Written answers

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the importance of rail research and development to the UK rail industry.

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on plans for electrification of the trans-pennine railway line.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring all future rail operator contracts to include compensation schemes for...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to expand the provision of secure bicycle space on rail services to and from York.

      Community Transport: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's consultation on the use of section 19 and section 22 permits for road passenger transport in Great Britain,...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to delay the East Midlands rail franchise process as a result of the decision not to introduce the December 2018 timetable.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of foreign language voice-overs and interpreters for candidates taking car and motorcycle...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of unlicensed drivers on UK roads of the withdrawal of foreign language voiceovers and...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the reintroduction of foreign language voiceovers and interpreters for candidates taking the...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of school days missed by girls as a result of period poverty.

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per pupil has been allocated to schools in Suffolk in each year since 2009.

      Arts and Design: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students that studied art and design at A level were eligible for free school meals in each year since 2012.

      Education: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 140739 on Education: North of England, how much and what proportion of the funding came from the...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure schools are equipped to teach fraud prevention skills.

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what dates the original application process opened and closed for the Chair of the Social Mobility Commission; how many people applied for that...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing mandatory training on special educational needs and disability for...

      Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of specialist teachers on the progress of dyslexic learners; if he will undertake a review of the provision...

      Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching provides support for learners with dyslexia and other literacy needs.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy Supply: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has been made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on fuel security in power stations in Northern Ireland.

    • Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the implications are for his policy on energy security of the decision in March 2018 not to return to operation...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Scottish economy of developing carbon capture and storage...

      Energy: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2018 to Question 155725 on Energy: Environment Protection, whether he plans to...

      Conditions of Employment: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to publish its response to the recent consultation on employment status, which closed on 1...

      Service Industries: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers in the (a) hospitality and (b) retail sectors who are paid...

      Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has been made on producing guidance for people who have undertaken unpaid work trials.

      Work Experience: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government’s response to the Taylor Review, published on 7 February 2018, when he plans to...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take account of the Royal Society's update of its report of June 2012 on shale gas extraction before...

      Galileo System

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

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has made to Ofgem regarding its Targeted Charging Review and the effect of that review on (a)...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February to Question 128285 on Green Deal Scheme, what progress the Government has made on...

      Industrial Disputes: Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 01 March 2018 to Question 129214 on Industrial Disputes: Ballots, what progress his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Ilois

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will deposit in the National Archives the Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the Chagos Archipelago between...

    • Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will help secure access to British Southern Cameroons territory for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

      Bangladesh: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to monitor reports of state-sponsored violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Government of Bahrain on the denial of access to adequate medical treatment of...

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of the visit to the UK of the President of the United States.

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the reception for the President of the United States at Blenheim...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU: Service Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the service sector has tariff-free access to the Single Market after the UK leaves...

    • Brexit: White Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at what time on 12 July 2018 his Department released the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm 9593 to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Breast Feeding and Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS provides guidance to new Mothers on potential links between breast feeding and diabetes.

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has had discussions with (a) the Royal College of Nursing and (b) patients with blood group O on potential supply...

      NHS Trusts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Chairs of NHS Trusts in the North West have previously been Chairs of other NHS trusts; and if he will list those Chairs.

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the costs incurred to the NHS from third-parties making subject access requests under General Data...

      Hospitals: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients from Hemel Hempstead that he expects to use the new hospital in Harlow Hospital; and...

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many officials from his Department work exclusively on prison healthcare.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has met the National Childbirth Trust to discuss the conclusions and recommendations of that organisation's report, Hidden...

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for postnatal checks for new mothers in the General Medical...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultation the Government plans to hold with the private sector to measure progress on Sustainable Development Goal 5: achieve...

  • Prime Minister

    • Attorney General: Members' Interests

      To ask the Prime Minister, when she plans to publish the declaration of interest of the new Attorney General.

    • USA: Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many pieces of correspondence she has received from members of the public raising concerns over the working visit of President Trump.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2018 to Question 158713 on Prison Sentences, how his Department measures the effectiveness of community sentences...

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to engage with staff unions to reduce staff turnover in HMCTS; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family legal help starts by type of family law there were in each quarter since the first quarter of 2012.

      Prisons: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the level of under-reporting of sexual assault in prison.

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2018 to Question 157090, on Ministry of Justice: buildings, how many days each Minister of his Department has spent in...

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Female Offender Strategy for England will incur Barnett consequentials for Wales.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold: Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made a comparative assessment of the potential effect on the viability of the leasehold sector of (a)...

    • Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which Ministers have had responsibility for helping residential leaseholders since 2010.

      Shops: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of high street store closures throughout the UK in 2018; and if he...

      Shops: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the cumulative effect on local economies of the closures of high street...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers the Government would have under the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework to compel local...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of linking the definition of affordability for new...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of devolving the means of setting affordable homes to local...

      Help to Buy Scheme: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased using Help To Buy in the borough of Bolton; and how many of those homes were sold...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the take-up of the right of new home buyers to request the building...

      Local Council Tax Support Schemes Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the recommendations contained in the report from Mr Eric Ollerenshaw on Review of local council tax...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the projected amount of (a) investments and (b) returns is for the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme in each of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2018 to Question 125141 on Housing: Construction, if he will publish updated...

      Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the (a) gross and (b) net spending on the housing functions of his Department was by programme in 2017-18.

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the Law Commission to publish the outcome of its work on leasehold reform.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, further to the letter dated 15 May 2018 from the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance to the chair of the Work and...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Junior Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the housing responsibilities are of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance.

      Funerals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the average cost of a funeral in each year since 2003.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Child maintenance arrears and compliance strategy 2012-17, published in January 2013, whether she has plans to implement...

      Children in Care: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support is available to meet the need of disabled children with looked- after status.

      State Retirement Pensions: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of the state pension in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018 in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 89 of the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm 9593, which benefits will be included...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department issues guidance to work coaches on what support they should provide to claimants.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Schools: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2018 to Question 153431 on Schools: Air Pollution, when his Department last met officials...

    • Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2018 to Question 123107 on Public Footpaths, what funding he plans to allocate to...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the (a) potential effect of increased water rates on people with (i) Chrones and (ii)...

      Agriculture: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements he has planned for agriculture chemicals registration in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Seals: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will develop a strategy to phase out the shooting of seals in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the (a) physical and (b) mental wellbeing of staff employed in her Department.

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Modern Slavery and Implementation Group last met; and what the date is of its next planned meeting.

      Pakistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, when an update is planed for her Department's country report for Pakistan.

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what statute people of the Windrush generation were detained.

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government’s compensation scheme for the Windrush generation will take into account missed (a) national insurance...

      Police: Spit Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his speech to the Police Federation Conference on 23 May 2018, what the Government's policy is on the use of spit hoods.

      Witnesses: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support provided to British witnesses who are interviewed by foreign police forces in the UK.

      Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will undertake a review of the designation of specified chemicals under Schedule 1A of the Poisons Act 1972 in relation to the use of...

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the use of firearms to commit crimes in the UK.

      Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 157630 on UK Border Force: Heathrow Airport, what steps his Department is taking to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 76(b) of the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm 9593, what the maximum duration...

      Visas: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries the UK has a visa reciprocity agreement.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish his Department's targets for the processing of decisions on applications for asylum support.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 146800 on Cabinet Office: Procurement, how many of those contracts were advertised publicly prior to the...

    • Public Bodies: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the draft Public Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 with the...

      Tunisia: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total project cost paid from the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) for the M&C Saachi PR campaign in Tunisia was; and what the...

      Government Departments: Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) Executive Agencies, (b) non-ministerial government departments and (c) non-departmental public bodies are accredited by the National Living...

      National Security Communications Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the purpose and remit are of the National Security Communications Team.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of bank branch closures in the North East; and if he will make a statement.

    • Fuels: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to help keep fuel prices for motorists low.

      Cars: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department takes steps to provide tax relief to young first-time drivers for their first year of car insurance.

      Midland Metropolitan Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2018 to Question 160685 on Midland Metropolitan Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance, how many times (a) he (b) Ministers in...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reductions in the level of investment in the UK car industry in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Forests and Nature Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase tourism to (a) nature reserves and (b) sites of ancient woodland.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their call for ideas for market-led proposals for rail projects published on 20 March, how they intend to (1) evaluate, (2) choose, and (3) support any...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to include fibre ducting along the route of HS2 (Phase One) line to ensure uninterrupted digital connectivity for passengers.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which this year’s sustained period of dry weather is a symptom of climate change; and whether they will...

    • FTSE Women Leaders Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often the Hampton-Alexander Review has appeared on a (1) Cabinet Committee, and (2) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy...

      Women on Boards Review and FTSE Women Leaders Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what budget was allocated to (1) the Davies Review in 2015, and (2) the Hampton-Alexander Review in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, and (c) 2018; and what budget they plan to...

      Gardens: Heating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK is participating in the European Commission’s Market Surveillance study of Patio Heaters being undertaken by PROSAFE on behalf of the...

      Financial Reporting Council: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 6 July (HL8896), how many employees of the Financial Reporting Council since 2005 had salaries, including pension...

      Natural Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reported to the European Commission on the types of gas and corresponding supply pressures of gaseous fuels used in the UK as required by EU...

      District Heating: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the heat network industry.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of the People's Republic of China about the continued restrictions on Ughur people living in the Xinjian...

    • Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the government of Ethiopia to implement its declared intention to accept the ruling of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether women are able to get repeat prescriptions for oral contraceptives from a GP practice that they are not registered to.

    • Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to address the variation in cost for different forms of contraceptives available to women.

      Anticoagulants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the recommendations from A systematic overview of reviews on the effective, safe and appropriate use of anticoagulation medicines:...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many organ donations were made in England in each of the last five financial years by deceased individuals who were not on the Organ Donor Register.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outstanding personal financial liability on non-EEA visitors to the UK for treatment received under the NHS in each of the last three years; and what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the residence qualification, and (2) the personal identification documentation required, from people seeking to register with general practitioners for...

      General Practitioners: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure by the NHS on general practitioner services in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Warehouses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of NHS warehousing requirements if frictionless trade with the EU is not maintained following Brexit.

      Medical Equipment: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to maintain equivalence with the EU Regulation on Medical Devices 2017/745 during the planned transition period from March 2019 to March 2021.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent reviews the Wales Office has commissioned into its policy or administration over the last year; and what was the total cost of those reviews.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of business rates revaluation on childcare providers, and (2) the provision of 100 per cent business...

    • T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding and support will be available to small businesses to enable them to offer T level work placements.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners on Remand: West Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum distance a defendant, solicitor or member of administrative staff might need to travel within the West Mercia Police area to attend remand...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Goldsmiths, University of London, Recognise, Report, Resolve, published in June, about racist hate speech and...

    • Torbay Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Torbay Council regarding the future status of the local authority.

      Somerset County Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of financial management of Somerset County Council.

      Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the functioning of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have produced 500 or more new homes for rent in the last ten years.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what area of land in public ownership has been released for building social homes in each of the last three years.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to update Parliament following the publication of the Housing White Paper on 7 February 2017.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review the benefits system focussing on training and support for staff, and cooperation with Citizens' Advice and credit unions, in...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether it is safe to deport families, including children, to Pakistan when there is evidence that they have received death...

    • East Africa: Heroin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in trading of heroin in Mozambique and throughout East Africa; and whether they plan to discuss this with the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to re-evaluate their immigration policies to ensure that they do not deliver a "hostile environment".

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many awards of (1) Knights Bachelor, (2) DBE, (3) KBE, and (4) CBE were given to people styled Professor, save for those in the Diplomatic and Overseas lists,...

    • LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK population identifies as being LGBT or transgender.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any attempts by foreign organisations or states to reverse the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU by funding or otherwise...

      Government: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-UK citizens work in central government; and what estimate they have made of how many non-UK citizens work in local government.

      Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for amending legislation on the conduct of referendums to make sanctions for serious breaches of the law...

      Elections and Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for modernising legislation concerning elections and referendums.

      Elections and Referendums: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help UK citizens living abroad to cast votes more easily in elections and referendums within the short timeframes for such ballots; and...

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of hereditary peer by-elections on the reputation of democratic principles in the UK; and whether they intend to...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to re-evaluate their outsourcing process when awarding public sector contracts.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answer by the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) on 3 July (HL8851), what was (1) the number of votes cast for the winning...

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