Written answers

Friday, 14 September 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the speed limit to 80 miles per hour on the motorway network.

    • Department for Transport: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy; and what policies his Department...

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of increasing his Department's funding to Bikeability.

      Railways: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on the use of glyphosate along tracks after tree felling.

      M56: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents there were on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14 in the last three years; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      M56: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of reported personal injury road accidents in each category of severity on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14...

      Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's news story of 28 June 2018, Rail passengers in the north to start being compensated in early July, what plans he...

      Bus Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many operational bus services have been running in Cumbria in each of the last 20 years.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of bio-ethanol fuel comes from sources in (a) the UK, (b) the EU and (c) the rest of the world.

      Northern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to improve the rolling stock operating on Northern railways.

      Merchant Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average age was of bulk carrier merchant ships using UK ports in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • AEA Group: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has (a) lost or (b) destroyed (i) files and (ii) information it held on the AEA Technology...

    • AEA Group: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds pre-privatisation information on the AEA Technology pension scheme; and if he will make a...

      Airbus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what communications there were between Ministers or officials of his Department and Katherine Bennett of Airbus in May...

      Public Sector: Electrical Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department takes to help public sector organisations ensure that their projects are not resourced with...

      Railways: Doon Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on the economy of the steam railway in Doon Valley; and if...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the transparency of the terms of state-supported nuclear power projects.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Peers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of the House of Lords hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within (i) his Department and (ii) his...

      Spaceflight: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department plans to allocate the two million pounds for assessing options for horizontal spaceports in the UK.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy;...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Schools: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of schools in Northern Ireland that are in a financial deficit.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Peers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the House of Lords hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies.

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by her Department and its agencies in the last three years; and what the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he has taken in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU to promote mutual access to medicines and drugs.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of business meetings arranged by the Directorate of Communications and Stakeholders were with small or small and...

      Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had discussions with the leaders of the political parties in Northern Ireland on the Government’s plan for...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many civil servants are working on his Department's papers to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Attorney General

    • Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division of 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what applications to vary that...

    • Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division of 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, how many allegations for breach of...

      Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division on 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what costs were incurred by his and...

      Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division on 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what data security policies and...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney General, whether he has plans to conduct a review of the performance of the Serious Fraud Office.

  • Department for International Development

    • India: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to support the Indian Government in its response to the flooding in Kerala state.

    • Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the methodologies of the review of the Palestinian Authority's curriculum will include compliance with (a) Articles 1, 4.2 and...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the review of the Palestinian Authority's curriculum has been commissioned.

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to projects to develop renewable energy programmes in the poorest countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the level of student debt of universities charging administration fees for courses.

    • Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of the public sector pay cap on the recruitment and retention of staff in schools.

      Arts: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) careers advice and (b) information is provided by (i) his Department and (ii) schools to students considering careers in the creative arts.

      Department for Education: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department holds information on the socio-economic background of people appointed to senior positions in his Department in the last five years.

      T-levels: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of T-Levels with employers in advance of the 2020 start date for those qualifications.

      T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support employers to provide placements for T-level students.

      Department for Education: Peers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many members of the House of Lords hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2018 to Question 168014 on Academies, whether academy schools that are in deficiency can be considered for...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of school places in the London Borough of Barnet.

      Department for Education: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy; and what policies his Department...

      Department for Education: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last three years; and what the cost to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the socio-economic background of people appointed to senior positions in his Department in the last five years.

    • Ministry of Justice: Peers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of the House of Lords hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies.

      Succession: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will assess the potential merits of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in relation to inheritance estate dispute cases in the civil court.

      Ministry of Justice: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last three years; and what the cost to...

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice,what the average time taken was to process an application for a Court of Protection case in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

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

  • Department for International Trade

    • Agriculture: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the food and farming industry of allowing imported agricultural goods produced to lower...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the oral statement of 16 July 2018, Official Report, column 41 on trade policy, how the findings from the public...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal the UK will be able to trade on WTO terms immediately with the EU.

      Trade Agreements: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of trade agreements the UK is a party to with developing countries in...

      Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to his oral contribution of 16 July 2018, Official Report column 41, what the criteria are for the best process of engaging...

      Antidumping Duties: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which EU anti-dumping regulations the Government plans to maintain after the UK leaves the EU are subject to an ongoing expiry review.

      Department for International Trade: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last three years; and what...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to (a) Blackburn borough council (b)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Ministry of Defence personnel deployed in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

    • International Military Services: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons International Military Services Ltd financially reports under UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for small companies rather...

      International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of government to government contracts through International Military Services Ltd that remain unresolved.

      Iran: International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) publish the value of contingent liabilities relating to the ongoing dispute on the International Military Services Ltd debt to Iran and...

      Ministry of Defence: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last three years; and what the cost to...

      International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the operations of International Military Services Ltd are fully subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.

      International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the audited accounts for the Government-owned International Military Services Ltd are not laid before Parliament.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Idlib, and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of youth unemployment was in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018 to date.

    • Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that British citizens receiving a UK pension while living elsewhere in the EU continue to receive that...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to reduce waiting times for payments of universal credit to help ensure that tenants do not fall into rent arrears.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Peers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of the House of Lords hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within (i) her Department and (ii) her Department's agencies.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria is for placing a person in the Universal Credit Limited Capability for Work category without attending a work capability...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will lower the 40 per cent debt recovery level for people in receipt of universal credit that have children.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Service Requests for (a) a new child maintenance scheme claim, (b) a change of circumstances, (c) a variation request, (d) chasing...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hours the Child Maintenance System has been (a) unavailable to staff and (b) working with reduced performance in the last six months.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many processing hours for Child Maintenance service requests were lost as a result of (a) technical and (b) IT faults in the last six months.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to undertake an assessment of the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Scheme computer system; and if she...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Genetically Modified Organisms: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the Deliberate Release Directive continues to be enacted after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Livestock Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential productivity of the livestock industry over the next six months.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy; and...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last three...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will estimate how much water was lost due to leaks in each of the last ten years for which figures are available.

  • Home Office

    • Unexplained Wealth Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unexplained wealth orders are in force; and what the total value of the assets covered by those orders is.

    • Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of all birth registrations being conducted in a sure start centre or equivalent family...

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the banning of cash transactions from the scrap metal sector has helped reduce metal theft.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that people seeking asylum are not required to share bedrooms under the new asylum accommodation contracts.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that asylum (a) accommodation and (b) facilities support adequately vulnerable people seeking...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure the monitoring of the (a) quality and (b) effectiveness of the housing provided under the new ten-year asylum...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have made representations to his Department on the new asylum accommodation contracts; and whether his Department...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has undertaken an equality impact assessment of its policy on room sharing in asylum accommodation.

      Cannabis-based Medicines Expert Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made to the cannabis-based medicines expert panel since it was announced on 19 June 2018.

      Visas: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people overstayed temporary working visas in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.

      Passports: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to stamp the passports of EU nationals at UK airports after the UK leaves the EU.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has plans to reintroduce Electronic System for Travel Authorisations (ESTA) for EU nationals visiting the UK after the UK leaves...

      Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the benefits of standardising the method for recording fire service response times in England.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will provide additional funding to Fire Authorities for firefighter mental health services.

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure EU passengers continue to have specific immigration lanes at UK airports after the UK leaves the EU.

      Home Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the socio-economic background of people appointed to senior positions in his Department in the last...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visas granted in 2017 for refugee family reunion under part 11 of the Immigration Rules were used.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2018 to Question 170888 on Refugees: Syria, what proportion of Syrian refugees of each religious...

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the powers available to the police to tackle hare coursing.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Migration Advisory Committee report entitled International Students in the UK, published on 11 September 2018, what...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the adoption of the NICE recommendations for all doctors' surgeries to declare the number of patients diagnosed...

    • Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether local authorities in England are continuing to receive the former Independent Living Fund recipient grant announced in May 2016;...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of cancer patients received treatment within the 62-day target after an urgent GP referral in each region in...

      Medicine: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of medical students who plan to practise overseas after they have completed their...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to introduce a national register of publicly available defibrillators.

      NHS: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by NHS staff in each of the last five years for which information is...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many practising GPs there were in England per 100,000 population in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) NHS trusts and (b) NHS foundation trusts that will be in deficit at the end of the 2018-19...

      NHS: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of damage caused by potholes on the NHS estate in which year for which...

      NHS: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS hospitals in England operated consistently at a patient occupancy level of 98 per cent or higher in each year from 2010 to 2017.

      Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses were employed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow in each year from 2010 to 2017.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many A&E Departments in NHS hospitals treated more than 300 patients per day in (a) Harlow, (b) Essex (c) the East of England and...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that (a) negotiations between Vertex Pharmaceuticals and NHS England on access to...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy; and what policies...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have (a) been referred to and (b) joined the NHS diabetes prevention programme.

      Diabetes and Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide specialist bariatric weight assessment and management clinics for patients (a) with...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of online-ordered tests for sexually transmitted infections which the NHS plans to provide in...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times ambulance technicians (a) accompanied (i) paramedics and (ii) emergency care assistants on an ambulance call-out and (b)...

      Surgery: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the NHS was of a (a) hip replacement, (b) knee replacement, (c) cataract operation and (d) hernia operation in...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of the NHS budget has been spent (a) in the private sector and (b) on contracts awarded to the private...

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people visited an NHS walk-in centre in each year since 2004-05.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs closed their surgeries to new patients in each of the last six years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on NHS staff redundancies in each year since 2011-12.

      Department of Health and Social Care: World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met officials from the World Trade Organisation since the EU referendum in...

      Food Standards Agency: World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether officials from the Food Standards Agency have met officials from the World Trade Organisation since the EU referendum in June...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Devolution: Northern Ireland and Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what powers are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly but not to the Scottish Parliament.

    • Infrastructure: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many successful cyber attacks were launched against critical national infrastructure organisations in each of the last four years.

      Government: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what processes are undertaken to verify the (a) cyber security and (b) data protection measures of digital services provided to Government.

      Elections: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the access to elections working group is appropriately resourced to implement the actions set out in...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to paragraph 11 of his consultation document on the draft Register of Overseas Entities Bill relating to information for the public register...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of voters who were turned away from polling stations at the local government elections 2018 in the voter ID...

      Electorate: Personation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases of voter impersonation have been identified in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Second Homes: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prevent owners of second homes registering their home as a holiday let in order to register for small business rate relief when...

    • Treasury: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department holds information on the socio-economic background of people appointed to senior positions in his Department in the last five years.

      Enterprise Management Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what social economic distributional analysis his Department has undertaken in relation to the effect on individual groups of the Enterprise Management...

      Enterprise Management Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses benefited from Enterprise Management Incentives exemptions and reliefs in each year since 2010.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equality impact assessment on gender and other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 his Department has undertaken with regard to the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect the 2019 Loan Charge on the NHS.

      NHS: Agency Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the VAT loss to the public purse of the use of direct engagement models for agency health workers in the NHS.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional resources he is allocating to HMRC to assist parents in locating lost Child Trust Fund accounts.

      Treasury: Peers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of the House of Lords hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the dynamic effect on tax receipts of the New Enterprise Allowance.

      Consumer Prices Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to use the Consumer Prices Index in preference to RPI as a measurement in all government transactions, negotiations and agreements.

      Payment Methods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a cash-less economy on taxation revenues.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earned (a) less than £5,000 and (b) between (i) £5,000 and £10,000, (ii) £10,000 and £15,000, (iii) £15,000...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been raised for the public purse from VAT on sanitary products in each of the last three years; and how much funding has been...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made on reducing taxes for working families.

      Treasury: Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy; and what policies his Department has...

      Public Sector

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which companies the Government has a more than 50 per cent ownership stake; whether he (a) receives a copy of the audited accounts of Government-owned...

      Public Sector: Accountancy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies in each Government Department of which the Government owns more than 50 per cent do not lay their accounts before Parliament.

      International Military Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the (a) assets and (b) liabilities of International Military Services Ltd are exempt from consolidation in the whole of Government accounts.

      Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the number of Government controlled companies that report as small companies under the Generally Accepted Accounting Practice.

      Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on Government controlled companies being exempt from laying their accounts before Parliament.

      Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Government controlled companies in each Department that do not have their assets and liabilities consolidated into the Whole of...

      Treasury: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a list of the mobile phone applications developed by his Department and its agencies in the last three years; and what the cost to the...

      Homelessness: Payment Methods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the consultation, Cash and digital payments in the new economy, published in December 2017, whether his Department has made an assessment...

      Currency Speculation: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a Spahn tax on currency transactions.

      Foreign Companies: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to the Listing Authorities on the suitability of Russian-controlled companies that apply to be listed on the London...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being when formulating policy; and what...

    • Mayflower: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with tourist boards in the UK on marketing the whole of the UK to American visitors as part of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to safeguard persecuted communities in Syria, including Syrian Christians during the...

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Transport

    • M20: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days of work were carried out on the roadworks on the M20 between London and Folkestone in August 2018; and how many days did contractors work during...

    • Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of planned motorway roadwork projects in the UK are completed (1) on time, and (2) within budget.

      Department for Transport: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Transport policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any such assessments.

      Roads: Maps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibility, if any, they have for ensuring that comprehensive road maps of cities are available including details of no right turns.

      Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the road network between Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the return of the windscreen tax disc.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any reconsideration of road fund tax disc compliance policy is taking place following publication of the most recent DVLA annual report.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of motorway accidents in the years (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17; and how many of those accidents involved...

  • Attorney General

    • Human Trafficking: Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information, if any, they have received from North Africa, the Middle East and Europe about successful prosecutions for offences connected with trafficking in...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have issued instructions for officials to delay consideration of discretionary leave for victims of trafficking until they consider the Court of Appeal...

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 July (HL9483), on how many occasions within the last two years the National Crime...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any Brexit agreement will be acceptable to the population of Northern Ireland and to ensure that the Good Friday...

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 18 July (HL Deb, Col 1259), when they intend to provide a written reply about abortion and...

  • Treasury

    • Inheritance Tax: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to deferring the date that inheritance tax becomes payable on the home of two blood-related joint owners until the death of the...

    • Holyhead Port: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether lorries at the Port of Holyhead will spend longer being checked following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and how...

      Money Laundering: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK will continue to adopt new EU legislation on anti-money laundering in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reform Stamp Duty Land Tax.

      Charitable Donations: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the Exchequer of the tax foregone due to tax relief on charitable donations (1) in the last year, and (2) over the last five years.

      Treasury: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many HM Treasury policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any such assessments.

      Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether air passenger duty is applied to flights from Northern Ireland to other parts of the UK; and if so, what plans they have to introduce a rate of 0 per cent.

      Construction: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure prompt repayment of VAT to small building contractors where zero-rated supplies are made in connection with constructing new...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the value of crypto-currencies in the United States is falling, and of the potential...

      Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rising levels of debt among lower income households in recent years; and what plans, if any, they have made to address...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 24 July (HL9368), what plans they have to make a specific assessment of loneliness in relation to online...

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Australia’s ban of online platforms advertising gambling during live sports events broadcast on the internet between 5am...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any...

      Merchant Navy Day: Flags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 26 April 2016 (HL7727), whether there have been any further discussions with the Lord...

      Emmeline Pankhurst

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed to the proposed relocation of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst from Victoria Tower Gardens to Regent’s University...

      Educational Broadcasting: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to discuss with the BBC the possibility of increasing the number of English language tuition programmes it broadcasts.

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