Written answers

Thursday, 14 March 2019

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Royston Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the NHS has for the future of Royston Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) nusinersen/Spinraza and (b) other life-saving drugs are made available for people with spinal...

      Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to health professionals that prescribe Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors on advice to...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been initiated since 2016.

      Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for Getting It Right First Time units to visit (a) Northern Lincolnshire and (b) Goole NHS Trust in relation to (i)...

      Physiotherapy

      To asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the implementation of all of the pilots for first contact physiotherapy practitioners; and when the outcomes...

      Nurses: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons registered nurses employed by nursing and care homes are not able to administer medication by injection or change...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidelines he has issued to clinical commissioning groups to ensure that they accept and process without delay applications received...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many fast-track applications for continuing healthcare funding have been rejected by each clinical commissioning group in the last...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 227401 on HIV, what the timetable is for the rollout of additional places on the...

      NHS: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent on agency and locum staff in the NHS (a) in total, (b) for each job type and (c) in each year since May 2010.

      NHS: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the potential role of the NHS in future trade...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the finding in Asthma UK's report, The Reality of Asthma Care in the UK - Annual Asthma Survey 2018 that two-thirds of...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time for a PET-CT scan in (a) Oxford West and Abingdon constituency, (b) Oxfordshire and...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing PET-CT scanning services through a (a) private...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many radiotherapy centres deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve mental healthcare for veterans in the North East.

      General Practitioners: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he will enable Liverpool CCG to award General Medical Contracts rather than continue with Alternative Provider Medical Services...

      General Practitioners: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his policy of not allowing GP services provided via Alternative Provider...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to find those responsible for the blood products that were imported from the US during the 1970s and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people judged to be entitled to the higher rate of disabled living allowance for life have been granted the standard rate when...

    • Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families in receipt of the lower child disability addition have transitioned from legacy benefits to universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families are in receipt of the lower child disability addition on universal credit for (a) one child (b) two children and (c) three...

      Social Security Benefits: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children there are in households directly affected by the two-child limit on welfare payments in (a) Wallasey and (b) Wirral.

      Social Security Benefits: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful appeals there have been against decisions on (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether credits for approved training can be used towards (a) the second contribution condition for contribution-based employment and support...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost to the public purse is of a successful appeal for personal independence payment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help support (a) older people and (b) people with (i) mental and (ii) physical health conditions to...

      Welfare State: Females

      Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, What steps the Government is taking to ensure that the welfare system works for women.

  • Home Office

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his plans are for a review of whether it should be a criminal offence to trespass in the course of establishing an encampment; what the...

    • Police: Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dangerous driving cases by (a) police officer rank and (b) police force area the Independent Office for Police Conduct has...

      Public Spaces Protection Orders: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with local authorities on the use of public spaces protection orders to target homeless people.

      Proceeds of Crime: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long it takes for the proceeds of serious crime to be administered to communities through (a) the safer communities fund and (b) other...

      Crimes of Violence: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded incidences there have been of (a) violence with injury crimes and (b) robberies from business properties in each year...

      Street Preachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has provided to the police on street preachers; and what lessons have been learned from the arrest and subsequent release...

      Refugees: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are currently waiting for a decision on leave to remain as a stateless person in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has any plans to increase the resources of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend funding for the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme beyond 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates his Department has made of the reduction of frontline police officers in each year since 2015 in (a) Lambeth and Southwark...

      Crimes of Violence and Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to (a) increase frontline police numbers and (b) ensure police have sufficient resources to tackle knife crime...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings she held with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019.

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to her oral contribution of 6 March 2019, Official Report column 949, that polls that they want to see change to the abortion...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been initiated since 2016.

    • Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase consumer awareness of the potential advantages and disadvantages of investing in cryptoassets.

      Mortgages: Islam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many high street banks offer Islamic mortgage services.

      Access to Cash Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to publish a formal response to the Access to Cash review, published on 6 March 2019; and if he will make a statement.

      Bank Services: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what statutory basis a bank is able to close an account without disclosure to the customer concerned.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that HMRC uses the rule of law rather than an opinion of fairness to determine what is payable for the loan charge.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer , what support his Department provides to UK businesses preparing and completing (a) import and (b) export declarations.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many notices were issued by the Fundraising Regulator against charities in the last year.

    • Charity Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding allocated to the Charity Commission.

      Garden Bridge Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has (a) had discussions with the Charity Commission and (b) received representations on the appropriateness of the...

      Visas: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on short stay visitor visas for EEA nationals wishing to visit the UK...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the guidance entitled, Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance, how many suppliers were...

      Youth Clubs: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of youth centres that have closed in England since 2010.

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the total reduction in central Government funding for youth services provided by...

      Social Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of youth services and social services on reducing youth violence; and if...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to provide additional funding and support to youth services and projects engaging with young...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • European Research Council and Marie Curie Fellowships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2019 to Question 225494 on European Research Council and Marie Curie Fellowships, if...

    • Post Office: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many sub-postmasters have conditionally resigned from the Post Office Network but are not able to leave because an...

      Post Offices: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices (a) retailers operate and (b) each retailer operates.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many temporary sub-postmasters are currently operating branches in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland,...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his letter to Conservative Members of Parliament dated 7 February 2019, what plans he has to...

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much money has been spent from the public purse on the National Holocaust Memorial.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his Department's policy to fund the cost of replacing faulty composite fire doors in all public and...

      Social Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the extent of financial pressure on social landlords caused by the pursuit of property...

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure the full allocation of the Community Housing Fund is allocated.

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, how many of the sites considered for the UK Holocaust...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2018 to Question 203298, on what date the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation made...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much public money has been spent by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to date; what assessment he has made of...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2018 to Question 203303, for what reasons Royal Parks was not involved in the...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2018 to Question 203301, on what date (a) the Government and (b) the UK...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2018 to Question 203301, what new information available between 14 September...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2018 to Question 203301, what criteria the Government used to determine whether...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what undertakings the Government has given the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation on the availability of land in...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date (a) the Government and (b) the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation were first informed about the potential...

      Social Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on developing proposals for national tenant representation following his Green Paper on...

      Social Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Green Paper on social housing, what plans he has to rebalance the relationship between landlords...

      Housing Estates: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle excessive fees charged to freehold homeowners by developers for maintaining common...

      Leasehold: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on tackling excessive charges levied on the owners of leasehold homes.

      Sleeping Rough: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent on the Rough Sleeping Initiative in Yorkshire and the Humber in each month of financial year...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulation of the new-build sector in relation to...

      District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what funding the Government can provide to local councils to replace unreliable and ageing district heating systems.

      Social Services: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 5.16 of the Budget 2018 Red Book, what proportion of the £410 million for adult and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on affordable and social housing of expanding permitted...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of extending permitted development rights to include...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of student residences which have been identified as having aluminium...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Saudi Arabia: Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Tornado aircraft have been returned from Saudi Arabia to the UK for maintenance or refit since March 2015.

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK military personnel on exchange programmes with the US Air Force are working in (a) in Yemen (b) in the skies above Yemen.

      Prime Minister: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of providing a plane on standby at RAF Northolt for use by the Prime Minister from 8 to 11 March 2019 inclusive.

      Warships: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy vessel or vessels acted as the designated Fleet Ready Escort from 1 January to 8 March 2019.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Fourteenth Report of the Defence Committee entitled Mental Health and the Armed Forces, Part Two: The Provision of Care, published on 19...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been initiated since 2016.

    • Scotland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019.

      Scotland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 136969 on Scotland Office: Freedom of Information, if he will publish the findings of his...

      Scotland Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's communications team in each year for which information is available.

      Scotland Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money his Department has spent on social media advertising in each month since August 2018.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Foreign Investment in UK: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the proportion of foreign direct investment into the UK which is accounted for by investment in sports.

    • Trade Agreements: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will ensure that (a) the NHS and (b) other public services are excluded from future trade deals.

      Trade Agreements: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the NHS and other public services will not be included in future trade agreements for services...

      Trade Agreements: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to ensure its commitment that the NHS and other public services are excluded from future trade deals is...

      Exports: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229270 on Exports: Advertising, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public...

      Music: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229270 on Exports: Advertising, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public...

      UK Export Finance

      What plans he has to mark the centenary of UK Export Finance.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of inward foreign direct investment.

      Trade Agreements

      What progress his Department has made on proposals for the scrutiny of future free trade agreements.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of inward foreign direct investment.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Re-employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to help women return to the labour market after taking a career break to fulfil caring responsibilities.

    • Equal Pay

      What steps she is taking to help ensure that companies report accurate gender pay gap figures before the 4 April 2019 deadline.

      Equality

      What steps she is taking to maintain equalities protections in law after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK hauliers travelled to and from other EU countries in the last 12 months.

    • Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ECMT permits are available in the current window for applications.

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has made of the number of ECMT permit applications it will receive during the current window for...

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications for ECMT permits during the last window for applications were (a) received and (b) successful.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what bilateral agreements the UK has with the Republic of Ireland with respect to hauliers; and whether hauliers will be required to have ECMT permits...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what railway franchises currently operate under a direct award contract; and for each such franchise when the contract (a) become live and (b) is due...

      Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2019 to Question 221788, what the final legal costs are with respect to the court proceedings and the subsequent...

      Brittany Ferries and DFDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Written Statement of 7 January 2019, Haulage Update, HCWS 1233, how much and what proportion of the monies awarded to (a)...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average length of time is for HS2 Ltd to answer complaints.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims have been received under the Small Claims Scheme for HS2; what the status is of each claim; and where what the remedy awarded was for...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints have been made for noise disturbance from HS2 works in each of the past two years.

      Motor Vehicles: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many privately owned vehicles are registered in the West Midlands metro area; and how many of those vehicles are electric vehicles.

      Driving: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 228749 on Driving: Autism, what estimate he has made of the number of drivers with autism affected...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to implement the recommendations in the document entitled, Blue Badge consultation: summary of responses and government response,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Intergovernmental Equal Rights Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to expand the membership of the Equal Rights Coalition among (a) African, (b) Asian and (c) other countries...

    • Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his international counterparts for the rights of indigenous peoples to be embedded...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the continued mass detention and mistreatment of Uyghur...

      Israa al-Ghomgham

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

      Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

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

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many human rights activists his Department estimates are currently in detention in Egypt; and what representations he has...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bangladeshi counterparts since the recent elections in that country to ensure that the...

      Masood Azhar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterparts on the United Nations Security Council on the formal designation of...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on (a) Gazan patients allegedly using medical permits to smuggle...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations on the sharing by the United States Administration of the draft proposals in its Middle...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent violent protests and Israeli military exercises on stability in the...

      Iraq: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iraqi counterpart on the judicial process for the trial of non-combative...

      Iraq: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his US counterpart on the absence of a meeting between President Trump and representatives...

      Iraq: Economic Situation and Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on Iraq’s (a) economy and (b) energy supply of that country's compliance...

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to de-escalate tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi authorities to...

      Iraq: Explosives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the clearance of explosive devices from roads and towns in previously Daesh-held areas of...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the £4.5 million of arms exports to Saudi Arabia authorised between July and September last year were intended for...

      Journalism and Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made at the United Nations on the potential merits of the creation of a UN Special...

      Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Myanmar on the continued incarceration of Reuters journalists Wa...

      Human Rights: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department has taken to help protect women human rights defenders around the world from (a) death...

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that female journalists are consulted on the UK's media freedom campaign; and...

      Journalism: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) develop protection mechanisms and (b) provide emergency protection funds for female...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019.

      Abu Bakar Ba'asyir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Indonesia on the proposed early release of Abu Bashir.

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on human rights in that country, and if he will make a statement.

      Algeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of political stability in Algeria; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of UK citizens living in refugee camps in (a) Iraq, (b) Jordan, (c)...

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 170339 on Ilois Finance, how much of the £40 million fund for...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Chagos Conservation Trust has returned any unspent funds that were provided by his Department for the purposes of...

      South Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the African Union and the Government of South Sudan on the UN Human...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the Sri Lankan Government's progress towards meeting the objectives set by the UN...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to support internally displaced persons in (a) Rubkan camp and (b) Northern Syria.

    • Yemen: Disease Control and Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Government's programmes to increase humanitarian relief and disease prevention in Yemen will be delivered in Houthi-controlled...

      Palestinians: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has held discussions with Palestinian officials on recent reports that the Palestinian Authority will reduce the salaries...

      Department for International Development: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many meetings she held with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019.

      Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the guidance entitled, Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance, how many suppliers were allocated...

      Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many suppliers were excluded from bidding for contracts due to failing the meet the criteria specified in Procurement Policy Note...

      Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria; and what steps her Department...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Poultry: Chlorine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the suitability of chlorinated chicken for the UK market.

    • Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the local environment of sheep farming.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for food imports from the US of the United States - European Union...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the UK is able to end the live export of animals after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been...

      Pigs: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many TB tests on pigs have returned a negative result after a primary inconclusive test result in England in each year...

      Pigs: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average time taken is from the date of a first sample to a final test result in TB tests on pigs in England for...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019.

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many puppies have been seized and taken into quarantine since the Animal and Plant Health Agency established an...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been transported to mainland Europe for slaughter in each of the last five years.

      Seasonal Workers: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of seasonal workers employed in Cornwall in each of the last five years.

      Hedgehogs: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to tackle the decline in hedgehog numbers in the East Midlands.

      Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local authorities are delivering value for money through their management...

      Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government last carried out an assessment of the performance of local authorities in delivering the objective for...

      Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to assist local authorities in the management of their county council smallholding estates for the benefit...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent in restoring British endangered species in each if the last three years.

      Nature Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many national nature reserves are (a) at risk of deteriorating and (b) deteriorating.

      Wildlife: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many wildlife licence applications Natural England has completed within the 30-day time frame in each of the last five years.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many SSSI enforcement actions have Natural England undertaken in each year since 2010.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend (a) the statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs and...

      Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has revised the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill since his Department closed...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban third party sales of puppies and kittens.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: Finance

      To ask The Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Committee will undertake a survey of hon. Members on the (a)...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on weight given to victim statements under the unduly lenient sentencing scheme.

    • Attorney General: Public Consultation

      To ask the Attorney General, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been initiated since 2016.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been initiated since 2016.

    • Wales Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans his Department has for participation in Earth Hour on 30 March 2019.

      Electoral Register: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on increasing electoral registration and voter turnout in Wales.

      Wales Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each of the last four years.

      Wales Office: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of statistical datasets collected or collated by his Department are made publicly available.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts his Department closed in 2015; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value was of each of those sales.

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts his Department closed in 2016; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value was of each of those sales.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts his Department closed in 2017; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value was of each of those sales.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts his Department closed in 2018; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value was of each of those sales.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has any plans to promote human rights in the UK and abroad through the creation of a dedicated UK Minister or commissioner for...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether offences of shop theft of goods worth £200 or less are classified summary-only crimes since the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour,...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will allocate additional funding for resources to protect young victims of crime.

      Criminal Proceedings: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the undertakings in the Armed Forces Covenant, what steps he is taking to ensure that veterans are identified when they enter the...

      Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many registered intermediaries there (a) are and (b) are estimated to be in the next 12 months.

      Registered Intermediaries: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring registered intermediaries to have an enhanced DBS check given their access to...

      Sexual Offences: Children and Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to dispel rape myths and stereotypes from juries in line with the commitment in the Sexual Violence against Children and...

      Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken (a) to monitor and (b) improve compliance with the Under 10s Protocol since it was reissued.

      Legal Profession: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many barristers have received the advocacy and the vulnerable training.

      Witnesses: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young witnesses have provided evidence from a non-court live link site in each year for which data is available.

      Young Offenders: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken in days has been from arrest to sentence for persistant young offenders in each year since 2008.

      Crown Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts were affected by the temporary failure of the Crown Court Digital Case System during the week commencing 4 March 2019.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2018 to Question 196793 on Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure, for what reason the annual real terms...

      Dangerous Driving: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving in each of the last five calendar years.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Government is making on bringing forward legislative proposals on longer sentences for drivers who cause death by dangerous driving;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultations by his Department (a) are open, (b) are closed awaiting a Government response and (c) have been initiated since 2016.

    • Eurostat

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government will take to ensure that UK statistics remain cross-comparable with Eurostat in the event (a) of the UK leaving the EU...

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with testicular cancer in the last 12 months.

      Allergies: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women have died from anaphylaxis in each of the last five years.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to obtain agreement from the EU to an extension of the Article 50 period to enable (a) public and (b) parliamentary...

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Ministerial Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministerial directions the Secretary of State for Transport has given his Accounting Officer since July 2016; and on which issues.

    • Eurotunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of the settlement agreement with Eurotunnel to provide the company with £33 million over three years, what comparable arrangements and...

      Dover Port

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, further to their guidance published on 5 March regarding Eurotunnel obligations, whether similar enhanced resilience facilities are being introduced at...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Pedlars Act 1871

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 5 March (HL14087), when consideration was last given to reforming the Pedlars' Act 1871; and what the outcome...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Europe: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether (1) the governments of Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, and (2) the United Nations High...

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel has approved 4,000 new settlement units, in particular of those to be built in East...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Human Rights Council, Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the...

  • Attorney General

    • National Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they hold information about the identity of the donor who set up the National Fund.

    • National Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Attorney General’s application to the High Court to release the assets of the National Fund has now been concluded; and if so, how those...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of communication in assessments of mental capacity, particularly when the speech and language centre of the brain...

    • NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-disclosure agreements have been part of settlement agreements issued by the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of advertisements placed by the University Hospital of Dusseldorf in Polish newspapers published in the UK seeking to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sudan: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they gave to the government of Sudan to combat Female Genital Mutilation in each of the last five years.

    • Gaza: Morphine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that supplies of morphine in Shifa Hospital, Gaza, do not run out.

      Sudan: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants they gave to the government of Sudan's National Council on Child Welfare in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the governance of multi-academy trusts.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 13 February (HL13342), what steps they are taking to reduce the waiting time for Personal Independence...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many farmers are awaiting Countryside Stewardship payments from 2018.

    • Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many farmers are awaiting the final payment of their (1) Entry Level Stewardship, and (2) Higher Level Stewardship, for 2017; whether any bridging payments...

      Animal Products: Import Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Trade Policy on 14 February (HC217140), what assessment they have made of the merits of banning...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what stage would an individual who is both (1) a member of a Lebanese parliament or the government of Lebanon, and (2) a member of a political organisation...

    • Informers: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 February (HL13696), whether they intend to require the relevant public authorities...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the future EU workers visa scheme will allow farmers to employ seasonal workers on part-year contracts for consecutive years.

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 27 February (HL13739), what plans they have, if any, to abolish the health surcharge for...

      Migrant Workers: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to adapt their post-Brexit immigration plans to ensure that skills relevant to the tourism industry are included within their definition of...

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further plans they have to expand the availability of Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visas beyond their proposals to expand their availability to EU citizens.

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to increasing the period of validity for Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visas from two to four years, or for providing for the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help UK businesses which trade with the EU to prepare for the effects of introducing tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the National Fund in each of the last 30 years.

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