Written answers

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Brittany Ferries and DFDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the contracts between his Department and (a) Brittany Ferries and (b) DFDS for additional roll-on roll-off freight capacity will come into...

    • Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to provide more live information to bus users in rural areas.

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many contracts were awarded by his Department without the formal oversight of its Procurement Assurance Board in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018 and...

      Road Traffic: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on non-freight traffic in Portsmouth of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the financial risks to his Department are if agreed projects carried out under the Eurotunnel obligations under the government settlement...

      Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions the Government has held with Eurotunnel on the appointment of external auditors, separate to Eurotunnel’s statutory auditors,...

      Road Traffic: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the volume of non-commercial traffic entering Portsmouth in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Cycling: Greater London and Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to the promotion of cycling in (a) each borough in central London and (b) Portsmouth.

      Department for Transport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many consultants his Department has hired since 2016; and at what cost to the taxpayer.

      Airports: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of airport capacity outside the South East.

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a second runway at Birmingham Airport on regional growth in the West Midlands.

      Transport for London: Siemens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 21 March 2019 to Question 909949, Official Report, what engagement his Department's officials had in the awarding of that...

      Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of global routes to smaller airports in Belfast and Cardiff and other essential hubs.

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on (a) scoping and (b) commissioning further feasibility work on whether the restoration of the Skipton to Colne link...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support Trading Standards.

    • Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department​ is taking to increase diversity on executive boards of UK businesses.

      Job Creation: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to help businesses to create more highly skilled jobs in (a) Solihull and (b) the West...

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to promote youth entrepreneurship; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Agencies: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of re-classifying modelling platforms as employment agencies...

      Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the continuity of funding for research projects with EU funding in...

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the timing of Ofgem's Targeted Charging Review on (a) the deployment of...

      Agency Workers: Equal Pay

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

      Biofuels and Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy why Contracts for Difference (CfD), for what reasons strike prices have been higher for dedicated biomass technologies...

      Biofuels and Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy if he will make it his policy to create parity under Contract for Difference allocation rounds two and three between...

      Biofuels: Grangemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial, if he will provide an update on the delivery of the Grangemouth Renewable Energy Plant which was awarded a Contract for...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the renewable heat incentive subsidy mechanism; and if he will...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Committee on Climate Change’s Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy Report published in November...

      Biofuels: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential carbon and economic value generated by restricting the amount and type...

      District Heating: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, information his Department holds on the fuel sources for district heating systems delivered under the...

      Lord Deben

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Governance Code for Public Appointments, whether he has had any discussions with Cabinet...

      Lord Deben

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish all correspondence between Lord Deben and his Department on the use of renewable energy and electric...

      City Deals: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure clean growth from City Deals.

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what equality impact assessment has been undertaken on the franchising of 74 crown post offices to WHSmith announced in...

      Parental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to implement shared parental pay and paternity pay as a right for all employees from their first...

      International Financial Reporting Standards Endorsement Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral contribution of 20 March 2019 of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy...

      Life Sciences: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the role of biomanufacturing in supporting the Government's Clean Growth...

      Living Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many workers will receive an increase in wages as a result of the rise in the national living wage on 1 April 2019...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government made at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the crisis in the...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many consultants his Department has hired since 2016; and at what cost to the taxpayer.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the current political and security situation in Libya, and if he will make a...

      Gaza: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Palestinian Authority on human rights in Gaza, and if he will...

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 233007 on Ilois: Finance, on what dates were the visits organised by the...

      Gaza: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in ensuring Israel's investigations into deaths at the Gaza border in 2018 are (a) independent, (b)...

      Guatemala: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proposed reforms of the (a) National Reconciliation Law and (b) NGO Law in Guatemala; and if...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Guardian's decision to use Kyiv rather than Kiev, whether his Department has plans to make the same change.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has assessed the effect on patients of differences in the way that demographic groups receive care for HIV.

    • Defibrillators: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the introduction of defibrillators into public buildings.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the poor uptake of bariatric surgeries in the UK compared with other developed...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has any plans to review the RCGP Advanced Knowledge Test in relation to ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to ensure...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many unfilled nursing posts (a) there are in the NHS and (b) there were in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on trends in the level of nursing vacancies in each year until 2021.

      Health Professions: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed using bank and locum staff in each of the last five years.

      NHS Low Income Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications were (a) made and (b) successful to the NHS Low Income Scheme in (i) NHS North Lincolnshire CCG and (ii) England in...

      NHS Low Income Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the most common reason is for an NHS Low Income Scheme application being unsuccessful.

      NHS Low Income Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the qualifying means test is for the NHS Low Income Scheme; and how that test is adjusted for inflation.

      NHS Low Income Scheme: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many students applied to the NHS Low Income Scheme; and how many were successful in each of the last five years.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the ratio of registered midwives to maternity support workers in midwifery...

      Maternity Services: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the consequences of not conducting equality impact assessments in relation to ID checking within...

      Health Services: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the March 2019 editorial in Archives of Disease in Childhood...

      Vaccination: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle anti-vaccine misinformation.

      Poultry: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of contaminated chicken being sold at supermarkets.

      Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of misdiagnosis by NHS employees and locums in hospital pathology departments.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of trainee nurses in England.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the information available to women on (a) mesh implants, (b)...

      Diabetes: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of gestational diabetes and the risk of late stillbirth: a...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of ring-fencing the Children’s Hospice Grant for children’s...

      Pupils: Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many girls in England have been given emergency contraception by school nurses in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      NHS: Staff

      What steps he is taking to help protect the mental health of NHS staff.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      What recent progress has been made on the treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      What steps he is taking to support children living with alcohol-dependent parents.

      NHS

      What recent assessment he has made of the effect on the NHS of the UK leaving the EU; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Malawi: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to Malawi as a result of cyclone Idai.

    • Mozambique: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to Mozambique as a result of cyclone Idai.

      Zimbabwe: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what emergency assistance her Department is providing to Zimbabwe as a result of cyclone Idai.

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which international partners will take part in the review of books included in the Palestinian Authority's curriculum.

      Department for International Development: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many consultants her Department has hired since 2016; and at what cost to the taxpayer.

      Zimbabwe: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the level of humanitarian need in the Chimanimani area of Zimbabwe following Cyclone Idai.

      Zimbabwe: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to efforts to reopen roads and bridges between (a) Bulawayo, (b) Harare, and (c) the...

      North Korea: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations at the UN on (a) the increasing level of malnutrition among (i) young children and (ii) other people...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the UK’s aid spending on Yemen is allocated directly to Yemeni NGOs.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support women’s peacebuilding projects in Yemen.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to provide financial support to the International Financing Facility for Education.

      Turkey: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the Government of Turkey to improve (a) working conditions, (b) safety standards and...

      Sri Lanka: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to Sri Lankan authorities to provide medical treatment for people affected by poor water...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish time series data on the number of apprenticeship starts in the NHS in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of degree apprenticeships available in Nottinghamshire.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the financial viability of rural schools in England.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure an adequate long-term funding settlement for schools in England.

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 229154 on Department of Education: Public Expenditure, what programmes other than delivering new...

      Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to help businesses create more apprenticeships in (a) Solihull and (b) the West Midlands.

      Pupils: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that modified versions of GCSE and A Level exams are available for young people with a visual impairment; and what...

      STEM Subjects: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of STEM subjects for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      Secondary Education: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of secondary school places that will be required in Romford in each of the next five years.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish updated sex education guidelines; and what steps is his Department is taking to ensure that those guidelines...

      Education: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department (a) has taken since September 2015 and (b) plans to take up to 2030 to achieve sustainable development goal four, target...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of care and support offered to care leavers.

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers that have (a) been homeless, (b) had diagnosed mental health needs, and (c) entered the...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the (a) homeless and (b) prison populations that are care leavers.

      Care Leavers: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers aged 16-24 that are not in education, employment or training.

      Special Educational Needs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of post-18 care and support provided to young people with special educational needs.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of legislation relating to the unauthorised absence of students from school.

      Egremont Primary School: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to reports that Egremont Primary School in Wallasey will be making 18 members of staff redundant, what assessment he has made of the...

      Academies: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost to the public purse has been of converting local authority schools to academy schools in Wirral since 2010.

      Students: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the information gathered by the annual Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education survey; and if he...

      Pupils: Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department provides to schools on the liability of (a) school governors, (b) teachers, (c) head teachers and (d) other school staff...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunal: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) average waiting time and (b) longest wait between the Employment Tribunal receiving an employment tribunal application and the date of the...

    • Private Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Rent Repayment Orders have been made by each of the five regional First-Tier residential property tribunals under (a) section 44, (b) section...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Netmaster Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of the contract between HM Courts and Tribunals Service and Netmaster Solutions Ltd to operate the Crown Court Digital Case System;...

      Ministry of Justice: Consultants

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

      Ministry of Justice: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 227964 tabled by the right hon. Member for North Norfolk on 4 March 2019.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Legal Aid Agency makes of the ability to pay of people it takes enforcement action against to recover debt.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Ipswich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to allocate additional resources to reduce the waiting time for a tribunal hearing for employment and support allowance in Ipswich.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of UK exports of goods and services to China.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Stronger Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Barnett Formula be applied to calculate the share of the Stronger Towns Funding to be allocated to Wales,...

    • Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Housing on the 4th March, Official Report Volume 655,...

      Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of UK provision of housing-with-care for older people compared...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of March 2019 research by Generation Rent which...

      Older People: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the findings of the 2018 research by Buffel, Phillipson, Scharf entitled, Ageing in urban...

      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 videos of the further...

      Planning Permission: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish the outcome of its consultation entitled Planning reform: supporting the high...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether mixed-age couples will continue to be able to claim council tax support under the default scheme when changes...

      Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria the proposals for One Yorkshire devolution failed to meet.

      Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish his Department's analysis of the case presented to Ministers for One Yorkshire devolution by local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2019 to Question 225436 on Armed Forces: Compensation, what criteria the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal...

    • Defence: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using new and developing technologies to support the UK’s defence capability.

      RAF Valley: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many additional training flights are planned to be undertaken from RAF Valley, Ynys Mon as a result of the closure of (a) RAF Linton-on-Ouse, (b)...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff within his Department are seconded to the Department for Exiting the European Union and working on duties not related to matters of defence.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the underlying factors were behind the Single Source Regulations Office recommendation for a rise in the baseline profit rate for single source...

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2019 to Question 221023, who pays for the remaining cost of those services of the Ministry of Defence Police; and...

      Army: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has considered applications from former senior Army officers to take up...

      Adjutant General's Corps: Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions did the Adjutant General meet with representatives from Capita Plc between December 2009 and July 2012.

      Ministry of Defence: Roll-on Roll-off Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Point Class Ro-Ro ferries the Ministry of Defence has available and at what readiness.

      Ministry of Defence: Roll-on Roll-off Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on using Point Class ferries to manage pressures at UK ports after the UK leaves...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances deductions are made from a claimant's universal credit payment in order to contribute to her Department's administration...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have moved to Universal Credit from legacy benefits to date.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of claimants who will move to universal credit from legacy benefits (a) in total and (b) through...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to help universal credit claimants with the repayment of debt.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

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

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of trends in the level of employment since June 2016.

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration of a phone call to the universal credit helpline was in (a) each of the last three months and (b) 2018.

      Homelessness: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the pilot scheme to help homeless ex-offenders conducted by the Norfolk Community Foundation and Norfolk’s former High Sheriff in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of universal credit claimants affected by the benefit cap who will face over payment recovery action...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to introduce a dedicated universal credit hotline for Members and their staff.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact assessment her Department has undertaken on the recent reform of pension credit; and if she will publish that impact assessment.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with representatives from the voluntary and charitable sector on the financial effect of the collapse of Working...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much is owed to sub-contractors providing Health and Work Programme services as a result of the collapse of Working Links (Employment) Ltd.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) widows, (b) widowers and (c) bereaved civil partners have been refused the (a) lower rate of Bereavement Support Payment and (b)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to (a) publicise forthcoming changes to pension credit for mixed-age couples and (b) encourage people to make a claim...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) conducting tribunal cases on personal independence payments and (b) providing legal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Barbecues: Charcoal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much charcoal for domestic barbecues the UK (a) produces and (b) burns in each year since 2010; and if he will make a...

    • Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to provide companion dogs with the same protections as assistance dogs under the Dangerous Dogs...

      Fly-grazing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect fly-grazed horses; and what support his Department provides to local authorities to help...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) maintain and (b) increase animal welfare standards in battery hen farms.

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions the UK has opposed the restriction of a chemical by (a) another Member State and (b) the European...

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the UK has objected to a substance being named as a substance of very high concern by the European Chemicals...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223140 on Home Office: Staff, whether a (a) Counter Terrorist Check, (b) Security...

    • Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of guns in England and Wales; and how many of those guns are lawfully owned.

      Seasonal Workers: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230817 on Seasonal Workers: Cornwall, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reports of child sexual exploitation have been received and (b) successful prosecutions have taken place for child sexual...

      Radicalism: Street Preachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that street preachers do not disseminate extremist material from proscribed terror groups.

      West Midlands Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on police numbers in the West Midlands of the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and...

      Construction: Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 231997, how many of the 77 potential victims of trafficking that were detained were not...

      Detention Centres: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 231999 on Detention Centres: Training, which (a) organisation provides the training to...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 232000 on UK Visas and Immigration: Training, how many hours are required to complete...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last reviewed the application form for Leave to Remain under the five-year partner route.

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the guidance given to his Department's decision-makers on refusal of an asylum claim on the basis of religion.

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refusals of asylum claims have included quotations from religious texts in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of potential links between serious violence, in particular knife crime, and school exclusions.

      British Nationals Abroad: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on plans that country has for a centralised biometric database when...

      British Nationality: Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to estimate the number of people in the UK who are entitled to British citizenship but have not yet been...

      British Nationality: Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many M1N1 application forms have been submitted in each of the last three years; and what proportion were (a) refused and (b) withdrawn.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many apprenticeship starts there have been in each Government department by gender since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many apprenticeship finishes there have been in each Government Department by gender since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

      Devolution: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to review the way Government shares information with the devolved administrations.

      Public Bodies: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the 2019 NAO report on Progress of the 2016-2021 National Cyber Security Programme, for what reasons fewer than 80 per cent of...

  • Treasury

    • Productivity: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to increase economic productivity in the West Midlands.

    • Tourism: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a tourist tax by local authorities on trends in the level of tourism.

      Cars: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to ban car insurers from imposing compulsory change of address fees on their policy holders.

      Access to Cash Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a regulator with sole responsibility for cash infrastructure to ensure continued access to physical...

      Access to Cash Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to (a) minimise the effect of IT outages on consumers’ ability to pay for goods and services and (b) ensure that...

      Access to Cash Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to publish the findings from its call for evidence on cash and digital payments; and what steps he is taking to progress that work.

      Taxation: Bermuda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has made to the EU on behalf of Bermuda on its inclusion on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.

      Taxation: Bermuda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has provided assistance to Bermuda to help it fulfil its commitment to comply with required good governance criterion on substance...

      London Capital and Finance: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will compensate investors for losses at London Capital and Finance.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 100 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, published in August 2018, what steps his Department has...

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 52 of the August 2018 Civil Society Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to explore with the...

      Social Media: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with social media platforms on removing scam modelling agencies from their listings.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of children and young people online.

      UK Community Foundations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the number of applications that UK Community Foundations has received for its onward...

      Social Media: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of social media on young people’s mental health; and what plans...

      Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) social media companies and (b) online news platforms ban and remove...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the source of funding is for the £10 million brand refresh for the National Citizen Service; and whether he can...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review their policy on rail electrification as a result of the report by the Railway Industry Association RIA Electrification Cost...

    • Channel Tunnel Railway Line: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations they have undertaken into the safety of the proposed 1,000 megawatt direct current cables due to be installed in the rail running tunnels...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Home Shopping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of consumer protection legislation governing the sale of both new and used private goods online.

    • Shares: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make UK share registers more transparent.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to permit Demand Side Response measures to be taken into account when assessing bids under the Capacity Market scheme, if and when...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to persuade the government of Bahrain to (1) end capital punishment and to reprieve those awaiting execution, (2) release journalists...

    • Bahrain: Rule of Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what practical results have been achieved from their expenditure of £6 million on technical aid to strengthen the Rule of Law and to secure justice reform in...

      Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their response to the open letter sent to the Prime Minister on 8 March by Peace in Kurdistan; and if not, why not.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 March (HL14022), what steps they will  take to protect the right of Palestinian communities to...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 March (HL14024), what measures are in place to protect Palestinian students from attacks by...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the practice of trying Palestinian young offenders, engaged in acts of provocation, in...

  • Attorney General

    • Lord Janner of Braunstone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Crown Prosecution Service were first made aware of the omission in the report by Sir Richard Henriques, An Independent Review of the Metropolitan Police...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on NHS agency staff in the last ten years for which records are available.

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS staff were killed at work in each of the last ten years for which records are available; and what were the reasons for those deaths.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the E111 European Health Insurance Card will be valid after 29 March in the event of (1) their present exit plan being agreed, (2) a...

      Prescriptions: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals who were identified as entitled to income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) but who were...

      Dental Services: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals who were identified as entitled to income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) but who were...

      Out-patients: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals who were identified as entitled to income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) but who were...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure childcare costs are affordable in the UK.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a review of the cost of childcare and how it can be reduced for all parents.

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to updating the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 to enable officers of local authorities to inspect and take...

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with the commitment in the Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper (Cm 9320), published in March 2016, that "we will...

      Education: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which reviews were announced in the Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper (Cm 9320), published in March 2016; and what work has been undertaken...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effects of imprisonment for short sentences of less than six months on family relationships.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Agricultural Products: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the UK’s revised World Trade Organization tariff schedule relating to agricultural imports will come into effect.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Buildings Research Establishment interim report, Fire performance of cladding materials research - experimental methodology and...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the test establishments that tested glass reinforced plastic composite fire doors about contributing to the remediation plan...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce the results of the consultation on the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, in particular the review of the Life in the UK...

      Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives they plan to implement to unite communities across the UK post-Brexit.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Fund: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals who were identified as entitled to income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) but who were...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to developing a cross-governmental healthy air for children action plan as part of a national framework to protect children and...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to secure agreements with EU countries to work on reducing levels of air pollution after Brexit.

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to save the shrill carder bee from extinction.

      Eggs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what trade protections will be in place on (1) egg, and (2) egg product, imports from countries outside the EU in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Home Office

    • Obscenity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) arrests, and (2) convictions, for importing child sex dolls there have been in the financial years (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, and (c)...

    • Right to Rent Consultative Panel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Right to Rent Consultative Panel has met since the publication of the report by the Chief Inspector on Borders and Immigration on the right...

      Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 March (HL Deb, col 711), whether they will ask the Attorney General to invite the views of...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their projected forecast for the number of (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers they expect to accept in each of the next five years; and whether they...

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether refugees will be afforded the same rights as now if the UK withdraws from the EU.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fees charged by GPs to provide medical information to support a firearms licence application.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many holders of UK passports also hold passports issued by other countries.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the open letter of 25 June 2018 from nine British and French voluntary organisations, about the UK–France joint action plan on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Efficiency Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to assess the financial benefits to UK taxpayers that have resulted from the Green Review of public sector procurement, published in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 March (HL13966), of which part of the internal discussions on avoiding a hard border...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 13 March (HL13776), how they will ensure that both Houses of Parliament and their relevant select committees are...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 6 March (HL13927), in how many cases there has been a failure by the claimant to pay the High Income Child Benefit...

    • Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the long-term impact on future generations is accounted for in their policy-making processes.

      Cash Dispensing: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to ensure that the reduction in the availability of cash does not act to the detriment of the most disadvantaged in society.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • ICT: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve data transparency amongst large tech companies in order to support competition in the digital services sector.

    • Loneliness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to date in implementing their Loneliness Strategy, A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness, published on 15 October 2018.

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