Written answers

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many businesses rent properties in Network Rail’s arches in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency.

    • Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that all road users have adequate vision.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on delivering Crossrail on time.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) HS2 Ltd, (b) third party contractors or (c) his Department will be liable in the event that settlement damage to vulnerable and listed...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much HS2 Ltd has spent on compensation grouting in advance of construction work along the High Speed Two London tunnel route.

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether seafarer recruitment and placement agencies registered in (a) Crown Dependencies and (b) British Overseas Territories operate in the territory...

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many seafarer (a) Ratings and (b) Officers working in the UK shipping industry are employed by recruitment and placement agencies registered...

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of those maritime recruitment and placement agencies that provide crew to company groups which have qualified for the...

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK-resident seafarer (a) Ratings and (b) Officers are employed on tonnage tax qualifying vessels registered on (i) the UK flag, (ii) other...

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cases of non-compliance with the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 have been...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 180168 on Shipping: Training, which merchant vessel departments those 40 ratings were trained to...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 180168 on Shipping: Training, whether those 40 ratings are (a) employed in the UK shipping...

      International Maritime Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on public scrutiny of the International Maritime Organisation’s decision-making process.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary contract for a new fleet of solid support...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has his Department made of the effect on the economy of the introduction of (a) E10 and (b) E80 fuel.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to provide additional funding to tackle climate change in next year’s comprehensive...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 September and 30 November 2018.

      Intellectual Property: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will undertake an assessment of the adequacy of the level of penalties for the infringement of intellectual property.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's data Costs relating to State and Guest of Government visits, if he will update that data to...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the ability of the United States to continue to be an honest broker in...

      Wildlife: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with international (a) counterparts and (b) partners on tackling the reduction in the global...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the levels of forced repatriation of Christian asylum...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken taken to promote (a) religious freedoms and (b) the ability to evangelise in China.

      Turkey: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on the effect on non-Muslims of the rapid incorporation of Islam...

      Philippines: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of the Philippines on that country's promotion of respect for human...

      China: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the safety of British Christians resident in China to...

      Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received representations from the the Crown Commercial Service on the financial health of the...

      Libya: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the safety in accordance with International Maritime Law of Libya as...

      Libya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that the funding allocated from the public purse to (a) Libyan detention centres...

      Libya: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the detention of refugees and migrants in Libya.

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in other countries on protecting press freedom.

      Mediterranean Sea: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government provides to search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean provided by NGOs.

      Mediterranean Sea: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the provision of support for NGO search and rescue ships in...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic support he is providing to the Government of Sri Lanka during the current constitutional situation.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Prime Minster has last held a conversation with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on the political situation in that country.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the fishing industry in Northern Ireland on access to UK fishing waters after the UK...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • General Practitioners: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients had access to evening and weekend GP appointments at (a) March 2018 and (b) October 2018.

    • Radiology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent information he holds on staff shortages within the discipline of radiology; what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Ocrelizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) negotiations between Roche pharmaceuticals and NHS England on access to ocrelizumab for people...

      Fampridine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that fampridine is available to people with multiple sclerosis.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding announced in Budget 2018 has been allocated to the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.

      Social Services

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

      Multiple Sclerosis: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many specialist multiple sclerosis nurses are employed in (a) NHS England and (b) Trafford.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Trafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people living with multiple sclerosis in Trafford who are eligible for a disease-modifying treatment are accessing one.

      Ocrelizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in (a) England and (b) Trafford who will...

      Gender Recognition: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for a first appointment following referral to the Gender Identity Development Service (a) in Leeds and...

      Gender Recognition: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of transition arrangements for young people moving from the gender identity development...

      Gender Recognition: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance is provided to clinical commissioning groups on preserving the fertility of children and young people who undergo treatment...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions and meetings the Government has had with the (a) tobacco and (b) vaping industries on e-cigarette regulation and policy...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its Command Paper in response to the Science and Technology Committee's Seventh Report of Session...

      Gender Recognition: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training is provided for social work (a) students and (b) practitioners on gender dysphoria in children and young people.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his department has had with NHS England on improving the support available to unpaid carers in the NHS Long Term Plan.

      Fast Food: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government on restricting the...

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Education to improve healthy eating education.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the economic effect on the UK food industry of proposed Public Health England measures to...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take in relation to food products that do not meet forthcoming Public Health England guidelines on...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to discuss mental health issues.

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent young people from developing type 2 diabetes as a result of a bad diet.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure life-saving medicines are available in the event of supply chain disruption as a result of...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of stock-piling medicines ahead of the end of March 2019 for (a) the NHS and his...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which medicines his Department has advised the health sector to stockpile before March 2019.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help health and social care providers to identify the special education needs of children in schools.

      Postural Tachycardia Syndrome: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of specialised services for children with Postural tachycardia syndrome; and if...

      Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support people with pulmonary hypertension.

      Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department provides to support medical research into pulmonary hypertension.

      Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension was in the last year for which data is available.

      Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what treatments are available on the NHS for pulmonary hypertension; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the accessibility...

      Nusinersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NICE on its appraised criteria to facilitate progress towards a Managed Access Arrangement...

      General Practitioners: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) raise awareness about and (b) encourage the use of GP online services.

      Paediatrics: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent doctors worked in paediatrics in England in each year since 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 189538 on Palliative Care: Children, what processes (a) NHS England and (b) his...

      Speech Therapy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many speech and language therapists are employed in (a) children and young people’s NHS mental health services and (b) adult...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average number of attendances seen per day was in A&E Departments at NHS hospitals in England in 2018.

      Bisphosphonates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress NICE has made in updating its guidance on the use of adjuvant bisphosphonates.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) trends in the level of use of pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce...

      Prescriptions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to update the form used to obtain free prescriptions to include an option for universal credit.

      Prescriptions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of prescription fines issued in universal credit and legacy benefit areas.

      Prescriptions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to (a) GP surgeries and (b) pharmacies on the use of prescription forms that do not include a...

      Vaccination: Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of anti-vaccination groups on vaccination take-up.

      Palliative Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s mandate to Health Education England will specify the need for a health and care workforce which can meet...

      Zoledronic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that there is equality geographically in the availability of Zoledronic acid for breast cancer treatment.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans for blood glucose testing strips and needles to remain available by prescription.

      Zholia Alemi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, further to WPQ 195560, by what method of communication patients or family members who have a concern about contact with Zholia Alemi or...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all meetings his Department has had with external stakeholders on the long-term plan for the the NHS.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department took to offer financial assistance to providers of overnight social care to adults in advance of the judgment...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) FTE workforce and (b) funded establishment for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the introduction of a target for patients with pancreatic cancer to receive...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 September and 30 November 2018.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that funding allocated by her Department from the public purse does not find its way into the hands...

    • Sudan: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government has funded Radio Dabanga in Sudan since its creation in December 2008.

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 190838, how much UK funding will be used to fund local observation of the...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Overseas Development Assistance has been allocated to Sri Lanka in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Foster Care: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to establish a regulatory body for foster agencies.

    • Free School Meals: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) all children and (b) children eligible for free school meals reached a Good Level of Development at age five in Cambridge in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) primary schools and (b) health and social care providers to identify the special education needs of...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that adequate funding is provided to ensure the sustainability of maintained nursery schools.

      Assessments: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the provision of essay mill services.

      Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the level of workplace skills of university students in the UK and other countries.

      Sleeping Rough: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 188024 on Care Leavers: Rough Sleeping, whether his Department consulted with representatives...

      Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School in Warrington receives adequate funding to ensure its future sustainability.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have been rated by Ofsted as inadequate for (a) two years, (b) three years, (c) four years, (d) five years and (e) more than six years.

      Schools: Care Leavers and Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the level of resources required for teachers, school leaders and other school staff to implement effectively the...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2018 to Question 195465 on Teachers, if he will estimate the number of qualified teachers working in (a)...

      Opportunity North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2018 to Question 194656 on Opportunity North East, from which of his Department's budgets will the £12...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Witnesses: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2018 to Question 131011 on Witnesses; Video Recordings when the Government plans to start the roll-out of Section 28...

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the real terms change was in his Departmental Resource Budget, excluding income received in each year since 2010; and what estimate he has made of...

      Charter of Fundamental Rights (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraph 83 of the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the...

      Care Leavers and Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the additional resources required to enable effective implementation of the national protocol on reducing unnecessary...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were released in December 2017; and how many of those prisoners were released without having a confirmed fixed address.

      Domestic Violence: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of victims of domestic violence that were cross-examined by their abuser in the family courts in 2017.

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2017 to Question 117497 on Prisons: Locks and Keys, if he will publish the latest available figures.

  • Treasury

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 186182 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, who the members are of...

    • Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of veterans who are homeless in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Linlithgow...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2018 to Question 191290 on Sleeping Rough, if he will publish a summary of the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the consultation paper, Strengthening consumer redress in...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the statistical data set, Affordable housing starts and completions funded by Homes England and the...

      Building Regulations and Fire Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 19 July 2018 on Grenfell Update, HCWS890, what progress he has made on (a)...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to increase housebuilding as a result of the removal...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to increase the number of affordable homes being built each year since 2014.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to issue a public consultation on the rules governing permitted development in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Police: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last three inspections were carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into any aspect of the military police service; and if...

    • Defence Equipment: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the total amount spent by his Department on military equipment manufactured in the (a) UK, (b) EU, (c) USA and...

      Ministry of Defence: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 September and 30 November 2018.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people found eligible for support from Access to Work do not submit a claim for equipment or support after their award has...

    • Universal Credit: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s policy is on the sanctioning of claimants of universal credit that receive the limited capability for work element...

      Personal Independence Payment: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data she holds in relation to the number of claimants of disability living allowance in (a) Salford and Eccles constituency and (b)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to Question 195084 tabled on the 23 November 2018, by the hon. Member for Slough.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to date of the Government's CAP IT system.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff his Department has recruited to conduct work related to the UK leaving the EU since 23 June 2016.

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to (a) commence and (b) allocate funding to schemes to reduce children's exposure to air...

      Marine Management Organisation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much it has cost on average to (a) recruit and (b) train each marine enforcement officer in the latest period for which...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 September and 30 November 2018.

  • Home Office

    • Gangs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle Albanian crime gangs in the UK.

    • Drug Seizures: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 23 October and 22 November 2018 to Questions 179178 and 191899 on Cannabis: Misuse, whether the National Crime...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports sent out by his Department were reported as lost in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date.

      Offenders: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the ethnicity of each offender and their victim in murder cases in each of the last three years in...

      Metropolitan Police: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is making contingency plans in the event that Interserve is unable to continue to provide traffic management services...

      Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied minors previously held in Libyan detention centres the UK has resettled.

      Immigrants: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of immigration cases in which her Department requested a DNA test was the applicant previously issued with a...

      Immigrants: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made on its review of the DNA test requirements for immigration cases.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on maintaining national security at smaller airports and airfields that facilitate cost-sharing flights between the UK...

      Immigration Controls: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status is of Operation Gull in Northern Ireland.

      British Nationality: Fathers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward legislative changes to the British Nationality Act 1981 to ensure that biological fathers are recognised for...

      Undocumented Migrants: Salford and Eccles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data his Department holds on the number of people resident in Salford and Eccles constituency that (a) did not have a legal right to...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women that were (a) victims of and (b) considered to be at risk of female genital...

      Asylum: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2018 to Question 193378, how many victims of slavery (a) have been paid a full back payment and (b)...

      Police: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services entitled Policing and Mental...

  • Wales Office

  • Church Commissioners

    • Christ Church College

      To ask the Rt. Hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, with reference to her oral contribution of 29 November, Official Report, what status the suspension of the Dean of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Poverty

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prosperity Fund: Annual Report 2017-18, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Treasury-delivered projects in...

    • Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's press release New 'Social Value' contracts to revolutionise government procurement published on 19 November 2018,...

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the written evidence submitted by Interserve to the Public Accounts Committee on 6 June 2018, Strategic Suppliers SSU0003, whether...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Public Procurement Review Service's spot checks on procurement documents apply to the contracting authority only.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the spot checks on procurement documents carried out by the Public Procurement Review Service in the last 12 months revealed non-compliance...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the the spot checks on procurement documents carried out by the Public Procurement Review Service in the last 12 months resulted in the...

      Pubic Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's press release of 29 November 2018 entitled Crack down on suppliers who don’t pay on time, whether...

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's press release of 29 November 2018 entitled Crack down on suppliers who don’t pay on time, which mechanism his...

      Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's press release of 29 November 2018 entitled Crack down on suppliers who don’t pay on time, whether he plans to...

      Cabinet Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to Named Day Question 192871, tabled by the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Manufacturing Industries: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other countries on the benefits of manufacturers operating in those countries...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the UK will be able to agree free trade deals with third countries during the transitional period proposed in the withdrawal...

      Overseas Trade: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent estimate he has made of the level of bi-lateral trade with Sri Lanka.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the value of UK-made military equipment sold to the Saudi Government since 2010.

      Overseas Trade: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the Economic Community of West African States on trade with the UK after the UK has left the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the June 2018 Gambling Commission advice on society...

    • Government Departments: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) Downing Street and (b) other government buildings in Whitehall display county flags to commemorate annual county days.

      Sports Competitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with (a) his counterparts in the devolved administration and (b) the relevant sporting bodies to...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the target for listening and coverage will be met for a switchover to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to ensure that trains running between Horsham and Peterborough stop at their scheduled stops and avoid stations being missed...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of introducing an international copyright exhaustion regime on the publishing industry if the UK leaves the EU.

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that energy customers who refuse to have smart meters installed in their premises are not disadvantaged by their energy suppliers.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible effects that a lack of frictionless trade could have on UK car production after Brexit.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israeli Settlements: Hebron

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 November (HL11297 and HL11254), what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about...

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the govenrment of Israel about the introduction of settlers into the Occupied West Bank and the implications of this for...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have seen the contents of the CIA’s assessment of the intelligence relating to the death of Jamal Khashoggi; if so, what confidence they have in...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL11266), when they anticipate that Saudi Arabia will give the final explanation for the...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent their response to the death of Jamal Khashoggi is consistent with their response to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the ceasefire in Gaza agreed on 13 November.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the divisions between the Libyan political factions can be bridged.

      Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the APPG on Kashmir, Human Rights Abuses in Jammu Kashmir, published on 30 October; and what steps they are taking...

      Turkey: Emergency Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expressed appreciation to the government of Turkey following the lifting of the state of emergency in that country in July.

      Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people in Turkey who are currently detained without charge or trial.

      Turkey: Judges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Turkey about the lack of security of tenure for judges; and whether they intend to ask the UN...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Occupational Therapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many qualified occupational therapists there are in the UK.

    • Occupational Therapy: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate are currently taking recognised courses to qualify as occupational therapists.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a target number for occupational therapists for the NHS; and if so, what is that target.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget announcement that a new Private Finance Initiative unit will be established within the Department of Health...

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Local Government Association, The lives we want to lead: findings, implications and recommendations on the LGA...

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have put in place so far to ensure that NHS patients have access to a supply of (1) medicines, (2) vaccines, and (3) medical devices that...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made with the EU for the European Health Insurance Card to continue to be used by British citizens when travelling within the EU.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care receives when deciding how to instruct NICE in relation to whether to use the Single Technology...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much, in total, the UK has provided in aid funding to the government of Burma for the peace process in Burma since 2015.

    • Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much, in total, the UK has provided in aid funding for humanitarian assistance to those who are internally displaced in Kachin and Shan states of northern Burma.

      Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Burma to seek unrestricted access for international humanitarian aid to those who are internally...

      Burma: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address human trafficking from northern Burma.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children with special needs being excluded from school, the implications for their education, and the risk of such...

    • Apprentices: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those undertaking apprenticeships are from isolated communities, as defined in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, published on 14...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents, published on 4 December 2017.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the Careers Strategy pilot scheme for routes into careers for vulnerable groups.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Religious Hatred

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further support they will give to Nissar Hussain and his family, and others, who have left the Islamic faith and if facing persecution in the UK.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made in the shipbuilding strategy of the optimum warship loading of UK shipyards to ensure (1) best value for money, (2)...

    • Ministry of Defence: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 November (HL11446), what is the maximum allowable payment to Ministry of Defence staff for services booked...

      Aviation: Military Bases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their General Aviation Strategy, published in March 2015, what steps they have taken to achieve general aviation use of military airfields; and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 20 November (HL11324), in which period the UK spent 3.8 per cent of GDP on expenditure classified...

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take further action to address relative poverty in the UK in response to the Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip...

      Mental Health Services: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to making the provision of mental health first aid mandatory in the workplace.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to identify individuals who will need support in making Universal Credit claims; and what support they will provide to all claimants.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Erosion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds they will make available to deal with coastal erosion, following the report by the Met Office, UK Climate Projections, published on 26...

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have prepared for householders on the availability of food supplies previously imported from the EU in the event of the UK leaving the EU without...

  • Home Office

    • UK Visas and Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Manzoor on 18 October (HL Deb, col 564), when they will publish the equality impact assessment for the introduction of charges...

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 November (HL11255), whether they will report regularly to Parliament on (1) how...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure the accountability of service providers under the new (1) Asylum Accommodation and Support Transformation, and (2) Advice,...

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise in hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in the last five years, and the implications for community...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by Refugee Rights Europe, Finally Safe? Experiences of Women in Asylum Accommodation in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of a "durable relationship, duly attested" for the purposes of article 10(4) of the draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance with human rights legislation of the requirement in article 10(5) of the draft agreement on the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Thames House

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) cost of, and (2) justification for, the cladding covering the scaffolding on the headquarters of MI5, Thames House; and what plans they have to...

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 14 November (HL11158), how many of the compatible software products listed on GOV.UK provide specifically for...

    • Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves: Venezuela

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the benefits to the UK of holding gold reserves for the central bank of Venezuela, and (2) the value of gold held by the Bank...

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the benefits to the UK of holding gold reserves for other central banks, and (2) the value of gold held by the Bank of...

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a role in deciding for which foreign governments and central banks the Bank of England should hold gold reserves; and if so, for which foreign...

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