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Written answers

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether High Speed Two will begin operations in December 2026.

    • Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing: recommendations for a safer and more robust system, published on gov.uk...

      Ferries: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on ferry services from (a) Poole and (b) Portsmouth to the Channel Islands.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of merits of lowering the age of eligibility for the older person’s bus pass to 60 years old nationwide.

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many prosecutions the DVLA has pursued in relation to suspected illegal access to a driver's personal data on the DVLA's computer system by...

      Department for Transport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library copies of the sections of the Modernisation of Office Environment project business cases that refer to consultation...

      Liverpool Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what preparations he has made for the continued operation of the port of Liverpool in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Liverpool Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the port of Liverpool and its subsequent effect on (a)...

      Railways: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the forthcoming rise in rail fares will deliver tangible benefits to the rail passengers of the Sheffield City...

      Railways: Sheffield City region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail (a) capacity and (b) services in Sheffield City Region.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of trains that are (a) delayed, (b) cancelled and (c) subject to incomplete...

      Derby Road Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there is any (a) statutory and (b) contractual obligation on Abellio Greater Anglia Railways to provide shelter for passengers at Derby Road...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses the delegated legislation relating to the possibility of the UK...

    • European Commission: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for parliamentary scrutiny of the responsibilities of the European Commission that will be...

      Construction: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how funding for the construction sector deal will be used; and how the effectiveness of that deal will be measured.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to attend the Yemen peace talks in Stockholm.

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure a free and fair election in Bangladesh.

      Syria: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with his Turkish counterpart on Kurdish militia groups in the north of Syria; and if he will...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance of Departments with their duty under the Equality Act 2010 to provide accessible...

    • Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date the strategic supplier Interserve was classified with a red risk rating.

      Government Departments: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff from each Government Department are employed in Scotland; and what the office locations are for those staff.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are employed in the Public Procurement Review Service.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the GovTech innovation fund has made on tackling loneliness and isolation.

      Government Departments: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number non-UK EU citizens employed by in each Government Department as a (a) civil servant and (b) contractor.

      Civil Service: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what restrictions there would be on the employment by civil service of EEA in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Procurement: Private Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the total value of contracts outsourced by central Government to the private sector.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU nationals live in (a) Streatham and (b) Lambeth.

      Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of unreported crimes in each year since 2010.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196902 on Cybercrime, if he will publish the activities that are supported through the National...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many offences involving a knife have been committed in (a) London and (b) Lewisham in each year since 2010.

      Emigration: EEA Nationals and EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of non-UK (a) EU and (b) EEA citizens leaving the UK in each of the last three years.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what human rights risk assessments have been undertaken for each Conflict, Stability and Security Fund programme in 2018-19.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the timescale for the Government agreeing a living will with Interserve; and whether the Government plans for that living will to cover all...

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has established a crisis management centre to tackle the risks of Interserve ceasing to trade.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings (a) Ministers, (b) the relevant Crown Representative and (c) Cabinet Office officials have had with Interserve in each month in 2018.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent meetings the Government has had with (a) Interserve workers and (b) trade union representatives on the future of Interserve.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had discussions with strategic suppliers on their potential ability to take on Interserve contracts in the event that company collapses.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Interserve has sought financial support from the Government to continue operating.

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government departments use Project Bank Accounts when issuing contracts; and how use of those accounts is monitored.

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the results of his May 2018 consultation on whether Government suppliers with a poor payment record should be excluded from...

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he is taking steps to ensure that existing Carillion project sub-contractors are given priority consideration when tenders are being reissued.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2018 to Question 197449 on Palliative Care: Children and Young People, whether Health Education...

    • Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) tier 3 and (b) tier 4 weight management services have been decommissioned in each (i) region and (ii) Clinical Commissioning...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the number of people with obesity in (a) England and (b) each Clinical Commissioning Group area by (i) age and (ii)...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the number is of gay and bisexual men who participated in the pilot HPV vaccination programme available in sexual health clinics who...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the results of the pilot HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the HPV vaccination is planned to be available in sexual health clinics across England for men who have sex with men; and in how...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure take-up of the HPV vaccination by men who have sex with men.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how funding is allocated to local authorities to tackle sexual health concerns.

      HIV Infection: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in Lambeth had HIV in (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2005, (d) 2010, (e) 2015 and (f) 2017.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated from the public purse to mental health services for young people in each year from 2010 to 2018.

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS Improvement's Quarter three 2017-18 performance report, published in February 2018, how many of the (a) 35,000...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent report entitled Audit of Bereavement Care Provision in UK Neonatal Units 2018, published by Sands and Bliss,...

      Health Services: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of babies that had not received the mandatory 12-month health check...

      Young Offender Institutions: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, based on the read codes in the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool’s SystmOne, how many young people currently in young offender...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what types of support the NHS Business Services Authority provides to victims and family members of those affected by the contaminated...

      Endometriosis

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

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on average waiting times for access to psychological therapies for patients with post-traumatic...

      Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that there is no disparity in access to treatments for rare diseases between the UK and economically...

      North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

      o ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what correspondence he has received from (a) local authorities in Staffordshire and (b) the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust on the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of patients waiting at least three weeks to see a GP.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the briefing published by the Children's Commissioner entitled Children’s Mental Healthcare in England published...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what verification checks are undertaken by his Department on the qualifications of EU citizens practicing medicine in the UK.

      Doctors: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doctors currently working in the NHS have been convicted of (a) manslaughter, (b) clinical medical negligence or (c) culpable...

      Ovarian Cancer: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase early diagnosis rates for ovarian cancer and (b) increase access to treatment for ovarian cancer...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2018 to Question 197605, whether the long-term plan for the NHS will address regional variations in...

      Smoking: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has set a target for reducing the number of deaths due to smoking-related conditions in the lifetime of this Parliament.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to protect Yemen from famine.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Females and LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of applications to (a) open and (b) take over an (i) academy, (ii) free school and (iii) faith...

    • Schools: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) schools, (b) teachers and (c) school governors and administrators in (i) London and (ii)...

      Physical Education and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support the least active young people to participate more in PE and school sport.

      Sign Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2018 to Question 145568, whether proposals have been brought forward for a GCSE in British Sign Language.

      Department of Education: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the financial health of Interserve plc.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school closures there were in each of the last three years.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will provide funding for extracurricular activities for schools to help tackle childhood obesity.

      Teachers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help newly qualified teachers who have been unemployed for two or more years to find work.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the policy paper entitled Keep on caring: supporting young people from care to independence, published in July 2016, when will the...

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the finding of Ofsted's 2018 thematic review that 26 per cent of primary schools are implementing the requirements of the national...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans (a) Ofsted and (b) the Care Quality Commission have to automatically require a written statement of action where joint commissioning...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Education Endowment Foundation on ensuring that funding for improving outcomes for pupils with SEND has a focus...

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education,with reference to the Government document entitled Childhood obesity: a plan for action, published in August 2016, when the Government plans to...

      Aviation: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing an apprenticeship scheme for pilots to tackle the skills shortage in...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to publish the (a) regulations and (b) final draft statutory guidance on relationships education and relationships and sex...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by how much the apprenticeship budget is set to be overspent in the academic year (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

      Apprentices: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons he approved a reduction in funding bands for (a) the team leader manager apprenticeship, (b) the operations manager apprenticeship...

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2018 to Question 198194 on Schools: Food, (a) what the timetable is for his Department's interaction with...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who in his Department holds the position of Senior Information Risk Owner; when and how that official was appointed; what criteria were used to assess...

    • Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners categorised as suitable for Category C accommodation are housed in Category B training prisons.

      Birmingham Prison: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times HMP Birmingham has been placed in special measures in each year since 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to give the Parole Board powers to commission independent (a) psychological and (b) other expert reports if the recommendations of the...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to make it easier for litigants to bring civil money claims.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of education courses embarked upon by prisoners are (a) completed in the same prison in which they were started, (b) completed in a...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have completed courses in (a) English, (b) maths, (c) ICT, (d) construction and (e) other subjects in each of the last five years.

      Children: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2018 to Question 199415, if he will publish the UK's contribution to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of...

      Toads: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many public prosecutions have been brought for (a) killing, (b) injuring, (c) disturbing the habitat and (d) sale of natterjack toads in each of the...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2018 to Question 190557 on Prisons: Private Sector, how many prisoner custody officer certificates are in force.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Prisons of 13 November 2018, Official Report, column 171, how many prisoners have been...

      Funerals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on implementing the Children's Funeral Fund.

      Fraud

      What steps his Department is taking to support the Home Office in tackling economic crime.

      Administration of Justice

      What assessment he has made of the effect of recent trends in the number of court (a) staff and (b) closures on access to justice.

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      What assessment he has made of the implications of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act for the work of (a) his Department and (b) HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households affected by the Grenfell Tower fire require rehousing; and how many of those households are in (a)...

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households in (a) Barandon Walk, (b) Testerton Walk, (c) Hurstway Walk, (d) Treadgold House and (e) Bramley...

      Gazumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of taking steps to tackle gazumping in the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is local support for schemes proposed under permitted...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of buildings that have been constructed or refurbished which has...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average size of those units delivered through permitted development rights was in the last three years for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the £8 billion of new guarantees to support housebuilding announced in Budget 2017 has been spent.

      Environmental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in the level of Government funding to local authorities on...

      Local Government Finance: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the level of funding allocated to Lambeth London Borough Council was in real terms in each year since 2010.

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase the strength of the housing market.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the 2018 amendment to Approved Document B (Fire safety) volume 2: buildings other than...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to provide funding for Streetlink to support a reduction in rough sleeping winter 2018.

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which local authority areas have (a) achieved and (b) sought unitary status in each year since 2010.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the change in real terms of central Government funding for local government since 2010.

      Durham Tees Valley Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the proposal from the Tees Valley Mayor to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport, what the Government's...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the benefits secured by local authority areas that have moved to unitary status.

      *No heading*

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce homelessness.

      Association of Composite Door Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers have had with (i) affiliate and (ii) main members of the Association of...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses of multiple occupancy are currently registered with local authorities.

      *No heading*

      What recent steps his Department has taken to support local government.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports of high levels of toxins including hydrogen cyanide being found...

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local government has the resources it needs to deliver vital services to...

      High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of housing association-owned tower blocks in England which measure 30 meters...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the security of the technology used for military systems.

    • Russia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made in trends in the number of aggressive tactics by Russian by (a) sea and (b) air in relation to (i) Royal Navy and (ii) Royal...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has a strategy to tackle the issue of applicants to the armed forces not being fit enough to pass initial army selection.

      EU Defence Policy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to contribute any funding from the public purse to the EU Cooperative Financial Mechanism before 29 March 2019.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average salary is for Defence Equipment and Support employees at (a) Senior Professional, (b) Professional I, (c) Professional II, (d) Senior...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all women born in the 1950s affected by the change in state pension age have now been informed by letter of such changes.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people applied (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for short term benefit advance or advance payments in the most recent 12...

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to conduct a review of eligibility criteria for carer’s allowance as a result of the number of carers that...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of introducing a taper for claimants of carers allowance once the claimant has reached...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people that were in receipt legacy payments are financially better off as a result of the move to universal credit.

      Access to Work Programme: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Access to Work Hidden Impairment Specialist Team in (a) advising employers on...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new personal independence payment claimants with multiple sclerosis in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales did not...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people with multiple sclerosis in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales are no longer eligible for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants subject to recovery of recoverable hardship payments have them recovered at a rate of 40 per cent.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints of maladministration from women born in the 1950s relating to the change in their state pension age have been submitted to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Seafood: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has had made of the effect on the Scottish seafood industry in the event the UK leaves the EU without a...

    • Animal Welfare: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the effectiveness...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of safety of certifying non-qualified personnel to sign-off...

      Tigers: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect tigers by (a) helping to curtail the illegal international trade in tiger...

      Tigers: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of banning the commercial (a) internal trade and (b) import and export...

      Toads: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of trends in biodiversity and habitat degradation in the habitat of the natterjack...

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle the issue of citizenship applications taking longer to process than the service standard of six months.

    • Fraud: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many online frauds have (a) been reported to the police and (b) resulted in a police investigation in each of the last five years; and...

      Misrepresentation: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to introduce guidance to online dating site providers on how to detect false profiles; and in what...

      Fraud and Sexual Offences: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports to the police have been made of (a) sexual assaults and (b) fraud arising from contact made by individuals from online...

      Asylum: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to asylum seekers that seek to volunteer in their local communities.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for (a) citizenship, (b) visas and (c) asylum have been refused on the basis of notoriety in each of the last three years.

      Ivory: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the seizure of illegal ivory by the UK Border Force since 2015.

      Radicalism and Terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the public purse his Department allocated to the (a) Prevent duty strategy and (b) Channel programme in each year...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Immigration Rules Appendix EU paragraph 15(a) and (b), in cases where there is an existing deportation or exclusion order...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Immigration Rules Appendix EU paragraph 15(c), and pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 192820, what...

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long the average period of immigration detention was for detained asylum seekers in 2018.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long the average period of immigration detention was for minors seeking asylum in 2018.

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for family reunification with a beneficiary of international protection were received (a) in total and (b) from each...

      Migrant Workers: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2018 to Question 200710 on Migrant Workers: Databases, what steps the Government has taken to promote...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Boston Consulting Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to his Department's transparency data entitled DExEU spend over £25,000, October 2018, for what services his...

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Department of the Treasury on creation of accidental Americans through the US Foreign Account...

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings Ministers of his department have had with representatives of (a) the alcohol industry and (b) organisations working to reduce alcohol-related...

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all preparations for the introduction of the Making Tax Digital scheme in April 2019 are complete.

      British Business Bank: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to increase funding for the British Business Bank to make up the difference between the £200 million it was allocated in Budget 2018...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2018 to Question 191916 on Research: Finance, how the Government plans to guarantee that funding after the end of the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps have been taken to ensure that international broadcasters in the UK will continue to be able to broadcast to the EU...

    • Nuisance Calls: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the use of cold calling to obtain contractual agreements with pensioners.

      Charities: Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many charities who promote the use of complementary and alternative medicine have been investigated by the Charity...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Charitable Donations

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2018 to Question 149683, what estimate has been...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Mental Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in the absence of a devolved Administration in Northern Ireland, if she will hold discussions with mental health groups on the urgent...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions he has received requests to refer an individual sentence to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of undue leniency in each of the last five years;...

    • Attorney General: Recruitment

      To ask the Attorney General, what recruitment process his Department followed when appointing its Data Protection Officer (DPO); how that position was advertised; how many candidates applied for...

      Attorney General: Complaints

      To ask the Attorney General, what complaints procedure is open to members of the public if they wish to complain that (a) his Department’s Data Protection Officer and (b) any staff of his...

      Attorney General: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, who in his Department holds the position of Senior Information Risk Owner; when and how that official was appointed; what criteria were used to assess the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 29 November (HL11551), whether the impact assessment into whether to retrofit sideguard to specific heavy...

    • Railways: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total new investment in UK railways since privatisation by (1) Network Rail and its predecessor, and (2) train operating companies.

      A21

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for further improvements to, and investment in, the A21 road over the next five years.

      Railways: Bexhill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on proposals to electrify the Bexhill to Ashford railway line; and when they expect a new direct fast service to London from Bexhill to...

      High Speed Two: Resignations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the delivery of HS2 of the resignation of Sir Terry Morgan as chairman.

      Crossrail and High Speed Two: Resignations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a severance package has been offered to Sir Terry Morgan following his resignation as chairman of HS2 and Crossrail; and if so, what are the details of...

      High Speed Two

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the management of HS2 to address reported delays and budget overspends.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many strategic rail freight interchanges have secured planning consent since the designation of the National Policy Statement for National Networks.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which strategic rail freight interchanges are being brought forward through (1) the nationally significant infrastructure projects, and (2) Town and Country...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role strategic rail freight interchanges will play in delivering (1) the Clean Air Strategy's objectives, and (2) national modal shift targets from road to rail.

      Railways: Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the statement in the Rail Sector Deal will enable the sector’s capability to trade internationally; whether to this end they will remain in compliance...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they use during the franchise bidding process to encourage Train Operating Companies to improve facilities for carrying bicycles on trains.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Train Operating Companies are not covered by the Delay Repay compensation scheme; and when those companies are expected to join that scheme.

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Ministers last met (1) representatives of the Thomas Cook Group, and (2) other airline and airport representatives; and following those meetings, what...

      Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations and individuals responded to their consultation Future of Mobility, published on 30 July; and when they expect to publish their conclusions.

      Transport: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research North of government spending on transport between...

      Railway Stations: Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted a capacity assessment of rail passenger car parking facilities; and what obligations they place on Network Rail to make adequate...

      Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they require stakeholders in the transport sector to sign non-disclosure agreements before engaging with officials on Brexit-related issues.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding from the EU has been allocated to improving TransPennine rail infrastructure and services since 2010; and what conditions, if any, relating...

      London City Airport: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 10 December (HL11929), whether they undertook an assessment of British Airways fares and service...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: TripAdvisor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether embassy or consulate staff in the United States have discussed damaging or malicious online comments posted on TripAdvisor about hotel or catering services...

    • NATO: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with NATO headquarters concerning the (1) challenges, and (2) scope for further improvements to NATO's financial audits in response...

      Saudi Arabia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions the Prime Minister has had with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia; and whether they will consider imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to educate parents about (1) the potential risks of gambling-related harm, and (2) how to support and help their children to avoid...

    • Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £2.30 currently allocated under the universal infant free school meals grant for each child receiving school lunches is spent on food.

      Regional School Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make the work of Regional School Commissioners open to the public.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Bills: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Government’s response to the report of the Constitution Committee, Parliament and the Legislative Process, published on 20 April 2005 (HL...

    • Palace of Westminster: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the impact of the manual fire safety call points on the visual appearance of the Palace of Westminster; and what consideration was...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what steps they are taking to ensure that small and medium sized building firms are able to contribute towards the production of social housing as part of efforts...

    • Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to bring into force those parts of the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 not yet commenced.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the purchase of V-22 Osprey aircraft to enable air to air refuelling and engine replacement for F-35B aircraft has been addressed as part of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Christmas Bonus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the total cost of paying the Christmas bonus to all pensioners is spent on administration.

    • Age Addition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total annual cost to taxpayers of paying the Age Addition to state pensions for pensioners over age 80.

      Age Addition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the total cost of paying the Age Addition to pensioners is spent on administration.

      Pensions: Consumer Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that pension data is accurate and reliable before it is loaded onto a Pensions Dashboard.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ask the Pensions Regulator to require regular reconciliation and reporting on accuracy of auto-enrolment pensions data.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the domestic violence and abuse easement to Jobseeker's Allowance has been applied for each year since 2012, including 2018 to date, in (1)...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) average, and (2) maximum time that payment of carer's allowance is withheld during a financial review.

      British Nationals Abroad: Italy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 3 December (HL11577), whether UK citizens who have retired, or are planning to retire, in Italy will...

  • Home Office

    • Motorcycles: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the level of crime involving the use of motorcycles.

    • Asylum: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal from the Lift the Ban coalition to permit asylum seekers to seek employment six months after arriving in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make criticism of immigration a criminal offence.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect net migration to reduce to under 100,000 per year.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 4 December (HL11641), which (1) department, and (2) minister, has the lead role in taking the...

  • Treasury

    • Public Works Loan Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rates of interest the Public Works Loan Board charges to local authorities; what security, if any, it requires for such loans; and what are the normal...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • TripAdvisor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given the proposal made by Lord Beecham on 19 November 2013 (HL Deb, col GC376) to establish a panel to determine whether information...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • TripAdvisor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage Ofcom to conduct a review into the application of the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 to services provided by...

    • TripAdvisor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the provisions of the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 (1) are enforceable, and (2) have been enforced...

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