Written answers

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Severn Beach Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the electrification of the Severn Beach line.

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to review the guidelines on installing charging points for electric vehicles; and if he will make an assessment of the...

      Transport: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the viability of future private funding for (a) road and (b) rail projects as a result of the decision in Budget 2018...

      High Speed Two Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has discussed the implications of local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire at any HS2 Ltd Board meetings to date.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure the safety of HGV drivers using (a) lay-bys and (b) overnight parking places.

      Buses: Renewable Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of buses in regular operation are powered solely by renewable fuels.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average cost is of raising a second export meter point administration number in domestic homes for the...

    • Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to maintain alignment with EU climate change policy after the UK leaves the EU.

      Post Offices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made a comparative assessment of the level of customer service provided at post offices operated by (a)...

      Proprietary Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the march-in rights provided by the US Bayh-Dole Act 1980, if he will introduce such rights in...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Article 83, paragraphs (1) and (2) of the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his assessment is of the potential costs to the pharmaceutical industry of Article 45 of the Draft Agreement on...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on the oil and gas sector deal.

      Innovate UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of Innovate UK's core budget was allocated to support business-led innovation in Northern...

      Foreign Students: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance he has provided to the university sector on the safety of students while doing research overseas.

      Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the Government response to the consultation on the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of the imposition of secondary sanctions against governments that...

    • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Articles 81 and 82 of the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and...

      USA: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether there are financial links between the far-right in the UK and similar groups...

      Political Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the unconditional release of UK citizens detained as political prisoners overseas.

      Political Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on the unconditional release of UK citizens detained as...

      Convention Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to ratify the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989.

      Indigenous Peoples: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the protection of indigenous populations around the world.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Bahrain on human rights.

      Nigeria: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of protestors killed during demonstrations held by members of the Islamic...

      Nigeria: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the recent trials of Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife in Nigeria were conducted in line with...

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will recognise the contribution of UK citizens to the OSCE mission by awarding them the CSDP medal; and if he will make a...

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of violence against the Hazara people in Afghanistan; and what support the...

      Nigeria: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of false information spread by social media platforms on perpetuating conflict in...

      Africa: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she is taking to support national governments in Africa to tackle false information and fake news on social media...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what framework is used by Government when deciding whether digital projects should be completed in-house or contracted out.

    • Offices: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has plans to close the office of the (a) Boundary Commission for Wales in Fitzalan Court, Cardiff, (b) Company Names Tribunal on...

      Civil Servants: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the results of the Civil Service People Survey 2018.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the change was in the median gross annual earnings for all full-time employees in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the percentage change has been in (a) total funding for NHS England and (b) the local authority public health grant in each year...

    • Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2018 to Question 174604, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on public health of local...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has (a) undertaken and (b) made an assessment of the outcomes of studies produced by other bodies of the effects on (a) air...

      Surgery: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve treatment for children after surgery.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the Social Care Green Paper.

      Mental Health: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government has made available to local authorities to support elderly people who are lonely.

      Disability: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government has made available to local authorities to support older people with a severe disability.

      Speech and language disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans NHS England has to (a) work with commissioners, provider organisations and patients to identify metrics to indicate...

      Stem Cells: Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department provides to patients planning to travel overseas for stem cell treatment.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage children to brush their teeth daily.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle dementia.

      Pre-eclampsia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training is delivered to nurses to inform their treatment of pre-eclampsia.

      Pre-eclampsia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people experiencing pre-eclampsia.

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many autistic children are in solitary confinement in assessment and treatment units.

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people experiencing gum disease in the last 12 months for which information is...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been disbursed by the NHS in relation to medical negligence claims in the last five years.

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle diabetes experienced by children to help ensure they live long lives.

      Skin Cancer: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce cases of melanoma in men.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS prescription fines have been issued to people in (a) Easington constituency and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 183335, if he will make an assessment of the effect on NHS staffing levels of the...

      Phenylketonuria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help raise awareness of Phenylketonuria.

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 188044 on Preventive Medicine, (a) what the definition of community services is...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Fair funding for mental health: Putting parity into practice, published by IPPR in October 2018, if...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the quality of health and social care services for disabled children.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of delays in drug supply chains on access to medicines for breast cancer...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has taken steps to encourage Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities to jointly commission (a) short breaks for...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many neonatal units are able to provide parents with access to a trained mental health professional to support their mental health...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £365 million perinatal mental health fund has been allocated to the development of psychological support services in...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2018 on Hearing Impairment, how much funding his Department has allocated to organisations that...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people aged under 18 years in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (b) the London borough of Lewisham and (c) London have applied...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many acute hospital beds have been freed up as a result of the the extra £1 billion provided by the Chancellor for investment in...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the sale value of NHS property has been since Sir Robert Naylor's review of NHS Property and estates; and what recent estimate he...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure parity of esteem between children’s physical and mental health services.

      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 ensure that all children and young people referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services...

      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 ensure that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are sufficiently staffed.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what NHS England’s specialised commissioning drug spend was in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18; what proportion of that...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent on medicines included in the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) in each year since 2010; what proportion of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of local health communities have implemented the High Impact Change Model23 for reducing delayed transfers...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS 111 calls received clinical assessment at (a) March 2018 and (b) October 2018.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the accuracy of the WHO's casuality statistics in Yemen.

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian National Authority signed in 2015 has been...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department last made an assessment of the Palestinian National Authority's adherence to the principle of non-violence set out...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date her Department last made an assessment of the Palestinian National Authority's adherence to its human rights commitments...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reducing road fatalities across the world.

      Developing Countries: Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 191463 on Developing Countries: Educational Exchanges, how many of the 60,000...

      Developing Countries: Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 191463 on Developing Countries: Educational Exchanges, how many of the 56,000...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to findings of his Department's Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers, published 1 November 2018, what assessment his...

    • Primary Education: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has put in place to ensure that every primary school child is able to undertake at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the SEND focus group supporting the development of the early career framework for teachers includes an expert...

      Schools: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how his Department defines school readiness in (a) speech, (b) language and (c) communication skills.

      Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to fund What Works and other research centres in (a) storing and (b) sharing evidence of interventions that support speech,...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of children being adopted.

      Alternative Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Questions 175942, 175943 and 175944, what information his Department (a) holds and (b) records by special...

      Free Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the suitability of (a) the Hoo and (b) other alternative sites for the proposed Abacus Free School in...

      Teachers: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve the morale of (a) teachers and (b) other education professionals.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to commence Section 151 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2018 to Question 172598, if she will set a reasonable waiting time target for the hearing of cases by the social...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of appeals made to the special educational needs and disability tribunal in each year since 2014;...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to introduce legislation increase prison sentences for causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving in a (a) specific Bill or...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses in the UK have an energy performance certificate of (a) E or lower and (b) D or higher.

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 190338 on Housing: energy, how much Homes England plans to...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many high-rise blocks owned by local authorities and housing associations will have their cladding removed between...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October to Questions 178312, what the timetable is for the Regulator of Social Housing to...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applicants were interviewed for the two new posts as Board Members of the Regulator of Social Housing in...

      Clarion Housing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2018 to Question 178310, if he will ensure that as part of its In-Depth...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 123615, what opportunities were given to tenants and...

      Clarion Housing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Regulator of Social Housing has taken since the departure of the chief executive of Clarion Housing...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the board of the Regulator of Social Housing will have a role in determining the threshold for the serious...

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 20 November 2018 to Questions 190336 and 190337, whether he has made an estimate of how...

      Private Property: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to tackle unauthorised parking on private property; and what...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households were registered as statutorily overcrowded in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (b) the London...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect women's eligibility for the right to buy discount in situations when...

      Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support is available to social enterprises, start-ups, and co-operatives in town centres to provide suitable...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made the number of people made homeless in each of the last 18 months.

      Public Libraries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to discuss local government funding for...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the governance arrangements of the Local Government Pension Scheme currently comply with the first Institutions...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iran: Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on paying to the Government of Iran funds relating to the purchase of Chieftain tanks through International Military Services.

    • Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to open military roles to women.

      Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures were in place prior to the 2016 Fatal Accident Act coming into force to brief military personnel and their families on the lack of a...

      NATO: Rapid Reaction Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK's contribution is to (a) Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Air) 2018, (b) Initial Follow-on Forces Group 30 2018, (c) Air Policing 2018,...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's media release Defence Secretary secures ships to protect home waters, published on 22 November 2018, what assessment...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Disability Confident scheme on the gap between the number of people in employment (a) with...

    • Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase the rate of retention in employment of people with autism.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the steps that her Department has taken to provide employers with the opportunity to...

      Employment Schemes: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Work Choice support programme in helping autistic people to (a) find, (b) keep and...

      Employment Schemes: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Specialist Employability Support programme on the employment outcomes of autistic people.

      Employment Schemes: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help young people diagnosed with autism into work in (a) Bristol and (b) the UK.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to people who are in seasonal self-employment and are also employed, whether the minimum income floor will apply to their self...

      Employment Schemes: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to encourage older people to participate in the workforce.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will give universal credit work coaches greater autonomy over whether to apply sanctioning guidelines to a claimant when they consider...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will review the (a) purpose, (b) merits and (c) economic and health effects of sanctioning social security claimants in receipt of an...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2018 to Question 172595, what plans she has for the legacy benefit IT systems when the roll-out of...

      Social Security Benefits: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions have been issued to Easington constituents in receipt of (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) employment and support...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure confidentiality of medical information handled by contracted employment support allowance and...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for a person calling the universal credit helpline to be connected to an agent.

      Funeral Payments: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many overpayments of funeral payments her Department has recovered in 2018.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the number and proportion is of Universal Credit claimants who repaid an advance payment in the most recent month for which data is...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the number and proportion is of universal credit claimants who had a deduction to repay a benefit overpayment in the most recent month...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wild Boar: African Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent African swine fever in wild boar entering the UK.

    • Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has assessed the economic effect on farmers of articles 40 to 46 and 92 to 97 of the Government's EU withdrawal...

      Potatoes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Farmers' Guardian article Major seed potato market could be killed off with no-deal Brexit, published...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a comparative assesssment of the PM2.5 emissions generated per kwh for each fuel type is being made in his...

      Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Godfray Review into the Government's Bovine TB Policy, published on 13 November 2018, what steps his...

      Potatoes: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the level of risk of diseased potato importation into the UK as a result of the UK...

      Air Pollution: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2018 to Question 126648 on Air Pollution: Death, by what year the target of reducing...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential change in retail food prices as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the most recent Food Production to Supply Ratio is for (a) all food and (b) indigenous food; and what comparative...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK food self-sufficiency level has been in each of the last 10 years; and what projections he has made for future years.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on rural communities of the UK's withdrawal from the Common...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on coastal communities of the UK's withdrawal from the Common...

  • Home Office

    • International Corruption Unit: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual budget for the National Crime Agency's International Corruption Unit has been in each of the last three years.

    • Ivory: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons there has been a decline in average quarterly seizures of ivory in the last four years; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the restriction on the ability of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to sponsor the visas of adult relatives...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers reside in (a) the UK and (b) the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region.

      Asylum: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bids were received by the Home Office for the asylum accommodation and support contracts to begin in 2019 in (a) the original...

      Asylum: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of adequacy of the nine-month timescale for the (a) mobilisation of and (b) transition to the new asylum...

      Asylum: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the information his Department has produced on why it was not possible to award the new asylum accommodation and support...

      Asylum: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers his Department plans to accommodate in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region under the new asylum...

      Asylum: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many properties are currently maintained as part of the existing asylum accommodation and support contracts in the North East, Yorkshire...

      Asylum: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that asylum seekers are not made homeless if new asylum accommodation and support contracts...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that asylum seekers accommodated as part of the asylum accommodation and support contracts are...

      EU Nationals: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what right to rent checks landlords will be required to carry out on EU citizens during the period between March 2019 and December 2020 in...

      Skilled Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 37 cases where the applicant was given the benefit of the doubt in the Review of applications by Tier 1 (General) migrants...

      Married People: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 192122 on Visas: Applications, for what reason are there no appointments available...

      Married People: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to make appointments available for Spousal Extension Visas (Family Route) between the closure of the old...

      National Police Air Service: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many operational helicopters the National Police Air Service has had in service in each of the last five years for which information is...

  • Wales Office

    • Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many visits he has made to prisons in Wales.

  • Scotland Office

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      What recent assessment the Government has made of the effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit throughout Scotland.

    • Brexit: Scotland

      What assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the proposed EU withdrawal agreement on the Scottish economy.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      What recent assessment the Government has made of the effect on the Scottish economy of the devolution of powers to set the rates and bands of income tax payable by Scottish taxpayers.

      Spirits: Scotland

      What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect on the Scottish economy of maintaining the current level of excise duty on spirits.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department plans to spend on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal between now and March 2020.

    • Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on whether UK boaters will require visas to sail into EU waters after the UK leaves...

      Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the ability of UK boats to enter EU waters after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      British Overseas Territories: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what account he has taken of the interests of the British Overseas Territories, apart from Gibraltar, in preparing the Draft...

      Brexit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans his Department has put in place for the effect on Scotland of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Culture and Education: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress he has made in negotiating a co-operative accord on culture and education with the EU.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to article 127 of the Draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland...

      Common Commercial Policy

      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...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available to borrowers seeking to access lower mortgage rates in the event that their proposed new lender or current lender is not signed...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have reported technical issues with tax-free childcare payments to his Department as of October 2018; and how those people so affected will...

      Buildings: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of reducing the VAT rate for goods and services required for the essential repair and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2018 to Questions 185525-8 on Tax Avoidance, whom he defines as (a) employers and (b) individuals.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2018 to Questions 185525-8 on Tax Avoidance, how many promoters and providers of disguised remuneration schemes have...

      Business: Procurement

      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...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the European Court of Auditors declare EU accounts to be fair and accurate before the Treasury pays the bill for...

      Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to tackle online scams which rely on the individual voluntarily transferring money.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the cap on interest and charges relating to payday lending to (a) credit cards and (b)...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of public sector workers using payday loan companies.

      Borders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in the Border Delivery Group since July 2018.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the effect on GDP of the UK (a) leaving the EU under the terms of the draft withdrawal agreement and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

    • Internet: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendations of the WebRoots Democracy report, Kinder, Gentler Politics: Tackling the rise of online...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he make an assessment of the importance of the transition to digital radio to the financial stability of small commercial...

      JPI Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the current board members of JPI Media; and of those members, how many served...

      Tech City UK: Ethnic Groups and Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress TechCity UK has made in promoting (a) women and (b) BAME people within that organisation.

      Tech City UK: Ethnic Groups and Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress Tech City has made in funding tech start-ups led by (a) women and (b) BAME people.

      Inclusive Tech Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government has had with the Inclusive Tech Alliance in the last 12 months.

      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.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the UK Safer Internet Centre has made in improving children's digital safety.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of consumers who will benefit from the Cyber Accelerator scheme; and whether he...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what targets he has set for digital inclusion and whether he plans to update the Government Digital Inclusion Strategy 2014.

  • Attorney General

    • Dementia: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what guidance he has published on laying criminal charges against people with dementia.

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2018 to Question 191883, what the change was in the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time personnel employed by the Crown...

      Money Laundering: Convictions and Prosecutions

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

      Money Laundering: Convictions and Prosecutions

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

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a progress report on improvements in rail access to Heathrow Airport.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of the HS2 rail line being delayed by more than one year.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate of the combined cost of phases 1 and 2 of High Speed 2; and what was the estimated cost of phases 1 and 2 in 2010 when the scheme...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the (1) Domestic and (2) Non-Domestic, Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the additional electricity capacity needed to meet their target for diesel and petrol engine vehicles to be phased out by 2040; whether...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • European External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are countries in which there is a European External Action Service delegation or office and where the UK does not also have an embassy or High...

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they intend to put in place to maintain diplomatic, economic and political relations with the European Union after Brexit; and to what extent any...

      Ethiopia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 October (HL10897), what assessment they have made of the case for further multilateral partnerships...

      Mohamed Boshi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the forced repatriation of the Sudanese journalist, Mohamed Boshi.

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they made any representations to the government of Turkey about the petition arranged in 2015 by the International Initiative as part of its Peace in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the Prevent Strategy within the NHS as a safeguarding measure to protect those with care and support needs.

    • Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the geographical differences in the quality and provision of (1) specialist, and (2) generalist palliative care services across...

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research into the impact of folic acid flour fortification on the development of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the economic importance of clinical trial recruitment, especially in cancer research, to the UK economy, and (2) the...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK's (1) one year, and (2) five year cancer survival rates compare to (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Belgium, and (d) Sweden, as reported in international...

      Carers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures will be included in the NHS Long Term Plan to ensure that unpaid carers are (1) identified, and (2) offered support.

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many female prisoners gave birth in custody in each of the last five years; and, of those, how many did so in cells.

    • Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average annual cost of incarcerating a prisoner in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a response to the Statement on the Visit to the UK by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be represented at the forthcoming meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

    • Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to combat the threat to biodiversity from biological invaders.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what locations non-UK citizens attempting to enter the UK illegally were apprehended in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2016–17.

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the review of Operation Midland cost.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has cost to date.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas students attending (1) English, and (2) Welsh universities were delayed in starting their courses this autumn due to delays in visa processing.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Overseas Workers: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they are making for UK citizens to be able to work in Germany after the UK has left the European Union; and what advice, if any, they provide to...

    • British Nationals Abroad: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they are making for UK citizens to be able to buy property in Greece after the UK has left the European Union; and what advice, if any, they...

  • Treasury

    • Brexit: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of what the cost to the UK Government of leaving the European Union will be in each year until 2039.

    • Customs Officers: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate was the cost of training HM Revenue and Customs officers in Northern Ireland in the use of vehicle stop and search powers in each of the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Royalties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for the future regulation of television content royalty payments.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • College Green: Mass Media

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the disruption caused by the media’s use of College Green; and what consideration, if any, is being given to the...

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