Written answers

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of High Speed Two on levels of economic activity in (a) the North of England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure Yorkshire has good transport links to the proposed HS2 route.

      Roads: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated for road improvement works in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the Haltemprice and Howden constituency.

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the number of UK seafarers employed on offshore (a) supply and (b) accommodation vessels chartered by oil and gas...

      Crossrail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Heathrow Airport Limited on that company's contribution towards the funding of Crossrail.

      Trailers: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of trailer registration charges on the operations of the haulage sector.

      Aviation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with airlines on additional charges to fly from the UK to EU member states after the UK has left the EU.

      Public Transport: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase customer satisfaction in (a) rail and (b) other forms of public transport.

      Public Transport: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to prevent continual fare increases in public transport; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that older drivers are fit to drive.

      Electric Vehicles: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with car manufacturers on the cost of hybrid and electric cars in the UK and incentives to encourage consumers to...

      Bristow Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the financial solvency of the ultimate owner of Bristow Helicopters Limited; and when he last made such an assessment.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Bristow Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual value is of the current contract between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Bristow Helicopters Limited for helicopter search and...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Bristow Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency plans his Department has developed for the early termination of the contract between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Bristow...

      Bristow Helicopters: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many offshore oil and gas workers were transported to and from installations on the UK continental shelf under private contracts between oil...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Local Government: Constituencies

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the timetable is for the full Boundary Review of local councils.

    • County Councils: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate he has made of the (a) average number of electors in a...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to change the seismicity traffic light system which regulates the fracking industry.

    • Electricity and Natural Gas: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how and what proportion of applications for (a) Electricity Supply Standard Licences and (b) Gas Supply Standard...

      Electricity and Natural Gas: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of applications for (a) Electricity Supply Standard Licences and (b) Gas Supply Standard...

      Electricity and Natural Gas: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the (a) Electricity Supply Standard Licences and (b) Gas Supply Standard Licences that were granted by...

      Oil and Gas Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how regularly he meets with the Oil and Gas Authority; and when he last discussed with that authority regulatory issues...

      Offshore Industry: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many contracts for offshore worker accommodation on (a) semi-submersible platforms and (b) barges were issued by...

      Offshore Industry: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what standard tests of appropriate commercial behaviour the Oil and Gas Authority applies to the (a) upstream, (b)...

      European Union Intellectual Property Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to negotiate the continued ability of legal practitioners to represent their clients at the EU...

      Intellectual Property: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that UK...

      Merchant Shipping: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the promotion of merchant ship recycling facilities in the UK to...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department has provided for low carbon and renewable technologies in the energy mix.

      Research: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has a strategy to encourage the private sector to invest more in research and development.

      Energy: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK will continue to participate in the European Networks of Transmission System Operators for Electricity...

      Research: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK will continue to participate in European research programmes such as Horizon 2020 after the UK leaves the EU.

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether UK (a) firms and (b) universities will continue to receive EU research funding for development of clean and...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in her Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment...

      Directors: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of introducing Director Identification Numbers such...

      Parental Leave: Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 215595 on Parental Leave: Baby Care Units, when his Department...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2019 to Question 206403 on parental leave, when his Department plans to complete...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2018 to Question 195661 on paternity leave, what the timescale is for...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress has been made on his Department’s preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants in his Department are working on each workstream on the UK leaving the EU.

      Salisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are being taken as part of the long-term programme that has been developed to reposition Salisbury after the...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how bodies in receipt of funding from the European Regional Development Fund can apply for further funding after the UK...

      Research and Development Expenditure Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of R&D tax credits in encouraging private sector spend on R&D...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people sentenced to death in Yemen in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Moroccan counterparts on the conflict in Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has sought from the United Arab Emirates Government that UK-produced weapons have not reached rebel factions...

      Yemen: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has sought from authorities in Yemen on the independent functioning of the judiciary in that country.

      Ascension Island: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to allocate adequate funding to enable Ascension Island to be established as a marine protected area.

      USA: INF Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US administration on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty since...

      Europe: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote press freedom in Central and Eastern Europe.

      Russia: INF Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Russian Government on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has plans to seek continued UK participation in the Common Foreign and Security Policy after the UK...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of the UK's potential ability to influence European foreign policy after the UK has...

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of potential UK influence on EU sanctions policy after the UK has left the EU.

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will assess the merits of the conclusions and recommendations of the report entitled, No Choice: It takes a...

      Priyanka Fernando

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the revoking of the arrest warrant for Brigadier Priyanka Fernando.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to update the Government Strategy on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in order to reduce...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) grades of officials in his Department that are responsible for ensuring that his Department complies with its obligations...

    • Attorney General: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, for what time periods his Department did not have a dedicated data protection officer with responsibility for his Department's obligations under the Data Protection...

      Attorney General: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, on what dates did (a) his Department and (b) an individual on behalf of his Department notify the Information Commissioner's Office of the name and contact details of...

      Attorney General: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, by what form of communication (a) his Department and (b) an individual on behalf of his Department notify the Information Commissioner's Office of the name and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, what steps his Department is taking to improve the rate of adoption of ready for speed health...

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether providing information to consumers based on the total number of calories in a product rather than...

      Cancer: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming workforce implementation plan will include a plan to grow the workforce in key specialties for diagnosing and...

      General Practitioners: Faversham and Mid Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients are registered with each GP in Faversham and Mid Kent Constituency; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that BME people living with HIV have the information they need about their condition.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library a copy of his response to the technical submission, contained in the letter to him dated 31 January 2019...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder have been diagnosed in England in the last 12 months for which information is available.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect that charging for technology appraisals and highly specialised technology recommendations will...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the delivery and outcomes of the Accelerated Access Pathway Scheme.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the allocation of unspent monies from the Pharmaceutical Pricing Regulatory Scheme.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2018 to Question 215129 on HIV infection and with reference to his Department's goal of ending HIV...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of using a Crown licence obtain the drug Orkambi at an affordable price.

      Blood: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to make immunoglobulin therapy available for the treatment of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure closer integration of mental and physical health services within hospitals as part of the NHS Long Term...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS is taking to ensure adequate provision is made to treat mental health issues that may arise as a result of physical...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 216936, for what reason NHS Blood and Transplant has not conducted paid for...

      Syphilis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 217570 on Syphilis, when Public Health England plans to publish its Syphilis Action...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 217569 on Abortions, what steps his Department is taking to (a) monitor and (b)...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 14 of the National Audit Report entitled Investigation into the management of health screening, published 30...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to pages 19 to 23 of the National Audit Office report entitled Investigation into the management of health screening,...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to train, recruit and resource the breast cancer staff needed to fulfil the commitment in the NHS...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the next planned review date is for the assessment and management of motor neurone disease.

      Dental Services and Prescriptions: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much revenue has been generated by issuing penalty charge notices for people not in receipt of the qualifying benefit to receive free...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to commission independent research into heated tobacco products; and if he will make an assessment of the...

      Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust; and if...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative, upon which her Department is represented on the Reference Group, is working with...

    • Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the finding that her Department's global results claim on saving maternal lives was unable to be confirmed on page...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the finding that her Department's recent emphasis on family planning had generated significant shortterm results,...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the finding that her Department overestimated the number of maternal lives its programmes had saved during the 2011...

      Uganda: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Ugandan Government on tackling female genital mutilation in that country.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to increase humanitarian aid to help tackle violence against children.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has she made of the economic effect of violence against children.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recovery projects her Department has in place to end violence against children.

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in order to reach SDG5 (gender equality) target in advance of International Women’s Day.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that government departments that allocate Official Development Assistance funding to...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support programmes to tackle incidences of (a) AIDS, (b) TB and (c) Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Department for International Development: Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many records her Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to change the date for graduates with outstanding loans to the Student Loan Company to return information from the month...

    • Schools: Walsall North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in the Walsall North constituency will receive a cash increase in their budget per pupil for 2019-20.

      Pre-school Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the review on allowing schools to admit summer-born children to reception class at the age of five will be published.

      Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the answer of the Minister of State for Universities in Hansard, Official Report, 11 February 2019, Volume 654, Column 637, what the...

      Universities: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if it is his policy to ensure that a reduction in the level of tuition fees does not result in a reduction in funding for universities.

      Languages: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure more British pupils study a foreign language at school.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure British universities attract EU students after the UK leaves the EU.

      Engineering: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of young people taking engineering qualifications (a) before and (b) after the 2018 Year of Engineering.

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage more young women to consider entering careers in STEM.

      Pupil Exclusions: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of pupils suspended from school for breaching drug and alcohol rules in Havering in each of the...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the level of Government funding of local authorities on the effectiveness of children's...

      Home Education and Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendations in the Office of the Schools Adjudicator's annual report 2017-18 on (a) the...

      Pupils: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that each young person with vision impairment has received appropriately adapted (a) national tests and exam papers...

      Pupils: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired in each local authority in England and Wales; and what...

      Pupils: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers are able to identify young children who require visual impairment support in early years education.

      Performing Arts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he next plans to review the Children (Performances and Activities) Regulations 2014; if he will hold discussions with representatives of Brass...

      Free Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 218343, if he will publish the criteria by which The Hoo site was determined to be unsuitable...

  • Treasury

    • Transfer Pricing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC's January 2019 Profit Diversion Compliance Facility, what estimate he has made of the value of transactions through transfer pricing...

    • Transfer Pricing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC's January 2019 Profit Diversion Compliance Facility, what estimate he has made of the value of transactions under investigation; and...

      Transfer Pricing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC's January 2019 Profit Diversion Compliance Facility, what estimate he has made of the value of the sums recovered from HMRC...

      Retail Prices Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to reform the calculation of the Retail Price Index.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) current and (b) projected cashflow is for the High Speed 2 project in the next (i) 12 months, (ii) five years and (iii) 10 years.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Government has made of the annual amount it is prepared to pay for each level of access to the EU single market.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of the contract with Concentrix for its investigation into payments of Working Tax Credits; how many claimants were pursued as part of...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if she will publish the protocol used to determine whether an individual was investigated for an inappropriate claim for working tax credits (a) directly...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to (a) reopen and (b) allocate additional funding to the Equitable Life payment scheme.

      Cars: Leasing and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the value of current car loans and car-leasing schemes in the UK.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of the Barnett consequentials are for (a) Small Sites Fund, (b) Housing Infrastructure Fund, (c) local authority Accelerated Construction...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he publish the (a) count, (b) estimate, and (c) average number of people rough sleeping in each local authority in...

    • Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle sectarian violence in communities between different groups of the...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help protect Ahmadiyya Muslim citizens from verbal and physical attack and...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help protect Muslim citizens from verbal and physical attack and abuse on...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Department has to carry out an assessment of the costs of providing infrastructure to deliver new homes.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made since 2017 in reviewing space standards of new homes.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the introduction of a tenancy deposit scheme for small and medium-sized...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish details of the Government's plans to establish a housing court for tenants and landlords in the...

      Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his letter to the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region of 12 February 2019, if he will publish the...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on local authority finances of student accommodation being exempt...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who pays for the services of the Ministry of Defence Police at (a) NSA/NRO Menwith Hill and (b) those other RAF bases occupied by US forces.

    • Veterans: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's 22 October 2018, New study into Iraq and Afghanistan veterans launched, whether that study will record and analyse...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department’s communication with service families on the Future Accommodation Model.

      Radar: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that potential interference with air defence radar does not prevent the future development of offshore...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that claimants who have been migrated to universal credit are provided with a detailed explanation of the legal basis for...

    • Universal Credit: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the process is for beginning a new universal credit application in the event of a relationship breakdown as a result of domestic violence.

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is for a call to the universal credit hotline to be answered.

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many referrals have been made to women's refuges in the past six months by work coaches in job centres in the UK.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of meetings at job centres for universal credit claimants have been missed due to ill health in each year for which...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department is taking steps to reduce universal credit claimants' anxiety of the threat of sanctions.

      Low Incomes: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support low earners to save for retirement.

      Sharing Economy: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support people working in the gig-economy to save for retirement.

      Self-employed: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support self-employed people to save for retirement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall satisfaction rate is among claimants for universal credit (a) full service and (b) live service.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assurances she can provide to sub-contractors delivering Departmental services on behalf of Working Links (Employment) Limited on (a)...

      Universal Credit: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many habitual residency tests have been carried out for universal credit claimants at the Slough Job Centre in each month since April 2018.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department requires owners of limited companies to provide company financial accounts when applying for universal credit;...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sheep Meat: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether all sheep meat exported to India under the Government's new agreement announced on 5 December 2018 will be from...

    • Soaps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the 7 January 2019 Guardian article entitled Sales of barred soap are up – but is it better at...

      Trees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Category A trees with Heritage Tree status there are throughout the UK.

      Trees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds information on the location of protected trees throughout the UK.

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme: St Austell and Newquay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in St Austell and Newquay constituency have not received an agreement with the Rural Payments Agency after...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme: St Austell and Newquay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Countryside Stewardship agreements have been reached (a) in St Austell and Newquay constituency and (b) in the UK...

      Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what acreage of land in the UK is under cultivation for the legal production of opium poppies.

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which stakeholders his Department is consulting on designing the Environmental Land Management schemes.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing legally binding targets to meet World Health...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the the Rural Payments Agency will not deal directly with hon. Members' offices over delayed payments to...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to support British fishermen.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether permanent residence cards for EEA nationals will remain valid if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of awareness among non-UK EU citizens living in the UK of the legal requirement to apply for...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his policy to allow third-party payment of the fees for applications for settled status for EU citizens.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has cost to the public purse was of Operation Kenova to date.

      Children in Care: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department used to assess the availability of spaces in local authority care for unaccompanied child refugees.

      Crimes of Violence: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department made of the level of violent crime directed at homeless people.

      Fraud: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to protect consumers from telephone fraud.

      Asylum: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps his Department is taking to support the integration of refugee families living in the UK.

      Detainees: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of compensation paid to people wrongfully detained in immigration detention centres in each of the...

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes have been reported at Dungavel Immigration Detention centre in the last five years; and what the nature was of each allegation.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of problems with the EU Settlement Scheme application system not recognising diacritical markings, such as...

      Deportation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 219410, what assessment he has made of whether it is safe to deport Zimbabwean...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending the minimum notice period to vacate for refugee acommodation contracts to four...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.

  • Scotland Office

    • Taxation: Scotland

      What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the use of tax raising powers available to that Government.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of February 14, 2019 to Question 219297 on Government Departments: Consultants, if he will provide a total government...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the value of contracts held by his Department with (a) Deloitte, (b) Slaughter and May and (c) Mott MacDonald is in the last two...

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart on the Malthouse alternative plan for the backstop.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Seafood: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to ensure that future trade agreements with (a) Greenland, (b) Iceland, (c) Norway and (d) the Faroe Islands provide (i)...

    • Antidumping Duties: Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 177208 on Antidumping Duties: Aluminium, when his Department plans to publish the...

      Antidumping Duties: Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 117208 on Anti-dumping Duties: Aluminium, what recent steps he has taken to ensure...

      Guernsey: World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his policy is on support for an application by Guernsey to become a member of the WTO.

      Arms Trade: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many sales were conducted by (a) the UK Government and (b) British registered military companies at the Defence and Security Equipment...

      EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which states with which the EU currently has a trade agreement has approved proposals for the UK to remain a party to those agreements...

      Shellfish: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on shellfish exports of the UK leaving the EU (a) without and (b) with a deal; and what...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving the...

    • World Book Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to contribute to events celebrating World Book Day in 2019.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Civil Society Strategy, what progress his Department has made on establishing a regular forum for social...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Electricity Interconnectors: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timeframe is for the redetermination of the planning application for the Tyrone-Cavan interconnector.

    • EU Grants and Loans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether any aspects of the current INTERREG VA Programme which support cross border environmental activities will be replicated in the new...

      Passports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will meet with the Home Secretary to discuss the long-standing anomaly whereby Northern Ireland residents born in the Irish Republic...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the closure of the Rough gas storage facility, how many days’ worth of natural gas can now be stored in the UK, based on the UK’s average...

    • Fracking: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to alter the current rules and regulations regarding permitted seismicity levels during fracking operations in the UK.

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the issues Cuadrilla Resources has faced whilst fracking near Blackpool; and whether they consider the UK fracking industry to be...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the government of Nigeria’s involvement in the persecution of Christians in northern and central-belt states;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Interserve

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the current (1) number, and (2) value of contracts between Interserve and (a) government departments, (b) local authorities, and...

    • Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were diagnosed with cancer in the last year for which records are available, broken down by cancer type and Cancer Alliance area.

      Honours Forfeiture Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Honours Forfeiture Committee met in each of the last eight calendar years; and when that committee last met.

      Infrastructure: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of an analysis by the National Infrastructure Forum suggesting there may be instability in the construction sector as a result...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the awareness amongst NHS Estates Managers of their obligations under the Construction, Design and Management Regulations...

    • Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the review by Public Health England of prescribed drugs dependence and withdrawal; and what assessment they have made of the progress of...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 6 February (HL13093 and HL13094), what assessment they have made of the impact of their decision to...

    • Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation on 28 March 2018 (HC Deb, col 408WH) about unconditional university...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence, if any, they have that programmes linking schools with each other with homogeneous pupil populations taken from one religious background are as...

  • Treasury

    • EU Staff: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 28 January (HL12856), whether the €9.75 billion in pensions liabilities are part of the estimated...

    • Investment: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the risk balance of portfolios of open-ended property funds are not, and will not be, distorted by favouring redeeming...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the total cost of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is expected to be; and how this expenditure will be financed.

    • Empty Property: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of individuals who are living as property guardians in England.

      Empty Property: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 October 2018 (HL Deb, cols 366–8) regarding the information about their...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK is expected to become a net defence importer in any of the next five years.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report for the Secretary of State for Defence, Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity, published in July 2018, whether UK prosperity...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 February (HL13489), whether there have been any discussions between the EU Future Combat Air System...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the length and location of each of the sections of the English coastal path which have (1) been completed, and (2) not yet been completed; when each of the...

    • Animals: Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have made to deal with any outbreaks of exotic diseases in animals in the UK after Brexit, including improving access to vets and...

      Insects: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in global insect populations and how to reverse the global impact of this trend.

  • Home Office

    • Forensic Science Regulator

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service last met the Forensic Science Regulator; and how regularly he has met her since her appointment.

    • Social Media: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with social media companies to help prevent online fraudulent activity.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what expenditure, if any, they have incurred on developing potential technological solutions to issues relating to the Irish border after Brexit.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: East Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to restrictions on developing countries that are members of the East African Customs Union to sign reciprocal trade agreements...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Confederation of British Industry's warning that the UK may have to leave several existing trade agreements in the event of a...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the establishment of the Future High Streets Fund to support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Assistance Animals: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to strengthen the Equality Act 2010 to prevent fully the discrimination against, and the exclusion of, people with assistance dogs, in...

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