Written answers

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the the task and finish group on Taxi and Private Hire vehicle licensing plans to report on its findings.

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking with rail operators to ensure that the electrification of the Preston to Manchester via Bolton line experiences no delays.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to his Department has been of the compensation payments to customers made by Govia Thameslink Railway in relation to its rail franchises...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the £780 million investment in the East Coast Main Line announced on 23 July 2018, whether that funding has been ring-fenced...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Technology and Innovation Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 82 of the Industrial Strategy, when he plans to agree long-term funding for the Catapult Network.

    • Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction on an independent fuel price monitoring body.

      Land Registry: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation entitled Land Registry: moving operations to the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his policy proposals for rooftop solar after the closure of the Feed-In Tariffs Scheme in 2019.

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to bring forward a property sector deal.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • West Bank: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of violence carried out by settlers in East Jerusalem and...

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart on the killing of nine Colombian human rights defenders in the...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to encourage the Government in Colombia to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders to...

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Colombia on the escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Chocó.

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic (a) assistance and (b) support the Government has provided to the Government of Colombia to (a) tackle sexual...

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic support the UK Government has provided to the (a) Sisma Mujer and (b) Somos Defensores organisations in...

      Colombia: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with counterparts at the 38th session of the UN Human...

      Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government provides for projects and programmes in the Orinoquia region of Colombia.

      Boris Johnson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether arrangements have been made for the right hon. Member for Uxbridge to pay rent on grace and favour apartments after 9...

      India: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Indian Government on reports of abuse and neglect in equine serum facilities in...

      Qatar: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Emir of Qatar on improving working conditions and valuing the human rights of workers in...

      Nature Conservation: Seas and Oceans

      What his policy is on global ocean conservation.

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      What recent discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on the peace process in that country.

      Syria: Conflict Resolution

      What political and diplomatic steps he is taking to help resolve the conflict in Syria.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Political Parties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165163 on Political Parties: Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • European Medicines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK retains its medical scientists after the European Medicines Agency moves from London to...

    • Mental Illness: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2018 to Question 164389, what proportion of applications to use Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014...

      East Cheshire NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what amount of revenue funding allocated to the East Cheshire NHS Trust for 2017-2018 under the Cheshire and Merseyside sustainability...

      Care Homes: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of care home providers exiting local authority contracts on the provision of those services in...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Adjournment debate of 17 July 2018 on Access to Orkambi, Official Report, cols 377-386, what steps he is taking to (a)...

      Depressive Illnesses: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the guidelines issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s on...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of dedicated mental health specialists.

      Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Department of Health and Social Care Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18, if he will place in the Library the total...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the tender board members involved in NHS England's national tender for (a) factor VIII and (b) factor IX haemophilia...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 154637 on Haemophilia: Medical Treatments, what the value is of savings which have...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who were previously regularly receiving (a) factor VIII and (b) factor IX extended half life (EHLs) products at any point...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 154639 on Haemophilia: Medical Treatments, if he will take steps to carry out such a...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Trigger 1 of Specialised Commissioning Drugs Briefing: Spring 2018, published by NHS England, what assessment he has...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average number of (a) available and (b) occupied consultant-led mental health beds in Yorkshire and the...

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of out-of-area placements made for inpatients in each year since 2009.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act 2007 in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) England in...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for issuing the guidance on influenza vaccines for front line staff.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on the implementation of the Cancer Strategy in relation to breast cancer.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to mandate that obesity and weight management training is included in the curriculum for the education of...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the level of compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal in England is less than that in Scotland; and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has undertaken an impact assessment on the potential beneficial effects of regulating the dispensing of special medicinal...

      Dentistry: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many fines of what level have been issued to how many dentists by the NHS Business Services Authority for providing FP17 forms...

      National Exhibition Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has received representations on the origin of 20 skinless human bodies being exhibited at the National Exhibition...

      Ambulance Services: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulances called in the London Borough of Havering have responded outside the (a) Category A and (b) Category C response time...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the European Health Insurance Card system will be available to all citizens who are ordinarily resident in the UK in the event...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what Government support is available to people with hearing impairments in respect of a) assisted access to public buildings and b)...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to change from 2019 the level of the £130 million of funding for carers' breaks designated annually in...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the judgment of Beatt v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 401, what steps are being taken to ensure...

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many out-of-area placements there have been for children and adolescents with psychosis in (a) England and (b) Birmingham in each...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people in (a) Birmingham and (b) England referred for early intervention in psychosis services received help within...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with mobile phone providers on enabling their customers to access the NHS Digital website without incurring a...

      Queen Alexandra Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to support Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust's proposal for the redevelopment of the emergency department...

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken to obtain security clearance for health and social care staff on the delivery...

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to lower the maternal mortality rate.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is planning to send emergency aid to refugees to South Sudan as a result of violence in that region.

    • UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to the UNHCR to support the processing of family links applications for each year since 2010.

      Palestinians: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to (a) assist the development of the IT sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and (b) foster links...

  • Department for Education

    • University Academy Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Multi-Academy Trusts are being considered for the re-brokerage on University Academy Warrington; and what criteria his Department will use to...

    • Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106098, how much of his Department's budget allocated to 16 to 19-year old education was...

      Home Education: Stockton South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on trends in the number of people being home-schooled in Stockton South constituency.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of government funding for the 30-hours free childcare policy.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are eligible for 30 hours free childcare in the Salford local authority area.

      Health Education and Sex and Relationship Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 19 July 2018 on on Relationships and Sex Education, HCWS 892 , what additional funding he plans...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on meeting the target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

      Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to support small providers of apprenticeship training.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of contracts awarded through the apprenticeship levy were valued at less than £500,000.

      Classroom Assistants: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants were employed in primary schools in each parliamentary constituency in Cumbria in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Regional School Commissioner for North West London and the South Central Region has not issued any warning notices to any schools...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of schools letting out premises in order to raise money to supplement their budgets; and if he...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of early intervention programmes in reducing levels of pupil exclusions.

      School Teachers' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165696, for what reasons he did not publish his response to the recommendations in the 2018 report...

      School Teachers' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165696, when his Department received the 2018 report of the School Teachers' Review Body.

      School Teachers' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165696, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding any pay...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the oral evidence of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families to the Education Committee on...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many additional university places have been created at (a) Russell Group and (b) non-Russell Group universities since the lifting of the cap on...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils who are (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals have taken up English Baccalaureate subjects in each of the last seven...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the (a) number of pupils in each ethnic group who have taken subjects in the English Baccalaureate and (b) grades that...

      Music: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many colleges in England offer music at A-Level.

      Department for Education: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which agencies and other public bodies accountable to him will not have published their annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 by 31 July 2018; and...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the most recent information which his Department holds on the average class size in schools in (a) England and (b) London is.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle any disparities in education and skill levels between London and other regions of the UK.

      History: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of the history national curriculum devoted to the teaching of British history.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 123752, whether he plans to carry out a further review of childcare costs in England.

      Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle any disparities in education and skill levels in North East England compared to other regions of the UK.

      Knowsley Community College: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on how many applications to study academic A-Level courses have been received by SK College Group's Knowsley...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding levels for maintained nursery schools in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c)...

      Selective Schools Expansion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June to Question 150142 on Selective Schools Expansion Fund, how many applications had been received for funding from the...

      College of Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is his policy that the Chartered College of Teaching should be led by practising teachers.

      Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release entitled New Chair of the Social Mobility Commission recommended, published by his Department on 23...

      Apprentices: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many nursing associates had begun apprenticeship courses by the end of (a) April 2018 and (b) June 2018.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation of 14 May 2018, Official Report, column 15, by...

      Grammar Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Spring Budget 2017, when he plans to set out plans for the £5 million fund for transport to selective schools for disadvantaged...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which academy schools are awaiting rebrokering as of 24 July 2018.

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135939 on Wakefield City Academies Trust, how much funding his Department provided to (a) former...

      School Exclusions Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress is being made on the School Exclusions Review.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what Ministerial responsibility he has for the student loan book.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing for a route whereby schools in difficulty which have been converted to academy status...

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many student residential buildings have been identified as having aluminium composite material cladding; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2017 to Question 111967 on Wakefield City Academies Trust, whether he plans to publish the Education and Skills...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 24 July 2018 on Schools Update, HCWS911, whether he consulted with the Welsh Government on the pay rise for...

      Multi-Academy Trust Development and Improvement Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Multi-Academy Trust Development and Improvement Fund is planned to continue into the 2019-20 financial year.

      Combined Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage the establishment of Combined Cadet Force units in state schools in (a) Kent and (b) England.

      STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the number of pupils studying STEM subjects.

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to recruit and retain teachers and teaching staff in (a) Medway, (b) Kent and (c) England.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Rules 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to the Tribunal Procedure Committee consultation on Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal)...

    • Women's Residential Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the opening of the five new residential women’s centres announced on 27 June 2018.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what average number of cases each probation officer has worked on in (a) the National Probation Service and (b) private Community Rehabilitation...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners supervised by private Community Rehabilitation Companies were classified as (a) high-risk, (b) medium-risk and (c) low-risk offenders...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 12 July 2018, on Justice update, HCWS853, whether the reinstatement of legal aid will apply to children located...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of time that families of child claimants of disability living allowance have to wait between appealing a...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claimants of personal independence payment have (a) applied to a tribunal to appeal the decision in their case, (b) had their appeal heard at...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that legal aid solicitors have the capacity to meet the demand for their services in relation to complex...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165655, on prisons, whether the 10,000 additional places will (a) add to current capacity, (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many times he and Ministers of his Department have formally met with the Welsh Government since the announcement...

    • Local Government Finance: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Department has to ensure financial sustainability of Coventry City Council.

      Local Government Finance: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Government funding for local authorities including Coventry City Council.

      Housing: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that new student accommodation buildings in Coventry are energy efficient.

      Garden Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) new towns, (b) garden cities and (c) garden villages that...

      Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, what progress his Department has made on implementing a ban on tenants' fees.

      Retail Trade: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the level of business rates on the number retail businesses...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on contributions to the public purse of the implications...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 155916 on Social Rented Housing: Construction, whether information...

      Hampshire County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what correspondence his Department has received from Hampshire County Council in respect of the devolution proposal...

      Planning: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what impact assessment his Department has carried out in respect of the implications of the Court of Justice of the...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what statutory or non-statutory guidance is issued by his Department to local authorities on the process of asset...

      Playing Fields: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what statutory or non-statutory guidance is issued by his Department to local authorities on the provision and...

      Academies: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what processes are in place for local authorities to ensure that Academy schools sports facilities can be accessed by...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of playing pitches in each local authority area; and if he will...

      Playing Fields: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities (a) directly manage the maintenance of playing pitches and (b) indirectly manage the...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which agencies and other public bodies accountable to him will not have published their annual report and accounts for...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of putting in place provisions for temporary housing to reduce...

      Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of homes built in London in the last twelve months his Department classes as affordable housing.

      Homelessness: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children in the London Borough of Havering who will be made homeless in 2018.

      Business: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses on UK high streets that have closed in the last 12 months.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people affected by problem leaseholds; and what steps his Department...

      Council Housing: Secure Tenancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the statement in the letter of 13 March 2018 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State...

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the Small Business Multiplier to (a) help small...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel from each service are based in each local authority of the UK.

    • Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces veterans who have served in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) (LANCS) have received treatment for...

      Germany: Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on the re-basing of the British Army from Germany to the UK.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many units of Service Family Accommodation in Germany are currently occupied by Service personnel.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK companies are participating in the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply project.

      RAF Rapid Capability Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the remit is of the Royal Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office.

      Ministry of Defence: Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what resources his Department received from the Integrated Activity Fund in financial year 2017-18.

      Military Aircraft: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2005 to Question 217295 on Military Aircraft Crashes, whether military personnel and their families were made...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department use to determine whether an international deployment of the Armed Forces is designated combat or non-combat.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed the UK’s first strike policy with the Prime Minister since his appointment; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 2, paragraph 1.11, how many personnel have been on short notice to move for each of...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 9, paragraph 2.9, when his Department plans to bring forward further details on...

      Armed Forces: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 10, paragraph 2.16, what steps his Department is taking to improve morale in the...

      Reserve Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 20, paragraph 2.59, what plans his Department has to extend military medical and...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 29, paragraph 3.25, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness and...

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 34, paragraph 3.45, what plans his Department has to re-examine the policy of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2018 to Question 153210 on UNUM, which organisations are authorised to award local contracts under the low...

    • Universal Credit: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average number of days is that claimants for universal credit in Garston and Halewood constituency have been sanctioned in the last...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason self-employed individuals are not eligible for injuries disablement benefit.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 146980 on State Retirement Pensions: Females, what the average length of time taken was for...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate has she made of the number of women who have seen an increase in the age threshold at which they can claim their state...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date she plans for claimants of employment and support allowance who have been underpaid to have received all the back-payments due to...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to extend the maximum length of monthly back-pay recipients of industrial injuries disablement benefit can...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s policy is in taking into consideration awards made by the medical appeals tribunal when deciding on benefit...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to pay compensation to people who are in debt as a result of employment support allowance underpayments.

      Universal Credit: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the fitness for purpose of the universal credit IT system; and if she will make a statement.

      Employment and Support Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Statement of 18 July on employment and support allowance, WS877, what estimate she has made of the number of people who...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which initiatives and programmes have been implemented to assist people experiencing personal debt and household poverty since the...

      Public Sector: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many British Sign Language interpreters are available to support hearing impaired people in using public services.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria are for a social landlord to gain access to the universal credit landlord portal.

      Jobcentres: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when and for what reasons her Department changed its procedures on dealing with members of the Scottish Parliament in respect of access to the...

      Business: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department issues to businesses on their responsibilities as employers during periods of hot weather.

      Social Security Benefits: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with mobile phone providers on enabling their customers to make online claims for benefits and access online...

      Disability: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help young disabled people into work in (a) Medway and (b) England.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of not requiring people with degenerative conditions who were in receipt of employment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of how much lower spending from the public purse on universal credit would have been in 2018-19 in the event that...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on designating water...

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the implementation of higher maximum penalties for animal cruelty.

      Fly Tipping: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of prosecutions for fly tipping in each year since 2015.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans for the UK wide frameworks on agriculture to cover a joint agreement on the permissibility of...

      Meat: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect on the environment of reducing meat consumption nationally.

      Real Bread Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the goals of the Real Bread Campaign; and if he will make a...

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what types of Government support are being made available to food producers to help improve their productivity.

      Animals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for how the (a) Pet Travel Scheme and (b) Balai Directive will operate between Great Britain and the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times a monitor from Natural England is required to visit a proposed badger culling site to assess whether the...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions or other proceedings on illegally imported puppies taken in by Dogs Trust under its puppy pilot...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which agencies and other public bodies accountable to him will not have published their annual report and accounts for...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to continue the existing pet passport scheme once the UK has left the EU.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to incorporate incentives to improve the accessibility and upkeep of public rights of way in any future...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to incorporate incentives to enhance and maintain higher animal welfare standards in any future scheme of...

      European Fisheries Control Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to maintain the responsibilities and functions in the UK of the European Fisheries Control Agency (a) when...

      Community Fisheries Control Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans for Regulation (EC) No 768/2005 to form part of the common rule book envisaged in the White Paper, The...

      Animals and Plants: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations his Department has made to ensure that the UK is able to use its border arrangements to protect plant and...

      Educational Institutions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage procurement at (a) schools, (b) colleges, (c) universities and (d) other educational...

      Agriculture

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

  • Home Office

    • Fire and Rescue Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the Fire and Rescue Services since the Winter Hill moorland fire in Lancashire.

    • Tools: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether specialist tools for the purpose of DIY are exempted from Article 17 of the Offensive Weapons Bill in relation to online purchase.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow North, of 9 May 2018, reference PG6427, on behalf of a constituent...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has undertaken a recent review of international best practice in relation to the criminalisation of prostitution; and...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2018 to Question 133797 on Asylum: Housing, what criteria (a) his Department and (b) accommodation...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2018 to Question 133797 on Asylum: Housing, what information his Department holds on the number of...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2018 to Question 133797 on Asylum: Housing, which regions have not secured compliant bids under the...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to allow people who are affected by paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules to work during the course of any...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support for victims of sexual violence to secure...

      Corrosive Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2018 Question 158653, when he plans to publish the scientific advice commissioned by his Department on the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure greater consistency in the accuracy of decision making for all nationalities of asylum applicants.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish the Withdrawal and Implementation Bill White Paper.

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what is the last date on which a decision can be made that no deal has been struck with the EU before the UK leaves the EU on 29...

      Department for Exiting the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to list meetings of his Department attended by (a) staff of Global Council and (b) the European Round Table of Industrialists.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the (a) formal and (b) informal reporting lines are between staff of his Department and HM Treasury.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the (a) formal and (b) informal reporting lines are between staff of his Department and the Cabinet Office Europe Unit.

      Department for Exiting the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to list each external economist who has met staff of his Department's Planning and Analysis Directorate.

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has had discussions with (a) the EU and (b) EU Member States on the UK citizens retaining the ability to use...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many countries which have service agreements with the UK which are contingent on UK membership of the EU have agreed that those...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Economic Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish documentation for the computable general equilibrium model used by the Planning and Analysis Directorate.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: European Round Table of Industrialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of the European Round Table of...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings with representatives of businesses headquartered (a) outside the UK and (b) within the UK have been arranged by his...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of...

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse on not collecting VAT at UK ports after the UK leaves the EU.

    • VAT: Dover Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT was raised from goods coming through the Port of Dover in 2017.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of public sector pay in the last five years.

      Treasury: Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contractors employed in(a) the Government Actuary's Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs, (c) HM Treasury Group, (d) National Savings &...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed by HMRC in each region; and how many staff will be employed in each HMRC regional hub when those hubs become fully operational.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18, HC 1282, what assessment he has made of the effect of the...

      Valuation Office Agency: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 22 of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Business Plan 2017-19, what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of...

      Small Businesses: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax revenue accrued to the public purse from small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16, (d) 2016-17 and (e) 2017-18.

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is the policy of the Government that EU member states should apply UK tariffs and trade policy at the EU border for goods intended for the UK.

      Public Expenditure: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on overall public spending per capita in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) he, (b) his permanent Secretary or (c) Ministers of his Department plan to meet representatives of (i) Beatty, (ii) Barclays, (iii) Dalmore...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised for the public purse as a result of the application of VAT on sanitary products in each of the last five years.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue is projected to be raised in the 2018-19 financial year from the sugar tax.

      Public Expenditure: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish what information his Department holds on overall public spending per capita in (a) Jarrow Constituency (b) South Tyneside and (c) Tyne...

      Sugar: Soft Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the introduction of the sugar tax on reducing the sugar content of soft drinks.

      Sugar: Soft Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the soft drink industry on reducing the levels of sugar in their drinks.

      Sugar: Food and Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has had any discussions on extending the soft drinks industry levy to other high sugar consuming food and drink.

      Treasury: Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d)...

      Sugar: Consumption

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the soft drinks industry levy on sugar consumption levels in the UK.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the most recent guidance on the use of PFI and PF2 issued by his Department is; and when that guidance was last updated.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has made to the Office for National Statistics on their work on considering alternative treatments for student loans in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 154 of the Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the review of the telecoms market.

    • Broadband: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of (a) homes and (b) premises in each parliamentary constituency in Cumbria have access to...

      Data Protection: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which statutes govern the use by hon. Members of the personal data of their constituents.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he will publish the terms and conditions of the contract with the Electoral Reform Services for their services in relation to hereditary peers' by-elections.

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