Written answers

Friday, 14 December 2018

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect on (a) local businesses and (b) the community of the...

    • McColl's: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office branches are located in McColl's stores; and whether there are plans to locate more Post Office...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to protect consumers who are owed goods or services from a company which has ceased...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many in-flight files of EU legislation exist that effect the policy areas managed by his Department; and which in-flight...

    • Zuhair Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah Abas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has filed the case of Bahraini death-row inmate and victim of torture Zuhair Ebrahim under his Department's torture...

      Zuhair Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah Abas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Bahraini Government on the case of Zuhair Ebrahim who was sentenced to death on 29...

      Western Sahara: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcomes of UN-facilitated roundtable discussions on Western Sahara, held in Geneva on 5-6...

      Western Sahara: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the UN Security Council’s...

      Morocco: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Morocco on (a) reports that security forces opened-fire on a boat...

      Algeria: Politics and Government

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

      Cosmas Omboto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the circumstances in which Fr Cosmas Omboto Ondari was killed in the South West Region...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of international efforts to secure Iran’s accession to the...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on whether the preconditions for implementing an EU special purpose vehicle enabling...

      Elias Faisal Al-Mulla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations for the release of Bahraini political prisoner, Elyas Faisal al-Mulla on a humanitarian basis,...

      Elias Faisal Al-Mulla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the legality of the continued detention of Bahraini political prisoner, Elyas Faisal...

      Hakeem AlAraibi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Thai counterpart on the case of Bahraini footballer, Hakeem AlAraibi who is being...

      Hakeem AlAraibi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government is assisting Australian authorities on ensuring the safe return of Bahraini footballer, Hakeem...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many in-flight files of EU legislation exist that effect the policy areas managed by her Department; and which in-flight files of EU...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Dover Port: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2018 to Question 196873 on Dover Port: Domestic Visits, if he will publish the dates of visits...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to respond to the risk of famine in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

    • Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the conflict in Yemen on that country's economy; and what steps her...

      Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of access by providers of humanitarian aid to (a) Kachin and (b) Shan...

  • Department for Education

    • Educational Institutions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) capital and (b) revenue spending was on (i) free schools, (ii) studio schools and (iii) university technical colleges UTCs that (A) have...

    • Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with Interserve on the viability of existing apprenticeship training following...

      Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) he and (b) the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills has had with the Institute for Apprenticeships on the viability...

  • Department for International Trade

    • EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the trade agreements that the UK has as an EU member with third countries will continue in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

    • World Trade Organisation and Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has to pursue (a) reform of the World Trade Organisation and (b) free trade.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Associations: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of property disposals by housing associations in each...

    • Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 189727 on Leasehold: Reform, if he publish the minutes of that...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 189727 on Leasehold: Reform, if he will make it his policy to...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local authorities on the delivery of children’s services.

      Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help young people get on the housing ladder.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) value of empty homes in the Ministry of Defence estate in (i) Wales, (ii) England, (iii)...

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has used paint containing (a) hexavalent chromium and (b) chromium VI in servicing vehicles.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which cadet units are in each constituency; and what the sponsoring Service is of each of those units.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many in-flight files of EU legislation exist that effect the policy areas managed by her Department; and which in-flight files of EU...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants living in households without internet access in (a) Brent Central and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve air quality in the East Midlands.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report, EU Settlement Scheme Private Beta 1, published on 31 October 2018, what assessment he has made of the reasons...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Integrity Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has (a) funded, (b) awarded contracts to and (c) procured the services of the Integrity Initiative in each financial year since...

  • Treasury

    • Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of Transferable Tax History on the incentives for buying companies to increase oil and gas production...

    • Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of trends in the level of oil prices on the cost to the public purse of the Transferable Tax History.

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has put in place to maintain job security for workers on North Sea oil rigs when Transferable Tax History is implemented.

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of limiting Transferable Tax History claims to incoming companies’ investment in (a)...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the net flow of revenue has been between the Treasury and North Sea oil and gas companies over the last three years.

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Transferable Tax History and the Paris climate agreement.

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has established a decommissioning fund to ensure funding for the transferable tax history policy.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to respond to the fourth report of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Sub Committee report, The Powers of HMRC: Treating Taxpayers...

      Health Professions: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) doctors and (b) nurses who will be subject to the 2019 disguised remuneration loan charge.

      Health Professions: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) doctors and (b) nurses that will be subject to the 2019 Loan Charge.

      Farmers: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many farmers have been excluded from the agricultural flat-rate VAT scheme since its introduction in each region of the UK in each year since the...

      Farmers: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many agriculture flat-rate scheme questionnaires have been sent to participants in the scheme in each region of the UK.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband and Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve broadband and mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

    • Gambling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information he holds on the number and proportion of (a) children who gamble by buying scratchcards and (b) problem...

      Digital Technology: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) businesses and (b) organisations he has met to discuss the effect of the fourth industrial revolution on skills...

      Copyright: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps have been taken to maintain cross-border cooperation on copyright after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Service Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit uncertainty on the growth of the services sector.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the next census, due in 2021, will include questions asking about respondents’ (1) main language, and (2) proficiency in English, as was the case in...

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