Written answers

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • International Civil Aviation Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to advocate a unilateral approach to airport staff screening at the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2019 as...

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of annual Dart Charge (a) road user charge and (b) enforcement write-offs in respect of the Dartford-Thurrock...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of annual write-offs have related to penalty charges not issued on a timely basis since the introduction of the Dart Charge in...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what penalty clauses are in place in the Dart Charge operator’s contract in relation to penalty charges not issued on a timely basis.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the protocol is for the annual write-off of irrecoverable Dart Charge debts; and whether there is ministerial sign-off of those debts.

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what further steps his Department plans to take to educate people on the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the proposed Passenger Charter set out in his Aviation 2050 document will incorporate services provided by Border Force and NATS in addition...

      Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to meet the specified deadline to develop the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

      Bus Services: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for regulating bus services throughout the Liverpool city region.

      Government Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether restrictions are placed on departmental trade unions in respect of recruiting staff to join a trade union.

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the introduction and expansion of very light railway systems in towns and cities across the UK.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Identifying the Multimodal Strategic Freight Network and the Value of Improving its Operation, published by the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • Hinkley Point B Power Station: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2019 to Question 226169 on Hinkley Point B Power Station: Closures, what plans the...

      Hartlepool Power Station: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2019 to Question 226166 on Hartlepool Power Station: Closures, what plans the...

      Heysham 1 Power Station: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March to Question 226167 on Heysham 1 Power Station: Closures, what plans the Government...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the March 2019 UK Onshore Oil and Gas report...

      Renewable Energy: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the UK’s renewable energy supply in the last 12 months was generated from the West Midlands...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether an interconnector development has taken place as a result of a decision by the Planning Inspectorate; and if he...

      Tidal Power and Wave Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer to 11 March to Question 228713 on Nuclear Reactors, what direct funding is available for a...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making in its assessment of the merits and development of small modular nuclear reactors.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ring-fencing Medical Research Council funds for biomedical...

      Photonics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government has allocated to research into (a) photonics and (b) optoelectronics in each (a) nation...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to support the UK automotive...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to his Iraqi counterpart on the persecution of Christians in that country.

    • Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to his counterpart in China on allowing independent human rights observers into...

      Commonwealth: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to deepen ties with Commonwealth states after the UK leaves the EU.

      Algeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterparts on the postponed presidential elections in that country.

      Algeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential for civil unrest as a result of the postponed Algerian presidential elections.

      Middle East: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2019 to Question 230624, if his Department will make an assessment of the number of UK...

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230807 on Ilois Finance, how many visits £312,899.37 has financed, and...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230918, what plans the Government has to conclude the mandate of UN Human...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the PACE trial of therapies on reducing the effects of (a) myalgic...

    • Health Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate funding for the ten-year review of progress on reducing health inequalities since the publication of the...

      Health Services: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Care Quality Commission report on medical services for homeless citizens in Birmingham, published in October 2018,...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed NHS Tariff and its alignment with the commitments set out in the NHS 10 Point...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on reducing infection rates in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many procedures for glaucoma were undertaken alongside cataract treatment in the last year; and whether his Department has made an...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 226647 on Medical Treatments, from which budget would an increase to the list price of...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the February 2019 National Aids Trust report, Drug-related Deaths in England, what steps his Department...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of drug consumption rooms on (a) providing people with harm reduction information and...

      Dementia: Community Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-friendly communities programme.

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support young people with eating disorders transferring from children's to adult care services.

      Beat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what engagement his Department has had with the eating disorder charity Beats.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the difference in (a) treatments available and (b) waiting times between adult and children's services for...

      Eyesight: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit report of February 2017 on sight loss caused by delayed or cancelled...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to encourage portion control in food and soft drinks.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to promote greater consumer awareness on the importance of portion control in food and beverages.

      Mental Illness: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people serving a prison sentence of less than six months have been assessed as having a mental health need in each of...

      Rehabilitation: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is to access an accredited drug treatment programme in prison in the most recent period for which figures...

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2018 to Question 217546, on Down's Syndrome, what plans she has to address the effect of her...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2019 to Question 217546, on Down's Syndrome, what research his Department has conducted on the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

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

      Hearing Impairment: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of potential merits of the NHS offering micro suction treatments to improve hearing (a) in addition to and...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost of a (a) CT scanner (b) MRI scanner and (c) LINAC scanner is, and what his Department's policy is on replacing out...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures she is taking to ensure that the most marginalised children receive an education.

    • Burma: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department was consulted on the decision to host a Myanmar Trade and Investment Conference in London; and what advice she...

      Mozambique: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with representatives of the Government of Mozambique on potential UK aid in the aftermath of...

      Development Aid

      What recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the strength of the UK international development sector of the UK leaving the EU.

      Hospital Ships: Finance

      What plans her Department has to allocate funding to the introduction of a UK hospital ship.

      Israel: Palestinians

      What recent assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in US funding for coexistence projects in Israel and Palestine on peace efforts in that region.

      Developing Countries: Education

      What steps she is taking to ensure that the most marginalised children in developing countries receive an education.

      Development Aid

      What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on development aid.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      What recent steps her Department has taken to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      What steps her Department is taking to provide long-term support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      What recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release of 11 March 2019, Thousands of places created in new special free schools, to which local authorities...

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release of 11 March 2019, Thousands of places created in new special free schools, what criteria was used to...

      Free Schools: South West

      o ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release of 11 March 2019, Thousands of places created in new special free schools, where in the South West he...

      Schools: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of schools in England operating on reduced hours by (a) closing schools on one day a week and (b)...

      Schools: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of schools in England that are not teaching a full school week.

      Schools: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department issues to schools on the length of the standard school week.

      Schools: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received from (a) head teachers, (b) local authorities and (c) parents on reductions in school hours.

      Schools: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to revise Building Bulletin 100: Design for Fire Safety in Schools.

      Universities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that university students receive value for money from student fees.

      Care Leavers: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Care Leaver Covenant announced by his Department in October 2018, how many organisations have signed up to offer placement...

      Sixth Form Colleges: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that sixth form colleges have adequate funding to offer courses in modern foreign languages.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of local authority children’s services departments.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) on how many occasions and (b) on what dates the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families has visited (i) a maintained...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what equalities assessment his Department has undertaken on access to student finance for individuals of Muslim faith.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to footnote 7 on page 4 of the Policy Statement: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Personal, Social Health...

      Further Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with Ofqual on preparations for the new functional skills qualifications for September 2019; and if he will make a...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of the children’s services department in the local authority of St Helens.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230746 on Schools: Finance, on what dates (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department met...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeships that will have been started between 2015 and 2020.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders sentenced to immediate custody of up to six months who had not received a previous community order were sentenced in (a) Magistrate's...

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of people under the age of 18 being prosecuted for possession of a knife (a) Wansbeck constituency,...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons currently designated as resettlement prisons are operated by the private sector.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which privately operated prison the approach of the use of a voluntary sector co-ordinator was developed and evaluated.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes HMPPS has made to the training programme for new prison officers in privately operated prisons since 2010.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people in prison serving a custodial sentences of less than six months had previously served a short prison sentence of...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number was of previous prison sentences of less than six months served by people currently in prison for (a) less than six months and...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the most recent quarterly reoffending rate is for (a) men and (b) women serving less than six months in prison.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff working in prisons are (a) directly employed by HM Prison Service, (b) employed by an external contractor to deliver medical...

      Probation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of private sector probation companies.

      Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish statistics by (a) age and (b) gender of prison officers recruited in each of the last three years; and what the retention rate has...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March to Question 223963, what progress his Department has made on reducing the level of violence in prisons.

      Prisoners: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that maths and English education in prisons is appropriate for individuals with specific learning difficulties.

      Offenders: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of the effect of learning difficulties on offenders' (a) probability of serving a custodial sentence and (b)...

      Prisoners: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) CZ long phones and (b) smart phones were confiscated from prisoners in England and Wales during each of the last three years.

      Prisons: Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drug seizures were made in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and what drugs were seized.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • 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 plans to...

    • 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 Department has consulted...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2019 to Question 221840 on Army: Recruitment, when he plans to place in the Library a copy of the media buying...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of imposing sanctions on disabled claimants of universal credit on (a) the subsequent...

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the number of hardship payment awards to sanctioned claimants of universal credit was in each conditionality category for (a) live and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her speech entitled, Universal Credit: personal welfare, delivered on 11 January 2019, how many recipients of universal...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claims had a deduction applied in the most recent month for which data is available.

      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 estimate she has made of the cost by...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of people who are currently awaiting the outcome of a mandatory reconsideration of...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the average waiting time for people for a mandatory reconsideration of their award after a work...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the average amount of time people waited for a mandatory reconsideration of their award after a...

      Employment: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by her Department through its Dynamic Purchasing System for employment by each constituency in north Wales in each of the...

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been referred onto the Work and Health programme by her Department's work coaches.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take to grant Trusted Agent Status to Local Authority Welfare Officers in order to help them to assist universal...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support festival providers in safeguarding people attending festivals from the risks of carbon monoxide...

      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 is taking to ensure...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the reduction in the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from universal credit to repay an advance payment is not...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families were in receipt of the lower child disability addition of a legacy benefit for each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Organic Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure the continued recognition by the EU and other world markets of organic standards of exports by...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional funding for staff (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have received in allocated expenditure in respect...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to take further steps to deter dog smuggling into the UK.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that High Speed Two will not affect the bird nesting season.

  • Home Office

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has spent on tackling knife crime in each year since 2010.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in negotiations with Apple Inc. on the scanning of documents and passports on Apple mobile devices for...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made an assessment of the possible merits of implementing Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit strategy in London...

      Immigration Enforcement Directorate: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is responsible for recruiting detention gatekeepers; and whether his Department retains oversight and management of...

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to maintain public safety and security at mosques in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department is providing to the security services of (a) New Zealand and (b) Australia in connection with the terror attack...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Crime

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

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the interest rate charged by HMRC is on back taxes incurred through reassessment of loan charge schemes.

    • Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of plastic pollution.

      Recycling: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been made available to increase recycling from (a) residential waste and (b) trade waste.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HMRC plans to publish details of the process for retailers to apply for their (a) economic identifier and (b) facilities identifier codes for the...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend by 12 months the implementation date of 20 May 2019 for the Tobacco Track and Trace system; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on the implementation of the Innovation in Democracy Programme; and what the timeframe is for the...

    • Broadband: Bristol West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the trends in the level of access to superfast fibre broadband in Bristol West constituency;...

      Creative Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the financial benefit of the EU's Creative Europe programme to the UK creative arts...

      Terrorism: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent proliferation of videos and documents published by the perpetrator or...

  • Department for Transport

    • Seaborne Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 March (HL14064), whether conversations involving officials and Arklow Shipping took place before the...

    • Taxis: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Westminster City Council about the reasons for Parliament Square being regularly obstructed by black cabs; and what action...

      Written Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances they give credit to individual Members of Parliament or Peers in written answers; and further to the Written Answer by Baroness...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Solar Power: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the increased use of solar panels on domestic properties.

    • Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage increased wind power generation in public sector buildings.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the recent declaration of a state of emergency by the President of Sudan, they have given further consideration to ending the present dialogue...

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that nine Sudanese women have been sentenced to flogging for protesting against President Omar al-Bashir.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that eight Sudanese men have been sentenced to jail for terms of between six months and five years for protesting against...

      British Nationals Abroad: Travel Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 February (HL13246 and HL13248), whether they will publish the criteria by which they...

      China: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have received from the government of China to representations they have made to that government about the detention in Xinjiang of Uighurs,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the trade balance of the UK with the EU, broken down by each of the 27 other EU Member States.

    • Public Sector: Leadership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve leadership in the public services; and in particular whether they intend to establish the Centre for Public Services Leadership...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been a underspend of the apprenticeship levies in each of the last three years; if so, by how much; and what consideration they have give to...

    • Agriculture: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to increasing the funding available for agricultural courses where they contain significant STEM elements.

      Distance Learning: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to increase the availability of distance learning in rural areas where transport availability is difficult.

      Languages: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages and the British Council, A national recovery...

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Education Policy Institute The early years workforce in England, published on 17 January; and what steps...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to relocating the House of Lords to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building in King Charles Street during the period of...

    • Peers' Staff: Personnel Management

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the estimated annual cost attributable to the House of Lords of the HR support services for Peers' staff administered by Croner Group Ltd.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foodbanks have opened in England since 2010.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

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

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Department for Work and Pensions has made in achieving sustainable development goal 1, End poverty in all its forms everywhere, for...

      Social Security Benefits: Deductions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is open to a social security claimant where a utility company is reclaiming arrears from their benefit payment but the claimant contests the amount of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of illegal puppy and kitten dealers establishing themselves as rescue centres to continue their trade after the...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the net cost to (1) central government, and (2) local authorities, of providing an additional 20,000 police officers in the UK.

    • Cannabis: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 March (HL13809), how many of the seven high THC cannabis cultivation licences for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 5 March (HL13923), whether the remarks by that Minister on 30 October 2018 (HL Deb,...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of business uncertainty regarding possible Government plans to cut import tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the National Union of Students’ gambling survey, published on 25 February, that (1) three in five students...

    • Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Gambling Commission’s Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes survey findings that (1) there...

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The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

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