Written answers

Monday, 17 December 2018

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on making available additional funding for the NHS to prepare for a...

    • Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for bariatric surgery in each NHS trust in each of the last five calendar years; and how much has each...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what resources have been allocated to the NHS Business Services Authority to support victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that children are protected from the marketing of alcohol products.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died as a result of suicide while waiting for an appointment after referral by their GP to a relevant medical...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of EU nationals recruited to work in the NHS in (a) Coventry, (b) West Midlands and...

      Grenfell Tower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the £50 million committed to long-term mental and physical health checks and treatment for people affected by the Grenfell...

      Healthcare Environmental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Written Statement of 11 December 2018 on Clinical Waste, Official Report, HCWS1168, if he will publish the NHS trusts...

      Healthcare Environmental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Written Statement of 11 December 2018 on Clinical Waste, Official Report HCWS1168, what assessment he has made of the...

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the appropriateness of the Single Technology Appraisal process for rare diseases that do not meet the...

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many rare disease treatments appraised through the Single Technology Appraisal process have been approved by NICE.

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to reduce variations in access to rare disease medicines in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that UK patients with rare diseases will continue to be able to receive access to the highest quality...

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on implementing a state-backed GP indemnity scheme in England; and whether the scheme will be...

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 195079 on Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination, whether the modelling paper used by...

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the category 1 mean response time has been in each quarter since the classification of ambulance response times changed.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2018 to Question 170818 on Health: Children, what the planned publication date is for the Social...

      Air Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the operation of air ambulance services in the UK.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people requested social care services but died before receiving any such service in each year since 2010.

      Drugs and Medical Equipment: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the robustness of supply chain networks for EU supplied (a) medicines, and (b) medical equipment in (i)...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of regional disparities on life expectancy.

      Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Care Quality Commission report of November 2018, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Norfolk...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS Trust leaders on planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies on planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to implementing contingency plans in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each...

  • Prime Minister

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with her counterparts at the G20 Summit in Argentina on a ceasefire in Yemen.

    • Prime Minister: Brexit

      To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate she has made of (a) the cost to the public purse and (b) the carbon footprint of her visits to her counterparts in other EU member states and the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) male and (b) female lone parent university students have been affected by the requirement to move from claiming tax credits to...

    • Child Support

      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 Child Support Agency arrears written off under...

      Carer's Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans exempt young adult carers from the 21-hour study in relation to the carer’s allowance.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) universal credit claimants, (b) new universal credit claimants and (c) benefit suspensions in...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the minimum income floor on self-employed people.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of in-work poverty; and if she will make an assessment of the implications for her...

      Interserve: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions her Department has had with representatives of (a) The Pensions Regulator and (b) the Pension Protection Fund on...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit advance payments have been paid on the day on which they have been applied for.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on what proportion of universal credit advance payments for (a) childcare, (b) housing and (c) childcare...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have had their payments reduced as a result of being paid two consecutive months salaries in a single...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the £20 referral fee and four per cent collect and pay charge levied on people...

  • Home Office

    • Airguns: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the Government's response to the Air Weapons Review before the House rises for the Christmas adjournment.

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Department has taken to honour its commitment to implement the Dubs amendment; what assessment he has made of whether his...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits of amending section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to allow UK cyber security and...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support mechanisms his Department has in place to support asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications have been received by his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are currently living in the UK.

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of resources required by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority as a result of the introduction...

      British Nationality: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens have been wrongly deported by his Department since 2010.

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the UK spent on policing as a proportion of GDP in the 2017-18 financial year; and how that figure compares to the (a) G7 and (b)...

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans by the Hon Member for Bristol South to answer Question 197648 on Airguns: Reviews tabled on 30 November 2018.

      ICT: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of trends in level of applications for extensions of Tier 2 stay and work visas in the information...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on 27 November 2018, what steps his Department is taking to achieve the...

      Visas: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons he (a) planned to suspend the granting of Tier 1 Investor visas, (b) cancelled that suspension and (c) did not announce...

  • Treasury

    • Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential cost to local authorities of mandatory separate food waste collections in England.

    • Carbon Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reduce the rate of the UK carbon tax.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of total public expenditure is spent on children’s services delivered by local government.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176223 on Housing Associations: Finance, whether that new spending will result in Barnett...

      Bankruptcy: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that those affected by the 2019 loan charge are not forced into bankruptcy by the repayments.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior citizens that were entitled to the winter fuel payment in 2017 were higher rate tax payers.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projections his Department has produced of the tax receipts arising from the changes to IR35 rules as announced in Budget 2018.

      Small Businesses: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to provide financial support to businesses in Scotland deploying no-deal contingency plans as a result of the Government deferring the...

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of UK expenditure on research and development as a proportion of GDP in 2017-18; and how that level of expenditure compares to...

      Aviation: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the findings of the his Department's investigation into the scheme for VAT avoidance on private jets in the Isle of Man.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ministerial visits of his Department to discuss the withdrawal agreement from 3 to 10 December...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the validity of the Equitable Members Action Group statement that former Equitable policyholders are owed £2.5 billion;...

      Motor Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has accrued to the public purse as a result of the introduction of VAT anti-avoidance measures on imported road vehicles since 2011.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been accrued to the public purse as a result of the introduction of anti-avoidance measures in relation to Stamp Duty Land Tax since 2011.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse from anti-avoidance measures to tackle disguised remuneration since 2011.

      Advance Pricing Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse from anti-avoidance measures to tackle groups of companies using intra-group loans or derivatives to...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to respond to his Department's consultation on VAT on energy-saving materials which closed in December 2015.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to the letter of 16 October 2018 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Big Lottery funding per capita was allocated to (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (b) London and (c) England in the...

    • Youth Services: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many youth service centres have closed down in Lambeth in each month since 2010.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will include alcohol products in the proposed consultation on a 9pm watershed on the advertising of unhealthy foods.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the contribution to the economy of the creative sector.

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Charity Commission on the time taken to conduct investigations into charities.

      Cycling: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with representatives of British Cycling on the effect on the sport of Sky's decision to withdraw...

      Charities: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the finding in The Grant Givers' Movement report...

      Charities: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a statutory duty to allow trustees of Charities...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria his Department use to assess the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency required to obtain EPC band C;...

    • Electricity: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Cost of Energy Review published in October 2017, what steps the Government is taking to reduce...

      Business: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 160 of the Industrial Strategy, published in November 2017, what progress his Department has...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of Crown Post Offices that will be closed following his announcement of 11...

      Aircraft: Electric Motors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of hybrid-electric aircraft.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an estimate of the number of businesses deploying no-deal contingency plans as a result of...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the equality impact assessment prepared by his Department on the pension proposals for the Civil Nuclear Police on...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has for the future of nuclear power in the UK as a result of the collapse of the NuGen...

      Companies House: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff were employed at companies house in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (vi) 2015, (f)...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2018 to Question 198212 on Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Costs, what...

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans for Horizon 2020 funding in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: EU Law

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

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding local government receives to deliver children’s services.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many new Energy Performance Certificates band (a) A, (b) B and (c) C were issued in each of the last eight years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 15 November 2018 from the hon. Member for Croydon North on the use of...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2018 to Question 199419 on Sleeping Rough, how much funding his Department will...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of inequalities in home ownership by (a) social class, (b) age and (c) ethnicity.

      Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Paragraph 66 of the consultation paper entitled, Protecting consumers in the letting and managing...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to include existing leaseholders in its analysis of the consultation on implementing...

      Leasehold: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many leasehold properties there are in South Yorkshire.

      Landlords: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 127973, what estimate he has made of the number of landlords not...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement, what process was used to choose the 15 local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to publish the Maximising Competition in Defence Procurement Strategy.

    • Unmanned Marine Vehicles: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse has been of the development of the ecoSUB-µ5-SVP vehicles to be deployed from HMS Enterprise.

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to join the reserve forces.

      Christmas Island: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessments were made using beta, gamma and X-ray detection of likely alpha radiation contamination as a result of Operation Grapple Y at Christmas...

      War Pensions: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of war pension applications claiming injury as a result of radiation exposure were (a) approved, (b) denied and (c) approved on appeal...

      Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 190538 on Army: Young People, how many of those people who started basic training (a) completed...

      Armed Forces Day: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to support Regional Armed Forces' Day events in Northern Ireland in June 2019.

  • Scotland Office

    • Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has plans to hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on businesses in Scotland deploying no-deal contingency plans for after the UK leaves...

    • Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the financial effect on Scottish businesses of those businesses' contingency plans in the event that the UK leaves the...

      Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received from businesses in Scotland on the financial effect of contingency plans made by those businesses in the event...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: EU Law

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

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effect of the WTO reforms proposed at the G20 summit in Argentina on UK trade with the EU after the UK...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for each People Survey undertaken in the (a) Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and (b) Driving Standards Agency which proceeded it, what proportion...

    • Department for Transport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all the risk assessments conducted by officials of his Department relating to the Modernisation of Office Environment project; and...

      Department for Transport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when officials of his Department plan to consult trade union health and safety representatives on (a) any further moves of staff of out of his...

      Cars: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities have to prevent cars parking on verges and footpaths.

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much new capacity will be delivered by the 7200 new trains to come on to the rail network between 2014 and 2021; and how many of those new trains...

      Railways: Windsor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of private business proposals to build the Windsor link; and if he will make a statement.

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December to Question 198250 on the South Eastern Rail Franchise, on what date in the New Year he plans to make the...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what methodology his Department uses to assess the performance of franchises in relation to delivering a good service for disabled users.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what performance indicators his Department uses to measure the number of times that trains run by franchise operators have not stopped at a station as...

      Air Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many controlled airspace infringements there have been in 2018.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is projected to meet its target proportion of new car sales to be ultra low emission vehicles by 2030.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 194792 on Electric Vehicles, if he will publish the internal assessment referred to in that Answer.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Northern Rail on improving the reliability of train services.

      Community Transport: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) merits of community car club schemes and (b) potential of those schemes to increase the provision...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mediterranean Sea: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to tackle the criminalisation of humanitarian assistance to migrants as evidenced by the recent seizure of the...

    • Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 194629, what medals UK citizens who serve in OSCE missions are eligible...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 193427 on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, on how many occasions under...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid and Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) security and (b) humanitarian situation in Dimit, Yemen; and if he will make a...

      Thailand: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Thai Government on the treatment of (a) Karen and (b) Shan refugees in that country.

      Cameroon: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French Government counterparts on the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon.

      Venezuela: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his counterpart in the US Government on that Government's response to the deployment of two...

      Dag Hammarskjöld

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to assist the UN investigation into the death of former UN Secretary General Dag...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the human rights situation in Ughyur.

      Pakistan: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much non-official development assistance funding has been allocated through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund to...

      Pakistan: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a human rights risk assessment has been undertaken for the Conflict, Stability and Security Rule of Law Programme in...

      China: Foreign Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Chinese Government on (a) the Belt and Road initiative and (b) the...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in the Yemen peace talks.

  • Department for International Development

    • Kenya: Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received on allegations that Marie Stopes International is performing illegal abortions in Kenya; and if...

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's policy is on working with delivery partners providing abortion schemes that are illegal in the target countries.

      Developing Countries: Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from the public purse has been provided to Marie Stopes International for work in countries outside the UK in each of...

      Kenya: Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any funding provided by her Department to Marie Stopes International goes towards (a) the provision of and (b) advertising for...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the level of incidences of funds from the public purse being used by delivery partners to fund schemes...

      Gaza: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department supports to better facilitate health-related exit permits and medical delegations in Gaza.

      Eritrea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has plans to allocate additional aid for Eritrea as a result of the lifting of international sanctions.

      Africa: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has set joint targets with African Governments on ending female genital mutilation.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on ending violence against children in the Rohingya.

      Yemen: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the recent integrated food security and classification...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure effective delivery of humanitarian aid (a) into and (b) throughout Yemen.

      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: World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the World Food Programme announcement that there has...

      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...

  • Department for Education

    • Trade Unions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has for (a) the Union Learning Fund and (b) other trade union workplace training programmes after the UK leave the EU.

    • Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what contingency plans his Department has to protect apprentices in the event of the collapse of Interserve.

      Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices are currently receiving training from Interserve Learning and Employment.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the findings of the Sutton Trust's report of 7 December 2018, Access to Advantage, what steps his Department is taking to increase...

      Schools: Notice Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make and assessment of adequacy of the guidance issued to schools, local education authorities and other responsible bodies to ensure that...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost to the public purse has been of converting local authority schools to academy schools since 2010.

      Schools: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools paying the apprenticeship levy have taken on apprentices since that levy was introduced.

      Schools: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on school budgets of the requirement to pay the apprenticeship levy.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of (a) the cost to the public purse of increasing free childcare provision to all two year old and...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Sutton Trust's report of 7 December 2018, Access to Advantage, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of that...

      Apprentices: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of apprenticeship levy funding that will be allocated to Northern Ireland in 2019-20.

      16-19 Bursary Fund: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of formally identifying young adult carers as a vulnerable group in order to give them full...

      Carers: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote flexible and part-time apprenticeships for young carers.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) availability and (b) provision of children's residential care in (i) Coventry, (ii) the...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the pay gap between teachers working in schools and further education colleges on the (a) recruitment and...

      Universities: Freedom of Speech

      What steps his Department is taking to support freedom of speech in universities.

      Children: Social Services

      What recent discussions he has had with directors of children’s services on their ability to fulfil their statutory duties.

      Schools: Finance

      What assessment he has made of the sustainability of the current level of funding for schools.

      Education

      What recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the effect on schools and universities of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost to the House has been of payments made to hon. Members who have not taken their seats in the House in respect of their parliamentary duties in 2017-18.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the risks to human and animals of trail hunts encroaching on roads and railway lines.

    • Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve water management in areas affected by (a) water shortages and (b) drought.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to introduce financial incentives to encourage on-farm reservoirs to tackle water shortages in affected...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to increase investment in (a) the UK’s medium-term weather and (b) real-time water availability...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to his Department's paper entitled, Seasonal workers pilot: request for information, published in...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority on the...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Seasonal Workers Pilot in the agricultural sector, how much time will be provided to the Gangmasters...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings his Department has held with compliance organisations to discuss the forthcoming resources and waste...

      Agriculture: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which trading partners will be the priority of agricultural trade policy after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Business: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses in the North East have the ability to (a) export and (b) trade with the EU in the...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the ruling of the European Court of Justice that the UK can revoke Article 50 unilaterally, what assessment he has made of whether legislation is...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2018 to Question 199866, if he will publish the UK postcodes that were targeted by his...

  • Attorney General

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of cases of alleged hate crimes ending before going to court as a result of such complaints being withdrawn.

    • Fraud: Liability

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on proposals to reform the law on corporate liability for economic crime.

      Suicide

      To ask the Attorney General, whether a suicide note is classified as a legal document.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of health and safety conditions in prisons for staff.

    • Prisons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the UK spends on prisons as a proportion of GDP in the 2017-18 financial year; and how that figure compares to the (a) G7 and (b) EU average.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing a submission from (a) victims and (b) their families to be considered as part of the...

      Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Full Sutton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what alternative locations his Department considered before the decision was taken to build a new Category C prison at Full Sutton.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to implement its proposals for longer sentences for drivers who cause death by (a) speeding, (b) racing and (c) using a mobile...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministers: Resignations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many investigations into Secretary of State resignations there have been in the last five years.

    • Elections: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on implementing the proposals to remove the requirement for candidates standing as local councillors to have their home...

      Elections: Reform

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has in place for his work stream on electoral reform in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

      Firearms and Knives: Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many offences involving (a) a firearm and (b) a knife have been committed in (i) London and (ii) Lambeth since 2010.

      Government Departments: Facebook

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent from the public purse on Facebook advertising in (a) November and (b) December 2018.

      Government Departments: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money the Government spent on advertising an explanation of its EU withdrawal agreement on social media in 2018.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Gin

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether Plymouth Gin will be served in Parliamentary catering establishments ahead of...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Works: ICT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the new digital planning service, Street Manager, will work in practice to improve the coordination of street works; and whether that service will be piloted.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to invest in improvements to infrastructure to help support growth in the electric and hybrid car industry.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the HS2 rail project remains on (1) time, and (2) budget.

      High Speed Two: Dismissal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Chairman of HS2 expects to be sacked.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide an update to Parliament on both the Crossrail and HS2 projects; and if so, when.

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their Aviation Strategy Green Paper; whether that Paper will contain proposals on surface access to airports by passengers, freight and...

      A21

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of improvements made to the A21 road since 2014; and whether such improvements have resulted in a reduction...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the private rented housing sector further to improve the energy efficiency of the housing stock.

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many dwellings in the UK have received (1) cavity wall, and (2) loft insulation since 2010; and how many applicable homes...

      Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many homes in the UK have solar panels to generate electricity installed.

      Transport: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of transport equipment manufacturing output.

      Industry: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sector deals have been agreed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under their Industrial Strategy; and how much funding they have...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their consultation, Creating a responsible payment culture: a call for evidence on tackling late payment, published on 4 October, whether...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL11345), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely what assessment...

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL11347), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely what representations...

      Jerusalem: Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the protection of the historical and archaeological diversity of East Jerusalem; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that the village of Khan Al-Ahmer is not demolished by Israeli authorities.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the release of medical supplies confiscated by Israel authorities from the Gaza Freedom...

      Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the government of Israel about the detention of Sheikh Sayah Abu Madhi’m A-Turi; and if so, what has been the response.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the plan by the government of Israel to build 2,300 houses for Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox population on the site of the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the range of drugs covered by the New Medicines Scheme in community pharmacies.

    • Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact assessment they have carried out on the possible decommissioning of the Minor Ailments Scheme.

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the number of prescribing pharmacists.

      Pharmacy Integration Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Pharmacy Integration Fund has been spent; and what plans they have for the future of the fund.

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 27 November (HL11515), what the AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Programme has achieved in Pakistan; how much that...

    • Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 27 November (HL11514), whether they intend to collect disaggregated population data on minority groups in...

      Turkey: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the inability of the EU chief auditor to verify the expenditure of €1 billion of aid funding intended for refugees in...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bangladesh about the construction of accommodation for Rohingya refugees on the silt island of Bhasan Char...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability for large scale human habitation by refugees of the silt island of Bhasan Char in the River Meghna.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any consultation that has taken place between the government of Bangladesh and Rohingya refugees about the proposed relocation of...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 27 November (HL11513), how they (1) monitor, and (2) evaluate the success of programmes they fund in Pakistan; and...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate to have (1) fled the conflict in South Sudan, (2) been internally displaced in that country because of the conflict, and (3) died...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of official development assistance is distributed through faith-based organisations.

      Libya: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what detailed information they have about conditions in the 26 detention camps for refugees and migrants in Libya which are part-funded by the EU Regional...

      Libya: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of refugees and migrants currently held under duress by traffickers in Libya; and what plans, if any, exist for freeing them.

      International Conference on Population and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to respond to the Ottawa Statement of Commitment made at the seventh International Parliamentarians' Conference on Population and...

      UN Commission on Population and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which ministers and officials will attend the 2019 Commission on Population and Development as delegates.

      UN Commission on Population and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the 2019 Commission on Population and Development.

      International Conference on Population and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action in 2019; and if so, how.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the UK's Voluntary National Review of the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to adopt the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; and if so, what assessment they have made of the impact of such an...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children excluded from school for racist bullying in England and Wales in the last year; and what assessment they...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, when convicting women, sentencers consider using community sentences and residential requirements rather than custodial...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Mexico

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) comments of the new President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, about ending free-market economic...

    • Sanctions: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the reintroduction of sanctions on Iran by the United States has had on UK-registered companies trading...

      EU External Trade: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in agreeing the European Union’s proposed Special Purpose Vehicle to facilitate trade with Iran and to retain some of the...

      Trade Agreements: New Zealand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make a bilateral free trade agreement with New Zealand after Brexit.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the South Tees Development Corporation is funded by the public purse.

    • Regeneration: Redcar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Tees Valley Mayor, the South Tees Development Corporation and businesses about investment in and the regeneration of in the...

      South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways the South Tees Development Corporation is accountable to the Treasury; and what involvement they have, if any, in the decisions made by the...

      Regeneration: Redcar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have held discussions with the South Tees Development Corporation about proposals it is considering regarding investment in and the regeneration of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase tariff payments from the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in line with the Consumer Price Index; if so, when; and whether they...

  • Home Office

    • Housing: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under asylum accommodation contracts, they will include housing providers in the list of public authorities with a duty to refer under the Homelessness...

    • Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that temporary accommodation provided for asylum applicants is safe, hygienic, and of a reasonable standard.

  • Treasury

    • Standard of Living

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, The cumulative impact in living standards of public spending changes,...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video Games: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to conduct an investigation into the impact loot boxes in video games have on (1) underage gambling, and (2) instances of gambling...

    • Social Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to invest in cyber skills to help improve the digital protection provided to users of social media.

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