Written answers

Thursday, 25 October 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Northern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of strike action on Arriva Rail North; and what financial assessment he has made of the effect of that strike...

    • Northern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to protect the operator against falling passenger numbers on Northern Rail.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with heavy goods vehicle manufacturers on altering the designs of vehicles to improve safety on roads for pedestrians and...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of traffic accidents involving cyclists were with heavy goods vehicles in each of the last ten years; and if he will make...

      Public Transport: Deeside Industrial Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve public transport links between Birkenhead and the Deeside Industrial Park.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the report into High Speed Two by PwC.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the 2017 Budget, when the Government plans to commence the roll-out of the 26 to 30 railcard.

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2018 to Question 179290, how many mainstream and special (a) free schools that have opened since September 2017...

    • Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the consultation, Home Education - Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance, what plans her Department has to consult the with...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes to the eligibility criteria for free school meals on the number of families living in poverty.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Figure 3 of the report entitled, Financial sustainability of schools, published by the National Audit Office in December 2016,...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing local authorities with a discretionary fund to support families that have a child...

      Further Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the level of funding was for 16 to 19 education in (a) the North West b) Merseyside and c) Wirral in each of the last eight years.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to extend the pupil premium to cover post-16 students.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have applied for an eligibility code for 30 hours of free childcare after the deadline in each of the terms to date.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the extent of off-rolling of pupils based on their projected exam results in (a) Coventry South, (b)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the criteria his Department used to determine the £9 billion Business Impact Target.

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to work with his counterparts from other countries to ensure that global temperatures do not...

      Electricity: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to ensure the continuation of the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland in the...

      Energy Supply: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the possibility of the UK remaining a member of the EU Internal Energy Market but not...

      Nuclear Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time direct jobs in nuclear energy reprocessing and generation in the UK..

      Carbon Budgets: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for the Fourth and Fifth Carbon Budgets of the...

      Furniture: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the operations of bed manufacturers in (a) West Yorkshire...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Contracts for Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which companies his Department has contracted for the provision of departmental services; and how many staff are...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff working in his Department are on (a) permanent, (b) fixed-term and (c) causal outsourced contracts.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Contracts for Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and which services in his departmental are sub-contracted to private providers.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Chad: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civilian casualties there were in the attack by the Chadian army on the town of Kouri Bougoudi in September 2018; and...

    • UN General Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish details of the accommodation used by London-based Ministers and officials of his Department when visiting...

      Kosovo: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Kosovo receives universal recognition as a state ten years on from that country gaining...

      Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a land swap between Serbia and Kosovo will set a precedent for the territories in that region.

      Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a land swap between Serbia and Kosovo would have the effect of improve relations between those countries.

      Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department’s policy is on potential land swaps between Serbia and Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on whether planned parliamentary and presidential elections in Libya should be held in...

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of attacks by armed groups on polling stations during municipal elections held...

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure the provision of adequate funds to enable the provision by local and...

      Libya: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of efforts by the Libyan Government of National Accord to establish a...

      Libya: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential implications of recent violence in Libya for the work of (a) the National...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on maintaining the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of...

      South Africa: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK expatriates living in South Africa that will be affected by the motion passed in...

      South East Asia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the UK's relationship...

      USA: INF Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

      International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US administration on the maintenance of international (a) law...

      USA: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Japanese and (b) US counterparts on the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

      Burma: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of media freedom in Burma, and representations he has made to his counterpart in...

      USA: INF Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the announcement that the US will be leaving the Intermediate-Range...

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions he has agreed to (a) review and (b) reconsider his consent to prosecution; and on how many of those occasions he withdrew his consent in each of...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many times he has been asked to consent to a prosecution; and in how many of those cases he (a) granted and (b) refused consent in each of the last five years.

      Treaties: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, which international treaties and associated guidance he referred to when granting consent to prosecute; and what the offences were to which those treaties and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the smoking quit rate was in (a) England, (b) each local authority, (c) each parliamentary constituency and (d) each clinical...

    • Primary Health Care: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS plans to take to tackle barriers to access to primary care for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the long term...

      Drugs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176272 on Drugs: Imports, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits of restricting the sale of paracetamol and aspirin to behind the counter to reduce the number...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the advice on the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a stop smoking aid between Public...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the funding allocated for substance misuse services in England by (a) local authority and (b) in total in...

      Buprenorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the financial effect of the...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medically-staffed alcohol in-patient detoxification beds there are in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Suffolk.

      Fire Prevention: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 164527 on Buildings: insulation, how many hospitals above 18 metres have rainscreen...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who are entitled to a free flu vaccination are aware that the vaccination can be obtained...

      Health Services: Hinckley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will visit Hinckley to discuss the Hinckley and Bosworth Health and Wellbeing Partnership strategy of empowering people to manage...

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost of maintenance requirements throughout the NHS estate for the next three years.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to develop new apps for the NHS; what budget has been made available for such development; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Shared Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to attend board meetings of the NHS Shared Business Service.

      NHS Property Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that transparency data on the NHS Property Services website is kept up to date.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 21 June 2018,...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s consultation on calorie labelling for food and drink served outside the home includes alcoholic drinks.

      Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of Public Health England’s How healthy is your heart? Test.

      Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the number of (a) needle and syringe programmes for people with addictions and (b) people whom those...

      Maternity Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of temporary closures of NHS maternity units in the last five years.

      Mental Illness: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 56 of the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision green paper, what progress...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve signposting to NHS approved apps to (a) support people to manage their own health and (b) provide...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the potential savings to the public purse of directing people to self care for self-treatable...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his October 2018 policy paper, The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the October 2018 policy paper, The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the October 2018 policy paper, The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 174798, how many children and young people have been admitted to A&E in London...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of access to insulin after the the UK leaves the EU.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the (a) availability and (b) provision of (i) flu and (ii) pneumonia vaccines for people...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the effect of leaving the EU on food standards in the UK.

      Social Services: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the average proportion of the working week that social workers spend completing paperwork and other...

      Lung Diseases: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) the effectiveness and (b) value for money of pulmonary rehabilitation as a treatment for people...

      Breast Cancer: Nurses

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

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the forthcoming long-term plan for the NHS tackles the backlog of appointments for elective...

      Lung Diseases: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase patient access to pulmonary rehabilitation.

      Mental Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money the NHS has spent on mental health services in the West Midlands in each year since 2010.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) cost and capability of the in-house electronic health records system developed by Leeds Teaching...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of funding additional domestic medical student places to meet recent...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2018 to Question 179266 on Health Services: Immigrants, if he will publish the methodology and...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2018 to Question 179294, whether the additional funding agreed for further costs arising from...

  • Department for International Development

    • Africa: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, What recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in African Governments on legislation to end Female Genital Mutilation.

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of Official Development Assistance to be allocated by her Department to the International...

  • Leader of the House

    • Voyeurism

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the allocation of time in the House to debate the (a) issue of (b) legislative proposals on upskirting.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bill of Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he plans to have and with whom in the absence of the Northern Ireland Executive on a UK-wide Bill of Rights.

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions in the number of (a) prison officers and (b) experienced prison officers on the...

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timescale is for implementation of the Female Offender Strategy which was published in June 2018; and how the success of that strategy is...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the document entitled Self-harm by adult men in prison: A rapid evidence assessment, published by HM Prison and Probation Service in...

      Prisons: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies to tackle sexual assaults in prisons of the report by his Department entitled, Sexual...

      Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report by HM Inspectorate of Probation into Merseyside Community Rehabilitation...

      Probation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has of the (a) level of outstanding adult offender caseload and (b) utilisation rate at (i) Camberwell Green Magistrates...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drivers that have been subject to a driving ban commit further driving offences after the expiry of their driving ban.

      Debt Collection: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to establish an independent body to provide for the regulation of enforcement agents.

  • Treasury

    • Peugeot: Coventry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make assessment he has made of the effect on the economy in Coventry as a result of the relocation of the Peugeot warehouse in Coventry to...

    • Prudential Regulation Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason access to the alternative remedies package has been limited only to applicants authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority to take...

      Banks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to address banking fraud; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of those steps.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HMRC have (a) paid out to individuals overtaxed and (b) written off due to the Check employment status for tax service making incorrect employment...

      Revenue and Customs: Cumbernauld

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the lease is due to end on the HMRC office in Cumbernauld.

      National Insurance Contributions: Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue to be accrued to the public purse of people of official retirement age paying National Insurance when in work at...

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made on the effect of the level of poverty on (a) the cost of public services, and b) revenue accrued to the...

      Ports: Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) financial and (b) technical support the Government has made available for port operators to put in place the required infrastructure for when the...

      Research and Development Expenditure Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been claimed under the Research and Development Allowance in each of the last five years.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2018 to question 165011 on European Investment Bank, what assessment he has made in terms of value of bonds and loans...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buprenorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to increase local authority funding for substance misuse services as a result of changes in the cost...

    • Buprenorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the financial effect on...

      Care Homes: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to Written Statement of 9 October 2018 on Building safety update, HCWS976, whether he plans to extend the ban...

      Controlling Migration Fund: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to expand the Controlling Migration Fund in London to support newly recognised refugees find and...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for the conclusion of his Department's research into the effect of a change to the 10 per cent...

      Council Tax: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October, Question 180627 on Council Tax: Dorset, if he will publish his preferred...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department and its agencies have taken to support the National Pollinator Strategy on Ministry of Defence-owned land.

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff (a) are employed directly by (b) are seconded to and (c) work under contract to his Department.

      Nuclear Powered Vessels: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the re-baselining of the core production capability project has taken place; what the forecast cost and completion date of the project is; and...

      France: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money has been spent by the UK on the joint French-UK Teutates project; whether that money is taken from the Nuclear Weapons Capability...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the strength of Daesh, and if he will make a statement.

      Shipbuilding: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the National Shipbuilding Strategy restricts the definition of warships to frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers.

      Patrol Craft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what competitive tender process was completed for the construction of the current River-class batch two vessels under construction on the Clyde for the...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people from the North East of England who have enlisted in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last visited soldiers in Northern Ireland.

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2018 to Question 131555 on Armed Forces: Dogs, whether both of the military working dogs he instructed his Department...

      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, when the decision was taken to pursue single source...

      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, if he will publish the market analysis undertaken by...

      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, what discussions his Department has had with Boeing on...

      Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers (a) started and (b) completed the Late Entry Officers Course at Sandhurst in each of the...

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on creating official ID cards for veterans.

      Ministry of Defence: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) overseas and (b) domestic visits the Minister for Defence Procurement has carried out since his appointment; and what the location was of...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days Type 23 frigates spent at sea in each year from 2010 to 2018.

      Australia: AWACS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to assign RAF personnel to the Royal Australian Air Force as crew members aboard E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to investigate the nature, prevalence, prevention and management of sexual harassment within the (a) Royal Navy (b) Army (c) RAF.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the Modernising Defence Programme.

      Army Reserve: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether reserve infantry soldiers will have to pass the Army's new In-Service Physical Employment Standards when it comes into effect as part of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Single Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployed single parent households are in receipt of universal credit.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2018 to Question HL9912 on universal credit, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that under managed migration welfare claimants do not miss the application deadline for their new benefit...

      Unemployed People: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support unemployed adults without basic literacy skills.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which local authority areas the £39 million is being spent in reducing parental conflict through evidence-based interventions; over...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many constituents in Glasgow North East constituency in receipt of legacy benefits will be financially worse off as a result of the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-resident parents at the time of their annual review had their child maintenance calculated from income that was earned more than...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps HMRC is taking to ensure that records on the income of Child Maintenance Service non-resident parents are kept up to date.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential base is for the claim that the two-child limit policy will encourage families to reflect carefully on their readiness to...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Ross, Skye and Lochaber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency in receipt of employment and support allowance have been affected by her Department's...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the lessons learned from the errors in the calculation of payments of employment and support allowance.

      Severe Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will permanently increase transitional payments for the severe disability premium to £183 per month and provide similar protections...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that those whose earnings temporarily increase above the threshold for receipt of universal credit will continue to qualify...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department's classifies a student loan as income in the calculation of universal credit payments.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the different rates for the standard allowance of universal credit for claimants aged (a) under 25, and (b) 25 and...

      Carer's Allowance: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions for fraud of Carers Allowance there has been as a result of earnings exceeding the threshold by (a) less than 10 per...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times her Department has contacted the doctor or healthcare worker of a benefits claimant to request medical evidence for their claim...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many internal audits of claimant health assessments were carried out by the organisations responsible for (a) work capability and (b)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of contracts between her Department and charities include a gagging clause; and if she will make a statement.

      Poverty: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report by the Social Metrics Commission, A new measure of poverty in the UK, published in September 2018, what steps her...

      Universal Credit: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimants of universal credit with a diagnosis of depression (a) not receive an award after their initial assessment and (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the effect of the 20 metre rule in personal independence payment criteria on the (a) level of support received...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s timetable is for providing automatic split payments of universal credit in Scotland.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to (a) promote the option of universal credit split payments and (b) reduce the risks from selecting that...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to carry out a new equality impact assessment of universal credit; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's policy is on the use of gagging clauses in contracts with third parties issued by her Department.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to enable the work allowance threshold for universal credit to be...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance debt was collected in each of the last three years (a) as a total amount in pounds and (b) as a proportion of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2018 to Question 178516 on Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations, if her Department will (a)...

      Universal Credit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department made during the development process of the universal credit managed migration process of the effect of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on the finances of claimants of excluding claimants that previously made a defective claim for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of water-saving schemes, including Refill.

    • Fisheries: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of spending by the EU fisheries programme in the South West.

      Grouse Moors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will support an independent inquiry into the sustainability and legality of grouse moor management in England.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect of the UK leaving the EU on the dairy industry.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the farm subsidy system he plans to introduce after the UK leaves the EU will award subsidies based on farm hectares.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have arrived to the UK under the Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

    • Drugs and Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received from the (a) Secretaries of State for (i) Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (ii) Health...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many phone numbers used for county lines drugs dealing have been closed down after the introduction of Drug Dealing Telecommunications...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the use of encrypted messaging apps by people involved in county lines drugs dealing.

      Shops: Crimes against the Person

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults against shop keepers were recorded by her Department in each year since 2010.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many operational speed cameras there were in the West Midlands Police force area in each year since 2010.

      Business: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to publish the names of those businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million who do not comply with Section 54 of...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Oral contribution of 21 June 2018 by the Minister for Immigration on the EU Settlement Scheme, Official Report, column...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of asylum seekers whose housing provision has been terminated before the asylum...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Universal Credit

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

    • Domestic Visits: Glasgow North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish the Ministerial visits undertaken to Glasgow North East constituency since 2005.

      Museums and Galleries: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating additional Government funding to the Scottish Government to ensure that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 9 October 2018 on GOV.UK Verify programme, HCWS978, how many redundancies there will be as a...

    • Government Departments: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cyber specialists there are working in each Government Department.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2018 to Question 171404 on Research: EU Grants and Loans, whether it is Government policy to...

    • EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government has taken to cooperate with other EU states on those countries' preparations for the UK leaving the EU...

      UK Relations with EU: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on co-operation with the EU on security policy after the UK has left the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

    • Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the timetable is for the publication of the tariff schedule for the possibility of a no-deal scenario.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the changes in rents payable by communication network providers as a consequence of recent...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many successful applications to cyber skills immediate impact fund there have been; and whether his Department has made an...

      Arts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with the Creative Industries Council its meeting in future in Northern Ireland to ensure that creative...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 10 October that Ministers intervene in projects "if fresh estimates and more money are required from the...

    • M1: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the traffic signs on the M1 southbound carriageway between junctions 11 and 10 were last inspected for overgrown foliage; and whether they adhere to the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make changes to the traffic light system for monitoring induced seismic activity resulting from drilling and fracking for oil and gas; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with counterparts in Europe regarding Eritrea’s candidacy for election to the Human Rights Council at the forthcoming UN...

    • China: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the widespread use of detention centres in Xinjiang, China; and whether they will make representations to the...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of international law, what assessment they have made of the case for referring the government of Israel to the International Criminal Court if the...

      Travel Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they listed (1) Somalia, (2) Afghanistan, and (3) the Democratic Republic of the Congo as countries with areas to which all travel was advised against.

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the Protection of Civilians Report by the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs...

      Nature Conservation: Antarctic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the creation of a wildlife sanctuary in the area of the Weddell Sea.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the arrangements under section 46 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 for Returning Officers to...

    • Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the incorrect election result declarations in three wards of the London Borough of Newham in May, what assessment they have made of the requirement...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach to specific learning difficulties and dyslexia contained within Warwickshire Educational Psychological Services'...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what performance targets apply to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of their time taken to (1) acknowledge appeals submitted, (2) undertake an appeal either by...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the National Audit Office’s finding in its report Financial Sustainability of local authorities 2018 that central...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite utility companies to contribute appropriately to Flood and Coastal Resilience Partnership Funding schemes when their assets and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether the EU can reach a legally binding agreement with the UK on their future trading relationship before the UK has left the EU.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the number of families and children deprived of access to child benefit since the introduction of the two child limit in 2018; and...

    • Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion by the Institute for Fiscal Studies report, The IFS Green Budget, published on 16 October, that it would be...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: Churches and Voluntary Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice about the General Data Protection Regulation they provide to churches and voluntary organisations who may not have adequate expertise to...

    • BBC Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they made to the BBC prior to 10 October regarding the continuation of edited daily and weekly programmes on the BBC Parliament channel.

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

October 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031 

Did you find what you were looking for?