on continuing to use British made car...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to respond to the Yorkshire Devolution Agreement Submission in March 2018.

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses in the UK have an Energy Performance Certificate of (a) E or lower and (b) D or higher.

      Rented Housing: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2017 to Question 151139 on Energy Performance Certificates, and the Answer of 15...

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented...

      Electrical Safety: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing free electrical safety checks for vulnerable groups.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2018 to Question 154737 on Help to Buy Scheme, which of the 26 developers referred...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to extend to all local authorities the permission to bid for additional housing revenue...

      Housing: Construction Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 147325, whether his Department plans undertake research into modern...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) public residential, (b) private residential, (c) public non-residential and (d) private non-residential...

      Social Rented Housing: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support the building of new social housing in the (a) North West and (b) Wirral.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Moorland: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military helicopters have been used to fight moorland fires in Lancashire and Greater Manchester to date.

    • Intelligence Services: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to preserve the UK's alliance with its Five Eyes partners.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that fitness standards are not reduced for recruits as a result of ground close combat roles now being open to women.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the independence of UK armed forces within the European Intervention Initiative.

      European Defence Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what involvement the UK is planned to have in the EU's new defence fund and defence industrial programme.

      Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department is planning to replace the current SA80 standard service rifle.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK remains a tier one military power.

      Air Training Corps: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for (a) Air Training Corps sites and (b) the Air Training Corps site...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the importance of NATO members’ financial and capability commitments to that...

  • Scotland Office

    • Airbus SAS: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Airbus in relation to that companies investment decisions in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Airbus SAS: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) jobs and (b) companies in the Airbus supply chain in Scotland; and where those (i) jobs and (ii)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Solar Power: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans the Government has to remove external tariffs on technical parts and components required for solar technology once the UK has...

    • Import Duties: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service on the effect of the introduction of steel and...

      Overseas Trade: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the Government of North Korea to improve economic links with that country.

      Import Duties: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the proportionality of the EU's counter-measures to US tariffs on steel and aluminium.

      Overseas Trade: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has to encourage bilateral trade with Kenya.

      Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what provision he plans to introduce within the UK’s independent trade remedies framework for the calculation of dumping margins in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Elections: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Written Statement of 17 May 2018, HCWS695, whether those funds are available to parliamentary candidates seeking (a) to stand...

    • Homosexuality: Psychiatry

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government plans to take to make gay conversion therapy illegal; and if she will make a statement.

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what consultations are being carried out with government departments on their progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goal 5.

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Service Operators Grant: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to allow (a) electric battery, (b) hybrid and (c) hydrogen-fuelled buses to be eligible for the Bus Service Operators...

    • Merchant Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average age has been of merchant ships using UK ports in each year since 2010 up to the most recent year for which figures are available; and...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans for the roll-out of speed cameras that use satellites to measure average speed over long distances.

      Air Space: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the changes proposed in the London Airspace Management Programme Phase 1A to be fully implemented.

      Shipping: Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ENG1 medical fitness certificates were issued to seafarer (a) Ratings and (b) Officers by doctors approved by the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Shipping: Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s administration of...

      Shipping: Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many seafarers have taken examinations at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s North East Exam Centre in South Tyneside College to date; and...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has made from the Survey and Inspection Transformation Programme to date.

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has made on inspecting (a) Priority I high risk, (b) Priority I non-high-risk and (c) Priority I...

      Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pilots were trained in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to address the shortage of sanitary facilities available to HGV drivers throughout the UK.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has allocated to road repairs as a result of damage caused by hot weather.

      Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to the owners of Heathrow Airport on increasing the number of flights to and from Northern Ireland on daily basis...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received in the last month on the service of Southeastern Railway.

      Birmingham Airport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for Birmingham Airport of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the viability of the...

      Cycling and Walking: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 158945, how much of the £1.2 billion of Government funding through the Cycling and Walking...

      M6: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to Highways England on concerns raised by Cranage Parish Council and constituents of the hon. Member for Congleton in...

      Bus Services: Blackburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the reduction of local bus routes and services on social inclusion for the elderly in Blackburn.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with parties to the conflict in Yemen on steps to ensure that there is...

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote a permanent cessation of hostilities in Hodeidah city in Yemen.

      Global Britain Fund: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the terms of reference are for the Global Britain Fund; and which projects have received funding from that fund.

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the terms of reference are for the Integrated Activity Fund; and which projects have received funding from that fund.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Saudi Arabian Government on the continued detention of female human rights activists in...

      China: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the implications are for his policies of China's (a) pressuring British Airways and other airlines to use its nomenclature...

      China: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to join allies of the UK in countering China’s (a) pressuring of airlines to comply with its...

      China: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Government of China on the freedom of operation of UK private...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 16 May 2018 from the hon. Member for Birmingham Northfield on arms trade licenses.

      China: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will tackle the issue of China's (a) pressuring British Airways and other airlines to use its nomenclature for Taiwan on...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on future prospects for the peace process in Israel and...

      India: Religious Freedom and Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has raised the issues of sexual violence against women and the persecution of Christians in his recent discussions...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to appoint a dedicated global ambassador for religious freedom; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of Russian influence in negotiations between the Kurdistan regional government and...

      Iraq: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to offer some form of monitoring of the recount of the Iraqi elections.

      Iraq: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what projects his Department is supporting in Iraq through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to de-escalate tensions between the Kurdistan regional government and the Iraqi Government.

      Russia: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on European relations with Russia.

      Global Britain Fund: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the evaluation criteria are for measuring the effectiveness of projects funded by the Global Britain Fund.

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Council of Europe on the results of the recent Turkish elections.

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for human rights and the rule of law in Turkey of the re-election of President...

      Asia: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to urge (a) Thailand, (b) Vietnam, (c) Japan, (d) Laos, (e) Myanmar and (f) other countries in Asia to...

      North Korea: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the illicit wildlife trade in rhino horn from enabling North Korea to circumvent UN sanctions.

      Bahrain: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to urge the Bahraini regime to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture immediate, unrestricted and...

      Turkmenistan: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in Turkmenistan on the ban on female drivers in that country; and if he...

      Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to (a) Russia, (b) China, (c) Norway and (d) South Korea on establishing a Marine Protected...

      Mauritania: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Mauritanian Government on respect for freedom of religion.

      Yemen: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its role as a penholder on Yemen in the UN Security Council.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has made clear representations to all coalition members that it would review its support if an attack on...

      Saudi Arabia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi counterpart on the recent arrest of women's rights advocates in that country.

      Iraq: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affiars, what recent discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on freedom of religion and human rights for (a) Jewish people and...

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which locations President Trump will be visiting as part of his state visit.

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) Ministers and (b) Parliamentarians are planned to have meetings with President Trump during the forthcoming visit to...

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ask the US Government to cover the cost to Thames Valley Police of policing any visit to Oxfordshire by the US...

      Ahmed Mansoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2018 to Question 135562 on Ahmed Mansoor, in what forum was the issue raised; how his...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many current contracts his Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of each of...

      Nigeria: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to help prevent escalating violence against predominantly Christian farming communities in Nigeria.

      Balkans: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's preferred outcomes are for the Western Balkans Summit on 10 July.

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the prevalence of (a) religious bias in education policy and (b) religious hate material in...

    • Developing Countries: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will offer her Department's expertise to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to help it enhance its country-specific strategies...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, following the publication of the 2018 Aid Transparency Index, what steps her Department is taking to meet its goal of helping all...

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements have been made for the provision of aid to the Karen people in Myanmar in response to recent violence in that country.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is working with the Karen National Union and the Karen Women's Organisation in the distribution of aid to the...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions and to which countries the UK Emergency Medical Team has been deployed in the last five years.

      Malawi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on aid projects in Malawi in each year for which information is available.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Treasury on the UK’s 0.7 per cent commitment on...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies

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

    • Grammar Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Chancellor's announcement in the 2017 Budget , what the timetable is for the extension of free school transport for children in...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps is he taking to support children in need.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of suitably qualified people recruited to teach religious education.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the effect of bursaries for teacher training in shortage subjects on attracting (a) new recruits into...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to review the requirement of a £200 contribution by students before equipment is provided under the disabled...

      Education and Skills Funding Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2018 to Question 155300 Education and Skills Funding Agency, of the 566 staff to employ the schools system how many...

      Regional Schools Commissioners and Schools Commissioner: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 147898 on Regional Schools Commissioners and Schools Commissioner, what the civil service salary...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of schools re-brokered by a Regional Schools Commissioner have been re-brokered to a member of a Regional Schools Commissioner head...

      Ofsted: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 153837 on Ofsted, what the civil service pay grade is each of the staff employed by Ofsted to...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2018 to Question 152777 on Academies: Finance, which contentious connected party transactions were referred to the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many birds died as a result of avian flu in each of the last five years.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many current contracts his Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of each of...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Falkland Islands: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has assessed the potential merits of permitting another EU member state to act as sponsor for the Falkland...

  • Attorney General

    • Home Education: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department has any figures on the number of cases taken against parents who have (a) abused, (b) radicalised and (c) trafficked their children who were in...

  • Wales Office

    • Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what costs to the public purse have been incurred as a result of renaming the Second Severn Crossing.

    • Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what costs to the public purse were incurred as a result of the renaming ceremony for the Second Severn Crossing.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the list of invitees to the Second Severn Crossing renaming ceremony.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements are in place with the Government of Pakistan on the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the number of...

    • Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women sentenced to prison in 2017 for public order offences received sentences of (a) 0 to 1 months, (b) 0 to 3 months, (c) 0 to 6 months, (d)...

      Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young adults in HMYOI Pentonville have accumulated in total (a) 1-24, (b) 25-49, (c) 50-74, (d) 75-99, (e) 100-149 and (f) 150 or more...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the provision of appropriate support for victims of internet...

      Wetherby Young Offender Institution: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the provision of education in HMYOI Wetherby.

      Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the provisions of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 to come into force.

      Feltham Young Offender Institution: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 159027 on Feltham Young Offender Institution, whether his Department has a mechanism by which to...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Crown , (b) County and (c) Magistrates' Courts his Department has closed since 2010.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what quantum of savings his Department has accrued to the public purse as a result of the sale of court buildings.

      Magistrates' Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding he has allocated for the construction of custody provision at Wrexham Magistrates Court; on what the timetable is for the start of that...

      Courts: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences have been prosecuted in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown Courts in North Wales for the last five years for which information is...

      Shorthold Tenancies: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of households evicted under section 21 of the Housing Act 1998 during the course of 2017.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Communication Service: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the memorandum of understanding on communications between the Government Communication Service and the Government of Dubai will involve any...

    • Government Communication Service: Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government Communication Service staff are on secondment to foreign governments.

      Elections: Campaigns

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the June 2018 report of the Electoral Commission, Digital Campaigning: Increasing Transparency for Voters, whether he plans to bring...

      Public Bodies: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to consult with representatives of disabled people's organisations on the digital accessibility implications of the draft...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to deliver the next round of voter ID pilots; and what the timetable is for the appropriate statutory orders to be laid.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the power supply demands of HS2, whether HS2 Ltd has applied to National Grid for such a supply; what capital cost contribution is required...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cost of one or more traction maintenance facilities for HS2 rolling stock are included in the overall HS2 budget; and if so, where and to what level.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the costs of the 561 packages of enabling works for HS2 construction works are located in the overall cost estimate; for how many of those are the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 June (HL8406), whether the economic case for HS2, to be published in 2019 as part of the Full Business Case...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 9 April (HL6750), whether they will commission an independent study of the options for operating Pendolino...

      London North Eastern Railway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much (1) has been spent to date and, (2) further has been allocated, for the rebranding of rolling stock and personnel uniforms to London North Eastern Railway...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contracts agreed with Great Northern and Thameslink on the Peterborough to London line provide for sufficient frequency and capacity of trains to...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met senior officials from Great Northern and Thameslink for the London to Peterborough line to ensure progress on running a reliable timetable.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Great Northern and Thameslink that for most afternoons on the London to Peterborough line there will be no...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with Great Northern and Thameslink the number of trains cancelled on the publicised day of travel on the London to Peterborough line.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with Great Northern and Thameslink why station staff are not given a reliable timetable for the day's trains.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure UK participation in the European competition network after Brexit.

    • Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to reassure Japanese car makers that they will not face tariffs, interrupted supply chains, or losing Type Approval for their...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Khalida Jarrar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the continued detention without charge of Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar.

    • Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (HL8304), whether British Christians and Jews may set up new public buildings for their worship in...

      Gulf Strategy Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the budget for the Gulf Strategy Integrated Delivery Team for financial year 2018–19; and how many members of staff that Team employs.

      Gulf Strategy Delivery Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) departments, and (2) Government agencies, if any, are members of the Gulf Strategy Delivery Board.

      Gulf Strategy Core Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) ministers, (2) departments, and (3) Government agencies, if any, are members of the Gulf Strategy Core Working Group.

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) allocated budget and (2) actual spend for the Integrated Activity Fund for the financial year 2015–16.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what replies, if any, they have received from the government of Israel at, or after, the EU Joint Démarche on 29 May concerning the demolition of Khan...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) help to reduce tensions between Somaliland and Puntland in Northern Somalia, and (2) assist with the renewal of UN mediation...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been consulted on any aspect of the anticipated United States peace plan for the Middle East.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to ensure that the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust withdraws its policy of no longer making Liothyronine (T3) available...

    • Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 20 June (HL8430), what are the five active projects funded by the National Institute for Health...

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring into force all aspects of the Falsified Medicines Dirctive (EU2016/161); and if so, when.

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure that any recommendations arising from the green paper on social care to be published in the summer will be considered separately to...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 20 June (HL8427), how many disabled people serve on the external steering group working with the...

    • Apprentices: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Institute of Apprenticeships will approve the framework for the Higher Level Apprenticeships.

      Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have undertaken to identify the critical skills that UK-based businesses need; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK...

      Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rules apply to the publication of impact assessments by (1) the Department for Education, and (2) the Department for Work and Pensions.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Staff

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many individuals are employed by (1) the House of Lords, and (2) by the House of Lords jointly with the House of Commons.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Investment: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead (HL8303), whether the advice to UK businesses considering the Turkish market and established UK investors...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to local government of collecting business rates in England in each of the last three years.

    • Community Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they provide to local authorities on managing risks in community asset transfers; and whether the advice in the document Managing Risks in Asset...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Wise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 June (HL8507), how many individuals have accessed support from PensionWise (1) online, (2) by telephone,...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have put in place to ensure auto-enrolment pension records are accurate; and what checks they require pension schemes...

  • Home Office

    • UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have begun to work with airports and the air freight industry to develop a long-term plan for the Border Force to deal with the growth in demand for...

    • Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total income from Home Office Immigration and Nationality Charges in each year since 2010.

      Adeniyi Raji

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 June (HL8732), why they did not answer concerning the specific threat to Adeniyi Raji if he...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the progress of negotiations to secure the settlement rights of British citizens living in the EU after Brexit.

  • Treasury

    • Forestry: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the Exchequer of the value respectively of (1) Capital Gains Tax relief, (2) Inheritance Tax relief, (3) Income Tax relief, and (4) Business...

    • Freezing of Assets: Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current monetary value of frozen Libyan assets in the UK.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance of the HMRC’s Voice ID system with the General Data Protection Regulation; and whether HMRC obtain...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Proceedings: Jurisdiction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which jurisdiction will apply in family law disputes where one parent is living in another EU member state after 29 March 2019.

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