Written answers

Thursday, 12 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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 contracts is.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure that the scoring mechanism for the procurement and wider decisions on HS2 rolling stock reflects the need for the benefits...

      Railways: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of the adequacy of the funding the Office for Rail and Road has agreed with Network Rail for rail research...

      Tilbury Port: Lower Thames Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the construction of a link road from the expanding Tilbury Port to the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.

      Travel: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to seek funding from the Treasury for public travel passes to be issued to family carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Greenways Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps with local authorities to provide more funding for greenways to encourage more people to cycle; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the revised total volume in millions of cubic metres of spoil that will need to be removed from the Euston...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the maximum percentage of spoil from the HS2 development that could be transported by rail if Network Rail...

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of staff in his Department that commute to work by train.

      Great Western Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cancellations GWR has made in the last six months for which figures are available; and for how many of those cancellations the reason cited...

      Road Traffic: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the increase in traffic in Bristol that will result from the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of petrol for consumers.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that demand for electricity in the UK does not outstrip supply in the next six months...

      Motor Vehicles: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the pan-European DRIVES project, what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to ensure that UK...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2018 to Question 146730 on energy: meters, whether his Department expects the Data and...

      Business Travel: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) increased (i) levels of administration and (ii) costs will be...

      Research: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether UK (a) companies and (b) institutions will be able to participate in EU research and development projects after...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses will be charged for the cost of the creation of new regulatory agencies in the UK after the UK has...

      Borders: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for new health and safety-related inspections at the UK-EU border after the UK has left the EU; and...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many current contracts his Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to introduce a replacement for the Renewable Heat Incentive for when it ends in March 2021.

      Carbon Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he will put in place to fill the policy gap identified by the Committee on Climate Change in meeting the...

      Office for Nuclear Regulation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent requests for funding his Department has received from the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to (a) mandate or (b) encourage an increase in the energy efficiency of electricity consuming...

      Timesharing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136940 on Timesharing, what assessment he has made of the...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the encouragement of retail investment in town centres.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of energy smart meters that are operating in dumb mode.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether an energy company has the right to pursue court enforcement action on an estimated fuel bill.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Columbia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has the Minister had with the Columbian Government on progress on the peace process in that country.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many research analysts were employed in his Department's Eastern Research Group in each year since 2010.

      LGBT People: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government is supporting young LGBT+ people in line with the Safe Schools Declaration.

      Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide an update on the Government's policy on the territorial jurisdiction of Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough in...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.

      Nigeria: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of the Nigerian armed forced in the alleged ethnic cleansing of riverine states by the...

      Western Sahara: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2018 to Question 138353 on Western Sahara: Business, whether commercial activity is illegal if...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage countries neighbouring southern Syria to (a) open their borders to civilians...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial or other support the Government is providing to countries neighbouring Syria to help people displaced from Syria...

      Diego Garcia: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2018 to Question 159643 on Diego Garcia, what assessment was made of the level of risk of...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of attacks on predominately Christian villages by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria since...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Free Movement of Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether businesses will be able to move staff (a) unrestricted and (b) under current rules on the movement of workers between the UK...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on English language teaching schools (a) in the...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, 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...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether provision for the establishment of the new Independent Monitoring Authority will be made in the EU (Withdrawal and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of adequacy of his Department's funding for the eradication of tuberculosis.

    • Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that cancer patients will not experience delays to their diagnosis and treatment as a...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the competitiveness of the NHS Genomic Testing Services tender; and what steps he is taking...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Stakeholder experiences of the diagnosis of Lyme disease, A systematic review, published by...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated to increase the effectiveness of GPs in identifying perinatal mental health problems in mothers in each...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of adults in (a) Medway and (b) England have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last five years.

      Hypoglycaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding for additional research into reactive hypoglycaemia.

      Deerbolt 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 Deerbolt.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the feasibility of abolishing hospital parking charges in the last three months; and if...

      Neuroblastoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children with Neuroblastoma have access to the most effective (a) treatments and (b) drugs.

      Learning Disability: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason people with learning disabilities have been placed in the category of adults with serious mental illness in the Excess...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on developing a national strategy to address alcohol consumption in line with recommendation 4 of the Cancer...

      Mental Illness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provisions are in place to support families of young people who have severe mental health issues.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that primary care providers are compensated by third party representatives of patients for...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to people with arthritis have access to aids and adaptations to help them complete essential daily tasks.

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the level of funding for the Children's Hospice Grant; and if he will make a statement.

      Psychiatry: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2018 to Question 158215 on Psychiatry: Consultants, how many Consultant Psychiatrists were employed in...

      Psychiatry: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many psychiatry doctors were employed by the NHS in England at each grade in each year since 2009.

      Mental Health Services: Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many acute mental health beds there were in the NHS in England in each year since 2009.

      Psychiatry: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many specialist child and adolescent mental health Consultant Psychiatrists were employed in the NHS in England in each year since 2009.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the level of availability of learning disability liaison nurses in Dudley.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Tuberculosis was excluded from the scope of the £10 million Small Business Research Initiative competition on...

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of allowing clinicians to to determine if someone is terminally ill instead of...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time between a referral to an Approved Mental Health Professional and a section being carried out under the...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether the availability of inpatient beds in acute psychiatric hospitals in south London has had an...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether the availability of police in south London has had an effect on the time taken to carry out...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure the availability of inpatient beds in acute psychiatric hospitals in south London.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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...

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment the Government has made of the nature of the challenges and threats facing (a) Yazidi, (b) Christian and (c) other...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce the attainment gap in (a) Medway and (b) England.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children who are eligible for 30 hours free childcare in (a) the Bexleyheath and Crayford Constituency, (b)...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many special post-16 institutions were successful in their bid for high needs funding from the Education and Skills Funding agency for the 2018-19...

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle (a) contract cheating services and (b) essay mills in Universities.

      Communication Skills: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that communication skills identified as needed for the workplace are recognised in the criteria for the Functional Skills...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the provision of high quality social care services for disabled children throughout...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of staff working in his Department that have been state educated.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) careers advice and (a) guidance his Department has made available for pupils with special educational needs and disability in schools in Coventry.

      Schools: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is the Government's policy that schools will be required to request children's nationality and country of birth through the termly school...

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to improve staff retention rates in schools throughout the UK.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the implications are for his Department's policy on baseline assessments of the report, A baseline without basis, published by the British...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Child Support and Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many First-tier tribunal cases relating to to (a) social security and (b) child support claims have taken place in Inverclyde constituency in each...

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential cost to the public purse of the introduction of a victims' law.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has any plans to ensure that there is a minimum amount of criminal legal aid lawyers in each local authority area.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the pay and conditions for criminal legal aid lawyers are adequate to encourage more people to enter...

      Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve the retention rate of experienced prison officers.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to reform the family justice system to give equal value to the role of the mother and the father.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tribunal claimants have been repaid since the supreme court decision in 2017.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of trials in the fast track in the 12 months up to and including May 2018.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were settled or withdrawn without a trial in the small claims track in the 12 months up to and including May 2018.

      Small Claims: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of people who would choose to self-represent in court as a result of changes to the small...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will undertake a comprehensive review of legal aid provision.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his Answer of 2 May 2018 to Question 137525, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for a Victim's Law before the...

      Remand in Custody: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health and Social Care on the long-term effects of being remanded in prison on people...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on procurement of enforcement services by Approved Enforcement Agencies; and if he will make a statement.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to make an announcement on the outcome of the procurement process for the provision of enforcement services by Approved...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria his Department uses to assess the (a) quality of service, (b) financial sustainability, and (c) status as a fit and proper service...

      Criminal Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 126953 on Court Orders, how many Criminal Behaviour Orders were granted in 2017.

      Criminal Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Criminal Behaviour Orders were breached in each year since 2014-15.

  • Treasury

    • Farmers: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful entrants there have been to the HMRC agricultural flat rate scheme for farmers in each year since its commencement.

    • Farmers: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful applicants to the HMRC agricultural flat rate scheme for farmers were subsequently excluded from that scheme in each year since its...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue to the Exchequer as a result of the effect of the ivory ban set out in the Ivory Bill.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review gas storage business rates after the decision of EDF to close the Hole House gas storage facility because of challenging market conditions.

      Minimum Wage: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions took place in the West Midlands for failure to pay the minimum wage in 2017; and how many of those prosecutions led to convictions.

      Jaguar Land Rover: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Jaguar Land Rover on tax incentives for their work on developing batteries at their site in Coventry.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to close the childcare vouchers scheme to new applicants on 4 October 2018.

      Revenue and Customs: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury of 7 March 2018, Official Report, column 428, what proportion of HMRC staff...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for extending the right to buy housing scheme to tenants of housing association properties.

    • 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, how much the £188,874,391...

      Affordable Housing: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated to the London Borough of Bexley from the Affordable Homes Programme; and how much...

      Aerials: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to regulate the placement of base station antennae.

      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, how his Department plans to apply its developing...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to introduce a Government-maintained, transparent database of information on land prices,...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure that public bodies use and share their expertise in identifying, buying and assembling...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure that all combined authorities introduce a locally appropriate, minimum affordable...

      Planning Permission: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to address effect of the shortage of planning inspectors on the progress of road developments...

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the establishment of a national register of Business...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to provide financial assistance to military veterans who retired with fewer than 22 years' service before 5 April 1975; and...

    • RAF Lossiemouth: Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the implementation of the air traffic control radar mitigation scheme at RAF Lossiemouth in relation to consented but unbuilt...

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people joining the reserves from the regular armed forces in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in Scotland.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of setting the cut-off point for claiming personal independence payment and its mobility part...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of paying parents using the Child Maintenance Service are (a) in employment and (b) not in employment.

      Relationships Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will take steps to ensure that charities in the Relationships Alliance will be allocated funding from the public purse for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the penetration of foreign insects into the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Moorland: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to restore the ecosystems on the moors in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Lancashire after the...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to which countries the UK exports plastic waste.

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the central equine database in reducing horse...

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on ensuring the protection of UK food products through a protected designation of origin scheme...

  • Home Office

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of a GPS tagging system to alert victims if their convicted perpetrator came within a defined...

    • John Worboys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints about John Worbouys were received by the police since 1990; and how many of those complaints (a) resulted in a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 24 April 2018 from the Rt hon Member for Warley on knife sales.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to exclude strike action from limits on unpaid leave for tier-2 visa migrants.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the Government's cross-departmental alcohol strategy.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings his Department had with representatives of the alcohol industry in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date.

      Police: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces use the 18+1 ethnic monitoring system that is inclusive of Gypsies and Irish Travellers; and when forces that do not use...

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department issues to police forces on their engagement with BAME communities.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were extradited from the UK to EU15 Member States in (a) 2003 and (b) 2017.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July to question 156611 on European Arrest Warrants, what the average time was between arrests for extradition...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Yazidi, (b) Christian and (c) other religious or ethnic minority Syrian refugees have been resettled in the UK in each quarter...

      Migrant Workers: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of the International Marine Contractors Association on the (a)...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to simplify the eligibility criteria for the Registered Traveller scheme to (a) reduce the required...

  • Scotland Office

    • Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on drug-related crime in Scotland.

    • Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues and Ministers of the Scottish Government on the effect of the UK Government’s industrial...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2018 to Question 158812 on Civil Servants: Redundancy, what obligations the Government has to those people that left...

    • Local Government Association: National Democracy Week

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has with representatives of the Local Government Association in advance of the establishment of National Democracy Week.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve the transparency of the trade-related aspects of the Prosperity Fund.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Prosperity Fund in meeting its primary purpose.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that modern slavery does not take place within the Government's supply chains.

      Civil Servants: Parental Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil servants entitled to shared parental leave have taken such leave since it was introduced.

      Intelligence Services: Detainees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that there is public consultation on future changes to the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service...

      Former Ministers: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what severance payments have been made to each Minister who has resigned since June 2017.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to paragraphs 4.77- 4.79 of the report entitled The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund's aid spending: A performance review, published by...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish its White Paper on the content of the 2021 census.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what criteria his Department used for its decision to base the UK Trade Remedies Authority in Reading.

    • Cocoa: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with representatives of Governments of cocoa producing countries on the introduction of fair trade policies for...

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with (i) UK and (ii) international businesses on the Prosperity Fund since...

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Prosperity Fund expenditure by his Department meets the legal basis for ODA spending as...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, by what criteria the Prime Minister’s trade envoys are appointed.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, through what mechanisms businesses will be able to (a) contribute directly to and (b) influence future trade negotiations.

      Department for International Trade: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, 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 contracts is.

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Defence and Security Organisation core markets are for 2018-19; and if he will make a statement.

      Visits Abroad: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whom he met during his visit of 26-28 May 2018 to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department is putting in place to mark the homecoming of the England football team from the World Cup.

    • Big Lottery Fund: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for Big Lottery funding that were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful were received from (i) the...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has a working definition of youth participation in relation to decision-making on youth services; and...

      Markets: Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for his final decision on whether the former covered market, Woolwich, should be added to the National...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Staff

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff in each House of Commons team are (a) female and (b) BAME.

  • Prime Minister

    • Detainees: Inhuman Treatment

      To ask the Prime Minister, if the Government will take steps to establish an independent public inquiry into UK complicity in torture and rendition.

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cyclists breached rule 64 of the Highway Code by riding on a pavement in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • London North Eastern Railway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the advertising used to promote the rebranding of Virgin Trains to the London North Eastern Railway.

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in (1) seeking recovery of the costs incurred in repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines to the UK, and (2) their negotiations with...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the list of ministerial responsibilities published on 28 June, what are the specific responsibilities under the heading of Rail that come under the...

      Railways: Industrial Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the list of ministerial responsibilities published on 28 June, what are the specific responsibilities under the heading of Rail Industrial Relations...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the 2018 Progress Report to Parliament of the Committee on Climate Change published on 2 June, what measures they intend to take to meet its...

    • Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made to ensure that UK car manufacturers can maintain their integrated supply chains after March 2019 if there is no withdrawal deal...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their decision not to publish the Insolvency Service report into the failure of BHS following the Financial Reporting Council's...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the abolition of subsidies for onshore wind.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the level of the installation of home insulation as a percentage of the 2012 level; what assessment they have made of whether this is due to withdrawal of...

      Nuclear Fusion: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Henley on 28 June committing a further £86 million to research on nuclear fusion (HLWS782), what is the total...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the process for the local community to access the Hinkley Point C Community Fund once it becomes operational.

      Boilers: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Building Regulations Establishments research finding that no boilers sold in the UK meet the minimum Energy Related Products...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether reforms which aim to make the energy market more competitive may breach new data protection rules; and whether they have...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the ECO3 Order setting out new energy efficiency measures; and whether they will do so before the current ECO scheme ends on 30...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • West Bank: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give effect to their concern about the difficulties experienced by Palestinians in getting building permissions for houses and...

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 June (HL8529), when they were made aware of the underwater barrier being constructed by Israel...

      Hamas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 June (HL8533), when they last discussed with the leaders of Hamas the position of that...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 June (HL8587), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely whether they support the...

  • Department for International Development

    • West Bank: Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £1.1 million they allocated for essential infrastructure for vulnerable Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank has yet to be spent.

    • Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held with Karen civil society organisations from Burma regarding the withdrawal of British and other financial support to internally...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies have provided consultancy and advice services to the Department for International Development regarding Burma in (1) 2016–17, and (2)...

      Refugees: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to seek to ensure that people with disabilities in refugee camps are able to engage with sexual and reproductive health and rights services.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the lifting of restrictions on the transfer of apprenticeship levy funds between employers means that an employer can transfer 10 per cent of their...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prostitution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 8 May (HL7173), how many people were (1) arrested, (2) charged, and (3) convicted, under section 53A of...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were wrongfully detained under immigration powers between 2012 and 2017; and, of those, how many were part of the Windrush generation.

    • Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Home Office officials received a bonus payment for securing immigration removals in the period 2012 to 2017.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prevent strategy is supported by a list of extremist symbols and flags; and if so, how an organisation can appeal against inclusion in such a list.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been resettled in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme to date; and how much that Programme has cost to date.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of human trafficking and modern slavery were granted discretionary leave to remain in the UK in each financial year from 2009–10 to...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the overdraft fees and other charges levied on current account banking customers in the UK.

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rules surrounding high cost credit and the fairness of the present situation for customers.

      Gold: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the fall in the price of gold over the last six months.

      Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the warning by the Bank of England regarding the impact of Brexit on the derivatives markets.

      NHS: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 25 June (HL Deb, col 5), what additional funding will be provided to the health services in Northern Ireland...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings have taken place between HM Treasury officials and gambling companies, or their representatives, in the past year.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of ATMs available in the UK; and of the impact on communities of any reduction in the number of ATMs.

      Utilities: Managers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the bonuses paid to senior managers of utility companies.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the care available for families and individuals who are affected by suicides connected with gambling.

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