Written answers

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include representatives from (a) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, (b) the Department of Health and Social Care and...

    • Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of transferring responsibility for (a) the setting of standards for drivers with diabetes...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of traffic incident’s on all-lane running motorways and motorways with...

      Road Traffic Offences: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) research and (b) assessment his Department has undertaken into trends in the level of non-compliance on Smart Motorways.

      Road Traffic Offences: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has set a minimum acceptable level red-X non-compliance on smart motorways.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a free railcard for people over the age of 65.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been on refunding passengers as a result of the train delays and cancellations in 2018.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of local authorities enforcing 20mph zones in built-up areas on the level of pedestrians involved in traffic...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to issue public safety campaigns to reduce the number of pedestrians involved in traffic accidents.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many serious road traffic accidents there were in (a) the UK, (b) London, (c) Borough of Lewisham and (d) Borough of Bromley in each of the last...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase road safety nationally.

      Channel Ferries: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 206828 on Channel Ferries: freight, whether essential (a) food supplies and (b) medicines will be...

      Wales and Borders Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason it was decided to give responsibility for the Wales and Borders rail franchise to the Welsh Government.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many employed mothers of babies who were admitted to neonatal care used their full 52 weeks of maternity leave...

    • Fathers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support working fathers whose babies have been admitted to neonatal units.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government on that country's decision to approve the construction of...

    • Tanzania: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of restrictions on media freedom in Tanzania; and what representations he has made to the...

      Catalonia: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the constitutional crisis in Catalonia; and what representations he has made and to whom on...

      Tanzania: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the persecution of Christians in Tanzania; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has sought from the US Administration on their commitment to resolving the conflict in Yemen.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK is providing to the process of UN monitoring in the port of Hudaydah in Yemen.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that the Yemen peace agreements will endure.

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many independent election observers (a) his Department and (b) other nations provided for the general election in...

      India: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of India on non-refoulement of Rohingya refugees.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196094, whether Interserve has submitted its living will.

    • GCHQ: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females working for GCHQ in each year since 2010.

      Huawei: Infrastructure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates he has held discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the role of Huawei in the UK's Critical National...

      Politics and Government: Communication

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it has plans to publish its document entitled The role of communication in rebuilding political trust.

      Natural Gas: Kazakhstan

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to publish information on project Santiago.

      Public Procurement Review Service: Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have been employed in the Public Procurement Review Service in each year since its inception.

      British Irish Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 205837 on British-Irish Council, what that agreed date is for the next Summit of the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to restore regular reporting of mental health spend to the NHS Dashboard.

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his speech at the Charity Commission's annual meeting on 7 January 2017, The shared society, what steps the Government...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will urgently introduce regional parity of financial support for victims of the infected blood scandal.

      Heart Diseases: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has allocated to support research into heart attacks in women; and for what reason that research was not...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential financial implications to the NHS of the reported practice of pharmaceutical companies...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2018 to Question 178508 on Drugs: Prices, for what reasons (a) the consultation on a new system of...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Clinical Commissioning Group place based allocations 2019/20 – 2023/24, what the real-term percentage increase in...

      Preventive Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, how much funding has been allocated to specific new evidence-based NHS prevention programmes to...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long-Term Plan, whether it remains his policy to meet the 92 per cent referral to treatment waiting time...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2018 to Question 201219 and with reference to the finding of Sands' Audit of Bereavement Care...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people with cystic fibrosis.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support local stop smoking services which encourage smokers to transition to vaping.

      Breast Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of dedicated Clinical Nurse Specialists for patients with secondary breast...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the level of immunisation performed by the NHS.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with (a) learning disabilities and (b) autism are included in the development of mandatory...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure services funded by the NHS uphold national learning disability improvement standards; and if he will...

      Naproxen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients who are prescribed Naproxen continue to be able to receive that medication in...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, what evidence the Government plans to review when considering whether there is a stronger role...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England Long Term Plan, how NHS England plans to continue working closely with (a) the Alzheimer’s...

      Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill with the United Nations Convention on the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to increase the uptake of flu vaccinations for primary-aged school children in Lancashire.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to increase attendance at diabetes education programmes.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people attended diabetes education programmes in each clinical commissioning group area in 2018.

      Ocrelizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the status is of negotiations between Roche and NHS England on access to ocrelizumab for people with primary progressive MS on the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contingencies are in place to protect against drug price increases in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's consultation entitled Calorie labelling for food and drink served outside of the...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the number of places available on the pre-exposure prophylaxis impact...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) for-profit private companies and (b) private contractors received official development assistance for the (i) delivery of...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on education (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally in each year since 2015.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2019 to Question 206450 on Developing Countries: Nutrition, what opportunities her Department...

      Poliomyelitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of anti-vaccination fake news on polio (a) vaccination and (b) eradication efforts in (i)...

      Palestinians: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2018 to Question 141671, what assessment her Department has made of whether the Palestinian Authority...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were referred to children’s services on multiple occasions before receiving support from those services in each of the last...

    • Department of Education: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent on Official Development Assistance in each year since 2015.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will respond to the report published on 10 January 2019 by the Higher Education Policy Institute entitled The Impact of Selective Secondary...

      Army Foundation College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether Ofsted grades the Army Foundation College in Harrogate on the same basis as civilian colleges for the age group.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2018 to Question 201570 on Children: Care Homes, what funding from the Children’s Social Care Innovation...

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release Funding announced to train 900 new children’s social workers dated 8 January 2019, how many...

      Social Work: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of spending on social work education.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of checks in place to ensure that schools do not discriminate as part of the admissions...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the dates on which each prison establishment last undertook full night-time fire contingencies exercises.

    • Young Offenders: Solitary Confinement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders have been kept in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day in each Young Offenders Institution in the last month for which...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff have been deployed as part of the 10 Prisons Programme from other areas of the prison estate; and if he will list those numbers of...

      Prisons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has commissioned on the routes which are used to bring contraband into prisons.

      Forensic Science: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to provide public information on the right of people to apply for a C650 Application notice to vary or set aside an...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what post-legislative scrutiny of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 the Government has undertaken; and when he plans to review Section 21 of that Act.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff at (a) HM Inspectorate of Prisons, (b) HM Inspectorate of Probation, (c) HM Prison Service, (d) HM Prison and Probation Service and (e)...

      Ministry of Justice: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff at (a) HM Inspectorate of Prisons, (b) HM Inspectorate of Probation, (c) HM Prison Service, (d) HM Prison and Probation Service and (e)...

      Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2018 to Question 171719 on Berwyn Prison, how many prisoners are engaged in work or learning and skills for more...

      Berwyn Prison: North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been called to HMP Berwyn each year since that prison opened.

      Berwyn Prison: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in positions as frontline operational staff at HMP Berwyn (a) by each prison block and (b) deployed in the care and separation...

      Berwyn Prison: Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many requests for transfers out of HMP Berwyn have been made by prisoners in each year since that prison opened.

      Berwyn Prison: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff at HMP Berwyn are on (a) short term sick leave, (b) long-term sick leave, and (c) restricted duty.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Lincoln, of 5 October 2018, on issues at HMP Lincoln, reference MC062204.

      Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans does he have to increase the number of Registered Intermediaries.

      Ministry of Justice: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department entered into in 2017.

      Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between homelessness on release from prison and reoffending rates among prisoners serving...

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the number of courts that require repair work.

      Prisoners: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners given custodial sentences who were homeless before sentencing in Nottinghamshire in each year since...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

      Infectious Diseases: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to ensure that people reporting crimes involving the deliberate infection of (a) HIV and (b) other diseases can access...

      Medway Secure Training Centre: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Ofsted's Freedom of Information request datasets 2017: Residential education provision as at 16 November 2017, published on 9 January...

      Sexual Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convicted sex offenders who did not receive a custodial sentence for their first sex offence were subsequently convicted of further sexual...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on drug consumption rates in prisons of inmates having access to phones.

      Offences Against Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to extend the provisions of Section 21 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to...

      Prison Sentences: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the re-offending rate in relation to prison sentences of (a) less than six months and (b) more than six months.

      Prisoners Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of prisoners serving sentences of less than six months who are homeless upon release in each of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many compliance audits have been undertaken in relation to the Open Individual Export Licences granted to BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, (a) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the administration of round five of the coastal communities fund...

    • Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of steps his Department has taken to support high streets in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Caribbean and South East Asia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason he plans to establish new military bases in (a) the Caribbean and (b) South East Asia after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Royal Tank Regiment: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has issued a response to HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull in relation to the Regulation 28 report, dated 17 July...

      Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on Official Development Assistance in each year since 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have been migrated to universal credit since June 2018 in the Havering Borough Council area.

    • Universal Credit: North Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the effective roll-out of universal credit in North Herefordshire constituency.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on Official Development Assistance in each year since 2015.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the increase in the work allowance of universal credit is worth per household.

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the exceptional circumstances are which will allow full support under universal credit for third and subsequent children born after April...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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 Work and Pensions: Pay

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2018 to Question 142518 on employment support allowance, what guidance her Department has issued to GPs on the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's target timetable is for applicants of personal independence payments to be notified of the decision on their...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been spent from the public purse on the running of the office of the Independent Case Examiner for each available year; and...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the Independent Case Examiner's ability to process complaints in a timely manner.

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's target timetable is for complaints to the Independent Case Examiner to be concluded; and what (a) proportion and (b)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Gun Sports: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences to shoot protected wild bird species were issued in each of the last ten years.

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to encourage the growth of free range dairy herds.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of transferring responsibility for horse welfare from...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January to Written Question 203216 on Immigration; Appeals, what the criteria are for his Department to expedite...

    • Home Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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 years.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2018 to Question 195486 on guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children, what steps his...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to introduce a post-study work visa which allows up to two years of work experience for international students...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there will be an independent review of credibility interviews within the student immigration system to ensure the system is (a) fit...

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to publish the results of its 2014 public consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific...

      Home Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has spent on Overseas Development Aid in each year since 2015.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the consequences will be for EU citizens who do not register for EU settled status.

      Educational Testing Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made of ETS’s proposal to provide English language tests for overseas students before awarding a...

      Educational Testing Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bidders other than ETS were awarded contracts to provide English language tests for overseas students on behalf of his Department.

      Windrush Generation: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for support in urgent and exceptional circumstances under the Windrush scheme have been (a) made and (b) accepted; how...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 27 November 2018,...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to publish its review of time limits on immigration detention.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has conducted an assessment of the potential effect of the proposed Immigration (Time Limit on Detention) Bill on (a)...

  • Attorney General

    • Bhanu Choudhrie and Sudhir Choudhrie

      To ask the Attorney General, what is the status of (a) SFO and (b) CPS investigations into (i) Sudhir Choudhrie, (ii) Bhanu Choudhrie and (iii) other related parties.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

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

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on Official Development Assistance in each year since 2015.

    • Insurance: Criminal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with insurance companies on the potential for discrimination through the use of criminal record information for the purpose of...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's review of the loan charge is planned to (a) seek external evidence about, (b) evaluate all aspects of and (c) be able to recommend...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to his Department for financial year 2018-19 for planning for the UK...

    • Mobile Phones: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to improve the levels of mobile connectivity available to passengers along the rail corridor.

      Mobile Phones: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on establishing trials to provide mobile connectivity to passengers on the Trans-Pennine rail...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on Official Development Assistance in each year since 2015.

      Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates he has held discussions with the National Cyber Security Centre on the role of Huawei in the UK's Critical...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships: Heterosexuality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October to Question 179255, what progress her Department has made on introducing legislative proposals on the extension...

  • Department for Transport

    • Channel Ferries: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which new freight transport routes across the English Channel between the UK and the EU are being considered as part of the contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit.

    • Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisation has responsibility for clearing litter from motorways and trunk roads; and whether they also have powers to issue civil penalties to the owner...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Hydroelectric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to encourage investment in pumped storage hydroelectricity projects.

    • Electricity: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of future electricity storage requirements resulting from increased generation of electricity from intermittent sources.

      Trade Associations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with trade associations about (1) the anticipated implications of a no-deal Brexit for their industries, and (2) the services...

      Cars: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 26 November 2018 (HL11401), what plans they have to address the weakness in the domestic car industry cited by the...

      Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that a recent decline in consumer spending, as reported by Visa in its consumer price index, published in January,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Greece: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report by Oxfam Vulnerable and Abandoned, published on 9 January, about (1) specialised shelters for minors, (2) special...

    • Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the exclusion of Ahmadi Muslims from the right to vote in Pakistan’s elections.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in particular that she be granted access to medical treatment for...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are offering Richard Ratcliffe, following the government of Iran's decision to cancel his scheduled telephone calls with his wife Nazanin...

      China: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the People’s Republic of China about their “one country, two systems” policy towards Taiwan.

      China: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any risks to regional peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

      Turkey: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about (1) the conditions of Abdullah Öcalan's imprisonment, and (2) the number...

      Turkey: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the President of the United States' statement on Twitter on 13 January that the United States "will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds",...

      Bulgaria: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bulgaria about (1) the demolition of Roma homes in Voivodinovo and other places with no offer of new...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what processes are in place to monitor compliance with regulation 113 paragraphs (7) and (8) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which require contracting...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional food inspectors will be put in place to ensure food imports from the EU are checked at transit ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    • Health Services: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the commitment to address health inequalities in the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 10 January, what steps they intend to take to tackle the health...

  • Department for Education

    • Sanitary Protection: Pupils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide free menstrual products to all school children in England.

    • Citizenship: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently training to be teachers specialising in citizenship.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Deportation: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 13 July 2018 (HL9105), what progress has been made by the Tribunals Procedure Committee in...

    • Prisons: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (1) prisoners, and (2) managing chaplains in prisons in England and Wales are Muslims; and which prisons in England and Wales have managing...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to raise awareness among local authorities and housing associations that the Affordable Homes Programme covers funding for Traveller...

    • Public Expenditure: Sheffield City Region

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds have been made available to the Sheffield City Region as part of their devolution deal; and how much has been transferred to the Sheffield City Region...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 January (HL Deb, col 7), what evidence there is that there are more attacks on the Muslim community than...

      Religion: Educational Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a specific educational institute in the UK to promote religious inclusiveness and the awareness of all faiths.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they have given to accelerating the Type 26 build programme.

    • Radar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure continued advanced radar development in the UK.

      Minesweepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many River-class minesweepers, if any, remain in service with the Royal Navy or the Royal Naval Reserve.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what future discussions are planned with the political parties in Northern Ireland to restore the Northern Ireland Executive.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • 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 have been prepared in accordance with Cabinet Office...

    • Brexit: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are producing statutory instruments relating to the possibility of a no-deal withdrawal from the EU on 29 March which include a number of policy areas...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of potential trading opportunities with the United States sports sector post-Brexit.

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead on 20 September 2018 (HL10343), whether they have now received the regional trade plan of each of Her...

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