Written answers

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the measures in place at HS2 Ltd to ensure fairness and consistency in the decisions of the independent...

    • Bus Services: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve bus services in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

      Railways: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail services to and from Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

      Hydrogen: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has any plans to introduce permanent hydrogen refuelling stations on the south coast of England.

      Department for Transport: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he plans to publish his Department's annual report and accounts for 2017-18.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to restore the journey time of East Midland Trains Master Cutler service from Sheffield to St Pancras to its 2017 journey time.

      Driving Tests: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including as part of the driving test process more information and guidance to young drivers on...

      London North Eastern Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse for advertising the LNER service on London buses.

      Nunhead Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains per hour stopped at Nunhead train station in June in each of the last three years.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the introduction of the new Govia Thameslink timetable in Camberwell and Peckham.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 158209 on Govia Thameslink Railway, when his Department plans to conclude its review on whether...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Railways: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of a rail sector deal to the North East.

    • Aerospace Industry: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to secure investment in the Aerospace sector.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of pay between assignment (PBA) contracts on equal pay; what the average...

      Financial Reporting Council Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the terms of reference of the Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council 2018, if he will...

      Products: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government has done to ensure in negotiations with the European Commission that conformity assessments on...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide stability for businesses as the UK leaves the EU.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Crown Dependencies on setting up public registers of beneficial ownership on the basis of...

    • Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan on freedom of religion and belief; and what representations he has...

      UN Mission in Darfur: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the budget for the UNAMID mission in Darfur, Sudan.

      Sudan: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Regional Operations Centre in Khartoum has adequate security to prevent the names...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of progress on the peace talks in South Sudan.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Nigerian Government to tackle the conflict between armed Fulani herders and farmers.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on how armed Fulani militia in Nigeria have obtained the resources to purchase...

      South Sudan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to the Government of South Sudan on political reform and tackling corruption.

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the persecution of Christians in India.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to change the constitutional arrangements between the UK and the British Overseas Territories.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of Official Development Assistance spending on the achievement of the Sustainable...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the transparency of Official Development Assistance spent by his Department.

      Nicaragua: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report, Nicaragua: Shoot to kill: Nicaragua's strategy...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in cases C-104/16 P Council V...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in cases C-104/16...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken since his appointment to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from imprisonment in Iran; and...

      Turkey: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Turkish Government on the cancellation of Istanbul Pride.

      Turkey: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to support LGBT Rights in Turkey.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which sections of the White Paper, The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published on 12 July...

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at what time and on what date his Department shared the finished White Paper, The Future Relationship with the United Kingdom and the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that costs for medical care provided under the EHIC system are covered by the Government of...

    • Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy priorities are in the Accelerated Access Pathway programme; and what the implications are of that programme for...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to pilot the self-sampling of cervical screening for women who would prefer to access their screening in that way; and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that funding allocated to tackling mental illness is spent on that issue.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the announcement of 6 July 2018 on investment in new ambulances for the NHS, what steps he is taking to ensure that those...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the provision of high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy in the NHS for prostate cancer patients.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating additional funding from the public purse to research into diagnostic...

      Measles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of measles there have been in each of the last five years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with asthma in each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who smoke are aware of the health risks caused by smoking.

      Depressive Illnessess

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with clinical bodies on the relationship between people experiencing anxiety and their being diagnosed...

      General Practitioners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to recruit more GPs from overseas to the NHS.

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Ecstasy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the use of the drug MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the provision of health and social care services for disabled children.

      Diabetes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people who were diagnosed with diabetes in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford...

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many veterinary surgeons from (a) non-UK EU member states and (b) non-EU member states have left their employment in UK abattoirs...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spend from the public purse by the NHS in defending court cases in each year since 2010.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many embryos (a) have been transferred, (b) are still in storage and (c) have been destroyed from IVF cycles in which fewer than 10...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he takes to ensure that drugs are sold to the NHS at a price which represents value for money to the public purse.

      Breast Cancer: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has recently had discussions with the Royal College of Nursing on the link between BRCA genes and breast cancer; and if he...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to provide targeted support for people over the age of 55 who have problems with alcohol.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to authorise a national clinical audit of ovarian cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to exempt people with Cystic Fibrosis from prescription charges.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 130691, whether formal negotiations have begun on the next Pharmaceutical Price...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of day centres for adults with complex learning abilities that have closed since 2010.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the provision of Focused Laser Ablation treatment for prostate cancer available on the NHS.

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 158194 on Hemel Hempstead Hospital, for what reason he does not have any plans to visit...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Colne Valley that was sent on the 23 May and again on 12 June...

      Palliative Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made the ability of the Government to meet its end of life care choice commitment to babies, children and young...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many BAME women by age group were detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in 2016-17.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) women and (b) men by age group were detained under sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in 2016-17.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds information on the number of women and men who were primary carers at the time they were detained under the...

      National Prison Healthcare Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the National Prison Healthcare Board was created; how many times that Board has met; and how many times (a) Ministers and (b)...

      Prisons: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many officials from his Department have made visits to prisons in the last 12 months.

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister of his Department is responsible for prison healthcare, and how many times that Minister has visited prisons in the last...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to reduce the cost to the NHS of reimbursement prices for special medicinal products; and if he will make a statement.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of post-diagnostic support for people who are diagnosed with autism at age 25 or over.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the political and economic situation in the Sudan.

    • South Sudan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to programmes to prevent (a) rape, (b) child marriage and (c) suicide in relation to...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to Nigerian communities affected by violence caused by (a) armed Fulani herders and (b) Boko...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms the Government plans to use to analyse progress on implementing Sustainable Development Goal 5 for the Voluntary...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that it collects data from vulnerable and marginalised groups when evaluating...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what form of consultation the Government plans to conduct with civic society to measure progress on Sustainable Development Goal 5 for...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government Guidance on Childhood obesity: a plan for action, updated on 20 January 2017, how funding generated from the sugar...

    • Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the 15 May 2018 report of the National Deaf Children's Society on reductions in financial support for the education of deaf...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the average funding per pupil in (a) 11-16 schools, (b) sixth forms and sixth form colleges in the state sector, (c)...

      Teachers: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on how many and what proportion of teachers in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency have remained in the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of two-year-olds in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency who have parents in receipt of universal...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the public sector pay freeze on levels of recruitment and retention in the teaching profession.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made for the (a) quality, (b) availability and (c) adequacy of funding of social services for disabled children.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times local authority children's services departments have put children up for adoption against the wishes of their parents in each year for...

      Graduates: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what use officials in his Department are making of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes database.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to put technical courses on parity with academic courses.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Trials: Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that there is a consistent standard in video surveillance systems and readers so that all CCTV recordings...

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal applications have been refused on the basis of being outwith the time limit in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) community or (b) equivalent orders each offender sent to prison in each of the last three years for less than 12 months had previously been...

      Prison Officers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have taken sick leave for reasons of mental health in each year from 2010.

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of divorces which have been refused in each of the last five years.

      Insurance: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many ghost brokers have been prosecuted in each of the last five years.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil legal help provider offices there were in each quarter since March 2012.

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will carry out an impact assessment of the Government's virtual court proposals prior to their implementation.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations of the report, An alternative vision for prisons, published by the Public...

      Personal Independence Payment: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claimants of personal independence payments have been successful on appeal at tribunal in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency in the last year.

      Leasehold and Commonhold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Law Commission has made on its work on residential leasehold and commonhold.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the publication of the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) civil legal help and (b) civil representation provider offices there were in each legal aid area in each quarter since the first quarter of...

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he as made of the savings accrued to the public purse of using family mediation as an alternative to court proceedings.

      Prisons: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, which prisons will receive the additional investment of £16,000,000;...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, if he will break down the £6,000,000 investment into...

      Parental Orders: Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what data his Department collects on parental orders and surrogate births; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring greater...

      Ministry of Justice: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to Question 150069, on CCTV recordings, tabled by the hon. Member for Scunthorpe on 4 June 2018.

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the target time is for cases to be brought to resolution at magistrates' courts; and how many times that target has not been met in West Yorkshire...

      Doncaster Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who is responsible for running HMP & YOI Doncaster.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on bringing forward legislative proposals to ban (a) onerous ground rents and...

    • Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the names of freeholders who are not funding the removal of unsafe cladding.

      Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made a comparative assessment of the potential merits of (a) capping ground rents at a nominal sum and...

      Second Homes: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of second homes in (a) each local authority and (b) England...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households in temporary accommodation were placed out of area at the end of the January to March Quarter in...

      Homelessness: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of victims of domestic abuse who have (a) slept rough and (b) experienced...

      Planning Permission: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether there is an equivalent offence in planning terms to treating in electoral law.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2017 to Question 111165 on Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions, for what reason the UK government ceased to make offers...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the causes of the damage to a Royal Air Force C-130J in operations against Daesh in Syria in August 2017; and whether any...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2018 to Question 132273 on Ministry of Defence: Empty Property, whether any of those unoccupied houses are being used...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2018 to Question 132273 on Ministry of Defence: Empty Property, what plans he has to return those house back to...

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the pension actuarially of Gurkha's who transferred to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme is 23 to 36 per cent for service that took place...

      Nigeria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to security forces in Nigeria to tackle violence between different groups in the Middle Belt.

      Nigeria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department provides to improve the capacity of security services in Nigeria to reduce the amount of ungoverned space in that country.

      Nigeria: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) transparency and (b) governance within the security forces in Nigeria.

      Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 9 July 2018, Official Report, column 690, when he plans for the substantive findings of the Modernising Defence...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 9 July 2018, Official Report, column 690, what that £800 million has been spent on.

      Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 9 July 2018, Official Report, column 690, for what reasons the Modernising Defence Programme's analysis of threats...

      Navy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on military personnel from each of the Royal Navy's (a) services and (b) branches in each year since 2010.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle is of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the manpower establishment by rank and number is of each battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland; and what the manpower shortfall is for each...

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 9 July 2018, on Leaving the EU: Defence and Military Aerospace...

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 9 July 2018, on Leaving the EU: Defence and Military Aerospace...

      Ministry of Defence: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training he has undertaken on the (a) use of smartphones and (b) security risks smartphones pose; whether he has undertaken any such training since...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value of disposal receipts is to date from the disposal of sites identified in his Department's Better Defence Estate Strategy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the clarity of the wording of the underlying entitlement rules in departmental correspondence to vulnerable...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of changing her Department's policy so that people over the age of 65 who have motor...

      Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of Disability Living Allowance with epilepsy who received zero points in an assessment for personal independence payment...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the interest rate charge is for funeral expenses payments.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provisions her Department has in place to support people who lose their motability vehicle for a prescribed period due to changes in...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps her Department has taken to increase levels of social mobility.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of appropriateness of the special rules for terminal illness for unpredictable terminal illnesses such as motor...

      Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans are in place to ensure that veterinary surgeons working in meat hygiene from (a) other EU member states and (b) non-EU states to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of receipts to the public purse from Child Maintenance Service charges in each year from 2020-21 up to and...

      Child Maintenance Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when new training on domestic abuse, piloted in May 2017, for Child Maintenance Service staff was rolled out nationally.

      Child Maintenance Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Child Maintenance Options staff have received the new training on domestic abuse, piloted in May 2017 for Child Maintenance Service staff.

      Jobcentres: Peterlee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 153800 on Jobcentre Plus: data protection, if he will publish the Physical Security Survey...

      Social Security Benefits: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what limit there is on the amount of money awarded to people of the Windrush generation in backdated benefits claims.

      Pensions: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many representations his Department has received on disallowed pension contributions for the Windrush generation in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2018 to Question 152769 on Children: Day Care, what proportion of parents receiving universal credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason his Department took the decision to launch a consultation on third party sales of dogs and cats in addition...

    • Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the mutual recognition of veterinary professional...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the welfare of (a) caged and (b) non-caged game birds; and if he...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps is he taking to expand the size of UK’s Blue Belt.

      Agricultural Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions officials in his Department with responsibility for the UK leaving the EU have had with (a) port...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will suspend all cage trapping of badgers in cull areas owing to the unusually dry and hot weather.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the provisions of the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union,...

      Public Footpaths: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department has allocated for the repair and maintenance of footpaths in South Yorkshire.

  • Home Office

    • Crimes of Violence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the news article entitled Amber Rudd denies seeing leaked Home Office violent crime report, published by The Guardian on...

    • Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Questions 135961 and 135962, on Crimes of Violence: Disclosure of Information, tabled by the hon. Member for...

      Passports: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Eritrean Embassy on their policy on issuing Eritrean passports to citizens who have been...

      Firearms: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of weapons seized at the border were (a) prohibited firearms (b) 50 calibre firearms; and if he will make a...

      Metropolitan Police: Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours police officers spent on patrol in (a) the London Borough of Lewisham and (b) the Metropolitan Police Service area in each of...

      Immigration: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have applied for the right to reside in the UK as carers under Ruiz-Zambrano case law...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report Waiting in the Dark: How the asylum system dehumanises,...

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference evidence in the report, Waiting in the Dark: How the asylum system dehumanises, disempowers and damages, published by Refugee...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been detained in Immigration Removal Centres in each year for which information is available.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total number of ePassport border gates was at each set of UK passport controls, including airports and juxtaposed controls at...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the letter from the Minister of State for Immigration to the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee of 21 June 2018,...

      Dangerous Dogs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many attacks on people by dogs have been recorded by the police in Lancashire in the last 2 years.

      Immigration: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the right to reside in the UK of carers with Ruiz-Zambrano status who are nationals of countries outside of the EU...

  • Wales Office

  • Scotland Office

    • Trade Promotion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times he has met the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to discuss the promotion of Scottish interests internationally;...

    • Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales of 11 July 2018, Official Report, column 949, on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the figure of 33 per cent of Government procurement spend going to SME's is a target or an aspiration.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of alcohol duty freezes and reductions since 2013.

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount that will accrue to the public purse from the Loan Charge 2019.

      Coastal Erosion: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department’s policy is on the provision of compensation for (a) individuals and (b) businesses affected by coastal erosion.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to make stamp duty payable on the portion of a property that each person owns according to their tax status in the next Budget.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what methodology his Department used to calculate the cost of non-compliance with IR35 in the private sector.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been remitted since the public sector IR35 reform was implemented, taking account of reductions in corporation tax.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what exceptions or special arrangements HMRC has agreed with public sector bodies to enable them to meet their obligations under the new IR35 rules.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of private sector employers to be impacted by the Government’s proposed changes to IR35 legislation.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of fuel duty tax revenues in (a) 2020, (b) 2030 and (c) 2040.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what resources HMRC has allocated to the inspection of the non-payment of travel time for care workers for the purposes of calculating the (a) national...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to hold discussions with the Scottish Government on economic growth in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parents with disabled children in residential settings are in receipt of tax credits based on the rule under tax credit regulations that payment...

      *No heading*

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of LINK's decision to reduce its ATM interchange fee on the viability of small and medium-sized businesses in...

      Bank Services: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the elderly of the increasing transition to online banking and accessing billing services online.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Advertising: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether Ofcom will have the primary role in the data provision and analysis of the forthcoming consultation on advertising...

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was spent on advertising the activity of touring in England to the UK market in each year since 2010.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will take steps to tackle fake news by extending current regulation and guidance on the prominence given to...

      Electronic Commerce: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish proposals to modernise the eCommerce directive.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department is making on the implementation of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme, announced in Spring...

      Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on the Local Full Fibre Networks programme, announced in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the quality and timeliness of information for passengers produced on the Southern rail network following the failure of...

    • Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many passengers suffered delays and cancellations across the Southern railway network as a result of service failures on 2...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of compensation Southern and Govia Thameslink Railway expect to pay to passengers following the network failure on 2 July.

      Network Rail: Train Operating Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to conduct a review of the relationship between Network Rail and rail franchising companies with an action plan to improve (1) services, and...

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to rail companies about the provision of rail replacement services in the event of a failure of train services.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 5 June (HL8111) and the report by the Campaign for Better Transport Buses in Crisis, published in...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will release the Department for Transport’s "Road to Zero" strategy, which was due to be published in March 2018.

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of lorries from EU countries, and in particular the Republic of Ireland, using roads in the UK on the way to other EU...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which single body or individual is responsible, and accountable, for the overall performance of the rail network.

      May 2018 Rail Timetable Implementation Independent Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the inquiry set up to look into the causes of the Thameslink 2018 new timetable problems.

      May 2018 Rail Timetable Implementation Independent Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the inquiry set up to look into the causes of the Thameslink 2018 new timetable problems are from companies or bodies whose roles in the run up to...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Department for Transport plays on the Thameslink Industry Readiness Board.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the DVLA database that records penalty points on drivers' licences is both paper-based and digital; and whether iinformation from that database can be...

      Tilbury Port: Lower Thames Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan a link road from Tilbury Port to the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.

      Tilbury Port: Lower Thames Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the haul road connecting Tilbury Port with the Lower Thames Crossing will (1) remain a permanent road, or (2) be removed, when the Lower Thames Crossing...

      Tilbury Port: Lower Thames Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the commercial and residential development potential of land that could be unlocked through a link road connecting the Port of Tilbury...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports and satellite images in The Wall Street Journal on 1 July which suggest that North Korea is completing a major expansion...

    • Afghanistan: Visits Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the Foreign Secretary's visit to Afghanistan on 25 June.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how long Ms Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, has been in detention in Israel; and whether they...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Triangle of Care for people suffering with mental health conditions.

    • Spinal Injuries: Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS England intend to increase the capacity of the National Spinal Cord Injury Service by 54 beds, as recommended in their recent Service Review.

      Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the draft NICE guidance on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and in particular, the impact of the proposal to group regulated and...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) mandating the fortification of flour and flour-based products with folic acid, and (2) informing pregnant women of the...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are any adverse effects on humans and animals of ingesting folic acid; and if so, what they are.

  • Department for International Development

    • St Helena: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suspension of the capital programme and funding for St Helena, particularly in respect of its residents' (1) employment, (2)...

    • Educational Exchanges: Oldham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend eligibility for British Council Professional Partnerships and Connecting Classrooms funding to primary schools in Oldham which have...

      Refugees: Health Services

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

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they take (1) human, and (2) trade union rights violations into account when making aid available to Somalia.

      Syria: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance will they provide for Palestinian refugees who have fled from or remain in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.

  • Department for Education

    • Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of children aged (1) zero to five, (2) six to 11, and (3) 12 to 16, from (a) low, (b) middle, and (c) high, income families are...

    • Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to commission Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission to continue their local area special educational needs and disability inspections beyond the...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many votes were cast for each candidate in each round of voting of the hereditary peers by-election held following the retirement of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the percentage turnout of the electorate in the hereditary peers by-election held following the retirement of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether in the statement of the result of the hereditary peers by-election due on 18 July the Clerk of the Parliaments will announce (1) the number of votes...

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether in the statement of the result of the hereditary peers by-election due on 18 July the Clerk of the Parliaments will announce the percentage turnout of the...

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the candidature statements of each candidate in the forthcoming hereditary peers by-election will be published in the official report.

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether procedures are in place for the appointment of tellers in the forthcoming hereditary peers by-elections for Conservative and Crossbench peers; and if so,...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new build council and housing association homes were (1) completed, and (2) occupied between 6 May 2010 and 7 May 2015 with funding approved before 6 May 2010.

    • Shops: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce a business rates relief scheme for bookshops analogous to that provided for public houses.

      Shops: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect of the level of business rates on the viability of high street stores, and (2) whether the current level of...

      Shops: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend business rates relief to bookshops.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they have put in place to monitor the effectiveness of commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the diversity of board membership on Local Enterprise Partnerships.

      Shops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to help revitalise UK high streets following rising numbers of shop closures.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths since 2000 have been linked to Child Support Agency cases or cases managed by the Child Maintenance Service.

    • Universal Credit: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 3 July (HL8777), how many Gypsy and Traveller Universal Credit applicants and claimants have been able...

      Pension Wise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 June (HL8507), how much they spent on the PensionWise service in each year since 2015; which organisations...

      State Retirement Pensions: Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether state pensions can be collected at post offices.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Thames Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of (1) possible conflicts of interest in the appointment of auditors, and (2) inappropriate payments to senior executives,...

    • Animal Products: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the United States to allow the trade in elephant and other animal trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe; and whether...

      Natural England: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the funding for Natural England to enable it to discharge its duties and responsibilities.

      Natural England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Natural England is fulfilling its duties and responsibilities.

      Fish: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold discussions with North Sea Coastal States in setting conservation measures for future fish stocks.

      Territorial Waters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respect the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, defining territorial waters extending to at most 12 nautical miles from the...

      Origin Marking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to continue to respect the EU regulations on protected geographical status for products following Brexit.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 4 July (HL Deb, col 593), whether they plan to permit fishing vessels under 10 metres to have access to an...

      International Council for the Exploration of the Sea: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 4 July (HL Deb, col 593), whether they plan to continue to use the research provided by the...

      Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the sustainability of the marine environment following any increase in fishing in UK waters after Brexit.

      Beef

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether it is possible to use scientific analysis techniques to establish whether beef has been produced using hormone implants...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of British fish quotas are controlled by British registered companies owned by non-UK nationals by (1) weight, and (2) value.

  • Home Office

    • Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove vets from the Tier two visa cap.

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to using the phrase "economic or other migrants who do not meet the legal requirements of host countries" in the place of...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suicide bombing resulting in the death of 19 Sikhs in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in July, whether they intend to offer asylum in the UK to the families...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Budget: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the historic failure of auditors to fully certify the accounts of the EU has been raised in recent negotiations.

    • EU Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether attendance at meetings of the EU Council of Ministers and the European Council by UK ministers and the Prime Minister will cease following 29 March 2019.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek an extension to (1) the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019, or (2) the length of the planned transition period.

  • Treasury

    • Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the time it will take to set up the necessary infrastructure and IT systems at ports for after the transition period with the EU;...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Impact Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Social Impact Bonds as a commissioning tool.

    • Children: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the convictions of Barry Bennell and George Ormond for serious offences of non-recent sexual abuse against multiple victims, what plans they have...

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