Written answers

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many male direct entrants at Grade 7 level in Resources and Strategy in his Department, started on a higher salary level than the Grade 7 minimum...

    • Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many direct entrants identified as (a) White, (b) BAME or (c) Black at Grade 7 level in his Department started on a higher salary level than the...

      Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department last met National Historic Ships UK to discuss the potential effect on older UK passenger boats of the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on proposals to prevent boat owners going out of business as a result of that...

      River Thames: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met with (a) Transport for London and (b) the Port of London Authority to discuss the effect of the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial implications to (a) the Port of London Authority, and (b) Transport for London of the Maritime and...

      Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, following the introduction of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone in London, whether his Department has plans to offer any financial incentives to low income...

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in implementing the audio-visual requirements for public transport, as set out in the Bus Services Act 2017, across Lancashire.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the extent to which operational performance delays on the East Coast Main Line are caused by ageing...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Azuma rolling stock can run at full line speed on the East Coast Main Line; and if he will make a statement.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the new Azuma rolling stock runs under electric traction rather than diesel on sections of the East Coast Main...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will carry out an economic impact assessment of the effect of delays on the East Coast Main Line between York and Newcastle.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2019 to Question 241018, what (a) criteria and (b) timeframes in the Northern franchise agreement his Department is...

      Crossrail: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity to reallocate MTR Crossrail (a) drivers and (b) other employees who are not yet operational to other parts...

      Network Rail: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how Network Rail’s £100 million research and development budget for Control Period 5 was spent in each year between 2014 and 2018; and if...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of (a) HS2 Ltd's Phase One contractors and (b) HS2 Ltd's Phase One sub-contractors have recognised a trade union for collective...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the HS2 Ltd and Trades Union Congress Initial Framework Agreement, published on 6 April 2016, what enforceable commitment to support...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many workers engaged on Phase One of High Speed Two are employed (a) on a zero-hours contract, (b) on an agency contract, and (c) through (i) an...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the delivery time fpr new trains of problems with the connection on the inter-coupler between carriages...

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what pension liability has been accepted by Abellio on East Midlands trains in addition to the parent company bond.

      Abellio Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the competitiveness of rail services in the Midlands of Abellio operating services in the West Midlands...

      Abellio Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency planning his Department has undertaken in the event of change in ownership of Abellio Transport Holdings Limited.

      Department for Transport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition of consultation his Department uses.

      Department for Transport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average response rate is to a public consultation undertaken by his Department.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 4 March 2019 from the hon. Member for Richmond Park on Hammersmith Bridge.

      Shipping: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help encourage more women to enter the maritime industry.

      Shipping: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures his Department has promoted to ensure that maritime qualifications will continue to be recognised by the international industry after...

      Shipping: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a European Maritime Safety Agency audit to ensure that maritime qualifications obtained in the UK will continue to be recognised...

      European Maritime Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will undertake the role currently delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency when the UK leaves the EU.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when new trains will be provided for the Sheffield to London Service; by what date all such new trains will be running and how those trains will be...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant on the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 238658, what funding was allocated from the Regional Growth Fund to...

    • Regional Assistance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant on the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 238659, whether Barnett consequentials for the Nissan deal were...

      Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Ordnance Survey's estimate is of the total area given over to domestic gardens in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Ordnance Survey's estimate is of the total area given over to domestic gardens in each local authority in...

      Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what data the Land Registry holds on which domestic properties have gardens; and whether the INSPIRE Index Polygon or...

      Domestic Appliances: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Office for Product Safety and Standards is taking to protect consumers from (a) unsafe and (b)...

      Domestic Appliances: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which organisations the Office for Product Safety and Standards is working with in Northern Ireland to protect...

      Business: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the response of 28 March 2019 to written Question 238394, Business: Fire Prevention, what criteria his...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of potential benefits of the policies in the Green Alliance's Community Energy Manifesto.

      British Business Bank: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what level of support the British Business Bank has provided to businesses in Scotland in each year since its establishment.

      Climate Change: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the implications of climate change for young people.

      Climate Change and Environment Protection: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on teaching climate change and environmental...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will reopen the Office for Product Safety and Standards review into Whirlpool tumble dryer safety issues.

      Renewable Energy: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has invested in green energy projects in each year since 2005.

      Carbon Dioxide: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether carbon trading remains a valid approach to controlling carbon dioxide pollution.

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) Whirlpool’s and (b) the Office for Product Safety and...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support businesses through the transition period as the UK leaves the EU.

      Cars: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many individual voluntary agreements were issued in relation to car finance agreements in each of the last 10 years.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which sectors are facing labour shortages; and what steps he plans to take with cabinet colleagues to support future...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his department has taken to support Local Enterprise Partnerships in (a) coastal communities and (b) Portsmouth.

      Post Offices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post office branches Post Office Ltd pay above the normal remuneration fees scales.

      Post Offices: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which retailers operate over ten post offices; and how many post offices do each of those retailers operate.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many start-up businesses have been created in (a) Medway, (b) Kent and (c) England since 2010.

      *No heading*

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Spratly Islands: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whatt assessment has the Department made of the legality United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) of the construction...

    • Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the outcomes of the Warsaw Conference on 14 February 2019 in Poland that was attended by representatives of...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in African countries on the decision of the Troika to support the...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans are in place to ensure (a) the protection of and (b) assistance to human rights defenders in overseas states.

      Brunei: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to prevent any Minister or official of HM Government from (a) using accommodation, (b) attending...

      Commonwealth: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the Commonwealth; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question HL13129, what the nature of the support provided to independent oversight...

      Japan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of UK diplomatic relations and cooperation with Japan; and if he will make a...

      Former Soviet Republics: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of bilateral relations between the UK and the countries of the former Soviet...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the news story on Troika statement on current unrest in Sudan published his Department's website on 10 April...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the news story on Troika statement on current unrest in Sudan published his Department's website on 10 April...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

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

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the political situation in Sudan.

      Central African Republic: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with European Union counterparts on refugees in the Central African Republic.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK citizens in each age group living in the EU27 that are expected to return...

    • EU Countries: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to help ensure continued cooperation with the EU on internal security threats; and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle sexual exploitation and trafficking of Rohingya refugee women and girls.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Plagiarism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students had their university degree award rescinded due to cheating or plagiarism in each of the last three years.

    • Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether EU nationals will remain eligible for home fee status at UK universities in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of international fees on the number of applications from EU nationals for...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April to Question 234655 on School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs), if he will publish a breakdown of the £35...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 01 April 2019 to Question 237047 on Social Services: Children, what estimate his Department has made of funding needed by...

      Schools: Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs on increasing children’s awareness and...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all potential students with a diagnosis of (a) dyslexia and (b) specific learning difficulties who had their assessment completed by someone...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether those people involved in teaching and diagnosing pupils with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties in the school system have been...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of Apprenticeship Levy funding that has been spent on (a) Level 2 apprenticeships, (b) Level 3...

      Apprentices: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the amount that the retail sector has (a) paid into the apprenticeship levy and (b) used to fund...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeship starts for (a) Level 2 apprenticeships, (b) Level 3 apprenticeships, (c) Level 4...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) employment benefits of each apprenticeship level; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the apprenticeship levy funding has been spent on the administrative costs of the (a) Education and Skills Funding...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the amount that employers will pay into the apprenticeship levy in 2020; how much apprenticeships will cost...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the funds employers have paid into the apprenticeship levy has been disbursed on apprenticeships since 2017; and if he will make a...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the requirement for 20 percent off-the-job training on the number of Level 2 apprenticeship starts; and...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support young carers with their education in (a) Merseyside, (b) the North West of England and (c) the rest of...

      Schools: Crowdfunding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on schools in England using crowdfunding to raise money for supplies.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his oral contribution of 25 February 2019, Official Report, column 36, which budget the £6 million allocated for the development of...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of two-year olds eligible for 15 funded hours of early education and care have taken up that entitlement in each local...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of total funding on the funded early education offer for (a) two, (b) three and (c) four year olds is spent in (i) PVI settings, (ii)...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of three and four year old children not accessing the funded early education offer by local...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children in receipt of the early years pupil premium achieved a good level of development in each year for which data is available.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in each year since 1995 in real terms (a) what total school funding there was, (b) what total secondary school funding there was, (c) what total...

      Care Leavers: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers in (a) Mansfield and (b) Nottinghamshire that have been homeless in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women in prison on a sentence of imprisonment for public protection that have children.

    • Employment Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the Employment Support Allowance appeals to the First Tier Tribunal that were cleared without a hearing were (a) withdrawn, (b) struck out...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and proportion of cases before the family courts in England involve women who have been subject to previous care proceedings involving another...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost of a care proceeding before the family courts in each of the last 3 years.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timeline is for tabling an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which would grant legal aid to...

      Coroners

      What his policy is on the provision of legal aid for inquests.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      What progress his Department has made on tackling mobile phone use in prisons.

      Divorce

      What steps he is taking to consider the views of the public before proposing changes to divorce laws.

      Administration of Justice

      What assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in courts staffing and courts closures on access to justice.

      Probation: Private Sector

      What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the private probation system.

      Prison Officers: Recruitment

      What progress his Department has made on recruiting 2,500 new prison officers.

      Reoffenders

      What steps the Government is taking to reduce reoffending rates for violent crimes.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Community Development

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what representations she has received on the use of church facilities for community purposes at times when worship...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240620 on Saudi Arabia: Military Aid, what roles were undertaken by those personnel in Saudi Arabia.

    • Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to maintain the reduction in the number of wild birds illegally trapped on the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee last visited NSA/NRO Menwith Hill.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Written Statement of 8 April 2019 Official Report HCWS1498 on changes in the terminology from airstrikes to weapon release events when...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries UK military personnel engaged in tackling Houthi missile attacks are operating.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240620 on Saudi Arabia, how many UK military forces are in Saudi Arabia in support of the Saudi Royal...

      Sudan: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2019 to Question 241000 on Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, what the reasons were for ceasing CSSF funding for...

      Nigeria: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 9 April 2019 to Question 241001 on Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, whether a more detailed risks tool, set out in the...

      Ascension Island: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 11 January 2019 to Question 59581 on Ascension Island: Aviation, whether best biosecurity industry standards have now...

      Gulf States: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Saudi Arabian and (b) UAE nationals have trained at the (i) Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and (ii) Britannia Royal Naval College in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to encourage festivals with glamping accommodation to ensure that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted to those facilities.

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding was reinvested in the targeted affordability fund for local housing allowance rates in 2019-20.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Impact Assessment for the extension of the Shared Accommodation Rate to 25-34 year-olds, how many claimants were...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the financial effect on parents of upfront childcare costs under universal credit.

      Personal Independence Payment: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made any adjustments to Disability Living Allowance and the Motability component of Personal Independence Payment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April to Question 240478 on Universal Credit, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the (a) levels of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people claiming universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 9 April 2019 to Question 240482, whether there are plans to increase the number of universal credit claimants...

      Universal Credit: EEA Nationals and EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many EU and EEA nationals (a) have made a claim for universal credit and (b) have had that claim rejected in each of the last 12 months.

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in reference to research published by the MS Society in March 2019, whether her Department has plans to undertake a review the effect of the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of disabled people who have had to leave work as a result of receiving lower rates of...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that older people in financial hardship are able to claim the benefits they are entitled to.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants are owed compensation for losing their Severe Disability Premium as a result of natural migration, and how...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will review the regulations governing the netting of bird nesting places in England.

    • Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to offer support to local authorities in London to help sustain council-run transportation for...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the (a) Government's clean air strategy and (b) roll-out of clean air...

      Water: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that water services are affordable for older people.

      Utilities: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the prices of (a) energy bills, and (b) water bills are affordable for...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of non-UK EU citizens in the UK eligible to apply for settled status; and how many...

    • Human Trafficking: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2018 to Question 137048 on Human Trafficking: Sexual Offences, how many potential victims of trafficking...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) marmosets and (b) tamarins were used in scientific procedures at (a) Porton Down and (b) other premises licenced by the...

      Religious Buildings: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to mosques for security on a risk-assessed basis.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received from community faith groups on the security of places of worship.

      Home Office: Brexit

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

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals with leave to remain revoked in the UK have waited more than two years for a review of their immigration status.

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of decisions made on visa applications was on each day in the decision-making hubs in (a) Pretoria, (b) Abuja, (c)...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that employees do not suffer financial hardship as a result of untimely CRB processes.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Opiates: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the numbers of deaths from misuse of heroin and morphine in (a) coastal communities and (b)...

    • NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of calls to the (a) NHS 111 and (b) NHS 111 BSL service resulted in the dispatch of an ambulance in the last year for...

      Agency Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department had made of the trends in the level of agency social workers in English councils.

      Social Workers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support local councils in the recruitment of permanent social workers.

      Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has with NHS England on ensuring adequate supplies of Choline for cancer (a) scans and (b) diagnoses.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guideline his Department has issued to Hospitals and Care Commissioning Groups on operations for cataracts.

      Surgery: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendation of the Royal College of Surgeons in its report entitled, Recommendations for assuring standards in...

      Asthma: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) adults and (b) children have been admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of asthma in (i) the Canterbury district and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his department holds on the extent to which immediate care leavers are liable to pay the full rate of...

    • Multiple Occupation: Hampshire and Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many registered Houses of Mulitple Occupancy there are in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Southampton and (c) Plymouth.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that Houses of Mulitple Occupancy are managed effectively in (a)...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234235 on Families: Disadvantaged, how many children supported by...

      Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities improve security of tenure for older renters.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 12.7 of his Department's guidance entitled Fire safety: Approved Document B2, published...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234235 on Families: Disadvantaged, what the average length of time...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Disclosure of Information

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

    • Vote Leave: Election Offences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it Government policy to revoke Article 50 as a result of (a) the recent report of the Electoral Commission into the activities of Vote...

      One Public Estate Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking through the One Public Estate initiative to (a) identify and (b) release surplus public sector land in support of local...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new Outsourcing Playbook on the quality Government outsourcing decisions; and will he make a statement.

      Public Sector: Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to encourage the use of innovative technologies to deliver public services; and will he make a statement.

      Electoral Register: Blaenau Gwent

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of uncompleted applications to the electoral register in Blaenau Gwent in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of uncompleted applications to join the electoral register in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the demographic profile of individuals who began but did not complete the voter registration process in (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Historic Buildings: VAT Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of VAT relief for renovations to and rehabilitation of historic buildings including pre-1919 tenement...

    • Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which jurisdictions will be within the scope of the offshore receipts in relation to the intangible property measure in the Finance Act 2019.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecast the Office of Budget responsibility has made for spending on tax-free childcare in each year since its introduction and until 2025.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of administering the tax-free childcare scheme.

      Revenue and Customs: Glasgow

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, much the HMRC spent on hiring private venues in Glasgow for meetings with individual taxpayers in the financial year 2018-19.

      Caravans: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue that has accrued to the public purse from the 5 per cent rate of VAT on static caravans in each financial year...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the amount employers pay into the apprenticeship levy will increase in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Six-figure taxpayer-funded public sector exit payments to end published on 10 April 2019, (a) how...

      Investment: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the mini-bond market is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incendence of carried interest taxed as capital gains tax has been anually since 2005.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Spring Statement of 13 March 2019, Official Report, volume 656, column 372, what recent discussions he has held with the Secretary of...

      VAT: Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses that have been subjected to a VAT time penalty for late VAT payments of two days or less.

      VAT: Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue that has accrued to the public purse from VAT time penalties for late VAT payments of two days or less.

      Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which tax avoidance schemes involving trusts have been (a) notified to HMRC and (b) classified as harmful in the last five years.

      Period Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Education on extend the provision of free sanitary products to (a) primary schools, (b)...

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the FCA on the adequacy of their mechanisms for monitoring the outcomes for mortgage holders whose loans have...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the planned timeframe for the publication of a report on the second phase of its...

      Personal Savings: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the elderly to accrue personal savings.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has consulted with representatives of (a) lenders, (b) business, (c) consumer groups and (d) other relevant stakeholders on his...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding his Department has allocated to the marriage allowance; and how many (a) married couples and (b) couples in civil partnerships received...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of funding allocated to the married couples allowance in each year up to 2025.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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

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

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Online Harms White Paper published on 8 April, whether the proposed duty of care applies to (a) internet...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Online Harms White Paper published on 8 April, whether the proposed duty of care applies to those (a)...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has deprioritised any Statutory Instruments in relation to the UK leaving the EU; and if he will...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the publication of the Online Harms White Paper, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on assuming the role of...

      Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met with representatives of National Historic Ships UK on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s proposals...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2019 to Question 220177 on Nuisance Calls, how many call blocking devices the Department...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote the UK as a tourist destination abroad.

      Tourism: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote (a) the North and (b) Lancashire as tourist destinations.

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 241433, whether he plans to estimate the remaining dormant assets with the...

      Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage the development of the sport of canoeing.

  • Department for Transport

    • M4: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 4 April (HL14781), what estimate they have made of the (1) cost, and (2) time delay, to an individual...

    • Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Highways England enforces the terms of the contract agreed with Connect Plus in respect of litter clearance; and how many...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce graduated driving licences for young drivers.

  • Department for Education

    • National Education Union: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the information provided by schoolcuts.org.uk, maintained by the National Education Union.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the retailer Timpsons for a more flexible approach to the apprenticeship levy that does not require the use of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 3 April (HL14408), what was the total revenue funding provided to (1) primary schools, and...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of (1) primary, and (2) secondary school, students in England in each year since 2010.

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timeline for the review of the National Plan for Music Education, which currently runs until 2020.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former Afghan interpreters to the UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme.

    • Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many family members of former Afghan interpreters to the UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK under the Locally Employed...

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Afghan interpreters, and (2) members of their immediate family are currently awaiting (a) a decision on their relocation to the UK under the Locally...

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters who have been relocated to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme are currently waiting for members of their...

      Service Complaints Ombudsman: Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to strengthen the powers of the Service Complaints Ombudsman and, in particular, to make the Ombudsman’s recommendations...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to legislate to give members of the armed forces full access to employment tribunals.

      Veterans: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide (1) support, and (2) funding, for veterans who find themselves subject to complaints relating to when they served in the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative merits of public services being run directly by public service operations in comparison to private contractors.

    • Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of their vetting procedures when awarding contracts for Government support services.

      Interserve

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Cabinet Office designation of Interserve as a high risk supplier in June 2018, how that designation was communicated to all Government departments...

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