Written answers

Monday, 18 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • Road Traffic Offences: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of red-X non-compliance on smart motorways for each of the last two years for which...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative risk assessment of the safety of a vehicle stopping in a running lane during off peak times on (a) an all lane running...

      Department for Transport: Carbon Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what carbon budget his Department has set for this year and each of the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years.

      Airports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the scope of EU Regulation 598/2014 relating to noise-related operating restrictions at Scottish Airports to include management of...

      Train Operating Companies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the penalties are for train operators that have not provided the level of service that they are contracted to deliver; what compensation is...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) continuous glucose monitor sensors and (b) flash glucose monitoring to (i) assess glucose...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy published in July 2018, what progress he has made towards the target of making...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the effect of toxic fumes from shipping.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2019 to Question 221797 on Roads: Accidents, if his Department will make an assessment of the merits of...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new pieces of rolling stock have been ordered by Train Operating Companies or their suppliers in each year between 1997 and 2019.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • European Research Council: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal principal investigators in receipt of European Research...

    • Electricity Interconnectors: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision-making authority of Planning Inspectorate for the development...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the evidential basis was for the decision to provide the Planning Inspectorate with decision-making powers for the...

      Offshore Industry and Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last discussed national minimum wage compliance and enforcement in the (a) shipping industry and (b) offshore...

      Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 12 March 2019 to Question 229808 and Question 229809 on Energy: EU Law, whether Ofgem's...

      Competition and Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to respond to Lord Tyrie's recommendations on the future role of the...

      Agency Workers: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his oral contribution of 6 March 2019, Official Report, column 994, on the Swedish derogation, what...

      Wind Power: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created for UK-resident (a) seafarers and (b)...

      Construction: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Construction Sector Deal funding will be disbursed; and how he plans to assess the effect of that funding on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many children had their private school fees paid by his Department at (a) schools in the UK and (b) schools overseas in the...

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on security and democracy of the appointment of unelected governors who...

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure a free and fair election in Turkey.

      South Sudan: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in South Sudan of sexual violence committed by that country's armed...

      Journalism: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security and safety of journalists throughout the world.

      Commonwealth: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which Commonwealth states the Government is providing assistance on changes to LGBT law.

      Confucius Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission's report of 18 February 2019, what assessment he has made of...

      Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to require transparency from and ensure that Confucius Institutes...

      Saudi Arabia: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on conditions in Saudi Arabian prisons for women's...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 216183 on Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings, for what...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 216183 on Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings, for what...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 216183 on Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings, for what...

      Farouk Hamadalla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps they will take to escalate engagement with the Libyan authorities on securing justice for the descendents of Major...

  • Attorney General

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 224304 on Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements, how many European Health...

    • Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to ensure that on medicine courses the effect of eating disorders on mental health is given parity of esteem with their...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are taken to ensure that people in immigration removal centres have uninterrupted access to prescribed medication.

      Health: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the prevelance of (a) stress, (b) loneliness, (c) anxiety, and (d) substance misuse among...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS trusts in England that have outsourced cancer treatment services, in...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to implement the Government’s Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan 2019-2024; and if...

      Tomography: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2019 to Question 229815 on Tomography: Procurement, what estimate he has made of the change in cost to...

      Diabetes: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes in each of the last 10 years.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of including the category of veterans in the Mental Health Services Data Set.

      Barbeques: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote public awareness of the risk to health of using barbeques in enclosed spaces; and if he...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether immigration detainees have access to free independent interpreting services during appointments with medical staff in immigration...

      Mental Illness: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of problem gambling on mental ill health.

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS employees received exit payments in excess of £95,000 in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the recommendation to use international meetings and...

    • Yemen: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Yemenis who have migrated from Saudi Arabia to Yemen in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and...

      Tanzania: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help the Government of Tanzania to host 335,000 refugees.

      Land Mines: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent since 2017 on landmine clearance; how many landmines have been cleared with that funding; and what...

      Land Mines: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to ensure that its work on landmines will be updated to include appropriate responses to the rise in the...

      Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many members of staff of her Department have been seconded to other government departments or agencies to work on preparations for...

      Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) trade unions and (b) other associations representing staff of her Department on secondments of...

      Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on her Department's performance against its aims and objectives of the secondment of staff...

  • Department for Education

    • Education and Skills Funding Agency: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason gender is a mandatory field on funding applications to the Education and Skills Funding Agency; and whether he plans to make an...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the correlation between funding for children’s services between 2010-11 and 2017-18 and the number of (a)...

      Department for Education: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Arts: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary schools have specialist arts teachers.

      Pre-school Education: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of children in each reception class intake in each of the last 20 years have been in care.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the UK's tenth place rating in the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index 2018...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to engage with head teachers who have expressed concerns with respect to reductions in school funding.

      English Language: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the White Paper entitled The UK’s future skills-based immigration system, published in December 2018, what additional funding...

      Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Spring Statement 2019, when he plans to publish details of the funding announced for the provision of free sanitary products in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when criminal legal aid remuneration rates were last raised in real terms for legal professionals.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of low remuneration rates for criminal solicitors on recruitment to the profession.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who his Department is consulting with as part of its review into criminal legal aid fees.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the continued viability of the criminal legal aid sector while his review of criminal legal aid fees is...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on justice of the limit on what can be paid through the Legal Aid Agency for experts’ reports in...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2019 to Question 214022 on Courts: Closures, for how many years do staff who move their work location to an...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has commissioned any research into changes to journey times to courts for (a) witnesses, (b) victims of crime and (c) court staff...

      Crown Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Crown Court Digital Case System is operated by HM Courts and Tribunals Service or contracted to a third-party supplier.

      Women's Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what services will be provided at the women’s centre to be built on the former site of HMP Holloway.

      Probation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Justice of 4 March 2019, Official Report, column 698 on the Privatised Probation...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to prepare companies that trade with countries under EU free trade agreements (FTA) where the provisions of...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the (a) white list of countries to which UK companies can ship Category C military goods under OGTC licences, (b) number...

      Motor Vehicles: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the automotive sector on the potential economic effect of the imposition of...

      Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the needs of the NHS in negotiating future trade deals.

      UK Trade in Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the publication entitled UK Trade in Numbers, published on 26 February 2019.

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason (a) article 4 of the Trade and Partnership Agreement between the UK Government and the Government of Israel describes the...

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Trade and Partnership Agreement between UK Government and the Government of the State of Israel presented to...

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what provisions there are in the Trade and Partnership Agreement between the UK Government and the Government of Israel for monitoring the...

      Trade Agreements: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will take steps to ensure that contracts for the delivery of (a) NHS and (b) other public services will be excluded from future trade...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many starter homes have been completed to date.

    • Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an estimate of the number of new properties that could be built if the housing revenue account...

      Planning Permission: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of changes to permitted development rights on the long-term...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to bring unoccupied properties back into use.

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) effectiveness of nets used by developers to prevent birds...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229147 on Buildings: Insulation, whether in the event that that...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229147 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department has...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229147 on Buildings: Insulation if he will inform the House before...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish further detail on the proposed Future Homes Standard.

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many public health funerals there have been since 2010; and what the cost to the public purse has been of those...

      Local Government: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local government employees have received exit payments in excess of £95,000 since 1 January 2017.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cold weather equipment his Department provides to soldiers.

    • RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the two space-based infra-red system radomes at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill are a fully operational part of the US missile defence system.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2019 to Question 228159 on Saudi Arabia: Military Aid, whether UK military personnel alerted the chain of command of...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's objectives are in participating in the NATO Allied Command Transformation programme.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Army officers at the rank of colonel and above are currently attached to NATO Transformation Command; what ranks they are; and what...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Void Reduction Plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) RAF personnel and (b) BAE Systems personnel seconded under Government-to-Government agreements work in direct support of Royal Saudi Air...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of co-ordinating re-assessments for disabled claimants in receipt of employment support...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long it takes on average to process an advance payment application for universal credit.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of increasing the state pension age on access to benefits; and if she will make a statement.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bradford East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job seeker's allowance claimants in Bradford East who were subjected to sanctions in each year from 2010 successfully overturned the...

      Social Security Benefits: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in households affected by the two-child limit on welfare payments are in (a) Bradford East and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Social Security Benefits: Bradford East

      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: Bradford East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful mandatory reconsiderations against decisions there were for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer 1 February 2019 to Question 209777 on Personal Independence Payment, what the medical conditions were of personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2019 to Question 209777 on Personal Independence Payment, after how many days on average the 5,290...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2019 to Question 209778 on Personal Independence Payment, how many of the 7,990 personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 1 February 2019 to Question 209780 on Personal Independence Payment, how many personal independence payment...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2019 to Question 209781 on Personal Independence Payment, what the recorded reasons for claimants being...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to to reduce the number of claimants' successful claims that go through the tribunal appeal process.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 5 March 2019, Health and Disability Announcement, HCWS1376 and the extension of the contract for...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, reference to the Written Statement of 5 March 2019, Health and Disability Announcement, HCWS1376, whether there will be a pilot of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the average waiting time at assessment centres in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Universal Credit: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment has been made of the ability of refugees arriving through the resettlement programmes to access universal credit on the...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled Families and Food in Hard Times: rising food poverty and the importance of children's experience,...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will extend the provisions of the Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (SDP Gateway) Amendment Regulations 2019 to claimants in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Parks Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money has been allocated from the public purse to the National Park Authorities in each year since 2010.

    • Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 155669 on Livestock: Exports, whether he has plans to include a ban on...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has in place to (a) expedite agri-environment funding (i) applications and (ii) claims and (b) review rates of...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when (a) he or (b) one of his Ministers give evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on heritage rail for its inquiry...

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fines have been issued for littering in each of the last 10 years for which records are available.

      Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to (a) change the maximum penalty for offences under section 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Farm Animal Welfare Committee has completed its review of standards for animal welfare during transport.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to seek an exemption for those travelling to the EU with a guide dog in the event that the UK leaves...

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria his Department uses to classify wood-burning stoves as a smoke exempt appliance.

      Coastal Areas: Sea Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk to those coastal areas likely to be worst affected by rising sea levels.

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to allow self-employed migrants to enter the UK under the proposed future skills-based immigration system.

    • Migrant Workers: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on the construction industry of only allowing skilled visas for roles at RQF Level 3 or above; and...

      Forced Labour: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle forced labour in the construction industry.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 211250, on Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against...

      Deportation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he made of Zimbabwe's human rights record prior to sharing sensitive personal information with the Government of Zimbabwe on...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department last surveyed the characteristics of children and young people involved in crime.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of EU citizens with a criminal record eligible to apply for (a) pre-settled status and...

      Visas: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the refusal rate has been for applications for visitor visas from Pakistan in (a) each of the last (a) three years and (b) three months.

      Firearms and Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of violent crimes that involved the use of a (a) firearm and (b) knife in (i)...

      Refugees: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to announce plans for future refugee resettlement programmes ahead of the conclusion of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change has been in the total number of full time equivalent police officers in each year since 2009.

      Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for motoring offences were pursued by the police (a) overall and (b) in each police force area in each year since 2009.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has visited an immigration removal centre since his appointment as Home Secretary.

      Construction: Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 137044 on Undocumented Workers: Construction, how many of the 85 potential victims of...

      Detention Centres: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether immigration removal centre staff receive training on indicators of trafficking and modern slavery; and what information is covered...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK Visas and Immigration staff receive mandatory training on (a) identifying signs of exploitation and (b) what actions to take if...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the additional funds for tackling knife crime announced in the Spring Statement will be allocated to (a) the seven police forces with...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the £100m in additional funding for 2019-20 to tackle serious violence announced in the Spring Statement will be allocated to each...

      Radicalism: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to stop the far right radicalising young people online.

      Metropolitan Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the £100 million fund to tackle knife crime announced in the Spring Statement will be allocated to the Metropolitan Police.

  • Wales Office

    • Trade Unions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he has met with trade unions in Wales since July 2016.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Influenza: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died as a result of a flu-related illness in each of the last five years.

    • Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on social media advertising related to the UK leaving the EU in each of the last 24 months.

      Civil Service: Stress

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of stress in the civil service.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many incidents of knife crime there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last nine years.

      Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer 18 February 2019 to Question 220061, if he will publish the figures based on the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the...

      Civil Service: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants received exit payments in excess of £95,000 in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Civil Service: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants received exit payments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018; and what the (i) average and (ii) highest payment was in each of those years.

      Civil Service: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to the public purse was of exit payments paid to civil servants in excess of £95,000 in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • Optical Fibres: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of extending full fibre relief from five years to (a) 10 years, (b) 15 years and (c) 20 years...

      Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on businesses in the West Midlands of the proposals set out in the Tax Information and Impact...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of funding for children’s services on (a) schools, (b) the police and...

      Local Growth Deals: Borderlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been allocated from the Borderlands Growth Deal to (a) Carlisle City Council, (b) Cumbria County Council, (c) Dumfries and Galloway Council,...

      Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Spring Statement, how much additional funding he has allocated for the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.25 of the Office for Budget Responsibility's Economic and Fiscal Outlook, published in March 2019, if he will publish the...

      Marine Protected Areas: Ascension Island

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding he is making available to enforce the Marine Protection Area around Ascension Island announced in the Spring Statement.

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to increase funding for the British Business Bank to match the £2.1 billion invested by the European Investment Bank in the UK in 2017.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2017 to Question 191916 on research: finance, how the Government plans to protect R&D funding after the end of...

      European Bioinformatics Institute: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Spring Statement 2019, whether NPIF funding to the European Bioinformatics Institute refers to the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

      Joint European Torus: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for how long he plans to fund the JET nuclear fusion reactor.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the total net economic effect of foreign tourists visiting (a) Coventry, (b)...

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Electronic Commerce: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish proposals for modernising the eCommerce Directive.

      Telecoms Supply Chain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for the conclusion and response to the Telcoms Supply Chain Review.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, following the Answer to 18 February 2019 to Question 217546 on Down's Syndrome: Abortion, what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aircraft: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks posed by the Boeing 737 Max-8 airplane flying in UK airspace.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of evidence that new technology saves time and money for small and medium-sized enterprises.

    • Oil: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the International Energy Agency's concern that a disorderly Brexit could affect demand for crude oil; and of the impact this...

      Renewable Energy: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve data on the efficiency of renewable energy ventures, to aid potential investors to make informed investment decisions.

      Coal: Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the implications of the Paris Agreement for policy on the opening of new coal mines; what has been their response to...

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential in the UK for additional pumped storage hydro electricity generation; and whether such facilities can be...

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that a disorderly Brexit could have on supply chains in the aviation sector.

      Biotechnology: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to invest in UK biotechnology research projects.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit uncertainty on recent statistics suggesting slower growth and smaller investment in UK manufacturing and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term political rights and rights to security of minorities returning to live in Iraqi villages on the Nineveh Plain; and...

    • Sadaf Khan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the kidnapping of Sadaf Khan in Bahawalpur district, Pakistan, on 6 February 2018.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the reduction in remittances of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority; and what assessment...

      Algeria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current understanding of the political situation in Algeria, in view of the protests which have followed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to refrain from a violent crackdown on protesters during the state of emergency which he...

      Hezbollah

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on UK–Lebanese diplomatic relations as a result of the decision to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety.

      Peter Ajak

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the release of Peter Biar Ajak, who has been detained without trial in South Sudan since July 2018.

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether representatives from the British Embassy in Manama attended the final hearing of the case against three family members of exiled political activist Sayed...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain about the suspension by Isa Town Prison of female political prisoners’ ability to make...

      Hajer Mansoor Hassan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 27 February (HC223509), whether they will make representations to the government of...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about that country’s use of the death penalty.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to raise concerns about the human rights situation in Bahrain at the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, including in relation to that...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Communication UA BHR 6/2018 sent by three UN Special Rapporteurs on 11 December 2018 regarding information they had received...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel following reports of the use of army attack dogs against unarmed Palestinian civilians in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to government of Israel regarding the reported use of tear gas on Palestinian workers within the confines of Checkpoint 300.

      Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of detainees that remain in detention as part of the government of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive; where...

      China: Dead Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted any investigations into the origin of the plastinated bodies from China exhibited in the Real Bodies exhibition displayed in Birmingham...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of evidence suggesting that between 60,000 and 100,000 transplants are performed annually throughout China predominately...

      China: Dead Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government Switzerland about the complaint made by Action of Christians Against Torture against the Lausanne Real...

      China: Transplant Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of advice from the World Health Organization that China is implementing an ethical and voluntary organ transplant system.

      China: Transplant Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or intend to have, with the World Health Organisation about the possible conflict of interest of Dr Jiefu Huang in his role as...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

  • Department for Education

    • Music: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum which includes music at Key Stage 3 is delivered across all schools.

    • Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 28 February (HL13946), whether there are regulations that cover the reversal of prior conditional...

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of music education hubs.

      Parkfield Community School Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that parents have withdrawn their children from Parkfield Community School in Alum Rock, Birmingham, what steps they have taken to ensure that...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the withdrawal of pupils from Parkfield School because their parents did not want them to attend lessons about LGBT rights and homophobia, what...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offenders: Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Abuse of Children in Custodial Institutions: 2009–2017,...

    • Young Offenders: Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff members of (1) young offender institutions, and (2) secure training centres, have been dismissed since 2009 for reasons connected with the sexual...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Audit Office, Transforming Rehabilitation: Progress review, published on 1 March 2019; what steps they...

      Prison and Probation Service: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 26 February (HL13741), what was the potential interest liability as a result of the invoices paid late by...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that freeholders replace combustible cladding on their properties; and whether they will provide funding to local authorities...

    • High Rise Flats: Bromley

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will respond to the refusal of the freeholder of the Northpoint building in Bromley to pay for the replacement of combustible cladding on that building.

      Stronger Towns Fund: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £281 million allocated to the North West over seven years under the Stronger Towns Fund will be allocated to Lancashire; how the funding...

      Housing: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support housing developers and homeowners to improve the environmental standards of new homes; and what steps they are taking to...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend devolution to areas outside of established mayoral combined authorities; and to what extent their devolution framework will...

      Stronger Towns Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors will be taken into account by the relevant Secretary of State in considering the applications for the £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund announced...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the regional disparities within the UK for military deaths inquiries between 1990 and 2016, including the recognition given...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery: Albania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Albanian nationals who have received a positive conclusive grounds decision through the National Referral Mechanism have since (1) been repatriated, and...

    • Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for (1) public order, and (2) access to Parliament, government departments and health services, of protests by...

      Shamima Begum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the removal of British citizenship from Shamima Begum has put the UK in breach of international law; and if so, what steps they intend to take to...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the introduction of emergency measures in England and Wales to deal with knife crime.

      Gangs: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the reports of criminal gangs grooming children for unlawful activity; and what extra protection is proposed for vulnerable groups of...

      Private Rented Housing: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the High Court judgment that the Right to Rent scheme is discriminatory and incompatible with the right to freedom...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to the victims of domestic abuse posed by the number of suspects in such cases being released on conditional police...

      Companies: Crown Dependencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce measures to improve the transparency of company ownership in the Crown Dependencies.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the use of social media and encrypted messaging apps to supply and access illegal drugs.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Electoral Commission concerning the implementation of section 10 the Political Parties and Elections Act...

    • Elections: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the 15 year limit in which UK citizens living abroad can remain on UK constituency electoral registers and make donations to...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 13 March (HL14378), where in the public domain the information requested can be found.

      Ministers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is guidance indicating the period within which ministers must answer correspondence from Members of Parliament and Peers; and if so, within what...

  • Treasury

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they have allocated for the purposes of preparing for Brexit to (1) Northern Ireland departments, and (2) local authorities in Northern Ireland; and...

    • Credit: Interest Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that some people who have used credit to buy their cars are being overcharged on interest payments; and how they are...

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