Written answers

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • South Eastern Rail Franchise: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to (a) amend and (b) defer the process for awarding the Southeastern rail franchise as a result of the decision not to introduce in...

    • Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the roll-out of cycle superhighways throughout London on the level of traffic congestion.

      Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from (a) road users and (b) other organisations on the effect of cycle superhighways throughout London on the...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the UK will adhere to the emissions standards for (a) cars, (b) vans and (c) heavy duty vehicles set out in recent EU proposed frameworks...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to take steps to discourage the purchase of high-emission (a) sports utility and (b) other such vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2018 to Question 132937 on Aviation, what definition his Department uses for (a) licensed and (b) certificated...

      European Union Agency for Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the UK’s continued membership of the European Railways Agency notwithstanding the terms of the future...

      Railways: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the UK’s continued adherence to (a) EU rail standards and (b) the provisions of the EU rail packages...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials of his Department have had with their counterparts in other European countries to...

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce noise emissions from motorcycles.

      Department for Transport: Former Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many former hon. Members hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within his Department as of 17 July 2018.

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission research into the effects of motorbike related noise on rural and urban communities.

      London North Eastern Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is the cost was of changing branding and livery to LNER following the collapse of Virgin Trains East Coast.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of offering incentives for the adoption of fuel converters that lower the total...

      Cycling: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of a greater uptake in electric bikes for (a) older people, (b) people on low incomes and...

      Cycling: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of updating the Cycle to Work Scheme guidance to facilitate a greater uptake in...

      Cycleways: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to put out to tender the preliminary outline design for the proposed Gloucester to Cheltenham cycle route; and what the timeframe is for...

      South Western Railway: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 155260 on rail strikes, whether South Western Railway has made an application in the last 12 months...

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has held with Nexus on the proposed replacement of the Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Geothermal Power: Expenditure

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

    • Boilers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compliance of boilers sold in the UK with minimum efficiency requirements.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Commission in the National Infrastructure...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made in discussions between the Government, the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Trustees, Trade...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies have been found to have registered at Companies House using inaccurate information in each of the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce fuel poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the...

      Chevron Petroleum: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Oil and Gas Authority on the effect on the terms and conditions of employment for...

      Offshore Industry: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with (a) trades unions and (b) the oil and gas authority on employment standards in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Razan Al Najjar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received information from his Israeli counterpart on the cause of death of the Palestinian medic Razan Al Najjar.

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on development plans to tackle the...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Palestinian Authority on development plans to tackle the...

      UK Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the work programme is of the UK Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

      Colombia: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart on freedom of religion and upholding human rights in that...

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 16 July 2018, Official Report, column 24, what support the Government is...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any funding for counter-extremism purposes in Pakistan through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund was allocated...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the common rulebook for goods proposed in the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 7 of Chapter Four of the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm. 9593,...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent with the Big Four accountancy firms in the last twelve months.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph of Chapter Four of the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 35 of Chapter Four of the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the...

      EU Countries: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussion he has had with his EU counterparts on the future status of UK citizens working in EU (a) institutions, (b) bodies...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his oral contribution of 12 July 2018, on EU: Future Relationship White Paper Column 1158, Official Report, column 1158,...

      Exports and Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, Cm. 9593, published on 12...

  • Attorney General

    • Magistrates' Courts: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to tables three and seven of the Crown Prosecution Service Annual Report 2016-17, what the reasons are for conviction rates in Magistrates Courts being...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure there are adequate levels of support in schools for LGBT+ pupils.

    • Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to increase the availability of pastoral support in primary and secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what consultations his Department has held with teachers on the forthcoming T Levels qualifications.

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of teachers teaching maths (a) are qualified maths teachers and (b) hold a relevant post A level qualification for each...

      English Language: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of teachers teaching English (a) are specialist English teachers and (b) hold a relevant post A level qualification for...

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children from (a) disadvantaged and (b) non-disadvantaged backgrounds were exempt from the 16-18 maths progress measure because they are...

      Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prepare young people for future jobs in the creative industries in the light of the decrease in the number of students...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of childcare providers in the private, voluntary and independent early education sector.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2018 to Question 161192 on disabled Students' Allowance, what statistics on the uptake of disabled students'...

      T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing financial incentives for small businesses taking on T Levels...

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's document, Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2016 to 2017, if he will make an assessment of the...

      Schools: Staff

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

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the need for specific services designed to address the ongoing physiological damage of people affected by...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure that records of adoptions are more easily accessible by relevant parties.

      Child Minding and Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) maintained nursery schools, (b) nursery classes in maintained schools, (c) private, independent and voluntary sector early...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the gap between demand and provision of social care services for disabled children and their families; what steps he is...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of childcare provision in the private, voluntary and independent early education sector.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have provided business rate relief to private, voluntary and independent childcare providers.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to increase recruitment and retention in the childcare sector.

      Pupils: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what in-school support is provided for children suffering from (a) bowel and (b) bladder cancer.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners were released from each prison on a Friday in each year since 2010.

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people released from each prison in each year since 2010 were subsequently recalled back into custody (a) within 12 months and (b) within a week.

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been held on remand in prison for more than six months in each year since 2010.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of granting anonymity to female and male victims of image-based sexual abuse.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of drugs smuggled into prisons by drones.

      Prisons: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to publishing in full the report into the pilot scheme which put phones into prison cells in a number of prisons.

      Youth Custody Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many registered social workers with a background in (a) child protection and (b) children’s residential care are employed in the (i) Youth...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list the Youth Justice Board publications concerned with safeguarding children in the secure estate commissioned and published in the last...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made on the UK’s ability to agree free trade deals while maintaining a common rulebook for all goods with the...

    • Furs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is his policy that the importation ban on cat and dog fur will be retained after the UK leaves the EU.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Initial Assessment of the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of 15 June...

      Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the value of increased British business that will accrue as a result of the opening of the new office of his...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment has he made of trend in compliance with electrical safety regulations in the social rented sector.

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to require the removal of combustible cladding and insulation from (a) schools, (b)...

      Fire Prevention: High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for (a) the remedial work on all high-rise buildings with combustible cladding and (b) the...

      Housing First: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people who (a) have received and (b) will receive support through the...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2018 to Question 155938 whether he has decided on a date for when the next steps...

      Houseboats: Security of Tenure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the regulation of security of tenure for residential boats.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of houses rented by his Department have been unoccupied in each of the last five years; and how much rent his Department...

    • NATO: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a breakdown of what the money spent pursuant to the the target of 2 per cent of GDP to be spent on defence has been spent on in the...

      Warships: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is assessing the feasibility of fitting the Australian CEAFAR radar on future British warships.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Llanelli dated 28 June 2018 on his Department's plan to award the contract...

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the final agreed price was for the sale of HMS Ocean to the Brazilian Government.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 17 July 2018, Official Report, column 241, how many academics were consulted as part of the development of the...

      Ministry of Defence: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to appoint a new Minister for Defence Procurement.

      NATO: Baltic States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Estonia, (b) Latvia and (c) Lithuania on re-tasking of the NATO Baltic air-policing mission to...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 79 of the July 2018 White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm 9593, whether he has estimated the...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the Defence equipment plan is affordable.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of his Department's ability to make the remaining £8.1 billion saving from its equipment plan by 2027.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of his Department to deliver the re-baselined cost of £6.2 billion for production of the two new...

      Military Bases: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog in maintenance work on the defence estate.

      Military Bases: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on realising £1 billion of savings between 2016-17 and 2020-21 as a result of sales of the MoD estate.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking in improve satisfaction rates for Service Family Accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department plans to respond to the results of the Armed Forces continuous attitude survey that only 40 per cent of regular personnel are...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to assist households facing financial difficulties as a result of benefit sanctions.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to assist households facing financial difficulties as a result of errors or delays in the roll-out of...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the longest number of days is a universal credit claimant in Glasgow South West has had to wait before receiving their initial payment.

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with housing associations in (a) Glasgow South West constituency and (b) Glasgow on access to information by...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payment that were...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment support allowance and personal independence payment claimants have been denied home visits by the Centre for Health and...

      Employment: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what strategies the Government has put in place to tackle in-work poverty.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 15 March 2018, HCWS549 on employment and support allowance, how many claimants have been sent an...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) employment support allowance, (b) universal credit and (c) jobseeker's allowance in Scotland with a declared mental...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost per applicant is for her Department of an appeal against an initial refusal to grant a personal independence payment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that water companies do not charge clients for surface water drainage that...

    • Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to support the use of reusable nappies and their effect on removing plastics from the residual...

      Plastics: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's monitoring of the disposal of plastic exported to China...

      Hare Coursing: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on tackling hare coursing in Lincolnshire.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of non-recyclable plastic produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Dogs: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the growth of bacteria in water as a result of dog fouling.

  • Home Office

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons why the number of criminal charges in England and Wales reduced by 11 per cent while...

    • Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Question 146839, on criminal proceedings, tabled by the hon. Member for Scunthorpe 22 May 2018.

      Iron Mountain (UK)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's contract with Iron Mountain.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government is seeking continued access to the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing after the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Obesity: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on tackling obesity among young people.

    • Poverty: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 18 April 2018, Official Report, column...

      National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the role of the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield in the future of the NHS.

      NHS: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of clinical appointments provided at the NHS clinics co-located on the sites of the National...

      Speech and Language Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2018 report by ICAN, Bercow: Ten Years On, what plans he has to make sure that the special interest group convened...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report, Ignoring the alarms: How NHS eating disorder services are failing patients, published by the Parliamentary...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether steps are being taken to improve the uptake of structured diabetes education in the (a) NHS Kernow CCG area and (b) throughout...

      Health Services: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what models for the reimbursement of providers of digital health solutions he is assessing in order to increase the availability of such...

      NHS: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether plans are in place to (a) enhance and (b) expand the NHS Apps Library; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether guidance is available to GPs to enable them effectively to direct patients to the NHS Apps Library; and if he will make a statement.

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the use of digital coaching and support for people to manage long term conditions such as diabetes; and if...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Vertex and (b) NHS England on access to Orkambi on the NHS.

      Radiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle variations in radiology reporting timescales.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will pause the imposition of NHS benefit eligibility check (BECs) prescription penalty charge notices on disabled and unwell people...

      Ministry of AYUSH

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will hold discussions with the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy in India on...

      Listeria Monocytogenes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that food products which are contaminated with listeria are more easily identified and prevented from...

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that former armed forces personnel are able to access metal health services.

      Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the gap between demand and funding for health services for disabled children and their families; what steps...

      Malnutrition: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pensioners were admitted to hospital with malnutrition in (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (b) East...

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Department for Health has plans to introduce a National Incontinence Strategy.

      General Practitioners: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what target his Department has set for receiving a GP appointment; and what the average waiting time is for a GP appointment in (a)...

      Nurses: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses were employed by NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire in the last financial year; and how many nurses (a) left and (b) retired...

      NHS: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many foreign nationals from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries are employed by Gloucestershire’s NHS Trusts.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to increase support for unpaid carers.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made on the effect of junk food advertising on childhood obesity.

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that food safety standards remain closely aligned with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Cathedrals: Insolvency

      To ask the right Hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment he has made of whether proposed recommendations by the Cathedrals Working Group on winding-up...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of the additional jobs in the UK labour market have been filled by (a) UK nationals and (b) non-UK nationals since 2010.

    • Service Industries: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the current number of vacancies in the (a) hospitality and (b) food preparation industries.

      Elections and Referendums: Campaigns

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has an agreed definition of joint spending in relation to campaign spending for elections and referendums.

  • Treasury

    • Manufacturing Industries: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the money accrued to the public purse of cross-border manufacturing processes between (a) Great Britain and Northern Ireland...

    • Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time has been for filling vacancies in HMRC's National Minimum Wage Compliance Unit in the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs: Equal Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the most recent estimate is of the gender pay gap within HMRC.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed to investigate tax evasion in the HMRC's Customs Wealthy Team Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on parental (a) employment and (b) productivity of the (i) Tax-Free childcare and (ii) 30-hours free childcare...

      Cryptoassets Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Cryptoassets Taskforce is making on its work programme.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the provisions of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 to include the conduct of letting agencies.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the regulation of (a) unprofessional, (b) unqualified and (c) unethical agents in the...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on improving levels of compliance with and supervision of the 2017 Money Laundering Regulations of...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what quantifiable contribution the monies generated by Air Passenger Duty have made to improving the UK’s environmental commitments.

      Northern Ireland Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has spent on preparing Northern Ireland Executive departments for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he plans to ensure that the UK tobacco product track and trace system as required by Article 8 of the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade...

      Red Diesel: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost to the Exchequer is of revenue foregone through the Red Diesel scheme.

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will consider in its definition of single-use plastics the effect of disposable nappies on the residual waste stream that goes to landfill.

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 33 of the Fiscal sustainability report – July 2018, published by the Office of Budget Responsibility on 17 July 2018, what...

      Cycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial benefits for the public purse of the Cycle to Work Scheme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what engagement she has had with (a) the gambling industry and (b) Gamblers Anonymous on the reduction in maximum stake on...

    • Gambling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the conclusions the report, Skin gambling: teenage Britain’s...

      Charities: Fund Raising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people used the Fundraising Preference Service in the last 12 months; and what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the technological changes needed for a reduction in maximum stake on fixed odds betting...

      Culture and Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing ring-fenced funding for arts, culture and media projects to...

      BBC: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will require the BBC to publish the proportion of people it employs working (a) on-screen and (b) off-screen who are BAME.

      Broadcasting: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives at (a) the BBC, (b) Channel Four and (c) private sector broadcasters on...

      Digital Technology: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the digital and tech sector of the UK leaving the EU without a data...

      Football: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Football Association to discourage football clubs from accepting betting companies as...

      Digital Technology: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding allocated from the public purse to (a) fibre broadband installation and (b)...

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis his Department has made of the economic impact of broadband blackspots in (a) London and (b) Vauxhall constituency.

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle broadband blackspots in London.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of UK television advertising related to junk food products in 2017.

      Mobile Phones: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for issuing new licences to mobile networks.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to help eliminate not spots.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications for funding for money associated with the Fresh Start Agreement have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected in each year...

    • Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will hold discussions with the Electoral Commission on the adequacy of regulations governing donations to political parties in Northern...

      Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) discussions her Department has held with and (b) representations her Department has received from the Electoral Commission about...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to amend the powers of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission relating to legal proceedings as a result of Supreme...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will appoint an independent facilitator to reconvene all-party talks on restoring the Northern Ireland Assembly.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Heterosexuality: Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals in response to the Supreme Court's recent ruling on heterosexual civil partnerships.

    • UN Commission On the Status of Women: New York

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the outcomes were of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women which took place in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

      Equal Pay: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to enforce sanctions for companies that fail to report their gender pay gap.

      Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Female FTSE Board Report 2018, published by Cranfield University in July 2018, what steps the Government is taking to support...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Timetables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the problems with railway timetables in recent weeks.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • New Businesses: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase awareness among female entrepreneurs of the resources available to support them and help them grow their businesses.

    • Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce renewable energy costs by permitting the growth on on-shore wind, following the recommendations of the report by the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the United Nations Special Rapporteurs who have called for the immediate and unconditional release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo...

    • Burma: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conditions in which Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are incarcerated; and what representations they have made to...

      Burma: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss the obligations under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the government of Burma; and whether they intend...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support the complaint recently filed by Alessandro Amicarelli to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention against China for...

      UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they give to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

      China: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy towards China’s belt and road initiative; and how that initiative affects UK interests.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Prime Minister had with President Trump about his Middle East peace plan during his recent visit.

      Syria: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States and the Syrian Defence Forces about whether prisoners held by the Syrian Defence Forces...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the reports of the deterioration of prison conditions for female political inmates in Bahrain’s Isa Town Detention Centre.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been charged with terrorist offences connected with Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

    • Army and Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) members, and (2) former members of the security forces have been charged with offences relating to their duties in Northern Ireland since the signing...

      Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland regarding the implications of the current budget allocation for its activities.

      Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local councils in Northern Ireland about the transfer of some of the functions of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness and uptake of the new system of online registration of voters in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 26 June (HL8564), whether they will publish details of NHS England's process for developing treatment...

    • Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they review treatment criteria; and in how many cases treatment criteria have been amended since their implementation.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out any research into the number of potential beneficiaries of a relaxation of the current restrictions on the use of medicinal cannabis.

      Mental Health: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people diagnosed with mental health problems caused by gambling-related harm.

      Suicide: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of evidence from the Republic of Ireland of the high rates of suicide and premature deaths among Irish Travellers in the All...

      Mental Health: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent study by the University of Essex, The Cumulative Effect of Racial Discrimination on the Mental Health of...

      Mental Health: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data, if any, they collect in relation to the diagnosed mental health status, and self-harm and suicide rates among self-identifying Gypsies and Travellers...

      Hernias: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report by the British Hernia Society and the Royal College of Surgeons, A dangerous waiting game, published 17 July, what assessment they...

      Drownings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support not available in other circumstances is provided by public services to families where a member of the family has died in a drowning accident.

      Ibrutinib

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 7 June (HL Deb, col 1405), what was the outcome of his meeting with patients' groups regarding the use of...

      Amyloidosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been diagnosed with amyloidosis in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to engage directly with obese children and their parents to raise their awareness of obesity, offer encouragement, and support them to lose weight.

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 4 July (HL8857), whether patient groups were consulted in relation to the discussions on Liothyronine...

      World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to recognise World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day annually on 11 July.

      Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-depressants have been dispensed by the NHS in each of the past ten years; and what was the total cost to the NHS.

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-depressants have been dispensed to (1) people under 18 years old, and (2) primary school children in each of the past ten years; and what was the...

      Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the side effects of anti-depressants; and for how long on average anti-depressants are taken by patients.

      Preventive Medicine: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that funding for preventative health measures is targeted to areas where the majority of avoidable deaths occur.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS resources are targeted towards preventative health and social care.

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to patients of being denied access to liothyronine (T3) where they had previously achieved good health outcomes when...

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review local and regional guidance by NHS bodies which do not follow current national guidance in relation to the prescribing of...

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the appropriate funds will be made available when an endocrinologist has prescribed liothyronine (T3) for an NHS patient.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Clinical Commissioning Groups have a robust process of debate and challenge in relation to commissioning decisions.

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to withdraw PrescQIPP guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups in the East of England on prescribing liothyronine (T3) as it has not...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reverse the decline in new apprenticeships for the construction industry, in particular in small and medium-sized firms; and what...

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the impact of the changes to free school meals entitlement following the Free School Lunches and Milk, and School and Early...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the numbers of apprenticeship starts have decreased since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy; what factors have contributed to any such...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent children being groomed for criminal gang activities when they have been excluded from school and left unsupervised.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they plan to put in place to prevent vulnerable children being taken into local authority care for their own safety due to underfunded local...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use the apprenticeship levy funds made available by the fall in apprenticeship starts to reinstate the contracts which were removed from...

      Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts for the training of apprentices for small and medium-sized employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy have been awarded by the...

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable children to play a musical instrument at school.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on a potential future trade deal with the US of maintaining a common rulebook for all goods with...

    • Department for International Trade: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent reviews the Department for International Trade has commissioned into its policy or administration over the last year; and what was the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent reviews the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has commissioned into its policy or administration over the last...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy who said that there...

      Local Government: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of local authorities using 0845 numbers to deliver services; and what action, if any, they plan to take to encourage them to use...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nato

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was meant by the word "additional" in the NATO Brussels Summit Declaration of 11 July which stated in paragraph 14 that "Allies will offer an additional 30...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Blood Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last issued any guidance to Department for Work and Pensions disability assessors on the functional effects of thalassaemia and sickle cell disease on...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce any improvement to Universal Credit in order to protect vulnerable groups, including people with mental health problems,...

      Universal Credit: Care Leavers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to collect information on self-identified care leavers in the Universal Credit system in a way that would allow aggregate statistics to...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Reviews

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

    • Pornography: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many websites containing non-photographic child sex abuse images accessible in the UK but hosted overseas the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what planning the Cabinet Office is undertaking to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement; whether they will publish or place in the...

  • Treasury

    • Crowdfunding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of peer to peer lending and its potential for growth.

    • Treasury: Reviews

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

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children published on 28 June by HM Revenue & Customs and the...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children published on 28 June by HM Revenue & Customs and the...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children published on 28 June by HM Revenue & Customs and the...

      Cryptocurrencies: Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to those using cryptocurrency exchanges of being targeted by cybercriminals.

      Government Departments: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government organisations, other than the Student Loans Company, charge borrowers more than four per cent for loans.

      Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement the UK has with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Information Commissioner: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of fines available to be imposed by the Information Commissioner where organisations are found to have broken the law.

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings civil servants and ministers had with stakeholders between 1 January and 11 July about the reduction in stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals from...

      Cybercrime: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage and enable small businesses to (1) improve their cyber security, and (2) build a robust IT infrastructure.

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that gambling operators minimise the addictive nature of gambling products.

      Gambling: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that gambling operators protect young people from gambling-related harm.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Better Broadband Subsidy voucher scheme beyond 31 December for the provision of broadband in the hardest to reach rural areas.

      International Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Commercial Broadcasters Association to ensure that international broadcasters and TV channels based in the UK will be able...

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