Written answers

Thursday, 6 December 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department set targets for the DVLA to ensure that people seeking to apply or reapply for a driving licence for reasons of (a) ill health...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the publication of the Government’s response to the consultation on E10 petrol, consumer protection and fuel pump...

      High Speed Two: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd personnel have (a) been dismissed, (b) resigned and (c) made redundant in each of the last five years.

      High Speed Two: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the information his Department holds on the number of HS2 Ltd (a) personnel and (b) former personnel that have initiated a...

      High Speed Two: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) data his Department holds on the number of HS2 Ltd (i) directors and (ii) non-executive directors in each of the last five...

      Department for Transport: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Emergency Services: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have died as a result of vehicle pursuits by ambulance and police services in (a) 2017 and (b) in each month since January 2018.

      Railways: Dichloromethane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what checks his Department makes on the use of the chemical Dichloromethane by rail operators; and if he will make a statement.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of English sea ports to facilitate international trade after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he is taking to reduce the level of air pollution produced by motor vehicles; what recent assessment...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 190909 on Sharing Economy: Conditions of Employment, whether his...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices are categorised as suspended.

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post office counters have been located in a Bargain Booze store in the last eight years; and how many of those...

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the post office counters that were located in Bargain Booze stores that then closed were relocated in the...

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the 41 Crown post offices in dedicated premises that are earmarked to be franchised and relocated to...

      Green Deal Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 179252 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, how many appeals referred...

      Green Deal Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 179252 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, in which constituencies the...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the proposed Global Navigation Satellite System.

      Armed Forces: Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK Armed Forces will be able to access the proposed Global Navigation Satellite System.

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post office counters have been located in a Bargain Booze off-licence in each of the last eight years; and how...

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post office counters that were located in a Bargain Booze off-licence that closed were relocated; and what the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the network of 11,500 post offices are listed as suspended.

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post office counters have been located in a Bargain Booze off-licence in each of the last eight years; and how...

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the post office counters located in Bargain Booze off-licenses that closed in the last eight years have...

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the 41 Crown post offices that are proposed to be franchised to WH Smith have Applicant Enrolment...

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post office counters were located in a Bargain Booze off-license in the last eight years; and what estimate...

      Bargain Booze: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the post office counters located in Bargain Booze off-licenses that closed in the last eight years were...

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the 41 Crown post offices in dedicated premises that are earmarked to be franchised and relocated to WH...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on providing Julian Assange with safe passage to Ecuador.

    • Nigeria: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 195102, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for...

      Italy: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department has provided to UK nationals as a result of the recent flooding in the coastal regions of Italy.

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the detention of Uighur Muslims in China; and if he will make a statement.

      International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen the rules-based international order.

      Kuwait: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations have been made to the Government of Kuwait on respect for religious freedom in that country.

      Burundi: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 May 2016 to Question 36968, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that the perpetrators of...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the additional consular staff that will be needed in UK missions as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      China and Tibet: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK journalists have been (a) denied access to and (b) expelled from (i) Tibet and (ii) China in the last five years.

      Jerusalem: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) Israeli Government and (b) US Administration on the...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the actions of Turkish and allied militia during the occupation of...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Court of Justice of the European Union

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

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many full time equivalent staff are employed in his Department.

      Gibraltar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government has taken to consult the Gibraltarian Government during negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.

      Economic Situation: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement on the economy in the North East.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on just in time delivery arrangements for medical devices of the UK leaving the EU Customs...

    • NHS Property Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff are employed to provide (a) leadership and (b) strategic direction to the NHS as a result of the establishment of the NHS...

      Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 174768, what steps his Department is taking in respect of Sustainability and...

      Community Health Partnerships and NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 174765 on NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships: staff, what...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve handover times between paramedics and hospital staff.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the IPPR report entitled Fair funding for mental health, published in October 2018, whether the...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Digital's publication, Cervical screening programme England 2017-18, published on 27 November 2018, what...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department still plans to reduce adult smoking prevalence to 12 per cent by 2022.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency admissions to hospital came from a (a) care home setting and (b) nursing home setting in 2017-18.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people waited six months or longer for a mental health assessment in each of the last five years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people that (a) have attempted and (b) stated that they have considered suicide as a result of...

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the change in the pension cap on the number of (a) consultants and (b) GPs leaving the NHS.

      Doctors: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196142 on Locums: Qualifications, what elements of Sir Keith Pearson’s review...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2018 to Question 125617, on Mental Health Services: Finance, what independent academic research...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of emergency admissions to hospital of people over the age of 65 and receiving home...

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether additional funding has been made available to clinical commissioning groups to support new Improving Access to Psychological...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of the findings of the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of...

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of humanitarian access in South Sudan; and what steps her Department is...

    • South Sudan: Foreign Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in the US Administration on its review of financial assistance to South...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in her Department are seconded to each Government Department.

      Department for International Development: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in her Departmental have joint reporting responsibilities with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Departmental staff are working on the conflict, stability and security fund.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to assist (a) refugees from Yemen and (b) internally displaced people in that country.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance was allocated to programmes run by (a) non-governmental organisations, (b) other private...

      European Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK-based organisations that access funds from the European Development Fund will...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with representatives of UK-based organisations on access to funding from the EU Development...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress she has made on the national conversation to which she referred in her speech of 9 October 2018 entitled The future of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her speech of 9 October 2018, entitled The future of UK aid post-Brexit, what progress she has made on supporting...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the staffing budget for schools has been in each of the last five years.

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of academy schools that were rated (a) inadequate and (b) requires improvement before being granted academy status have...

      Voluntary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, under what circumstances the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) will be the statutory decision maker for proposals to establish a new...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prevent state-funded schools making inadequate provision for Religious Education.

      Schools: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support the monitoring of air quality in every primary school.

      Schools: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the level of bullying in schools; and whether there has been an increase in the level of bullying of BAME children...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department spent on advertising for new recruits for teacher training courses in 2017-18.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to update the statutory guidance Safeguarding Disabled Children.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timeframe is for schools to receive the additional funding announced in the Budget 2018; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the pay settlement is for teachers in 2019-20; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Office for Students on the cost of student accommodation at Higher Education Institutions.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Law: Judgements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the maintenance of mutual recognition of judgements in the area of family law after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish the Tailored Review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have represented themselves in cases related to (a) divorce, (b) child custody, (c) clinical negligence, (d) welfare, (e) employment,...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been brought to court related to (a) divorce, (b) child custody, (c) clinical negligence, (d) welfare, (e) employment, (f)...

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people with mental health issues have represented themselves in court since 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the number of people turned away from legal aid providers since 2010.

      Legal Representation: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women, (b) men and (c) people of BAME background represented themselves in court in each (i) year and (ii) quarter since 2012.

      HM Inspectorate of Prisons: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times Her Majesty's Prisons Inspectorates of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland met in 2017.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of custodial sentences given for non-payment of the BBC licence fee in each of the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the tribunals service for claimants living in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England which related to (i)...

  • Treasury

    • Hotels and Tourist Attractions: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for the tourism industry of a reduction in VAT on hotels and tourist attractions.

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an assessment of the accuracy of the findings of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research report entitled The...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Real Time Information system on the recording of IR35 for employees for tax purposes.

      EU Aid: Ethiopia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has made at EU level for the EU to agree to the Policy Coherence for Development set out in the Addis Ababa principles.

      Treasury: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2018 to Question 194204 on Brexit and with reference to paragraph 4.111 of the Office for Budget Responsibility's...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2018 to Question 194212, on EU Budget, what estimate his Department has made of the sum in (a) pounds sterling and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has displayed county flags to commemorate annual county days at its Marsham Street building in 2018.

    • Sleeping Rough: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 188024 on Care Leavers: Rough Sleeping, if he will make it his...

      Private Rented Housing: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on the introduction of three-year tenancies for families in the private rented sector.

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will hold discussions with the Chancellor on (a) extending the Community Housing Fund for the whole of the next...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the resources required for local authority children's services, care services and care...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many social housing properties have been sold in each constituency in Greater Manchester under right to buy in...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to publish a formal response to his Department's consultation on implementing reforms to the...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to publish statutory homelessness statistics in December 2018.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) families with children and (b) children were placed in temporary accommodation in another local authority...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether officials from his Department have met with representatives of the insurance industry on limiting liability...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescale is for the armed services justice review to (a) be completed and (b) made public; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ministry of Defence: Leidos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sums his Department has paid to Leidos to operate the logistics, commodities and services transformation programme in each year since 2015.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the affordability gap in the Equipment Plan 2017-2027.

      Navy: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether radiation checks are carried out on submariners at the end of a tour of duty.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which European Union Permanent Structured Cooperation projects the UK plans to participate in after the UK leaves the EU.

      Galileo System: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Government concluded that it would not be in the UK’s security interests to seek to use the secure aspects of the Galileo...

      Afghanistan: Parachute Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Parachute Regiment personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan in a combat role.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what joint military operations the UK armed forces plans to undertake with Saudi Arabia.

      HMS Ambush: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of repairs to HMS Ambush was as a result of that submarine's collision with a merchant vessel off Gibraltar in July 2016.

      HMS Victorious: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's decision on a second refit for HMS Victorious.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 20228 on AWE, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) anticipated out-turn cost and (b)...

      Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for the (a) completion and (b) publication of the annual assurance report for the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator for 2017-18.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 157650 on Nuclear Weapons: Safety, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Leeds North East with...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have waited three months or longer for a work capability assessment after their completed UC50 form has...

    • Universal Credit: Housing

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

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of overpayment of Carers Allowance have been taken to court in each of the last five years.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been charged in penalties for overpayment of carers allowance in each of the last five years.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of overpayment of Carers Allowance her Department is pursuing; and of those cases how many relate to (a) 51 or fewer, (b) 52 to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to take account of 53-week years in the provision of universal credit.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of enabling parents to pursue (a) child maintenance arrears and (b) arrears...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to issue payments to the receiving parent obtained by Child Maintenance Service as a result of a deduction of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been received by the Child Maintenance Service as a result of delayed payments issued via deduction of earnings...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) longest and (b) shortest time scales were for issuing payments to receiving parents through deduction of earnings orders made by...

      Social Security Benefits: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment and support allowance in Ashfield constituency were (i) successful...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of claimants of (a) disabled social security payments and (b) pensions who have payments...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 192729 on Universal Credit, what were the numbers of claimants represented by the...

      Unemployment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the reasons for the increased number of economically inactive young women over the last 18 months; and...

      Dichloromethane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what quantities of the chemical Dichloromethane have been purchased with the permission of the Health and Safety Executive since 3 January 2017.

      Dichloromethane: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of workers falling ill after contact with the chemical Dichloromethane were reported in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many countries his Department will be required to reach an agreement with on acceptance of UK versions of export health...

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of additional veterinary surgeons that will be required for Export Health...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January to Question 120789, what plans he has to implement to the findings of the Welfare of...

      Animal Products: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that consumers are able to make informed decisions about the meat and diary products that...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to respond to the statement issued by the European Council on 25 November 2018 that the EU would seek a...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the co-ordination of policing and NHS staff on...

    • Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that all police officers are adequately trained to support people in mental health crises.

      Refugees: Calais and Dunkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the (a) accommodation, (b) medical treatment and (c) legal support for...

      Refugees: Calais and Dunkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK’s planned withdrawal from the EU on the level of the UK's collaboration...

      Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

  • Scotland Office

    • Equal Pay: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money from the public purse was spent (a) producing and (b) promoting the Facebook advertisement entitled Closing the Gender Pay Gap.

    • Equal Pay: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what audience targeting filters were used for the Facebook advertisement entitled Closing the Gender Pay Gap.

      Equal Pay: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reason the Facebook advertisement entitled Closing the Gender Pay Gap does not appear in Facebook Ad Library as a political advertisement.

      Equal Pay: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what other platforms the Facebook advertisement entitled Closing the Gender Pay Gap was run.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money was spent from the public purse (a) producing and (b) promoting the Facebook advertisement entitled Scotland's public spending.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what audience targeting filters were used for the Facebook advertisement entitled Scotland's public spending.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reason the Facebook advertisement entitled Scotland's public spending does not appear in Facebook Ad Library as a political advertisement.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what other platforms the Facebook advertisement entitled Scotland's public spending was run.

      Land: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 135627, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on land prices in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Facebook: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money from the public purse was spent (a) producing and (b) promoting the Facebook advertisement entitled The Brexit Deal explained.

    • Facebook: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what other platforms the Facebook advertisement entitled The Brexit Deal explained was run.

      Facebook: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what audience targeting filters were used for the Facebook advertisement entitled The Brexit Deal explained.

      Public Sector: Procurement

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

      Employment: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in the UK aged 70 or over were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in 2017.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are working on the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund; and in which Departments those civil servants are employed.

      Committee on the Grant of Honours Decorations and Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the decision was taken to re-open the Advisory Military Sub-Committee of the Honours and Decorations Committee.

      Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will conduct a review of the performance of the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.

      Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of staff shortages on the performance of the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the proposed EU withdrawal agreement on the economy of Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 September and 30 November 2018.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Lotteries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the average licensing costs for organisations with more than one society lottery licence.

    • Culture: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has allocated to arts and culture projects in Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years.

      World War I: War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a dedicated UK-based memorial to mark the Mesopotamian campaign of the...

  • Attorney General

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of knife related incidents that have not resulted in a successful prosecution in (a) Coventry, (b) the West...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made towards encouraging peace talks to end the conflict in Yemen; and when they anticipate such talks to begin.

    • Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Cameroon and the violence following the re-election of President Paul Biya.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the rights of Palestinian shepherds and farmers to graze sheep on and farm land in Gaza...

      Israel: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent to the government of Israel by four UN Special Rapporteurs which stated that those Rapporteurs held "deep...

      Hebron: Ambulance Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about allegations of an attack by Jewish settlers in the Old City of Hebron on Red Crescent...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on who was responsible for the alleged chemical attack on Aleppo on 25 November; and what action they intend to take if that attack is...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dental Health: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients presented to GPs in England with dental problems in each of the last five years; and, in each year, how many of them were prescribed antibiotics.

    • DeepMind

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Google about the abolition of DeepMind Health’s independent review committee following the integration of DeepMind...

      DeepMind

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information was provided to NHS patients whose data are held by DeepMind Health before that company was integrated into Google rather than being a separate...

      Home Care Services: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) home care workers receive the National Living Wage, and (2) travel time between clients for such workers is treated...

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use community pharmacies as the first port of call for patients with minor ailments.

      Anaesthetics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of findings from the Royal College of Anaesthetists that one in ten anaesthetists are being charged to use rest facilities in hospitals.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a long-term strategy to improve the welfare, wellbeing and morale of NHS staff is currently in development.

      Medical Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns the (1) information contained in patients’ health records, and (2) health records themselves; and who is responsible for (a) the use of information...

      Multiple Births

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 14 November (HL11167), how they intend to ensure that the findings from the interim report of the...

      Multiple Births

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 13 November (HL11168) relating to the findings of the Twins and Multiple Births Association Maternity...

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      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...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 27 November (HL11452), what was the average turnaround time from sample collection to clinical report...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what economic modelling NHS England has carried out on the net budgetary impact of introducing a national molecular pathology service in cancer; what estimate...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was the education services grant to local authorities in (1) 2013–14, (2) 2014–15, (3) 2015–16, and (4) 2016–17.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for enacting legislation to provide financial relief under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 to victims of forced...

    • Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made to address the issue of overcrowding in prisons.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Public Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether spending on public libraries has fallen for a fifth successive year in 2017–18.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of UK participation in EU defence proposals; whether such costs will be met from the UK's defence budget; and whether they will...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people moving from legacy benefits to Universal Credit will be subject to a hard stop to their benefit payments.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to charging the costs of assessing asylum claims and resettling refugees in the UK against their commitment to spent 0.7 per...

    • Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 November (HL11282), whether the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of hate...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they have given to preserving freedom of movement for the performance and production of creative works after Brexit.

    • Arts: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to remain part of Creative Europe after the current funding period concludes in 2020.

      Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that the protocol on Northern Ireland included in the draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU will “apply only...

      Brexit: Northern Ireland

      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: Gibraltar

      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...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any final financial settlement with the EU resulting from Brexit will represent the UK's accumulated obligations; and if so, how much the accumulated...

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they intend to provide to small and medium-sized enterprises about the move to the online VAT returns system.

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement that HMRC will become a preferred creditor in UK insolvencies, what (1) calculations were used, and (2) issues were considered when...

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves: Venezuela

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider a moratorium on any repatriation of gold held by the Bank of England to the government or Central Bank of Venezuela until such time as...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      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...

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