Written answers

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the growth of rail freight.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Animal Feed: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) extent of trials of animal feed in the UK and Canada;...

    • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will establish a hydrogen and fuel cell task-force within his Department to assess the future role of hydrogen...

      Science: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage commercial investment in deep science ventures; what incentives the...

      Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) name and (b) location of surface coal mines in the UK that are producing coal for all...

      Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) locations of surface coal mines in the UK that are scheduled to cease...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for each active coal-fired power stations in the UK to stop producing electricity; and if he will...

      GKN: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned closure of the GKN Aerospace at Kings Norton, Birmingham on...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage employers to offer flexible working schemes for all employees.

      Wind Power: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to increase the production of wind energy in the North Sea.

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps is he taking to ensure the Government is held accountable for the decisions and actions of Post Office...

      Post Offices: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether public money has been used to pay costs involved in the ongoing dispute with postmasters since 2000.

      Tim Parker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Lord Chancellor will determine the extent of any conflict of interest on the part of Tim Parker by reason...

      Post Offices: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the anticipated increased cost implications are for Post Office Limited in its dealing with serving Subpostmasters...

      Post Office: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Post Office has never taken into profit from its suspense accounts any unreconciled sums recovered from...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240013, how much of the 2018/19 £200 million budget has been...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 179252, how many Green Deal loan appeals relating to the company...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government has allocated to offshore wind in Scotland since 2010.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices have closed in each of the last three years in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston (b) North West...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office Branches classified as having community status (a) have been closed, (b) are operated by a...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office branches under the Network Transformation Programme (a) have been converted and subsequently...

      Post Offices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office branches are receiving overscale payments, and what the value of those overscale payments is in...

      Post Offices: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons his Department did not conduct a consultation on opening new Post Office branches under the terms of...

      Post Offices: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost of the Post Office’s New Network Location Programme is, and how that programme is funded.

      Post Offices: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the New Network Location Programme on existing post office...

      Post Offices: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many New Network Locations have opened in each year of the New Network Location Programme, and how many are planned...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Pay Zone branches are planned to be converted into Post Office Locations in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c)...

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many operators operate more than 10 locations in the Post Office Network in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern...

      Post Offices: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Post Office on resolving the matter of sub-postmasters who are unable...

      Post Office: Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the status of the contract between the Post Office and Royal Mail; and what...

      Post Offices: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the health and wellbeing of sub-postmasters who remain in their Post...

      Fracking: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Written Statement of 25 January 2018, if he will publish the outcome and ancillary assessment...

      Third Energy: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Oil and Gas Authority assessed whether the relevant operator required a guarantor when granting Third...

      Manufacturing Industries: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote manufacturing in the North.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Vedanta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the (a) human rights and (b) environmental record of the UK-listed...

    • Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2009 to Question 237799 on Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, whether as a result of the...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 236358 on British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence, what use the US has made...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 236358 on British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence, which countries have made...

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to make representations to his Iranian counterpart on the freedom of religion or belief for (a)...

      Kuwait: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Kuwaiti counterpart on human rights violations in that country; and will he make a statement.

  • Attorney General

    • Gatt

      To ask the Attorney General, whether he has provided advice to the Prime Minister on whether the Government is able to trigger article 24 of the WTO General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; and if...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Operating Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce delays and (b) increase efficiency in operating theatres.

    • Irlen Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) treatments and (b) support is provided by the NHS to (i) adults and (ii) children with Meares-Irlen Syndrome.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage the NHS and GP practices to increase participation in commercial research.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into with departmental staff in each of the last five years.

      Doctors: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many successful applications there have been for the Medical Training Initiative from applicants from the Occupied Palestinian...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his department taking so that Locum Doctors are not being used to fill permanent posts.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has a policy to reduce the time older patients have to wait for a care plan in their homes so that they do not...

      Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help people who suffer from Cerebral palsy to equipment to aid walking.

      Health Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Person Based Resource Allocation formula on reducing health inequality in...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate provision of training on modern slavery to (a) clinical and (b) healthcare staff.

      NHS: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will detail payments made by third parties in each of the last three years in return for use of the NHS logo.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has deprioritised any Statutory Instruments in relation to the UK leaving the EU; and if he will publish the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Middle East: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to address the humanitarian crisis which has followed the territorial defeat of Daesh.

    • Southern Africa: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support the recovery (a) Mozambique and (b) other east coast African nations after the recent...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2019 to Question 239838 on Department for International Development: Secondment, how many of the 101...

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to each educational project in Pakistan in each of the last three years.

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 234782 on Department for International Development: Secondment, what the length of...

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to increase women’s equality throughout the world.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to increase private sector involvement in delivering the global goals.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of removing asbestos from school buildings.

    • GCSE: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the take-up of Music GCSE courses by pupils.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require the provision of further information for parents on the material being used to teach sex and...

      National Curriculum Tests: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of administering SATS at (a) Key Stage 1 and (b) Key Stage 2.

      Prisoners: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support services are available in (a) Wales and (b) England for children aged under 16 who have had a parent sentenced to a period in custody.

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will hold discussions with the devolved Administrations on the setting of fees for higher education courses after the UK has left the EU.

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) nationality and (b) country-of-birth data collected in the school census (i) has not been, (ii) is not and (iii) will not be processed for...

      Department for Education: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into with departmental staff in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to increase funding for special educational needs.

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of Ofsted excluding young carers from its 2019 Draft Inspection Framework on schools'...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the take up of the 30 hour childcare entitlement in West Sussex.

      Nurseries: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of independent nursery school places have been (a) created (b) lost in each of the last three years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to reduce re-offending rates among people with drug dependency.

    • Prisoners' Release: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners serving sentences of six months or less who were identified as having a substance misuse need were released...

      Parole: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints have been received from victims of serious crime in the last three years that they have not been consulted about parole decisions in...

      Prisoners: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department holds data on the number of prisoners who have had one or both parents sentenced to custody in the past.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the transparency of parole board hearings.

      Victims: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the law in supporting victims in court.

      Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals for a victims' law.

      Reoffenders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the role of employment and education in reducing rates of reoffending among young people.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when criminal legal aid remuneration rates were last raised in real terms for legal professionals.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to announce proposals for the future of the probation system.

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 9 of the Prison Operator Competition Brochure, published by HM Prison & Probation Service in November 2018, if he will place...

  • Treasury

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) undertake a review of the compensation afforded to people affected by Equitable Life and (b) issue guidance on recourse available to people...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether decisions to grant planning consent are expected to adhere to the mitigation hierarchy when considering...

    • Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the financial cost to vendors of residential property transactions failing...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of council homes meet the decent homes standard in each local authority in England.

      Local Government: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support digital innovation across local government; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle unfair practices in the private parking industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to encourage developers to build adaptable houses that can become homes for life.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into with Departmental staff in each of the last five years.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant of the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has plans to continue to participate in EU defence policy, as a signatory to EU Council agreements after the UK has left the EU.

    • East China Sea: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the reporting by HMS Montrose of North Korea's evasion of sanctions, whether he plans to increase the number of patrols in the East...

      Ukraine: Defence and Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps the Government is taking to safeguard Ukrainian defence and security.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people identifying as having a primary condition of epilepsy have been awarded personal independence payment (a) after mandatory...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who have benefited from pensions auto-enrolment are (a) women and (b) men.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to index the value of the UK state pension for British pensioners who live in Commonwealth countries.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2019 to Question 237797 on Work Capability Assessments, what proportion of SC12 and SC13 targets were met by...

      Universal Credit: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on prisoners who are at risk of losing rental accommodation.

      Personal Independence Payment: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the announcement that personal independence payment claimants with severe or progressive conditions requiring high level...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department has issued to mortgage lenders to help them to assess a claimant's payments under in universal credit in order to...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-disclosure agreements her Department has entered into with departmental staff in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has set a minimum number of people it will migrate to Universal Credit before concluding its pilot of the managed migration.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to implement the recommendation of the Social Security Advisory Committee to test and evaluate dummy runs...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women receiving a state pension under the old pension rate.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the difference is between her Department's Quality Team and Auditors.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social fund loan cases have been moved from the social fund computer system to debt manager since 2016.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has deprioritised any Statutory Instruments in relation to the UK leaving the EU; and if she will publish the criteria...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Imports

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

    • Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship agreements Natural England plans to support in 2019; and how that figure...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to ban (a) starting stalls and (b) other forms of dangerous equipment in horse racing.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into with departmental staff in each of the last five years.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 234783 on Department for International Development: Secondment, what...

      Hedges and Ditches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the netting of hedgerows.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cats were attacked by dogs in each of the last three years.

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many energy from waste facilities provide energy for the national grid.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department has issued to local authorities on choosing a commercial waste management partner.

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many energy from waste facilities both feed energy into the National Grid and use heat produced to warm local public...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many energy from waste facilities both feed energy into the National Grid and use heat produced to warm local public...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many energy from waste facilities both feed energy into the National Grid and use heat produced to warm local public...

      Gases: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps is he taking to ensure that all European regulations on gases are being continued after the UK leaves the EU.

      Electronic Equipment: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of which local authorities have been most successful in collecting electronic and electrical...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans the Government has in place to support vulnerable people in the event food prices rise significantly...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities are successful in meeting Government targets for recycling.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what level of investment his Department is making in new research on the better management of local authority waste management.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to publish a strategy for recycling waste.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Environment Agency’s ability to carry out the management of salmon stocks as a...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Environment Agency ability to carry out all its statutory duties in relation to...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into with departmental staff in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministers: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what ministerial vacancies exist; and when each one became vacant.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to increase trade between the UK and China.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Extended Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 Mar 2019 to Question 226700 on Extended Services, what steps the Government is taking to ensure...

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 234783 on Department for International Development: Secondment, what...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's white paper on online harms, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's White Paper on online harm, what plans he has to introduce an definition of what...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Fusion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the realisation of the potential benefits of fusion energy for the UK economy.

    • Factories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit uncertainty on the levels of stockpiling by factories.

      Independent Industrial Strategy Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Industrial Strategy Council has met.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks and benefits of greenhouse gas removal technology; and what plans they have, if any, to increase funding of...

      Jaguar Land Rover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to shut down production short-term due to Brexit.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the UK’s energy mix by 2030 will be delivered by (1) marine renewable energy, and (2) solar energy; and what steps they (a) have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Yemen on 1 April (HL Deb, cols 59–65),  in which years the UK participated in coalition...

    • League of Arab States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proceedings of the 30th Arab League Summit, held in Tunis on 31 March; and what action, if any, they intend to take as a...

      Venezuela: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the purpose of the Russian military presence now in Venezuela, which reportedly includes special forces and...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Chinese authorities’ treatment of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang region; whether they raised this issue...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Sudanese Armed and Air Forces have increased their military presence in South Kordofan since January.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces have been deployed to the Nuba Mountains; and what steps they have taken, if...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken, if any, as part of their global campaign on media freedom to address the disappearance and murder of the Washington...

      Nassima Al-Sadah

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the continued solitary confinement of female campaigner Nassima Al-Sadah, and about the...

      Palestinians: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the grounds for their abstention from the vote on the motion endorsing the Report of the detailed findings of the independent international Commission of...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about reports of the continued demolition of homes and animal shelters by Israel in Area C of the...

      Mohammad Ali Dar Adwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the killing of Mohammad Ali Dar Adwan in Qalandiya refugee camp by Israeli forces and...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised with the government of China (1) the jailing of political protestors, (2) restrictions on free speech, (3) the abduction of...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the new national anthem law in China, which applies at the high-speed rail terminus in Hong Kong, and which has...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 April (HL14802), what (1) steps they have taken, and (2) representations they have made, to the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Middle East: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian conditions for British children living in refugee camps in Syria or in territory that was formerly part of the...

    • Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of (1) material, and (2) social, reconstruction in Iraq.

      Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they intend to make, if any, to the reconstruction of a post-war Syria.

      Gaza: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing, if any, to the al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City.

      Unrwa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about new models and approaches to ensure the long-term viability of the work...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the conclusion in the report by the Environmental Audit Committee Sustainable Development Goals in the UK, published on 26...

      Gaza: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by the Norwegian Refugee Council on the mental health of children living in Gaza, published on 25 March.

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision by the government of the United States to expand the global gag rule on the delivery of sexual and...

      Pakistan: Shanty Towns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when their officials working in Pakistan last visited the shanty towns on the periphery of Islamabad to report on the conditions in which the residents live;...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their policy of disregarding the status of Pakistan’s minorities in determining and allocating development aid.

      Pakistan: Shanty Towns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any development funds are directed towards the rebuilding and provision of running water or electricity to Islamabad's shanty towns; and if not, why not.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have contributed to International Climate Finance in each year since 2016; what percentage that amount constitutes of the £5.8 billion they...

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that their policies have had on non-domiciled residents.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's involvement in drone activities in the Yemen following the ruling of the Higher Administrative Court in Münster in...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methods they use to estimate the numbers of civilian deaths resulting from the use of remote-controlled drones in counter-terrorist operations either directly...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their contingency preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement are complete.

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility that the UK may lose its right to veto EU proposals in the event of a further delay to Brexit.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Imports: Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead on 2 April (HL14807), what is their definition for the boundaries of (1) territories brought under Israeli...

    • Imports: Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead on 2 April (HL14807), what steps they are taking to ensure that products from Israeli settlements in...

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