Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) staffed, (b) part-time staffed and (c) unstaffed railway stations in each year since 2010.

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of open railway station ticket offices now and in 2010.

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rural train lines and services in the West Midlands.

      European Aviation Safety Agency: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many European Aviation Safety Agency Category B maintenance licences were issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in 2018.

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2019 to Question 225461 on Aviation: Licensing, how many initial issues were made to women, for each category of...

      Eurotunnel: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government's financial settlement with Eurotunnel was designated under the category of payments for preparations in the event of the UK...

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to detail, what risks relating to spending on procurement in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal were identified by external consultants...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the efficient supply of medicines is covered by the legal settlement between the Government and Eurotunnel.

      Aviation: EU Countries

      What recent progress he has made on ensuring that flight services between the UK and Europe are not disrupted after the UK leaves the EU.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce carbon emissions from shipping.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many pubs closed in the 12 months (a) before the business rates revaluation came into force in 2017 and (b) after...

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total value has been of government spending on subsidies for the manufacture and purchase of low emission and...

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that Post Office Ltd's computer systems are fit for purpose.

      Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his Department's policy to include an assessment of the effect of unpaid work trials on levels of...

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the timetable for Ofgem's Targeted Charging review on (a) investment...

      Domestic Appliances: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the development and innovation of UK-produced domestic appliances that use hydrogen.

      Natural Gas: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the progress of the (a) HyDeploy project and (b) potential benefits of blending hydrogen...

      Climate Change: Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of reports from the British Antarctic Survey on the effect of climate change on...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department have spent from the public purse in financial year 2018-19 on sponsoring the establishment of...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) organisations that were represented on the Steering Group of PAS 2035.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on the effect of PAS 2035.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the additional cost incurred of a boiler replacement under PAS 2035.

      Scottish Limited Partnerships: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Scottish Limited Partnerships have been referred to prosecutors for non compliance with Person of Significant...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gaza: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Gaza on the treatment of animals in Rafah Zoo.

    • Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he has had and (b) plans to have with representatives of the Afghan Government on their commitment to...

      Iran: BBC Persian Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the harassment of BBC Persian staff in that country.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many alleged breaches of the Civil Service Code by Special Advisers have been acted upon by his Department in the last 12 months; and if he will...

    • Prosperity Fund: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money from the UK’s Prosperity Fund was used to support the fossil fuel industry in 2018.

      Civil Service: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure gender pay equality in the civil service.

      Civil Service: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have received cyber security training in each of the last three years.

      Procurement: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many strategic suppliers received a red rating in the last five years, and how many of those suppliers have since been downgraded to (a) amber and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • UK Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Collaborative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 219373 on UK Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Collaborative, what...

    • Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2019 to Question 223982 on Cervical Cancer: Screening, if he will make it his policy to (a) require...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the valproate pregnancy prevention programme in reducing the number of children born...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Question 207185 on Cannabis: Medical Treatments, whether data on prescriptions of...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of medical training bodies on ensuring that training programs for doctors, nurses...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NICE on bringing forward the release of the revised NICE guidelines on ME, due to be...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NICE on issuing an interim warning on the potential dangers of graded exercise therapy (GET)...

      Tomography: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) patients and (b) members of the public took part in the two webinars related to the procurement process of PET-CT scanning...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his plans are for the future of NHS England’s Commissioning through Evaluation programme.

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the regional variation in the uptake of MedTech products across the NHS.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122336 on Orkambi, whether he has made an estimate of the potential savings...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122358 on Orkambi: Republic of Ireland, whether he has had further discussions with...

      NHS Digital: Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what back-up power generation systems are in place for NHS Digital; and when they were last tested under load.

      Hospitals: Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a central register of back-up generators at NHS hospitals is maintained by his Department.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure and monitor that women have full information about the screening available in the public and private...

      NHS: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to deliver the low carbon commitment in the NHS England Long Term Plan; and what discussions he has had with...

      Strokes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long-Term Plan, what steps he plans to take to deliver a ten-fold increase in the proportion of patients who...

      Strokes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how Health Education England plans to increase the number of stroke specialists trained to deliver thrombectomy.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming NHS workforce implementation plan will model future patient demands as part of determining NHS future workforce needs.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223521 on Waiting Lists: North East, whether any changes to the pledges of (a) a...

      Hearing Impairment: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to enable deaf people to use 999 to contact the ambulance service using video relay services.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS finance (a) workforce and (b) finance directors are female; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social care, how many households' claims for Healthy Start vouchers have ceased upon claiming universal credit; and how many of those households...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for smear test results.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the equity of access to home-based dialysis services in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which stakeholder groups representing patients in need of kidney care his Department has engaged with in relation to the prevention Green...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of advertised Consultant posts are unfilled; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for those vacancies.

      Community Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to recruit more community nurses.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for introducing statutory regulation for medical associate professions; and if he will make a statement.

      Terminal Illnesses: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has in place to ensure that people accessing secondary health care for terminal illnesses who are (a) reliant...

      Babylon Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he holds information on the amount of revenue allocated from the NHS GP funding formula which Babylon Healthcare has spent on...

  • Leader of the House

    • Brexit: Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether the Government has plans to publish the titles of the Statutory Instruments in relation to the UK leaving the EU that have been deprioritised by the...

  • Department for Education

    • European University Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 224488, what the evidential basis is the statement in that answer that the UK’s EU...

    • European University Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of 11 March 2019, Official Report, column 20, by the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation on...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new school buildings have been built in phase one of the Priority Schools Building Programme.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much capital expenditure has been incurred by his Department for removing asbestos from school buildings in each financial year since 2010.

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools built in phase one of the Priority Schools Building Programme had sprinkler systems fitted for fire safety.

      Care Leavers: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers are housed in supported accommodation and remain the responsibility of local authorities, in each local authority in England.

      Interserve: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices are currently receiving training from Interserve Learning and Employment; what steps he is taking to ensure they complete their...

      Interserve: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of schools that source their school meals from Interserve or its subsidiaries; and what steps he...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Local Government Association estimate of a £3.1 billion funding gap in children's services by 2024-25, what plans his...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral contribution of 13 March 2019, Official Report, column 349, on the Spring Statement, what the...

      Music: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the bidding process to draft the new model music curriculum was not subject to an open tender.

      Children: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that all children are aware of climate change.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of regional inequalities in educational attainment in England.

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of counselling services provided in schools in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire; and if he will...

      Pre-school Education: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish his plans for the baseline assessment testing of four year olds to be undertaken within six weeks of such children joining a...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of overseas students who were studying at further and higher education facilities in the UK in 2018.

      Schools: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to require local authorities to ensure that school staff who teach young people with vision impairment have appropriate training...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will meet representatives of the campaign group WorthLess? to discuss school funding.

      Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times he has met representatives of school head teachers since he took office.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with head teachers on the funding situation in all state schools.

      Classroom Assistants: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants have been employed in primary schools in West Yorkshire in each year since 2010.

      Pupils: Sanitary Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of providing free sanitary products to all girls in secondary schools in England.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 4 March 2019 to Question 228139 on Special Educational Needs: Finance, whether he plans to launch his Department's call for...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to increase modern foreign language provision in schools.

      Literacy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of children daily reading unaided in England.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to estimate the number of children in England who were permanently excluded from a school and did not return to...

      Pre-School Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2019 to Question 227098 on Pre-School Education: Closures, how much of the £26.3 million investment in the...

      Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which head teachers he met on (a) 7 March 2019 (b) 8 March 2019 and (c) 9 March 2019.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Courts: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to publish its Green Paper on family justice matters.

    • Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many separate health and safety incident reporting processes are in use by staff working in each prison in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of monitoring systems for psychoactive substances in prisons.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with trade unions on the effectiveness of monitoring systems for psychoactive substances in prisons.

      Prisons: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of his Department’s spending on consultancy fees relating to the introduction of the new Prison Education Framework.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the steps the Government is taking to ensure that victims of serious crimes receive more frequent updates on the progress of their cases.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of prisons ignoring advice from medical professionals that a prisoner be put on...

  • Treasury

    • Police: Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) English and (b) Welsh police services did claim from the apprenticeship levy in 2018.

    • Foreign Companies: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prevent VAT evasion by overseas companies using internet platforms with fake VAT numbers.

      Funerals: Pre-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect the Competition and Market Authority’s proposed extension of the scope of its funeral market investigation to consider the delivery of...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential revenue to be accrued to the public purse of the (a) proposed non-UK resident stamp duty surcharge...

      VAT: Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policy on the rates of value added tax applied to newspapers and periodicals of the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2019 to Question 203919 on Tax Avoidance, how many promoters of tax avoidance schemes paid HMRC a penalty in 2018.

      Revenue and Customs: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff are currently on secondment to other Government departments.

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many late payment fines HMRC has issued in each year since 2010.

      Apprentices: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department next plans to meet with representatives of (a) the Scottish Government and (b) Scottish business to discuss the allocation of funds...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government is making on their commitment to remove VAT on sanitary products.

      Infrastructure: North Herefordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allocate additional funding for infrastructure in North Herefordshire.

      Local Growth Deals: Borderlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 232041, Local Growth Deals: Borderlands, whether specific sums of funding from the Borderlands Growth...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the ability of local authorities to re-house refugees in respect of the notice period...

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the provisions of section 8(1) of the London County Council (Improvements) Act 1900 had an effect on the (a)...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the RSPB and other wildlife charities on the use of nets by developers to...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the overspend by local authorities on children’s services spending in (a) 2015-16,...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that student accomodation is fit for habitation.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the accelerated planning Green Paper.

      Planning: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018 on Spring Statement, HCWS540, what the timescale is for the...

      Build Out Rates Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the Independent Report on Build Out Rates.

      Housing: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what housing support his Department provides to people who are of pensionable age.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 231479 on Buildings: Insulation, where in regulations issued...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a one per cent surcharge on non-UK resident...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Forth: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the River Class 2 patrol vessel, HMS Forth (a) at inception and (b) when it was accepted by...

    • Ministry of Defence: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of Ministry of Defence contracts held by Interserve.

      India: Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposals to base the type A31e frigates in India on the economy of (a) the UK and (b) Portsmouth.

      Norway: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the announcement, Royal Marines hone skills in Norway, published on 8 February 2019, what plans his Department has to increase defence...

      Defence: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage innovation by defence suppliers.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances a universal credit claimant will be advised by a work coach to close his or her current application and make a new...

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's budget was for its Dynamic Purchasing System for employment in each of the last five years.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which organisations were allocated funding through her Department's Dynamic Purchasing System for employment in each of the last five years;...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will extend protections to ensure no disabled person receiving a disability premium within employment support allowance has to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new personal independence payment claimants with epilepsy have had their claim (a) accepted and (b) rejected since April 2013.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 5 March 2019, Health and Disability Announcement, HCWS1376, what the proposed (a) timescale and (b)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned on the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on trends in the level of...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) proportion and (b) number of children living in poverty in each year since 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to oral evidence taken by the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 27 February 2019, HC 1884, Question 2, what estimate she...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold a public consultation on changes to the (a) guidance and (b) principles related to the regulation of...

    • Expert Committee On Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will increase the (a) capacity and (b) operating budget of the Expert Committee on Pesticides in the event that the UK...

      Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the UK's future pesticide regime will provide equal levels of...

      Shellfish: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of (a) the sentience of decapod crustaceans and (b) their capability to feel...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of enforcing marine protected areas per sq km in (a) the UK and (b) UK overseas...

      Flood Control: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of flood defences in the West Midlands.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using large-scale hydrogen conversion projects to deliver...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the gasification of plastic waste.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the average reading for an air quality sample in (a) the UK, (b) Hampshire and (c)...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what circumstances the Government can impose clean air zone on local authorities.

  • Home Office

    • Airports: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the mutual recognition approach to airport staff screening as discussed at the Transatlantic Aviation...

    • Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of safer schools officers in each year since 2015.

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those released under investigation by the police in the last 12 months for which figures are available had no case...

      Bail: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to monitor compliance with bail conditions.

      Stop and Search: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department (a) has conducted or (b) plans to conduct an equality impact assessment on the proposal to increase police stop and...

      Independent Child Trafficking Advocates Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department’s Interim Assessment of the first year of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTA) service,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Home Office plans to respond to the enquiry of 30 January 2019 to UKVI from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central, on behalf of her...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prospective PhD students were (a) granted and (b) refused a visa to study in the UK in each year for which data is available.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure the EU Settlement Scheme is accessible to children of EU nationals living (a) in care and (b) with...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letters of the Hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham of 13 August 2018, 17 September 2018 and 4 March...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sharing Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the of the implications for her policies of the report entitled, Networked but Commodified:...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the amount the UK would pay to the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Foreign Investment in UK: Technology

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

    • Overseas Investment: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to help companies in the UK to take advantage of the recent decision by the Chinese Government to...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Lotteries: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of unrestricted funding grants delivered to charities by charity lotteries.

    • Lotteries: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of potential merits for his policies of the Gambling Commission’s recent findings that 55...

      Lotteries: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government’s rationale is for having a limit on the annual sales of charity lotteries.

      Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the eight bids selected by his Department's Innovation in Democracy programme will proceed.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contributions of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 60 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, published August 2018, what steps his Department has...

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to encourage female participation in team sports at (a) amateur and (b) professional level.

      Sports Competitors: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to assess the effect of concussion on athletes’ mental health.

  • Wales Office

    • Trade Unions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 232038, how many of his Department's meetings with trade unions in Wales were in relation to the UK...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Women's Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the report entitled, Women in Northern Ireland, UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on providing sanitary products free of charge in community...

    • Family Planning: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the report entitled, Women in Northern Ireland, UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,...

      Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what support will be available for disabled candidates standing for upcoming parliamentary elections.

      Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to promote the EnAble Fund for Elected Office and ensure aspiring candidates are aware of their rights.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on increasing the viability of Shared Parental Leave to parents.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about (1) the number of political prisoners held in that country, and (2) Abdullah...

    • Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which civil society organisations they have funded in Turkey to develop dialogue about the Kurdish issue.

      Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of media freedom in Turkey; and whether the present position there helps or hinders good Anglo-Turkish relations.

      Ahmed Aliouat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of whether there are grounds to raise the case of Ahmed Aliouat with the government of Morocco.

      Serikzhan Bilash

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Kazakhstan about the arrest of Serikzhan Bilash; and what assessment they have made of (1) any link...

      Abdul Shakoor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised the case of Abdul Shakoor with the government of Pakistan.

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pieces of EU legislation have been passed as "A" items in the Council of Ministers in each of the last ten years.

  • Department for Education

    • Music: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether details of the tender for the new model music curriculum will be published.

    • Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they take when Multi Academy Trusts remove significant numbers of pupils off the roll of their schools; and what data they collect on off-rolling.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans: Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plan they have to replace the EU Objective 1 funding programme, with particular regard to Cornwall.

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the public consultation and details of the design of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be published; and whether they will provide a timetable of action for...

      Local Government: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of provisions in place to deal with allegations of bullying by members of local authorities.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the unit price for a Type 31e frigate remains at £250 million as originally projected.

    • Torpedoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences of the aging torpedo development and production workforce in the UK.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disinfectants: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to emulating the frameworks of countries such as France and Australia for the regulation of disinfectant products sold in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts in financial support to victims of human trafficking and modern slavery offences on charities providing...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the asylum dispersal scheme, especially with regard to its impact on local social cohesion.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the undertaking in their response to the report of the Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement (Cm9629), published on 28 June 2018, that...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that refugee children will not lose rights derived from EU law if the UK withdraws from the EU.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to secure the status of children who are citizens of other EU member states but who live in the UK with particular regard to ensuring access to (1)...

      British Nationality: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether minors will have to pay fees to achieve UK citizenship after any UK withdrawal from the EU; and if so, what those fees will be.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all asylum seeking children have access to legal aid and advice.

      British Nationality: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much it costs for an asylum seeker to apply for British citizenship; whether they make a profit on such fees; if so, why; and what any such profit is used for.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional staff they estimate the Home Office will need to tackle immigration claims after any withdrawal from the EU.

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals were subject to adverse recommendations by the Home Office due to suspicions that they were involved in or associated with war crimes, crimes...

      Crimes of Violence: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to meet Police and Crime Commissioners of the seven cities most affected by the recent outbreak of violent crime to discuss how best to tackle...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the proposed Brexit deal (1) fulfils, and (2) is consistent with the spirit of, Article 50(1) of the Treaty on European Union.

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what experience those responsible for developing the Making Tax Digital policy have of running a small business.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to social enterprise start ups in the UK.

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