Written answers

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 226656 on Railways: Passengers, what corresponding increases in capacity in the form of (a) new...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the rail freight industry to support the construction of High Speed Two.

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of employment practices of shipping companies contracted to work in the offshore wind sector on employment...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in towns and cities throughout the UK.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to reform taxi and private hire licensing laws.

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the stakeholders that his Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on driving and diabetes mellitus consults with to inform its reviews of the...

      Department for Transport: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to start discussions with trades unions on its equal pay review.

      Department for Transport: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department allows Departmental trade unions to host presentations on induction courses in his Department's central offices.

      Department for Transport: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department adheres to the findings of the employment appeal tribunal ruling in the case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v. Mr G...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the performance management reports marks for driving examiners in (a) Quarter 1 and (b) Quarter 2 of 2018.

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2019 to Question 230103 on Southern, how many Southern services ran without an on-board supervisor in (a) 2017, (b)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Charging Points: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding has been allocated to the West Midlands Combined Authority for the expansion of electric vehicle charging...

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to promote the creation of skilled green jobs.

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      What steps the Government is taking to support high street businesses.

      Post Offices: Closures

      What assessment he has made of the effect of recent post office closures on high street footfall.

      Fracking

      Whether it is his policy to promote fracking.

      Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

      What plans he has to review the operation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on that country's diplomatic relationship with...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions he has issued to the Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory on the advisory opinion of the...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what ordinances the Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory has issued in 2019; and what additional legislative...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Mauritius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to have discussions with his counterpart in Mauritius before a decision is made on scientific work in the (a)...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the (a) British Indian Ocean Territory Commissioner and (b) his staff have to visit the Chagos Archipelago in 2019.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made any disposals of land under section 14 of the British Indian Ocean Territory (Constitution) Order 2004.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he has to assess before making a decision on the disposal of land under section 14 of the British Indian Ocean...

      Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial and non-financial support the Government has provided to the Coalition Joint Impact Assessment Team in Yemen in...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he received from the internationally recognised Government in Yemen that humanitarian aid is able to reach...

      Yemen: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he held with civil-society organisations during his visit to Yemen on 3 March 2019.

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to bring those responsible for the persecution of Hazara people to...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle human rights abuses in Tibet.

      Tibet: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to his counterpart in China on respecting Tibetans' rights to freedom of expression;...

      China: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on forced live organ harvesting in China.

      China: Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of persecution of people who practise Falun Gong in China.

      China: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the reported targeting of (a) Uighur Muslims, (b)...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to use the Outer Islands of the Chagos Archipelago for defence purposes.

      North Korea: Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his counterpart in the US Administration on the denuclearisation of North Korea.

      France: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent conversations he has had with his French counterpart on that country's visa plans for UK business travellers.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the plight of Rohingya refugees; and if he will make a...

      Burma: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the Government decided to host a Myanmar Trade and Investment Conference in London; and what account was taken...

      Occupied Palestinian Territories: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the report and recommendations of the...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK has made to Israel on the effect of that country's blockade on the Gaza Strip on Palestinian...

      Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the legal position on Article 62 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Breast Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to young mothers with breast cancer.

    • Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a READ code for chronic pain.

      Alcoholism: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce rates of alcoholism among women.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 226472 on Asthma: Prescriptions, what the prescription charge exemptions are for which...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of CCGs in commissioning therapeutic services for survivors of sexual abuse.

      Eating Disorders: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has in place to ensure that people in Yorkshire of all categories of (a) gender, (b) sexuality, (c) age and (d)...

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to (a) undertake a review the decision by the Health and Care Professions Council on 14 February 2019 to...

      Lung Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to support the extension of stereotactic body radiation therapy services for lung cancer in radiotherapy...

      Diabetes: Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the clinical effectiveness of low carbohydrate diets in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

      Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure Clinical Commissioning Groups use consistent criteria in relation to the clinical effectiveness of...

      Diabetes: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what long term digital support his Department is providing for (a) people who are in remission from and (b) those at highest risk of type...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to promote vaping products as an effective way for smokers to quit smoking.

      National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse was allocated to the national drug treatment monitoring system by the Government in each year from...

      Hospital Wards: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of times hospital wards have closed to maintain safe staffing levels for each of the last ten...

      Continuing Care: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on (a) the number of independent reviews for NHS Continuing Healthcare that have been undertaken for each...

      Genetics: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the National Genomic Strategy will be launched; and what opportunities there will be for stakeholder involvement in that strategy's...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his goal to sequence five million genomes will be realised; and what steps his Department will take to ensure that participants...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure NHS Resolution's claims management system has an injury code specific to invasive Group B Streptococcus...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make invasive Group B Streptococcus infection a notifiable disease.

      Community Hospitals: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the proportion of specialised social care provided by community hospitals.

      Health Services: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what language support NHS services should provide for refugees who lack the English language skills required to communicate with those...

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children are living with autism in (a) Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough constituency, (b) Sheffield and (c) England.

  • Department for International Development

    • Uganda: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to Uganda in each of the last three years; what projects that funding supports; and...

    • Overseas Aid: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the process for charities to bid for funding from her Department on (a) the ability of...

      Zimbabwe: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her Zimbabwean Government on (a) health services and (b) UK aid to that country.

      World Bank: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure a transparent selection process for the next President of the World Bank Group.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to her counterpart in the US administration on its decision to maintain its reduction to UNRWA funds.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department plans to allocate to UNRWA in response to its emergency appeal for 2019.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of UNRWA funding as a result of the decision by the US Government to reduce...

  • Department for Education

    • Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on (a) increasing the number of and (b) improving support for foster carers since the Fostering better outcomes report...

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the viability of removing all asbestos from schools.

      Sex and Relationship Education: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2019 to Question 223981, what information he provides to primary schools on how they can meet their duties under the...

      John Roan School: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when Ofsted plans to carry out a monitoring inspection of the John Roan secondary school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

      Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of companies who have transferred the apprenticeship levy in London.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference the speech by the Minister of State for School Standards on the importance of knowledge-based education, delivered on 19 October 2017,...

      Dance and Drama: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to provide dance and drama as subject areas in their own right at primary schools as recommended by the independent...

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to consult with organisations from the higher education, further education and school sectors on the forthcoming recommendations of...

      GCSE: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children achieved five GCSEs graded A - C in each year for the last 10 years.

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government’s commitment not to impose a cap on the number of students that can access post-18 education applies to all forms of...

      Children in Care: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of children in care have been (a) cautioned, (b) charged and (c) come into contact with the criminal justice system each year for the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge on the implications of the findings of the Sutton Trust report on...

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to allow students to study British Sign Language at school.

      Selective Schools Expansion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, from which of his Department's budgets the Selective School Expansion Fund will be funded.

      Free Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has allocated any funding for free schools to other policy areas in the past 12 months.

      Alternative Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has diverted any funds that had been allocated to the improvement and expansion of alternative provision to other policy areas...

      National Association of Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what occasions since he took office he has met with representatives of the National Association of Head Teachers.

      Igcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his department has made of the adequacy of the current regulations on IGCSEs, and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of schools in England (a) have or (b) are planning to close their resource base provision for...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adding football to the PE curriculum for girls.

      Schools: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of school buildings with flammable cladding.

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the written answer of 8 February 2018 to Question 126694 on Schools: Fire Extinguishers, whether his Department has completed the further...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in phase two of the Priority Schools Building Programme have now been designed; and what proportion of those designs include...

      Department of Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding for staff (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have received from EU exit funding.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of Ofsted's rating on the ability of a school to recruit teaching staff.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will respond to the review entitled Bercow: Ten Years On, on provision for children and young people with speech, language and...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is his target to create three million new high-quality apprenticeships by 2020.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230859 on Schools: Finance, how many head teachers he has had discussions with in each month from...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the pilot for non-court remote link sites for Section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 is planned to commence.

    • Prisoners: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Salford residents are in prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons house different categories of prisoner.

      Crimes of Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there were for (a) crimes involving the use of knives; (b) crimes involving the use of firearms and (c) all violent crimes in 2018.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number was of previous community orders given to an offender sentenced to immediate custody for a new offence of up to six months in...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what main offence each prisoner given a sentence of six months or less was imprisoned in the latest year for which information is available.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February to Question 223184 on Sentencing, which of the offences listed his Department has classified as so grave that no...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the effect on the sentencing decision of an offender's previous (a) convictions and (b) community orders under his proposals for a...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing the option of custody for some offences on the (a) level of compliance with community...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number was of recorded breaches of a single community order in each of the last three years.

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average prison sentence was for (a) possession of a blade or point and (b) threatening with a blade or point in each of the last three years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of total previous offences a (a) male and (b) female offender committed before being given an immediate custodial sentence in...

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of total previous offences for possession of a blade or point a person committed before being given an immediate custodial...

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were given a custodial sentence of under six months in (a) England (b) Wales in each year between 2010 and 2018.

      Reoffenders: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the rate of recidivism for individuals charged with crimes involving the possession of cannabis for each year...

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which offences had been committed by (a) male and (b) female offenders sentenced to immediate custody of up to six months who had not received a...

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff have received additional training to enable them to provide mentoring support to new prison officers in the last 12 months; and if...

      Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent initiatives he has introduced to reduce the attrition rate of prison officers.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were engaged in learning and skills in prisons in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of international investment in the UK.

    • Food: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on food imports from the US of the United States-European Union Negotiations: Summary of...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what sectors he has identified as most at risk in the event that the UK does not replicate existing EU trade agreements before the UK leaves...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless veterans in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 2010.

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has given to planning authorities on the use of nets by developers to prevent birds nesting in trees.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the change was in central government funding for local authority children’s services between 1 April 2015...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of local authority children’s services budgets.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have made representations to his Department on the sustainability of the provision of...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of new homes were built by (a) local authorities, and (b) social landlords and housing associations in...

      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, how many fire barriers will be...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the time period is for his target to build 250,000 affordable homes through the Affordable Homes Programme.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the total grant investment for affordable housing was by Homes England and its predecessor organisations in each...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230845 on Housing: Students, how many of the 62 high rise student...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Weeton Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for developing Weeton Barracks into HQ North West as part of the 2016 Strategic Defence Estate Review.

    • Ministry of Defence: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his department has made of the benefit to the public purse of the outsourcing deal with Capita for military recruiting and associated IT...

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations in relation to health from Lord Ashcroft's Veterans' Transition Review...

      Ministry of Defence: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he will publish the full list of CSSF projects his Department is involved in.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government has received advice from the Information Commissioner on whether implicit consent in universal credit would violate...

    • Universal Credit: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants took advance payments during the five-week waiting period for their first universal credit payment in (a) October, (b)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has in place for people to claim legacy benefits who have not been given access to universal credit in (a) full and (b) live...

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will made an assessment of trends in the level of (a) bullying and (b) harassment of people with autism in the workplace.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of personal independence payment tribunal cases were attended by (a) presenting officers and (b) departmental...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which budget is being used to rectify underpayments of employment and support allowance is being drawn.

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research her Department has conducted on life for people with Down's Syndrome in the 21st century.

      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, what steps her Department is taking to...

      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, HLWS1343, how many ill and disabled people will be involved in her...

      Disability: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled the Disability Price Tag 2019, published by Scope in February 2019, what steps she plans to take to made...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled the Disability Price Tag 2019, published by Scope in February 2019, what steps she is taking to ensure...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what deadline is to implement the new online system to submit Access to Work signed claim forms with invoices.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth, of 6 March 2019, Official Report, column 969, what...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth, of 6 March 2019, Official Report, column 969, what...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the universal credit system has access to information provided to the Government’s Tell Us Once system for registering births...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mandatory reconsiderations of employment and support allowance appeals have been successful in each of the last three years.

      Disability: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Scope report entitled Disability Price Tag 2019, what steps she is taking to reduce the extra costs faced by disabled people.

      Independent Case Examiner: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current waiting time is from the submission of a complaint to the office of the Independent Case Examiner to the allocation of the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the gross weekly income thresholds for each child maintenance rate of pay were last updated.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legislative steps he plans to take to introduce compulsory milk contracts between producers and purchasers.

    • Fishing Gear: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require commercial fishing enterprises to carry identification marks on...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bovine tuberculosis (a) new herd incidents and (b) officially free status withdrawn cases there were in the (i)...

      Food: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on American food standards in relation to a UK-US trade deal after the UK leaves the EU.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many herds were tested for bovine tuberculosis in the badger cull areas of (a) Gloucestershire area 01, (b) Somerset...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many square kilometres of marine protected areas there were in (a) the UK and (b) UK overseas territories in each year...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to the letter of the 29 June 2018 from the hon. Member for Delyn on the Offensive Weapons Bill.

    • Police: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policing and security policies of the ECHR decision in Catt v UK Government.

      Cannabis: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with possession of cannabis in each year since 2010.

      Visas: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 7 March 2019 on Immigration Rules, HCWS1388, what criteria his Department plans to use to determine...

      Visas: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 7 March 2019 on Immigration Rules given by the Minister for Immigration on 7 March 2019, HCWS1388, what...

      South Wales Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding he has allocated for police training to South Wales Police in 2019.

      Airguns: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to publish its response to the review into air weapons which was launched on 10 October 2017.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that people arriving in the UK on a refugee family reunion visa receive a Biometric Residence Permit that...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of migrant detainees who were trafficked to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 226712 on Travellers: Caravan Sites, what steps his Department is taking to gather...

      Asylum: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have described themselves as transgender when seeking asylum in the UK have been refused asylum since 2015.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) gay, lesbian or bisexual and (b) transgender asylum seekers have been deported from the UK since 2015.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to reduce illegal immigration since 2010.

      Immigration: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library all impact assessments his Department has made of changes to the immigration system since 2010.

      Immigration: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review the UK Visas and Immigration guidelines on English language testing for English-speaking Commonwealth countries.

      Police: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Metropolitan Police on the effect on police performance of the tri-borough merger in Havering.

      Firearms: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of incidents involving firearms in the London Borough of Havering in the last five years.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how non-UK EU nationals will be able to inform his Department online about changes to passports or national identity cards after the UK has...

      Stop and Search: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times stop and search was used by Lancashire Constabulary in 2018; and (a) how many convictions there were for crimes involving the...

      Police Interrogation: Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether interviews are recorded when a person is interviewed by the police without legal representation.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the exemption for PhD-level roles from visa caps announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Spring Statement includes...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time at (a) e-passport gates and (b) manual passport checks at the UK border in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Home Office plans to respond to the enquiry of 23 January 2019 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on behalf of her...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Home Office plans to respond to the enquiry of 23 January 2019 to UKVI from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on behalf of her...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made over the effect of denied spousal visas on families across the UK.

  • Wales Office

    • UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) Holyhead and (b) Pembroke Docks of the plan to have lower tariffs on goods entering...

    • UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) to make an assessment of the effect of the Government’s temporary tariff regime for the event of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to prepare for the possibility of holding elections to the European Parliament in May 2019.

    • Sir Philip Green

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the Honours Forfeiture Committee will respond to the letter from the rt hon. Member for Birkenhead of 14 February 2019 on Sir Philip...

      Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been directly employed by local authorities in England since 2010.

      Interserve: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the extent to which alternative providers will assume existing Interserve contracts in the event that Interserve enters...

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Interserve going into administration.

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity of alternative providers to take over public sector contracts held by Interserve, in the event...

      Interserve: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on schools of Interserve entering administration.

      Interserve: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with alternative providers on taking over Interserve contracts in schools, in the event that Interserve enters administration.

  • Treasury

    • Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of beneficiaries of the main residence nil rate band of Inheritance Tax exemption in 2018, (b)...

    • Film: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme in helping domestic film production companies raise funding.

      VAT: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of UK SMEs with a turnover of £85,000 or more are prepared for the transfer to digital VAT records due to take effect in April 2019.

      Treasury: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many chartered accountants his Department currently employs.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on entitlement to child tax credits once a dependent in full-time education turns 19 years old.

      Coinage: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to design and mint a £1 coin celebrating the heritage of the Falklands as part of the new pound coin roll-out to British...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to raise the national funding rate for 16 to 18 year old students (a) to £4,760 a year or (b) in line with inflation.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times the Financial Conduct Authority has taken enforcement action against lenders who have breached the rules on affordability checks for loans...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March to Question 229807, how HMRC communicated with people affected by disguised remuneration debt to ensure that they were...

      Boilers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (b) the boiler manufacturing industry and (c) trade...

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2019 to Question 229820 on tax collection, what the total amount was that the Affluent teams working in HMRC raised in...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2019 to Question 227387 on smuggling, how many HMRC staff work with Border Force to assist with anti-smuggling activity.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer on 4 March 2019 to Question 226685 on tax avoidance, how many users of tax avoidance schemes did HMRC have under review in (a) 2013,...

      Taxation: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to question 229219 on taxation tribunals, how much HMRC spent last year on tribunal costs.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer on 7th January 2019 given to Question 203919 on tax avoidance, how many promoters of tax avoidance schemes have paid HMRC a penalty...

      Council Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the total value of council property in England in each year since 2010.

      Revenue and Customs: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the £18.25 million that HMRC will invest in Overseas Development Assistance funding over the next six years will come from its existing budget...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Water Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of current access rights to water on paddlesport participation in England.

    • Broadband: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Spring Statement of 13 March 2019, HCWS1407, what the delivery timescale is for Wave 3 allocations for Local...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the opening statement to the seventy-second session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women by Elysia...

  • Department for Transport

    • British Transport Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why it has been proposed that the British Transport Police control room in Birmingham should be closed down and all control rooms replaced by one control room in...

    • Midland Main Railway Line: Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an order for bi-mode trains for the Midland Main Line has been placed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose of the revised track layout contained in the latest HS2 Phase 2 Additional Provisions SES 2 and AP2 ES Volume 2 Community Area 1: Fradley to...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their ban on direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, and in particular of any resulting decline of employment in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Nigerian pro-democracy group, the Mandate Protection Vanguard that the UK Prime Minister’s...

    • Nigeria: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that Nigeria’s recent presidential and national assembly elections were marred by violence and allegations of electoral fraud, what...

      Nigeria: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the wellbeing of (1) Sambo Dasuki, (2) Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and (3) Zeenah Ibrahim,...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 February (HL13675), whether attacks from drones on Palestinian lands are exempt under the...

      Israel: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether a chemical analysis has been conducted of the tear gas used by Israeli forces; and if so, by whom.

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect Palestinian shepherds from being attacked by settlers protected by Israeli soldiers.

      Jerusalem: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the arrest of Sheikh Abdel-Azeem Salhab and Sheikh Najeh Bkeirat for allowing Palestinian...

      Hebron: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports that a non-violent procession in the Old City of Hebron was attacked by Israeli...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of tear gas and concussion grenades by Israeli forces against unarmed civilian populations in the West Bank including...

      China: Transplant Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence presented in the report by David Kilgour, David Matas and Ethan Gutmann  Bloody Harvest / the Slaughter:...

      China: Falun Gong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to international partners in relation to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China who have been subjected to...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted any investigations into the allegations of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 March (HL13947), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what support they are...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 March (HL13948), what support they are giving to the government of Turkey in its request...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken, or plan to take, to ensure that the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, made on 31 October 2000, on the involvement of...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 March (HL14096), what is the justification for relying on a decision not to award...

      British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Maritime Conservation Areas around UK Overseas Territories are (1) monitored, and (2) policed.

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether forced organ harvesting remains legal in China.

      China: Falun Gong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by Doctor Lu for Minzu Hospital in China in the report by David Mata and David Kilgour Bloody Harvest: the...

      China: Dalian Hoffen Bio-technique

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations they have conducted into Dalian Hoffen Bio-technique Co. Ltd, based in Dalian, China, who advertise plastinated corpses,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Transplant Surgery: Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to prohibit the practice of organ tourism; if so, when; and if not, why not.

    • Dead Bodies: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have held discussions with the Human Tissue Authority to address concerns about the level of proof of (1) consent, (2) identity, and (3) death,...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase foreign language teaching as part of the school curriculum and also to promote the lifelong learning of foreign languages in order...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the expiry date of apprenticeship levy funds beyond April 2019 for employers who have been unable to use that levy against...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from the National Audit Office that the number of UK apprenticeships has fallen since the introduction of an...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether individual prisons in England and Wales are considered contracting authorities for the purposes of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015; and if so,...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead on 27 February (HL13682), what sales of defence equipment that is not used by UK armed forces and valued at...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 5 March (HL13836), why they do not hold specific breakdowns on the number of (1) homeless...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Torpedoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Mk54 torpedo is an insensitive munition.

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Torpedoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Mk54 Otto Fuel II fuelled torpedoes are part of the P8-A Poseidon contract.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Biocidal Products: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to depart from the framework of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 529/2012 after the UK's exit from the EU.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Equine Flu: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what systems are in place to ensure that disinfectant products sold for use in stables and farms are proved to kill the equine influenza virus.

    • Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, since the floods on the Somerset Levels in 2014, what have been the most effective measures taken to reduce such risks; and what remains to be done in the future.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to setting legally binding targets to meet WHO-recommended limit values for particulate matter across the UK, and if...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recommendations in the Addendum to the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principle 9(28)(e) to "enhance cooperation between the relevant...

    • Terrorism: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recommendations in the Addendum to the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principle 10(29)(c) to "Conduct systematic financial investigations in...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) Guiding Principle 11(30)(a), (2) Guiding Principle 11(30)(b), (3) Guiding Principle 11(30)(c), (4) Guiding Principle...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Guiding Principle 9(28)(c) as set out in the 2018 Addendum to the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principles.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rising levels of knife crime and of the Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's claim that reductions in...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people claimed asylum in the last 12 months on the grounds of their (1) sexual orientation, and (2) gender identity; and of those, how many cases were (a)...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the rise in (1) youth gang-related violence, and (2) knife crime.

      Cannabis: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 March (HL13809), whether any single individual or commercial entity has been granted more...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the report of (1) the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee The Windrush Generation (HC 990),...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the "hostile environment" policies on vulnerable members of society; and what plans they have to address any...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Location

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to encourage the dispersal of public sector jobs from London to other regions in the UK; and if so, how this is being implemented by the...

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Callanan on 27 February (HL Deb, col 242) that the legislation no longer exists on the UK statute book to hold European Parliament...

  • Treasury

    • Paye

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers use the HMRC Basic PAYE tool for their payroll data calculations.

    • Occupational Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers have been asked to repay overpaid tax relief as a result of employers submitting pension contributions which incorrectly based their payments on...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rules they apply to any applications from the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly to transfer monies for capital...

      Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any borrowing levels have been agreed for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly for the last three years for which...

      Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from the Bank of England and European Central Bank that there may be significant market volatility in the event of a...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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