Written answers

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the independent report to his Department on Network Rail’s approach to vegetation management, published on 28 November 2018,...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect of the proposed HS2 works between Long Eaton and Nuthall.

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, further to the Written Statement of 4 December, HCWS1132 on Rail Update; whether GTR has met the standard for a termination event under Schedule 10...

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in (a) the Department for Transport (b) HM Treasury (c) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (d) Number...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the capacity for rail freight growth will be included in the Government’s specification for the north Transpennine as a result of his...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions has he had with Transport for the North on the exclusion of freight from the specification of the north Transpennine upgrade.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase the volume of rail freight from ports in the North of England.

      Railways: Snodland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of potential growth in passengers on high-speed services from Snodland to London St Pancras in the next rail franchise period.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure sufficient road grit is available for winter 2018-19.

      Railways: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK train operating companies can access European markets after the UK leaves the EU.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to protect the future growth of cross-border rail freight after the UK leaves the EU.

      Transport: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to prepare the UK for leaving the EU without a deal in terms of (a) EU exit statutory instruments and (b) the...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned timetable is for bringing forward legislation to extend eligibility for a Blue Badge to people who have hidden or non-physical...

      Railways: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the average delay on trains between Sheffield and London St Pancras since the new timetable was...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned timeframe is for the commencement of High Speed Two services to Sheffield.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned timeframe is for completion of the northern link for services from Sheffield to the main High Speed Two line.

      Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timeframe is for completion of improvements to the Hope Valley line.

      A140

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned completion date is for road improvements to the A140 in Suffolk close to the Norfolk border; and if he will make a statement.

      Great Northern Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on transferring franchising authority to Transport for London for contracting Great...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to transfer commuter rail services to Transport for London as proposed in Chris Gibb's independent report to the Department for...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he has had with the Mayor of London on plans for devolving commuter rail services to Transport for London.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has completed its hard review of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise; and if he will make statement.

      Department for Transport: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department sign the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter.

      Department for Transport: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to commence the equal pay review within his Department.

      Department for Transport: Bullying and Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for (a) his Department and (b) each agency of his Department, what proportion of staff in the 2018 People Survey reported that during the past 12...

      Department for Transport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the dates of all the consultation meeting officials of his Department (a) held and (b) planned with trades union health and safety...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate...

    • UK Research and Innovation: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he made of the potential economic effect of Science Europe’s Open Access Coalition Plan S before...

      TRIPS Agreement: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Doha Declaration on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement...

      Females: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support SMEs that are run by women.

      Females: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what further support the Government plans to provide to women who have received Government start-up loans to help them...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many in-flight files of EU legislation exist that affect the policy areas managed by his Department; and which...

      Companies House: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to reduce the risk of fraud from the availability of personal information on the Companies...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Technical Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Government response to the Thirteenth Report of Session 2017-19 of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Human...

    • Human Rights: Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the rule of law and protect lawyers in (a) Iran and (b) other countries where...

      Narges Mohammadi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on Narges Mohammadi who has been imprisoned for 16 years for...

      Mostafa el-Naggar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Egyptian counterpart on the whereabouts of Mostafa Al-Naggar who has been missing since...

      Amal Fathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in the Egyptian Government on the case of Amal Fathy.

      Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage the Egyptian Government to stop using the death penalty.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Colombian Government on the need for (a) individual and (b) collective protection...

      Colombia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many women’s organisations in Colombia receive UK funding.

      Colombia: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many organisations in rural Colombia receive funding from the UK.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Libya’s Government of National Accord on the storming of the...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) political stability and (b) the security situation in Libya of the...

      Libya: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the (a) attendees and (b) outcomes of the talks on Libya held in Jordan on 2 December 2018.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress on implementing the restructuring of the Libyan Presidential Council, since the...

      Burundi: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the African Union, (b) the East African Community and (c) members...

      Burundi: Non-overnmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Burundi on the (a) three-month suspension of certain NGOs accused...

      Egypt: Emergency Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Egypt on the recent extension of the state of emergency in that country.

      Egypt: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Egypt on the sentences handed down by Egyptian courts in criminal cases...

      Egypt: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Egypt on recent arrests and investigations of (a) writers and (b)...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the validity of recent reports from Human Rights Watch that over 40 political...

      Egypt: Political Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Egypt on the arrest and detention of non-violent political...

      Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Amnesty International's 20 November 2018 news story entitled Saudi Arabia: Reports of torture and sexual...

      Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will call on the Government of Saudi Arabia to release female human rights defenders detained without charge in that country.

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on fishing rights in Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the European Court of Justice ruling in February 2018 that a fishing...

      Gambia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of Gambia’s Truth, Reparations and Reconciliation Commission in...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the South Sudanese Government on ensuring adherence to the peace...

      Ukraine: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last spoke with President Poroshenko of Ukraine; and what issues were discussed at that time.

      Ukraine: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last received a request from the Government of Ukraine for a telephone conversation with the President of that country.

      Indonesia: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on the arrest of West Papuan protesters across the region who...

      South Sudan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Government of South Sudan over that Government's use of the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of denuclearisation in North Korea.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the contribution of the vaping industry is to the economy.

    • Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Public Contract Regulations 2015, how many times the Crown Crown Commercial Service identified in the last 12 months that...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 4 December 2018, Official Report, column 879, what information his Department has...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Billing

      To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department holds data on the proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) contractors to his Department that include provisions to impose...

  • Department for International Development

    • Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the proposed UN migration pact; and if she will make a statement.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of UK Official development Assistance on low income countries in each of the...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of the continued military offensive on Hodeidah port on the delivery of...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the reports by the UN World Food Programme that there has been a decrease in accuracy of...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2018 to Question 171641 on Palestinians: Schools, whether her Department has commissioned the...

      Department for International Development: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of (a) trends in the level of (i) looked-after children and (ii) child protection plans and (b) the reasons for those trends.

    • Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of first-year undergraduates who do not live in accommodation sponsored by their university.

      Schools: South Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated through the National Funding Formula to schools in South Gloucestershire in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Withdrawal Agreement on the involvement of (a) UK students and (b) UK universities in ERASMUS+.

      Special Educational Needs: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the availability of services for children with developmental language disorder.

      Disabled Students Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of uptake of disabled students' allowance of the introduction of the requirement for students...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with directors of children’s services on their ability to deliver their statutory duties to children and families.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the link between deprivation and demand for children’s services.

      Department of Education: Government Chief Scientific Adviser

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

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 29 November 2018 on Prisons Update, Official Report HCWS1123, what criteria his Department plans to use to decide...

    • Prison Officers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison custody officers were certified at each contracted prison on the last date for which Ministry of Justice Controller records are available.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time between notification of unsuccessful claims for personal independence payments and...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were granted legal aid under exceptional case funding each (a) year and (b) quarter since 2010.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will review the process of registration for Registered Provider status for community led micro-providers...

    • Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the sale of freeholds with mandatory service charges attached for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment and Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vacant civilian staff full-time equivalent posts Defence Equipment and Support has backfilled with contractors or contingent labour in each of...

    • Defence: Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for the Armed Forces of 26 November 2018, Official Report, column 14, which stakeholders he...

      HMS Victorious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sources of information his Department consulted in its assessment which led to the decision not to refuel HMS Victorious.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK defence forces will participate in EU Battlegroups in 2019-20.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the effect of single family payments of universal credit on people who are in violent or coercive relationships.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the performance of customer-facing services provided by her Department in terms of (a) time taken to...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the total amount of money transferred from mobility allowance paid to disabled people to the Mobility...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the length of time taken for the transfer of documents between her Department and the Courts and Tribunal...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her letter of 5 December 2018 on the Work Capability Assessment, when her Department will provide statistics on how many...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 September and 30 November...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that direct payments from universal credit to landlords of rent and arrears continue (a) when a claimant...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of salmonella on farms have been reported on each type of farm in each of the last five years.

    • Sea Bass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking with the European Commission to tackle illegal seabass fishing activity from commercial fixed netters.

  • Home Office

    • Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to review his policy on proscribing all parts of the Hezbollah organisation.

    • Offences against Children: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) outcomes and (b) agreements were that he reached on online child grooming with representatives of (i) Microsoft, (ii) Facebook,...

      Offences against Children: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to encourage social media companies to tackle the grooming of young children on the platforms of those...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has issued to police forces on tackling online child abuse.

      Internet: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and for Justice on tech companies...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has any targets for the number of people migrating to the UK once the UK leaves the EU.

      Domestic Violence: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on reducing domestic...

      Hate Crime: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the monitoring of videos of potential (a) hate crimes and (b)...

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number of police officers per head of population was in Greater London in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied minors who were held in Calais detention centres have been resettled in the UK.

      Police Pursuits: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of tactical contacts to reduce moped enabled crime.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the protection of unaccompanied child refugees in northern France from...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Court of Appeal ruling of 3 October 2018, when his Department plans to provide unaccompanied minors refused entry to...

  • Wales Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there has been a reduction in the per-placement funding support for the nursing degree course at the University of Suffolk.

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the consistency of the (a) procedures and, (b) prescribing practice Clinical Commissioning Groups.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department are taking to (a) raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of eating disorders and (b) encourage those...

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) level of public support for a change to the schedule of pneumococcal vaccination...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) potential effect on the incidence of disease in at-risk populations of changes to the...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England plans to publish its approach to evaluating the genomic tests to be included in the National Genomic Test Directory.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England plans to publish its policy outlining the approach to commissioning and funding genomic tests to be included in the...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England is taking to ensure equitable patient access to panel tests through the Genomic Medicine Service.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment NHS England has made of trends in the level of uptake of molecular diagnostic tests in England.

      Food: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent research his Department has commissioned on the safety of genetically modified organisms in the food chain.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to improve the oral health of children.

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what redress is available to people who have not received a response from an NHS Trust to a complaint within the 40 working day deadline.

      NHS: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made on the effectiveness of the NHS Injury Cost Recovery scheme.

      Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2018 to Question 194056, whether his Department has estimated the cost of Health Education...

      Doctors: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all doctors have access to a dedicated place to rest (a) during and (b) at the end of their...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many brain tumour research applications have been received by the National Institute of Health Research to date.

      Paramedical Staff: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for how long on average paramedics are in receipt of their employee pensions.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in the level of public health funding on trends in the number of incidences...

      Dermatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have a diagnosis of eczema.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library (a) all instances where the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended a change to a...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England plans to publish the commercial framework referred to in the policy paper of 5 December 2018 entitled Voluntary scheme...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government will publish its alcohol strategy.

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department next plans to publish an assessment of the extent of sex selective abortion in the UK.

      General Practitioners: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP trainees began training in Nottinghamshire in 2017.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant of his Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196185 on Department of Health and Social Care: Meetings, if he will publish the...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with officials from other Departments on the availability and price of fresh fruit and vegetables...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS prescription penalty notices were issued between August 2017 and August 2018; and how many recipients of those notices have...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what process is in place for the NHS Business Services Authority to check a claimant's eligibility for free prescriptions with the...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to introduce the digitised system enabling pharmacies instantly to verify a person's entitlement to free prescriptions.

      University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of stroke care at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 183515 on Eating Disorders, what measures Health Education England is requesting in...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 186311 on Mental Health Services, which child and adolescent mental health services...

      Suicide: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people admitted to hospital after a suicide attempt were discharged with no follow-up appointment or care plan.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what date the NHS 10-year plan will be published.

      Suicide: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 183510 on Suicide: Bereavement Counselling, what steps his Department is taking to...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 195127 on Scotland Office: Data Protection, what the subject matter was of the two dossiers that...

    • Scotland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent steps he taken to advise cross-border traders in Northern Ireland on the arrangements they need to put in place after the...

    • National Crime Agency and Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) National crime Agency and (b) PSNI on contingency preparations for the UK leaving...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what goods are exempt from the provisions of Annex five of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what role the Government's chief scientific officer has in respect of the technological developments required to provide an...

      Social Security Benefits and Legal Aid Scheme: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Article 10 and Article 18 of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement, published on 14 November 2018, whether the Government...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the legal opinion of the European Court of Justice Advocate General that the UK can revoke Article 50 unilaterally,...

  • Treasury

    • Health Professions: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses will be subject to the 2019 Loan Charge.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that taxpayers were made aware of the introduction of the High Income Child Benefit Charge; and if he will...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he plans to respond to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Sub-Committee report entitled The Powers of HMRC: Treating Taxpayers Fairly, HC 242.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2018 to Question 195559 on Voluntary Work: Young People, what proportion of the those...

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's policy is on limiting gambling advertising during televised sports events.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role his Department played in (a) organising and (b) financing the visit to Parliament by Northern Ireland business representatives during...

    • *No heading*

      What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect on families in Northern Ireland of the universal credit two-child limit.

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the development of an open and competitive “mobility as a service” market.

    • Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken steps to encourage relevant service providers to develop a common ride hailing protocol; and if so, what discussions, and with whom, they...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Peers: Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House whether there is a protocol relating to whether letters to ministers from members of the House of Lords should receive replies; and if so, how quickly replies...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ryan Cornelius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the release of Matthew Hedges, whether the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa has had direct contact with the Head of the Ruler's...

    • Sudan: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of senior officials of the National Congress Party in Sudan, including President al-Bashir, discussing blackmail and...

      Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the (1) continued detention of Selahattin Demirtas despite the ruling by the European Court...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about proceedings to lift the parliamentary immunity of Pervin Buldan and three other MPs.

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of who may be responsible for killings and burning down of villages in southern Cameroon during the current conflict.

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Cameroon and France in relation to the violence being perpetrated in southern Cameroon.

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have conducted with the Commonwealth Heads of Government about the conflict in southern Cameroon; what response they received; and...

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the government of Rwanda could play a role in negotiating a sustainable resolution to the conflict in southern Cameroon...

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking ahead of presidential elections in Nigeria in February 2019 to help to strengthen the commitment to democratic values within the...

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the impact of the independence referendum held in Cameroon in 1961 on the current conflict between anglophone and...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the work undertaken by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust on mental health in schools.

    • Schools: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the current educational system's (1) use of early testing, (2) exam focus, and (3) practice of comparing pupils...

      Schools: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the extra resources they have provided to schools to prevent and tackle mental health problems will be effective.

      Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 27 November (HL11468) that 41 per cent of children in care are being placed outside the area of the...

      Manufacturing Industries: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to invest in the development of workers’ skills to help boost productivity in the manufacturing sector.

      Further Education: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending the £400 million of extra capital funding for schools, announced in this year's autumn statement, to...

      Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 27 November (HL11468 and HL11469), what action they are taking to require local authorities to provide...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answers by the Chairman of Committees (Lord Laming) on 12 May 2016 (HL8153) and the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) on 26...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Patrol Craft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (1) basing, and (2) manning plans for HM Ships Severn, Mersey and Tyne.

    • Former Prime Ministers: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 20 November (HL11338), what percentage of the cost of the use of the RAF Voyager aircraft was spent on...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to undertake a comprehensive review of the impact of Universal Credit on vulnerable groups; and if so, what are their plans.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Universal Credit claimants have additional support needs; and how are such claimants identified, monitored and supported.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to address hardship caused in Universal Credit pilot areas, and (2) to ensure that the same impacts on debt and health are not...

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK Poverty 2018, published on 4 December, that 22 per cent...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: 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...

    • European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether continued UK participation in the European Arrest Warrant is subject to the outcome of future negotiations; and which countries currently have legislative...

      EU Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations International Children's...

      Trespass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to combat the unauthorised urban exploration of and criminal trespassing in high profile buildings.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scope the UK will have to negotiate and conclude third party trade agreements under the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement if the backstop provisions come...

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement a long-term strategy to help attract foreign direct investment in UK small towns.

      Overseas Trade: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed, or plan to review, the sale of arms and surveillance equipment to Turkey in the light of the current political and human rights...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • European Union: Flags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the EU flag is recognised by the UK; and which of the other member states of the EU recognise that flag.

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