Written answers

Thursday, 31 January 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the decision implemented in 2014 by the Driving Standards Agency to stop language support...

    • Driving Tests: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of Driving Standards Agency changes to language support in driving tests on the ability of refugees to...

      Department for Transport: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

      Railways: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the disused Yarnton-Witney-Fairford branch line remains in the ownership of Network Rail.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part or full-time on...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to respond to the independent report on Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing: recommendations for a safer and more robust...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the UK aviation and travel industry of the failure to restart flights to Sharm-el Sheikh.

      Aviation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the creation of international connections to and from Scotland from other UK airports.

      M20: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of noise levels on the M20 between Junctions 8-9.

      M20: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of accidents on the M20 between Junctions 8 and 9 in each of the last 10 years.

      Department for Transport: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the the value of written-off assets held by his Department in each of the last two financial years.

      M26: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of HGVs that can be accommodated on a temporary basis on the M26.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the September 2018 report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and PHV Licensing; and whether he plans to bring forward...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the September 2018 report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and PHV Licensing; and whether he plans to bring forward...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has in place to ensure that Highways England takes steps to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide on the strategic road network which exceed...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps Highways England is taking to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide on the strategic road network which exceed statutory limits.

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of (a) the importance of Welsh ports to the UK economy and (b) the role of Welsh ports in the Maritime 2050 strategy.

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason references to the South Wales ports of (a) Newport, (b) Cardiff, (c) Barry, (d) Port Talbot and (e) Swansea were not included in his...

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's document entitled Maritime 2050: navigating the future, published in January 2019, for what reason there are no...

      Road Traffic Control: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 206710 on Road Traffic Control: West Sussex, for what reason Highways England did...

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the status is of the 10 pilot programmes aimed at improving mental health assessments for children entering care.

    • Frontline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the long-term effect of Frontline on the number of people engaging in social work research.

      Apprentices: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether EU nationals undertaking an apprenticeship in the UK will be able to complete their apprenticeship in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what account his Department takes of inflation when allocating funding for apprenticeships.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2019 to Question 210039 on Social Workers: Training, how many bidders submitted a tender application.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers have moved down the pay scale in each year since 2010.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will link the funding of local authority children's services to levels of demand.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimates his Department has made of the comparable costs of the (a) recommendations of the School Teachers’ Pay Review Body that all pay...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is a sustainable future for children’s services in West Lancashire.

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to answer the letter from Councillor Jonathan Pryor, executive member for learning for Leeds City Council, dated 26 September 2018, on...

      Education Funding Agency: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answers of 15 September 2016 to Question 45976, of 29 March 2017 to Question 68740 and of 19 December 2017 to Question 120437,...

      Teachers: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's Teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy, whether the commitment to fund five per cent off timetable in the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the document entitled, Early Career Framework published by his Department on 28 January 2018, whether the funding commitments to...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the publication entitled, Early Career Framework published by his Department on 28 January 2019, whether he has plans to allocate...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which service providers are contracted to carry out third party cleaning contracts for his (a) Department and (b)...

    • Coal: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal imports to the UK from Russia increased in (a) tonnage and (b) proportion terms from (i) 2016-2017 and...

      Coal: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK government considers coal for (a) steel and (b) cement manufacture to be a strategically important...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) procurement processes his Department has run for contracts for after the...

      Mash Holdings: Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Companies House have not taken action in relation to late submitting of statutorily required accounts...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to increase the number of main post offices; and what plans his Department has to...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he has had with trustees of the mineworkers' pension scheme in the last two years.

      BMW: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has held with BMW on the future of production at its Oxford plant in the event that the...

      Companies House: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions Companies House has brought in each year since 2010.

      Companies House: Company Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies have been struck off the companies register as a result of action by Companies House in each year...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Azerbaijan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Azerbaijan on that country's inclusion in the Open Doors 2019 World Watch...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Iran on legal and political restrictions on human rights campaigners.

      Oleg Kozlovsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Russia on the reported abduction of Oleg Kozlovsky.

      Law of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Consolidated Guidance is applied to information sharing where there is a serious risk of the use of lethal force.

      Mali: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports that climate change is exacerbating conflict in Mali; and if...

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Sudan on that Government's response to protests in...

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many peaceful protesters have been (a) killed and (b) injured by Government of Sudan's security forces since December 2018.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in laying Statutory Instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part or full-time on...

    • Personal Income: Leicester

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average annual earnings were of the bottom five deciles in Leicester in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

      Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the target time is for the Government to make payments to small and medium-sized enterprises; and (a) how many and (b) what percentage of payments...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Fractures: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people aged 65 and over suffered a hip fracture as a result of a fall in each year since 2009-10.

    • Accidents: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many falls among people aged 65 and over led to a hospital admission in each year since 2009-10; and what the five most frequent...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of GP patients have received a vaccination against influenza in each clinical commissioning group area in each year since...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many students entered training to become a (a) nurse, (b) midwife and (c) GP in England in each of the last five years.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many units of blood were collected by NHS Blood and Transplant England in each of the last 12 months for which data is available.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many incidents recorded in the National Patient Safety Agency's National Reporting and Learning System were classified as never...

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of data on the number of women diagnosed with post-natal depression.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on advertising to encourage people to donate blood in each financial year since 2010-11.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people visited an NHS walk-in centre in each year since 2009/10.

      Hospitals: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS patients died of starvation in NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to maintain the supply of medication for epilepsy after the UK leaves the EU.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the consultation on changes to NHS pension schemes only runs from 4 January to 28 January 2019.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on the risks to life.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if there will be a full public consultation as part of Sir Mike Richards’ review of current cancer screening programmes and...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent funding has been made available for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that as a result of the pause in the use of surgical mesh and tape procedures future clinical...

      Incontinence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that women with stress urinary incontinence have access to information on the full range of...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that British citizens who are travelling to EU countries on 29 March 2019 will still have...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding will be provided to the NHS to tackle waiting times after the UK leaves the EU.

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons waiting time targets have not been included in the NHS Long Term Plan.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the informal consultation with stakeholder representative bodies on changes to the Human Medicines Regulation 2012 to...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the informal consultation with stakeholder representative bodies on changes to the Human Medicines Regulation 2012 to...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2019 to question 209341: NHS Finance, and with reference to with Department’s press release:...

      Haemochromatosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has made available for research into haemochromatosis.

      Breast Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to invest in recruiting and training additional secondary breast cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists to ensure people...

      Health Education England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether additional funding is planned to allocated to Health Education England for training, education and continuing professional...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Public Health England's consultation on the impact of data-sharing arrangements under the memorandum of understanding...

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits of changes to the indemnity arrangements for GPs to encourage more permanent rather than locum...

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to announce proposals for a state-backed GP indemnity scheme; and whether he plans to have a formal consultation on those...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department retains records on the proposed reconfiguration of local health services.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average salary was of an NHS (a) nurse, (b) midwife and (c) health visitor in (i) the latest period for which figures are...

      Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's informal consultation with stakeholder representative bodies on changes to the Human Medicines...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 209341 on NHS Finance, and with reference to paragraph 5.10 of the Budget 2018 Red...

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contacts with Sexual and Reproductive Health Services occurred in each year since 2015-16 (a) in total, (b) face-to-face at a...

      Health Services: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 206216 on public health: fuel poverty, whether his Department has made an...

      Air Pollution: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 206215 on air pollution, if he will take steps to commission further research into...

      Health Services: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of emissions of (a) PM0.1, (b) PM1 and (c) PM2.5 (i) generally and (ii) from waste...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the health effects of (a) PM0.1 and (b) PM1 in countries that (i) do and (ii) do not have...

      Symkevi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to ensure people can access Skymkevi through the NHS.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 31 of the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, what additional social care funding the Government plans...

      Suicide: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of suicides among young people under 21 in each of the last five years that had a link to content...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the charter of air freight to transport medicines into the UK in the event...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to his oral contribution of 15 January 2019, Official Report, column 1005, what steps he is taking in relation to the GP Contract...

      Emigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2019 to Question 206773 on Emigration: Children, what involvement former child migrants have had in...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £300 Million funding announced in the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review been allocated to (a) new diagnostic...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on meeting the target set out in the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review to provide 2 million more...

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) posts and (b) vacancies were there in mental health NHS trusts in England in the most recent month for which data is available.

      Mental Health Services: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health staff have left the NHS since 31 May 2018.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has invested in child health research in each of the last five years.

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to reinstate the UK-wide Infant Feeding Survey.

      National Child Measurement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will extend the National Child Measurement Programme to measure children (a) after birth, (b) before school and (c) during...

      Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to ensure that every Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and Integrated Care System plan has a dedicated lead...

  • Department for International Development

  • Leader of the House

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle reported ongoing issues of poor connectivity and online disruption at HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

    • Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of current regulations on the conduct of bailiffs.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has plans to hold tribunals in venues other than courtrooms.

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in (a) England and (b) England and Wales were transferred to a bed in an NHS mental health facility because they had (i) psychosis,...

      Court of Protection: Mental Capacity Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to the Court of Protection on the use of Section 49 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to ensure that (a) NHS...

      Courts: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what has been the contribution to the public purse from the sale of courts in 2018.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to seek the inclusion of investor protection clauses in trade agreements that he transposes with (a) Canada and (b) Japan.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade whether he plans to consult publicly on the inclusion of investor protection clauses and (b) other investment provisions in trade agreements...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which countries have assented to their existing free trade agreements with the UK as a result of UK membership of the EU being immediately...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce the turnover of staff in his Department.

    • Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of social homes built in each year since 2012.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of social homes in new developments in each year since 2012.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) religious group.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Planning reform: supporting the high street and increasing...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 208362 on Buildings: Insulation, what assessment his Department...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure Metro Mayors in England will have a formal role in the consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many high street retail shops have closed in (a) the UK, (b) Hampshire and (c) Portsmouth since 2016.

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department will take to prevent the closure of major high street retailers in (a) the UK, (b) Hampshire...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of regional trends in the level of funding changes experienced by local...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the legislation on compulsory purchase orders to...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will conduct an inquiry into the future of housing in former coalfield communities to develop a bespoke housing...

      Housing: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 11 January 2019 to Question 206212, what plans he has to review the effect on design quality...

      Community Assets: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 54 of the Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, what progress his Department has...

      Housing: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2019 to Question 206212, what steps he is planning to take to prevent adverse...

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit no-fault evictions.

      Future High Streets Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether more than one bid can be submitted from each local authority area to the Future High Street Fund.

      Future High Streets Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Business Improvement Districts can submit bids to the Future High Street Fund.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on updating taxi and PHV regulation.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Clyde Naval Base: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instrument is used to check for radioactive contamination on personnel as they leave the reactor compartment in the reactor compartment tunnel at...

    • Sahel: Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) planned length of deployment and (b) end of operation date is of RAF Chinooks to support French and European forces in the Sahel region.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government’s policy is on pursuing an Administrative Arrangement with the European Defence Agency.

      Defence: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his December 2018 report on the Modernising Defence Programme, what the (a) timescale and (b) plans are for implementing the...

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential for hypersonic flight to be included in the design of the next generation fighter jet.

      Defence Equipment: Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that sensitive military technologies in use by the armed forces cannot be purchased on the open market from UK-based...

      Antiship Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to extend the Harpoon missile's service beyond 2023.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has concluded its assessment of offers to conduct cold weather training from (a) Canada, (b) Finland and (c) Iceland; and if he...

      Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made in laying Statutory Instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196906 on Universal Credit: Housing, whether she has made an assessment of the potential...

    • Work Capability Assessments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments have included intervention from mental function champions in the last year.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department takes to assess the effectiveness of mental health champions in (a) personal independence payment and (b) work...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment assessments carried out by (a) Atos Healthcare and (b) Capita Business Services have been subject to...

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments carried out by Maximus have been subject to review by customer relations medical advisors in the last...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Health and Safety Executive is taking to protect outdoor workers from the potential ill-health effects of long-term exposure to...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research the Health and Safety Executive is undertaking to better understand the effect of polluted air on the health of outdoor workers.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many proactive inspections were carried out by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 10 years.

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many frontline inspectors the Health and Safety Executive has employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in her Department were working part or...

      Universal Credit: Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2019 to Question 207224 on Universal Credit: Support for Mortgage Interest, how much Support for Mortgage...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on the living standards of benefit claimants of the rate at which repayments of...

      Pensions: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the terms of reference are for the High Court's judicial review into the implementation of the Pension Act 1995 and Pension Act 2011.

      Pension Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of pension credit claimants in (a) Cardiff South and Penarth, (b) the Vale of Glamorgan and (c) Wales...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Office of Budget Responsibility’s Welfare Trends report published in January 2018, what the Government’s...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2018 to Question 193360 on Access to Work Programme, what proportion of individuals who report their...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on how many employees within her Department and its executive agencies (a) are currently and (b) will be...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to phase-out unnecessary single-use plastic.

    • Agriculture: Metaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the use of metaldehyde for agricultural purposes.

      Agriculture: Metaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU countries have banned the use of metaldehyde for agricultural purposes.

      Agriculture: Metaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) potential increase and (b) associated risks in the use of ferric phosphates as a...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were...

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to develop and enforce clear standards in the humane slaughter of animals in UK abattoirs.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a timetable for the release of the Government's (a) draft revised National Action Plan for the...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) procurement processes his Department has run for contracts for after the UK...

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of making wildlife rescue exempt from the Invasive...

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the operation of the Invasive Alien Species Order 2019 will require animal rescue centres to kill healthy animals.

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the implementation of the Invasive Alien Species Order 2019 on the...

      Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many FTE Farm Inspectors have been employed in each region in each of the last five years figures are available.

      Farms: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to reduce diffuse pollution from farms to improve water quality.

      Farmers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to support farmers after the UK leaves the EU.

      Polar Regions and Seas and Oceans: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what international representations are being made to reduce waste in the oceans in international waters and the Polar Regions.

      Pollution: Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what methods of measuring emissions of (a) PM0.1 and (b) PM1 his Department is using.

      Pâté de Foie Gras: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to ban foie gras imports after the UK leaves the EU.

      Invasive Non-native Species (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the draft Invasive Non-native Species (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (a) makes policy changes, (b) will...

      Fisheries (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the draft Fisheries (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (a) makes policy changes, (b) will lead to a change in...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides will include a strategy for (a) minimising...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department has allocated directly to (a) Keep Britain Tidy and (b) other anti-litter initiatives in...

      Exhaust Emissions: Diesel Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has plans to provide financial assistance to individuals from low-income households to enable them to...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2019 to Question 206818 on Air Pollution, which of the eight local authority groupings...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Departments have submitted rural proofing reports to his Department in each of the last three years for which...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent food shortages in the event of a supply chain disruption in the event of the...

  • Home Office

    • Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to restrict the sale of faulty fire doors.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that women are not disproportionately and negatively impacted in applying for the EU Settlement Scheme and...

      Passports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason his Department charges more for applications for passports accepted through post offices compared with online applications.

      Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's transparency data, Police funding: special grant applications: 2017 to 2018, updated on 4 June 2018, for...

      Criminal Investigation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's transparency data, Police funding: special grant applications: 2017 to 2018, updated on 4 June 2018 and...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorities have (a) volunteered to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and (b) published the number of children...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated operational cost of the EU settlement scheme is.

      Asylum: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of slavery who are no longer receiving support through the asylum system (a) have applied for a subsistence rate back...

      Cars: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the vulnerability of keyless cars to theft.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the policing precepts in increasing police funding in areas with a low base of council tax.

      Emergency Services Day: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide the same national funding for the Emergency Services Day as the Ministry of Defence does for Armed Forces Day.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of child sexual abuse images online in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Independent Child Trafficking Advocates Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2019 to Question 208877 on statistics for the ICTA Scheme and with reference to his Department's...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2019 to Question 208875 on Asylum: Children, what independent support his Department provides to a...

      Independent Child Trafficking Advocates Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2019 to Question 208877 on Children: Advocacy, what support his Department provides to children who are...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason his Department will accept identity documents only scanned electronically for the purposes of applying to the EU settlement...

      Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the minimum staffing levels for policing under the auspices of Operation Yellowhammer.

      Immigration: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the Government's settled status app is only available on Android platforms; and whether he plans to make that app available...

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made in laying Statutory Instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many of the 10,000 civil servants recently hired from the Treasury’s allocation of £2 billion were hired into (a)...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the proposed changes to the ATM network on access to free ATMs in rural communities.

    • Inflation and Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons (a) his Department uses different indices to measure inflation and (b) benefit increases are pegged to the lower index.

      Portsmouth Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing an inland checking facility to ensure the smooth functioning of Portsmouth International...

      Sheltered Housing Wardens: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason HMRC has introduced new guidance on the payment of VAT on costs for the provision of site-based staff at (a) sheltered units of...

      Cash Dispensing: Urban Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of towns without free access to the ATM network.

      Corporation Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the public finances of reducing the rate of corporation tax from 19 per cent to 17 per cent.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax reliefs HMRC recorded in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (f) 2015, (g) 2016, (h) 2017 and (i) 2018.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in laying Statutory Instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it an offence for an organisation offering audit services to sell tax avoidance schemes; and if...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to require the Financial Reporting Council to develop accounting standards requiring UK companies to disclose how much corporation tax or...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Swimming Pools: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many public swimming pools were closed in the North West in each of the last 10 years.

    • Tech City UK: Ethnic Groups and Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 193467 on Tech City UK: Ethnic Groups and Females, how many BAME...

      Tech City UK: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the business founders receiving funds from Tech City were female in each of the last five years.

      Culture: St Helens

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

      Commonwealth Games 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Prime Minister on the appointment of Non-Executive Directors to the Birmingham...

      Snooker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the economic benefits that major snooker tournaments deliver to host cities...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working...

      Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to support increased access for canoeists to rivers and waterways in England.

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support lotteries.

      Football: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the adequacy of travel arrangements for...

      Pinterest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) he (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have met representatives of Pinterest over...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 59 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, what measures have been...

      Social Media: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle the spread of disinformation on social media.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Annunciator System

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to improve information displayed on the House of Commons Annunciator...

  • Attorney General

    • Bhanu Choudhrie and Sudhir Choudhrie

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that SFO investigations into (a) Sudhir Choudhrie and (b) Bhanu Choudhrie are (i) compliant with legislation and (ii)...

    • Attorney General: Brexit

      To ask the Attorney General, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with Rolls-Royce about small modular reactors (SMRs); and what progress the Office for Nuclear Regulation has made in approving...

    • Construction: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of new workers required to replace workers from other EU countries who may leave the construction industry following the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hakeem AlAraibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 14 November 2018 (199906), what assessment they have made of the extent to which the...

    • Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of (1) the suspension of access to phone calls, and (2) other punitive measures in...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain about the detention of Hassan Mushaima, and his access to (1) the results of his cancer scans taken...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of reprisals against Hajer Mansoor and Sayed Nizar Alwadaei following the call for...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of restrictions to family visits for Nabeel Rajab and Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja which...

      Egypt: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the closure of the Rafah crossing from Gaza.

      Zimbabwe: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Zimbabwe has instructed internal providers to disconnect and restrict internet access.

      Zimbabwe: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe following reports of recent violence; and what plans they have for continued engagement with that...

      Religious Freedom: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in developing a database which tracks freedom of religion or belief violations and other data about religious or belief minorities.

      St Helena: Tortoises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to authorising the removal of cataracts under local anaesthetic for Jonathan, the giant tortoise living in the grounds of the...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about the ongoing political and economic situation in that country.

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what issues they will raise as a priority at the next meeting of the UN Human Rights Council due to be held between 25 February and 22 March in Geneva; and which...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority about the restrictions that have been imposed on the supply of medicines to Gaza.

  • Department for Education

    • Citizenship: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce a specialist leader of education category for the teaching of citizenship; and if so, when.

    • Citizenship: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to distinguish between the teaching of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and the teaching of citizenship in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Unpaid Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value of court imposed fines for crimes committed that have been left unpaid; and what steps they are taking to recover payments due.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 4 December 2018 (HL Deb, cols 932–3), when they expect to publish new planning guidance for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 7 January (HL12466), with which EU countries the UK currently has reciprocal arrangements covering the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will agree to a transition period for veterinary graduates from other EU member states to continue to be registered to practise in the UK after the UK...

    • Common Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications they have received for village green status; and of those, how many were successful.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Government departments are expected to make public the results of external consultations relating to the preparation of statutory instruments.

  • Treasury

    • Supported Housing: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether VAT is being added to the cost of site staff at supported housing facilities for elderly people and similar schemes; and what assessment they have made of...

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy is being used to fund oral health improvement programmes.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Paralympic Games: Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the International Paralympic Committee about the proposed ban on Israeli athletes attending the 2019 World Para Swimming...

    • Subversion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in supporting the EU Joint Action Plan against Disinformation, they have confidence that no member state, including the UK, sanctions or tolerates the...

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