Written answers

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what terms Richard George has been engaged by his Department to (a) co-ordinate efforts between train operators and Network Rail to improve the...

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 June 2018 on Road Safety, HCWS761, whether the remaining £75 million of the Safer Roads Fund will...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he is taking to improve road safety on single carriageway roads on the strategic road network; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to secure skilled jobs in the rail industry for the North West of England.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase rail investment in the North West of England.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of the economic contribution made by local supply chains in the Liverpool and Manchester Corridor to...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote rail apprenticeships in the North West of England.

      Radley Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing step-free access to both platforms at Radley railway station in Oxfordshire.

      Oxford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with stakeholders on the redevelopment of Oxford railway station.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of Govia Thamelink Railway's preparations for the winter timetable update starting on 10 December 2018.

      Stroud Station: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to allocate funding to Stroud railway station to enable it to be accessible to people with disabilities.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase funding for the Access for All scheme to improve the provision of step-free access at train stations.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the timescale for implementing step-free access at all train stations through the Access for All funding scheme.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the time required for all train stations in England and Wales to have step free access at the current pace of works...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Scottish Limited Partnerships: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many fines have been levied against Scottish limited partnerships for failing to register a person of significant...

    • Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department is providing to online vendors on the rules for online and distance selling after the UK...

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of men that have taken up full statutory paternity leave in each year for...

      Energy: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recent decision by the European Court of Justice on state aid clearance for the capacity market,...

      Employment: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2018 to Question 191454 on employment: Electronic Tagging, what the Government's...

      Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2018 to Question 168999, if he will expedite the completion and publication of...

      Research: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what economic impact assessment was conducted by his Department before United Kingdom Research and Innovation signed up...

      Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to improve the enforcement of the national minimum wage for seafarers working on merchant ships...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Office for Product Safety and Standards has plans to undertake an investigation into the safety of...

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with business representatives on potential barriers to recruiting women into the...

      Universities: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that universities have access to EU research programmes after the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many customer transactions were undertaken at post offices in each of the last five years.

      Post Offices: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many biometric applications were lodged at post offices in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to (a) extend and (b) promote the warm home discount scheme.

      Office for Product Safety and Standards: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many posts there are at the Office for Product Safety and Standards; and whether all those posts have been filled.

      Office for Product Safety and Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the resources allocated to the Office for Product Safety and...

      Office for Product Safety and Standards: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Office of Product Safety and Standards is held accountable by his Department.

      Office for Product Safety and Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Office for Product Safety and Standards plans to report on its progress against its objectives.

      Office for Product Safety and Standards: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Office for Product Safety and Standards has an annual report plan.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his Chinese counterpart on ensuring that swine fever does not spread in mainland China.

    • Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Government in Sri Lanka on establishing stable government in that country.

      China: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the UK Government has had with the Chinese Government on banning the sale of rhino and tiger remedies.

      Togo: Human Rights

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

      Togo: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Togo Government respects the right of the Togolese to peaceful protest...

      Togo: Human Rights and LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the Togo Government to accept recommendations made by the UN for it to (a)...

      Togo: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the treatment of political prisoners in Togo who oppose the Togo Government.

      Togo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the ECOWAS political roadmap for Togo; and what plans the Government has to help...

      Palestinians: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to defend the human rights of Palestinians in the Palestinian Territories.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the US Administration on the Paris Agreement on climate change.

      Victor-Luke Odhiambo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has raised with his South Sudan counterpart reports of the murder of Jesuit Priest Father Victor-Luke Odhiambo in...

      South Sudan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of violence in South Sudan since the signing of the peace agreement in Khartoum in...

      South Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will publish a summary of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue meeting which took place in London on 8 November 2018.

      Tunisia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Tunisian counterpart on encouraging democratic participation ahead of the legislative...

      Tunisia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Tunisian counterparts on the security of British nationals following the attempted...

      Tunisia: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to work with the Tunisian Government to prevent migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

      Diplomatic Service: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on the operation of the online visa system for diplomats.

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the economic and political situation in Tunisia.

      Tunisia: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has held with the aviation sector to encourage tourism to Tunisia since the removal of the...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Tunisian counterpart on steps to prevent migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

      Sri Lanka: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to visit Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Tamil community on the situation in Sri Lanka.

      Colombia: Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UK Prosperity Fund for Columbia, published on 10 August 2018 on gov.uk, what programmes his Department...

      South Sudan: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his counterparts in the United Nations to ensure compliance with the arms embargo on South Sudan...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of the People's Republic of China on its use of the social credit system...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to support peace-building in South Sudan.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Libya.

      Middle East and North Africa: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether there are any financial links between extreme Islamist groups in the Middle...

      Middle East and North Africa: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who drowned while attempting to reach Europe from the Middle East...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for International Development of Wednesday 21 November 2018, Official...

    • Crime Prevention: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress he has made in negotiations with the EU on the UK's participation in the Prum Convention on the exchange of...

      Dover Port: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish the dates of the visits he has made to the port of Dover since May 2015.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Surgery: Robotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what safeguards are in place to ensure that robotic surgery for operations is adequately monitored.

    • Bladder Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have had bladder cancer in each of the last five years.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of sepsis in the UK.

      Epidermolysis Bullosa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with Epidermolysis Bullosa in the UK.

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on rural proofing the forthcoming NHS long-term plan.

      Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England has plans to support NHS providers to collect data on the quality and the outcomes of interventions for children and...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the NHS is of an overnight stay in hospital for a patient that has undergone surgery.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people who have multiple sclerosis and live in Oxfordshire who are eligible for...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to work with other Departments to improve mental health provision for 18 to 25-year-olds.

      Medical Equipment: UK Notified Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK-based notified bodies for medical devices have registered under the EU Medical Devices Regulations 2017; how many of those...

      NHS: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 194780 on NHS: Loans, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) repayment...

      Out of Area Treatment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to facilitate cross-border arrangements to allow for sufferers of medical illnesses in Northern Ireland to...

      Royal Liverpool Hospital: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an update on the timescale for the completion of the new Royal Liverpool University; and what estimate he has made of...

      Emigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities of 27 November 2018,...

      NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 174763, what proportion of the income from dividends and investments due to...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS Foundation Trusts will be required to comply with the new NHS Improvement regulatory framework on wholly owned subsidiary...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms her Department has in place to monitor the spending of overseas aid to prevent abuse and corruption.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the criteria is for her Department to allocate financial resources to an overseas country.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the criteria her Department uses to assess the benefit to the UK of the allocation of Overseas Development Assistance.

      Global Financing Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount of money is that the UK Government has provided towards funding the Global Financing Facility.

      Developing Countries: Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on allocating additional resources to disaster preparedness and resilience; and if she will make...

      South Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance her Department plans to allocate to South Sudan in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to provide additional funding to tackle climate change in developing countries beyond the £5.8...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department plans to make on climate change at the UN COP24 Climate Change conference taking place in...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that children who are (a) excluded from school and (b) at risk of being excluded from school are assessed by a speech and...

    • Children and Young People: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on developing a new self-evaluation tool for commissioners...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2018 to Question 190480 on Pupil Exclusions, what steps Ofsted would undertake in the event that during a (a)...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he has met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss education funding in the last 12 months.

      Department of Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether departmental resources have been used to promote the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations he has received from trade union representatives on school funding.

      Pre-school Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department last conducted a review of the cost of universal infant free school meals and; and what the timeframe is for his Department to...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the £2.30 awarded for free school meals is spent on (a) food and (b) labour.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils are listed in the school census as (a) receiving SEN support and (b) being subject to a statement of SEN or Education Health and Care...

      Special Educational Needs: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has has made of the adequacy of provision of services for children with special educational needs and disabilities in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the finding in The Sutton Trust's report, The Lost Part-Timers, published in March 2018 that there has been a decline in the number...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools will not receive a cash-terms increase in their budget per pupil in 2018-19.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide adequate funding to ensure the sustainability of further education colleges.

      Autism: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will take steps to reduce the time taken for autistic children to receive a statement of special educational needs.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the finding of the British Medical Journal's report, Temporal and geographic patterns of stab injuries in young people: a...

      Schools: Warrington North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in the Warrington North constituency will receive a cash increase in their budget per pupil for 2019-20.

      Children: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department issues on nutrition in packed lunches.

      Schools: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the integration of refugee children that attend schools.

      Department of Education: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has issued contracts in the last two years that do not include provisions to impose that any payment due from the contracting...

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether confirmation on funding availability for EU students accessing 16-19 provision for the 2019-20 academic year will be published prior to the...

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in (a) Salford, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the North West Region are on the (a) upper, (b) leading practitioner and (c)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • CAFCASS: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the involvement of the Children and Family Care Advisory and Support Service in cases where there is a previous conviction of...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equality impact assessments his Department has made of the provisions in buy to let mortgages to exclude the property from being let to tenants in...

    • Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the application of VAT to e-publications does not disadvantage readers who rely on accessible and...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the Office of Tax Simplification's November 2018 report on inheritance tax.

      Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 54 of the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to commemorate the Chinese men recruited to provide front-line support for British soldiers in...

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funds for the new powers to bring about...

      Social Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on the creation of an independent regulator of social housing.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the Independent review of planning appeal inquiries: call for...

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what planning protections are in place to prevent inappropriate road developments in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what planning protections are in place to prevent inappropriate housing developments in areas of outstanding natural...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on meeting the commitment in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, published in 2010, to reduce the UK's...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Royal Navy's nuclear (a) armed and (b) powered surface or submarine vessels have entered the waters of the British Indian Ocean...

      Argentina: Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Royal Navy will assist in the recovery and repatriation of Argentinian sailors from the submarine San Juan.

      Middlewick Ranges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) pause the proposal to dispose of Middlewick Ranges at Colchester and (b) re-evaluate the operational efficiency of the armed forces in...

      Babcock International: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the operators of the defence repair facility at Colchester in advance of that operator's announcement of its intention to...

      Babcock International: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made on the effect on the operational efficiency of armed forces in the event that the vehicle repair workshops at Colchester are...

      Fingringhoe Ranges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of reconfiguring the layout of the Fingringhoe Ranges near Colchester to accommodate the...

      Defence Medical Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 184831 on Armed Forces: Mental Health Services, when he plans to provide verified figures of the...

      Service Complaints Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Service Complaints Ombudsman is a member of the Service Justice Board; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the NATO training mission in Iraq.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the resources used to calculate the market benchmarks for the new pay structure for Defence Equipment and Support employees that began in April...

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the methodology used to calculate the market benchmarks to set pay increases for Defence Equipment and Support employees.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 189645 on Defence Equipment and Support: Staff, what the average salary increase was for each...

      European Defence Agency: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of the Administrative Arrangement that the Government plans to conclude with the European Defence Agency;...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his EU counterpart on the UK's participation in European Union Permanent Structured Cooperation projects after the UK leaves the EU.

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Civilian Personnel Biannual Diversity Dashboard, for what reason the answers that respondents can provide to the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average waiting times for calls to each of her Department's benefit telephone lines were in each of...

    • Universal Credit: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to universal credit claims in Slough, if she will make an assessment of how many (a) claims were made by EEA nationals, (b) of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of claimants of tax credits that will not be eligible for universal credit as a result of...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions have been issued to people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in receipt of (i)...

      Social Security Benefits: North East

      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...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of successful personal independence payment applicants have a diagnosed serious mental health condition.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 54 of the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union...

      Universal Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 54 of the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union...

      Universal Credit: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department’s policy is to sanction universal credit claimants for (a) refusing and (b) voluntarily terminating a...

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to make widowers aware of their potential entitlement to bereavement allowance.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many adverse sanction decisions have been made against universal credit claimants since August 2015 in (a) Salford and Eccles...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people at risk of experiencing debt as a result of the six-week transitory wait from...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of self-employed parents who are evading payment of child maintenance by diverting their income to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Palm Oil: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward further legislative proposals to ban the sale of non-sustainable palm oil in the UK.

    • Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Natural England plans to implement new management plans under the the invasive alien species regulation for (a)...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on the tethering of horses.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on how many local authorities have not appointed animal welfare inspectors with...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department are taking are to encourage local authorities to appoint animal welfare inspectors.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 190943, for what reasons that answer did not specify the number of...

      Fishing Catches: Estuaries and Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to eliminate the use of monofilament nets in estuaries and inshore waters; and if he will make a statement.

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that products containing palm oil that are sold in the UK use...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the phase two recommendations of sites qualifying in relation to bittern are (a) existing Special Protection...

      Veganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds information on the proportion of people in (a) England and (b) the UK who are vegan.

      Medical Equipment: Cobalt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the operation of the UK-EU medical devices supply chain of the...

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which schemes and projects undertaken by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) government bodies not including local...

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department provided to schemes and projects undertaken by local authorities with the purpose of...

      Farmers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the Government's plans on funding for farmers who are currently in receipt of funding from the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to ensure the UK has control over fisheries policy in UK waters after the UK leaves the EU.

      Food: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) Ayrshire Earlies, (b) Forfar Bridies, (c) Ayrshire Dunlop, (d) Orkney Cheddar, (e) Stornoway black pudding, (f)...

      Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to maintain compliance with the Aarhus convention on access to information, public participation in...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the at-sea and aerial capability that will be required for marine control and enforcement after...

      Marine Management Organisation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long on average the (a) recruitment and (b) training of each marine enforcement officer has taken in the latest period...

      Air Pollution: Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to make a comparative assessment of air quality in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, (c)...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has signed with employees in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Domestic Violence: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of reported domestic abuse cases in which the police responded with a scheduled appointment rather...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent reduction in the discount rate for public service pension schemes on the financial...

      Phil Gormley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the vetting and recruitment process for the appointment of Phil Gormley as the new HM Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue...

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers faced gross misconduct hearings by their force after they were acquitted of (a) grievous bodily harm or (b) actual...

      Home Office: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many translators his Department (a) employed directly and (b) procured to work under contract in the last 12 months for which...

      Lutfur Rahman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings his predecessors had with the Metropolitan police on (a) investigating and (b) prosecuting Lutfur Rahman for (i) voter...

      Windrush Generation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children of Windrush generation immigrants have an immigration case review (a) pending and (b) that has been completed.

      Windrush Generation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children of Windrush generation immigrants have been deported; and of those how many have died since their deportation.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the findings of the evaluation of the Kent County Lines pilot...

      Children: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the support provided by the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals were made to the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates service in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date in each of the early...

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Immigration of 4 September 2018, Official Report column 52WH, how many of the 22,6924...

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Immigration of 4 September 2018, Official Report column 52WH, what steps were taken...

      Police: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made implications for his policies of the report entitled, Policing and Mental Health, published by HM...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) aged 18 and over and (b) aged under 18 successfully applied for asylum in each year since 2015.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish guidance on registering under the EU Settlement Scheme for EU nationals who do not have identification or residency...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2018 to Question 185054, what estimate he has made of the number of EU victims of modern slavery within...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of EU victims of modern slavery in the UK with a (a) positive conclusive grounds decision or (b)...

      Immigrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times his Department has refused discretionary leave to remain where the child has not lived continuously in the UK for at least...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent from the public purse on promoting social media posts relating to the UK leaving the EU on (a) the @10DowningStreet...

    • Prosperity Fund: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of the (a) official development assistance and (b) non-official development assistance (i)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prosperity Fund: Annual Report 2017-18, what measures the Government uses to assess the contribution of that fund to the delivery...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prosperity Fund: Annual Report 2017-18, what steps he is taking to help Departments achieve a rating of good from the...

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will establish a standard evaluation by which Departments publish their progress on the delivery of programmes funded by the Prosperity Fund.

      Cabinet Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent staff (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) Number 10 Downing Street employ whose responsibilities include the (i) photography...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will establish a public inquiry (a) to examine matters relating to campaigning and foreign influence in the EU referendum campaign that are not...

      Cabinet Office: Edinburgh

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money has been spent from the public purse on office accommodation for staff that will be relocated to HMG New Waverley in each of the last...

      Government Departments: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) location and (b) lease expiry dates of Government offices in Scotland that are used by Departmental staff.

      Rendition and Torture: Inquiries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November to Question 190850, and with reference to the Written Statement of 22 November 2018, HCWS 1100 with its...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to seek to increase trade with Iceland.

    • Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Departmental staff are working on trade policy; and what estimate he has made of the number of Departmental staff that will work on...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia until an independent international inquiry can establish culpability for violations of...

      Mercosur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has held with his counterparts in Mercosur on future trade agreements with those countries after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Addictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people who have a gambling addiction.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people have participated in the National Citizen Service in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for the Government's policies of the recommendations made by the Isle of...

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions has he had with Ofcom on ensuring that public service broadcasters retain a prominent position in...

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for (a) Defence and (b) the Home Department on the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Brexit: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the representatives of the Government of the Irish Republic on the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

    • Northern Ireland Assembly: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will provide the evidential basis for her statement to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee on 21 November 2018 that between 1...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the reduction of the plug-in vehicle grant will effect meeting their carbon reduction targets.

    • Bembridge Harbour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to appoint an inspector to review the compliance of the current owners Bembridge Harbour, and their related companies, with (1) the Piers and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Ofgem’s plans to encourage competition amongst energy suppliers to help cut costs for customers.

    • Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK will remain in the EU’s regional copyright exhaustion regime following the UK’s exit from the EU.

      Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is being consulted as part of the Intellectual Property Office’s consultation into the...

      Copyright: Electronic Publishing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has conducted an impact assessment on allowing the doctrine of exhaustion of rights to apply to...

      Copyright: Electronic Publishing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has any plans to extend the exhaustion of rights principle to ebooks.

      Chemicals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on the supply chain of chemicals.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Bangladesh to ensure that the forthcoming general election in that country is held in conditions which...

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support civil society and media organisations in Bangladesh ahead of the forthcoming general election.

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, with international partners, to monitor the forthcoming general election in Bangladesh.

      Import Controls: Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times goods from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been banned from entering the UK in the last two years.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to continue to include Gibraltar in (1) the Article 3 definition section, and (2) Article 184 of the future framework section, of the EU...

    • Overseas Workers: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether residents of Northern Ireland who work in the Republic of Ireland for less than half of the working week would be classified as frontier workers, as...

      Overseas Workers: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of "economic activity" for the purposes of article 9 of the draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Explainer for the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dental Health: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of trends in primary care dental antibiotic prescribing in England since 2013.

    • Dental Health: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients presented to Accident and Emergency departments in England with dental problems in each of the last five years; and, in each year, how many of...

      DeepMind

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what independent verification is in place to make sure that the NHS data handled by DeepMind Health will be used only for appropriate purposes now that DeepMind...

      Gambling: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specialist treatment is available to children with gambling problems, in particular to support any associated mental health issues.

      Dental Health: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many antibiotic prescriptions were issued by general dental practitioners in England in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Music: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold related to the delivery of the Music National Curriculum in England in (1) primary schools, and (2) secondary schools.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Estate: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the estimated cost to the House of (1) restoration, (2) repair, and (3) fire protection work underway in (a) the Palace of Westminster, (b) Fielden House,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to postpone the extension of the policy to provide support to a maximum of two children to new Universal Credit claimants.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 19 November (HL11445), what is the maximum level of lodging expenses per night Department for Work and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to reduce levels of household food waste through the Waste and Resources Action Programme in the last 12 months.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult (1) animal welfare organisations, (2) vets, and (3) the farming community on the implications of the Godfray Report, A...

  • Home Office

    • Sir Edward Heath

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the cost of Operation Conifer was funded by (1) Wiltshire and Swindon police force, and (2) the Government under special funding arrangements.

    • Sir Edward Heath

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of the proposal by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon in his most recent annual report for a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Young of Cookham on 5 July (HL Deb, cols 766–70), what progress has been made in the introduction of mobile alert technology.

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at the Business Services Association Annual Chairman’s Dinner on 19 November, what...

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at the Business Services Association Annual Chairman’s Dinner on 19 November, what...

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at the Business Services Association Annual Chairman’s Dinner on 19 November, what...

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at the Business Services Association Annual Chairman’s Dinner on 19 November, for...

      Ministers: Resignations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which ministers, set out by name and by ministerial responsibility, have resigned from office since the 2017 General Election.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Draft Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published on...

  • Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statistics they published on 28 June, how many (1) families, and (2) children have been affected by the policy to provide support for a maximum of...

    • Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statistics they published on 28 June, whether they have revised their estimates of (1) the number of families affected, and (2) the Exchequer...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 February (HL5370), whether they have applied the Family Test to the policy to provide support to a maximum...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Export Control Act 2002 has been breached when arms have been sold to Israel in the last two years.

  • Attorney General

    • Hate Crime: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 6 December 2017 (HL Deb, col 1051), whether Baroness Vere of Norbiton wrote to the Director of...

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