Written answers

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorcycles

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

    • Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 164905 on Motorcycles: Noise, when his Department plans to publish the research it has commissioned...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to further enable local authorities to encourage and prioritise the use of public transport on the road network by civil...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for road safety initiatives by local authorities.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the start of (a) upgrading and (b) building new railway lines as part of the northern Powerhouse Rail programme.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase driver awareness of the dangers facing (a) cyclists, (b) motorcyclists and (c) other vulnerable road users.

      Railways: Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to Network Rail to facilitate the removal of Japanese knotweed from railway embankments.

      Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of transport spending per capita in (a) Wales, b) London and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of reducing incentives for plug-in (a) hybrid and (b) electric cars on the number of purchases of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of proposals for employers to be able to microchip employees.

    • Lidl: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that have been lost as a result of commercial evictions...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support high street retailers increase footfall.

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many electricity suppliers offer power purchase agreements for the procurement of power from solar generators on...

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to use money from the public purse for (a) redundancy and (b) compensation payments as a...

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has (a) sought and (b) obtained guarantees from WH Smith that post office staff will not be (i)...

      Copyright: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Trilogue process in relation to the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market,...

      Copyright: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the reciprocal relationships the UK has...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November to Question 190945 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the declaration from the recent London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, what progress his Department...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the implications are for his Department's policy of the US Government's recently stated policy to remain committed to...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of progress on negotiations between the Syrian Democratic Council and the Government of Syria.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of recent reports by the Moroccan Association of Human Rights of a recent increase...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of talks on reaching agreement on the formation of a unity government in Lebanon.

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on the integration of members of the popular mobilisation units...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure UK citizens overseas are able to register at UK embassies in order to receive consular...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect of Israel’s Regional Tracks for Peace project on the viability of a future...

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the ceasefire agreed between the Israeli Government and Hamas on Tuesday 13 November 2018.

      Ali Rashed al-Asheeri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the detention of former Bahraini MP Ali Rashed Al Asheeri.

      Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Bahraini counterpart on reports of acts of reprisal against Ali Hajji and Naji...

      Taiwan: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department recognises Taiwan’s efforts and contribution on combating climate change; and if his Department...

      Nigeria: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Nigeria on the response of that country’s security services to...

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals are currently in prison abroad, and what data his department holds on where those people are imprisoned.

      Bangladesh: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK sexual violence experts are currently deployed in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of funding available for the UN Trust Fund for victims of sexual violence; and...

      Matthew Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the United Arab Emirates on the case of Matthew Hedges; and if he...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect people who defend human rights across the world.

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports of recent killings of Hazara people by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) considered of the effects on human health of municipal waste incinerators on people...

    • Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the effect on public health of municipal waste incinerators and anaerobic...

      Health Services and Social Services: Royston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the decision by the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group on the options for an NHS and...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 183314 on Children: Death, if he will make an estimate of how many child death...

      Waste: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on public health of reducing (a) household, (b) commercial and (c) industrial...

      Waste: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on public health of increasing the amount of waste that is recycled; and if he...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to support the mental health well-being of NHS staff.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support charity-run mental health counselling services for (a) children and (b) adolescents.

      University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust have (a) arisen as a result of staff leaving the Trust and...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the supply of specialist medical nutrition products in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which health trusts have employed the approximately 3,000 individuals who were allowed to join the medical register because they claimed...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient safety of the roll out by clinical commissioning groups of the prescription ordering...

      Health Services: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group's Patient and Public Engagement Strategy 2017 to 2020, what his Department's...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will take steps to suspend from the medical register individuals who have been allowed to join that register because...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of closures of sexual health clinics providing contraceptive services since 2013; and what...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many sexual health clinics have provided contraceptive services in each local authority area in each year since 2013.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions of (a) contraceptive implants, (b) intra-uterine devices and (c) intra-uterine systems there have been in each...

      Reproduction: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to introduce a strategy on women’s reproductive health.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has received any applications from Merseyside to establish a new medical school in that region.

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children have been prescribed antidepressants in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people that have had to sell their home to pay for social care costs in each year...

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) males and (b) females under 18 with an eating disorder have been admitted to a child and adolescent mental health inpatient...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) males and (b) females under 18 years of age have been admitted to an child and adolescent mental health inpatient bed out of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of a potential economic downturn on the ability of local authorities to meet their...

      NHS: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support NHS (a) Trusts and (b) Foundation Trusts with outstanding loans from his Department.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of the Children’s Commissioner for England's recommendation in her November...

      Learning Disability: Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to launch the consultation on options for delivering mandatory learning disability training for all relevant...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the acquisition of Orkambi for the NHS.

      Air Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that air ambulance trusts are adequately resourced.

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Violence: Court Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, whether he has had any discussions with the CPS on introducing tighter restrictions on the circumstances in which a restraining order may be varied to prevent the...

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of (a) car and (b) HGV drivers involved in an accident with a motorcyclist were charged with careless driving in each year from 2014 to 2017.

      Money Laundering: Convictions and Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions have been achieved by the (i) Serious Fraud Office and (ii) Crown Prosecution Service for high-end money laundering in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much the Government has spent on preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal in each of the last 24 months for which...

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will (a) withdraw the Technical Note on External Security published on 24 May 2018 and (b) ensure that the UK Government does...

      Court of Justice of the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European...

      Court of Justice of the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on people with disabilities.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of education, health and care (EHC) plans produced by Gloucestershire County Council in each of...

    • Schools: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education in Northern Ireland on the financial situation of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the allocation of funding for schools for the current academic year.

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2018 to Question 183891 on Schools: Insulation, how many school fires occurred in 2017-2018.

      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, what ability the independent reviewer will have to...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the amount of teaching time for music in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the quality of language teaching in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's definition is of wholly or mainly used when deciding whether a detached playing field is part of a school's premises or is a...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on its plans to extend maintenance loans to students taking part-time distance learning courses from the 2019-20...

      Students: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of students in part-time undergraduate higher education in each year from 2018-19 to 2022-23.

      Opportunity North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his announcement of 8 October 2018 that the North East will receive £24 million in funding through Opportunity North East,...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to support the delivery of Education and Health Care Plans for children...

      Alternative Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether providers of alternative education will benefit from the £400 million capital bonus for schools, announced in Budget 2018.

      Department of Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices are employed by (a) his Department, (b) each of his Department's executive agencies and (c) each of his Department's...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the profitability of the PVI childcare sectors in each of the last three years.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which 20 local authorities will benefit from the £84 million in additional funding for children's social care services announced in Budget 2018.

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his planned timeframe is for two-year degree courses to be rolled out in universities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Synthetic Cannabinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents related to the drug Spice have been reported in prisons in South Yorkshire in the last two years.

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the real terms change in his Departmental Resource Budgets (a) was in each year since 2010 and (b) is projected to be in each year to 2022.

      Prison Officers: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental wellbeing of prison officers.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of civilian enforcement officers who have been employed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service in each quarter of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if the Government will cease supplying arms to Saudi Arabia following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the risk assessments made by his Department on the granting of export licences for arms sales to Saudi Arabia since 25...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local councils in Northern Ireland on business rates.

    • Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answers of 27 June 2018 to Questions 155404 and 155405, when he will begin recruitment to the post of...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2018 to Question 183892 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, how many student...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November to Question 191291 on Affordable Housing, what the agreed delivery profiles are.

      Almshouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of almshouses charities are registered providers of housing.

      Housing: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has read the report, The hidden costs of poor quality housing in the North, published in October 2018 by...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • University Royal Naval Units: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the decision was taken to close the University Royal Navy Unit attached to Aberdeen University.

    • Navy: Aberdeen University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy (a) officers and (b) sailors recruited in each year between 2008 and 2018 are or were (i) graduates and (ii) undergraduates of the...

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications there were to join the Royal Navy in each year between 2008 and 2018; and how many of those applications in each of those years...

      University Royal Naval Units: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the size of an area’s catchment group for University Royal Navy Unit recruitment is calculated.

      University Officer Training Corps: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to relocate the Aberdeen University Officer Training Corps.

      University Royal Naval Units: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost of running the University Royal Naval Unit in Aberdeen was in each year between 2008 and 2012.

      University Royal Naval Units: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the membership of the University Royal Naval Unit in Aberdeen was in each year between 2008 and 2012.

      University Royal Naval Units: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the membership of the University Royal Naval Unit in Edinburgh was in each year between 2012 and 2018.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support UK troops in Afghanistan are providing for the protection of civilian Hazaras.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rules of engagement are for coalition forces operating inside Syria on military advances against such forces by the Assad regime.

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to (a) ensure that in the cross-Government approach to the strategy Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict that civilians are...

      University Royal Naval Units: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the membership of the University Royal Naval Unit in Glasgow in each year from 2008-2018.

      Annington Homes: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of empty Annington Property Limited dwellings.

      Annington Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve the standard of accommodation in Annington Property Limited properties.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14 November 2018 on Strategy for our Veterans HCWS1080 and the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 191892, when...

      Appledore Shipyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2018 to Question 185470 on Appledore Shipyard, if he will provide details of the package of work at Devonport...

      Ukraine: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many deployments of British personnel from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marines, (c) Army and (d) Royal Air Force have there been to Ukraine in...

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the UK mission to Afghanistan is making to the protection of Hazara civilians.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2018 to Question 192107, what assessment he has made of the merits of transferring delegation of fiscal...

      Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times quick reaction alert aircraft were launched to intercept aircraft in each of the last five years; and from which nations the intercepted...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployed People: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number and proportion of unemployed people who are entitled to claim (a) jobseeker's allowance and...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance were processed within (i)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants each month are having more than 40 per cent of their monthly award deducted to repay debt.

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls have been made to each of her Department's benefit telephone lines in each of the last 18 months for which data are available.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of personal independence payment applications that go to appeal.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons MPs offices have implicit consent arrangements for universal credit applications and advice services require explicit consent...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of universal credit are self-employed.

      Independent Case Examiner: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176686 on Independent Case Examiner, how much additional funding the Independent Case...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether complaints to the Independent Case Examiner that have been considered under the early resolution process can be referred directly to...

      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 women.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit cases have been closed in error in the most recent 12 months for which data are available; and what the time taken...

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on the autism employment gap of the Access to Work scheme.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has she made of the effect on the autism employment gap of the Disability Confident Autism and Neurodiversity Toolkit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of her Department's frontline staff have received training relating to domestic abuse.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure employment support allowance and personal independence payment assessors are (a) informed of and (b) abide...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people participated in the Youth Obligation programme since April 2017.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that recommendations to employers made by the Access to Work scheme are acted upon in a timely...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish an update to the Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for...

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of overpayment of carers allowance have been taken to court under the Proceeds of Crime Act for each of the last five years.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of overpayment of carers allowance are currently listed before the courts.

      Access to Work Programme: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote the Access to Work scheme to people with musculoskeletal conditions.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to pause all benefits sanctions over the Christmas and new year period from 21 December 2018 to 5 of January 2019.

      Universal Credit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2018 to Question 180727 on universal credit: mental illness, what steps her Department is taking to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of reducing the waiting period for the payment of universal credit payment on foodbank usage in (a)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to respond to the recommendations set out in the Work and Pensions Committee report, Universal Support.

      Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the effect of mental ill health on the economy.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 186293 on Occupational Pensions, if she place in the Library the IORP2 transposition...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

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

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the global rate of biodiversity loss; and what effect that assessment has...

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to which schemes and projects with the specific purpose of reducing children’s exposure to air pollution his...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks his Department takes to ensure that no insects or pesticides are brought into the UK through food imports.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy will be on time limits for farmers to spread fertiliser after the UK leaves the EU.

      Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with fishermen in Northern Ireland on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

      Smoke Control Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many smoke control areas cover (a) urban areas and (b) rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evaluations his Department has conducted of any measures and schemes specifically designed to reduce children’s...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he takes to assess the potential effects on human health of proposed waste incinerators.

      Environment Agency: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the (a) finance, (b) human resources and (c) communications functions of the Environment Agency have been...

      Recycling: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on avoiding contamination in recycling collections.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to respond to the recommendations set out in the Public Accounts Committee report, Defra's...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 178272, whether his Department has taken steps to inform the 49 people removed before...

    • Home Office: Brexit

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

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of people who attempted to make reports of fraud to Action Fraud over the latest...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the restriction on asylum seekers' right to work on dependent children during the 12-month...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were revoked in 2017.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the technical advice his Department has issued to Chief Constables on the effect on policing and security cooperation in...

      Skilled Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to pay compensation to people who were wrongly refused Tier 1 general visas on the basis of rule 322(5) of the immigration...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding European Arrest Warrants there are in respect of (a) British citizens and (b) non-UK EU citizens accused of criminal...

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Question 190946, tabled on 13 November 2018, by the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon.

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason his Department has not answered Question 181253 on Deportation: Windrush Generation, asked on 18 October 2018.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens and people settled in the UK who have not been joined here by (a) a spouse or partner...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to apply the family immigration rules including income requirements to EEA nationals after the UK leaves the EU.

      Fireworks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of fireworks misuse the police were called to attend in each of the last three years.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what products featuring (a) departmental and (b) Government branding his Department has procured in each of the last three years.

    • Wales Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters he has received from Members of the House of (a) Commons and (b) Lords in each of the last 12 months.

      Wales Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of invoices received from his Department's suppliers were paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12 months.

      Wales Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of procurement contracts were awarded by his Department to SMEs in each of the last three years.

      Tourism: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps the Government is taking to support the Welsh Government to increase sports tourism in Wales.

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help tackle bias in schools in Pakistan among children from all faith groups which has led in some cases...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taking to tackle gender-based violence against Rohingya women and girls.

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of Official Development Assistance funding has been allocated to fossil fuel projects in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Rendition and Torture: Inquiries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions the Government has had with (a) President Trump, (b) members of the US administration and (c) senior officials in the US...

    • Domestic Visits: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the locations of all UK ministerial visits to Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency since the 2010 general election.

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children with cancer in the UK.

      Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether officials of his Department have had discussions with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on whether to launch an independent,...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the socio-economic background of civil servants employed in each Government Department; and if he will make a...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the protection of the UK's critical infrastructure from cyberattack; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Buckingham Palace: Honours

      To ask the ,Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the contribution to the public purse from sales of (a) digital versatile discs and (b) photographs of the presentation of...

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many child tax credit and working tax credit cases are waiting over 30 days for a mandatory reconsideration.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to recent data from the Office for Budget Responsibility, whether he plans to allocate the estimated underspend on tax-free childcare to the...

      A303 and Lower Thames Crossing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 185590 on A303 and Lower Thames Crossing: Private Finance Initiative, whether the upgrade of the...

      Computer Software: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce free VAT reporting software for small businesses as part of the introduction of the Making Tax Digital system in April 2019.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 190947 on Treasury: Brexit, for what reasons the Answer did not specify the number of non-disclosure...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of abolishing VAT on sanitary products in each of the next five years.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Life Chances Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the Life Chances Fund remains to be spent.

    • Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much profit has been distributed to investors in social impact bonds since 2010.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many prosecutions have commenced as a result of alleged breaches of the General Data Protection Regulations since May 2018.

      Arts: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to remain part of Creative Europe after the current funding period concludes in 2020.

      Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department plans to track progress on athlete welfare within UK Sport-affiliated organisations.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: GoldenTree Asset Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) he or (b) officials from his Department have (i) met or (ii) been in correspondence with representatives from...

      GVC Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the (a) dates and minutes of meetings and (b) correspondence between the Government and GVC Holdings PLC in...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of trends in the level of demand for charitable donations since...

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what support the Church Commissioners receive from Her Majesty's Government to enable them to maintain (a)...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Johnston Press: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effect on local and regional newspapers in Northern Ireland of the pre-pack rescue of Johnston Press; and...

    • Police: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason she has not replied to correspondence dated 21 September 2018 from the Police advice and support services in Northern Ireland...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about the prosecution of ISIS operatives responsible for the murder, enslavement, deportation,...

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Malta about the progress of the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017.

      Commonwealth: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the UNESCO Director-General's 2018 Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity which found...

      Mediterranean Sea: Rescue Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support non-governmental search and rescue work in the Mediterranean, including the re-flagging of the MV Aquarius.

      Eastern Europe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support the (1) strengthening of civil society, and (2) effectiveness of major institutions and government departments, in Moldova,...

      Philippines: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they provide support to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council in the Philippines; if so, what support they provide; and whether they intend to (1) call...

      Pakistan: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the implementation of the Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2015 in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

      Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since 1988 they have unilaterally withdrawn from their obligations under international treaties.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the demolition of Palestinian homes in the night before families have removed their possessions.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the needs of people living with HIV as part of their development of a long-term plan for the NHS.

    • Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which cancers have been recommended by NICE for molecular testing; and of those cancers, for which biomarkers in relation to (1) prognostic tests, and (2)...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS England trusts currently carry out cancer tests in compliance with NICE guidelines; and in relation to which cancers.

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the Cancer Task Force’s recommendation for a national molecular pathology service; and when they anticipate to implement...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recommendations of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, what steps they are taking to ensure that information about the (1) number, and...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of NHS programmes for reducing variation in (1) the Getting It Right First Time programme, and (2) NHS RightCare;...

      Chronic Inflammation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work they have undertaken to embed pathways across NHS England that support earlier treatment and use of medicine in chronic inflammatory conditions to...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help to accelerate the spread and uptake of best practice across NHS England to reduce variation in patient outcomes.

  • Department for International Development

    • Libya: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conditions for migrants held in Libyan detention centres; and, further to any such assessment, whether they will review any...

    • Pakistan: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Bates on 14 November (HL Deb, col 1882), how much of the development funding spent in Pakistan has been spent each year on education...

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply of Lord Bates on 14 November (HL Deb, col 1882), how much of the development funding to support the education of young girls in Pakistan...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply of Lord Bates on 14 November (HL Deb, col 1882), what assessment they have made of the (1) discrimination against religious minorities...

      Developing Countries: Tropical Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases.

      Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to sign the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration at the UN Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco on 10 and 11 December; and...

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in public care are placed outside the boundary of the local authority with responsibility for their safety and wellbeing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Wellington Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 October [HL10938], when they plan to start the refurbishment of Wellington Barracks.

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the F-35A is capable of operating from a UK carrier.

  • Home Office

    • Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to offer Asia Bibi asylum in the UK; and, in reaching any decision, what consideration they have given to the likelihood of civil unrest in the...

    • Slavery: Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the High Court Judgement in the case of K & AM v Secretary of State for the Home Department delivered on 8 November, by what mechanism they will pay...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the guidance about identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery, in accordance with section 49(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Migrant Camps: Greek Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 November (HL11028), what improved facilities have been provided in refugee camps on the Greek...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, circulars were issued by the Home Office to police forces in England and Wales about the circumstances in which instances of organised sexual abuse...

      Hate Crime: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to classify misogyny as a hate crime; and if so, whether they intend also to classify misandry as a hate crime.

  • Treasury

    • Premium Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of unclaimed Premium Bond prizes.

    • Premium Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bond holders own the maximum quantity of Premium Bonds.

      Premium Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the age profile of Premium Bond holders.

      Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people struggling to manage their debts; what steps they are taking to assist such people; and what assessment they...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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