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Written answers

Thursday, 28 March 2019

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 229719, what the most effective smoking cessation aids are; and what steps the...

    • Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to abolish NHS prescription charges; what assessment he has made of the (a) cost to the NHS of medical...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations in the report, No room at the inn: how easy is it for nomadic Gypsies and Travellers to access...

      Pupils: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he has issued to schools on the potential adverse effects of emergency contraception being provided to girls under the age...

      Life Expectancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statement in Public Health England’s report entitled A...

      Life Expectancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policies of the conclusion in Public Health England’s report...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if will make a comparative assessment of the demographic profiles of (a) patients (i) being given and (ii) attending appointments at...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the effect of virtual clinic appointments relative to face-to-face appointments on (a)...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the extent of substitution of appointments at virtual clinics for face-to-face appointments in England.

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on the effect of language comprehension difficulties on the effectiveness of virtual clinics.

      Speech Therapy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists on the training of approved mental...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the proportion of dental patients who receive (a) NHS and (b) private treatment.

      Pharmacy: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to manage risks to safety in compounding facilities in (a) NHS organisations and (b) commercial...

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure effective recruitment from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries to meet the demand for NHS and care,...

      Nurses: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans that the salary exemption for nurses under Tier 2 visas announced on 7 March 2019 will (a) be maintained...

      General Practitioners: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people attending (a) A&E facilities at the Blackpool Acute Hospitals Trust and (b) Walk-in...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the effect has been on levels of nurse recruitment of the removal of the nursing bursary.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England is taking to encourage CCGs which do not prescribe Flash Glucose Monitoring technology to do so as soon as...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which CCGs do not currently prescribe Flash Glucose Monitoring kits.

      Brineura

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to make Brineura accessible to sufferers of Batten disease.

      Health Services and Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies on staffing of the March 2019 King's Fund report entitled Closing...

      Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of leaving the EU without an agreement on the UK’s ability to access (a)...

      NHS and Social Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure effective recruitment from EU and non-EU countries to meet demand for (a) NHS and (b) care workers...

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adding asthma to the list of medical exemptions for prescription charges.

      Neurofibromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurofibromatosis.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of employment growth which can be attributed to (a) agency work, (b) self-employment and (c)...

    • Universal Credit: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps her Department has taken to help ensure the financial security of universal credit claimants with cancer.

      Local Housing Allowance: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2019 to Question 229224, whether her Department plans to make an assessment of the effect of the Local...

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants in (a) Cardiff South and Penarth, (b) the Vale of Glamorgan and...

      Social Security Benefits: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people in (a) Cardiff South and Penarth, (b) the Vale of Glamorgan and (c) Wales that have...

      Social Security Benefits: Glasgow South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many advance benefit payments have been made to people in Glasgow South West in each month since September 2018.

      Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the take-up rate has been of each income-based pensioner benefit in each of the last five years for which data are available.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people who cannot claim universal credit online because they cannot access (a) a computer...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sanctions applied to universal credit claimants result from a matter relating to the Online Journal system.

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234158 on Public Sector: Pensions, what estimate she has made of the average amount of...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce levels of hunger; and if she will make a statement.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussion she has had with Cabinet colleagues on a cross-Government approach to reducing hunger; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • Deportation: Parents

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

      Visas: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to exclude scientific research occupations from the cap on tier 2 visas.

      Immigration: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending international students’ post study leave period to find permanent...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have reported a crime of (a) violence against the person, (b) theft and (c) a public order offence in England and Wales and...

      Missing Persons: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to prevent unaccompanied and trafficked children going missing from care.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to help safeguard mosques since the attacks on mosques in Birmingham on 20 March 2019; and if he will...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to support young EU nationals apply to the EU Settlement Scheme who may have difficulty in providing...

      Knives: Death and Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have had the highest incidence of knife-related (a) deaths and (b) injuries in each of the last eight years.

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places in the seasonal workers pilot scheme have been ring-fenced for Scotland.

      Migrant Workers: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure the recruitment of NHS and care workers from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries to meet levels of demand...

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he holds information on the average time a person released under investigation went without contact from an investigating officer in...

      Visas: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to (a) retain and (b) extend to EEA citizens the Tier 2 visa salary exemption for nurses after the UK leaves the EU.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people working on developing the Disclosure and Barring Service are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people working on developing the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier...

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will allocate additional funding for the security and protection of mosques and Muslim faith schools.

      Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing visa charges for Commonwealth armed forces personnel applying...

      Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce youth-related violence in (a) Barnsley and (b) Sheffield City Region.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of knife crime there were in (a) Barnsley and (b) Sheffield City Region in each of the last five years.

      Visas: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Tier 2 visa salary exemption for nurses will (a) remain his policy after the UK leaves the EU and (b) be extended to EEA citizens.

      Migrant Workers: Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that care workers from EU Member States can work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor on the effectiveness of short custodial sentences for people convicted of knife...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to increase the (a) amount and (b) quality of modern slavery training provided to police officers.

      Visas: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the salary exemption for nurses under Tier 2 visas will be extended to EEA citizens.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) domestic violence protection notices and (b) domestic violence protection orders have been issued in each of the last five years.

      Visas: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to (a) retain and (b) extend to EEA citizens the Tier 2 visa salary exemption for nurses after the UK leaves the EU.

      Saudi Arabia: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Saudi nationals (a) Saud al-Qahtani, (b) Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, and (c) Thaar Ghaleb al-Harbi last visited the UK.

      Migrant Workers: NHS and Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) NHS workers and (b) care workers can be recruited from (i) EU and (ii) non-EU countries after the...

      Visas: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the salary exemption for nurses on Tier 2 visas will remain his policy after the UK leaves the EU; and what plans he has to extend...

      Migrant Workers: NHS and Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure effective recruitment from EU countries to meet demand for (a) NHS and (b) care workers after the UK...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 21 January 2019, whether everyone who paid a fee during the pilot scheme for the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Obesity: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of people with obesity in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each Clinical Commissioning Group in Northern...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish who (a) she and (b) Ministers of her Department have met in meetings and engagements over the last 14 months; and if she...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families who have a child with additional support needs have had their child benefit payment reduced due to exceeding the earnings threshold.

    • Overseas Loans: Mozambique

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the progress of investigations by UK authorities into alleged financial crimes related to $2 billion in loans arranged by...

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Notice on travelling between the EU and the UK following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU published by the European Commission on...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an estimate of the potential costs of the UK's contributions to the EU budget in the event that the UK remains in the EU for a...

      Holiday Accommodation: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the taxation rate for online accommodation booking businesses.

      Revenue and Customs: Portsmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish in full the results from any local economic impact assessment ahead of the decision to close the HMRC office in Portsmouth.

      Revenue and Customs: Portsmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the cumulative length of service of all HMRC staff (a) employed at and (b) at risk of redundancy from the closure of the Portsmouth office.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2019 to Question 215222 on Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions, on what date The Royal Mint plans for the 50 pence...

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date The Royal Mint began or plans to begin production of the 50 pence coin commemorating the UK’s departure from the EU.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what costs The Royal Mint has incurred for the (a) design and (b) production of the 50 pence coin commemorating the UK’s departure from the EU.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 233582 on Children: Day Care, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to (a) tax free...

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria his Department used to calculate the estimated revenue from the digital services tax proposed in 2018 Budget.

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of how the anti-treaty-shopping provisions within the Digital Services Tax proposed in the 2018 Budget would be...

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with its counterparts in other countries on the application of the digital services tax proposed in Budget 2018.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135229 on Public Sector: Pensions, what progress has been made by responsible Departments in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Facebook: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he discussed with Mark Zuckerberg at their meeting in week commencing 18 February 2019 the January 2019 Facebook data...

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many consultants his Department has hired in each year since 2016; and what the cost has been to the public purse.

      Airbnb: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of AirB&B on tourism in the North East.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

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

    • British Business Bank: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much financial support the British Business Bank start-up loans programme has provided to businesses in each...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance he has provided to Ofgem on how it checks that energy companies approach customers and other householders...

      Climate Change: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a response to EDM 2177 on UK-wide climate emergency.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the provision of specialist housing for older people as...

    • Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to use the successor scheme to the New Homes Bonus to incentivise the provision of specialist housing...

      Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average time taken by the Independent Housing Ombudsman was to determine case complaints in 2018-19; and how...

      Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has asked the Independent Housing Ombudsman to change the six month target for determining case complaints...

      Housing Ombudsman Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many full time equivalent staff were employed by the Independent Housing Ombudsman in 2018-19; and how many of...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2018 to Question 178312 on Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments,...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of people sleeping rough have a co-occurring mental health and substance use problem.

      Sheltered Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to introduce additional forms of tenure for older people in specialist housing-with-care...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Cybercrime

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

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the core of Aluminium Composite Material cladding is filler material as the term is to be understood in the...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of the use of brownfield sites as potential locations to...

      Stronger Towns Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the Barnett consequentials for Wales of the introduction of the Stronger Towns Funds.

      Local Government Finance: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Government on the adequacy of the funding settlement.

      Affordable Housing: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Affordable Homes Programme for the London Borough of Havering.

      Social Services: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of adult services in Romford.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms length bodies in 2018.

    • Weeton Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 231436 on Weeton Barracks, what assessment he has made of the effect the recently announced delay to...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to place an order for littoral strike vessels; how much he expects each vessel to cost; and when he expects those vessels to be operational.

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to designate the littoral strike vessels as complex warships in order that only British shipyards may bid for their construction.

      Ministry of Defence: Cybercrime

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

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the results of the Red Arrows feasibility study.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working on developing the Wildcat Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working on developing MODnet Evolve are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource (c) civil servants.

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to deploy troops to Northern Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding from the public purse was allocated to commemorations of D-Day's (a) 50th, (b) 65th and (c) 70th anniversary.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the British armed forces have been injured on active service in the Yemen in the last six months.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many consultants his Department has hired in each year since 2016; and what the cost has been to the public purse.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications for (a) Standard Individual Export Licences, (b) Open Individual Export Licences and (c) Open Individual Trade Control...

    • Business: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to help export businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU.

      Poultry Meat: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the carcass balance of poultry meat is maintained as part of trade negotiations with...

      Sodium Thiopental: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the UK ban on exports of sodium thiopental to the US will be maintained after the UK leaves the EU.

      Exports: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234238 on Exports: Saudi Arabia, how many applications for (a) SIELs, (b) OIELs, (c)...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on a potential trade agreement after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade deals have been rolled over in time for the UK leaving the EU; and what estimate he has made of the number of trade deals...

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to extend eligibility for free bus travel to combat air pollution.

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the whole of the East Coast Main Line is ready for the delivery of High Speed Two by 2033.

      Aviation: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans on taking to reduce the number of disruptive passenger incidents (a) at airports and (b) onboard commercial airlines.

      Railways: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will conduct a review into the efficiency of the new rail ombudsman.

      Seaborne Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many hours his (a) officials and (b) Ministers have spent on the Seaborne Freight contract.

      Seaborne Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) the time spent by his Department’s officials, (b) outside contractor’s advice and (c) any...

      Ramsgate Port: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of dredging Ramsgate port for ferry access in relation to the failed Seaborne freight contract; and who paid for that dredging.

      Railways: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the target for all franchises to stop discharging effluent onto tracks will be met by the end of the calendar year; and whether any franchises...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's consultation Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information which closed on 16 September 2018, when he plans to...

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) his Department has completed its evaluation of bids and (b) he has completed his consent relating to the tender for the Southeastern...

      Spaceflight: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on awarding spaceport licences for horizontal satellite launch in the United Kingdom.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement audio visual announcements on buses.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation, Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of staff of his Department have been seconded to other government departments to work on preparations for the...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cambridge Analytica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings were held between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and Alexander Nix of Cambridge Analytica in...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 230785, whether the Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory...

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on (a) the transfer of detainees to the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay and (b) the closure of that...

      Syria: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the transfer of detainees in North East Syria for prosecution to authorities in (a)...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on alleged human rights violations of Muslims in...

      Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of human rights abuses against indigenous people in West Papua; and what recent...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

      Cuba: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) his Cuban counterpart and (c) his counterpart in the US...

      Mexico: Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prosperity Fund project entitled Promoting best practice sharing in Deepwater oil and gas exploration and...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of alleged human rights abuses committed in (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) other countries by the Saudi...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the criteria used to assess whether diplomatic protection is provided following the torture or imprisonment...

      British Nationals Abroad: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria is applied to a decision on whether a British citizen receives consular assistance or diplomatic protection.

      Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234199 on Treaties, if he will provide a full list naming each of the 52...

  • Department for International Development

    • Southern Africa: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial aid her Department plans to provide to (a) Mozambique and (b) Malawi to tackle the destruction of Cyclone Idai; and...

    • World Health Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has to support Italy’s draft resolution on improving the transparency of markets for drugs, vaccines...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 234783 on Department for International Development: Secondment, when she will...

  • Department for Education

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward proposals to require the headteacher of a (a) primary and (b) secondary school to show parents upon request the material used...

    • Pupils: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to exclude the provision of counselling for (a) abortion and (b) abortifacient birth control to school pupils; and if he...

      Pupil Premium: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 230718 on GSCE: Children in Care, what assessment he has made of how the Pupil Premium Plus is...

      National College Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what firms and institutions by region the National College Creative Industries has partnered with since its inception.

      Apprentices: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total spend has been on (a) level 2 (b) level 3 and (c) above level 3 apprenticeships in each of the last three financial years; and if he...

      Free Schools: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to the public purse of rent paid by his Department for (a) land and (b) buildings for free...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for 2017-18, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase...

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on reintroducing post-study work visas for overseas students.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many exclusions per head of population there have been in each local authority area in each of the last nine years.

      Grammar Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is his policy to allow existing selective schools to open new sites; and whether the Selective School Expansion Fund can be used to fund...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that relationship and sex education is LGBT-inclusive in all types of school in Yorkshire.

      Schools: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of school buildings below 18 metres in height that have aluminium composite material cladding.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the February 2019 Sutton Trust report which found that disadvantaged young...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 233582 on Children: Day Care, what estimate he has made of the funding that will be allocated to...

      Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234252 on Pupils: Sanitary Protection, if he will publish the Government's timetable for the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) trends in the level of non-compliant movement of equines with (i) fraudulent and (ii)...

    • Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the average cost to (a) residents and (b) businesses of the imposition of a Clean Air Zone.

      Fruit: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it will remain his Department's policy to retain the ban on the importation of citrus products that have been...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department will provide to British dairy farmers in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of reviewing environmental funding in tandem with periodic...

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on its wildfires review.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to enforcement at Sites of Special Scientific Interest, how many (a) warning letters have been issued, (b)...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many consultants his Department has hired in each year since 2016; and what the cost has been to the public purse.

      Poultry: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to progress trade opportunities with China in poultry meat and breeding stock.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the amount of surplus food produced in the UK; what the (a) sources and (b) destinations...

      Fisheries: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government will ratify the Agreement on Port State Measures To Prevent, Deter And Eliminate Illegal, Unreported And...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 232542 on Animal Welfare: Sentencing, whether bringing forward...

      Formaldehyde: Regulation

      What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulations on formaldehyde in domestic environments.

      Coastal Erosion and Floods

      What steps he is taking to tackle coastal erosion and flooding.

      Incinerators

      What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of waste incineration capacity.

      Water: Conservation

      What plans he has to tackle water scarcity.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on a potential free trade agreement with the US after the UK leaves the EU.

      Deer: Conservation

      What guidance his Department has issued to the Forestry Commission on deer culling.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Chevening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many times that Secretaries of State for his Department have used Chevening House for (a) departmental and (b) personal use...

  • Attorney General

    • London Capital and Finance: Company Investigations

      To ask the Attorney General, what the timetable is for the Serious Fraud Office investigation into London Capital & Finance.

    • Criminal Proceedings: Evidence

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to address failures relating to disclosure of evidence through the encouragement of early engagement between prosecution and defence in...

      Attorney General: Consultants

      To ask the Attorney General, how many consultants his Department has hired in each year since 2016; and what the cost has been to the public purse.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many consultants his Department has hired in each year since 2016; and what the cost has been to the public purse.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the £1 billion for the courts reform programme (a) has been spent on consultancies and, (b) is projected to be spent on consultancies...

    • Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been assessed by Community Rehabilitation Companies and National Probation Services for a resettlement plan in the 12 weeks prior...

      Offenders: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many former prisoners who have had support via the resettlement plan were (a) sleeping rough, (b) other homeless and (c) in unsettled accommodation...

      Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the maximum number of offenders is who can be tagged and monitored at any one time under the new national GPS tagging of offenders scheme.

      Prisoners' Release: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average daily number of offenders on Home Detention Curfew has been in each of the last 12 months.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people aged under 18 are in youth detention facilities.

      Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people under the age of 18 were charged with common assault in 2018.

      Harassment: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many restraining orders were issued in each of the last three years.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to his Department has been of personal independence payment appeals in each year since 2015.

      Ministry of Justice: Cybercrime

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

      Treatment of, and Outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Individuals in the Criminal Justice System Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has been made of the Supreme Court Judgment given on 30 January 2019 entitled 'In the matter of an application by Lorraine Gallagher for...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time between an person appealing a decision on (a) employment and support allowance and...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has (a) conducted or (b) commissioned on whether the correct legal procedures are being followed in relation to...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults took place in each prison in the 12 months to September 2018.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the current number of vacancies is in each community rehabilitation company.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many probation officers worked at over 110% capacity at some point during 2018 in each community rehabilitation company.

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people working on developing the NOMS Digital Transformation Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people working on developing the Criminal Justice System Exchange Re-provisioning programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish the Public Bodies 2018 report.

    • Cabinet Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many alleged breaches of the Special Advisors’ Code of Conduct by his Department's Special Advisers have been investigated by the Ministers...

      Prime Minister: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many alleged breaches of the Special Advisers’ Code of Conduct by the Prime Minister's Special Advisers have been investigated in the last 12...

      Prosperity Fund: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2019 to Question 232546, if he will publish details of the projects relevant to the Oil and Gas Sector that have...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which projects within the Government Major Project Portfolio are categorised as ICT projects.

      Government Departments: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the social media policy for HM Government accounts.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working on the FOXHOUND Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of public sector buyers utilise the Digital Marketplace.

      Electronic Government: Electronic Signatures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what relationship the Government plans to have with the eIDAS scheme after the UK has left the EU.

      Suicide: Wakefield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died by suicide in Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group by (a) age and (b) gender over the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members' Staff: Mental Health

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what training and support is available to hon. Members' staff on suicide awareness.

    • Members: ICT

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment has been made of the success of the roll-out of updated IT equipment for...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether electronically assisted pedal cycles categorised as EU type approved L1e-A are required to be registered with the DVLA for use in the UK.

    • Railways: Yeovil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the double-track railway lines between Dinton and Tisbury stations will be re-instated to allow the operation of two trains per hour in both directions...

      London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the ability to join and split trains at Yeovil Junction on the number of services that might be run between...

      Channel Ferries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contracts they signed with ferry operators for the provision of services in the event of a no-deal Brexit specified the date of Brexit as 29 March;...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia at ministerial level following that government's decision to prosecute Loujain al-Hathloul...

    • Saudi Arabia: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of torture, sexual harassment and mistreatment of women human rights defenders in detention in Saudi Arabia; and what...

      Saudi Arabia: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Foreign Secretary has had with (1) United States, and (2) European counterparts about making joint diplomatic representations to the...

      Yemen: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any information from third parties about use of weapons supplied by British companies in the Yemen conflict.

      Sudan: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that churches have been burnt down in Sudan; who they believe to be responsible; and what assessment they have made, if...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress achieved by the government of Eritrea towards (1) releasing political prisoners, (2) ending indefinite conscription,...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continuing eligibility of Eritrea for consideration under the United Nations Human Rights Council, Agenda Item 4, Human...

      Iran: UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the gender-related policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran before supporting its election to the UN’s Working Group on...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of sanctions imposed by the United States and the EU, in response to the 2014 occupation and annexation of Crimea, on...

      Israeli Settlements: Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the violent seizure of a Palestinian home in the Old City of Jerusalem by Israeli settlers...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the refusal of that country to allow Palestinian farmers to access their land and the...

      Israel: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the banning of the alliance of Israeli Arab parties from fielding candidates in...

      Jerusalem: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding freedom of worship in Jerusalem following the sealing of the door of a mosque by Israeli...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 March (HL14070), what action they will now take to protect such Palestinian children in...

      Burma: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement made by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a public meeting on 15 March in Bago that she would seek to...

      Burma: Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Statement on discrimination and coercion faced by minority groups in citizenship registration process, published by...

      Burma: Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma about (1) the citizenship application process in that country, and the risk of discrimination...

      Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the intention of the government of Turkey to buy weapons from Russia while being a member of NATO.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about the confiscation of Palestinian security cameras during raids in Palestinian communities...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the deterioration in conditions at the Bethlehem Checkpoint 300; and whether they have raised with the government of...

      Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Turkey’s pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system presents a security issue for NATO.

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking following comments by the Prime Minister of New Zealand calling for a global response to tackle racism.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Methadone: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 11 March (HL14049), whether any public body other than NHS Digital holds the necessary...

    • Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS Digital is compliant with all legal obligations under the national data opt out Direction 2017, in particular the requirements in that Direction under...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of access to humanitarian aid (1) entering, and (2) being distributed in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between cuts to children's support services and child victims of trafficking going missing shortly after...

    • Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether free sanitary products will be made available in primary schools.

      Voluntary Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect information on the diversity of religion or belief amongst school governors in voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their...

      Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of expressions of interest in the new capital funding scheme for voluntary-aided schools were for schools with a religious character; and what is...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of primary school children who have type 1 diabetes.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many planning applications (1) have been called-in, and (2) are awaiting a decision, by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government;...

    • Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of manufacturers of glass-reinforced plastic composite fire doors becoming insolvent in order to avoid any potential...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcements by the government of the United States on 18 December 2018 and 21 February about the withdrawal of United States troops from Syria...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Poultry: Slaughterhouses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether chickens are still being killed commercially by electrocution, upside down, on a conveyer belt; if not, how they are killed commercially; and if so, what...

    • Eggs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures will be in place to ensure that (1) eggs, and (2) egg products, imported into the UK after the UK leaves the EU meet the same environmental and...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings in the report by Every Child Protected Against Trafficking and Missing People Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and...

    • Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 December 2018 (HL12231), when they plan to publish the updated version of the...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 December 2018 (HL12284), why data are not published on the time taken for victims of...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status and citizenship of children born while overseas to (1) British nationals, and (2) those with permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain...

      Undocumented Migrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they, together with the government of France, are taking to ensure that refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied children, living near Calais and...

      Fire Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review fire safety guidance with a view to including escape provisions when the stay put policy has to be abandoned.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the International Trade Committee UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny, published on 28 December 2018 (HC1043) and their subsequent...

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