Written answers

Thursday, 21 February 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2019 to Question 216885 on High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire, how long those sites will accommodate...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much under contract (a) has been paid and (b) will be paid by (i) HS2 Ltd and (ii) his Department in relation to High Speed Two to (A) Dods Group...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) has been and (b) is due to be paid to Soil Engineering Ltd for its work on High Speed Two.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) visits and (b) (i) dates and (ii) locations of those visits which Mark Thurston has undertaken with High Speed Two contractors.

      National College for High Speed Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many places have been made available at the National College for High Speed Rail in (a) Birmingham and (b) Doncaster in each year since that...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of apprenticeships standards compared with apprenticeships frameworks.

    • Children and Young People: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure that there is a sufficient capacity in education and habilitation vision impairment specialists to allow for the...

      English Baccalaureate: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the EBacc on the number of students studying music post-14.

      Schools: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which schools in Ashfield constituency meet all eight Gatsby benchmarks for careers education.

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage schools in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire to become part of a Careers Hub.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost is for an adult to re-sit a GCSE in (a) maths and (b) English language; and whether (i) funding for re-sitting is available to providers...

      GCSE: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many providers have run courses for adults to resit GCSE maths and English language in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to allocate further supplementary funding to maintained nursery schools after 2019-20.

      Studio@Deyes School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils attended the Studio@Deyes school in Liverpool in each of the last three years.

      Studio@Deyes School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of opening Studio@Deyes school in Liverpool in September 2016.

      Studio@Deyes School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost was to the public purse of the operation of Studio@Deyes school in Liverpool in each of the last three years.

      Studio@Deyes School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what educational outcomes were achieved by pupils attending Studio@Deyes school in Liverpool in each of the last three years.

      Specialist Schools: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 219459 on Specialist Schools: Complaints, what records his Department holds on complaints by...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities have requested permission to transfer more than 0.5 per cent out of the schools block to pay for high-needs SEND provision...

      Schools: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of independent schools in England do not meet his Department's independent school standards.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2018 to Question 184973 on Disabled Students' Allowances, whether the research project on the impact of disabled...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated to schools and colleges through the large programme uplift in each year since its introduction.

      GCE A-level: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that students living in areas of highest deprivation have the opportunity to study arts subjects at A-level.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the value of contracts held by his Department with (a) Deloitte, (b) Slaughter and May and (c) Mott MacDonald is...

    • Electrical Control Equipment: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Electricity, Safety, Quality and Continuity...

      STEM Subjects: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on establishing a campaign similar to the 2018 Year of...

      European Research Infrastructure Consortia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK will be a member of European Research Infrastructure Consortia after the UK leaves the EU.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of state aid allocated to (a) Nissan and (b)...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what each workstream is in his Department.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, apart from Hinkley Point, what plans the Government has to construct new nuclear power stations.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the viability of Cumbria as a site for the development of future modular reactors in the UK.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of (a) Moorside and (b) Sellafield as possible locations for Small Modular Reactors and...

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral contribution of The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to develop modular reactors in Cumbria.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gambia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Gabon Government on the promotion of political stability in that country.

    • Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on protests in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Macedonia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts on the proposed accession of North Macedonia to NATO.

      Daphne Caruana Galizia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Prime Minister raised the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia at her meeting with Prime Minister Muscat of Malta on 11...

      Zambia: Hippopotamus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in Zambia on the proposed cull of hippos by trophy hunters on the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with Police Service Northern Ireland on the level of knife crime in Northern Ireland; and what steps are being...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

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

    • Care Homes: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency ambulance calls to nursing homes in (a) Dover and (b) Deal there have been in the latest period for which information...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 110 of the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, what steps he plans to take to ensure that those...

      General Practitioners: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of GP appointment waiting times in Oxford.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will consider including NHS Staff currently on zero-hour contracts in the NHS Pay Deal.

      St James Hospital Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the bids received by NHS Property Services in relation to the St James Hospital site in Milton, Portsmouth.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what level of uptake has been achieved by the new entrant latent TB testing and treatment programme; b) what plans have been put in place...

      GP at Hand: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason NHS England lifted the ban on the Babylon GP at Hand plans to expand into Birmingham before the independent evaluation by...

      Social Services: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he is making to increase the recruitment and retention of staff in the social care sector.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) community services and (b) social care are fully incorporated into the NHS Long...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of funding set aside for the NHS Long Term Plan will be used to fund (a) social care, (b) community care and (c) primary care.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to implement a workforce strategy to address concerns over workforce development within the NHS Long Term Plan.

      Social Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of EU citizens in social care who will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust on (a) legal fees and (b) other costs associated with terminating...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department uses to measure unsafe discharges from hospital.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what definition will be used by the Government to determine a serious shortage of a medicine that will be used to trigger a Serious...

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of NHS dentistry for adults in Cumbria.

      Social Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that the UK's withdrawal from the EU does not lead to a reduction in the...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to encourage more people into nursing.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money has been spent from the public purse on preparations for the Green Paper on social care.

      Breast Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of patients with secondary breast cancer have a dedicated nurse specialist allocated to them.

  • Department for International Development

    • Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment the Government has made of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and its effect on Latin America.

    • Kenya: Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2018 to Question 201152, when the Government last funded Marie Stopes International to provide...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries the Government has funded abortion services in the last 12 months.

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 173969, whether her Department holds data on (a) how much funding it has provided...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answers of 10 December 2018 to Question 199384 on Developing Countries: Abortion and of 21 December 2017 to Question...

      Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will include in her Department's robust monitoring of the use of public money by Marie Stopes International and to provide...

      Nigeria: Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policy that UK aid cannot be used to fund illegal services of...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the need for reporting requirements on multilateral aid contributions in addition to those...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 217654, what steps were taken to determine which Grand Bargain commitments are...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to collect data on the transaction costs incurred by her Department’s reporting requirements for...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 217656, what steps are being taken to streamline and standardise her...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Public Records

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

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Electronic Tagging: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies his Department has contracted to deliver electronic tagging services; and what the (a) value and (b) duration is of each of those contracts.

    • Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the procedure to follow for dealing with the estates of people for whom they assume...

      Trials: Landlords and Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many court cases in relation to disputes between landlords and small and medium-sized enterprises there were in each year since 2010.

      Duty Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the long-term viability of the criminal duty solicitor scheme in England and Wales.

      Duty Solicitors: Carshalton and Wallington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the long-term viability of the criminal duty solicitor scheme in Carshalton and Wallington constituency.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Working Links who hold the contract to supervise offenders on supervision in Wales and South West England has ceased to trade.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that employees of Working Links in Wales and South West England will continue to be paid if their employer ceases to trade.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Records

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

      Trials: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department is entitled to (a) recover costs and (b) impose financial penalties from suppliers responsible for the recent IT failures in the...

      Community Orders: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Community Sentence Treatment Requirements pilot scheme.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pending tribunals involving asylum application cases there were on 1 January of each of the last five years.

      Coroners: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inquests were granted legal aid for civil representation; what the average amount awarded was for those cases; and how much funding was...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Office of the Public Guardian is taking to ensure that non-UK EU citizens within its remit register for settled status.

  • Treasury

    • Utilities: Nationalisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an estimate of the cost of nationalising (a) the National Grid and the (b) water, (c) electricity and (d) gas companies of...

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) undertake a review of the compensation afforded to people affected by Equitable Life and (b) issue guidance on recourse available to people...

      Treasury: Public Records

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

      Insurance: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to tackle the uncertainty of cross-border insurance arrangements in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding (a) Ashfield District Council and (b) Broxtowe Borough Council have received from the Homelessness...

    • Local Government: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will request the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to undertake a structural review under...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings in planning class C3 have been converted to houses of multiple occupancy class C4 without a...

      Local Government Finance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 215579, by what process those funds were allocated.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Audacious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long HMS Audacious has been in a construction phase.

    • Hawk Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to secure future orders for BAE's Hawk aircraft.

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will include the scaffolding industry in the career development support it provides for serving military personnel as they come to the...

      Defence: Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's military space strategy.

      Ministry of Defence: Serco-Denholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of annual payments made by his Department to Serco Denholm Marine Services Limited under the...

      Ministry of Defence: Serco-Denholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the (a) date and (b) location of new vessels introduced by Serco Denholm Marine Services Limited under the Future Provision of Marine...

      Ministry of Defence: Serco-Denholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of sub-contractors have been engaged by Serco Denholm Marine Services Limited to deliver the Future Provision of...

      Ministry of Defence: Serco-Denholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian (a) seafarer, (b) dock and (c) marine engineering staff, including sub-contractors, were employed under the Future Provision of Marine...

      Ministry of Defence: Serco-Denholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the value for money of the Future Provision of Marine Services contract between his Department and Serco Denholm...

      Meteor Missiles: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether German licensing policy on the re-export of German-made components in Meteor missiles is blocking or delaying exports of the missile from the UK...

      Armed Forces: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 219358 on Armed Forces: Joint Exercises, if he will publish the number of UK personnel that will...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 219357 on HMS Queen Elizabeth: Deployment, what the full range of capabilities are that will be...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the West Lancashire constituent, Ronald Hillier, on his migration to universal credit, if she will write to (a) Mr Hillier...

    • Motability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 216380, what the timetable is for Motability to share their plans to increase the scale...

      Personal Independence Payment: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the conclusions of the study published in the Royal College of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that parity of esteem between mental and physical health extends to the social security system.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants in receipt of the limited capability for work element have been sanctioned in the most...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claimants have been required to attend a second face-to-face assessment before a decision on their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have been offered a flexible support fund payment in the last 12 month period to assist with upfront...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      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 Scotland on provision of services for lone...

      Universal Credit: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 218361, whether she plans to make an assessment of the effect of the roll-out of...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) are currently in and (b) have been active in the Universal Credit Youth Obligation Support Programme; how many people who...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have entered full-time work with a permanent contract after completing the Universal Credit Youth Obligation Support...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which industries people who have completed the Youth Obligation Support Programme have been placed in; how many people have been placed in...

      Child Maintenance Service: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2019 to Question 215250, how many responses to Child Maintenance Service enquiries from MPs' offices have...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk received winter fuel payments in each of the last five winter periods; and what the...

      Cold Weather Payments: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk received cold weather payments in each of the last five winter periods; and what the...

      Social Security Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the merits of changing disability living allowance and personal independence payments to enable young cancer...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will extend the Special Rules for Terminal Illness process for personal independence payments to include people with unpredictable...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department decided to track only the first 10,000 successful applicants through the managed migration pilot and not to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment support that were subject to a mandatory reconsideration...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with stakeholders on removing the lower earnings limit as a result of the Automatic Enrolment Review 2017 in the...

      Occupational Pensions: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what tests of targeted self-employment interventions with regard to the Automatic Enrolment Review 2017 were carried out in 2018; and how...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph four of the letter from the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work to the hon. Member for...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to monitor how accurately health professionals capture information that explains the functional effect of the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department monitors the proportion of personal independence payment Mandatory Reconsideration requests that contain a complaint...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what incentives the Government provides to encourage individuals in multiple jobs to opt-in to pension saving.

      Social Rented Housing: South Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social landlords in South Lanarkshire have access to the landlord portal; and whether he has plans to extend that service to other...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to offer financial assistance to local authorities that have increased their bad debt provisions as a result...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's guidance for Decision makers on issuing sanctions.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has plans to review the four per cent collection charge on child maintenance payments for victims of domestic abuse.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason claimants of universal credit are subject to a five week delay before payment in cases where the claimant is (a) transferring...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2019 to Question 220054 on Universal Credit, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the five...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February to Question 220052 on Universal Credit, if she will publish the evidential basis for the statement that...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her oral contribution of 11 February 2019, Official Report, column 593, on universal credit, what assessment she has made of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people of retirement age are in receipt of both industrial injuries disablement benefit and constant attendance allowance.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207610 on Social Security Benefits, when she plans to provide a substantive Answer to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 217093 on Pension Credit, what estimate she has made of the number of couples affected...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of UK citizens currently living in other EU countries who will return to live in the UK in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what proportion of successful new universal credit claims in the past year the claimant has been given an advance at the start of their claim.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • 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 their 2018 Countryside Stewardship Scheme payment...

    • Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Countryside Stewardship payments were delayed in 2018; and what the average waiting time was to receive a payment.

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional (a) funding and (b) staff resource has been provided to the Rural Payments Agency to deliver Countryside...

      Agriculture: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the need (a) for more and (b) to use more existing Grade 1 agricultural land for agricultural...

      Agriculture

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

  • Home Office

    • Borders: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the National Police Coordination Centre on the capacity of the police service in Gibraltar to...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has held discussions with the Information Commissioner on the effect of the introduction of the Aspen on (a) data protection and...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have had their asylum support (a) suspended and (b) discontinued as a result of information obtained by the...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether seasonal workers who come to the UK through the seasonal agricultural workers pilot scheme (a) will be asked to leave the country...

      Armed Conflict: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted for offences in relation to actions (a) in relation to the war while in Syria and (b) in relation to...

      Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Commonwealth nationals who are members of the British Armed Forces have applied for their (a) partner and (b) children to settle in...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the supply of (a) cannabis, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy that was seized in each...

      Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires in residential properties have been caused by gas faults in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.

      Elections: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any United States government agency has made a request to UK Government agencies in relation to the Special Counsel investigation...

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Ministers have had recent meetings with representatives of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to discuss proposals...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that EU citizens with mental incapacity will be registered for settled status.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the risks that the opt-in process for applying for settled status poses for people with a mental...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the appropriateness of the (a) experience level required, (b) skill level required and (c) wage...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what number and proportion of people who received (a) negative reasonable grounds decisions and (b) negative conclusive grounds decisions...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Christianity: Oppression

      To ask the Right Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what humanitarian support the Church of England provides to people overseas that are persecuted for their...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to tackle homelessness.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Church of England has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Service Industries: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the level of income from services exports after the UK leaves the EU compared with before.

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent estimate she has made of length of time required to negotiate a final status agreement with the EU.

      Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has made an economic assessment of the Malthouse compromise proposals.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in her Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work in the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: East Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department has taken to promote free trade with the East African Community after the UK leaves the EU.

    • EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress he has made in obtaining assurances that the UK will be able to replicate the 40 free trade agreements that the EU has with...

      Trade Agreements: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what are the least-developed countries to which the UK plans to grant duty-free and quota-free access; and what are the further 25 countries...

      Trade Agreements: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress his Department has made in replicating the terms of the EU trade agreements with (a) Ghana and (b) Ivory Coast in new...

      Cryptography: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the manufacturers in receipt of Open Individual Export Licences for (a) 5E002, (b) 5A002 and (c) 5D002 on UK Strategic...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the US Administration's potential demands on food standards as part of negotiations on a trade deal.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Horse Racing: Equine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support horse racing venues after the recent equine flu outbreak.

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 107 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, published in August 2018, what steps his Department has...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 113 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, published in August 2018, what steps his Department has...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 115 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, whether his Department applies...

      Festival of Britain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Questions 186397 and 186398 on Festival of Britain: Finance, in which year the...

      Public Libraries: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with learning disabilities are able to access resources in unstaffed libraries.

  • Prime Minister

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February to Question 214525, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of transferring responsibility...

  • Women and Equalities

    • HIV Infection: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to tackle the stigma faced by BAME people living with HIV to help ensure they engage with medical professionals.

    • Government Equalities Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many employees in her Department are paid below £8.75 per hour; and how many of those employees are women.

  • Department for Transport

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many penalty notices have been issued for non-payment of the Dart Charge; and what steps they intend to take, if any, to (1) inform motorists about how to pay,...

    • Seaborne Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent or committed, in staff and consultant costs, on work related to (1) their contract with Seaborne Freight, and (2) the dredging of Ramsgate...

      Ramsgate Port: Channel Ferries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend was subject to an open tender process; and if not, which companies were invited to apply.

      Seaborne Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which advisers were used by the Department of Transport to conduct due diligence on Arklow Shipping Limited in connection to the award of a shipping contract to...

      Taxis: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London (TfL) about calling in mediators to resolve the dispute between TfL and London taxi drivers.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of estimates by the Local Government Association that there is a funding gap of £652 million for the provision...

      Flybmi: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to repatriate UK passengers stranded overseas by the collapse of Flybmi; and whether they intend to take action to minimise the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for auditing the payment performance data published by public authorities as required by sections 113(7) and 113(8) of the Public Service...

    • Public Sector: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions they have put in place for whistleblowing concerning payment performance data published by public authorities as required by sections 113(7) and...

      Written Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and guidance is available to ministers about answering written parliamentary questions.

  • Attorney General

    • Sir Philip Green

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir Phillip Green or any company, trust or other entity associated with him, has obtained an injunction against Her Majesty's Government or any government...

  • Department for Education

    • Voluntary Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of public opinion on the issue of religious selection in state schools during the process leading to their decision to fund new voluntary...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of magistrates who will be eligible to sit as presiding justices in (1) family, (2) youth, and (3) adult...

    • Magistrates: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum number of magistrates that each magistrate advisory committee in England and Wales can recruit each year.

      Offenders: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Keen of Elie on 28 January (HL12983 and HL12985), whether they intend to publish a report into the provision of legal aid...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 covers the rights of individuals who hold a licence as a property guardian.

    • Empty Property: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided to local authorities about the inspection of properties occupied by licensed property guardians that may be subject to house...

      Controlling Migration Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Controlling Migration Fund has been spent to date; and what estimate they have made of when the total Fund will be spent.

      Empty Property: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to (1) regulating property guardianship, (2) curbing the practice of housing low-income workers in sub-standard, unsafe and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to tariffs on imports and exports across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event of a...

    • Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) car manufacturers, (2) bricks, tiles and ceramics manufacturers, and (3) farmers and the food industry concerning the...

      Manufacturing Industries: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, as part of the Brexit negotiations, of the number of (1) UK manufacturing jobs which depend on exports to customers in the...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the proposals of the Lead Not Leave campaign, in particular to move from debating terms for leaving the EU to terms for...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 13 February (HL13277), what assessment they have made of the potential technological solutions for ensuring...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and what assessment they have made of the impact of zero tariffs on (1) the UK’s...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 5 June 2018 (HL Deb, col 1227), what assessment they have made of the impact of General Data Protection...

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