Written answers

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make an announcement on the award of the new Southeastern franchise.

    • Driverless Cars: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the safety of self-driving cars.

      Driving Tests: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Impact Assessment on Review of language support provided for driving tests, whether the policy change that withdrew the...

      Brittany Ferries and DFDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2019 to Question 233640, whether the three year settlement agreement and possible project listings with Eurotunnel...

      Brittany Ferries and DFDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2019 to Question 233640, what vital freight capacity has been procured with DFDS and Brittany Ferries; and what...

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2019 to Question 233639, if he will provide details of the auditors assessment of the risks of legal challenge to...

      Department for Transport: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many mandatory cyber security training sessions civil servants working in his Department are required to undertake.

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have informed the DVLA that they have insulin-treated diabetes and a group (a) 1 or (b) 2 driving licence in each of the last 10 years.

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the recent changes to the DVLA’s driving and diabetes guidance differs between drivers with group 1 and group 2 licences.

      Manston Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will confirm the commitment given by his Department to reinstate Manston Airport following the cessation of the use of that airfield as a...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • NHS: Fraud

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what assessment he has made of the level of fraud in the NHS; and what recent discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Health and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made on ensuring that the UK meets its target of spending 2.4 per cent of GDP...

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made on ensuring the UK meets its 2.4 per cent GDP target for R&D funding.

      Bombardier: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support Bombardier to secure future contracts.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total amount of solar energy captured in the UK is for each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of a 10 percent tariff on UK-produced cars exported to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 206775, on USA: State Visits, when his Department plans to publish the...

    • Golan Heights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the future of the Golan Heights; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Public Health: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to tackle public health misinformation on social media platforms.

    • NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of clinical negligence claims to NHS Resolution over the next three years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Justice and Civil Justice Council on reforming the tort of negligence in...

      Travel: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish the outcome of the Public Health England review into the provision of travel vaccinations on the NHS.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the clinical rationale is to charge people with asthma for their prescription charges when people with many other long-term...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes who have access to...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure his Department is (a) aware of new technologies for diabetes treatment and (b) enables the timely (i)...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve technology in the NHS.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure reciprocal healthcare arrangements are in place with EU countries after the UK’s leaves the EU.

      Genetics: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure progress in research on genomic healthcare in the UK.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the expansion of the PrEP Impact Trial outside of London as soon as possible.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Training

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

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the debate of 24 January 2019 on Appropriate ME Treatment, what recent discussions his Department has had with NICE on the...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many training places for general practice were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

      5G: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the roll-out of 5G technology on people's health.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of employing one (a) nurse, (b) midwife, (c) doctor and (d) GP.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using e-services in London for the proposed expansion of the PrEP Impact Trial.

      Intensive Care: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the quality of critical care treatment in North Hampshire.

      Health Services: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the speed of growth within Cambridgeshire on local health services.

      Barts Health NHS Trust: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to provide PFI relief to Barts Health NHS Trust.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Public Health England's guidance, Health Matters: Identifying and offering brief advice to tobacco and alcohol users,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Tuberculosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the UK's contribution to global TB research and role in advancing the further...

    • Gaza: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the (a) UN, (b) Palestinian Authority and (c) Israeli Government on the (i) 2018 review of the Gaza...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a child marker scheme to track the money that her Department...

      Burma: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the extent of sex trafficking between Myanmar and China; and if she will make a...

      Armed Conflict: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to lower rates of water-borne diseases in conflict areas throughout the world.

      Yemen: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking provide support to internally displaced people in Yemen.

      Yemen: Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to respond to reports of swine flu in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are being taken to increase recruitment levels of science teachers.

    • Languages: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of pupils in each key stage in (a) state and (b) private primary schools who are studying European...

      Languages: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of students at UK universities who are studying each European language.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children are unaccompanied asylum seeking children in each local authority area.

      Pupils: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans Ofsted has to ensure that descriptors of high-quality education in new inspection handbooks for (a) early years, (b) schools and (c)...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Education and Skills Funding Agency plans to revise its apprenticeship funding rules for training providers and employers to include...

      Teachers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in UK schools are EU nationals.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities are maintaining Education, Health and Care plans por young people up to the age of 25.

      Special Educational Needs: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment and training have a special educational need.

      Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the financial sustainability of universities currently operating with a deficit.

      Free School Meals: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not...

      Free School Meals: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not...

      Social Services: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of children's services in Sunderland.

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total number and value is of European Social Fund contracts held by (a) the Education and Skills Funding Agency and (b) his Department.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants have been employed in schools in (a) England, (b) North East and (c) Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Philip Augar and the Post-18 review panel on Shariah compliant loans.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional financial support his Department provides to local authorities that experience a significant increase in the number of looked-after...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans are in place to support local authorities to work closely with Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service in...

    • Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) released from each prison and (b) recorded as homeless on release from each prison in each of the last five years.

      Offenders: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he has held with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss homelessness of ex-offenders.

      Special Educational Needs: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population have (a) a learning disability, (b) autism and (c) other special educational need.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of people that have waited 12 months or more from the time they appealed a decision on (a)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to tackle the reduction in the UK exports of goods and services to Switzerland.

    • Department for International Trade: Consultants

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

      Department for International Trade: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many alleged breaches of the Special Advisers’ Code of Conduct by his Department's Special Advisers have been investigated by the...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to (a) protect the steel sector and (b) mitigate the effect of a potential rapid change in export trade...

      Iron and Steel: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, (a) what level of tariffs UK steel producers exporting to Turkey are expected to pay and (b) what steps the Government is taking to help...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 232023 and the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214563 on...

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to lower business rates.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229147 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department has made...

      Buildings: Insulation

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

      Refuges: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the availability of refuges for victims of domestic abuse in (a) Coventry and (b) the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 232574 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department has...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 232020 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department plans to...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 232574 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department consulted...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 232574 on Buildings: Insulation, how many fire barriers per storey...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the deployment of the army to assist the police in clearing an unauthorised traveller encampment on Ministry of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential correlation between the roll-out of universal credit and the trends in the level of survival...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what illnesses are considered terminal under Special Rules for Terminal Illness.

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people access disability benefits through Special Rules for Terminal Illness by each terminal illness.

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

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

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for the draft regulations for compensatory payments to be arranged for people who have moved to universal credit and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alleged breaches of the Special Advisers’ Code of Conduct by his Department's Special Advisers have been investigated by the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Donkeys and Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce horse and donkey abandonment.

    • Cephalopods: Animal Welfare

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

      Horses: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System will enable horses to be traced post-import and check-tested.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 230932 on Animal Welfare Act 2006, when he plans to increase the...

      Formaldehyde: Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the trading standards regime in protecting consumers from exposure to...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to tailor food standards to (a) serve UK trade interests and (b) keep standards high.

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure an alignment of the (a) design and (b) implementation of deposit return...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take facilitate cooperation between the four countries of the UK on shared environmental challenges...

      Rural Areas: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding UK National Park Authorities has provided to rural bus services in each year since 2010.

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the UK has requested a quicker action on a chemical restriction, including additional rapid phase-out...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to prohibit the export of livestock for (a) slaughter and (b) fattening after the UK leaves the EU.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to meet UN biodiversity targets on halting species decline and improving the condition...

  • Home Office

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce violent crime in England.

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to minimise the length of time migrants are kept in detention.

      Visas: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on that country's visa plans for UK business travellers.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse is of the Government’s Cyber Aware communication campaign.

      Asylum: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the content of the Asylum Policy Instruction: Sexual Orientation in Asylum Claims plan.

      Radicalism: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with (a) social media companies and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on the potential viability of a 24-hour...

      Public Transport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the level of security provision on public transport since the...

      Borders: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with this counterpart in the French Government on (a) travel and transport delays caused by recent industrial...

      Migrant Workers: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure an adequate supply of hospital ancillary workers and care assistants from (a) EU member states and (b)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Driving Under Influence

      What discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on harmonising Scottish and English drink-driving laws.

    • Fisheries: Scotland

      What steps he is taking to support the Scottish fishing sector.

      Taxation: Scotland

      What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on its use of tax powers.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Deptford

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has a financial interest in (a) Tidemill Green and (b) the site of Old Tidemill...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service: Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of civil servants employed directly or indirectly by the Government (a) inside and (b) outside of...

    • Public Sector: Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on its plans to introduce a Public Service Ombudsman; and whether the Independent Housing Ombudsman will be...

      National Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to recommendation two of the Government’s Capability Review of the Cross Government Funds, published on 28 March 2018, what...

      National Cyber Security Centre

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department monitors the number of organisations that are (a) contacted by and (b) receive direct advice from the National Cyber Security Centre.

      Prime Minister: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money from the public purse has been spent on social media advertising for the Prime Minister’s statement in Downing Street on 20 March 2019.

  • Treasury

    • Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the commemorative 50 pence coin issued to mark the UK's departure from the EU has been minted.

    • Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the marriage tax allowance has cost the public purse; how many married couples have been eligible for it; and how many and what proportion of...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding his Department has allocated to the married couple's allowance in each of the next three financial years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money private pharmaceutical companies have claimed back in VAT as a result of what they have paid suppliers for medicines in each year for which...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the proposed additional tax charge on non-resident property purchases was reduced from 3 per cent to 1 per cent under his Department's plans.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the commemorative 50 pence coin to mark the UK's departure from the EU with the date of 29 March 2019 has been minted.

      Females: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of austerity on BAME women.

      Steel: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to minimise (a) administration costs, (b) delays and (c) complexities of transporting UK steel sector products to the...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recent discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on Government cybersecurity funding in the 2019 Spending Review.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Proof of Identity: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that digital ID has carries the same age proofing weight as a...

    • Facebook: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he was notified of the Facebook data breach reported on 21 March 2019 where the passwords of up to 600 million users were...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Official Hospitality

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the holding Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 208188, how much money is...

  • Department for Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the increased use of bio-diesel made from used cooking oil.

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to raise public awareness that (1) drivers travelling in the EU after 29 March may need to obtain a Green Card from their insurers...

      Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of disruption to Eurostar rail services in the event of a disorderly Brexit.

      Railways: Yeovil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of passenger demand for later evening trains between Waterloo and Yeovil on Mondays to Saturdays.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Motor Vehicles: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the impact that no-deal Brexit tariff plans could have on possible price rises in the UK automotive sector.

    • Business: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a forecast by the British Chambers of Commerce that there may be a decline in business investment this year as a result of Brexit...

      Company Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to assess whether Company Voluntary Arrangements effectively protect the economic interests of HMRC, and those of creditors and...

      Service Industries: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve productivity growth in the retail and hospitality sectors.

      Multinational Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ensure that UK competition law remains closely aligned with EU rules in relation to large companies after Brexit; and if not, what steps they...

  • Department for Education

    • Shops: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote and support bookshops to improve levels of literacy.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Mentally Disordered Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce psychiatric alternatives to prison, and other forms of sentences, for persons who have committed a crime because of their mental...

    • Community Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been a decline in community service sentences; and how they intend to reverse this decline.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they are doing to address sentence inflation following the average increase of three months over the past six years.

      Offenders: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of female offenders who have experienced traumas such as domestic and sexual abuse; and what steps they intend to...

      Reoffenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work they have done to look at offending behaviours and the reasons behind the cycle of crime and reoffending rates.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts to the defence budget on projects to upgrade armoured vehicles in the UK armed forces.

  • Home Office

    • Fire and Rescue Services: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that firefighters are adequately trained to tackle fires in the cladding of buildings.

    • Immigration: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a returning ISIS fighter from Syria, who is an Irish citizen, will be allowed to enter, settle and work in the UK under Common Travel Area rules.

      Informers: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 March (HL13990), whether the inspection teams covering juveniles as covert human...

      Children: Crime Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the recruitment of male mentors for boys and young men growing up without a father in the home in areas of high incidence of knife crime or...

      CCTV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of using CCTV in detecting, preventing and deterring the incidence of violent crime with weapons in built-up areas.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Parliament Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the EU Council of Ministers to consider (1) extending the mandate of current UK MEPs beyond the end of June for the length of the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent breaches of EU data protection rules by advertising companies on public sector websites; and what steps they are taking to...

    • Social Media: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a tax on social media companies to help fund research and public guidance information about online safety.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the gender pay gap; when they estimate that gap to close; and what steps they are taking to hasten the closure of that gap.

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