Written answers

Thursday, 25 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the requirement was for companies to cover pension costs as part of the franchising arrangements was first introduced.

    • Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the safety of train passengers when train guards are removed.

      Railways: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of staffing reductions on levels of reported crime on trains.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve accessibility on the railway for disabled passengers in the North West.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rural train lines and services in the North West.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of rail passenger numbers in the North West in each of the last 20 years.

      Boating: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the disposal of sewerage from leisure boats into the ocean.

      Road Traffic Control: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether an environmental impact assessment was conducted prior to establishing Operation Brock.

      Aircraft: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 242018 on Aircraft: Accidents, whether he plans to have discussions with representatives of the...

      Aviation: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require commercial air transport operations to demonstrate to passengers that flights are operated by people with an air operator certificate.

      Aviation: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require operators of commercial flights to provide passengers with confirmation of the pilots eligibility to operate that flight.

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to require all aircraft to display a notice detailing that they are licensed for such operations.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department makes available discretionary funding for the extension of operational hours of bus services in isolated and deprived communities.

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) statutory requirements he is subject to in relation to and (b) what is the statutory basis for (i) the production of guidance on driving and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Committee on Climate Change's report of June 2018, Reducing UK emissions: 2018 Progress Report to...

    • Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has for the development of tidal energy resources.

      Fireworks: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Office for Product Safety and Standards has made on the development of its evidence base on the...

      Hydrogen: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using hydrogen storage to store surplus renewable...

      Catering: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of national minimum wage compliance in the catering sector.

      Quantum Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has developed a strategy for the development of new quantum technologies.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish its Smart Export Guarantee proposals for new solar households.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to amend the targets set out in the Climate Change Act 2008 in light of reports by the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on that Administration's decision to classify...

    • Thailand: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the charges made against Future Forward leader Thanathorn...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the need to pursue a negotiated settlement with the National...

      Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment of the refusal of the Colombian President Ivan Duque to sign the Statutory Law on the Special Jurisdiction for...

      Caribbean: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the individual project components of the Caribbean - Serious and Organised Crime Programme.

      Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the individual project components of the Colombia: security and access to justice for peace...

      Anguilla: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the individual project components of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund Anguilla Programme.

      British Virgin Islands: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the individual project components of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund British Virgin...

      British Overseas Territories: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the individual project components of (a) the Overseas Territories: Justice, Security and...

      Burma: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made under each of the individual project components of the Burma Conflict, Stability and Security Fund...

      Belarus: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Belarus Ambassador in London and (b) his counterpart in Belarus on the recent raid...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of children of UK nationals associated with ISIS residing in north-east Syria.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the Khartoum Process of the Sudanese Government closing its borders.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Sudanese politician Sadiq al-Mahdi.

      Hamas: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the political and military wings of Hamas, including the Izz-Al-Din Al-Qassem Brigades, will remain on HM...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of involvement of Hamas in terrorist activities.

      France: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the living conditions of refugees and migrants rough sleeping in France.

      Ahmed Mansoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Emirati counterpart on the health of Ahmed Mansoor, a prisoner of conscience who has...

      Nigeria: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the causes of modern slavery in Nigeria.

      Israel: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) Sudanese and (b) Eritrean refugees detained by the Israeli...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 910174, Climate Change: International Cooperation, what policy objectives...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 910174 on Climate Change: International Cooperation, what progress his...

      Somaliland: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to support basic human rights in Somaliland.

      Somaliland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to support democratic processes in Somaliland.

      Brunei: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of diplomatic sanctions against Brunei as a result of the...

      Syria: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 236249 on Syria: Detainees, what his Department's policy is on the transfer...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to secure consular access for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe following the announcement on 7 March 2019 to...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic options are available to his Department to escalate action against the Iranian Government should the UK...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to (a) his counterpart in Iran and (b) the UN Security Council on the implications for...

      Yemen: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the viability of re-establishing a diplomatic presence in (a) Sana’a and (b)...

      South America: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the individual project components of the Peru/Colombia: Serious Organised Crime Programme.

      Bahrain: Civil Liberties and Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Bahraini Ambassador to the UK on press freedom and civil liberties.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has deprioritised any Statutory Instruments in relation to the UK leaving the EU; and if he will publish the criteria his...

    • Government Departments: Policy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what processes his Department has put in place to (a) track and (b) manage Government policy announcements and associated deadlines.

      Procurement: France and Germany

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of the use by (a) France and (b) Germany of the most economically advantageous test method in public procurement.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 242949 on Public Sector: Procurement, for what reason that Answer did not contain​...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Examiners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement proposed Medical Examiner reforms set out in the...

    • Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to NHS Trusts in England of (a) urinary tract infections and (b) blocked catheters in 2018.

      Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of urinary tract infection there have been in each NHS Trust in England in 2018.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many unplanned admissions there were to hospitals in England as a result of urinary incontinence by (a) NHS Trust and (b) region in 2018.

      Liver Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the level of fatty liver disease among young people.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the (a) Sustainability and Transformation Fund and (b) subsequent Provider Sustainability Fund has been (i) awarded...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many litigation claims have been brought against the NHS as a result of a problem with (a) equipment, (b) technologies and (c) the...

      Maternal Mortality: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce maternal mortality among BAME women.

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timescale is for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on the development of the UK CAR-T Cell Therapy Strategy; when stakeholders will be invited to participate in...

      Hospitals: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times (a) for NHS operations and (b) between admission and treatment at...

      Cancer: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for NHS hospital appointments for cancer patients in (a) East Sussex...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 242692 on Cancer: Drugs, what steps the Government is taking to give timely NICE and...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 237706 on Epilepsy: Drugs, and with reference to the publication entitled, Epilepsy...

      Gender Recognition: North East

      To ask the Secretary of state for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of waiting times to access NHS specialised gender services in the North East.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations in the Royal College of Psychiatrists position statement on consultant psychiatrists working across...

      Females: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to support female kinship carers who care as a result of alcohol misuse.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department’s public consultation entitled Calorie labelling for food and drink served outside of the home,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support efforts to limit the number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 243538 on Department for International Development: Secondment, what the (a) mean,...

      Syria: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in the Rukban camp in Southern Syria.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure compliance with (a) UN Security Council Resolution 2286 and (b) the protection of...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Brexit

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

    • Arts: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the English Baccalaureate on the take-up of creative arts disciplines.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of a reduction in the number of children’s centre places in local authorities on the number of...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussion he has had with representatives of local authorities on the educational value to children of children’s centres.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Children’s Centre places provided in (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase understanding among teachers and support staff of the pathological demand avoidance behaviour profile...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains his policy that young carers be referred to explicitly in Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether EU students enrolling on English higher education courses in the academic year 2020-21 will be eligible for home fee status and financial support.

      Arts: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the English Baccalaureate on access to creative subjects.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges and (c) cost of all PFI funded schools in Bradford.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the implications for Government policies of the conclusions of the...

      LGBT People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that children are educated on LGBT issues.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to publish its response to the call for evidence on the Review of enforcement agent (bailiff) reforms.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make an assessment of whether the UK would have to have a trade deal with China in the event it joined NAFTA.

    • Trade etc in Dual-use Items and Firearms etc (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Trade etc. in Dual-Use Items and Firearms etc. (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, on what basis the Government...

      Ceramics: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he has made to the US to oppose retaliatory duties of up to 100 per cent against British ceramic products.

      Overseas Trade

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect on UK international trade of improving the Reading to Gatwick Airport road corridor.

      Department for International Trade: Brexit

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

      Trade: Developing Countries

      What plans he has to ensure that the poorest countries in the world are able to take part fairly in global trade.

      Overseas Trade: India

      What steps he is taking to increase the UK's proportion of global trade with India.

      Ceramics: USA

      What assessment he has made of the potential economic effect of US retaliatory trade actions on the UK ceramics sector.

      Trade: Developing Countries

      What plans he has to ensure that the poorest countries in the world are able to take part fairly in global trade.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has deprioritised any Statutory Instruments in relation to the UK leaving the EU; and if he...

    • Urban Areas: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the conclusion of the 2018 research conducted by Buffel, Phillipson, Scharf entitled, Ageing in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidelines he provides to (a) local authorities and (b) housing developers on requirements for (i) full-fibre...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to undertake an assessment of the number of buildings over 18 metres in height with...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 242144 on Buildings: Insulation, if he will publish the revised...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229147 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the BS 8414 test has now...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what step his Department is taking to help contribute to UK emissions targets.

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding is currently available in the Community Housing Fund; and how local communities in Birkenhead can bid...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • MOD Boscombe Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 242182 on MOD Boscombe Down, when the (a) review of future requirement is expected to be completed...

    • India: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the Indian Government on the export of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier design to the Indian Navy.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to upgrade the AFV fleet.

      NATO: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in NATO on upgrading AFV Fleets.

      Syria: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Royal Air Force has plans to (a) airlift and (b) airdrop humanitarian aid to civilians inside the Tanf deconfliction zone in Rukban camp,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department classes the owners of small businesses as self-employed under universal credit while HMRC classes them as employed.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans to change her Department’s policy on consent requirements for authorised representatives to act on behalf of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 239928 on Employment and Support Allowance, when she plans to complete her update of the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 239928 on Employment and Support Allowance, which medical organisations she is consulting...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if it remains the Government’s ambition to provide access to work support to over 60,000 people per year by 2020 as set out in the Work,...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether GP’s are required when recommending a claimant has home assessment for the purpose of a benefit claim to follow her...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, as a result of reassessments of personal independence payment claim eligibility at the end of a payment time frame, how many of such payments...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much revenue the removal of the spare room subsidy has generated for the public purse since its introduction.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many ESA65B letters her Department has sent to GPs in 2018.

      Unemployed People: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers have made a claim under the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount scheme via job centres; and what the value was of those claims...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to help women to leave abusive relationships.

  • 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 adequacy of the laws and guidance relating to the netting of bird nesting sites.

    • Sheep Worrying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional steps his Department will take to reduce the number of incidents of sheep worrying.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of dog attacks in each of the last five years involving breeds of...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's consultation, Single use plastic: banning the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws,...

      Coal: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) research and (b) consultation his Department has undertaken with house coal retailers in England and Wales on house...

      Landfill: Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on public health of Walley's Quarry landfill site in...

      Recycling: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of free recycling for schools in England.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to support UK wine producers.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the sustainability of the UK agriculture sector in the event that the UK leaves the...

      Bottles: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of glass bottle recycling in Yorkshire and the Humber.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to make the EU Settlement Scheme application available on operating systems other than Android.

    • Stalking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is in place to help victims of stalking.

      Immigration Controls: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether British National (Overseas) Passport Holders from Hong Kong should be able to use the United Kingdom’s e-passport gates.

      Deportation: Kenya and Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Bajuni asylum seekers have been deported to (a) Kenya and (b) Tanzania in each of the last three years.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question 236486, how many and what proportion of applicants had received a refund as of 15 April 2019.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answers of 4 April 2019 to Questions 239289 and 239288 on Immigration: Windrush Generation, and with reference to page...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 226712 on Travellers: Caravan Sites, what steps his Department is taking during that...

      Police Custody: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of forensic beds available for people with severe mental health conditions held in...

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason rural police forces receive less police funding than urban police forces.

      Fire and Rescue Services: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what fire protection plans are in place to protect world heritage sites in County Durham.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Security and Economic Crime on 18 March 2019, Official Report, column 793, whether he...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU Foreign National Offenders, whose last recorded prison sentence was less than 12 months, have been removed from the UK in each...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU nationals received a (a) caution, (b) community order and (c) another court disposal in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens in the UK who are eligible to apply for Settled Status under the EU...

      Windrush Generation: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people of the Windrush generation have been refused UK citizenship in each year since 2010 as a result of having a criminal record.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of knives carried on the streets in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Visas: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visit visas his Department received from Iranian nationals in each of the last four years; and how many of those...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many analyses his Department has made since 2015 of the effect of decreased funding for the police on levels of serious violence; and...

      Serious Violence Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the serious violence taskforce has met since its creation in April 2018; and how many members of the taskforce attended each...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) Police and Crime Commissioners and (b) Chief Constables have informed him in the last year that they require more funding to...

      Home Office: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the past year he has (a) been interviewed by and (b) written an op-ed for (i) The Times and The Sunday Times, (ii)...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his announcement on 1 April 2019 on the increased use of stop and search to tackle violent crime, what assessment he has...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

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

    • British Nationals Abroad: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of provisions for right to remain after the UK has left the EU for UK...

  • Treasury

    • House Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the 10 April 2019 Insurance Age article entitled Citizens Advice slams home insurers in dual pricing report, what assessment he has made...

    • Embassies: China

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the cost to the public purse of the proposed new embassy building in Beijing.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timeframe is for new customers to apply for a Help To Buy ISA.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to raise public awareness of the Lifetime ISA.

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's ministerial equivalents and exemption directions in financial services for the (a) EU and (b) EEA, made on 11 April 2019 are a...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Government has allocated to television broadcasting services in Irish and in Ulster-Scots under the (a)...

    • Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to undertake a loneliness policy test on the forthcoming 2019 Spending Review.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 242266 on Cybercrime, whether targets have been set for industry awareness...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been clawed back from providers in the Broadband UK programme as a result of a higher than anticipated take-up of...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2019 to Question 242944 on Internet: Safety, whether all companies whose services are in...

      Big Lottery Fund: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Big Lottery funding (a) per capita and (b) in total was allocated to the (i) North East and (ii) North West in each...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Period Poverty

      When the Government plans to establish the taskforce to tackle period poverty in the UK.

    • Gender Recognition Act 2004

      When the Government plans to publish its response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Finance

      To ask the Attorney General, whether it it Government policy to mantain the level of real-term funding for the CPS in the next three years.

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to tackle the rise in knife crime.

  • Department for Transport

    • South Western Railway: Timetables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 27 March (HL14667), what assessment they have made of whether timetable bids for later trains within the...

    • Railways: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take against train operating companies that have the lowest rates of passenger satisfaction in the most recent National Rail Passenger...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the core reasons for the latest National Rail Passenger Survey by Transport Focus, published in January, showing the lowest...

      Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their decision to extend the electrification of the Midland Main Line from Kettering to Market Harborough, whether they now intend to reconsider their...

      Leeds Station: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of investment in Leeds Station, as proposed in the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan, on future economic...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many smart meters have been installed in England and Wales, broken down by local authority area, in each of the past three years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq to extend the provisions of the bill on rights for Yazidi female survivors, submitted to the Iraqi...

    • Brunei: Legal Systems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 April (HL14929), whether they have discussed the changes to Brunei’s laws with...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the charges (1) incitement to public nuisance, (2) incitement to incite public nuisance, and (3) conspiracy to public nuisance,...

      Rwanda: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made by the Rwandan Minister of Justice and Attorney General Johnston Busingye that “Anyone who cares about...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the inclusion of a human rights clause, protecting the rule of law, in any future trade deal that includes trade with Hong...

      Mali: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring the threat posed by Islamic terrorists in Mali and neighbouring countries; and what role the UK currently has in the EU...

      Israel: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the general election result in Israel.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the risks of skin cancer and methods of prevention

    • Sunbeds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review sunbed regulations.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they published the terms of reference and membership of the working group of experts set up to consider the recommendations from the House of Commons...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 1 April (HL 14681), what funding provided by DfID Sudan was disbursed by implementing partners to government...

    • Tunisia: Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 March (HL14416), why the Prosperity Fund does not have any projects in Tunisia.

      Niger: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of reports from the International Organisation for Migration that large numbers of refugees and migrants have...

      Africa: Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation of migrants and refugees in (1) Sudan, and (2) Libya; and whether there has been any change in the...

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what attempts they have made directly, or through, the UN or relief agencies, to assess the conditions in which British children are living in internally displaced...

  • Department for Education

    • Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since the inception of Disabled Students Allowance to ensure that those setting the criteria for the Disabled Students Allowance are...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the rates of interest charged on student loans to ensure they properly reflect the Bank of England interest rate.

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether schools are allowed to provide different food to those in receipt of free school meals compared to other pupils; whether children of immigrant parents...

      Universities: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 29 March (HL14665), whether they have had, or intend to have, discussions with the government...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sixth-form colleges in England were converted into 16–19 academies in 2018.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils attended (1) sixth form colleges, and (2) 16–19 academies in England, broken down by academic year, in each of the last five years.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current state of sixth form education and the future financial prospects of sixth form colleges.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to set out how they measure whether the apprentice programme boosts economic productivity.

  • Department for International Trade

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of trade tensions between the EU and the United States; and whether they anticipate UK trade with the United States will be...

    • Overseas Trade: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase foreign investment and trade between the UK and China post-Brexit.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 28 January (HL12849), when they expect the revised planning practice guidance, which follows...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 March (HL14668), which weapons exported to Turkey from the UK are capable of interoperability...

    • Lasers: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the development of high energy laser weapons systems.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 1 February (HL13061), what assessment they have made of whether the cost to serve allowance for...

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend protection to nest sites for species which return to the same sites on an annual basis, such as swifts, swallows and martins; and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Parliament Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to ensure that British members of the European Parliament (1) do not disrupt the work of that parliament, and (2) are...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have allocated funds for work to find an alternative to the Withdrawal Agreement Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland; and if so, what...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives to the Withdrawal Agreement Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland are currently being considered.

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance Contributions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation they have made of the proposal by the retailer Timpsons that national insurance holidays be introduced as an incentive for employers to take on...

    • Inheritance Tax: Siblings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 9 April (HL14826), what considerations led them to set aside their proposal to establish a working party on the...

      World Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a recent International Monetary Fund forecast regarding the impact of a no-deal Brexit as a risk to global economic growth.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of income that has been raised by HM Treasury from the Carbon Price Support in each year since it was introduced on...

      Electricity: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of income that has been raised in additional VAT revenue on domestic electricity following the recent increase in (1)...

      Natural Gas: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of revenue that has been raised in additional VAT revenue on domestic gas following the recent increase in (1) the...

      Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the charges levied on customers by UK banks.

      Electronic Commerce

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fulfilment houses had stock seized by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.

      VAT: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many notices of joint and several liability were issued in the last 12 months in respect of VAT evasion by overseas sellers; and how much stock was seized as a...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Impact Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Social Impact Bonds; and whether they intend to continue the scheme.

    • Artificial Intelligence: Ethics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remain aligned with EU guidelines on the ethical development of artificial intelligence following the UK's departure from the EU.

      Telecommunications: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review (1) the time requirements for telecommunication companies to respond to reported service failures and restore telephone lines and...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report from the Coalition for a Digital Economy suggesting that new tech regulations set out in the Online Harms White Paper...

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