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Written answers

Thursday, 22 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Sea Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 23 of the report of the Committee on Climate Change entitled Managing the coast in a changing climate, published in October...

    • Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 177630 on Shipping: Minimum wage, when the meeting with the responsible Minister in the...

      Fuels: Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the EU decision to phase out the use of palm oil in transport fuels by 2030.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Chemicals: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of volatility in energy prices on the financial sustainability of the UK...

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information he holds on local authority spending plans to increase the energy efficiency of houses over the next...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the IPCC's report of October 2018 entitled Global Warming of 1.5°C, what plans his Department...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the EU is proposed to be allocated to (a) improve the energy efficiency of the housing stock and...

      Energy: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies on (a) green energy subsidies and (b)...

      Innovate UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what technology and innovation projects have been supported by Innovate UK in Northern Ireland in the last two years.

      Offshore Industry: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 186941 on Offshore Industry: Oil, and with reference to the...

      Carbon Budgets: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 189542, on Carbon Budgets: Climate Change, and with reference to...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much (a) PM2.5, (b) ammonia, (c) nitrogen oxides, (d) sulphur dioxide, (e) benzene, (f) formaldhyde, (g) acrolein...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the use of biomass boilers supported financially by the (a)...

      Offshore Industry: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November to Question 191275 on Offshore Industry: Carbon Emissions, if he will assess the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the Government’s response to its consultations on (a) Employment status (b) Increasing...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps to ensure that generating stations which qualify for Feed-in-Tariffs continue to receive...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the timescale for a national referendum on the draft constitution for Libya following the passage...

    • Kyrgyzstan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Kyrgyzstan authorities on ensuring the promotion of freedom of religion by that...

      Central African Republic: 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 Central African Republic.

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date subsequent to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department were made aware of...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date subsequent to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department were made aware of...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department heard a copy of the audio recording from Turkish authorities of...

      Saudi Arabia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any of the 17 Saudi officials and agents subjected to Magnitsky sanctions by the United States on 15 November 2018 were...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the US State Department’s latest assessment of the involvement of...

      Malaysia: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of palm oil production on the orangutan population in Malaysia.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 November 2018, Official Report column 454, what the meaning is of the legal...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 November 2018, Official Report column 454, what process there will be for...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 November 2018, Official Report column 454, what the sanction or other mode...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient outcomes of delaying access to elective surgical procedures on the basis of (a) body...

    • Psychiatric Patients: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in reducing smoking rates among in patients in mental...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to educate the public on (a) the dangers of carbon monoxide and (b) seek to prevent further deaths and injuries...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase awareness among GPs of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning to improve the diagnostic process;...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce mandatory reporting of all carbon monoxide incidents encountered by the health and social care services; and if he...

      Ocrelizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the affordability to the NHS of ocrelizumab for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the number of specialists required in the cancer workforce by 2030.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

      Levetiracetam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the availability of Keppra for people with epilepsy.

      Nusinersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress NHS England, Biogen and NICE have made in discussions on a managed access agreement for the use of Spinraza for the...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a secondary support package covering breast cancer care to include (a) access to a dedicated clinical nurse...

      Health Services: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference Stonewall's report entitled LGBT in Britain: Health Report, published in November 2018, if he will ask NHS England to run...

      Parkinson's Disease: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the National Institute of Health Research spent on research into mental health interventions for people with Parkinson’s...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescription items were dispensed for free in each exemption category in the last period for which figures are available.

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 188046 if he will request the data from the National Crime Agency on the strength...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on creating a system whereby patient evidence can be considered as part of the specialised commissioning...

      Paramedical Staff: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of extending eligibility of NHS Learning Support Fund payments to...

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent on prescription drugs to manage Parkinson's disease in each of the last five years.

      Parkinson's Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent on research into Parkinson's disease in each of the last five years.

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the supply of statins after the UK leaves the EU.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 177617 on Eating disorders, if he will list the 70 new or extended community...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department’s consultation entitled NICE recommendations: charging and appeal panels which closed on 14...

      SecurMed: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the European Medicines Verification Organisation’s report, NMVO’s Fee Models Status, published on 21 August...

      Mental Health Services: Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many occupational therapists have been employed in NHS mental health services in each month since March 2017.

      Psychiatry: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many trained psychiatrists have (a) joined and (b) left NHS-employment every year since 2010.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the percentage change in the amount of people diagnosed with mental health conditions has been in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the percentage change in Government spending on mental health conditions has been in each year since 2010.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the recommendations of the Academic Health Science Networks report of...

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the interim report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act on the rate of...

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for the provisions of the Mental Capacity (Amendments) Bill of the forthcoming...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that children with life-limiting conditions and their families have access to children's palliative...

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England has put forward the inclusion of a maternal six-week postnatal check in negotiations on the General Medical Services...

      Allergies: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the shortage of EpiPen 0.3mg Auto-Injectors in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) England; and what steps...

      Asylum: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether pregnant asylum seekers with no leave to remain are charged different amounts for maternity services in different parts of the UK.

      Hearing Impairment: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England plans to approve an app to support patients in managing hearing loss; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) accessibility to prisoners of mental health services in prisons.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recent Rethink Mental Illness survey which found that...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 36 of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, whether each access to treatment pathway will (a) be published...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the cost in cash terms of maintaining Official Development Assistance at 0.7 per cent of gross national...

    • Palestinians: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority, what discussions her Department has had...

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has provided through Budget 2018 to ensure the inclusion of social mobility in early years education.

    • Further Education: Pay and Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the increase in salary and pension costs in the further education sector in the next 12 months.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether maintained nursery schools will be able to benefit from the additional funding announced in Budget 2018.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funding for further education institutions.

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will bring forward proposals to make it compulsory for all schools to have defibrillators.

      Overseas Students: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165451, Overseas Students: Immigration, what criteria his Department uses to assess whether an...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on assessing the effect of the Apprenticeship Levy and its impact against other types of employer investment as...

      STEM subjects: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria the Institute for Apprenticeships uses to decide the level of STEM content required by apprenticeship standards; and what assessment he...

      Managers: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with the business community on the Institute for Apprenticeships' proposed changes in funding bands for...

      Bright Tribe Multi-academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish an unredacted copy of the BrightTribe Academy minutes from 21 September 2018.

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2018 to Question 168016 on Wakefield City Academies Trust, whether he plans to publish the Education and Skills...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support foster carers to assist their former fostered children when they leave care.

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 17 paragraph 2 of HM Government publication The Strategy For Our Veterans, published in November 2018, what steps he is taking...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the SEND budgets of local authorities.

      Special Educational Needs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on how many local authorities have overspent on special education needs and disability budgets in each year...

      M and C Saatchi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) he and (b) the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills has had with M&C Saatchi on their contract to relaunch the...

      Special Educational Needs: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the amount that Gloucestershire County Council has spent on legal activity regarding education, health and care plans in...

      Universities: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the risk of university closures due to financial pressures.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for School Standards of 9 October 2018, Official Report column 65WH, what his planned timescale is...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 191474, which 13 local authorities have been granted the ability to move funding from the...

      Teaching Excellence Framework Independent Review: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 19 November 2018, TEF reviewer appointment, HCWS 1089, whether the independent review of the TEF and its...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the tribunals service in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England which related to (i) personal independence...

    • Youth Offending Teams: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the real terms changes have been in his Department's total funding for youth offending teams in each year since 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of charging victims of domestic violence up to £175 for a medical letter to prove they were abused on the...

      Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women have given birth in prison in each year since 2015; and what proportion of those women had an appropriately trained medical professional...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to speed up the process of appeals against personal independence payment assessments.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average weekly working hours are of the commissioners at the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and how that figure has changed over the last 12...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when new commissioners are planned to be appointed for the Criminal Case Review Commission to replace the commissioners whose terms have ended in...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2018 to Question 125099, when the Government plans to publish the final report of its Tailored review of the...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a joined-up response is provided by all the agencies involved in tackling economic crime.

      Hate Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the conviction rate is for hate crime in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Taxis: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions there were for passengers avoiding taxi fares in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence and Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2018 to Question 186964 on Prisons: Crimes of Violence and Self-harm, if he will place a copy of those tables in...

      Hunting: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have (a) gone to trial and (b) been successfully prosecuted for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in County Durham in each of the last...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of waiting times for personal independence payment appeals to be heard in (a) St. Helens, (b)...

      Private Rented Housing: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) median and (b) mean times were for private landlords to progress from a claim to possession of a property by a county court bailiff for the...

  • Treasury

    • Insurance: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) he and (b) the Financial Conduct Authority plan to investigate the alleged unlicensed selling of insurance products in EU countries to UK...

    • Financial Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with his Isle of Man counterpart on strengthening consumer rights and protections for UK investors who purchase (a) insurance...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Veterans: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 17 paragraph 1 of the HM Government publication, The strategy for our veterans, published in...

    • Veterans: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 18 paragraph 5 of HM Government publication, The Strategy For Our Veterans, published in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to ensure that proposed new permitted development rights do not undermine local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 186415 on Buildings: Insulation, what assessment his Department...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 186415 on Buildings: Insulation, what assessment his Department...

      Mental Illness: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness with which local authorities undertake their duty to...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Wales Office and (b) the Welsh Government on the level of funding...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Devonport Dockyard: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8867 on Devonport Dockyard, what progress he is making on the construction of a dry dock at...

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on reviewing his Department's policy on redistributing surplus ration packs to people who are homeless.

      Submarine Delivery Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Submarine Delivery Agency improves transparency of performance reporting from suppliers.

      Ministry of Defence: Babcock International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is of the contract between his Department and Babcock to support the (a) Jackal, (b) Coyote, (c) Mastiff, (d) Ridgeback, (e) Wolfhound,...

      Minesweepers: Sonar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is to refit Sandown-class minehunters with the Thales 2093 Wideband sonar system.

      HMS Swiftsure: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the removal of low-level nuclear waste from the decommissioned Royal Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-HMS Swiftsure. .

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's spend on each of the following pharmaceuticals for service personnel (a)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) roles and (b) responsibilities are of his Department's Cost Assurance and Analysis Service.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Army soldiers died in Operation Herrick.

      Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 190539 on Army: Young People, for what were the reasons for under-18s applicants not starting...

      EU Countries: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the proposal by President Macron to create a European army.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the draft withdrawal agreement for the UK leaving the EU on the UK's armed forces.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people with multiple sclerosis in Newcastle upon Tyne North are no longer eligible for the higher rate of...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on the Access to Work programme in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of personal independence payment assessments that have been video-recorded in the latest...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff directly employed by her Department or contracted to work for her Department have been available to answer incoming...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of households in Northern Ireland that will receive the winter fuel payment in 2018-19.

      Personal Independence Payment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson’s who were awarded 10 points or lower for the moving around activity of personal independence payment...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants undergoing work capability assessments have had their assessments audio-recorded since 2012.

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the calculation of universal credit for self-employed people (a) accurately reflects (i) the amount...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government spent on Access to Work in the last year for which figures are available; and of that amount how much was spent on (a)...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of (a) the extent of employer compliance and (b) how long it takes employers to comply with the recommendations...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether equipment purchased under the Access to Work scheme belongs to (a) the employer, (b) the employee or (c) her Department; and if she...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on the level of indebtedness of people in Warrington of waiting times for personal independence...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tuna: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to apply to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas for a quota for...

    • Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the internal and external communications functions of Natural England have been moved into the centrally...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made whether there are possible conflicts of interest arising from the Chair of Natural England...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of racehorses (a) injured and (b) killed in the UK in each year for which...

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the outcomes of projects reducing children’s exposure to air pollution in...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mortality rate was for game bird farms in each year from 2010 to 2018.

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many game bird farms have more than (a) 20,000 and (b) 50,000 birds.

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission research comparing the welfare of caged game birds with those that are not caged.

      Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to include provisions for achieving World Health Organisation limits on (a) nitrogen dioxide, (b) PM2.5 and...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the World Health Organisation conclusion that there is...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the suitability criterion for Settled Status that the applicant must not be subject to a removal decision under the EEA...

    • Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people who have been granted leave to land will have to apply for settled status once the UK leaves the EU.

      Hunting: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by Durham constabulary in each of the last...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with Police and Crime Commissioners on the effect on police budgets of additional pension costs.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made on the review commissioned by his Department earlier this year into the possible introduction of statutory time...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much funding he allocated to Welsh lessons for staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

    • Loneliness: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to incorporate the Prime Minister's cross-governmental loneliness strategy into the policy-formulation and decision-making...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Christianity: Middle East

      To ask the Right Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church Commissioners have had on maintaining the Christian community in the Middle East.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Cryptography

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 51 of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021, what recent estimate he has made of the cost per annum to Government of...

    • Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to hold discussions with the devolved administrations on a UK-wide response to Sir Brian Langstaff's letter on the contaminated blood...

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on how the Infected Blood Inquiry will be run.

      Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the five most common cancer diagnoses were among (a) men and (b) women in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2017.

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral Answer of 14 November 2018, Official Report, column 298, on the Infected Blood Inquiry, whether his reference to compensation...

      Young People: Urban Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of young people moving from small towns and villages to large towns and cities; and what assessment he...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his most recent estimate is of the number of economically inactive young people.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the governments of non-EU countries on (a) the draft withdrawal agreement for the UK leaving the EU and (b)...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress he has made on securing trade deals with third countries after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for International Trade: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2018 to Question 189652 on Department for International Trade: Staff, how many of his Department's...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress he has made on securing a trade agreement with the US.

      UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who the members are of the UK-US trade and investment working group.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to support people with a gambling addiction.

    • Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage children under the age of 16 to participate in extracurricular sport.

      Heritage Lottery Fund: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Heritage Lottery Fund has spent in the East Midlands in each year since 2015.

      Information Commissioner: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Information Commissioner's proposed code of practice to protect...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Bullying

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many live investigations there are under the Independent Complaints and Grievance...

    • House of Commons: Bullying

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many live investigations there are under the Independent Complaints and Grievance...

      House of Commons: Bullying

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many investigations have been completed following complaints under the Independent...

      House of Commons: Bullying

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many investigations have been completed following complaints under the Independent...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Candidates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if her Department will take steps to help hold events in Northern Ireland to mark the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to stand for Parliament.

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to close the gender pay gap.

  • Department for Transport

    • A30

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the A30 trunk road between Exeter and Penzance is not yet dual carriageway; and what plans they have to convert those sections to dual carriageway.

    • M11

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering extending the M11 using funds announced for road infrastructure in the Budget.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Musical Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many children learn to play a musical instrument in school; and whether the number has risen or fallen since 1997.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Financial Reporting Council: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)’s Practice Note 10 Audit of financial statements of public sector bodies in the UK as applicable to public...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of current smart meter technology accurately to account for energy generated by domestic solar panels.

      Company Accounts: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the function and remit of the BEIS External Stakeholder Group.

      Company Accounts: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 October (HL10986), who are the current members of the BEIS External Stakeholder Group dealing with accounting...

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many objections to fracking they have received in 2018 to date.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement (1) a Land Value Tax, (2) enhanced Compulsory Purchase Orders, (3) land assembly powers, and (4) the recommendations in the...

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to coordinate the efforts of government departments, local authorities and non-governmental organisations to provide accommodation and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Red Arrows

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies they expect to provide the £2.5 billion in foreign direct investment for the UK which the Royal Air Force expects to be generated by the Red...

    • Veterans: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to help to improve the health and wellbeing of military veterans.

      Ministry of Defence: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what allowance is paid to Ministry of Defence officials based in offices outside London when they are required to stay overnight in London in connection with their...

      Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many volunteers were recruited to the Army Reserve between January 2017 and July 2018.

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people from Northern Ireland were recruited to the army in each of the last three years.

      HMS Vanguard

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have placed Babcock International under increased scrutiny following concerns about the current refit of HMS Vanguard; and whether such scrutiny puts...

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