Written answers

Thursday, 4 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • HMS Collingwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has allocated to merchant navy seafarer training courses for Royal Navy personnel on HMS...

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 231515 on Blue Badge Scheme, which disability organisations his Department has consulted with on...

      Driving: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many anonymous fitness to drive complaints were received in each of the last three years; and how many of those complaints were investigated.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made to ensure that all bus operators are providing audio visual (AV) next stop and final destination announcements...

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Aviation Policy Framework, published by the Government in March 2013, what assessment he has made of the implications of the...

      Wow Air: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice and support his Department is providing to consumers affected by the failure of Wow Air.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department or officials have had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission on their advice that Driver Only Operation trains...

      Bypasses: Shipley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to complete the Shipley Eastern Bypass.

      Trains: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which train operating companies his Department has had discussions with in the last two years on the effect on disabled passengers of driver-only...

      Trains: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has recently (a) sought and (b) received representations on the effect on disabled passengers of driver-only operation trains.

      Transport for London: Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Transport for London has the power to defer borrowing from one year to the next.

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018 his Department received technical advice from contracted advisory firms stating that...

      Department for Transport: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to Question 210578 on Cycling: Safety tabled on 21 January 2019 by the hon. Member for Southampton Itchen.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Cybercrime

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

    • Solar Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has had discussions with the devolved Administrations on the development of solar energy in (a)...

      State Aid (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with the Leader of the House on a new date for bringing forward his Department's State...

      Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will guarantee that UK Research and Innovation will sign the terms of grants of researchers who have submitted...

      Research: EU Grants and Loans

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

      Immunology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase skills in the workforce in relation to immunology.

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that large companies issue payments to contractors within reasonable times.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2019 to Question 233620 on Energy: Housing, who the technical author was of PAS 2035.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many individuals gained a Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management in each of the last five...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that PAS 2035 energy efficiency measures are compatible with the advice that his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burkina Faso: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of alleged human rights violations against civilians by the security forces in Burkina Faso during...

    • Haiti: Humanitarian Aid and Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Haiti on the humanitarian and political situation in that country.

      Haiti: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help ensure the safety of UK nationals travelling, working or permanently residing in Haiti.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Government decided to remove the requirement on Sri Lanka to allow foreign judges, prosecutors and defence...

      Kenya: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support he has offered to his Kenyan counterpart on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Turkana region of that country.

      African Standby Force: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the compliance of the African Standby Force with international humanitarian law.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the escalation of conflict in (a) al-Dhal’e and (b) Hajjah governorates in the Yemen.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential redeployment of military personnel from Hodeidah city and the ports of Hodeidah,...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Civilian Impact Monitoring Report 2018,...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with his counterparts in (a) Yemen, (b) Saudi Arabia and (c) the United Arab Emirates on...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a response to EDM 2232 on Peace and Protection of Defenders in Colombia.

      UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on UK representation to the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department is taking to ensure UK children being cared for by relatives in another EU member state retain their...

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress the Government is making on negotiating alternatives to the Northern Ireland backstop in the draft EU Withdrawal Agreement.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hearing Impairment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has conducted research on the causes of hearing loss in people aged under 30.

    • Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statement in the NHS Long Term Plan that four-week waiting times for adult and older adult community mental health...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the five per cent increase in patient charges for NHS dental treatment on the affordability...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are working on the NHS.UK programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with eating disorders clinicians on how to improve (a) treatment wait times, (b) inpatient care,...

      Pregnancy Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure the (a) impartiality and (b) independence of panels members on the Commission on Human Medicines’...

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of effectiveness of medical cannabis in the treatment of epilepsy.

      Education: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology entitled Asthma and Academic Performance in Urban...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to the consultation on the cost effectiveness methodology for vaccination programmes.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle antimicrobial resistance using vaccines.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to better promote awareness and understanding of healthy behaviour including (a) reducing smoking...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has in the forthcoming Spending Review to (a) support (b) allocate funding and (c) expand early intervention...

      Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to deliver a health in all policies approach to decision-making throughout Government that affect...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 131162 on Sexual Offences: Essex, what progress his Department and NHS England have...

      Skin Cancer: Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the 2017 World Health Organization report on sunbeds...

      Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of including in the Green Paper on prevention, a skin cancer...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the European Research Area on access to EU framework programme funding for...

      Dyspraxia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the (a) time taken to receive and (b) quality of assessments for dyspraxia...

      Barts Health NHS Trust: Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of symptomatic breast appointments in Barts Health NHS Trust in each of the last five...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of women were invited for screening at Central and East London Breast Screening Service within three years of their...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many screening sessions have been delivered by Central and East London Breast Screening Service (a) in Homerton Hospital and (b) at...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the affordability of travel insurance for (a) disabled people and (b) people with existing...

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a response to Early Day Motion 2069 entitled Registration Fees at the Health and Care Professions Council.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the final report of the Meningitis Working Party will be published.

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will confirm that Serious Medicines Shortage Protocols will not be appropriate for epilepsy treatments and that will be included in...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment on the effect of the changes to the NHS tariff for combined cataract and glaucoma surgery on (a) hospital...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timescale is for the publication of the social care Green Paper.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when guidance will be made available to pharmacists on the Serious Medicines Shortage Protocols.

      Preventive Medicine: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the prevention Green Paper will include evidence-based parenting support as a key prevention and early intervention solution for...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Department has taken to assess the number of (a) minor and (b) severe injuries sustained at Assessment and Treatment Units...

      Sexual Offences: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of NHS commissioners in meeting their responsibilities to victims and...

      Sexual Offences: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS referrals there have been by gender to non-statutory therapeutic mental health services and rape crisis centres after a...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ministerial directions have been issued by Ministers in his Department in each of the last eight years.

  • Wales Office

    • Stronger Towns Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April to Question 237625, how many occasions he has met with Cabinet colleagues to discuss the Stronger Towns Fund; and what...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the savings accrued to the public purse identified by School Resource Management Advisers in relation to (a)...

    • Schools: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which schools in Birkenhead have expanded their intake without undertaking a public consultation in the last five years.

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 229154 on Department for Education: Public Expenditure, how much of the (a) £23 billion his...

      Special Educational Needs: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the findings of the National Deaf Children’s Society’s press release of 18 March 2019, A system in crisis: the daily...

      Adoption and Foster Care: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on EU nationals applying to (a) adopt or (b) foster...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to take steps to ensure that testing, treatment and prevention will be covered thoroughly enough in Relationships and Sex Education...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Table 2e, Schools Pupils and Their Characteristics, National Tables, how many primary schools had 801 or more pupils on their roll...

      Academies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is being to ensure an equitable ratio in relation to the pay of (a) teaching and support staff and (b) senior management staff in...

      Swan School Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the new Swan School in Oxford to be signed off by his Department as ready to accept applications.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his department is taking to discourage schools from excluding primary-aged pupils.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Theft: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to review the use of Out Of Court Disposals for shop theft; and if he will make a statement.

    • High Court Enforcement: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the timeliness with which High Court Enforcement Ltd reclaim moneys awarded through a court judgment.

      Probation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on contracts with private probation service providers in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK in each year for which...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the number of solicitors’ firms accepting Criminal Legal Aid cases in the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many ministerial directions have been issued by Ministers in his Department in each of the last eight years.

      Crimes of Violence: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to support victims of violent crime.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the adequacy support for the housing market in the event that the UK leaves...

    • Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support (a) the building of social housing and (b) other elements of estate regeneration.

      Churches: Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with local councils on grants for Easter community events held in or by churches.

      Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many former Armed Service personnel in England are currently (a) rough sleeping and (b) in temporary accommodation.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will publish the bimonthly counts of rough sleepers by local authorities in receipt of the Rough...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average proportion change recorded in the bimonthly counts for the Rough Sleeping Initiative has been in (a)...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of incentive payments to private landlords on (a) helping...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question 236427, (a) where and (b) when after the publication of the 2006...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question 236427 on Buildings: Insulation, when the term filler material was...

      Refuges: Domestic Abuse

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

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to take steps in cases in which freeholders refuse to pay for the replacement of combustible cladding...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the UK's sovereign ability to manufacture complete military jets in the event that the manufacture of Hawk aircraft in...

    • Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure his Department makes an assessment of export potential when designing and developing UK military capabilities.

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many financial mitigation payments have been made to MoD personnel based in Scotland in relation to the Scottish rate of income tax; and at what...

      Armed Forces: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular military physiotherapists are currently deployed in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) Wales and (e) overseas.

      Armed Forces: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian physiotherapists employed by his Department are deployed in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) Wales and (e) overseas.

      Armed Forces: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rehabilitation support workers who are not qualified physiotherapists are deployed in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d)...

      Indo-Pacific Region: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the UK Government is taking to strengthen military co-operation with allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

      Indo-Pacific Region: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the establishment of a UK forward deployment base in the Indo-Pacific region in addition to the...

      HMS Clyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce a preferred buyer for HMS Clyde.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel have been deployed in Yemen in the last six months.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of the Government's new arrangement with Babcock for the defuelling of former Royal Navy nuclear submarines in...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the value of arms sales transacted between the UK and Saudi Arabia under every letter of offer and acceptance underpinned...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) arms exported under the 2005 Al-Salam arms deal, (b) pending deal announced in March 2018 for 48 Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia and (c)...

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unauthorised incursions Russian aircraft have made into UK airspace in each of the last 12 months.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment support allowance (ESA) claimants were in receipt of the assessment rate on (a) 31 March 2016, (b) 31 March 2017 and (c)...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost to her Department is to process a mandatory reconsideration for personal independence payment.

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis have made a new application for personal independence payments in each year since these payments were...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will will publish disaggregated data by medical condition for claimants in receipt of universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of universal credit in Scotland have a mental health condition.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mental health training is provided to work coaches; and how many work coaches in Scotland have received mental health training to date.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants have been awarded personal independence payments without going to (a) mandatory reconsideration and (b) appeal since the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her speech entitled, Closing the gap between intention and experience, made on 5 March 2019, what (a) locations and (b)...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March to Question 235318 on Working Links, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the process of...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2019 to Question 235320 on Working Links, over what period her Department’s Employment Category team...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2019 to Question 235321 on Working Links, if she will introduce financial safeguards to protect the...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at the time of Working Links (Employment) Ltd's collapse what contacts they held with her Department; what the total value was of each of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential (a) cost to the public purse and (b) benefits of universal credit claimants receiving an...

      Child Maintenance Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) points of dissatisfaction and (b) complaints have been logged with the Child Maintenance Service in each year for which...

      Child Maintenance Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff (a) were employed in each year for which information is available and (b) are employed by the Child Maintenance...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a claimant of personal independence payment that received a health assessment report audited by her Department is entitled to the (a)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many historical arrears-only cases from the 1993 and 2003 Child Maintenance Schemes, were on the Child Support Agency's computer systems...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many historical arrears-only cases from the 1993 and 2003 Child Maintenance Schemes have been closed by the Child Support Agency since the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of ending the transfer of live animals for fattening.

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with devolved Administrations on the consultation on proposed amendments to the...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the British Horseracing Authority and b) Cheltenham racecourse on the deaths of three...

      Agricultural Machinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has plans for a scrappage scheme to encourage replacement of older farm machinery with more...

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, can the member further outline whether apprenticeships will be age restricted or will be designed to entice any particular...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to ClientEarth's correspondence with local authorities in England and Wales on the the legal risk of inaction...

      Fungicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ban chlorothalonil following the EU's decision to do so.

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to maintain strict regulatory control on air and water pollution after the UK leaves the EU.

      Drinking Water: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on the ingestion of crocidolite blue asbestos fibres...

      Drinking Water: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make representations to the (a) World Health Organization and (b) International Agency for Research on Cancer on...

      Water Supply: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will direct (a) the Drinking Water Inspectorate and (b) Ofwat to monitor levels of asbestos in water; and if he will...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2019 to Question 223971 on Home Office: Staff, what the daily rate of pay was for each of the roles...

    • Home Office: Cybercrime

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

      Terrorism: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Turkey, (b) Bulgaria and (c) Greece on supporting their investigations into the...

      Home Office: Staff

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

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to families who have been reunited through refugee family reunion.

      Ministers of Religion: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has held with representatives of faith communities on (a) the application of immigration rules to religious...

      Ministers of Religion: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of faith communities on the qualifications which will be recognised in order...

      Home Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people working on the Technology Platforms for Tomorrow programme broken down by (a) contingent...

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much Government funding is allocated to the protection of (a) mosques, (b) synagogues, (c) churches, d) Hindu Temples, e) Gurdwaras and...

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in attacks on mosques; and if he will make a statement.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with representatives from the (a) hospitality sector, (b) agriculture sector and (c) health sector...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Migration Advisory Committee on future immigration policy after the UK leaves the EU.

      Health Services and Social Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to engagement proposals in the immigration White Paper, what plans his Department has for engagement with the health and care...

      Offensive Weapons Bill 2017-19: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether legislative consent motions to the Northern Ireland Assembly are required for the Offensive Weapons Bill 2017-19, and how consent...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the affordability of the Indefinite Leave to Remain application fee.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons a waiver from Indefinite Leave to Remain fees was granted to the 150 Afghan Interpreters who aided the British Army during...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to my letter dated 28 January 2019 on a visa application for a young person bereaved by the Grenfell Tower fire.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time taken for consideration of a case of deprivation of citizenship has been...

      Shoplifting: Harrow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support convenience retailers in Harrow East to prevent shop theft.

      Independent Office for Police Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the lack of an appropriate time limit for Independent Office of Police Complaints disciplinary investigations.

      Shoplifting: Birmingham Hall Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support convenience retailers in Birmingham, Hall Green that lost an estimated £194,659 due to shop theft;...

      Detention Centres: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of revising policies which exempt detention centres from minimum wage legislation.

      Crime Prevention: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle retail crime and violence against shopworkers in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Immigration Minister of 26 February 2019, Official Report column 222, whether he plans to introduce...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases under the Windrush Scheme remain outstanding.

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to UK Visas and Immigration under the priority service have exceeded the advertised timescale for (a) 24 hour and (b)...

      Shoplifting: Glasgow North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support convenience retailers in Glasgow North East that lost an estimated £194,659 due to shop theft; and...

      National Business Crime Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will continue to provide funding to the National Business Crime Centre.

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using existing powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing...

      Children in Care: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for EU children in care that will need to apply to stay under the EU...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions his Department has had with other UK Government departments on increasing the number of civil service personnel outside of London.

    • Care Leavers and Children in Care: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths have been recorded of looked after children and care leavers under the age of 25 living in supported or semi supported accommodation in...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to change the law on the income threshold requirement for buy-to-let mortgages by (a) lowering the threshold and (b) removing the...

    • Banks: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of establishing banking hubs in rural locations.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what analysis his Department has carried out on the correlation between changes in crude oil prices and changes in petrol and diesel prices paid by...

      London Capital and Finance: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the administration of London Capital and Finance PLC.

      Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with the Scottish Government on borrowing limits for the proposed Scottish...

      Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) UK Government, (b) devolved and (c) local authority agencies have powers to defer borrowing from one year to the next.

      Aircraft: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has plans to charge VAT on aircraft imported into other EU states but remain in the UK after the UK has left the EU.

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government commitment to take a cross-departmental approach to supporting children in the early years, if he will invest in...

      Halifax Bank of Scotland: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on potential failures at Lloyds/HBOS to follow the Senior Managers Regime in respect of...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of companies that need Economic Operator and Registration Identification numbers have them.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 Feb 2019 to Question 223803, what the final (a) participation and (b) completion figures for the...

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 March (HL14551), how many HS2 trains and their destinations an hour per direction are planned to use the...

    • Chris Grayling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 22 March (HL14509), whether the details of the Secretary of State for Transport's diary for 4...

      M4: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated value of motorists' time lost due to the 50mph limit in place as part of the works to create a digital M4.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with companies running petrol service stations about the provision of electric vehicle charging and establishing a common signage to...

      M20: Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) toilet and washing facilities, (2) catering facilities, and (3) water supplies, are provided at (a) Manston Airport and (b) on the M20, as part of...

      Transport: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they conducted an equality impact assessment when preparing their Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, published on 19 March; and what account they (1) took...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Automation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that 1.5 million jobs could be lost due to increased automation.

    • Solar Events

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have put in place to protect against geomagnetic disturbances; and whether they have published, or intend to publish, the details of any...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Mandates of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary...

    • Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 March (HL14232), which specific media sources were used to inform the response; and whether they...

      North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by Human Trafficking Search State-sponsored Slavery: an North Korean Export, published in 2018, that...

      North Korea: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of estimates in the Global Slavery Index relating to the number of North Koreans who have been trafficked to China.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Urban Areas: Community Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to strengthen urban communities.

    • Business Premises: Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to those who wish to convert commercial buildings into residential accommodation.

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to produce a definition of (1) Islamophobia, and (2) other forms of racism.

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with plans, announced in January, to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

      Private Rented Housing: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether landlords and letting agents should be prevented from renting properties if they do not possess an up-to-date gas safety...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment to “maintaining existing strong protections for the Green Belt, and clarifying that Green Belt boundaries should be amended only...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence intends to operate its white and green fleet of Heavy Goods Vehicles to at least as high a technical and safety standard as...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued, or intend to issue, to advise mixed age couples to claim (1) pension credit, and (2) pension age housing benefit before 15 May.

    • Arcadia Group: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to, or met, the Pensions Regulator in the last three months in connection with Arcadia Group.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families are subject to the benefit cap.

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, what steps they are taking to ensure that people living more than 50 per cent below...

      Asbestos: Industrial Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they are making to the announcement by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health that diseases as a result of exposure to asbestos are...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Home Office refused asylum applications because of (1) quotations used by applicants from the Bible which...

    • Asylum: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that officials assessing asylum applications have sufficient theological information to interrogate claims made by those...

      Hare Coursing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police reports were made for hare coursing in England and Wales in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, (3) 2015, (4) 2016, (5) 2017, and (6) 2018.

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they provide religious literacy training to staff who decide asylum applications.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many potential victims of modern slavery referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2018 had been through the NRM before.

      Antisocial Behaviour and Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they categorise antisocial or violent individuals by whether they are left wing or right wing; if so, why; and if so, what criteria they take into account...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take any action against social media companies which allow advertisements from essay mill services and contract cheating companies; and if...

    • Radio: Local Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local communities of local commercial radio stations being bought by international media companies; and the move...

      Listed Events

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last reviewed the protected Sports Rights List; whether they have any plans to add other national sports, in particular women’s sports, to that...

      Radio: Local Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the regulations issued by Ofcom in 2018 that allowed radio station owners to reduce the minimum amount of local programming on...

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