Written answers

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help young people access training to them to obtain employment in the aviation sector.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Deal Scheme: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many complaints he has received under the Green Deal Framework (Disclosure Acknowledgement Redress etc.)...

    • Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend Schedule 1 Part 5 of the Weights and Measurements Act 1985 to...

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on post office (a) staff employment terms and conditions, (b) service times,...

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the viability of high streets and local economies of franchising post offices.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that consumers are notified that their energy tariff is ending in time to...

      Renewable Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to increase subsidies for (a) wind, (b) solar and (c) wave/tidal power under the Levy Control Framework.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has calculated the social costs linked to pollutants emitted from biomass boilers supported by...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2018 to Question 200617 on Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Costs, to which...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the planned execution of Abbas al-Hassan and 11...

    • Israa al-Ghomgham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the planned execution of Israa al-Ghomgham for...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on the use of that country’s Specialised...

      Chan Kin-man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the prosecution of Professor Chan Kin-Man; and what...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the banning of the Hong Kong National Party; and what...

      Amazonia: Forests and Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Brazilian counterpart on the protection of the Amazon rainforest and its...

      Brazil: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Brazilian counterpart on that country’s commitment to the Paris Climate...

      Brazil: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's position is on providing a State Visit to President Bolsonaro of Brazil.

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help the Afghan authorities respond effectively to attacks on the Hazara community in...

      USA: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his US counterpart on the planned reduction in the number of refugees to be admitted...

      Pakistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the citizenship status of the 1.5 million children of...

      Asia Bibi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department instructed the Home Office not to offer asylum to Asia Bibi due to concerns for the safety of British...

      Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the detention of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee for insulting Islamic...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the jailing of (a) Farajollah Bangaleh and (b) Mitra Badrnejad...

      Journalism and Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of calls from Reporters Without Borders for the creation of a UN Special...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on allegations that Israeli security forces impersonated humanitarian...

      Hungary: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Hungarian counterpart on threats to Jewish people by far right groups in that country.

      Kazakhstan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to create (a) economic and (b) cultural links with Kazakhstan.

      South Sudan: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in South Sudan on recent reports of sexual assaults on women and girls in...

      Nicaragua: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to update its travel advice to Nicaragua; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers in fragile and failed states.

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to support the Overseas Territories to introduce public registers of company beneficial...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions representatives of his Department had at the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council on 4-5 December...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which social media platforms the Government has paid to advertise its EU withdrawal agreement; and how much the Government has paid to each of those...

    • Government Departments: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on advertising on social media platforms in each of the last five years.

      Unemployment: Learning Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the rate of unemployment for adults with learning difficulties since 2010.

      Government Departments: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in each nation and region of the UK (a) were targeted by and (b) interacted with social media advertising promoting the Withdrawal...

      Government Departments: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the electorate in each parliamentary constituency have been targeted by social media advertising which has been paid for by the...

      Migration: Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons students are included in migration statistics.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) live births and (b) stillbirths in each part of the United Kingdom in each year since 2000.

      Census: Sikhs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 3.107 Census 2021 White Paper, what proportion of Gurdwaras surveyed expressed agreement with a Sikh ethnic group tick-box.

      British Nationals Abroad: Voting Rights

      What plans he has to change the time limit on the entitlement of UK citizens living overseas to register to vote in UK parliamentary elections.

      Elections: Subversion

      What steps the Government is taking to protect the UK electoral system from overseas interference.

      Interserve

      What recent discussions he has had with Interserve on the viability of its public sector contracts.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2018 to Question 188234 on Rare Diseases: Drugs, whether NICE can make a conditional recommendation...

    • Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his policy paper of 5 December 2018 entitled Voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access, whether NICE...

      Hospices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the NHS pay award on the (a) retention of staff and (b) number of staff being employed at...

      Tobacco: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure continued use of the EU library for picture warnings for tobacco products in the event of the UK...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) treatments and (b) support is provided by the NHS to people with progressive multiple sclerosis.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to tackle the challenges people with dementia face in obtaining (a) good residential care and (b) access...

      Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS Clinical Commissioners on ensuring that speech and language therapy service specifications (a)...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the role of early detection in improving outcomes for people diagnosed with pancreatic...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce levels of morbid obesity among adults.

      Autism: Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that autistic people are not placed inappropriately in psychiatric wards and units.

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the symptoms of diabetes in children are identified at the earliest opportunity.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who experienced the cancellation of an operation on more than one occasion...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to allocate additional funding to the Childhood Obesity Strategy.

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many refrigerators are being built as part of contingency plans in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Health Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2018 to Question 199449 on Health Services: Learning Disability, what his policy is on introducing...

  • Department for International Development

    • Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional humanitarian aid the Government is giving in advance of the upcoming winter months to help Hazara families displaced...

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department’s Economic Development Strategy 2017, what steps she is taking to integrate nutrition with her...

      Burma: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to address human trafficking from northern Myanmar.

      Venezuela: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the support needed by Venezuela to create appropriate economic conditions for migrants and refugees to...

      Developing Countries: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential merits for her policies of the recommendations in the Send My Friend To School report...

  • Department for Education

    • Department of Education: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the value of his Department's contracts with Interserve.

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of excluding a child from school.

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pots of funding there are in his Department for external bodies to access for training, upskilling and incentivising recruitment; and what...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department shares national pupil data with the Home Office for purposes related to immigration; and how many records have been shared by...

      Pupils: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by what process may schools retract nationality data submitted to his Department between October 2016 and June 2018.

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assurance his Department provides to parents that data on children collected for educational purposes will not subsequently be used for...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential long-term economic benefits of ensuring that children are protected from the effects of (a)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children who need one on one classroom assistance are able to receive such assistance.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many classroom assistant job positions have been removed in each of the last three years.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes to levels of funding on the adequacy of provision of special needs education.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the educational outcomes for children with pathological demand avoidance.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children with complex needs are able to obtain a place in a school appropriate for their needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities which have seen a significant rise in the number of children with special educational...

      Pupils: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to provide additional educational support for schoolchildren who are housed in temporary accommodation; and if he will make...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2018 to Question 198762 on Children: Protection, what cross-cutting factors his Department has identified as...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) Ofsted provide to schools on the regularity with which student progress should be assessed in (i) primary and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he provides to local authorities on the time they should take to make an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were referred to children’s social care services in the last five years to 1 April 2018; and how much funding local...

      Pupil Premium: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent in each local authority on pupil premium plus in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18; and how much of that spending was on...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people received legal aid for (a) divorce, (b) child custody, (c) clinical negligence, (d) welfare, (e) employment, (f) immigration, (h)...

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 193444 Social Security Benefits: Appeals, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State...

      Full Sutton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on local traffic levels of the proposed Category C prison at Full Sutton; and if he will make a...

      Young Offender Institutions: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average number of prison officers in each of the under-18 young offender institutions in each of the last five years.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what mandatory training is provided to prison officers working in under-18 young offender institutions; and what is distinctive about this training in...

      Prison Officers: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of prison officers working in each of the under-18 young offender institutions that have undergone a DBS...

      Prison Officers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prison officers in each of the under-18 young offender institutions that were dismissed or disciplined in...

      Prisons: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average proportion of space accessible to prisoners which is covered by CCTV camera in each category (a) A and (b) B prison.

      Travellers: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to protect the rights of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma in his Department's response to the consultation on powers for dealing...

      Prisons: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of installing and upgrading CCTV cameras across the prison estate in each of the last five...

      Young Offenders: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has taken steps to (a) ensure that all practitioners who work in the youth justice system are trained in recognising and responding...

      Social Security Benefits: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2018 to Question 198269 on Social Security Benefits: Stockport, for what reason his Department only provided...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations and Fire Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report, published in May 2018,...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Government Procurement Agreement, published in 29 November...

      Housing: Contruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much has been disbursed on the land assembly fund since its announcement in Autumn Budget 2017.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the total sum spent by his Department on the home building fund.

      Association of Composite Door Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for building safety of making the Association of Composite...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2018 to Question 196168 on Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have contacted his Department to request financial support or flexibility for the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) private sector and (b) social sector high-rise buildings...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the use of expanded polystyrene insulation in external wall insulation systems on new high-rise residential...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department considered the safety implications of the production of toxic smoke in determining the scope of...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the health and safety risks of toxic smoke from cladding, insulation and...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 183490, what the planned timetable is for the public...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the number of high-rise buildings with non-aluminium composite material...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the last 10 occasions on which his Department has responded to a request for a comment from the media...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nigeria: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcomes were of his visit to Nigeria in November 2018 to (a) promote women, peace and security and (b) invest in counter-IED equipment.

    • Yemen: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of military action on port operations at Hodeidah, Yemen.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a competition for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department expects to receive Artec’s proposal for the purchase of the Boxer vehicle; and what the planned timetable is for his...

      France and Germany: Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government’s of (a) France and (b) Germany on a Main Ground Combat System.

      Ministry of Defence: Space Growth Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has had with representatives of the Space Growth Partnership.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on his Department's procurement programmes that have not yet reached Main Gate.

      Defence: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176122 on Defence: Space Technology, whether he still plans to publish the Defence Space Strategy...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to make it easier for cancer patients undergoing treatment in hospital to claim universal credit.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse has been of work done so far by the Independent Case Examiner on individual cases brought on the grounds of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its Peat Strategy.

    • Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many enforcement actions the Environment Agency has taken against each water company in England in each of the last 10...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many investigations Ofwat has undertaken into each water company in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Chemicals: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has published on the steps that chemical manufacturers will be required to take to register...

      Air Pollution: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor air pollution in Norfolk.

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps his Department has taken to provide police forces with guidance on the legality of drug safety testing at music festivals.

    • Detainees: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were referred for assessment under Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001 in each month of 2018 up to 2 July 2018.

      Detainees: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people referred for assessment under Rule 35 of Detention Centre Rules 2001 during each of the first six months in 2018 were...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to assess the effect of the Detention Centre Rules (Amendment) 2018 on victims of torture in immigration detention centres.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children who have (a) permanent residence, (b) indefinite leave to remain and (c) British citizenship have a parent detained for...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals to the National Referral Mechanism for those who are detained for immigration purposes there have been; and how many of...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people detained for immigration purposes and removed from the UK have been subsequently re-detained for immigration purposes in...

      Detainees: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) suicide and (b) self-harm requiring medical treatment occurred at each immigration removal centre in each of the...

      Detainees: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rule 35 reports were issued by medical practitioners at each immigration removal centre in each of the past three years.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were granted leave to enter the UK under the Calais Child Refugee scheme in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) to date.

      Visas: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to end the temporary lifting of the restrictions on Tier 2 visas for NHS Staff.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on visa arrangements for international students after the UK leaves the EU.

      British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether each of the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are operating on the agreed terms of the exchange of notes and technical...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Trade Agreements: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the effect on the Northern Ireland economy of potential changes to the trade relationship with the rest of the UK...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to table the increased affordability of alcohol.

    • Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of paying benefits to working parents whose children are living abroad in each of the...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK in 2017-18 was represented by (a) acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures and (b) new investments...

      Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations have been conducted by HMRC into UK businesses by region since the 2016-17 financial year up to the most recent data available.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what sum the UK is obliged by treaty to pay the EU when the UK leaves the EU.

      Fraud: Liability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Attorney General on proposals to reform the law on corporate liability for economic crime.

      Infrastructure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to assess the value for money of the spending of funds he has allocated for infrastructure in Northern Ireland.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote the marriage allowance to people who are entitled to it and (b) encourage such people to take up that...

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Industrial Injuries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for fatalities and injuries involving confined spaces in the fishing and maritime industries in England.

    • Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote awareness amongst owners of diesel vehicles of the impact of those vehicles on air quality.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that estimates of land and property costs for HS2 given to the House of Commons were wrong; and what estimate they have...

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 3 February on the feasibility study into the value of reopening the...

      Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the development of short sea shipping in the UK.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether to introduce, or revise, legislation governing the permitted extent of leg room between rows of airline seats; and what...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the annual growth rates of labour productivity in each year since 2000; and what rates they forecast for each year to 2022.

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that the productivity gap between the UK and other...

      Antibiotics: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research and development into new antibiotics or close substitutes United Kingdom Research and Innovation is funding.

      Climate Change: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Mayor of London's new climate change plan in response to what he has described as a climate emergency; what discussions they...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cuba: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to support calls from Cuban Catholic and Protestant religious leaders to include protections for freedom of religion or belief and...

    • Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 21 November (HCWS1098) in relation to the annual financial...

      Afghanistan: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Afghanistan following the car bombing at the G4S compound in Kabul last month; and what implications...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to persuade the Bangladeshi authorities not to proceed with the proposed involuntary repatriations of Rohingya refugees to...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term strategy they have formulated to deal with the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

      Syria: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, reported any progress having been made during the 11th round of Astana talks...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a Spanish navy warship sailing near Gibraltar’s waters; and what action they are taking in response.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Wheelchairs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of sufficient wheelchairs in NHS hospitals for disabled people visiting patients.

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Green Paper on social care funding in England will be published; and whether it will be before the end of the year.

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) drug, and (2) alcohol rehabilitation services are currently commissioned in each prison in England and Wales.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of clinical negligence cases result in a legal action being (1) issued, and (2) decided by the courts; and, in the cases decided by a court, in...

  • Department for Education

    • School Meals: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to update school food standards following new recommendations on sugar and carbohydrate consumption; and how they will encourage schools to comply...

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they give to "orphan" schools, pending their adoption by another academy sponsor; and how many of those schools are currently awaiting adoption.

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many multi academy trusts have been obliged to give up some or all of their schools.

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference in their definition of (1) a Free School, and (2) an Academy School.

  • Department for International Trade

    • EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which nations that have trade agreements with the EU have (1) agreed, and (2) refused to allow the UK to continue to benefit from those agreements during the...

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that the United States’ economy may be heading into a recession, and (2) the impact this could have on...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how communities could engage with the planning of developments built by an expansion of permitted development rights to include...

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the sites considered for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre meet the specifications in the paper by the UK National Holocaust...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures for the number of rough sleepers in England; and what progress has been made on implementing their rough sleeping strategy announced on...

      Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a decline in shopper footfall on UK high street stores.

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current area of the Victoria Tower Gardens; what area will be taken up by the Holocaust Memorial and associated works; and what area will remain for...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 5 December (HL11727), what support they will give to Nissar Hussain and his family and others...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the briefing paper by the Centre for Public Scrutiny and Localis Decline and fall: understanding how and why local...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the effectiveness of the Northern Powerhouse strategy following the resignation of the mayor of Liverpool from the Northern...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families left homeless after the Grenfell Tower fire are still not in permanent accommodation.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether the number of civil compensation awards in mesothelioma cases have increased, and (2) whether such awards provide...

    • Poverty

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

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a reduction in ferry services between Dover and Calais on the import of perishable goods, including food...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they have taken in response to the study prepared for the Special Committee on Terrorism of the European Parliament on member states’...

  • Treasury

    • Shares: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the practice whereby shares lent for short selling are sold without the explicit knowledge of the beneficial owner, and (2)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 3 December (HL11702), how many individuals were (1) cautioned, (2) charged, and (3) convicted by the TV...

    • Sports: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the decision made by the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee in September to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

      World Anti-doping Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence of the Word Anti-Doping Agency in terms of its (1) structure, (2) governance, and (3) protections against...

      Television: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a system of parental guidance for television dramas and films broadcast after the 9pm watershed.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions are in place for pre-meditated doping in professional sport; whether those sanctions are comparable to sanctions in place for fraud offences; and...

      Gambling: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to young people under the age of 18 for gambling addiction from (1) the NHS, (2) educational services, and (3) other public service providers.

      Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with sports authorities to help reduce discriminatory abuse in UK soccer following several recent reports of alleged racial abuse.

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