Written answers

Thursday, 7 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of rail passenger numbers for each of the last 30 years.

    • Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the shipping industry’s compliance with the International Maritime Organisation’s 0.5 per cent cap...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to enabling the Agency to enforce the International Maritime...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the investment required by ports to provide access to alternative fuel sources in order to comply with international...

      Shipping: Registration

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

      M5: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date his (a) Ministers and (b) officials were informed of the circumstances of the September 2017 M5 van crash in which five people died; and...

      HS2 Design Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) costs and (b) expenses attributed to the HS2 Design Panel since the Panel's formation.

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the DVLA plans to update its guidance for drivers with diabetes who take insulin on using Flash GM and Continuous Glucose Monitoring...

      Driving: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the evidential basis was for the DVLA's decision to classify autism spectrum disorders as a condition which must be declared.

      Taxis: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of CCTV installed in taxi and private hire vehicles on improving passenger safety.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received in the last six months on the (a) level of charges levied by the DVLA to private parking companies seeking data...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to research on fracking in 2019.

    • Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Targeted Charging Review on the business case for renewable energy to...

      Fracking: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) Government Departments are liable for compensation claims for damage as...

      Fracking: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) Government Department's will be liable for the long-term (i)...

      Fracking: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the cold venting of fugitive gasses is allowed to occur at hydraulic fracturing operations.

      Fracking: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what regulatory conditions are in place to detect unrecovered fugitive gas and fluid from hydraulic fracturing operations.

      Fracking: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what processes hydraulic fracturing operators have to follow to dispose of waste; and what the final resting location...

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether shale gas regulators have an agreed process for safe recycling of flowback from hydraulic fracturing operations.

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons shale gas regulators do not conduct independent well integrity reports for hydraulic fracturing operations.

      Fracking: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the traffic light monitoring system for regulating fracking-induced seismicity, for what reasons red...

      Climate Change: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to hold a meeting with some of the youth climate strikers.

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the consent process for acidising is the same as for fracking; how many applications for acidising have been...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of granting representation in the House of Commons to representatives...

    • Travel Information: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security of UK citizens visiting Sharm el Sheikh; if he will review his travel advice...

      South Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the strengthening of human rights in South Sudan.

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her Department’s priorities are for the upcoming African Union Summit in Niger; and whether representatives from the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent Saudi Arabia from employing child soldiers in Yemen.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will issue a formal statement in support of the uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

      North Korea: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on the recent summit between the leaders of the US...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterparts on the use of Sudanese child soldiers within the Yemeni civil...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Departments holds on the number of child soldiers of Sudanese origin who have been involved in the Yemeni...

      Sierra Leone: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of political and constitutional freedoms in Sierra Leone; and what...

      Eritrea: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with his counterpart in the Government of Eritrea on reducing the number of people conscripted into...

      Russia: INF Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the weaponry owned by Russia is that has resulted in that country being in violation of its INF Treaty obligations; and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for products not yet on the market were made to NICE in each year from 2016 to 2018; and how many of those...

    • Diabetes: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the cost to the NHS of diabetes drugs prescriptions by CCG from 2018 to date.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospitals with A&E Departments are not fully co-operating with the Information Sharing to Tackle Violence scheme.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in (i) four hours and (ii) more than four...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people with fibromyalgia.

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to ensure that people with eating disorders are able to access treatment and support.

      Women's Health Taskforce for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who are the core members are of the Women’s Health Taskforce for England.

      Women's Health Taskforce for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the terms of reference are for the women’s health taskforce for England.

      Women's Health Taskforce for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how he plans to inform (a) the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy and (b) other patient groups about the (i) agendas and (ii) minutes...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will make it its policy to reinstate nurse bursaries.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department will provide funding to to hospital trusts to cover additional medical air freight costs for (a) radioisotopes...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with local authorities on ensuring the adequacy of the provision of guidance for the most vulnerable people...

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons people with asthma are charged for their medication; and if he will make a statement.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential health benefits of extending free prescriptions to people with asthma.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include asthma in the prescription charges exemptions list.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2019 to Question 224315, for what reasons his Department has not made a recent estimate based on up...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February to Question 222647 on HIV: Infection, what the timetable is for the review of the number of places...

      Suicide: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department collects data on the (a) number of armed forces veterans who have died by suicide each year and (b) that same...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of nurses in England in training compared with other countries on which information is available...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on training 10,000 more healthcare students by 2020, and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made towards meeting its target of recruiting 5,000 more GPs by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Digital Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) Chief Information Officers and (b) Chief Clinical Information Officers there have been in the NHS Digital Academy in each...

      NHS: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of funding for wellbeing services for the NHS workforce.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS England’s £130 million funding for the Linear Accelerator programme was spent in (a) 2016-17 (b)...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of cancer patients should have received radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment in 2018.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle loneliness.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to bring the performance of screening programmes in London in line with the rest of England and Wales.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure that databases and IT systems for health screenings are fit for service.

      Hospital Beds: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of (a) intermediate care beds and (b) long-term nursing home beds in North...

      Care Homes: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference the Northern Staffordshire Community Hospitals Consultation, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the...

      Care Homes: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Northern Staffordshire community hospitals consultation, whether any existing care homes in Northern Staffordshire...

      University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were discharged from University Hospitals of North Midlands into (a) community hospital and (b) care home beds in each...

      NHS: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 41 of the Government's August 2018 Civil Society Strategy, what steps his Department has taken with NHS England to...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the new Radiotherapy Operational Delivery Networks announced by NHS England will be funded through the £20.5bn of extra...

      Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the availability of technetium and krypton...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it remains her policy to allocate 0.7 per cent Gross National Income to poverty reduction programmes overseas.

    • Sexual Offences: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department’s priorities are for the upcoming international conference on tackling gender-based violence in humanitarian...

      Uganda: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to reports in the Indian Ocean Newsletter on 22 February 2019, that the UK Government is seeking to expand the role of...

  • Department for Education

    • Department of Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed in each group of his Department that are apprentices.

    • Academies Enterprise Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2019 to Question 217588, Academies Enterprise Trust: Finance, how much of the £4.5 million provided to date...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the level of asbestos in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Educational Psychology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2019 to Question 203906 on Educational Psychology: Staff, when the results of the evaluation of the Educational...

      European University Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of losing access to the network offered by the European University Institute will have on the UK's...

      Pupil Exclusions: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been excluded from (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Bedford Borough in each year for which information is...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have (a) been granted permission to move (i) up to 0.5 per cent or (ii) in excess of 0.5 per cent of schools block funding to...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 1 March 2019 to Question 224318 on Special Educational Needs: Finance, when plans to launch his Department's call for evidence...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Local Government Services: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the identification of next-of-kin where they assume responsibility for a public health...

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to prevent a further HM Courts and Tribunals IT systems failure.

      Ministry of Justice: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which premises controlled by his Department do not have a no-smoking policy.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tribunal cases on personal independence payment have taken place in the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has conducted of the (a) credentials and (b) status as active mortgage lenders of groups and companies which have purchased...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make a comparative assessment of the cost of extending the date for the UK leaving the EU from 29 March 2019 to 30 December 2021.

      Crowdfunding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions the Government has had with (a) peer-to-peer lenders and (b) other organisations in the fintech sector on proposals for regulation...

      Guaranteed Minimum Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many public sector workers were directly affected by the recent HMRC exercise to reconcile pensions which resulted in overpayments due to changes in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to extend the Community Housing Fund to 2023; and if he will make a statement.

    • Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of communities (a) bringing forward and (b) completing...

      Derelict Land: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make funding from Homes England available to local authorities in South East England for brownfield...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to increase the amount of green space in cities.

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce building on green field sites.

      Parish Councils: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of local town councils on coastal communities.

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many areas throughout England have passed Neighbourhood Plans.

      Stronger Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the methodology used was to calculate English regional shares of Stronger Towns Funds.

      Stronger Towns Fund: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much the Government plans to allocate from its Stronger Towns Fund to Barnsley.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 33 of the Government's August 2018 Civil Society Strategy, what steps his Department has taken...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Estonia: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to strengthen the UK's defence relationship with Estonia after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what (a) reasons and (b) circumstances armed military personnel can be deployed on UK soil.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK Parliament has any role on the deployment of armed military personnel on UK soil.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff and (b) military personnel based in (i) the UK and (ii) Saudi Arabia were employed on the (A) Saudi Arabian National Guard...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) expenditure was in the financial year 2017-18 and (b) budget is for 2018-19 for the (i) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project...

      Veterans: Mental Illness and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on mental illness and suicide among ex-servicemen and women.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure secure military communications hardware procurement maintains sovereign capability.

      Royal Military Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of recruitment by the Royal Military Police.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to patrol UK territorial waters, particularly the North Sea, in advance of the deployment of P-8 aircraft.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of (a) the annual in service cost of the P-8 patrol aircraft and (b) the number of years those aircraft can be expected to...

      Military Aircraft: Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the GIS data used to construct the boundaries of the (a) 18 Low Flying Areas and (b) boundaries for the three Tactical Training Areas...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) British military liaison officers and (b) advisers are (i) currently embedded and (ii) have been embedded in organisations in Saudi Arabia...

      Oman and Singapore: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) facilities, (b) military manpower and (c)civilian manpower are based at (i) the British Defence Singapore Support Unit and (ii) the Joint...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 18 July 2017 and 23 July 2018 to Questions 4768 and 163751, how many Armed Forces personnel work as targeting advisers in the...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Department pays the salaries of liaison officers on secondment to Saudi Arabia; and from what budget those payments are made.

      Navy: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 221002 on Navy: Shipping, what the maximum (a) lifespan is of newly constructed warships and (b)...

      Service Complaints Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve response times within the Service Complaints Ombudsman.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the procedure is for addressing complaints raised by black, Asian, minority ethnic and female military personnel.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to identify universal credit claimants who need additional support in completing the application for that benefit...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 160779, how many (a) men and (b) women in private sector pensions schemes were...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for universal credit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and d) the...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support self-employed people who need to claim employment support allowance.

      Universal Credit: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people migrated to universal credit in Havering in the last 12 months.

      Unemployment: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were unemployed in Ribble Valley in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

      Employment: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the employment rate in the Ribble Valley constituency was in each year since 2016.

      Private Rented Housing: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the number of private landlords who do not conduct annual gas safety inspections; and if she...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there are any pensioners entitled to pensions credit who are not in receipt of that benefit.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department does not pay bereavement support to widows and widowers where tacit consent to marriage with their former...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has a fixed-length absence limit for staff on sick leave.

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for each year since 2016-17, how many universal credit full service claimants submitted a DS1500 form to access universal credit under the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to replace EU funding for rural communities when the UK leaves the EU.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to introduce (a) 25p per coffee cup surcharge, (b) bottle deposit scheme and (c) refillable...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each month since June 2016.

      Pollinators: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reverse the decline of pollinators.

      Fishing Vessels: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place between the Governments of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland to resolve...

      Reindeer: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in which month of 2018 the consignment of 31 reindeer was imported from Finland; who made the decision to permit the import...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the legal basis is under which local authorities may establish drug consumption rooms.

    • Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given to Police and Crime Commissioners on the use of (a) reserves and (b) deficit budgets for the purposes of...

      Coroners: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's annual spending was on legal representation for police forces and police staff at inquests relating to people who have...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have participated in the pilots for the EU Settlement scheme.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the potential additional cost of policing the Northern Irish border in the event of the UK...

      Police: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has had discussions with the National Police Co-ordination Centre on the circumstances in which military assistance...

      Firearms and Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of gun and knife offences in Merseyside in each of the last five years.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when will he bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new offence of intentional trespass to tackle unlawful traveller encampments.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the level of Police Community Support Officers on incidences of crime in (a)...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to police forces in 2020-21 of employer contributions to the police pension scheme.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of a police officer's time is spent on paperwork.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendation of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants that the...

      Immigrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 222020, how many migrant families were supported by local authorities under Section...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 222021, how many changes of circumstance applications to gain recourse to public...

      Overseas Students: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2019 to Question 225480, whether international students would be guaranteed a student visa under the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Disinformation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which hybrid warfare is being used as a tool to interfere with public opinion.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2019 to Question, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring the compatibility of...

      Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) billboards and (b) other physical advertisements on how the public should...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Israel: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the announcement, UK and Israel sign trade continuity agreement, published by his Department on 18 February 2019, whether...

    • Electronic Commerce: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment has he made of the effect on businesses of the new rules in India preventing online retailers from selling products through...

      Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department makes assessments of countries' human rights records when negotiating trade deals with those countries.

      Free Trade: Eswatini

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to promote free trade with Swaziland after the UK leaves the EU.

      Free Trade: Vietnam

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

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to promote reform of the World Trade Organisation and free trade after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on food standards in relation to a future trade deal after the UK...

      Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of additional carbon dioxide that has been emitted in each of the last five years as a...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether a free trade deal with the United States is a priority for his Department.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce the next steps for the Rural Gigabit Connnectivity programme.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on its plans for an outside-in strategy to build full-fibre networks in rural areas.

      Arts: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has to support the arts in the West Midlands.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 37 of the Government's August 2018 Civil Society Strategy, what progress has been made on his...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 41 of the Government's August 2018 Civil Society Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 11 February (HL13163), what was the cost of the feasibility study into the creation of a new trans-Pennine...

    • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the further work on reinstating the Colne-Skipton rail link as part of a new freight railway route between Liverpool and Yorkshire, to assess the freight...

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written answer by Baroness Sugg on 11 February (HL13163), when it was decided that “the feasibility study into the value of reopening...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what options they are considering for the future provision of rail freight across the Pennines including (1) from, and to, the port of Liverpool to, and from,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 4 January (HL12419), whether a builder must ensure the fitting of smart meters in new build homes; if not,...

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 November 2018 (HL11417), whether SMETS compliant electricity meters are capable of producing a statement...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rate charged at night for a unit of electricity has increased compared to that charged for a day unit; and if so, why.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Cameroon about the summonses used against Cameroonian opposition members on charges carrying the death...

    • Leah Sharibu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the continued imprisonment of Leah Sharibu, following the anniversary of her captivity; and...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan on the importance of preventing the provincial government of Sindh from establishing operational...

      China: Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the Cross-Government Prosperity Fund has been used to develop of the film industry and improve museum infrastructure in China.

      China: Dead Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have caused inquiries to be made about the export of plastinated human bodies (1) globally, and (2) to the UK, by Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Co,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 February (HL13769), what discussions there have been between the UK Tempest team and the Future Combat...

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 February (HL13628), whether the UK is expected to become a net defence importer in the next five years.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 February (HL13624), whether that money previously announced by the Secretary of State for Defence to be spent on...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts they hold with G4S to provide government-supported accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees.

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is overcrowding in government-supported accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees.

  • Treasury

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have evaluated the impact on revenues of the stamp duty reforms announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Lotteries: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce their plans for the reform of regulation surrounding society lotteries, including any increase in prize limits, following the...

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