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Written answers

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps the (a) Government and (b) DVLA has taken to ensure that people over 70 are assessed to ensure safety when driving.

    • Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134899 on Motor Vehicles: Lighting, whether the review of the technical requirements been published.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) how much his Department has spent and (b) what progress his Department has made on the introduction of smart ticketing technology across the...

      Railways: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with train operating companies on the delivery of mobile connectivity for rail passengers.

      Railways: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of mobile coverage provided to rail passengers.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the quality of Wi-Fi services available to rail passengers as required under the terms of rail franchise...

      Cycling and Walking: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Havering Borough is planned to receive any funding from central government to implement the measures in the Local Cycling and Walking...

      Chiltern Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations on noise and disturbance as a result of the decision by Chiltern Railway to use Wrexham diesel express...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish revised estimates for the (a) additional costs identified through the ground investigations for phase two of High Speed Two and (b)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the accounting officer for his Department has sought a written ministerial direction for expenditure on...

    • Business Plans: Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the level of support for customers who lost goods and possessions in the Shurgard fire in Croydon on...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff at (a) Companies House, (b) the Insolvency Service, (c) the Intellectual Property Service (d) the Met...

      Limited Liability: Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) Scottish, (b) English and (c) Northern Irish Partnerships have been prosecuted each year since 2009 under...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices there were by type of branch in each constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices were classified as under temporary closure by type of branch in each constituency in each of the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria his Department uses to classify a post office under temporary closure.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what process his Department uses to re-open a post office that has been subject to temporary closure.

      Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the archive files relating to Britain’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy programmes were...

      Public Houses: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of crowdfunding by lessees to raise money to challenge decisions...

      New Businesses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his Northern Ireland counterparts on the support offered to entrepreneurs seeking to...

      Shops: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds statistics on the number of stores that closed in each quarter in each of the last five years.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish its evaluation of shared parental leave.

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on expanding the role of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Brazil: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Brazilian counterpart on LGBT+ rights in that country.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in relation to (a) women and (b) political activists in Saudi...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps is he taking to ensure that (a) Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and (b) Narges Mohammadi receive adequate and timely...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the fight against Daesh in Syria of the decision of the US Administration to...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government next plans to provide an update to Parliament on the fight against Daesh.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of effect of renewed rocket fire from Gaza into Israel on the political situation in that region.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of tunnel construction into Israel by Hamas in Gaza on the political situation in that region.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of adequacy of democratic processes in the Palestinian Authority.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support a peace process in Yemen.

      China: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Chinese Government on banning the Yulin dog meat festival.

      Iran: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to secure the release of UK-Iranian nationals imprisoned in Iran.

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect the rights and freedoms of journalists throughout the world.

      Zimbabwe: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of recent violence in Zimbabwe.

      Mali: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Mali; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on reports from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial...

      Christianity

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce the persecution of Christians overseas.

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      What diplomatic steps he is taking to tackle the constitutional and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the effect of that crisis on the political and economic situation in neighbouring countries.

      Christianity

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce the persecution of Christians overseas.

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      What assessment he has made of progress on the peace process in Colombia.

      Papua: Measles

      What discussions he has had with his Indonesian counterpart on (a) the provision of measles vaccinations in West Papua and (b) access to healthcare for West Papuans.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms length bodies in 2018.

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 111 of the Political Declaration Setting Out The Framework For The Future Relationship Between The...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) EU representatives on holding European parliamentary elections in the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the midwife headcount in the NHS was in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and of those figures how many...

    • Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the age profile is of NHS midwives identified as nationals of an EU member state other than the UK.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to encourage NHS employers to reimburse the £65 application fee for staff who need to apply to the EU...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce NHS waiting times in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) England.

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there is no reference to maternal postnatal checks in the NHS Long Term Plan, and what plans his Department has to...

      Preventive Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 2.3 of the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, what funding he plans to provide to the NHS to...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff at (a) Care Quality Commission, (b) Health Education England, (c) Health Research Authority, (d) Medicines and Healthcare...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff at (a) Care Quality Commission, (b) Health Education England, (c) Health Research Authority, (d) Medicines and Healthcare...

      NHS England: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the NHS England budget was spent on business rates in each of the last four years.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last four...

      Autism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who have been diagnosed with autism in (a) Lewisham Deptford...

      Nutrients: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of changes to the Nutrient Profile Model on the likely intake of Vitamin D and...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling women under the age of 25 to undergo cervical screening.

      Vijay Patel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s official representative on the Honours health committee had discussions with the Honours economy committee...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on hospice finances of the decision to raise NHS employer contributions to its pension scheme...

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether compliance with national learning disability improvement standards will be mandatory for NHS funded services and whether those...

      Vaccination: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK’s immunisation programme is adequately funded.

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors the NHS in England plan to recruit in each year up to 2022-24.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to reduce administrative costs by £700 million across commissioners and...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to issue further guidance to (a) businesses and (b) local authorities in line with Public Health England's advice on...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce smoking and (b) encourage smokers to transition to vaping.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has met with vape product manufacturers in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of funding in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21, (c) 2021-22, (d) 2022-23 and (e) 2023-24 for (i) the...

      Drugs: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 206393 on Drugs, how many and what proportion of those contract agreements (a) have...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent in each of the main categories of NHS commissioner spending as recorded by NHS England by (a) NHS England and (b)...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much is planned to be spent in each of the main categories of NHS commissioner spending as recorded by NHS England by (a) NHS England...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices in England are (a) a member and (b) not a member of a primary care network.

      Dementia: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £4.5 billion allocated to community care in five years' time as part of NHS England’s Long Term Plan is...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to work with the wider NHS, the voluntary sector, developers and individuals to create a range of digital services to...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 January 2019, Official Report column 80, when he plans to publish the local provision funding...

      NHS: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January to Question 207241 on NHS: Fire Prevention, what the time frame is for the publication of the report...

      Opiates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which 10 local authority areas had the highest rates of NHS opoid drug prescriptions in each of the last six years.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to (a) reduce the incidence of Lyme disease and (b) increase awareness of that disease.

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress his Department has made on reducing the health inequalities for people with a learning disability.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on increasing the number of specialist learning disability nurses in the NHS.

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of social care for people with a learning disability on the level of avoidable...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the current time interval between initial screening and invitation for the next screening at Central and...

  • Wales Office

    • Bangor University: Chemistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 4 January 2018 to Question 205241, what discussions he has had Bangor University on the proposed closure of its chemistry...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms length bodies in 2018.

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many disabled children received social care in each of the last three years.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made a recent assessment of the value for money of a child being taken into care; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to publish a long-term strategy for the apprenticeships sector.

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on reducing teacher workload.

      Apprentices: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department undertook an impact assessment of its recently approved reductions in funding bands for management apprenticeships.

      Schools: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of English Hub schools having at least one member of staff who has received specialist speech,...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 206295 on Special Educational Needs, what proportion of the 0-25 year old population do those...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support the improvement of local authority-run services for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to table A2 of the statistical release Information on looked after children at both national and local authority levels for the...

      Special Educational Needs: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) initial and (b) additional allocated budgets for special needs provision in Nottinghamshire schools have been in each of the past three years.

      Special Educational Needs: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in Nottinghamshire with individual education, health and care plans whose schools have yet to...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how long on average it has taken for an education, health and care plan for a special needs child to be put in place from the date of initial request...

      Special Educational Needs: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many education, health and care plans are in place in Nottinghamshire schools; and how many were in place in each of the two previous academic years.

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) teaching assistants and (b) specialist support staff (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools have employed in Nottinghamshire in each of...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the causes of the recent increase in the number of looked after children in England.

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants in his Department work full-time on policy relating to the UK leaving the EU.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria are used to determine the sponsor of a school that is subject to an academy order.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether EU students starting courses in England in the 2019-20 academic year will be eligible for home fee status in the event of the UK leaving the...

      Frontline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Frontline in improving retention rates among children’s social workers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total value is of uncollected victims surcharges in each year since 2010.

    • Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the criteria were for selecting the 10 prisons to be included in the 10 Prison Programme.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of segregation have occurred at each secure institution that holds children in each of the last five years for which information is...

      Forensic Science: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Civil and Family Courts Service is taking to identify cases where decisions were taken on the basis of forensic testing provided by (a)...

      Secure Accommodation: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint (MMPR) has been used in each secure institution which uses it in each year for which...

      Secure Accommodation: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm have been recorded in relation to children in each secure institution that holds children during each of the last five...

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time was that a child spent in the segregation unit in each secure institution that holds children in each of the last five...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average length of prison sentences in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last six years.

  • Treasury

    • Customs: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2018 to Question 203920 on Customs, what completion dates have been set for the contracts for the (a) development and...

    • Revenue and Customs: Blockchain

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 185078 on Revenue and Customs: Blockchain, what assessment he has made of the (a) time and (b) cost...

      Import Controls: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of Blockchain technology on tackling the illegal traffic of goods across the border between (a)...

      Bill Dodwell

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release entitled The Chancellor and the Office of Tax Simplification announce Bill Dodwell as new Tax Director,...

      Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HMRC plans to reach an agreement with the Roadchef Employee Benefit Trust on outstanding tax issues.

      Railways: Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the levels of public spending required to provide a good standard of mobile connectivity to all rail passengers...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in...

    • Housing: Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help people with mobility issues to find properties that meet their needs.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to provide support to families affected by domestic abuse.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues in Cabinet meetings on the effect on local authorities of...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the levels of penalties charged by private parking operators.

      Hotels: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether desktop studies can still be used in lieu of tests as a route to compliance for combustible materials on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence apprentices there have been in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Army in each constituency in each year since...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Prime Minister’s Office file PREM 19/3076, whether the UK is legally obliged to supply Saudi Arabia with aircraft parts under...

      Defence Equipment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the in-year spending for the programmes listed in the Defence Equipment Plan 2017 as (a) Ajax, (b) Apache CSP, (c) Astute Boats 4-7,...

      Poland: War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to honour and commemorate the 30 British soldiers who died in Germany in 1921 and 1922 while implementing conditions of the Treaty...

      Defence: Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the strength of the UK space defence sector.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has to amend the Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018 after the conclusion of the 2019 test pilot.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Autumn Budget 2018, whether the Department has plans to bring forward the two week run-on of legacy benefits for the...

      Carer's Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of applications for carer's allowance by individuals whose dependent has no recourse to...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department holds on the reasons given for non-attendance by sanctioned claimants of (a) jobseekers allowance and (b) employment...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-disclosure agreements her Department entered into in 2018.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason under universal credit (a) statutory maternity pay is classed as earnings and subject to partial disregard and (b) maternity...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2019 to Question 207294 on Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals, what discussions she has had with the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 14 January 2019, HCWS1249, on pensions update, what estimate she has made of the number of people...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of air pollution on the (a) short-term and (b) long-term of (i) public...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of air pollution in (a) the UK, (b) London and (c) Lewisham West &...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department provides to local authorities to improve air quality.

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of of the potential merits of introducing traffic exclusion zones near (a) schools, (b)...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing targets for the reduction of air pollution.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms length...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria his Department uses to determine the allocation of fishing opportunities.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce maximum five-year sentences for the worst cases of animal...

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Japan to support the international ban on whaling.

      Dogs: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has plans to prohibit the consumption of dog meat in the UK.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of duck welfare rules for commercial duck farms; and if he will make a...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many judicial reviews there were of negative conclusive grounds decisions made by UK Visas and Immigration in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests for reconsideration there were of negative conclusive grounds decisions made by UK Visas and Immigration in (a) 2016-17...

      Escape Rooms: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he provides operators of escape rooms on fire safety and evacuation procedures in the event of a fire in locked rooms.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to support improvement in police forces that are rated as inadequate or requiring improvement by Her...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) her Department and (b) each of her Department's arms length bodies in 2018.

    • Unrwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the long-term viability of the UN Relief and Works Agency.

      Yemen: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK will take to ensure food aid reaches people who need it in Yemen.

      Yemen: Central Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support the UK is providing to the Yemeni central bank.

      Poliomyelitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with social media platforms on ending the spread of anti-vaccination fake news relating to...

      Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the rate of remuneration for (a) cleaners, (b) security guards and (c) catering staff in her...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants were working on projects in the Major Projects Portfolio in (a) June 2016 and (b) December 2018.

    • Cabinet Office: Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff at the (a) Boundary Commission for England, (b) Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland, (c) Crown Commercial Service, (d) Government...

      Cabinet Office: Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff at the (a) Boundary Commission for England, (b) Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland, (c) Crown Commercial Service, (d) Government...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the due diligence undertaken by the Government in advance of awarding public contracts to private sector...

      Healthcare Environmental Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the minutes and notes of meetings between his officials and Healthcare Environmental Services.

      Healthcare Environmental Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what correspondence his Department has had with organisations on Healthcare Environmental Services in the last year.

      Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 16 January 2019, Official Report, column 1269, if she will meet with (a) leaders (b) senior...

      Prescription Drugs: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the change in the number of deaths caused by an excess of prescription drugs being the primary cause was between 2011 and 2016.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Huawei

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates he has held discussions with the National Cyber Security Centre to discuss the role of Huawei in the UK's Critical National Infrastructure.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Huawei

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has been advised by the National Cyber Security Centre to restrict the access of Huawei to the UK's Critical National Infrastructure.

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Government document entitled The role of communication in rebuilding political trust in full.

  • Department for International Trade

    • EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which nations that have trade agreements with the EU have agreed to continue those agreements with the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sustainability of the Press Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to publish the Cairncross Review before 31 January 2018.

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms length...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff at (a) Arts Council England, (b) Big Lottery Fund, (c) the British Film Institute, (d) the British Library and...

      Culture: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has allocated to arts and culture projects in Havering Borough in each of the last five years.

      Commemorative Plaques: Cheltenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance this Department has made available to local community groups seeking to install a blue plaque commemorating key...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people have been supported through the cyber security critical national infrastructure apprenticeship.

      Huawei: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on Huawei; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2019 to Question 206713 on Broadband: Rural Answers, what steps his Department takes to...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, by what date his Department plans to have brought forward legislative proposals to extend the scope of the Sexual Offences Act...

  • Leader of the House

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is the Government's policy that victims in Northern Ireland of the infected blood scandal deserve as a matter of urgency the same...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the highest hourly rate was that (a) her Department and (b) each of her Department's arms-length bodies paid for legal advice in 2018.

  • Department for Transport

    • Channel Ferries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether written ministerial direction for expenditure on the contingency planning for a no deal Brexit was requested, in particular for (1) contracting with...

    • Ramsgate Port: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which company received the award to dredge the port of Ramsgate; what is the value and completion date of that contract; where the resulting spoil will be...

      Ramsgate Port: Channel Ferries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to invest in improvements to the port of Ramsgate to facilitate the proposed post-Brexit ferry service between Ramsgate and...

      Ramsgate Port: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of subsidy they are providing, or plan to provide, towards the cost of dredging work in the harbour area of Ramsgate.

      Northern: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the franchise requirement for ending the use of Pacer trains (classes 142 and 144) on the Northern franchise; and what is the expected date when this will...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that additional rolling stock will be available by the time the new East Midlands rail franchise is let in August.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Voting Rights: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Irish citizens’ will retain their right to vote in certain UK elections after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a legal limit on the ratio of nurses to patients on wards in NHS hospitals in England; and if so, what are those limits.

    • Allergies: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adrenaline auto-injectors they estimate will be needed over the next 12 months to ensure that no patient dies as a result of lacking such a device.

      Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve services for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many written submissions they have received as part of the review of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations...

      Apprentices: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of apprentices training to become registered graduate nurses.

      Nurses: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the retention rate for new NHS nurses has increased in the last two years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Manzoor on 7 January (HL12528), how they format clinical negligence claims.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the uptake in cervical smear tests; how they will encourage women to take such tests; and how they will increase the availability...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to the proposed changes to the Human Medicines Regulation 2012, as outlined in the document Further guidance note on the regulation of medicines,...

      Human Medicines Regulations 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the proposed changes to the Human Medicines Regulation 2012, as outlined in the document Further guidance note on the regulation of medicines, medical devices...

      Tattooing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tattoos have been removed at a cost to the NHS in England; and what is the total cost of such removals since 2009.

      Neural Tube Defects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many babies have been born in England with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in the last five years for which figures are available.

      University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust: Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to lift the ban on the prescription of liothyronine (T3) by University Hospital Bristol in contradiction of the advice given by NHS...

      Prescriptions: Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 20 December 2018 (HL12362), how they plan to ensure that Universal Credit claimants who meet the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to address the shortage of presiding justices identified by the Magistrates Association.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 19 December (HL12320), what assessment have they made of the main conclusions of the report by the...

    • Social Security Benefits: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Buscombe on 14 January (HL12638) and the Minister of State for Employment on 10 February 2015 (HC223651), why they no...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of fresh, frozen, and chilled food warehousing space should imported food be delayed as a consequence of a...

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date any necessary new IT import notification system for food imports when the UK leaves the EU will be fully operational.

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for the disposal of agricultural plastic waste, following restrictions on the import of plastic waste put in place by China.

  • Home Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs in each of the last three years of repatriating to the UK British nationals who are convicted of criminal offences...

    • Lord Janner of Braunstone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse about the disclosure of material held in social services and criminal records...

      Rifles: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Mr Steve Rodhouse, Director General (Operations) of the National Crime Agency, to the Home Secretary concerning the Offensive Weapons...

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last 12 months they have advised individuals to renounce their British citizenship; and for what purposes.

      Rifles: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative danger, when used by criminals, of lever release rifles, MARS rifles, and standard hunting rifles; and what evidence...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be applied in relation to prompt payments in order to establish a company’s eligibility to be awarded Government contracts, once the...

    • Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of Government suppliers that will be prevented from winning future contracts once the prompt payment...

      Public Procurement Review Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation they have undertaken of the Public Procurement Review Service; what the value of unpaid invoices reported to the Service was in 2018; and what...

      Public Procurement Review Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation they have made of the role of the Public Procurement Review Service in speeding up payments to suppliers.

      Government Departments: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards their target of spending one pound in every three with small and medium-sized enterprises by 2022; and what further action...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Government Bills

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of outstanding pieces of primary legislaation which will be required to give effect to Brexit before 29 March 2019.

    • Brexit: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which statutory instruments will require parliamentary approval before 29 March 2019 in order to give effect to Brexit.

      Brexit: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory instruments relating to the possibility of a no-deal withdrawal from the EU on 29 March are now awaiting consideration by the House of Lords;...

  • Treasury

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was allocated to Northern Ireland as a result of Barnett consequentials in each of the last three financial years.

    • Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible effects that new customs checks could have on operations at UK ports in the event of a no deal Brexit.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Enterprises: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 29 November 2018 (HL11578, HL11579, HL11580, and HL11581), why they have made no assessment across those...

    • Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 29 November 2018 (HL11578, HL11579, HL11580, and HL11581), whether it is HM Treasury’s...

      Betting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether bookmakers are offering better odds to those who place bets online as opposed to those who place bets in betting shops;...

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