Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • National College for High Speed Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the costs to the public purse have been for establishing the National College for High Speed Rail at (a) Doncaster and (b) Birmingham; how many...

    • High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) list the assurances made to petitioners that have been breached by HS2 Ltd and (b) provide the dates and details of each of those breaches.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when HS2 Ltd will publish the protocols for dealing with breaches of assurance.

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff left the company in each month of the last two years; and what the total number of staff on the payroll was in each of those months.

      Department for Transport: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department paid to contractors for (a) hotel accommodation and (b) travel costs in 2018.

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff are working exclusively on mitigating the environmental effect caused by HS2 Ltd.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken to reduce the cost to the public purse of delays in the construction of Crossrail.

      Network Rail: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Network Rail spent on (a) management, (b) publicity and public relations, (c) marketing and (d) recruitment in each of the last three years.

      Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the electrification of the Midland Main line to Market Harborough.

      High Speed Two Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) permissions and (b) legal assurances for clearances of vegetation planned to take place on 200 acres near Steeple Claydon...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money from the public purse has been spent on the Horizon IT High Court case to date.

    • Minimum Wage: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what amendments have been made to the guidance relating to section 44 of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 since its...

      Conditions of Employment: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the European Court of Justice will have jurisdiction over a claim brought by a UK national under the Transfer...

      Gratuities: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to tackle unfair practices in the hospitality sector...

      Nuclear Power Stations: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the North West Nuclear Arc on innovation and future growth in new nuclear in...

      Nuclear Power Stations: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to work with the North West Nuclear Arc to develop innovation and future growth in new nuclear in the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria and North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support North West Nuclear Arc innovation partnerships in enabling the next phase of nuclear...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria and North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to replicate the funding allocated to North Wales for the thermal hydraulics research facility in...

      Secondhand Goods: Certification Quality Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) charity shops and (b) other second hand retailers of plans to replace...

      Retail Trade: Certification Quality Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the period of time that will be provided to retailers to adapt to the replacement of...

      Secondhand Goods: Certification Quality Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that charity shops will not be required to change Conformité Européene labels...

      Secondhand Goods: Certification Quality Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether secondhand goods with a CE label can continue to be sold by charity shops in the event that the UK leaves the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Press TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) budget of Press TV and (b) level of investment it receives from the Iranian...

    • Venezuela: Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government is taking steps to identify (a) individuals and (b) institutions in the UK which have (i) facilitated...

      Central European University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Hungarian Government and (b) his counterparts in the EU on the future of the...

      India: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recent escalation of tensions between...

      Three Seas Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department plans to provide to the Three Seas Initiative.

      Sudan: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the North Sudanese Government on economic support for that country.

      Sierra Leone: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Sierra Leone on the national emergency declared in that country.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to publish its guidelines for supporting human rights defenders.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many suppliers have been excluded from bidding for contracts as a result of not complying with the criteria set out in the...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on ending the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan in line with...

      Yemen: Conflict Resolution

      What recent diplomatic steps he has taken to help pursue a resolution to the conflict in Yemen.

      Venezuela: Presidents

      What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the status of the presidency in Venezuela.

      Kashmir: Terrorism

      What diplomatic steps he has taken to support India following the recent terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      What recent diplomatic steps his Department has taken to support peace and stability in Iraq.

      Yemen: Security

      What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Yemen.

      Press Freedom

      What steps he is taking to protect the rights and freedoms of journalists throughout the world.

      Elections

      What recent steps his Department has taken to support free and fair elections internationally.

      Venezuela: Presidents

      What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the status of the presidency in Venezuela.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the June 2017 National Childbirth Trust report...

    • St James Hospital Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of the bid submitted by Portsmouth City Council for the St. James Hospital site in Milton, Portsmouth.

      Non-ionizing Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to consult patients before changes are made to NHS waiting times targets.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending entitlement to discounted (a) prescriptions, (b) eye tests and (c)...

      Mental Illness: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether powers exist to compel an individual to accept mental health treatment in the community.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England, (b) Public Health England and (c) local authorities on achieving the Government's...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale is for Care Commissioning Groups to request information from relevant (a) medical and (b) care organisations during a...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the length of time required is for a (a) medical and (b) care organisation to respond to a request for information by a Care...

      Integrated Care Systems: Hampshire and Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis was for his Department's decision to create an Integrated Care System covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to meet with fibromyalgia charities and organisations.

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2018 to Question 179179 on Eating Disorders, and with reference to recommendation two on page five...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with relevant health charities on ensuring they have advance warning of the publication of new advice...

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of ambulance response times in each year since 1997.

      Ambulance Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average response time of ambulances in the East Midlands by (a) constituency and (b) county, in the...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of total NHS funding is spent in the Greater London area in each of the last five years.

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2019 to Question 211841, what specific steps his Department has taken to ensure the supply of...

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new adult patients have been registered by each NHS dental practice in South Lakeland in each of the last 20 years.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on patient care of removing A&E waiting time targets.

      Heart Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have had an operation for an artificial heart have been undertaken in the NHS.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the NHS has taken to promote the health benefits of regular exercise.

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a UK-wide scheme for the purchase and distribution of expensive...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a qualified witness independent of the relevant clinical commissioning group is required to be involved in a patient's continuing...

      Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, what assessment he has made of the effect of developments in digital care on the provision of...

      General Practitioners: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of GP practices are administered by healthcare companies based abroad.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 217544 on Spina Bifida: Surgery, if his Department will make it its policy to...

      Hospitals: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he issued guidance to NHS hospitals on the phasing out of pay-to-use cash machines.

      Cancer: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Health Education England phase two cancer workforce plan co-ordinates with the workforce...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2019 to Question 215257, on NHS: drugs, what information his Department holds on the level of...

      NHS: DHL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the proposed shipping route to be operated by DHL for products supplied to the NHS on a 24 to 72 hours timeframe in the...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times European Health Insurance Cards were used by UK citizens abroad in the past year.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times European Health Insurance Cards were used by people over the age of 70 in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups on the provision of medicines in the event that the UK leaves...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the cross-Government strategy on the costs of clinical negligence.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains his policy that the NHS is the primary provider for cervical cytology screening in England.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to include asthma in the list of conditions which are exempt from the payment of prescription charges.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to ensure the effectiveness Official Development Assistance.

    • Africa: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to reduce tax evasion in Africa.

      Africa: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much additional tax revenue will be raised by Governments in Africa as a result of support by her Department by the year 2022-23.

      Developing Countries: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the EU on continuing co-operation on international development after the UK leaves the EU.

      Alan Guttmacher Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's paper entitled, Single Departmental Plan - Results Achieved by Sector in 2012-2018, Family...

      Niger: Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 20 December 2018 to Question HL12251 on Kenya: Marie Stopes International, if he will publish the...

  • Department for Education

    • Carers: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of carers under the age of 18 in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e)...

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of maintained nursery schools that would close if they received no further funding guarantee for...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people aged 16-19 were not in employment, education or training in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency, (b) Cheshire West and Chester...

      Small Businesses: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to support small businesses in taking on apprentices.

      T-levels: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure the supply of T-level industry placements in the science sector.

      T-levels: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students will be able to progress from a science T-level to a laboratory technician apprenticeship incorporating a level 4 qualification.

      Universities: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of universities on the proposed introduction of two year degree courses.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help university graduates secure graduate job...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Minister is responsible for children's play services; and what steps the Government is taking on ensuring that the UK upholds Article 31 of the...

      Pre-school Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the payment to providers for universal free infant school meals above the current...

      Pre-school Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to assess the effect of the universal free infant school meals policy on (a) school standards and (b) pupils' wellbeing since its...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will ensure that under the comprehensive spending review at least the same level of revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy is allocated to...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding he has allocated to the Share Foundation's recovery programmes for Child Trust Fund accounts.

      Pupils: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of support for deaf schoolchildren in mainstream schools.

      Schools: Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what risk assessments his Department has made on proposals to place social workers in schools in the local authority areas of (a) Southampton, (b)...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the disparity in attainment between white British pupils of key stage 4 age who (a) are and (b) are not eligible for...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve affordability and (b) reduce complexity for parents to access childcare support for people in...

      Carers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that young carers are identified and adequately supported through their schooling.

      European University Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason he has withdrawn the European University Institute (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

      Special Educational Needs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the recruitment of adequate numbers of Special Educational Needs Coordinators.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in his Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work in the most recent Civil...

    • Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) cautioned for cannabis possession offences in each police authority area in each of the last two years.

      Veterans: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many former members of the armed forces have served custodial sentences in each year since 2000.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were sent to prison for not paying (a) the television licence and (b) a subsequent fine; and how many days each offender spent in prison...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) police commissioners and (b) local authorities will have any role in the provision of probation services following the announcement of new...

      Courts: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to (a) hold and (b) publish the outcome of a future public consultation on the courts reform programme.

      Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made in implementing the Secure STAIRS framework at HM Young Offenders Institute Feltham; and what assessment he has made on the...

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people are subject to a Youth Rehabilitation Order in (a) the Feltham and Heston constituency and (b) England and Wales.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Food: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent estimate he has made of the level of tariffs that could be applied by both the UK and EU to food exports in the event of the UK...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that new trade deals do not affect the ability of the UK to (a) regulate in the public...

      Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential risks to the NHS as a result of future trade deals after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will take steps to ensure that future trade deals will not make it easier for private companies to provide NHS services.

      World Trade Organisation: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to promote WTO reform and free trade after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled Planning for new homes, published 8 February 2019, what...

    • Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the local authorities that (a) do and (b) do not have an up-to-date local plan.

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government,with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled Planning for new homes, published 8 February 2019, what...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled Planning for new homes, published 8 February 2019, what...

      Planning: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled Planning for new homes, published 8 February 2019, what...

      Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library the list of local authority areas which have bid successfully to begin local...

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the Homelessness Relief Fund was granted to (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) nationally...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution of 5 February 2019 of the Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation and with reference to the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation and the interim report...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation and the interim report...

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the correlation between changes in (a) local authority funding and...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 to...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Rough Sleeping Strategy, published in August 2018, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Weapons: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law article...

    • Ministry of Defence: Civil Partnerships and Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to allow (a) civil marriage, (b) civil partnership and (c) same-sex marriage ceremonies on Ministry of Defence sites.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason there is an expiry date on the HM Armed Forces Veterans identification card.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the number of veterans who have served in the armed forces who reside in each local authority area.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suppliers have been excluded from bidding for contracts due to their not meeting the criteria in his Department's Procurement Policy Note 03/14...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what records her Department holds on the income of the 4.9 per cent of claimants who were not in receipt of any tracked benefits in the 180...

    • Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to tackle the comparatively high rates of unemployment among adults from (a) Black and (b) Pakistani and Bangladeshi...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to use the data it will hold on family circumstances through universal credit to provide more tailored support to...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the geographic coverage of food banks throughout the UK.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason (a) child maintenance payments are allocated first to (i) enforcement charges and (ii) debt and then to children and (b) there...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential basis is for her oral contribution of 11 February 2018, Official Report, column 594, that food bank use had increased in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Equine Flu: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to minimise the spread of the equine flu.

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to support dairy farmers to obtain a fair price from supermarkets for their produce.

      Agriculture: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to promote jobs in (a) agriculture and (b) horticulture to children.

      Non-native Species: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what management measures his Department has in place to meet the UK’s obligations under Article 19 of EU Regulation No...

      Salmon: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Scottish Government on trends in...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the (a) maintenance and (b) transparency of information in relation to farm payments after...

      Rural Payments Agency: Geospatial Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Rural Payments Agency is participating in the work of the Geospatial Commission; and whether there are plans to...

      Non-native Species: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which competent authority or authorities are responsible for ensuring compliance with the restrictions under Article 7 of EU...

      Tyres: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what due diligence his Department undertakes relating to used tire exports to India for recycling purposes.

      Pets: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to publish further guidance on pet travel to Europe after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Diamorphine: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 191442 on Diamorphine: Glasgow, what the guidelines are on chronic heroin addiction...

    • Deportation: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 174681 on deportation: West Africa, what the outcome was of the considerations taking...

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Serious Crime Act 2015 on prosecuting perpetrators of financial abuse.

      Early Intervention Youth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Early Intervention Youth Fund; and what accomplishments that fund has achieved.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used in the allocation of police funding to tackle violent crime.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle incidents of knife crime on the railways.

      Early Intervention Youth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to assessment the effectiveness of the allocation of funds from the Early Intervention Fund.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the EU Settlement Scheme will open to applications from EEA nationals.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to tackle serious and organised crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of redeployment opportunities for firefighters who have to work until the age of 60.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost per detainee is of detaining someone at Yarlswood immigration removal centre; and how that cost is calculated.

      British Nationality: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he will make it his policy to offer UK citizenship to EU citizens free of charge on the same basis as the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Home Office: Bullying

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

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of a police officer's time is spent on walking patrol in their local community.

      Police: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the amount and proportion of police funding spent on administrative and managerial roles.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support police officers to reduce knife crime.

      Immigration Controls: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce priority passport checking gates for citizens entering the UK from (a) Australia, (b) New Zealand and (c) other...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU children are residing in the five local authorities selected by his Department for the private beta testing phase two of...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of non-UK EU children in care and (b) the number of those children in each local authority that...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK EU children in care who could not take part in his Department's private beta phase test...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU children in care took part in the Home Office's private beta testing phase two of the EU Settlement Scheme (a) in total...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many specialist doctors are licenced to prescribe medicinal cannabis.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether during the private beta testing phase two of the EU Settlement Scheme his Department instructed local authorities to support...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what framework social services use when dealing with (a) adolescent-to-parent violence and abuse and (b) child-on-parent violence.

      English Language: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to complete his review of the treatment of people accused by ETS of cheating in English language tests.

      Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suppliers have been excluded from bidding for contracts as a result of not complying with the criteria set out in the guidance...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders have been repatriated under the early removal scheme by country since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money has been spent from the public purse on services provided by (a) Deloitte, (b) Slaughter and May and (c) Mott MacDonald as recorded by...

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the guidance entitled, Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance, how many suppliers were allocated contracts as a...

      Females: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of workers earning £30,000 per annum or less are women.

      Prime Minister: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of staff employed by in No. 10 Downing Street are apprentices.

      Children: Paracetamol

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children under the age of 16 have had a (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal paracetamol overdose in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Paracetamol

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children under the age of 18 have had a (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal paracetamol overdose in each of the last 10 years.

  • Treasury

    • Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of maintaining majority ownership of Royal Bank of Scotland.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2019 to Question 220289, Children: Maintenance, if she will provide further information on the overall care test used...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding to the Equitable Life payment victims.

      Investment: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to introduce measures to require banks to reimburse people who have been misled by fraudulent investment schemes.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to increase the level of Foreign Direct Investment into the UK.

      Asset Protection Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the (a) focused assets covered under the Asset Protection Agency and (b) focused assets underwritten by the Asset Protection Agency that...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many suppliers have been excluded from bidding for contracts as a result of not complying with the criteria set out in the guidance entitled,...

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to classify as a priority in the next Spending Review, funding to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with the Premier League in the last six months to discuss future funding for grassroots football.

    • Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to all-weather football pitches at grassroots level.

      Football: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to improve public access to school football facilities to increase participation in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Political Parties: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will bring into force section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 so that political parties would be required to publish diversity data on...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driverless Vehicles: Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the quality of UK infrastructure to help the development of autonomous vehicles.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who are responsible for accounting and audit policy previously worked at...

    • Business

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the business concerns raised by the British Chambers of Commerce about no-deal Brexit preparations.

      Wind Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the wind-related Feed-in Tariff budget is currently (1) committed, and (2) expected to be deployed by banding in the current financial year in the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of the Feed-in Tariff budget which is currently (1) committed, and (2) expected to be deployed in the current financial year for (a) wind,...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to allow the Feed-in Tariff budget to continue with greater flexibility between tariff bandings.

      Cost of Energy Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a detailed response to the Cost of Energy Review's support for further renewable energy investment; and if so, when.

      Business: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any support mechanisms in place to help businesses deploy private sustainable energy supplies to lower costs.

      Business: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is the policy of the Business Energy Efficiency Programme to help businesses deploy private sustainable energy supplies in order to lower costs and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies of the potential for treating a wide range of cancers with a multi-target...

    • Wound Dressings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether additional financial support is planned to support the National Wound Care Strategy Programme beyond September 2019.

      Wound Dressings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the National Wound Care Strategy Programme.

      Wound Dressings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the Department of Health and Social Care operating model for procurement is in alignment with the objectives of the...

      Wound Dressings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make the governance and ongoing progress of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme available on a public website.

      Wound Dressings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether wound dressings will be prioritised by (1) being clinically appropriate, or (2) their unit cost under the Department for Health and Social Care’s...

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 February (HL13192), whether they will now answer the question put.

    • UNRWA: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the expected funding requirements of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East based on...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the UK’s contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in (1) 2010–11, (2)...

  • Department for Education

    • Voluntary Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of non-religious families who will be disadvantaged by the establishment of new voluntary aided religious schools.

    • Voluntary Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many expressions of interest in the new capital funding scheme for voluntary aided schools were registered; and what proportion of those led to the submission...

      Education and Skills Funding Agency: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last five years, what percentage of invoices submitted to the Education and Skills Funding Agency were paid to suppliers within 30 days; how many...

      Education: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 4 February (HLWS1264), what action they will take to improve access for Gypsy, Traveller...

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address a skills shortage in the UK private sector.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many magistrates in England and Wales can currently sit as a presiding justice in (1) family, (2) youth, and (3) adult criminal jurisdictions; and how...

    • Prisons: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last five years, what percentage of invoices submitted to UK prisons were paid to suppliers within 30 days; how many invoices were paid later than...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Rent to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approval rate of new affordable Rent To Buy housing since the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework...

    • First Time Buyers: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support first-time buyers on low to middle incomes who are unable to afford a deposit whilst paying rent on a home.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 11 February (HL13242), whether local authorities are meeting the government's stated...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities are failing to make savings while continuing to provide excellent services to local communities in line with the government's stated...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the town and country planning framework to achieve more efficient decision making.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support local authorities to meet housebuilding targets; and what guidance they provide to assist local authorities in their...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for Women and Equalities on 7 February (HC Deb, col 405), what steps they are taking to ensure that housing stock across the...

      Regeneration: Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the regeneration of the economy of Cornwall; and whether they will list the specific projects they will undertake for that purpose.

      Local Government: Basildon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Basildon Borough Council regarding commercial decisions in the last two years.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has had with the Home Office about extending the 28 day move-on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Torpedoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain a sovereign capability in torpedo design, development and build.

    • Torpedoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when work is required to start on replacing or updating the Stingray lightweight torpedo.

      HMS Ocean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the sale price of HMS Ocean to Brazil; and how much they plan to spend on the new Littoral Strike Ships.

      HMS Amethyst

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Yangtze Incident.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the unit price of each of the three Type 26 frigates presently on order.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Home Office

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fines have been issued to companies for contravening the Gambling Act 2005 in each year between 2010 and 2018.

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints they have received regarding gambling advertising in each year between 2010 and 2018.

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