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Written answers

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of bus journey usage in Greater Manchester in each year since 2010.

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the membership of the (a) Maritime 2050 panel and (b) Clean Maritime Council.

      Merchant Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the (a) staffing and (b) funding levels required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure compliance with...

      International Maritime Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the UK Government delegation to the 73rd meeting of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to review the operation of the three-year ratings training pilot introduced in the Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) (Amendment)...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to update the Maritime 2050 strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Leeds-Bradford Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which stakeholders he met with during his visit to Leeds Bradford Airport on 2 August 2018.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the trends in the (a) quantity and (b) frequency of bus services in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency and (b)...

      Bus Services: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many supported bus services there have been in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency in each year since 2010.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding is available to councils for local cycling and walking infrastructure plans as part of the cycling and walking investment strategy.

      Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason his Department has taken the decision to abolish the grant scheme for new plug-in hybrid cars.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure that there is a secure supply of gas for residents of (a) England and (b)...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure that there is a secure supply of electricity for residents of (a) England and...

      Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has spent on renewable energy through the Contracts for Difference programme.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress the Government has made on implementing its commitment to end unabated coal power generation by 2025.

      Green Deal Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal loan appeals his Department has received; and how many of those appeals have been completed.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of households in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support consumers in financial difficulty to meet their energy costs.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of electricity generated by (a) solar and (b) other renewable sources.

      Coventry University and Warwick University: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research funding the (a) UK Government and (b) EU have given (i) the University of Warwick and (ii) Coventry...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for the use of Article 6.4 of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in any alternative scheme to the EU...

      Natural Gas: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to increase access to the natural gas network in Northern Ireland.

      Manufacturing Industries: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of European car manufacturing companies on their plans to retain...

      Wind Power: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many windfarms were built in each of the last three years.

      Nuclear Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the Office for National Statistics' conclusions that there are 12,400...

      Natural Gas: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect on rural households in Northern Ireland of recent trends in the level of...

      Employment: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2018 to Question 170362 on Employment, whether he accepts all of the...

      Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress he has made on a steel sector deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Radioactive Waste: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to provide alternatives to the disposal of nuclear waste into the Irish Sea; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the recent treatment of road safety protesters by the Bangladeshi...

    • Bangladesh: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Bangladeshi Government on the recent treatment of road safety...

      Bangladesh: Elections and Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Bangladeshi Government on the restrictions to free speech enacted by that country's...

      Shahidul Alam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the safe release of the photographer Shahidul Alam from prison in Bangladesh.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Contracts

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

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of electronic voting on voter fraud in the upcoming election in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Elections and Political Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) free and fair elections and (b) political activism in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on proposals to move Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on Turkish military action towards Kurdish groups in Syria; and what representations he has...

      Syria: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether new sanctions against Russian entities in relation to Syria have been put in place since 20 April 2018.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many vacancies there in the National Cyber Security Centre.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to ask what steps his department has taken to ensure that central government Departments take account of social economic value under the Public...

    • Civil Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to improve staff retention in the civil service in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Cabinet Office: Universal Credit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department in receipt of universal credit; and if he will make...

      Government Departments: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequecy, effectivness and efficency of the Government's division of responsibility on cyber related matters across...

      Government Departments: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assesment he has made of the adequecy of the current number of cyber specialists working in Government.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce geographical variation in (a) funding and (b) performance between and within Cancer Alliances.

    • Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the NICE appraisal methodology to take account of current challenges to combination treatments under the renegotiation...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 11 October 2018 on Immigration Health Surcharge, whether his Department has plans...

      General Practitioners: Data Protection

      ‘To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many subject access requests have been made to GP surgeries since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation.

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many sites providing NHS stop smoking services have (a) closed and (b) stopped providing such services by local authority in each...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the smoking quit rate was for (a) BAME communities, (b) people living with mental health conditions and (c) people with chronic...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the smoking quit rate for people earning (a) £10,000 per annum or less, (b) £10,001 to...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the smoking prevalence for people earning (a) £10,000 per annum or less, (b) £10,001...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the smoking prevalence for (a) pregnant women, (b) people with mental health conditions, (c)...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of funding for smoking cessation services on health...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Public Health England's document, Stop smoking options: guidance for conversations with patients, published on 20...

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has made of the potential change in the number of cases of pneumococcal...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will reverse the recent reduction in public health grants to local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list all the services directly commissioned by NHS England.

      Hospitals: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospitals he has visited since taking his position.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the number of pharmaceutical companies that have not agreed to stockpile medicines in the event...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the views, experiences and opinions of individual professionals, researchers, commentators or patients will not be able...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the data used by his Department to estimate the level of demand for mental health services...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether all patients with health conditions previously determined by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to benefit...

      Neurology: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the number of neurology consultants.

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on the health and social care sectors in each nation of the UK of the UK...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in each of the devolved administrations on his Department's assessment of the effect on...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department consulted health and social care service providers on the effect on those sectors (a) throughout the UK and (b) in...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has consulted people who require health and social care services on the impact on those sectors (a) throughout the UK and (b)...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department consulted organisations working for and on behalf of individuals who require health and social care services on...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nationals from other EU countries are employed in the NHS.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Ministers in each of the devolved administrations to ensure the adequacy of supply of medicines throughout...

      Health Services and Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of vacancies in the health and social care sectors across the UK; and how many such vacancies...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the promises and pledges set out in the NHS Constitution on waiting times are met.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the age profile was of midwives working in the NHS in England in each of the last five years.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 111406 on Prescriptions: Fees and Charges, how many penalty charges have been...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether assessments made by his Department of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the health and social care sectors on (a) the UK and...

      Medical Equipment: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that there will be no disruption to the procurement of medical devices after the UK has...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS Long-Term Plan will ensure that every patient with secondary breast cancer has access to a tailored health and wellbeing...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the measurement for assessing whether a child aged between two and 15 years is classified as obese has changed in the last 10 years.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report entitled Child health in 2030 in England: comparisons with other...

  • Department for International Development

    • Africa: Guinea Worm

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to programmes to eradicate the Guinea worm in (a) Ethiopia, (b) South Sudan, (c) Mali,...

    • Africa: Guinea Worm

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made in collaboration with other countries on the eradication of the Guinea worm.

      Overseas Aid: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding allocated to UK-based organisations spent on (a) overseas aid and (b)...

      Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian assistance her Department is providing to internally displaced people in (a) Kachin State and (b) Shan State.

  • Department for Education

    • Collective Spirit Free School Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there is a timetable to return the former Collective Spirit Free School site to Oldham Council.

    • School Leaving: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to encourage school leavers to start up their own business ventures.

      Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many examining boards are using the (a) A* to E and (b) numeral grading system.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many fines were issued to parents for taking their children out of school during term time in 2017.

      Extracurricular Activities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to increase funding for after school activities.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students resat their (a) maths and (b) English GCSEs in the academic year 2017-18.

      Teachers: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers were employed in primary schools in each parliamentary constituency in Cheshire West and Chester in each of the last 10 years.

      Apprentices: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support high-skilled apprenticeships.

      Pupils: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support offered to (a) primary and (b) secondary school students whose parents have serious health issues.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated to the National Retraining Scheme for each of the next five fiscal years; and how much of that funding has been spent.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the funding allocated to the National Retraining Scheme pilots in digital and construction skills has been spent.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have benefited from the construction and digital skills pilots of the National Retraining Scheme.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the total cost to sixth form colleges of the removal of the teachers pay cap.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bedford Prison: Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of closing HMP Bedford and transferring prisoners to HMP Wellingborough when it is operational.

    • Prisons: Synthetic Cannabinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what strategy his Department has to tackle the use of synthetic cannabinoids in prisons.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to protect and support prison staff from abuse.

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support prisoners who have mental health issues; and whether his Department has plans to expand the provision of...

      Young Offenders: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was between the arrest and sentencing of young offenders in (a) Dulwich and West Norwood constituency, (b) London and (c)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of aesthetics of the built environment on people's quality of life.

    • Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on how much and what proportion of the Revenue Account Budget (a) in total and...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms are in place to prevent conflicts of interest among Local Enterprise Partnership board members.

      A34: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2018 to Question 179305 on A34: Oxfordshire, what recent discussions his...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department in receipt of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social...

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that alternative payment arrangements are put in place as soon as possible to avoid rent arrears...

      Universal Credit: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the longest length of time was for a claimant of universal credit in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency to receive an initial payment.

      Personal Independence Payment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of people with Parkinson’s disease who have received enhanced levels of personal...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evidence-based protocol on ME are healthcare professionals employed by his Department required to learn as part of their training.

      Carers: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2018 to Question 176531 on Carers: Unemployment, what (a) data and (b) methodology her Department uses to...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to make audio visual recording facilities available for personal independence payment and employment and support allowance...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff in receipt of universal credit; and if she will make a statement.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the credit union expansion project.

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on children in families of the two-child limit policy for universal credit.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evidence her Department has for the claim that the two-child policy limit will increase household financial resilience.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the risk of flooding at properties neighbouring the Quaggy river as a result of...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2018 to Question 161049 on Waste Management, when the Resources and Waste Strategy will be...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether local authorities are responsible for monitoring the extent of recycling undertaken by businesses.

      Medical Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177254 on Medical equipment: waste disposal, how many of the 155...

      Hornets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of risk of an Asian Hornet invasion in autumn 2018.

      European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of (a) his Department and (b) agencies of his Department to replicate the...

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of continued participation in the EU Registration, Evaluation,...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176140 on coal, what tonnage of house coal was the calculation based...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: CPL Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings (a) he (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had with CPL Ltd over the last year; and if he will make a...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Competition and Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his department and (c) officials in his department, have had with the Competition and...

      Plastics: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage retailers to introduce plastic-free supermarket aisles.

      Animal Welfare and Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the installation of a new IT system to replace the trade control and expert system...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to replicate the provisions of Tier 2 visa requirements for EU students studying in the UK after the UK has...

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing short-term visas for students from EU countries studying in the UK after...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on the English language teaching industry in the UK of the UK leaving the EU.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to engage with employers and community leaders in (a) Cornwall and (b) the South West on the EU...

      Immigrants: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were made by Tier 1 migrants in the last 12 months; and how many of those applications...

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average response time to dwelling fires by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in each year...

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle hare coursing.

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firefighter posts there were in the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16, (d)...

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Department is taking to ensure the provision of mental welfare services to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service officers.

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with the Mayor of Greater Manchester on the adequacy of the provision...

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will make an assessment of the efficiency of the Fire Service's response to the the wildfires of Summer 2018.

      Cannabis: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether GPs will be required to notify (a) the police and (b) the Home Office when making prescriptions for medicinal cannabis.

      Deportation: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of people scheduled for removal to Nigeria and Ghana on 28 March 2017 who were eligible...

      Asylum: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims his Department has dealt with from asylum seekers from Iran over the last five years; and how many of those claims were (a)...

  • Wales Office

    • Industry: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on industry in North Wales.

    • Devolution: Wales

      What assessment he has made of the effect on the devolution settlement in Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

      A55: Wales

      What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on traffic flows on the A55 in North Wales.

      Railways: Wales

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on additional investment for Welsh railway infrastructure.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Contracts

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

    • Scotland Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on social media advertising in each month since May 2017.

      Scotland Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on non-social media advertising in each month since May 2017.

      Scotland Office: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's communications team in the most recent financial year for which information is available.

      Scotland Office: Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether it is his policy to place adverts on Facebook after that company introduces its transparency register.

      Domestic Visits: Glasgow North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list all UK Government ministerial visits to the Glasgow North East burgh constituency since it was created in 2005.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Overseas Territories: Brexit

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

    • Eurostat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Eurostat, whether (a) the general public will lose access and (b) whether the UK Government will lose the ability...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises...

    • Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to increase personal income tax allowances for lower rate taxpayers after the UK leaves the EU.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177328 on Bank Services, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of unbanked people in the UK.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) HMRC issue to small businesses to ensure the accurate completion of tax returns.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department most recently made representations to the Financial Conduct Authority on enforcing rules on affordability checks for payday loans; and...

      Treasury: Universal Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department in receipt of universal credit; and if he will make a...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much accrued to the public purse as a result of the Royal Bank of Scotland paying a dividend to shareholders on 12 October 2018.

      Living Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers have been prosecuted for not paying employees the National Living Wage in the last two years.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the reduction in the maximum bet on fixed odds betting terminals.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals have signed up to the cyber security information sharing partnership.

      Museums and Galleries: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing direct UK Government funding to support museums and art...

      ICT: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of cyber-employment vacancies.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by her Department in receipt of universal credit; and if she...

  • Attorney General

    • Money Laundering: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions have been made by the Crown Prosecution Service under (i) Section 330 and (ii) Sections 327-329 of the Proceeds of Crime...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 20 September (HL10301), whether they have considered implementing a target for NOX emissions to be reduced to 4...

    • Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings (1) ministers, and (2) officials have held with UK port-owning companies to discuss (a) preparations for Brexit, and (b) current operational weaknesses.

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the efficiency of IT infrastructure at UK ports; and what plans they have to support improvements in IT infrastructure at UK ports in...

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on productivity in shipside operations at the Port of Felixstowe of IT implementation issues and of problems at the...

      National College for High Speed Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for poor recruitment to the National College for High Speed Rail; what are the financial implications of this for the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 12 July (HL9337), what steps they intend to take to replace the ECO3 energy efficiency scheme which ended on 30...

    • Safety: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether it is in the public interest that EU-mandated safety standards held by the British Standards Institution may not be...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) Pakistani refugees have recently been rounded up by Thai police and taken to detention centres, and...

    • Hong Kong: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking in response to the decision by the government of Hong Kong to deny a work visa to the Financial Times’ Asia News Editor...

      Afghanistan: Human Rights

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

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the independent review of the Disabled Facilities Grant was commissioned; when it will report; when the report will be published; and when they expect to...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the devolved administrations will be (1) given control of how the proposed Shared Prosperity Fund will be spent, and (2) able to make decisions on which...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civilian deaths and injuries resulted from the capture of Raqqa from ISIS by the United States-led coalition supported by Syrian Democratic Forces in 2017.

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civilian casualties in Syria and Iraq have resulted from the missions of the Combined Joint Task Force—Operation Inherent Resolve and the actions of...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M aircraft which were originally intended for the German Luftwaffe have been or will be accepted into RAF service; and what were the cost savings to...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aircraft will fulfil the air superiority role, including Quick Reaction Alert, when the F-35 enters service; and for how long.

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what volume is taken up by the Bowman radio fit in current and planned army vehicles; and what impact this has on their capacity to carry soldiers and equipment.

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any decision has been made about base porting and support for the new T31e Frigate.

      BAE Systems: Portsmouth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what options for small ship construction in the redundant BAE Systems facilities in Portsmouth have been considered.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposals for a joint cyber force and its location are the subject of a consultation.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Royal Air Force Wyton and Ministry of Defence Corsham have been considered for a joint cyber force operations centre.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any contracts drawn up by the Department for Work and Pensions for suppliers working on Universal Credit include a clause requiring the supplier to do...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hares: Myxomatosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are planning to take to prevent the extinction of the brown hare in the UK because of a mutated version of the myxomatosis virus.

    • Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 June (HL8412), what are the names of the scientists, economists and environmentalists who...

      African Swine Fever: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent the spread of African swine fever into the British pig population.

  • Home Office

    • Fracking: Protest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Chief Constable of Police for Derbyshire's annual terrorism and domestic extremism report for the Strategic Governance Board of November 2017,...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether the EU can reach a legally binding agreement with the UK on the future trading relationships across the border between Ireland...

  • Treasury

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on the electric car market of company car tax thresholds increasing for the next two years.

    • Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions HM Treasury has had with (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and (3) the Department...

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to impose a digital services tax on large technology companies.

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Confederation of British Industry’s call to review business rates and raise the annual investment allowance to...

      Film: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the British Film Institute Screen Business: How screen sector tax reliefs power economic growth across the UK,...

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