Written answers

Thursday, 18 October 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to make public transport in Greater Manchester more environmentally friendly.

    • A34: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176638, what recent discussions his Department has held with Oxfordshire County Council on...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12...

    • Trading Standards: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department assesses the quality and quantity of work undertaken by Trading Standards Officers.

      Production: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage businesses to retain production in the UK.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to deal with the use of inaccurate classification of self-employment by companies.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK post office closures there have been in each year since 1997.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he has plans to publish a summary table on www.gov.uk, with periodic updates, on progress made on (a) the National...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will stop the closure of post offices and their relocation to WHSmith branches.

      Trading Standards: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to undertake a review of the enforcement powers of National Trading Standards and Trading...

      Agency Workers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to submissions received in his Department's consultation on the recommendations...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Human Rights and Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help prevent the (a) mis-treatment, (b) imprisonment and (c) execution of (i) human...

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government's strategy to end modern slavery includes specific objectives on supporting human rights defenders.

      Dzenyagha Thomas Awah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in Cameroon on the detention and treatment of the journalist Dzenyagha...

      Turkey: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in Turkey on that country's plans to further increase the presence of...

      UN General Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many London-based officials from his Department accompanied Ministers to the meetings of the UN General Assembly in New...

      UN General Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) total, (b) travel, (c) accommodation and (d) expenses costs were of the visit by (a) Ministers and (b) officials...

      Burma: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Myanmar counterpart on the ongoing peace process between ethnic-minority armed...

      Burma: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the 30 per cent target for representation of women in the ongoing peace process between...

      Burma: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of efforts by (a) Facebook and (b) other social media websites to combat the...

      English Language: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) pass and (b) fail rates are for the International English Language Testing System by (i) country and (ii) test centre.

      Saudi Arabia: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether representatives of the UK Government plan to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.

      Saudi Arabia: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any Government ministers are confirmed to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in...

      Human Rights: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) membership and (b) remit of the Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights is; and if he will...

      Human Rights: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the cross-Whitehall steering group on business and human rights has met since the publication of the...

      Human Rights: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (b) UK...

      Human Rights: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the implementation of the updated national action plan on business and...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi counterpart on the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Israel on the demolition order against Khan al Ahmar village...

      National Cyber Security Centre: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people have been recruited by the National Cyber Security Centre in each of the last two years.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people were employed by the National Cyber Security Centre in each of the last two years.

      Joe Robinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176249 on Joe Robinson, for what reason the British Government has not...

      Middle East: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the treatment of non-recognised minorities in countries in the Middle East.

      Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of freedom of religion or belief of Christians in Iran; and what recent...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken to provide child patients in the north west of England with palliative care.

    • Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken to provide child patients in the north west of England with palliative care.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of children's palliative care in (a) the north west and (b) Wirral in each of...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the level of funding for the children's hospice grant in the (a) north west and (b)...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children requiring palliative care in the (a) Wirral and (b) north west in each of the last...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish his Department's preparation for no deal.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the effect on peoples health of (a) vaping and (b) smoking.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK will continue to include vaping products as tobacco products in the EU Tobacco Products Directive after the EU leaves the UK.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the effect on people's health of the use of (a) Snus and (b) tobacco.

      Mental Illness: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP and Child and adolescent mental health services appointments were requested for children under the age of eighteen years in...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2018 to Question 167276 on haemophilia: medical treatments, whether those savings have been...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report on the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts consultation by NHS Litigation Authority, published in October...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report on the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) consultation by NHS Litigation Authority, published in...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to establish automatic reminders to be sent to women over the age of 70 to take part in breast screening...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with (a) eating disorder units and (b) GPs throughout the country on the use of weight metrics to...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to the purchase of new (a) reserves of blood stocks and tissues, (b) ventilated beds and...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176002 on Palliative Care: Children, what the locations are of the eight centres...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to NHS employers of increasing the employer contribution to the NHS Pension Scheme as a result of...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Written Statement of 11 October 2018 on Immigration health surcharge, HCWS995, how the figure of around £470 for the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177605 on Influenza: Vaccination, for what reason his Department took the decision...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177604 on Influenza: Vaccination, what proportion of those vaccines are supplied by...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2018 to Question 170887 on Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry, when his Department will...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish his Department's contractual guidance on the (a) access to and (b) use of data collected by private companies that...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion in the the National Audit Office report entitled...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) steps his Department is taking and (b) funding his Department has allocated to implement the proposals contained in the report,...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking in response to the conclusions of the report entitled Improving children and young people’s mental health...

      Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish data on the number of non-NHS staff working in children and young people’s services.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities have suicide prevention plans in place; and what steps he is taking to ensure that those plans are effective.

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to commissioning criterion 6b of NHS England’s Criteria for the Prescribing of Enhanced Half-Life Blood Factors,...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the paper entitled, The cost of severe haemophilia in Europe: the CHESS study published in the Orphanet journal of rare...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the World Federation of Haemophilia’s annual global survey, published in 2016, for what reason (a) Factor VIII...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the timescale for the completion of the tenders for (a) Factor VIII and (b) Factor IX blood products.

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to commissioning criterion 6b of NHS England’s Criteria for the Prescribing of Enhanced Half-Life Blood Factors,...

  • Attorney General

    • Jon Venables

      To ask the Attorney General, what information about the whereabouts of Jon Venables who was convicted of the murder of James Bulger in 1993 has been released by his Department to the media.

    • Jon Venables

      To ask the Attorney General, what information his Department holds on the publication of the location of Jon Venables in open court (a) by and (b) on behalf of his Department.

      Jon Venables

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division of 22 June 2001 in relation to Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what policies and procedures his...

      Jon Venables

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will publish the job titles and grades of officials in his Department that (a) have been and (b) are currently responsible for ensuring that communications in...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Northern Ireland on the prosecution of knife crime in different parts of the UK.

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what changes have been made to CPS charging thresholds in cases of rape; and for what reasons such thresholds have been changed.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

    • Syria: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to facilitate aid deliveries to Rukban camp in Syria; and what representations have been made to...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in (i) Lewisham Deptford constituency,...

    • Primary Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new school funding formula on primary schools in Lancashire; and how many schools will receive (a)...

      Teachers: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the pupil to teacher ratio was in primary schools in (a) the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) Bexley Borough in each year since 2010.

      Apprentices: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake apprenticeships.

      Pre-school Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding from the public purse maintained nursery schools have been allocated in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many private meetings the Minister has had with for-profit organisations on children's social care since the beginning of his appointment.

      Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the number of people who continue to work in the social work...

      Schools: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the services in schools for children who experience a bereavement; and if he will make a...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish a response to his Department's call for evidence on home education.

      Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of a requirement for EU students to obtain Study Visas on student numbers in (A) universities and (b)...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 176323 on Teachers: Pensions, which employers excluding (a) state-funded schools and (b) further...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) removing and (b) freezing business rates on early years and childcare settings.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of eligible disabled children are accessing 30 hours of free childcare.

      Primary Education: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of new primary schools that have been approved since September 2017 (a) include plans a nursery and (b) do not include plans for a nursery.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 10 October 2018, Official Report, column 133, what the evidential basis was for the Prime...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 10 October 2018, Official Report, column 133, what the evidential basis was for the Prime...

      Nurseries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the (a) number of nursery closures and (b) the length of time those nurseries were in business in each of the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 10 October 2018 on Government Asset Sale, HCWS979, what the HM Treasury Green Book valuation is of the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the current RAB charge is on Plan 1 student loans.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 176324 on Teachers: Pensions, whether his Department is consulting on whether any additional...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to create a dedicated fund for the legal needs of the affected community arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.

    • Ministry of Justice: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place;...

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to publish his Department's preparations for no deal.

      Personal Independence Payment: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of administering appeal tribunals for personal independence payment applicants.

      Ministry of Justice: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list all peer reviewed research reports commissioned by his Department in 2011.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will undertake a review of the (a) role and (b) functions of the second executor in relation to wills.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his department has any plans for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service to be regulated by an independent governing body.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the (a) dates and (b) countries his Department's trade working groups have held meetings with since the creation of his...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to publish his Department's preparations for no deal.

    • Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 since it came into force.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Planning Policy Framework in providing infrastructure...

      Planning Permission: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the National Planning Policy Framework in rural areas, such as the...

      Housing: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the relationship between immigration from outside the EU and housing demand.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government has made an assessment of the relationship between the characteristics of the built environment...

      Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on ensuring that the social housing system helps people...

      Local Government Finance: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the total central government grant to City of Wolverhampton Council has been in each year since 2010.

      System Building: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the safety of large panel system buildings.

      Building Regulations: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will change building regulations to require new properties to contain solar panels.

      Sleeping Rough: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the further consultation on LGBT+ rough sleepers in section 81, page 32 of his Department's Rough...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much money from the public purse was spent in affordable housing grants in each financial year since 2009-10.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2018 to Question 171331 on Yemen: Armed Forces, whether the UK has military forces operating in Yemen.

    • Veterans: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of veterans living in the (a) North West of England and (b) Southport constituency.

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9 October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, which allies he has had discussions with on the...

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9th October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, whether his Department plans to provide information...

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to publish a diversity and inclusion strategy.

      Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many places have been available on the Soldier Conversion Officer Course in each of the last five years.

      Norway: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Royal Marines conducted annual cold weather training in Norway in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place;...

      Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to publish his Department's preparations for no deal.

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Army bomb disposal units were called out in Northern Ireland between (a) 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2016 and (b) 1 July 2016 and 1...

      Army: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Army Bomb Disposal teams were called out between (a) 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2016 and (b) 1 July 2016 and 1 July 2018 as a result...

      Antisubmarine Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase anti-submarine warfare capacity.

      HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the replacements for landing platform docks Albion and Bulwark.

      Tomahawk Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to introduce Tomahawk Land Attack Missile capability to the surface fleet.

      Armed Forces: Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service no longer funds the (a) national qualifications framework, (b) qualifications credit...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the armed forces of increasing the employer contribution to the armed forces pension schemes in each of the...

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of the review of the air space around RAF Brize Norton; and if he will take steps with the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the money that will accrue to the public purse of the (a) fee charged for applications to the Child Maintenance...

    • Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to publish its response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Widowed Parent's Allowance; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter of 5 September 2018 from the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood regarding an answer to Question...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to hold a consultation on the implementation of the IORP2 Directive on occupational retirement savings.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to publish her Department's preparations for no deal.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in staffing levels in her Department since June 2016.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter of 21 August 2018 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on the matter of a constituent, Neil Rothnie.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Independent Assessment Service (IAS) reports that have been audited and amended, whether it is her Department's policy to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason a student maintenance loan is classed as income in respect of applications for universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Real Nappies for London scheme; which London boroughs...

    • National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of land are currently designated as National Parks in England.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

      Abandoned Vehicles and Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department provides to people that have experienced (a) fly tipping and (b) vehicles abandoned on their land.

      Scallops: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his French counterpart on ensuring that information resulting from the toxicity testing...

      Nappies: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has he made of the possibility of recycling disposable nappies.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176014 on Food: Imports , what assessment he has made of the accuracy...

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that charities suspected of extremist activities are not able to register with the Charities Commission.

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of reasons for the recent rise in recorded hate crimes; and whether the Government has plans to...

      Home Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the Grenfell Tower fire on the adequacy of the provisions on residential buildings in the...

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to publish his Department's preparations for no deal.

      Appleby Horse Fair

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet with the chief constable of Cumbria Constabulary to discuss the adequacy of funding for Cumbria Constabulary to effectively...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the recommendations made in the Interim Report of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse published in...

      Bail: Victims and Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to assess the long-term effect of the provisions on pre-charge bail in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 on (a) victim and...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the potential merits of increasing the police pension entitlement for widows from post-retirement marriages.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration's report on Asylum Accommodation and the Government...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to involve local authorities in existing dispersal areas in the process of finalising the new asylum accommodation...

      Immigrants: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions has he had with the House of Bishops on the criteria used by the immigration authorities to assess whether a person...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to Fire and Rescue Services of increasing the employer contribution to the Firefighters’ Pension...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what options were considered when taking the decision to close the Stoke reporting and offender management centre.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he made of the needs of asylum seekers in Stoke-on-Trent when the decision to close the Stoke Reporting Centre was taken.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish his Department’s evaluation of the first phase of the roll-out of the EU settlement scheme.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made on enabling people to apply to the EU settlement scheme on (a) Apple and (b) other smartphones.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional support he plans to provide to vulnerable people applying for the second phase of the EU settlement scheme.

      Deportation: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been returned from the UK to the Iran in each of the last five years having exhausted the appeals process; and how many...

  • Wales Office

    • Post Offices: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of Post Office closures in Wales since 2010 in comparison to other (a) nations and (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place;...

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

      Kier Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings his Department has had with the construction firm Kier in the last 12 months.

      Government Digital Service: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed by the Government Digital Service in each of the last seven years.

      Cybercrime: Industry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to increase awareness of its cyber security standards for industry.

      Cabinet Office: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of Government departments' implementation of the Minimum Cyber Security Standard.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on reciprocal arrangements for roaming charges between the UK and...

    • Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU have included ensuring that mobile phone roaming charges will not be applied to...

      Crown Dependencies: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Crown Dependencies of (a) the UK leaving the EU without a deal and (b) the...

      British Nationals Abroad and EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU on maintaining the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK and those of...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has plans to include provisions on the framework for the future relationship with the European Union in the...

      Northern Ireland: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when the Government plans to publish its proposals for a Northern Ireland backstop after the UK leaves the EU.

      Northern Ireland: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will adhere to the commitments on the Northern Ireland border which the UK and EU made in the December 2017 Joint...

      Northern Ireland: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the December 2017 Joint Report and the Northern Ireland backstop arrangement, what the Government’s...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Austria, (b) Belgium, (c) Bulgaria, (d) Croatia, (e) Cyprus, (f) The Czech...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place; and...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IR35 tribunal cases HMRC has lost in the last 12 months.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policy of the recent University of Birmingham report entitled Investing in a Resilient...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on UK-resident businesses of the proposal on deferred payment of capital gains tax for (a) trusts ceasing to be UK...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of additional companies that will be within scope of Chapter 8 of Part 6A of the Taxation (International and Other...

      Taxation: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the implications are for the UK’s participation in (a) EU Council Directive 2017/1852 and (b) other tax dispute resolution mechanisms after the...

      Taxation: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people and (b) businesses that will be affected by the implementation of EU Directive 2018/822 amending...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK will retain its membership of the Single Euro Payments Area after exiting the European Union.

      Treasury: Social Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on promoted content on (a) Twitter, (b) Facebook and (c) Instagram in each month since June 2017.

      Loans: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions has he had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the eligibility criteria used by lenders to tackle lending to people with that...

      Home Shopping: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing an internet or online sales tax.

      Financial Services: Tribunals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a financial services tribunal.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 to include...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made any assessment of the effect of beer duty on the viability of independent pubs.

      European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many statutory instruments required for the implementation of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 have been (a) produced in draft form and (b)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department will respond to the consultation on taking tougher action against directors whose companies are...

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on measures to tackle vishing.

      Football: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) the response of stakeholders to the 2011 report of the Culture,...

      Sports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he provides to Sport GB on national representation relating to obligations under the Good Friday Agreement.

      Northern Ireland Boxing Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he recognises the Northern Ireland Boxing Association; and whether he supports that association's full participation...

      Internet: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2018, Leading tech companies support code to strengthen...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the White Paper on online harm is planned to be published.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Absent Voting

      To ask the Leader of the House, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on proxy voting for MPs; and when she plans to allocate parliamentary time to debate the matter.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent oral and written representations the Prime Minister has made to the President of the United States in relation to his intention to impose sanctions on...

    • Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what oral and written representations (1) the Foreign Secretary, and (2) the Defence Secretary, have made to their opposite numbers in the government of the United...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since the President of the United States announced his intention to impose sanctions on UK companies doing business in Iran the matter has...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reply, if any, they received to the letter of 31 July from the Foreign Secretary to the Prime Minister of Israel calling, together with other European...

      UNRWA: Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the announcement by Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, that schools, clinics and sports...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia concerning a ceasefire in Yemen.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel about the reported shelling by Israeli forces of medical facilities in Gaza and the reported...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel about reported attacks by Israeli forces on children during the Great Return March in Gaza on 28...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have seen any evidence of substantive Human Rights reforms in Eritrea since the most recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of...

      Eritrea: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK intends to vote in support of Eritrea joining the Human Rights Council at the UN General Assembly.

      Eritrea: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which factors will be considered by the UK when it votes on Eritrea’s candidacy for election to the Human Rights Council at the UN General Assembly.

      Atlantic Ocean Islands: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assist the South Atlantic Overseas Territories to deal with the accumulation of plastic waste and other detritus which has gathered around the...

      Gabon: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Gabon.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the criterion used by the Secretary of State to revoke an Academy Order under section 5D of the Academies Act 2010; which schools have had an Academy...

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether provisions in the Education and Adoption Act 2016 to designate schools as coasting will no longer be used to force local authority schools to convert to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses they have received to their consultation Transforming the response to domestic abuse; and when they will publish their response.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish at least one permanent monitoring site for Ultrafine Particles in the vicinity of a major airport as recommended by the Air...

    • Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of the Air Quality Expert Group in its report Ultrafine Particles in the UK, published in July, that the...

      Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the Air Quality Expert Group in its report Ultrafine Particles in the UK, published in July, that...

      Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission research into the contribution made by different types of domestic wood burning stoves to the presence of Ultrafine Particles and...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent any verbal or physical abuse of detainees at immigration detention centres.

    • Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigrants were removed in (1) 2010, (2) 2014, and (3) 2017 to (a) Somalia, (b) Afghanistan, and (c) the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Brexit negotiations will necessitate any UK citizens who do not reside in the UK, without property in the UK but with property in the EU, to relocate to...

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there will be an agreement on the withdrawal terms of the UK leaving the European Union; and whether the statement by...

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