Written answers

Monday, 25 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the announcement of the recommencement of flights from Milan to Sharm-el-Sheikh, whether he will reconsider the ban on flights from...

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve enforcement of the Blue Badge scheme to protect legitimate Blue Badge-holders.

      Brittany Ferries and DFDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Brittany Ferries and (b) DFDS on ensuring employment standards for seafarers when creating additional...

      Brittany Ferries and DFDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what time period the contracts between his Department and (a) Brittany Ferries and (b) DFDS for additional roll-on roll-off freight capacity cover.

      Channel Ferries: Frieght

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to secure additional roll-on roll-off freight capacity to replace capacity planned to be provided through his...

      Offshore Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of offshore supply vessels laid up in UK ports in each year since 2014.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the revenue implications for his Department of requiring rail franchisees to provide part-time season tickets; and if...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on UK airports.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits for the North of England of (a) electrifying the Trans-Pennine line and (b)...

      Electric Vehicles: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the number of electric taxi and private hire vehicles to improve air quality in cities.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the rail improvement projects proposed by Network Rail’s East Coast Main Line Route Study will be prioritised for investment; and how...

      East Coast Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) performance and (b) passenger satisfaction figures for the East Coast Main Line; and if he will make a...

      East Coast Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Network Rail accounted for 60 per cent of delays to East Coast Main Line services in the year to February 2019.

      East Coast Railway Line: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the new Azuma trains will not be operational on the East Coast Main Line other than between London and Leeds from May 2019.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide an update on (a) the work of (b) decisions taken by and (c) the membership of the East Coast Partnership; and if he will make a...

      Driving: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the consultation process prior to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) decision that drivers...

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the future expansion of Birmingham Airport.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when two motorways serving similar areas are disrupted by accidents, what steps are taken to ensure that (a) concurrent closures do not take place and...

      M40: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the M40 motorway was closed northbound on 11 March 2019; what efforts were made to avoid and minimise that closure; and if he will...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on encouraging councils to use City Region Deals to increase access to cycling and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Foreign Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on that country's potential involvement with China's Belt and...

    • Kazakhstan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the Government of Kazakhstan on the recent political transition in that country.

      Occupied Territories: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had and on what dates with (a) the United Nations Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry, (b) the...

      Gaza: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (a) what discussions he has had and (b) on what dates with the Israeli Government on Israeli investigations into deaths during...

      Saudi Rapid Intervention Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he can confirm that the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group has not been active in the UK.

      Sri Lanka: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Sri Lanka on the effect of the Chunnakam power plant complex on...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Chinese Government on human rights abuses in detention camps in Xinjiang.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent trends in mental health nursing staff numbers on waiting times for those who require...

    • Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that everyone who suffers from an eating disorder is able to access treatment and support regardless of...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how representations made against aspects of the National Tariff Payment System which are not statutory objections under section 120 of...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information the Government holds via the National Haemophilia Database on the number of haemophiliacs classed as Leiden who were...

      Mental Illness: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS Digital publication Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2017, what assessment he has made of the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to prioritise patients with (a) terminal cancer and (b) cancer for the receipt of drugs in the event of medicine...

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made towards meeting the target of having over 1,500 mental health therapists in primary care by March...

      Pharmacy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made towards meeting the target of having over 1,300 clinical pharmacists working in GP surgeries by...

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many training places for health visitors have been (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of NHS (a) guidance and (b) regulations on access to care for people with...

      Hospitals: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on rolling out free WiFi services to NHS hospitals by 2020.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 110 of the NHS Long Term Plan, what steps he will take to ensure those responsible for developing Local Plans will...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which teams in his Department are responsible for delivering the NHS Long Term Plan; what the remit of each such team is; and if he will...

      NHS Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, which (a) people and (b) organisations will be represented on the NHS Assembly; what the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of linking the 0.7 per cent spending target to the financial year instead of the...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of her having sign-off and accountability for aid spending by other Government...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her letter to the Chair of the International Development Committee on 18 March 2019 on redeployment of DFID staff,...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her letter to the Chair of the International Development Committee of the 18 March 2019 on redeployment of her...

      Developing Countries: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) debt relief for Mozambique in light of the devastation caused...

      Mozambique: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State on 20 March 2019 on the debt crisis in Mozambique and the role played by...

      Department for International Development: International Monetary Fund and World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans Ministers or officials from her Department have to attend the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the economic merits of the level of funding for early intervention services provided by local authority...

    • Teacher Workload Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release of 15 March 2019 on Support on wellbeing for teachers in schools and colleges, who the members are of...

      Teacher Workload Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department's teacher workload advisory group is next plans to meet.

      Music: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings are scheduled for his Department's independent panel of experts on the model music curriculum.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of effect of sex and relationships education on rates of (a) pregnancy and (b) abortion in those under the age of...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the public appointments he has authorised since he took office.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what legal cases on a parent's right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons were considered by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of foster carers and support workers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have received the training on caring for those children...

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 229151, whether the £24 million of supplementary funding for maintained nurseries has been...

      Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what consultation he plans to undertake on developing a national scheme to provide free sanitary products in schools and colleges in England.

      Special Educational Needs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in which London boroughs his Department plans to build new special free schools.

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage schools to install automated external defibrillators on their premises.

      Assessments: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent (a) secondary and (b) university students from using essay-writing and other cheat services.

      National College Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) further education and (b) apprenticeship students have (i) graduated and (ii) been recruited from the National College Creative...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect recent changes in the level of funding for schools on the diversity of curriculum choices in secondary schools.

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) creative subjects and (b) a choice of foreign languages are offered to all secondary school...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent changes in funding for schools on the provision for extracurricular activities in...

      Curriculum: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that (a) history, (b) English literature and (c) other core curriculum subjects reflect diverse viewpoints and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service spent on consultancies (a) in total, (b) per consultancy in each of the financial years (i) 2016-17...

    • Courts: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service on the courts reform programme to date.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average appeal time is for personal independence payment claims that are reversed or modified on appeal.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to reform the tort of negligence in medical malpractice to address the rising cost of...

      Dangerous Driving: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were prosecuted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving in 2018.

      Legal Aid Agency: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the annual spend by the Legal Aid Agency was on enforcement agents in each of the last five years; how many people the Legal Aid Agency has...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the 5,238 personal independence payment appeals to the First Tier Tribunal in (a) October, (b) November and (c) December 2018 that were...

      Employment Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the 2,229 employment support allowance appeals to the First Tier Tribunal in (a) October, (b) November and (c) December 2018 that were...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 229140, to what programmes the remaining £3.25 billion of expenditure for childcare support will...

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HMRC takes to notify Child Benefit claimants that start to receive a salary which effects their entitlement of their responsibility to complete...

      Boilers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which stakeholders and other Government Departments he consulted with prior to his announcement of a ban on gas boilers in new dwellings from 2025.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what records HMRC holds on suicides by individuals who are subject to the 2019 loan charge.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on raising the base rate of education funding for 16-18 year olds.

      Hospitals: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of adequacy of capital allocations to new hospital projects.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Emergency Calls: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps has his Department has taken to enable deaf people to use 999 to contact the fire brigade using video relay...

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when all local authorities will retain 100 per cent of business rates.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many families have accessed the Troubled Families programme (a) nationally, (b) regionally and (c) in each local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many developments and blocks identified as having ACM cladding have been subject to a full settlement under the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government,what estimate he has made of the number of flats in the 163 private residential blocks with ACM cladding that are still...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214560 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department plans to...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many consultants his Department has hired since 2016; and what the cost of that hiring was to the public purse.

      Housing: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans for investment in active transport as part of delivering sustainable housing growth...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has received from Oxfordshire County Council on the inclusion of cycling and...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether (a) cycling infrastructure, (b) walking infrastructure and (c) community paths fall within the scope of...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department includes the improvement of sustainable transport as a priority for the delivery of additional...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Infrastructure Organisation: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many properties that are the responsibility of Defence Infrastructure Organisation have (a) mould and (b) asbestos.

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for the completion of the integration of the F-35 fleet's MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and SPEAR precision...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, When his Department plans to make an announcement on the awarding of the contract for the Fleet Solid Support ships.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) the armed forces and (b) BAE systems employees in Saudi Arabia are not in violation of international...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 228123 and the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 232088, how UK military personnel support Saudi...

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

      Type 26 Frigates: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the cost to the public purse of lengthening the build-time for each Type-26 Frigate; and if he will...

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason trainer aircraft were included in the Combat Air Strategy.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the future provision of combat air training.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) RAF personnel, (b) RAF personnel on secondment to BAE and (c) former RAF personnel now working for BAE, are working in Saudi Arabia; and...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 232088 on Saudi Arabia: Military Aid, how many reports of suspected violations of international...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2019 to Question 232090 on Saudi Arabia: Military Aid, if his Department will provide the figures requested in that...

      Armed Forces: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what spending his Department has allocated to the workforce transformation programme since the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015; what...

      RAF Linton-on-Ouse: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Royal Air Force plans to issue a closure notice for RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department did not provide Serco with information on the evaluation process for the contract for the Defence Fire and Rescue Service.

      Armed Forces: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is still his Department’s policy to reduce the overall size of the civilian workforce to 41,000 by 2020.

      Armed Forces: Job Satisfaction

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of morale in the armed forces.

      Veterans: Honours

      What steps his Department is taking to ensure that veterans are honoured for their service; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2019 to Question 221994, whether it was the research contractor or the Department who made the decision...

    • 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 assessment she has made of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timeframe is for the universal credit managed migration trial that is planned to start in July 2019; and if she will publish an...

      Universal Credit: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on claimants of benefits with cancer.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the uptake of occupational health schemes among employers.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending to all people with later stage (a) degenerative and (b) non-curable...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have applied for universal credit; and how many of those claimants received an advance payment.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2017 to Question 113562 on Personal Independence Payment: Appeals, if it remains the Government's...

      Universal Credit: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the universal credit hotline advises claimants who work part-time that taking their entitlement to paid leave will affect...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out the average time (a) taken to process mandatory reconsiderations and (b) between a mandatory reconsideration decision and...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the (a) quality and (b) accuracy of welfare assessments in order to reduce the number of cases going to...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department operates a limit on the time (a) taken for mandatory reconsiderations and (b) between the conclusion of a mandatory...

      Personal Independence Payment: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with dementia have had a personal independence payment re-assessment in each year since 2015.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many consultants her Department has hired since 2016; and what the cost of that hiring was to the public purse.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the effect of the franchise of crown...

      Access to Work Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to allocate more funding towards Access to Work.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress Natural England has made on the National Trail; and what the completion date is for that project.

    • Water Companies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with water companies on improving their performance; if he will make a statement.

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what steps he is taking to help end the trade in ivory overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Disposable Wipes: Biodegradability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ban the marketing of single-use wipes as flushable if they do not conform to the...

      Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent flooding incidents in Lancashire on (a) local residents, (b) roads and...

      Litter: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fixed penalty notices for littering were issued in Havering in each of the last five years.

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU member states on protecting the welfare of equines at border...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes there have been in the Environment Agency flood prevention budget for rivers in each year since 2010.

      Bus Services: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a new bus depot in Portsmouth on the the level of air pollution in...

      Flood Control: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 229822 on Flood Control: Oxfordshire, what steps his Department is...

  • Home Office

    • Burglary: Havering

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

    • Emergency Calls: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to enable deaf people to make a 999 call to contact the police using video relay services.

      Emergency Calls: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has made to the 999 Liaison Committee on the availability for video relay services to facilitate deaf...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the cost per minute is of telephoning UK Immigration Services from a (a) landline and (b) mobile phone.

      Visas: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Home Office guidance Fee waiver: Human Rights-based and other specified applications, how many visa applications have...

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have undertaken (i) the Government's new training package on Child Rights Impact...

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been removed under immigration powers with their parents in the last 12 months; and how many of those children were...

      Passports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to remove fees for the European passport return service.

      Slavery: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on steps to reduce the number of UK children involved in modern slavery cases.

      Deportation: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British children have been separated from their parents by a decision to remove their parents from the UK under immigration powers...

      Visas: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the 2015 Review of the Overseas Domestic Worker visa, when the information sessions for people who enter the UK on the...

      Visas: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans to change the (a) Overseas Domestic Worker visa and (b) immigration rules for entering the UK as an Overseas...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230725 on UK Membership of EU: Referendums, whether the Government has seen evidence of...

    • Cabinet Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will review the reported leaking of information from Cabinet meetings to determine whether the ministerial code has been breached.

      Cabinet Office: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultants his Department has hired since 2016; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of UK Export Finance support was allocated to the fossil fuels sector in each year since 2010.

    • Chevening

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many times he has used Chevening House for (a) departmental and (b) personal purposes since taking office; and if he will outline the...

      Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the potential effect of future trade deals on...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase tourism in (a) coastal areas and (b) the UK.

    • Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to comply with Article 109, Recital 5 of the European Electronic Communications Code in...

      Technology: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps the Government has taken to support tech start-ups in the Midlands.

      European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the UK will be able to participate in the European capital of culture under the terms of the proposed EU withdrawal...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the planned publication date is of the internet regulator White Paper.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to retain the free TV Licence for people over 75.

      Broadband: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 232532 on Broadband: North Wales, what steps his Department is taking to...

      Internet: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to prevent social media...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the funding UK Community Foundation and Women’s Aid Federation of England were given from the 2017-2018...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the criterion for the Tampon Tax Fund that the value of the grant requested in each financial year must not represent...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the minimum bid to apply for funding from the Tampon Tax Fund was increased to £1 million.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for funding were made to the Tampon Tax Fund in each year since 2015.

      Charities: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of charities investing in industries that contribute to climate change.

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that LGBT+ rights are protected when the UK leaves the EU.

    • Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to work with FTSE 350 companies to increase the number of women chairs.

  • Department for Transport

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 11 March (HL14007), what investigations they make into the reasons why the Dart Charge payment has not been made...

    • A14: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Highways Agency is considering the removal of the signs on the A14 to the Naseby battlefield site.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they, and the United Kingdom's allies, plan to prevent ISIS establishing sleeper cells in Syria and Iraq.

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for dealing with ISIS prisoners held by Democratic Forces in North-East Syria with their associated women and children; and whether they...

      Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will call for the provision of independent international monitors in Idlib Province in Syria, in order to (1) protect the displaced Syrians living...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported treatment of a blind, disabled and unarmed Palestinian during a night raid by...

      Jerusalem: Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the excavation of tunnels by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem causing structural damage to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 March (HL14021), what action they intend to take ensure that the Palestinian population is protected...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that parts and components sold to the Israeli military are not used in weaponry that targets civilian populations within...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel following reports that two Palestinian children died as a result of a fire on 5 March...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure human rights standards are upheld in all post-Brexit international agreements; and what steps they are taking to ensure the UK...

      Jerusalem: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) current situation in regard to Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade, following the Islamic Waqf Council’s refusal...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made as a result of the meeting of the Yemen Quad, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary in Warsaw on 13 February, to bring an end to the...

      Yemen: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Houthi rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel Salam that the Foreign Secretary was incorrect to state during his...

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the global accords internationally agreed to prevent nuclear proliferation are reinforced and upheld.

      China: Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 March (HL14072), how much money from the UK Cross-Government Prosperity Fund was used to develop the...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent funding (1) local peace actors, (2) aid partners, and (3) others involved in promoting a path to peace in the Yemen conflict.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the visit to Aden by the Foreign Secretary, whether they have had any further discussion with the UN’s Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen and other...

  • Attorney General

    • Obscenity: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Director of Public Prosecutions, and (2) Crown Prosecution Service, on whether an imported child sex doll falls within...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the review of the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), what plans they have to (1) ensure the protection of whistleblowers, (2) take action to...

    • Care Homes: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many care homes have closed in England since 2010.

      Hernias: Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will expand the scope of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review to include matters relating to hernia mesh operations.

      Hernias: Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to produce guidance on hernia mesh operations which covers all the types of hernia that...

      Hernias: Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of NHS Digital statistics on the number of patients adversely affected by hernia mesh operations.

      Hernias: Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission research on the number of patients who have been adversely affected by hernia mesh operations.

      Hernias: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have received that surgeons in England continue to maintain their skills in non-mesh hernia repair treatments.

      Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 11 March (HL14006), for how long the Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in...

      Dermatology: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the recruitment of dermatologists in England.

      Dermatology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients with (1) suspected skin cancer, (2) psoriasis, and (3) atopic dermatitis were (a) referred by a GP, and (b) seen by a consultant dermatologist in...

  • Department for International Development

    • Tunisia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the security, economic and educational situation in Tunisia; and how the UK foreign aid budget together with the Prosperity Fund can...

    • Pakistan: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Pakistan Annual Statistical Bulletin of Federal Government Employees 2017–18, published by the government of Pakistan on 26 February, what...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of (1) the contamination by heavy metal weapon remnants in Gaza, following the attacks by Israel in 2012 and 2014, and (2) the impact...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to test the effectiveness of aid spending through the UK Official Development Assistance budget.

      World Bank: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to press for the publication of the names of candidates short listed for the post of President of the World Bank in advance of an appointment...

      Iraq: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) establish what has happened to the estimated 3,000 missing Yazidis displaced by IS, and (2) to help the Yazidi population, in...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any estimate of the number of people who have died in non-EEA countries since 1989 from malnutrition and related causes as a result of the...

      Mozambique: Storms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to resume channelling development and emergency aid through the government of Mozambique and its agencies in the light of Cyclone Idai.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Secretary of State for Education has to meet headteachers to discuss the WorthLess? campaign and those headteachers' concerns over cuts in...

    • Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children’s centres have closed in England since 2010.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vulnerability of pupils being admitted to Pupil Referral Units as a result of schools removing them before their GCSE results...

      Free Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that free schools have the same proportion of disadvantaged pupils as their local catchment area.

      Social Mobility: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Social Mobility Pledge; and what steps they are taking to support its uptake by employers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there have been for (1) coercive and controlling behaviour, (2) stalking, (3) forced marriage, (4) female genital...

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on knife-related offences of the reduction in funding for the work of youth offending teams from £145 million in...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reintroduce legal aid for refugee family reunion; and if not, why not.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many couples (1) with, and (2) without, dependent children are receiving Universal Credit in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reinstate the deferred pensions of those women born in the 1950s who were meant to receive their pensions aged 60; and what assessment they...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Eggs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to permit the sale of eggs and egg products from non-EU countries produced in barren battery cages; and if such sales are permitted,...

    • Cats and Dogs: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to prohibit the human consumption of dog and cat meat in the UK.

      Air Pollution: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to establishing a ring-fenced fund to protect children and young people from toxic air.

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recommendations in the Addendum to the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principle 10(29)(e) to "increase the use of financial intelligence and...

    • Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recommendations in the Addendum to the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principle 10(29)(g) to "enhance the traceability and transparency of...

      Terrorism: Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recommendations in the Addendum to the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principle 10(29)(j) to "support initiatives and domestic mechanisms to...

      Oluwole Ilesanmi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for freedom of speech of the arrest of Christian street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi.

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the guidance Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines for frontline staff working with victims of...

      Human Trafficking: Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of Precarious journeys: Mapping vulnerabilities of victims of trafficking from Vietnam to Europe by Anti-Slavery International,...

      Human Trafficking: Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of Precarious journeys: Mapping vulnerabilities of victims of trafficking from Vietnam to Europe by Anti-Slavery...

      Human Trafficking: Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Vietnamese children have gone missing from care shortly after referral to the National Referral Mechanism since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act...

      Undocumented Migrants: India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been towards finalising a new Memorandum of Understanding with the government of India on the return of Indian nationals who are found to be...

      Commonwealth: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage immigration from Commonwealth countries after Brexit.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Grenfell Tower Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Sir Martin Moore-Bick to publish his report on the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during discussions with the government of Australia on a future bilateral trade agreement, the subject of the frozen state pensions of UK pensioners who...

    • Food: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the tariffs they intend to impose on food imports after Brexit.

      Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to submit a revised schedule of tariffs the UK will apply post-Brexit to the World Trade Organization.

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the recent growth slowdown in key export markets could have on UK trade after Brexit.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of girls aged between 14 and 18 years old who stop participating in sports in and outside school; and what steps they...

    • Charities: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce the pending Law Commission Bill on charity regulation.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the review of safe standing in football stadiums.

      Gambling: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Gambling disorder, increased mortality, suicidality, and associated comorbidity: A longitudinal nationwide register study,...

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