Written answers

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many rural GP practices were closed by the NHS in 2017.

    • Asthma: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) adults and (b) children attended (i) Lewisham Hospital A&E and (ii) Kings College Hospital A&E as a result of asthma...

      Asthma: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many asthma inhalers have been issued in (a) Lewisham borough, (b) London and (c) England to (i) children and (ii) adults in each of...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on advertising directly to men who have sex with men to inform them of recent changes to the rules on blood...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to allocate additional funding to support biomedical research into the diagnosis and treatment of myalgic...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2019 to Question 209278 on Mental Health Services, (a) what proportion of people aged 18 and over in...

      Speech Therapy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 211069 on Speech Therapy: Training, which professionals does he envisage the...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of speech and language therapists in the NHS.

      Dermatology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of workforce shortages in the NHS on the delivery of dermatology services.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the workforce implementation plan will include the level of investment required to fund proposed increases in NHS staffing levels.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the forthcoming NHS workforce implementation plan ensures that there are sufficient...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the forthcoming workforce implementation plan will be funded to ensure any recommendations for increased NHS staffing levels are...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2019 on Question 206437 on Endometriosis, if he will undertake a full review of the number of women...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to assist local authorities in providing support for children in homes where there is parental alcohol...

      Hearing Impairment: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of deaf support services (a) to constituents in Wallasey, (b) in Liverpool...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to achieve the 95 per cent four-hour A&E waiting time in (a) Merseyside and (b) the North West.

      Asthma: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to hospital as a result of asthma in (i) Wirral, (ii) Liverpool City Region and (iii)...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the relative safety of surgical operations carried out in the daytime and overnight.

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer 10 January 2019 to Question 205889 on Pharmacy: Finance, for what reasons clawback rates were not included in...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 216353 on sexual health clinicians, what the timeframe is for the publication of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for his Department's publication of its social care green paper.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish new standards for NHS leaders.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when she plans to respond to the letter of 30 November 2018 from the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 130822 on Universal Credit, how many universal credit claimants have a level of deduction...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's claimant service and experience survey 2017 to 2018, what steps her Department is taking to improve...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will ensure that a range of appointment times are offered to claimants awaiting universal credit assessment appointments.

      Personal Independence Payment: Blaenau Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2019 to Question 204471 on Personal Independence Payment: Blaenau Gwent, what information her Department...

      Work Capability Assessment: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many survivors of modern slavery making a claim for employment and support allowance have undergone a Work Capability Assessment; and of...

      Universal Credit: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit in Fife on provision of services for lone parents...

      Occupational Health: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of levels of compliance with health surveillance regulations by the construction industry.

      Industrial Diseases: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people die from occupational diseases by sector each year.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library a copy of the results from the Claimant Service and Experience Survey 2017-18 for (a) live service and (b)...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by how much the cap on Access to Work grants will be uprated for the 2019-20 financial year.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of full service universal credit claimants have had their claims stopped each month due to a zero award.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons her Department's policy changed from live service universal credit to full service universal credit to end a claim after one...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Jobcentres provide advice to universal credit applicants who start but do not complete an application; and if she will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the reasons for refusals of applications for universal credit in the last twelve months.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for universal credit have been refused as a result of the applicant not having a fixed address.

      Personal Independence Payment: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the waiting time from registration for personal independence payment to appeal was in (a) Wallasey, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the performance of the Independent Case Examiner.

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the increase in the operational budget for counter-terror policing for 2019-20.

    • Undocumented Migrants: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of attempts by persons who were suspected migrants to enter Kent by small boat in (a) October 2018, (b) November...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what form a proof of being a family carer is acceptable for an EEA National for the purpose of claiming treaty rights for a non-EEA partner...

      Abu Bakar Ba'asyir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on public safety of the decision to release Abu Bakar Bashir from prison.

      Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences involving acid attacks have been committed in (a) London and (b) Havering Borough in each year since 2010.

      Radicalism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences involving religious extremism have been committed in (a) London and (b) Havering Borough in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in reviewing the potential effect of the salary threshold for EU citizens after 29 March 2019 on...

      Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the flight chartered to deport people to Jamaica in February 2019, if he will publish the (a) offences for which those...

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) staff (i) were allocated to develop the forthcoming alcohol strategy in (A) 2017 and (B) 2018 and (ii) are currently allocated...

      Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was (a) requested in Special Grant funding by South Yorkshire Police for Operation Stovewood in each year between 2015-16 and...

      Counter-terrorism: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to local councils to help with the (a) preparation of anti-terror strategies and (b) installation of...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £650 million that HMRC has collected from employers since 2016 in relation to disguised remuneration schemes has come from (a) PAYE...

    • Iron and Steel: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has made to support the Steel Industry once it loses access to the Research Fund for Coal and Steel as part of the UK's...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of recent strategies put forth by technology companies in relation to online safety.

    • Cultural Heritage: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department allocates for the restoration of historical (a) retail and (b) hospitality outlets on high streets.

      Employment: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published in December 2015, what progress his...

      Mobile Phones: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to work with mobile phone network providers to help minimise disruption to those networks...

      Uber

      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 Uber in the...

      Technology: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to support tech start-ups.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to lay the statutory instrument required for the licensing of small-scale DAB radio.

      Commonwealth Games 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2019 to Question 216387 on Commonwealth Games 2022, whether he held discussions with the...

      Lebedev Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the identity of the new part-owner of the Evening Standard's parent company, Lebedev...

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the names of the lead negotiators for the BBC during the last BBC charter renewal process.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the role of social and traditional media in the decline in levels of uptake...

      Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he (a) has received applications for funding and (b) plans to make funding available for communities to hold (i)...

      Social Media: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he plans to take steps to introduce legal responsibilities for social media companies in relation to harmful...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fossil Fuels: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether a decision has been made by the Oil and Gas Authority in relation to Petroleum Oil and Gas Licence (PEDL) 193...

    • Electricity: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the EU Commission on the European Court of Justice ruling in November 2018 to...

      Electricity: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his policy to reinstate payments under the Capacity Market for Autumn 2019.

      Electricity: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether retrospective payments will be paid to generators in the event that the Capacity Market is reinstated.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Department has taken to ensure that solar power is able to compete on a level playing field with other...

      Power Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many electricity generation plants have (a) closed and (b) ceased operation since 15 November 2018.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made in setting up a mirror system that is linked to the EU Emissions Trading System.

      Research: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to increase the level of funding allocated to science research after the UK leaves the EU.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of solar energy.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department took to ensure that there was no conflict of interest between Sir Ken Knight's role as (a)...

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the (a) mean, (b) median, (c) 10th percentile and (d) 25th percentile period between...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a statutory waiting time between the date when a social...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to carry out housing needs assessments in villages...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to promote housing development in areas where there is an identified local need...

      Local Government: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities use access to broadband and mobile connectivity as a criterion within their settlement...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking in conjunction with local authorities to ensure that eligible businesses benefit...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department request from the owners of the 6,000 high-rise buildings in relation to the data...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's paper entitled, Building Safety Programme: Monthly Data Release, published on 7...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2019 to Question 210701 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, how many local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's Building Safety Programme: Data Release published on 7 February 2019, what estimate...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's Building Safety Programme: Monthly Data Release for January 2019, for what reason...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the 6,000 private sector high rise buildings where data was collected from to inform his Department's...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to increase the cyber skill capability of the armed forces.

    • Ascension Island: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to ask the US Air Force to speed up repairs of the runway on Ascension Island.

      Ascension Island and St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department is making on improving communications with the Department for International Development on matters relating to the British...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government is taking steps to ensure that EU companies will no longer have an automatic right to bid on defence and security contracts after...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the size of the Royal Navy fleet (a) was in 2013 and (b) is in 2019.

      Navy: South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to increase the (a) number and (b) frequency of Royal Navy exercises in the South China Sea.

      Gurkhas: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to recruit more Gurkhas into the British Army; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fighter Aircraft and Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the Typhoon and F-35 to deliver the full spectrum of weapons capabilities currently provided by Tornado; and what plans he has...

      Defence: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the IHS Markit report published on 6 February, that...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2019 to Question 205364 on Army: Recruitment, when he plans to place a copy of the Capita brief in the Library.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2019 to Question 216198 on Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft, how many of the F-35B fleet do not meet the 8,000 hour...

      Navy: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of Royal Navy ships in service were built in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of new recruits in the armed forces.

      Libya: Al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the strength of al-Qaeda in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland Office

    • Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to visit a food bank in March 2019.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to her Written Statement of 23 July 2018 on Government Response to Caste Consultation, HCWS898, if she will ensure that (a) the Anti Caste...

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to her Written Statement of 23 July 2018 on Government Response to Caste Consultation, HCWS898, whether the guidance for employers, service...

      Transphobia: LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of intimidation carried out by some LGBT activists towards those who refuse to identify...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in Northern Ireland have applied for a green card as proof of insurance in order to be able to drive in the EU in the event of the UK...

    • Network Rail and South Western Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been on the implementation of the recommendations from Sir Michael Holden's review into the performance of South Western Railway and...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which categories of motorised vehicles are exempt from a requirement to hold third party public liability insurance.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2018 to Question 208286 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Transport...

      London Airports: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Way to go: improving public transport access to London’s airports, published by London Travel Watch on 18...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Pacer trains will continue in service on the northern rail network after December 2019.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to issue a (a) derogation and (b) short-term dispensation for passenger rolling stock which is not compliant with the (i) Rail...

      Great Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions have taken place between his Department, Network Rail and Hitachi on electromagnetic compatibility modifications to the Great Western...

      East Coast Mainline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what adjustments were required to the IEP contract with Agility Trains to install filters on the Class 800 trains for use on the East Coast mainline;...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department undertook a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the draft road investment strategy 2.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the motorway network in England and Wales are Smart motorways.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the roll-out of Smart motorways throughout England and Wales.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what fees (a) have already been paid and (b) are due to be paid to (i) WSP and (ii) WilkinsonEyre for design work on High Speed Two.

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many disabled candidates have undertaken written assessments in the recruitment process for jobs in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in the...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applicants for jobs at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have (a) declared themselves as disabled and (b) been successful (i) in the...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many candidates at each grade have been successful at interview for job roles in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency under its Guaranteed...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff grievances were lodged with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency by grade of staff who (a) lodged those grievances and (b) had those...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff grievances were upheld by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency by grade of staff lodging those grievances in each of the last two...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff grievances raised at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) were lodged by (a) contingent labour staff and (b) the DVSA against...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff grievances raised at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency related to bullying and harassment in each of the last two financial years.

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff grievances raised at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for bullying and harassment in each of the last two financial years were...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the driving test pass rate by the gender of the candidate (a) was before 4 December 2017 when changes to the test were introduced to include...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) male and (b) female driving examiners are employed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving examiners with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency delegated examiner status are (a) male and (b) female.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving examiners have Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency delegated examiner status; and how many delegated examiners conduct (a) car tests,...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the pass rate for driving tests conducted Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency delegated examiners (a) was before 4 December 2017 when changes to...

      High Speed Two: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much HS2 Ltd has spent on agency staff since July 2018; and how many agency staff from which agencies that spending was so spent on.

      Merchant Shipping: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK seafarers can continue to work on EU flagged vessels in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Roads: North Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to increase funding for the repair of local roads in North Herefordshire.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research Department has commissioned or gathered on the effect of open loop scrubbers on sediment quality in UK waters; and if he will make a...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Written Question 207580 on Heathrow Airport: Railways, how much funding has been allocated for the next...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Written Question 207579 on Heathrow Airport: Railways, what plans the Government has for undertaking a...

      Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the proportion of capacity used was of trains between London and Birmingham during (a) peak and (b) out of peak hours in each of the last twelve...

      Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he had with representatives of UK air carriers prior to his letter to industry on 7 January 2019 on the European Commission’s...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people received an incorrectly issued fixed penalty notice for travel on the Dartford Crossing.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to respond to the recommendations on tackling discrimination against guide dog owners using taxis in the September 2018...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on changes to the Blue Badge scheme extending eligibility to those with less visible conditions.

      A2: Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of dualling the A2 between the Lydden traffic lights and the Port of Dover.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the eviction order issued to the Sabbagh family in East Jerusalem.

    • Jerusalem and West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number and frequency of eviction orders issued to and the forced...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Israeli settlers in (a) East Jerusalem and (b) the West Bank.

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of human rights violations that have recently taken place in Zimbabwe.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to Answer of 15 November 2018 to Quesrion 188258, whether any steps have been taken on behalf of Bahraini female...

      Middle East: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the challenges facing human rights defenders and rights-focused organisations operating in (a)...

      Bangladesh: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bangladeshi counterpart on reported protests and clashes between garment factory...

      Papua: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Indonesia on the actions of Indonesian military and police forces in...

      Papua: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make representations to the (a) Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and (b) other...

      Papua: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to ensure that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Chocolate

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of chocolate products sold in (a) shops, (b) vending machines, and (c) kiosks located within her Department are...

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of harmonising reporting requirements across donors.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce the bureaucratic cost of delivering humanitarian aid.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to engage with international working groups that work to fulfil the 10 Grand Bargain principles.

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to independently verify the performance of the UN humanitarian agencies that it contributes to...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the transaction costs incurred by her Department’s reporting requirements for UN humanitarian agencies.

      Developing Countries: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that economic development programmes help the most marginalised and vulnerable in target...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to increase the proportion of Official Development Assistance spent in the least developed countries and...

      Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate she has made of the number of internally-displaced persons in Myanmar in the most recent period for which figures...

      Yemen: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to prevent violence against women and girls in Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of (a) reproductive health and (b) gender based violence prevention...

      Crimes of Violence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help deliver on the commitments of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender Based Violence...

      Crimes of Violence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget has been (a) allocated to and (b) disbursed on gender based violence prevention in 2018-19.

      Crimes of Violence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to prepare for the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Canada; and if her Department will increase...

      Sustainable Development

      What steps her Department is taking to encourage people to contribute to the Voluntary National Review of the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Trade Agreements: Developing Countries

      What steps her Department is taking to promote the Government's trade for development programme.

      CDC: Poverty

      What steps she is taking to ensure that new investments made by the CDC Group contribute to poverty reduction.

      International Assistance

      What steps she is taking to promote reform of OECD Development Assistance Committee rules on aid spending.

      Trade Agreements: Developing Countries

      What steps her Department is taking to promote the Government's trade for development programme.

      Overseas Aid

      What assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK’s international development sector.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role participation in sports at school can play in tackling obesity.

    • Home Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what measures his Department plans to use to evaluate the effectiveness of its guidance entitled Improving the home learning environment, published on...

      Children in Care: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 May 2018 to Question HL7925, how the organisation that is managing the integrated physical and mental health assessments...

      Department for Education: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2019 to Question 208844 on Department for Education: Overseas Aid; if he will set out what specific programmes...

      Schools: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking within schools to tackle antisemitism.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding from the further education review restructuring facility has been allocated to (a) sixth form colleges and (b) FE colleges in the...

      Children: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of looked after children, child protection plans and children in need...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that prospective students eligible to receive Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) receive...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recommendations of the September 2018 Commission on Religious...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2019 to Question 216426 on Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment, for what reasons he...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide additional financial support to universities to cover the increase in employer contributions to the Teachers' Pension...

  • Leader of the House

    • Times of Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether she plans to make arrangements for the House of Commons to sit on (a) the day or (b) the day after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) devolved Administrations and (b) local authority leaders to ensure the...

    • Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has commissioned or gathered on the effect of open loop scrubbers on sediment quality in UK...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to commission a comparative assessment of the PM 2.5 emissions generated per kwh for each fuel type burned...

      Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of noise levels at the Preston New Road Shale Gas site since the commencement of (a) exploratory...

      Environment Protection: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking through the 25 Year Environment Plan to promote learning on the environment and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of civil servants working full-time for two days on meetings related to a...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Brexit

      To ask the Attorney General, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and if he will make a...

    • Crown Courts: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of Crown Court trials did not complete due to a prosecution failure to disclose evidence to the defence in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 210641 on Prisons: Drugs, how many ambulances attended each prison as a result of (a) staff...

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 210641 on Prisons: Drugs, how many members of staff at each prison were admitted to hospital as a...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new Prison Education Framework and Dynamic Provisioning System contracts on the continuity of...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department will take to evaluate the effectiveness of the new Prison Education Framework and Dynamic Provisioning System commissioning model.

      Female Genital Mutilation: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of FGM offences in the last three years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants will be transferred from the Department for Education to the Department for Exiting the European Union.

    • Homicide: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in how many cases of domestic homicides the victim was female in each of the last five years.

      Alternative Arrangements Working Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government took to mitigate (a) actual and (b) perceived conflicts of interests of attendees of the 4 February 2019 meeting of the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Heating

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will make an assessment of the merits of supplementary heating in the...

    • House of Commons: Correspondence

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effect of the contract for offsite...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Norway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to ensure the continuation of flights between the UK and Norway after the UK leaves the EU; and whether any UK–Norway air...

    • Driverless Vehicles: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to require a member of staff to be present on driverless buses.

      Railways: Leeds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 February (HL13059), on how many days since 10 August 2018 have London North Eastern Railway cancelled...

      Connect Airways: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Connect Airways about Connect Airways' plans to continue operating in Northern Ireland following its takeover of Flybe.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Service Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve growth in the UK services sector.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with the government of Russia about its approach to the political crisis in Venezuela.

    • Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the aim and purpose of their current policy in regard to the political situation in Venezuela; and when a UK Government representative last met the...

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to enable Juan Guaidó to become the interim President of Venezuela.

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has received a letter dated 26 January from Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, relating to a request to...

      Russia: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the State Institute of Drugs and Good...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Freedom of Information Act request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 14 January (0045–19), whether they will place in the Library of...

      Syria: White Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the capture of Idlib province by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), whether they will cease supporting the White Helmets operating in areas of Idlib under the...

      Syria: White Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the White Helmets may be cooperating to stage fake chemical attacks in Syria.

      Syria: White Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they offer the White Helmets in Syria.

      Syria: Al Qaeda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Syria about the action it will take, other than military intervention, to deal with the presence of...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Africa on 28 January (211702), what was the Sudanese Foreign Minister’s response to the concerns...

      USA: Rights of Accused

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of the United States about (1) the sentencing, age and state of health of Krishna Maharaj, and (2)...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Israel about (1) the violence between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the Ramallah-area...

      Hebron

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will observe and report on breaches of the agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel on Hebron, following Israel’s decision to suspend the...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Israel about the extension of the closure of Orient House in East Jerusalem.

      Falkland Islands: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of Falkland Islands (1) agricultural, (2) fishery, and (3) meat products that are exported to EU27 markets.

      Falkland Islands: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the Falkland Islands fishery exports to EU27 markets if World Trade Organisation tariffs were imposed; whether...

      Falkland Islands: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Falkland Islands retains tariff and quota free access to EU27 markets.

      Falkland Islands: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will provide to the Falkland Islands in the event that World Trade Organisation tariffs are imposed on fishery, agriculture and meat product...

      Rwanda: Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of tensions between Rwanda and Burundi; and what steps they plan to take in response.

      Gaza: Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 28 January (HL12814), how many students have left Gaza on Chevening Scholarships in the last five years.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria following the recent violence and deaths associated with Fulani herder militia.

      Philippines: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the government of the Philippines about the proposal of the Consultative Committee to create 18 federated regions in...

      Philippines: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will call for an independent investigation of recent actions by the government of the Philippines, in particular (1) the arrest of senators Leila de...

      Kashmir

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last held discussions with the governments of both India and Pakistan in regard to the situation in Kashmir; and what action they are taking to help to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement in November 2018 that they intend to centrally fund Freestyle Libre glucose flash monitors, what plans they have to widen access to...

    • Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 5 December 2018 (HL11677), whether they plan to publish their considerations on the findings of the Local...

      Hospices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to compensate hospices in order to ensure that the recent NHS pay rise and proposed pension changes do not adversely impact those hospices'...

      Hospices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to provide to hospices as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of NHS staff, per region in England, are citizens of other EU member states; and what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on those...

      Health Inequalities in England Post-2010 Strategic Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the social and economic determinants of health inequalities identified by the Marmot Review, Fairer Society, Healthy Lives,...

      NHS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dependency of NHS England's ability to deliver its Long Term Plan on (1) Government financial support for NHS England's...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to alleviate pressure on Accident and Emergency departments, including through the provision of alternative services, in the light of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Nurseries: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many state-maintained children's nurseries are in deficit; and what assessment they have made of the implications for the viability of such nurseries and for...

    • Schools: Vocational Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools and multi-academy trusts the Secretary of State for Education intends to write to in order to remind those schools and trusts of the legal...

      Schools: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle hate crime in schools; and what assessment they have made of the recent incident of vandalism at Bahr Academy.

  • 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 steps they have taken to encourage the Tribunal Procedure Committee to...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for Housing on 22 January (HC Deb, col 141), what assessment they have made of the use of tower blocks for social housing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about any cooperation between the European Future Combat Air System and the UK Tempest programme.

  • Home Office

    • Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the comments of Hafiz Entisha Ahmed published in the Guardian on 30 January that Asia Bibi “deserves to be...

    • Motorways: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect type approval to be issued for the cameras needed to properly enforce regulations on smart motorways; and whether they intend to postpone the...

      Police: Forensic Science

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, since the closure of the Forensic Science Service, how many in-house police forensic scientists have previously been police officers.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time required to trial any technological solution to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland in order...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current budgeting arrangements to cover Brexit arrangements provide sufficient resource to cover the introduction of a technological solution to the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to prioritise imports of medicine in their post-Brexit trading arrangements, in the event of a no-deal scenario.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; and whether this definition includes physical infrastructure on the...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech by the Prime Minister on 20 July 2018 in Belfast, what assessment they have made of whether there may be technological solutions to issues...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time that will be required to conclude new global trade deals after Brexit.

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement more flexible trading standards to secure a bilateral trade deal with the United States in the (1) food, (2)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Media: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to introducing penalties to prevent social media operators from publishing, or failing to remove, content which is harmful to...

    • Culture: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Cultural Cities Enquiry Enriching UK cities through smart investment in culture, in...

      Social Media: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with social media companies to help improve online fact-checking mechanisms.

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