Written answers

Thursday, 15 November 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on substance misuse services of the removal of the ring fenced public health grant to...

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many sites currently provide the HPV vaccine to gay and bisexual men by region.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the uptake has been of the HPV vaccine for gay and bisexual men by region since April 2018.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Taking our health for granted: Plugging the public health grant funding gap, published in October...

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the radical upgrade in prevention discussed in the NHS Five Year Forward View of October 2014 has been achieved.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Taking our health for granted: Plugging the public health grant funding gap, published in October...

      Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October to Question 176664 on Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust, for what reason it was decided that...

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2018 to Question 179178, on Cannabis: Misuse, whether the results of the monitoring of cannabis...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned £85 million cuts to local authority public health budgets for 2019-2020 on...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to organisations that support people to stop smoking through the encouragement of the take-up of vaping.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote Public Health England’s advice to allow vaping indoors.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his department has made of the (a) level of and (b) reasons for the variation between Clinical Commissioning Groups in...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps with his EU counterparts to increase public confidence in vaccination.

      Audiology: Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of Monday 22 October 2018 to Question 180843 on a national tariff for paediatric audiology services, if he will...

      Methotrexate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the (a) supply and (b) availability of the drug Methotrexate after the UK leaves the EU.

      Anorexia and Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what studies his Department has conducted on a possible link between Asperger's syndrome and anorexia.

      Dental Services: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will support the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry campaign to encourage parents to take their children to the dentist before...

      NHS Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the application of the special administration process to NHS trusts.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS and medical professional body guidelines on the prescription of medicinal...

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the results of the most recent Children and Young People’s Mental Health prevalence survey.

      Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the October 2015 document Building the Right Support: A national implementation plan to develop community services and...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to increase funding for end-of-life care; and if he will make a statement.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has undertaken a baseline audit of levels of (a) investment, (b) capacity and (c) in (i) inpatient and (ii)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has taken steps to ensure that benefits claimants in financial hardship can obtain letters which are required to...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance is provided to Job Centre staff on the Equality Act 2010 duty to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled people to...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of contracts issued by his Department and contractors include provisions to impose, as between parties to the subcontract,...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on the Government's 10-year target of getting one million disabled adults into employment.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Child Maintenance Service allocates an individual's payments first to their historical collection charges and then to their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of universal credit on levels of rent arrears.

      Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the UK will submit its next report on the International Labour Organization Convention 182; and whether that report will be published.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to universal credit, what estimate she has made of the (a) proportion of claimants who apply for an advanced payment that are...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the guidance issued by her Department on the thresholds for (a) financial hardship when a universal credit claimant...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what tendering process was used to commission Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from April 2019.

      Universal Credit: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to revise the payment dates for universal credit payments over Christmas and new year to allow claimants...

      Universal Credit: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many home visits to applicants for universal credit have been conducted by the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments in the...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will suspend the sanctioning regime in universal credit areas until Jobcentre staff and claimants have a better understanding of the...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's policy is on supporting benefit claimants who must pay for the funeral of a family member; and if her Department will...

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with (a) sight loss or (b) a visual impairment that are new claimants of personal independence payments (PIP) did not receive...

      Housing Benefit: North East Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 907432 on Housing Benefit, how much discretionary housing payment was (a) awarded to and (b)...

      Housing Benefit: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 5 November to Question 907432 on Housing Benefit, how much discretionary housing payment was (a) awarded to and (b)...

      Universal Credit: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on (a) the Post Office and (b) Postmaster pay of encouraging universal credit claimants...

      Housing Benefit: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 907432 on Housing Benefit, how much discretionary housing payment was (a) awarded to and...

      Universal Credit: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have been migrated to universal credit since June 2018 in (a) the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council area and...

      Universal Credit: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on women.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of giving asylum seekers the right to work after six months.

    • Migrant Workers: Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to include vets on the shortage occupation list.

      UK Border Force: Holyhead Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff Border Force has in place to deal with any expected additional workload at the port of Holyhead after the UK leaves the EU.

      Road Traffic Control: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2018 to Question 171423 on Speed Limits: Cameras, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse as...

      Deportation: Charter Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Home Office immigration removal charter flights have departed from Royal Air Force bases in the UK since June 2018; and what the...

      Deportation: Charter Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse has been of immigration removal charter flights departing from Royal Air Force bases in the UK since May 2017.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department remains the ministerial lead for the medicinal use of cannabis-based products.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Northamptonshire police, (b) West Yorkshire police and (c) the National Police...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in police officer numbers on levels of serious violence.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 50 of the report entitled, Police Efficiency 2016, published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire...

      North Africa: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people who made an illegal sea crossing from north Africa to Europe between April and October 2018.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of including non-UK EU citizens within the scope of the compliant environment policy...

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign-born UK armed forces service personnel have had an (a) Indefinite Leave to Remain and (b) citizenship application denied on...

      Road Traffic Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November to Question 186975 on Road Traffic Offences, whether the annual cost to the public purse of speed...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the total number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority area in England, Scotland and Wales through the...

      Refugees: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan nationals have been granted refugee status after having previously been removed to Sri Lanka following a refused...

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan nationals have been (a) removed to Sri Lanka and (b) removed to Sri Lanka following a refused application for asylum...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 101 calls have been (a) unanswered and (b) abandoned in the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • Crown Lands and Estates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 186180 on Crown Lands and Estates, which topics regarding property held in escheat were discussed.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has received from the Police Service of Northern Ireland on resources for policing after the UK leaves the EU.

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Office for Budget Responsibility's Economic and Fiscal Outlook published in October 2018, if he will list the thirty groups...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2018 to Question 187143 on EU Internal Trade, how his Department plans to transpose provisions from EU law into UK law...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2018 to Question 187143 on EU Internal Trade, how his Department plans to transpose provisions from EU law into UK law...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of his Department's written answer to parliamentary question 187143, how his Department plans to transpose provisions from EU law...

      Gaming Machines: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the report prepared by KPMG on behalf of the Association of British Bookmakers which was submitted to his Department as part of its...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the take-up the VAT flat rate scheme (a) in actual numbers and (b) in terms of the percentage of eligible companies.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

    • Offshore Industry: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) the Oil and Gas Authority and (b) his Department carried out an assessment on the potential effect on the...

      Offshore Industry: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 184876 on North Sea Oil, what assessment he has made of the...

      Cammell Laird: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, of 16...

      Carbon Budgets: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2018 to Question 186935 on Carbon Budgets: Climate Change, whether the Committee...

      Offshore Industry

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

      Offshore Drilling: Seabed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of environmental impact assessments carried out by the International Seabed...

      Carbon Budgets: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 186934, whether the Committee on Climate Change's response to the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to close the (a) Ofgem office on East Tyndall Street Cardiff, (b) (i) Registrar of...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to apply tariff caps on electricity suppliers since the Domestic Gas and...

      Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, What discussions he has had with steel companies on the effect of US steel tariffs on the UK steel sector.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money the Government has received from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme (a) since 1994 and (b) in each of the...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made direct payments to the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme under the guarantee arrangements.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sums are held in the investment reserve fund for the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the sums that the Government will receive from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme in (a)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on agency staff in each financial year since 2009-10.

    • Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of removing the ring-fencing on Supporting People funding on the...

      Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the social housing system supports people with mental health problems.

      Homelessness: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people over 65 years old that are are homeless in (a) the London Borough of...

      Homelessness: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people in receipt of a state pension are recognised as homeless in (a) London Borough of Southwark, (b)...

      Temporary Accommodation: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children with autism living in temporary accommodation in (a) London...

      Homelessness: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of adults with autism that are homeless in (a) London Borough of Southwark,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what events he plans to attend to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice.

    • Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid Willis Towers Watson to calculate the pay benchmarks for Defence Equipment and Support employees.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the proportion of Defence Equipment and Support employees at each new pay grade after it became a Bespoke Trading Entity in 2014.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the equity of pay increases awarded to civil servants working in Defence Equipment and Support.

      International Military Services: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will outline the key points of contention on the Government paying its debt obligations in relation to IMS Limited; and whether those points of...

      Defence Equipment and Support: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of pay and working conditions of Defence Equipment and Support employees since that...

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Defence Equipment and Support employees received pay increases at each performance rating relative to the benchmarks set out in their...

      Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people under 18 years of age that applied to join the army in financial year 2013-14; and how many of those...

      Armed Forces: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of burn pits used to dispose of military waste on the health of people who served in the British armed forces...

      Iraq Conflict: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what health guidance was issued to armed forces personnel who were exposed to military burn pits during their service in the 2003 Iraq War.

      Armed Forces: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department provides to former armed forces personnel who have health concerns relating to their exposure to military burn pits during...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the quantity was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Scotland Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of contracts issued by his Department and contractors include provisions to impose, as between parties to the subcontract, that any...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      What steps the Government is taking to close the gender pay gap for women over the age of 40.

  • Department for Transport

    • Aerospace Industry and Aviation: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what target he has set for investment in research and development in the aviation and aerospace industries.

    • Northern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of service cancellations by Northern Rail since April 2018; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Northern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to hold Northern Rail to account for its level of service performance.

      Northern: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Northern Rail on recent timetable problems.

      Trains: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce hydrogen-powered emission-free trains.

      Motorcycles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of motorcycle licences issued in each of the last three years.

      London North Eastern Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 178321 on Railway signals, what assessment he has made of the merits of the ongoing use of the...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of Co2 emissions from private transport in (a) London, (b) England and Wales and (c) the UK.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on delivering smart ticketing across the rail network by the end of 2018.

      Cross Country Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Answer of 1 November 2018 to Question 183468 on Cross Country Rail Franchise, when he plans to publish the timetable for each stage of the...

      Northern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has been made of the value of compensation payments made by Northern Rail to rail passengers in 2018.

      Northern: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 155260 on Northern: Industrial Disputes, what payments his Department (a) has made and (b) plans to...

      South Western Railway: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 166508 on South Western Railway: compensation, what payments (a) have been made and (b) are planned...

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to encourage the introduction of low emission buses outside London by amending the terms of the Bus Service Operators Grant.

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) the rail industry is ready for the timetable changes due to be implemented on 9 December 2018 and (b) those...

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on confirming the final proposed route for Crossrail 2.

      Roads: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the level of funding required to ensure...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Tunisia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Tunisia on the closure of its Truth and Dignity Commission; and what...

    • Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to help ensure that Bahraini female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali, and Najah Yusuf...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to authorities in Bahrain on the restrictions on (a) phone calls, (b) family...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on the arrest of Huda Abdelmonem and eighteen other human rights...

      Azzoz Maghoub and Ezzat Ghoniem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on the whereabouts of human rights lawyers Ezzat Ghoneim and Azzoz...

      Abdel Khalek Farouk and Ibrahim el-Khateib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on reports of the arrest of Abdel Khalik Farouk and Ibrahim...

      Brazil: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the President-elect of Brazil.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the area of Idlib province in Syria that is under the control of (a)...

      Syria: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he Department holds on the organisations responsible for the kidnap for ransom of (a) aid workers, (b) lawyers...

      Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the NATO Conference on WMD Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation held...

      Chemical Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s priorities are for (a) the Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and (b)...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of the recent termination by the Ukrainian government of the 1997...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recent decision by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople...

      Ukraine: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of discussions between the Governments of (a) Ukraine, (b) Russia, (c)...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Russia on urging the Government of that country to de-escalate...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of the arbitration of legal claims made by the Government of Ukraine under the UN...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 5 November 2018, on uploading the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, HCWS1061...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Government of Turkey and (b) Syrian Democratic Forces on the reported...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many political prisoners there are in Bahrain; and how many people who have been found to have administered torture have...

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Bahraini Government for the release of Nabeel Rajab.

      Philippines: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the protection of human rights in the Philippines.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

      Asia Bibi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Home Secretary and (b) his counterpart in Pakistan on offering asylum in the UK to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the compliance with (a) Article 23 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and (b) Rule 55 of the...

    • Department for International Development: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of contracts issued by his Department and contractors include provisions to impose, as between parties to the...

      Non-governmental Organisations: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the number of NGOs that have (a) relocated from the UK and (b) opened additional offices in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects funded by her Department have had a reduction in their activities as a result of changes in the value of the pound...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid is provided for the 300,000 civilians trapped in Hodeidah, Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the latest military offensive in Hodeidah with regard to her Department''s provision of...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian impact of the latest military offensive on Hodeidah port in Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to (a) increase food, medicine and fuel imports to Hodeidah port and (b) distribute those imports...

      Yemen: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to safeguard the 300,000 civilians trapped in Hodeidah, Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian provision reaches the 300,000 civilians trapped in Hodeidah, Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development,what assessment she has made of the effect of the latest military offensive in Hodeidah with regard to her Department''s provision of...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian impact of the latest military offensive on Hodeidah port in Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to (a) increase food, medicine and fuel imports to Hodeidah port and (b) distribute those imports...

      Developing Countries: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects funded by her Department support the long-term needs of victims of (a) explosive violence, (b) land mines and (c)...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the programmes to (a) promote peace-building and (b) prevent conflict that are in receipt of funding by her Department.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to require schools to provide advice on mental health to pupils.

    • Schools: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that school admissions authorities are aware of the guidance to give second highest priority in their...

      Design and Technology: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students sitting the design and technology GCSE received a grade C or above in 2016-17.

      Department for Education: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the quantity was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by (i) his Department, (ii) Ofqual, (iii) Ofsted and (iv) Equality and Human Rights...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will estimate the cost of raising the national funding rate for students in sixth form colleges to (a) £4,760 per year for 16 and...

      Sixth Form Education: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will estimate the number of sixth form colleges which have ceased offering A level courses in (a) French, (b) German, (c) Spanish and (d) music...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department’s policy is on the period in which a multi-academy trust must repay advances made by the Education and Skills Funding...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department’s policy is on (a) the provision for schools of (a) financial and (b) other information on a multi-academy trust that they...

      Physical Education: Boating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department made on potential merits of including sailing on the national curriculum for Physical Education.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many post-16 specialist SEND schools there have been in each of the last 10 years to date.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the national funding rate for sixth form students.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's news story entitled Record numbers learning instruments in class thanks to music hubs, published on 24 October...

  • Leader of the House

    • Children and Young People

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will (a) outline the terms of reference for the cross-departmental ministerial working group on family support from conception to the age of two and (b)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of properties at threat of (a) flooding and (b) destruction from an average rise in...

    • Paper: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to (a) ban the sale of unrecyclable wrapping paper or (b) introduce a tax on such products.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to increase food (a) production and (b) security when the UK leaves the EU.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is adequate veterinary capacity to meet the demand for (a) rabies (i)...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether pet owners will be compensated for following Government advice on preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal...

      Animals: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the implementation by local authorities of (a) the Animal Welfare (Licensing of...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Cars: Export Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the tariff at World Trade Organisation rates would be on exporting a car made in the UK to the EU and (a) valued at £15,000...

    • Dover Port: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many official visits he has made to the Port of Dover since July 2018.

      Transport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect on transport infrastructure in the West Midlands of the...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Brexit

      To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Wales

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Government has plans to close the Crown Prosecution Service office on (a) Greyfriars Road, Cardiff; (b) Wrexham Road, Mold and (c) Grove Place, Swansea.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the quantity was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Wales Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by his Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Wales Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of contracts issued by his Department and contractors include provisions to impose, as between parties to the subcontract, that any...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Coroners: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the annual spend by state bodies for their own legal representation at article two inquests in each of the last five years.

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing providing legal aid support to potentially trafficked people to ensure that they are...

      Legal Opinion: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has been made of the ability of sponsors to meet the costs of legal advice on completing refugee family reunion applications.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted by courts in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last five years.

      Cannabis: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted in courts in (a) England and (b) Wales have had a condition for testing cannabis in each of the last...

      Cannabis: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted by courts in England have a (a) weekly, and (b) monthly testing condition for cannabis.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Home Office's news story entitled New fund to support vulnerable EU citizens apply for settled status, published on 25 October...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of people being held in prisons by the expected end of this Parliament.

      Cannabis: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements with cannabis testing conditions on reducing rates of reoffending.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £10.20 per hour.

    • Electronic Government: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of spoof emails using the gov.uk suffix in each of the last three years.

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the average day rate paid by the Government for contracted in staff working on digital projects.

      Cabinet Office: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of contracts issued by his Department and contractors include provisions to impose, as between parties to the subcontract, that any...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died as a consequence of an overdose or misuse of (a) opioids and (b) cannabis in each of the last 10 years.

      ICT: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph ten of the Government Document entitled Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre: Review by the National Security Adviser,...

      Business: Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the funding for digital and technology programmes was allocated to large companies in each of the last four years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) men and (b) women in employment who do not receive the national minimum wage.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to help improve the cyber security of public and private sector organisations.

  • Department for Transport

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the proper implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UN and the government of Myanmar signed in June...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Marzuki Darnsman, Chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, that an "ongoing genocide" of Rohingya people...

      Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the tensions between Anglophone and Francophone Cameroon; and what action they are taking to ease those tensions.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that rules introduced by Additional Protocol 1 to the Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 apply only to conventional weapons, without...

      Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking part in the US’s strategic review of the situation in Afghanistan; and whether any progress has been made in ending...

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries UK diplomacy is playing a leading mediating, conflict resolution or peace-building role.

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised concerns over the treatment of the Uighur Muslim population with the government of China.

      Interpol: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to secure an observer place for Taiwan at the forthcoming General Assembly of Interpol, and for that country to have...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) emergency hospital admissions, and (2) deaths, resulting from Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome; and what steps...

    • Homelessness: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) guidance, (2) instructions, and (3) resources they provide to local authorities for Safeguarding Adult Reviews in relation to the deaths of homeless...

      Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish recommended dietary advice, similar to that for fruit and vegetables, for meat and fish.

      Disability: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to analyse (1) those elements of health and social care which need to be strengthened, and (2) those aspects of entitlements for...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure mental health services provided by companies and charities are delivered to at least an adequate and safe standard.

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of funding they intend to make available to higher education institutions to mitigate the impact of changes to employer contributions on the...

    • Higher Education: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate an increase in employer contributions for higher education institutions on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme following changes to...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliament: Official Visits

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much each Address to both Houses of Parliament cost in each of the past 15 years.

    • House of Lords: Expenditure

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the total cost to the House of the (1) Catering and Retail Service, (2) Department of Facilities, (3) Finance Department, (4) Human...

      Peers: Allowances

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much was paid to members of the House in allowances in each of the last 15 years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what allowance is paid to civil servants from outside London for accommodation when they are required to stay in London as part of their employment.

  • Treasury

    • Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections they have made for expenditure on the Marriage Allowance in 2019–20, following changes to the basic and higher rates of personal tax allowance.

    • Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that current Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development rules relating to tax residency will be adhered to following Brexit.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether public funds are used to support charities which lobby government departments; and if so, to what purpose.

    • American Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the development of American football in the UK.

      American Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing a National Football League franchise in the UK.

      Television: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by Ofcom, Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Television, published on 14 September 2017, what assessment they have made of any progress in...

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what progress has been made on the installation of superfast broadband in Central London.

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