Written answers

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the use of electric scooters.

    • Aviation: Recruitment

      To ask Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that demand for pilots is being met in the aviation sector.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations made by the joint inquiry into improving air quality that the Government aligns (a)...

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will publish a timeframe for the introduction of legislation to address discrimination against guide dog owners using taxis.

      Cycling and Walking: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Liverpool City Region will receive funding from his Department to implement the local cycling and walking infrastructure plan.

      Cycling: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to encourage cycling in Liverpool in the last 12 months.

      Tyres: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of his Department's policy on serving advisory notices on tyres found to be in a dangerous condition...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ports with waste reception facilities are compliant with the International Maritime Organisation’s mandatory guidelines on exhaust gas...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many merchant vessels on the UK Ship Register use fuel which is compliant with the International Maritime Organisation’s 0.5 per cent cap on...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new vessels were registered on the UK Ship Register in each month between January 2018 and January 2019.

      Shipping: Alternative Fuels and Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to the shipping industry on (a) alternative fuels and (b) exhaust gas cleaning systems; and when that guidance...

      Egypt: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he undertook a review of security at Sharm El Sheikh Airport during the Prime Minister's recent visit to Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity and Natural Gas: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications for (a) electricity supply standard licences and (b) gas supply standard licences were submitted...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many smart meters have malfunctioned since their installation and have needed to be replaced.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many smart meters have caused electrical problems in premises after installation.

      Fracking: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations governing earthquakes as a result of fracking.

      Space: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of reduced participation in EU Space programmes on the (a) maintenance...

      Space: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the risk to (a) UK national security and (b) the capacity to deliver UK space programmes...

      Hunterston B Power Station: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hunterston (B) nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the employment tribunal naming scheme.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what ongoing estimate he is making of the number of people who have not received payments due to them following...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he has made an analysis of how many customers in the UK are currently unable to have a SMETS2 smart meter installed...

      Energy: Plastics and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce unnecessary use of plastics and (b) encourage the use of mobile phone apps and...

      Wonga: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support previous customers of Wonga who have outstanding complaints against that...

      Electricity: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to update his Department’s assessment of the levelised cost of electricity across all...

      Conditions of Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what legislation will give effect to advances in EU employment rights being replicated in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cybercrime: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to enhance co-operation with the US on cybersecurity after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Nepal: Economic Growth and Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Nepalese Government on support for (a) economic growth and (b)...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the indefinite detention of senior political...

      Syria: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with coalition partners on peacekeeping in the Afrin region to protect Kurdish civilians...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the British Embassy is taking to assist (a) civil society and (b) opposition politicians in Zimbabwe.

      Yemen: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Prime Minister met with Yemen President Hadi at the EU-Arab Summit in Sharm El Sheikh on 24 to 25 February 2019.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether officials in his Department have plans to raise the human rights situation in Egypt at the next UN Human Rights Council...

      Egypt: Capital Punishment and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Egyptian counterpart on (a) the use of the death penalty and (b) reports of...

      Egypt: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Egyptian counterpart on the imprisonment of (a) Ahmed Gamal Ziada, (b) Mahmoud...

      Djibouti: Civil Liberties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Djibouti on fundamental freedoms including religious expression in...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with his Middle Eastern counterparts on the role of Hezbollah in the Government of Lebanon.

      Israel: Eurovision Song Contest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on a potential boycott of the Eurovision song contest in that...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions British embassy staff in Beirut have met representatives of Hezbollah in the last two years.

      Burma: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will review the UK’s support for the current peace process in Myanmar.

      Burma: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of diplomatic initiatives to prevent further violence between...

      India: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to UK Citizens stranded abroad as a result of the grounding of flights following the...

  • Attorney General

    • Intestacy

      To ask the Attorney General , how many and what proportion of referrals to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department have come from (a) local authorities, (b) hospital trusts,...

    • Offences against Children: Plea Bargaining

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of prosecutions for child sexual abuse involved a defendant who accepted charges prior to trial due to a plea bargain initiated by the CPS in 2017.

      Offences against Children: Plea Bargaining

      To ask the Attorney General, how many plea bargains were (a) offered to and (b) accepted by defendants prosecuted under sections 5-9, section 16 and section 25 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in 2017.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dental Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that teeth-whitening procedures are undertaken by regulated professionals.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with serious fatigue syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his policy paper Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024: the UK's 5-year national action plan, whether he has...

      Radiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of adequacy of the number of trained radiologists.

      Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of radioisotope suppliers have confirmed that freight provisions are in place to avoid delays at ports preventing people...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many occasions the ministerial board on workforce has met since it was created; if he will provide a summary of discussions and...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many admissions for in-patient care were made for mental illness in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands in each of the last five...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department’s policy is on food companies that fail to disclose allergens on their packaging.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he provides to health trusts on procedures relating to the death of people in their care with no (a) will and (b) obvious...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential effect on the social care workforce (a) who originate from...

      Social Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations made the Leonard Cheshire charity, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis of (b) and treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that vacancies in the social care workforce are prioritised to prevent further costs to the NHS.

      Nusinersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has held with NICE on the cost-flexibility effectiveness calculations for the treatment Spinraza.

      Nusinersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the cost of spinal muscular atrophy treatment Spinraza is not a barrier in the...

      Nurses: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses have left their employment with the NHS within 12 months of completing their degree in each of the last 10 years for...

      Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page four of the Impact Assessment for the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill, what methodology his Department used to...

      Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department when drafting the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill made an assessment of the effect of implementing...

      Liothyronine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to ensure NHS patients throughout England continue to receive liothyronine after recent price increase in...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who have been prevented from receiving a vaccination due to a parent...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to address the findings of the Public Health England report entitled Vaping in England: evidence update summary...

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 7 of the report entitled Paying to Breathe: Why unfair asthma prescription charges must be stopped, published in...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 18 February 2019 to Question 220226 on Genito-urinary Medicine, what the number of appointments for STIs has been...

      Radiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has received representations on therapeutic radiographers and the forthcoming workforce implementation plan; and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Zimbabwe: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of trends in the level of food production in Zimbabwe.

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that international NGOs consider religious vulnerability in their definition of need.

      Africa: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from the public purse the UK has provided to the Trust Fund for Africa in each year since its establishment.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support he is providing to schools that require additional resources to remove asbestos from their premises.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on extending supplementary funding for nursery schools after April 2020.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help teachers share lesson plans and professional development resources throughout their profession.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Sleep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to make sleep lessons compulsory for (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic...

      Special Educational Needs: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support visually impaired students to (a) study and (b) live independently in higher education.

      Academies: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding academy sponsors have committed to provide in capital funding to academies in England; and how much of that funding has been provided...

      Local Authorities: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many supported internships are available in each local authority.

      Schools: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has been made of the effect of high levels of air pollution near schools on school children.

      Pre-school Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 222633 on Pre-School Education: Closures, what is involved in the network of English hubs in...

      Pre-school Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 222633 on Pre-School Education: Closures, if he will list £20 million investment in...

      Secondary Education: Mansfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of secondary school school places that will be required in Mansfield in each year to 2025.

      Education and Skills Funding Agency: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when organisations will be able to register on the Education and Skills Funding Agency register of training organisations.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase the (a) availability and (b) quality of offender learning and skills in prisons.

    • Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to treat theft from a work vehicle in the same legal terms as theft from a commercial property.

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) the number of thefts from work vehicles and (b) work vehicle owners' (i) livelihoods and (ii)...

      Intestacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance he provides to coroners on procedures relating to the death of a person with no (a) will and (b) obvious next-of-kin.

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) charitable organisations will be paid for resettlement support services they have provided under...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many immigration appeals were (a) submitted and (b) determined in each of the last five years in relation to Home Office refusal, curtailment and...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many criminal legal aid firms were in operation in each year since 2010.

      Detention Centres: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the HMPPS no-smoking policy will be extended to cover Immigration Removal Centres.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts his Department has closed since 1 January 2009; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value of each of those sales was.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217627, on Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia, on what dates his Department has reviewed the...

    • Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to publish the UK's (a) tariff schedules and (b) tariff-rate quotas as part of Government preparations for leaving the EU...

      Trade Promotion: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the setup and maintenance of the great.gov.uk website (a) in the 12 months and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much debt has been guaranteed under the Government's housing guarantees programmes since 2010 for (a) private...

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of dwellings in towers with the same cladding material as Grenfell...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 224346 on Buildings: Insulation, whether he has made a recent...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 224346 on Buildings: Insulation, what criteria the expert panel...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 224346 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department still...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of recruits that joined the armed forces before the age of 18 and subsequently left the armed...

    • Trafalgar Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the planned date for the Trafalgar-Class SSN to leave service.

      Cawdor Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what feasibility studies been completed in the last 12 months on the future of Cawdor Barracks part of the Better Defence Estates programme.

      Patrol Craft: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the ability of the new off-shore patrol vessels ships to have a UAV capability; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on members of the armed forces personnel that have reached retirement age but want to extend their service and are fit...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse is of the administration of the advance payment system.

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on the public purse of taking into account wind-chill in determining...

      Chlorine: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the safe storage of chlorine gas after the UK leaves the EU.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the universal credit application process is fully accessible for people that do not have...

      Pension Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit claimants there are in (a) Scotland and (b) each constituency in Scotland.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on the level of pensioner poverty of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 31 and Savings...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of women affected by the change in the state pension age will be affected by the proposed reforms to pension credit.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants in (a) each parliamentary constituency, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland were subject to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been referred to her Department's in-work progression pilot scheme; and how many of those people have received an...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she plans to undertake to review the maximum limit of the value of the over 80 state pension.

      Access to Work Programme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the number of successful applications to Access to Work was in each local authority area in Wales in each year since 2015.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Kilmarnock and Loudoun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituents have been identified as having been underpaid when migrated from incapacity benefits to...

      Lone Parents: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to increase financial support for single-parent families.

      Work Capability Assessment: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time is for a claimant to be referred to a work capability assessment by the Romford service centre.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Written Statement of 21 February 2019 on Employment and Support Allowance, Official Report HCWS 1348, which work streams the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an estimate of the number of people who went into (a) rent arrears and (b) council tax arrears following the underpayment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in universal credit centres; and what proportion of fixed-term staff working...

      Employment: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support the Centenary Global Action and global efforts for a strong International Labour Organisation...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidences of dog smuggling there have been in each of the last 10 years; and from which countries those dogs were...

    • Food: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to purchase locally-sourced food.

      Food: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to maintain funding for Private Storage Aid schemes after the UK has left the EU.

      Horses: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds information on the (a) number and (b) location of roadside sites where horses are tethered...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to increase animal welfare standards after the UK leaves the EU.

      Animal Products: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of leaving the EU without a deal on the cost of transporting animal...

      Air Pollution: Scunthorpe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect outdoor workers from ambient air pollution in Scunthorpe; which locations...

      Animal Welfare: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase the standards of (a) care and (b) protection of animals after the UK leaves...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Laying Hens and Pellets.

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to children below the minimum age of criminal responsibility who (a) are or (b) have been involved in...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has taken any action against caseworkers who failed to meet targets for the removal of illegal immigrants; and if he...

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to be able to provide an answer to Questions (a) 188127, (b) 188204, (c) 186385, (d) 186388, (e) 185648 and (f) 180819,...

      Home Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into in each year since 2005.

      Community Security Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons his Department allocates the Jewish Community Protective Security Grant on an annual rather than multi-annual basis.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of banning online hardcore pornography.

      Radicalism: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has made of of the effect of foreign Islamic organisations that promote a Salfist Wahhabist ideology and violent extremism...

      Airbnb

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to prevent properties rented out via AirBnB being used as brothels.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women in the UK hold a firearms licence.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many house fires have been caused by smart meters.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time is for HM Passport Office to process passport applications.

      Diplomatic Relations: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last held discussions with the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Court of St. James.

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help prevent British citizens who leave the UK to join proscribed foreign terrorist organisations from...

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is his Department is taking to tackle the exploitation of children in gangs for drug related criminal activity.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to prevent people from overstaying the terms of their visa.

      Domestic Visits: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) he and (b) the Minister with responsibility has plans to visit the London Borough of Haringey in the next six months.

      Firearms and Knives: Hornsey and Wood Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department holds information on the number of incidents involving (a) knives and (b) firearms in Hornsey and Wood Green...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223140 on Home Office: Staff, what the definition is of Supplier resource costs;...

      Gangs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on steps schools can take to reduce the number of young people joining...

      Deportation: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK nationals were deported back to the UK in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Detention Centres: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to introduce a no-smoking policy at all UK Immigration Removal Centres.

  • Scotland Office

    • Common Fisheries Policy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions his Department had had with representatives of the Scottish Government on future financial support for the expansion of the Scottish...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many reported offences of each crime type there were in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England and Wales in each year since 2010.

    • Elections: Care Homes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to enable residents of care homes to participate in elections.

      Interserve: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the contracted hourly rate is for Interserve staff working in the Cabinet Office.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what checks HMRC makes to ensure that the supply chains of government contractors are tax compliant.

      One Public Estate Programme: West Sussex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking through its One Public Estate programme to identify and release surplus public sector land for local regeneration...

      Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many reported (a) homicides, (b) instances of fraud and forgery and (c) sexual offences there have been in the Metropolitan Police east area...

      Brexit: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to the public purse of holding a second referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

      Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the cost to the public purse of the planned television advertisements outlining how the UK's exit from the EU...

  • Treasury

    • Biotechnology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the BioIndustry Association report entitled Confident capital: backing U.K. biotech,...

    • Treasury: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the collective number of years of instutional experience is that HMRC has lost as a result of redundancies in the last twelve months.

      Revenue and Customs: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were transferred to HMRC to work on issues relating to the UK's withdrawal from the EU in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

      Gift Aid: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were prosecuted by HMRC for fraudulently claiming gift aid payments in 2018.

      Taxation: British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at HMRC work on issues related to tax and the overseas crown dependencies and territories.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at HMRC work on matters related to Value Added Tax.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at HMRC work on issues related to tax compliance.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he next plans to meet with his Scottish Government counterpart to discuss increasing the availability of superfast...

    • Children: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent apps from accessing the personal data of children without the permission...

      Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to assess the merits of Facebook’s business practices towards other developers as part of...

      Sports Competitors: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure UK sports organisations are meeting commitments on athlete welfare.

      Social Media: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with social media companies on the adequacy of the (a) age limits on users of...

      Public Service Broadcasting: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of changing the rules on prominence to support public service...

      Digital Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on teaching digital skills in schools.

      Artificial Intelligence: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that human biases are not replicated in artificial intelligence technologies...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress he has made in commissioning the National Citizen Service 2.0.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average in-year bonus was for (a) male and (b) female staff in his Department at each grade in each of the last three...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's Gender Pay Gap Report 2018, for what reasons at Grade A 32.26 per cent of men received...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Assembly: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of 13 February 2019, Official Report, column 911, how much has...

    • Belfast Agreement: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 27 February 2019, Official Report column 367, what preparations the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, what discussions she has had with Cabinet...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Central Heating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a preferred alternative source of fuel for domestic central heating of homes not on the gas grid.

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage the installation of domestic combined heat and power systems.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how, in developing policies to reduce annual average carbon emissions, they collaborate with other countries who share the same objectives.

      Business

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a statement from the Institute of Directors regarding the impact of Brexit uncertainty on consumption and investment in UK businesses.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the long-term protection of UK consumers after their financial support for the UK European Consumer Centre ends in March 2020.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they to ensure that cross-border consumer protection data to inform national and international enforcement continues once funding for the UK European...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replace the UK European Consumer Centre’s role in sharing intelligence within the European enforcement network after March...

      Life Sciences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that a no-deal Brexit could have on growth in the UK life sciences sector.

      Pedlars Act 1871

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to updating the Pedlars' Act 1871, as amended in 1881.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018 and the launch of the SheTrades Commonwealth programme in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and...

    • Hong Kong: Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amendment by the authorities in Hong Kong to its extradition law to allow criminals to be extradited from Hong Kong to...

      Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have requested from the government of Pakistan about the health and well-being of Asia Bibi.

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that Lev Shlosberg and the Pskov branch of the Russian opposition party Yabloko were subjected to a search and...

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia about any attacks on the democratic opposition in Russia and on free speech.

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving, together with other European members of the UN Human Rights Council, to the special rapporteur appointed to consider the murder of...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Turkey’s request for those accused of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to be returned to stand trial in that...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the future of prisoners who are, or were, members of ISIS or were imprisoned for similar reasons in...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the UN Paris Principles, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, relating to the status of national institutions for the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Procurement Review Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 5 February (HL13233), what was their assessment of the spot checks carried out by (1) the Mystery...

    • Public Procurement Review Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 5 February (HL13233), whether they will publish the results of spot checks carried out by the Public...

      Sign Language: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to offer the same access to public service information by video relay services for sign language users as currently offered in Scotland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • General Practitioners: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the numbers of GPs who have left the NHS pension scheme aged between (1) 50 and 55, and (2) 55 and 59, years old in (a) 2015,...

    • Food: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the results of the consultation announced in Childhood obesity: a plan for action chapter 2, published in June 2018, on the introduction of a watershed for TV...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of a meal provided in a hospital in England to (1) patients, and (2) staff.

      Autism: Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the National Autistic Society Beyond Transforming Care: What needs to change?, published in December 2018, what steps they are...

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase understanding of the autistic spectrum among the health and care services; and if so, how.

  • Department for Education

    • School Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that every primary and secondary school is equipped with an adequate school library.

    • Breast Ironing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to local authority children's services, childcare providers and schools on how to detect and prevent breast ironing; and if...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children, broken down by age, were excluded from school in the last complete academic year.

      National Curriculum Tests: Visual Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which institution or body within the current education framework is responsible for the prompt availability of past SAT papers in formats such as Braille and large...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that the number of apprenticeships do not decline as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

      Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation to change the statutory definition of an independent school so that it includes educational provision solely...

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who can apply for an Academy Order to be revoked under section 5D of the Academies Act 2010; and what criteria are used for making a revocation.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of food per prisoner, per day, in prisons in England and Wales.

    • Community Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use technology to create more effective community sentencing orders; and if so, how.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow more prisoners to be released on temporary licence.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the speech by the Secretary of State for Justice on 18 February Beyond prison, redefining punishment, when they intend to bring forward their plan...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers were included in their most recent rough sleeping statistics.

    • Homelessness: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homeless people and rough sleepers were (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016, (e) 2017, and (f) 2018.

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 20 February (HL13503), whether the present Prime Minister has publicly endorsed the commitment...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Infrastructure Organisation: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last three years, what percentage of invoices submitted to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation were paid to suppliers within 30 days; how many...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for Universal Credit Split Payments in the last 12 months were (1) made, and (2) declined.

    • Universal Credit: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s speech Universal Credit: personal welfare on 11 January, how the process of claiming Universal...

      Universal Credit: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s speech Universal Credit: personal welfare on 11 January, whether reference to payment to the main...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, with respect to the individuals identified as entitled to income-related employment and support allowance (ESA) but who were moved to contributory-based...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to tackle child poverty across the United Kingdom.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pulse fishing techniques are being used within the 6–12 mile zone of UK waters.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the recommendations made in the report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit,...

      Agriculture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help boost growth in the UK agriculture and farming sector; and whether they anticipate that there will be a slowdown in growth in...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory instruments in total the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) has laid before Parliament, and (2) is planning to lay, in...

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of Our waste, our resources: a strategy for England on 18 December 2018, what support they intend to provide local authorities to help...

  • Home Office

    • Housing: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provide for permanent housing for refugees after the 28 day move-on period from Government-supported accommodation has ended.

    • Breast Ironing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure police and frontline staff are (1) aware of, and (2) trained in dealing with the practice of breast ironing in the UK.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 18 February (HL13507), whether both the remarks by that Minister on 27 March 2018 (HL Deb, cols...

    • Crime: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address cross-border crime between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • Treasury

    • Company Cars: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to freeze the company car tax benefit in kind rates at the 2020/21 level after 2021.

    • Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) employers, and (2) individuals have received demands for repayment of double tax relief resulting from errors in administration of pension contributions.

      VAT: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual saving to HMRC of requiring VAT registered businesses to maintain their VAT records and to submit their VAT returns via Making...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 12 February (218387), what are the measures and reforms which have led to the cuts to...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that UK small businesses may need to be represented by an agent to trade with the EU Single Market after Brexit.

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