Written answers

Monday, 26 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the expansion of Heathrow Airport on local road networks.

    • Heathrow Airport: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the number of (a) light goods vehicles, (b) heavy goods vehicles and (c) private cars that access Heathrow airport on a...

      Roads: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled Highways England’s approach to delivering schemes through its ring-fenced funds, published in February...

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the risk to motorcyclists of inexperienced (a) HGV and (b) car drivers; and what plans he has to improve...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that motorcycle awareness is part of the car driving theory test.

      Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made on the number of motorcyclists (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in each year between 2014 and 2017.

      High Speed Two Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what risk assessments have been made by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd on the effect of local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire on the...

      Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made on the proportion of motorcycle fatalities that occurred on (a) urban roads, (b) rural roads and (c) motorways in each year...

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on insurance premiums of theft from commercial vehicles.

      Lichfield Trent Valley Station: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November to Question 190750, if he will (a) respond to the question of disabled access from the London side car park at...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress Highways England is making on reducing levels of NO2 on the strategic road network.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) promote uptake in the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Transport: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of implementing the EU Directive set out in Regulation EC No. 1073/2009 on local charity groups...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department holds discussions with Satnav companies on the suitability of roads for certain vehicles due weight and height restrictions.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to Highways England on the permitted length of roadworks in any one stretch.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the comparative output of CO2 per mile of diesel and petrol cars.

      Department for Transport: Billing

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

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the difference in emissions from Euro 6 diesel engines and petrol engines.

      Motor Vehicles: Sandwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) diesel (b) petrol and (c) hybrid vehicles are registered in the Borough of Sandwell.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the costs of Phase 1 of High Speed Two at today's prices.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, will he publish the revised business case for Phase 1 of HS2 in the event that any of the Phase 2 lines are not built.

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people who live in the 45Lden noise contour around Heathrow airport.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to close the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency office on (a) Longview Road, Swansea, (b) Upper Forest Way, Swansea and...

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has made in relation to preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Christmas timetable for the West Coast Main Line.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will reverse its decision not to extend the lane rental scheme to trunk roads operated by Highways England.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) incentives and (b) sanctions are available to Highways England to promote compliance with its instructions on roadworks undertaken by utility...

      Roads: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to fund the construction of the North West Relief Road around Shrewsbury.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on issuing letters of comfort to train operating companies in relation to railway franchises; and if he will make a...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend free bus travel to people in receipt of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) universal credit and (c) jobseeker's...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 174717 on Parking: Pedestrian Areas, what steps his Department is taking as part of that review.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ban the microchipping of employees by employers.

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the target of upgrading 200,000 homes per year with energy efficiency measures by 2022 will be met.

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the updated Life Sciences Sector Deal.

      Life Sciences: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what provisions his Department has included within the updated Life Sciences Sector Deal to support the growth of small...

      Scottish Limited Partnerships: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of Scottish limited partnerships that are qualifying under the terms of the...

      Limited Liability: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to his Department's consultation on the review of limited partnership law.

      Employment: Pastoral Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to support employers in the provision of pastoral care programmes.

      Technology and Innovation Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the workforce at the Catapult centres is (a) female, (b) BAME and (c) disabled.

      Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to respond to the Green Paper on modernising consumer markets.

      Housing: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 163508 on Housing: Solar Power and with reference to the Building...

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, at the planned timescale is for agreeing an aerospace sector deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the space industry on future development; and if he will make a statement.

      Scottish Limited Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Scottish Limited Partnerships have maintained that they are unable to declare their Persons of Significant...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Angolan counterpart on the expulsion of Congolese nationals from that country since 25...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of Congolese nationals expelled from Angola by the Government of that...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of (a) human rights abuses perpetrated against Congolese nationals and (b) looting and theft of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on reported recent threats by members...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the findings of the recent UN report...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Ugandan counterpart on preparations for a national dialogue between political...

      Togo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to help ensure that the parliamentary election on 20 December 2018 in Togo is conducted...

      Togo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the parliamentary election in Togo on 20 December 2018 on efforts to...

      Central African Republic: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA in protecting civilian security, life, and...

      Eritrea: Emigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people seeking to leave Eritrea; and what steps the Khartoum Process is taking to...

      Sudan: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding has been allocated by his Department to the Sudanese media outlet Radio Dabanga in each of the last five years.

      Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with his US counterpart prior to the election of a new President for Interpol.

      Thailand: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will publish an assessment of past UK intelligence cooperation relating to the US detention facility in...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK intelligence shares the conclusion of the US Central Intelligence Agency that the recent murder of Jamal Khashoggi...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the veracity of allegations by the Government of Saudi Arabia that Jamal Khashoggi was (a) a...

      Mohamed Boshi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of Human Rights Watch reports that human rights activist Mohamed Boshi was forcibly...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if her Department will (a) respond to feedback received by the Northern Ireland Executive Office's consultation on Historical Institutional...

    • Orkambi: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will meet families of cystic fibrosis sufferers in Northern Ireland who are seeking to secure the availability of Orkambi on the NHS;...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS Property Services: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the total value of the properties managed by NHS Property Services.

    • NHS Property Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the procedure for dealing with complaints to NHS Property Services was last changed.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make flash glucose monitoring technology available to all patients with diabetes across clinical commissioning groups.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Chapter 2 of the Childhood obesity: a plan for action, published in June 2018, whether the consultation on a 9pm...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of under-16s who have regular prescriptions for medication due to long-term mental health conditions.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to mental health services for individuals who have been involved in a terror...

      Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice he has issued to manufacturers of general sales list medicines on whether to stockpile medicines in preparation for the UK...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the change in funding was for nursing higher education in 2016.

      Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness among health professionals of the new Royal College of Physicians Guidelines on...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to include meeting the end of life care choice commitment for babies, children and young people in the new NHS...

      Pain: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting times have been for (a) a referral and (b) an urgent referral to a pain clinic in each clinical commissioning...

      Diabetes: Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons NHS Newham clinical commissioning group was unsuccessful in its Diabetes Transformation Fund bid to improve foot care...

      Diabetes: Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS foot care provision for people with diabetes.

      Diabetes: Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS Newham clinical commissioning group will have the opportunity to bid in future rounds for Diabetes Transformation funding to...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for an initial consultation on contraception in (a) GP practices and...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS trusts provide early support for the mental wellbeing of patients with (a) rheumatoid...

      Ocrelizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of ocrelizumab as a treatment for people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2018 to Question 191946 on Health Services: Immigrants, what the evidential basis was for his...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2018 to Question 175904 on colorectal cancer, whether NHS England has a timeframe for lowering the...

      General Practitioners: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has made of the progress of Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group towards setting up Patient Participation Groups as...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the 5th November report by...

    • Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the absence in the UN Global Compact for Migration of the UK’s three main objectives as set out in the Prime...

      Developing Countries: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to promote trade for development.

      Libya: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will stop providing funding to migrant detention centres in Libya where people are subject to abuse.

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the practice of contested adoption on the well-being of the child.

    • Business: School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage large businesses to offer work placements to school leavers.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money from the public purse has been spent by (a) further education colleges and (b) academies in offering subsidies to attract students in...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Education and Skills Funding Agency regulations for 16-19 education provision on student eligibility for funding in 2019-20 will be published.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the change in the total amount of student loans outstanding between (a) March 2014 and (b) March 2018.

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of children requiring autism support since the commencement of the Children and Families Act 2014.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage unqualified teachers to access teacher training.

      Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children in full-time education who are are employed.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to assist with the removal of asbestos from schools in England.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including parenting education in the national curriculum.

      Skills Funding Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria are used to determine how prime contractors for Employment and Skills Funding Agency funding are permitted to set their management fees.

      Schools: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Gloucestershire have posted a deficit budget for the years (i) 2017-18 and (ii) 2018-2019.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children who have been off-rolled in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what savings his Department has made through its contract with Carillion compared with the projected cost of continuing to provide maintenance in-house...

    • Jon Venables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what policies and procedures on (a) (i) obtaining legal advice and (ii) other issues prior to the release of information and (b) (i) designating and...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2018 to Question 172598, what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average waiting time was for social security...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of defendants seeking to use section 76(8) of the Serious Crime Act 2015 as a key form of defence within...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons his Department is not running in-house bids for the operation of (a) HMP Wellingborough and (b) HMP Glen Parva.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is for someone who telephones HM Courts and Tribunal Service to contact the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to consult specialist bereavement organisations on Government policy to support bereaved families in seeking legal aid.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many directions for release were made by the Parole Board from March 2018 to September 2018.

      Veterans: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he has made an estimate of the proportion of veteran prisoners mentored under Project Phoenix; and if he will consider securing funds to extend the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what responsibilities his Department will have after 29 March 2019 in the event that the House agrees to the EU-UK withdrawal deal.

    • Cameroon: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to review arms sales to the Government of Cameroon.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2018 to Question 186183 on rough sleeping, what (a) quarterly and (b) monthly...

    • Small Businesses and Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that small and medium sized UK business and manufacturing is protected from eviction...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of support for heating costs provided by local...

      Homes England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what process were the new Board Members of Homes England recruited.

      Homes and Communities Agency and Social Housing Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who has been a member on the board of the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Social Housing Regulator and its...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the fire risks posed by non-aluminium composite material cladding systems.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether funding for social housing providers to remove Grenfell-style cladding systems includes the cost of the...

      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...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce whether the Forces Help to Buy scheme will continue beyond December 2018.

    • Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the Modernising Defence Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the defence procurement budget was in (a) absolute terms and (b) as a proportion of total government spend for each year since 1988; and what...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft his Department plans to procure.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he is exploring options to develop an unmanned maritime patrol aircraft capability to complement current and planned fixed and rotary-wing platforms.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that employees have access to good toilet facilities in the workplace.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time for income-related employment support allowance claims where a claimant has a DS1500 medical condition report is.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department seeks to recover remaining payments on an advance payment for universal credit from the estate of a deceased person.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether local housing allowance rates for tenants in the private rented sector will be set at the 30th percentile of local market rents at the...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of reducing the age limit for the Shared Accommodation rate of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2018, to Question 176689 on Employment Support Allowance, what written evidence her Department holds on...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints to the Independent Case Examiner were concluded by (a) the early resolution process, (b) settlement following a review of...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants receiving the housing element of universal credit are disabled.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants receiving the housing element of universal credit are from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2018 to Question 181324, if he will publish the tax years that are used in the calculation of Child...

      Universal Credit: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 190427, what information her Department collects on the number of home consultations...

      Johnston Press: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information she holds on the (a) number of past and present employees of Johnston Press who will be affected by its decision to transfer...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what proportion of (a) employment support allowance mandatory reconsiderations and (b) personal independence payment mandatory...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens who were entitled to the winter fuel payment in 2017 were estimated to be higher rate tax payers.

      Women against State Pension Inequality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to accept recommendations made by the Ombudsman's investigation into complaints regarding WASPI.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of claimants that have received less money as a result of moving from working tax credits to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit payments had a deduction in the latest month for which data is available.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants in employment have had a disputed earnings referral in respect of their claim in each month since April 2017.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the maximum proportion of universal credit which can be deducted for claimant rent arrears will change as a result of Budget 2018.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances the repayment of an advance can be deducted from a claimant's universal credit in addition to the maximum proportion...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of new claimants for universal credit received (a) their initial payment in full and on time and (b) part of their initial...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of benefit claimants affected by the benefits cap who are required to seek employment as a...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's policy is on sanctioning claimants of employment and support allowance for (a) refusing an offer of a zero-hours...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to work coaches on violence against women and girls.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were employed by his Department on 19 November 2018.

    • Farms: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on financial support for farmers affected by heavy flooding.

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect children from the health effects of toxic air.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of his Department to implement its Departmental Plan in the event that the UK...

  • Home Office

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of crimes were investigated solely (a) by telephone and (b) online in each territorial police force in each of...

    • EU Nationals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has received from employer bodies on the right to work checks that they will be required to carry out on...

      Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that all police forces have sufficient specialist child sexual exploitation investigators.

      Slavery: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent plans his Department has made to enforce Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Slavery: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress his Department on creating a registry of businesses that are obligated to produce a slavery and human-trafficking...

      Slavery and Trafficking Reparation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many orders have been issued under Section 9 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many orders have been issued under section 23 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on people with mental health issues of being transported to a place of safety in a police car.

      Russia: Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to prevent Russia abusing Interpol notices and rules for internal political aims.

      Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to help maintain the integrity and independence of Interpol.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of granting an exemption to the continuance residence qualifications for...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 190910, for what reasons he cannot indicate in which of the remaining weeks of the...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which trade unions he has met in the last 12 months; and on what dates those meetings took place.

    • Wales Office: Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of his Department's spending on (a) departmental Christmas cards and (b) postage for Christmas 2018.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent bilateral meetings he has had with (a) the Welsh First Minister, (b) other Welsh Cabinet Ministers and (c) UK Government Cabinet Ministers on...

      Wales Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many freedom of information requests his Department has received in each of the last three years.

      Wales Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) male and (b) female; and what the average hourly pay was for staff identifying as (a) male...

      Brexit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) discussions and (b) meetings he has had with the Welsh Government on the draft Withdrawal Agreement for the UK leaving the EU since the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Christ Church College

      To ask the Right Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what support is being provided to the dean of Christ Church college Oxford in his dispute with the college...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Rendition and Torture: Inquiries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 12 November to Question 188227 on Rendition and Torture: Inquiries, whether the Government plans to announce its decision on...

    • Elections: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government’s Response to the Call for Evidence on Access to Elections published 30 August 2018, whether he can provide an...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the October 2018 letter from Sir Brian Langstaff, Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, what plans he has to he has to enhance...

  • Treasury

    • Minimum Wage: Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2018 to Question 187012, how many civil sanctions have been applied to employers for failing to pay the national...

    • Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there will be in net annual income between financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 for a person earning £12,000 gross per annum as a result of...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of financial liabilities that would arise pursuant to the provisions of Article 143 of the draft Withdrawal...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much he has allocated to the Home Office for 2019-20 to cover changes in relation to quadrennial valuations of the public service pension schemes.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the November 2018 Outline Political Declaration on the Future Relationship, whether EU equivalence decisions on UK financial services...

      Shipping: Containers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance HMRC uses to select containers from importers for entry checks; and how HMRC determines whether values declared for customs purposes are...

      Shipping: Containers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the locations where HMRC takes containers due to be examined for import entry checks on customs declarations.

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 185719 on Brexit and with reference to paragraph 4.111 of the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) attempted prosecutions, (b) successful prosecutions and (c) penalties imposed for failing to pay the National Living Wage there have been in...

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 175908, how many staff the Crown Prosecution Service employed (a) in each region and (b) at CPS Direct as at (i)...

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 175908, during the same period what the change has been in the overall case load for the Crown Prosecution Service.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Libraries of both Houses a copy of reports by (1) SDG, Nichols Group and KPMG, and (2) the Infrastructure Projects Authority, as...

    • East-West Rail Link

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the performance of the Bicester to Oxford route operated by Chiltern Railways; and how might any lessons be applied to the...

      Trolleybuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage urban stage carriage operators to re-introduce trolleybuses as part of their plans to meet their vehicle emission reduction targets.

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that railway timetabling takes account of the need for good connections between services run by different companies.

      Exeter-Barnstaple Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure improvements to the rail services between Exeter and Barnstaple.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Unearthing...

    • European External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in those countries where there is not a resident UK ambassador but there is a European External Action service office or delegation, the UK...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current political and economic situation in Zimbabwe.

      Brazil: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current political situation in Brazil following the election of Jair Bolsonaro; and what plans they have to maintain bilateral...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments will be responsible for providing financial and technical assistance to the British Overseas Territories to support the introduction...

      British Overseas Territories: Constitutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 July (HL9677), which Overseas Territories have proposed a review of their constitutional...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about violence against Palestinian school children in the West Bank by Israeli settlers.

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to protect UNICEF’s protective presence teams who have been subjected to physical attacks, harassment, arrest and detention, and...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the killing of a Palestinian man in the West Bank village of Tammun by Israeli forces using...

      Aisha al-Rabi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the cancellation of work permits for the relatives of Aisha Al-Rabi, the Palestinian woman...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to make way for Israeli...

      Jerusalem: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the force used against Coptic Christian monks who were peacefully demonstrating near the...

      Paris Peace Forum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK was represented at the Paris Peace Forum hosted by President Macron on 11 November.

  • Attorney General

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the legal advice prepared by the Attorney General for the Prime Minister on the Irish backstop proposals for the Brexit...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Haematological Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of spending on treatment for and research into blood cancer in other countries compared to the UK.

    • Medical Treatments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 5 November (HL10893), what data they hold on on the amount spent by the NHS on (1) treatment, and (2) drugs...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are concerned by the non-voluntary terms of the repatriation agreement for the Rohingya refugees between Bangladesh and Myanmar and the plans to...

    • Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the audit report by the Office of the Inspector General of the US Agency for International Development, Insufficient Oversight of...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Crime Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what education programmes (1) are in place, and (2) they intend to put in place, to enable schools and families to engage with children to prevent their becoming...

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of available residential care for vulnerable children; and what effect, if any, the withdrawal of grants to local...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probate: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice on 5 November (HCWS1066), what assessment they have made of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Patrol Craft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at how many days readiness Batch 1 River-class offshore patrol vessels are held; and whether such vessels are fully manned when held in readiness.

    • Navy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are sufficient numbers of sailors, marines and airmen in the Royal Navy.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 November (HL11303), whether variants other than the F-35B will be ordered after the initial tranche of aircraft.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who are yet to be moved to Universal Credit as part of the natural migration process; and what support will be...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied minors (1) are permitted to resettle, and (2) have been resettled, in the United Kingdom in each month since the introduction of the...

    • Sir Edward Heath

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any estimate had been made of the cost of any review of Operation Conifer.

      Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received an application for asylum from Asia Bibi; and if so, what was their response.

      Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a request on behalf of Asia Bibi to be granted asylum in the UK; and if so, what was their response.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office collects data on the number of immigration detainees referred to the National Referral Mechanism as potential victims of trafficking; and...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration detainees were referred to the National Referral Mechanism as potential victims of trafficking in each year from 2014; and, of those, how many...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations police forces rely on when processing photographs taken by the police using facial recognition technology.

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of cuts to the budgets for youth and community services on rates of knife and violent crime.

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to allocate additional resources for local youth and community services provision to reduce knife crime and other violent crimes; and if so how...

      British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for beneficial ownership information have been made by UK law enforcement to each British Overseas Territory and Crown Dependency under the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learned from measures to improve social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being undertaken by the Future Generations Commissioner...

    • G20: Buenos Aires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the Prime Minister’s key strategic priorities for the G20 Leaders’ Summit taking place in Buenos Aires on 30 November–1 December 2018.

  • Treasury

    • Tenants: Credit Rating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that where tenants share the payment of rent, their individual payment histories will be taken into account by (1) credit...

    • Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the application of VAT to e-publications but not to physical publications does not disadvantage, in terms of price,...

      Vat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) advice is available, and (2) guidance has been given by HMRC, to VAT-registered businesses on how to implement the changes in VAT reporting obligations...

      Business: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 4 April 2017 (HL6630), what assessment they have made of the ONS release, Business Investment in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage more (1) social enterprises, (2) charities, (3) mutuals, and (4) co-operatives to apply for and win government contracts; and...

    • Public Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of public libraries on (1) inclusive economic growth, (2) learning and skills, (3) health and well-being, (4) digital...

      Museums and Galleries: Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 12 November (HL11086), which stated that "Complaints about charges for re-use by museums and...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker who tendered for the contract to supervise by-elections for hereditary peers; and which tender was successful.

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the overall cost, including the cost to the House Authorities, of the contract to supervise by-elections for hereditary peers; whether that cost is paid...

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether arrangements will be made to enable members of the House who wish to observe the count of the votes cast for the hereditary peer by-election scheduled to...

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether media access will be granted to the count of votes cast for the hereditary peer by-election scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 November.

      Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether media access will be granted to the hustings for the hereditary peer by-election scheduled to take place on 20 November.

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