Written answers

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of making the HS2 Rural Support Zone scheme eligible for property owners through...

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the document entitled, Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information, published by his Department in July 2018, when he plans to...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the document entitled, Bus Services Act 2017:Bus Open Data Consultation Response, whether his Department has plans to bring forward...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's paper entitled, Future of Mobility : Urban Strategy policy paper, published on 19 March 2019, when his Department...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of fines issued under regulations 98 and 107 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to impose limits on the amount of time an engine can be left running if a vehicle is stationary in traffic.

      Transport: Renewable Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the development renewable transport fuel obligation scheme will include non-biogenic waste.

      Kew Palace: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met the (a) Royal Botanic Gardens and (b) Historic Royal Palaces to discuss the potential effect of the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Offences against Children: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the use of (a) taxis and (b) private hire vehicles being used to transport victims of child sexual exploitation.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent employers (a) firing and (b) rehiring employees by changing...

    • Business: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses that have (i) fired and...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of mandating the recall of faulty Whirlpool machines in the UK.

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many instances the Office for Product Safety and Standards found of Whirlpool’s tumble dryer modification...

      Consumers: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the (a) accuracy and (b) integrity of consumer reviews on major retail...

      Post Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average increase to postmaster pay under the new payment deal for banking cash...

      Passenger Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect of the Maritime and...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the energy price cap on consumers.

      Industry

      What plans he has to bring forward new sector deals in the near future.

      Employment: Females

      What steps his Department is taking to support women at work.

      Working Conditions: EU Action

      Whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce the proposed EU directive on transparent and predictable working conditions into UK law.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gambia: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of The Great Gambia Heist, an investigation into...

    • Gambia: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the progress of proposals for an anti-corruption commission bill in the Gambia.

      Gambia: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a permanent anti-corruption commission for the Gambia.

      Belarus: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic representations his Department has made to the Government of Belarus since recent reports of attacks on...

      Sri Lanka: Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 234859 on Sri Lanka: Water, what progress has been made by the Sri Lankan...

      Azza Soliman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his has made to his counterpart in Egypt on that Government's decision to prosecute Azza Soliman,...

      Ahmed Saddouma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request that the Egyptian Government release Ahmed Saddouma from prison.

      Diplomatic Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to ensure that diplomats receive training on local faith communities in advance of postings.

      Kenya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens were afforded assistance by his Department following disruption at Nairobi airport in March 2019.

      Iran: BBC Persian Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle the intimidation and harassment of BBC Persian journalists by the Iranian authorities.

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department’s policy is on the involvement of Chinese telecoms firm Huawei in the construction of the UK's 5G...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department provides financial support to assist in the repatriation of the bodies of British victims of terrorism...

      Honduras: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to support efforts to tackle the spread of false information on emergency contraception in...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the recent escalation of military activity in Al Dhale in Yemen on the...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to secure the release of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal since his imprisonment in India...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish (a) the summary of responses to and (b) his Department's response to its consultation on appropriate clinical...

    • NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training staff of the NHS 111 Service receive to ensure that all avenues of clinical assessment are considered before callers are...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department spent on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking in 2018-19; and what funding has been allocated to...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of additional endoscopists that will be required to deliver the Government’s commitment to...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate supplies of treatments for (a) epilepsy and (b) bipolar disorder in all scenarios surrounding...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage the National Institute for Health Research and the Clinical Research Network to diversify their...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of medical research is (a) commercially funded and (b) funded by grants and non-commercial sources.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to free wheelchairs for people with short-term mobility conditions or injuries.

      Skin Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on providing skin cancer treatment in each of the last five years.

      Allergies: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of adrenaline auto-injectors.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is available for parents and carers of children with a diagnosable mental health disorder in each region; what plans he has...

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to support families to understand the importance of developing the mental health and wellbeing of their...

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of child and adolescent mental health services in improving the mental health outcomes...

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether training is provided for staff working in child and adolescent mental health services to address the additional needs of...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 909822, Official Report, column 521, whether his Department is planning a public...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the public information campaign in Scotland on increasing awareness of the Chief...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to require alcohol producers to include warnings on their product labels about the health effects of...

      Hospices: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with Telford and Wrekin Clinical Care Commissioning Group on its funding for the Severn Hospice for...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2017 to Question 115732 on Baby Care Units, what progress his Department has made increasing access...

      North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many speeding fines have been received by vehicles belonging the North West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in the last (a)...

      Commonwealth: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has made to prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the criteria used by Health Education England to determine the clinical placement tariff for (a) nursing, (b) medicine...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will convene a working party to agree standards for the development of practice-based evidence systems for interventions for...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Improving Children and Young People's Mental Health Services, published in October 2018 by the...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2019 to Question 241013, which clinics and local authorities in England are not participating in the...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prepare cardiac units for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the annual cost is of administering NHS prescription charges.

      Breast Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of secondary breast cancer patients who do not access emotional support services...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Treasury to ensure (a) all patients and (b) patients with secondary cancers have access...

      General Practitioners: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the health of university students of being unable to register at their...

      Parkinson's Disease: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase public understanding of Parkinson's disease.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish in full the findings of his Department’s review into the functioning of the National Health Service (Charges to...

      Cancer: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish for consultation the draft service specifications for children and young people’s cancer services.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to expand existing public health and prevention services in community pharmacies in order to support...

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate engagement between GPs and community pharmacies as part of the Government’s plan...

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Health and Care Professions Council equality impact assessment process for its...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240581 on NHS: Pensions, what level of interest is applied to annual allowance charges...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of diagnosed mental health conditions in children in each National Statistics...

      Opiates: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the addiction rates of the 10 most commonly prescribed opioid drugs in each of the last 10 years.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many CCGs (a) achieved and (b) did not achieve the turnaround target of 98 per cent of patients receiving their cervical screening...

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many residential and nursing homes have closed permanently (a) nationally and (b) in the North West region since 2016.

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 242728, whether he plans to increase the number of older people accessing...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities have a suicide prevention (a) group and (b) strategy.

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many specialist inpatient services for older adult mental health patients have closed in each of the last five years.

      Anorexia: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of anorexia nervosa patients have died prematurely each year (a) from complications arising from that condition and (b)...

  • Attorney General

    • Criminal Proceedings: Evidence

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on failures relating to the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases and police...

    • Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he taking to ensure a joined-up response to the evolving threat of economic crime; and what plans he has to involve prosecutors in that work.

  • Department for International Development

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the level of support for the United Nations resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 242148 on Schools: Apprentices, how many of the 6,300 apprentices were funded by (a) the...

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance is given to schools in the maintained sector to ensure that they teach a broad and balanced curriculum.

      Apprentices: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to pages 16 and 17 of the document entitled, Elective Home Education: Call for Evidence 2018 Government consultation response, what...

      Pre-school Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the effect of testing upon children of primary age; and what steps he is taking to research different methods of...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to ensure that every child between the ages of five and fourteen years has access (a) in school and (b) close to home to play...

      National College Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question number 234688 on National College Creative Industries, how many applications for the opportunity...

      National College Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 234682 on National College Creative Industries, what criteria his Department uses to assess the...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that children that attend Early Years settings, from newborn to five years old, have access to a graduate workforce...

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he take steps to ensure his Department works with the Department for Health and Social Care to develop a children’s mental health workforce.

      Mental Health: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what changes he will make to the National Curriculum to ensure that an understanding of emotional wellbeing and the principles of good mental health...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the new baseline test on children's (a) confidence and (b) relationships with (i)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of (a) funding and (b) school staffing for children with (i) special educational needs and...

      Apprentices: Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship levy funds logistics businesses have drawn down to pay for apprenticeships; and will he make a statement.

      Apprentices: Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many logistics apprenticeships have been taken up since the apprenticeship levy was introduced.

      Pupils: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide adequate mental health support for (a) transgender and (b) gender-questioning children in schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of (a) testing and (b) support for children at school with symptoms for (i) dyslexia and...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential negative effects of the use of isolation booths on children's education.

      Asylum: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to further increase the number of scholarships available to refugees, asylum seekers and forced immigrants.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to include teaching learners with literacy difficulties in early career framework curricula and training materials.

      Literacy and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to establish new national professional qualifications on SEND and literacy.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for learners with literacy difficulties; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of initial teacher training on (a) SEND and (b) literacy difficulties.

      Children and Young People: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prevent children and young people in Birkenhead from being criminally exploited by organised crime networks.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on...

      Adoption Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has for the future of the Adoption Support Fund after March 2020.

      Construction: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of apprenticeships in the construction sector.

      Schools: Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what regulations are in place to ensure that schools provide fresh water for their pupils; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Recovery of Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that acquitted defendants in criminal cases who were deemed ineligible for legal aid are able to recover costs to...

    • Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Government response to the consultation on reform of the legal requirements for divorce, what steps he took to consult with the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to establish separate legal aid funds for (a) increasing access to justice for people in civil, criminal and legal aid...

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether time spent in court cells as a disposal to a conviction in lieu of a fine is categorised as a custodial sentence for the purposes of determining...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for the provision of legal aid for expatriates that have returned to the UK with their children after...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-UK EU nationals received a prison sentence of (a) less than 12 months, (b) between 12 months and four years and (c) over four years in each...

      Courts: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to modernise the court system.

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to make it easier for litigants to bring civil money claims through the courts.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to introduce new technology into prisons to assist with rehabilitation.

      Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle criminal activity and drug abuse in prisons.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff took place in each prison in each quarter from 2010 to 2018.

      Prisons: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of suicide prevention practitioners in prisons.

      Probation: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the new probation contracts will include break clauses to ensure that those contracts can be terminated at no cost to the public purse in the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps the Government has taken to enable small businesses in the East Midlands to increase their exports.

    • Export Credit Guarantees: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any export credit guarantees relating to Iran have been written off in the past 10 years.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to British businesses of the £1 billion increase in support on offer from UK...

      Overseas Trade: Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to increase the UK's proportion of trade with Tunisia.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many rogue landlords were issued with banning orders in 2018.

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of rough sleeping in (a) Liverpool, (b) Merseyside and (c)...

      Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with officials in Northern Ireland on providing assistance to the Housing Executive...

      Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to improve the (a) availability and (b) affordability of housing for older renters.

      Sleeping Rough: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many rough sleepers there were in (a) Birmingham, (b) Coventry, (c) Dudley, (d) Sandwell, (e) Solihull, (f)...

      Council Housing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many council housing units are planned to be built in (a) Birmingham, (b) Coventry, (c) Dudley, (d) Sandwell, (e)...

      Council Housing: Domestic Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the numbers of council housing tenants living without a (a) fridge, (b)...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in privately rented property living without essential...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage Housing Associations to retain essential household items within...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department communicated to representatives of Oxfordshire County Council that the B4044 Community Path was...

      New Monks Farm: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons his Department has not made a determination on whether to call in Adur District Council planning...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the recommendations made by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in each year since 2008-09 to date; and what the final settlement was...

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the pay settlements were for the civilian staff of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in each year since 2008-09 to date.

      Ministry of Defence: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on realising the planned savings between 2016-17 and 2020-21 from disposals of his Department's estate.

      Navy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Royal Navy Leading Hands working on the Astute class submarines have completed the qualifying sea time.

      Aircraft Carriers: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the two new aircraft carriers were built to Lloyd’s Register’s Naval Ship Rules.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the greatest economic benefit to the UK from his Department's (a) public procurement and (b) award of...

      India: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and India supports increased defence ties between the UK and India.

      Veterans: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of former military personnel who have experienced difficulties in finding accommodation after their discharge...

      Armed Forces: EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the EU (a) with a deal and (b) under a no-deal scenario on the legal status and chain of command...

      Ministry of Defence: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure per head has been in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many walk-ins there were to each Army Careers Centre in the last financial year.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the proportion is of universal credit claimants who receive an advance payment; what the average value of the advance payment is; and...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2019 to Question 209776 on Personal Independence Payment, how many of the 56,920 claimants of personal...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 230076 on Personal Independence Payment, how many claimants of personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 230077 on Personal Independence Payment, which team is responsible for making decisions...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 230077 on Personal Independence Payment, whether it is a requirement to complete and...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 230077 on Personal Independence Payment, what steps she is taking to identify the reasons...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 230077, Personal Independence Payment, how any claimants failed to attend assessments as a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason universal credit classifies maternity allowance as income and statutory maternity allowance as earnings.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason women receiving maternity allowance do not qualify for the Sure Start maternity grant.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department does not inform automatically Healthy Start on the eligibility of claimants of universal credit.

      Maternity Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women have received the Sure Start maternity grant in each year since 2010.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2019 to Question 237797 on Work Capability Assessments, what performance is monitored at assessment-centre...

      Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce ageism in the workplace.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to maintain annual increases to pensions of UK citizens residing in the Republic of Ireland in the event that the...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each constituency have incomplete national insurance records for their pension because they have omitted to pay the...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timeframe is to bring forward legislative proposals for regulations for compensatory payments for people that have moved to universal...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) average waiting time and (b) longest waiting time was for a mandatory reconsideration after a personal independence payment...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish a response to EDM 2296 on providing financial restitution to born in the 1950s women.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the time applicants wait for their first payment of universal credit; and if she will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effects on universal credit claimants of her Department calculating universal credit entitlement using...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on employers reporting employees' income to HMRC (a) late and (b) in the...

      Pensions: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of times the online pensioner toolkit was accessed in each of the last six years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on investment in (a) farm infrastructure and (b) agri-environment schemes of...

    • Beef: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the price of beef being achieved by UK producers in the last 12 months.

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of plastic; and if he will make a statement.

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure sufficient income in greyhound racing to safeguard the welfare of greyhounds throughout...

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a vicarious liability for estate owners in relation to (a) the...

      Waste: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle waste crime including (a) illegal exports of waste, (b) fly-tipping and (c) the burning of...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will remove the responsibility for race horse welfare from the British Horseracing Authority and award it to a new,...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the volume of consumer electronics that end up in landfill.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department issues on the processing of consumer electronics in landfill after metals have been harvested...

      Forests: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent deforestation in (a) Brazil, (b) the Democratic Republic of Congo and...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of foreign ownership of abattoirs in England.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to adopt the proposal by the EU to classify vegetarian and vegan burgers and sausages as...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the welfare standards of animals that are not stunned before slaughter in the UK; and...

      Fungicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to lift the EU ban on the use of chlorothalonil after the UK leaves the EU.

      Recycling: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April to Question 245965 on Recycling: Schools, if he will make an estimate of the number of...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to deter people from fishing without a licence.

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Questions 242653 and 242654, what criteria his Department uses to distinguish...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many game birds are kept in barren cages; and what legal recourse is available in relation to people caught keeping game...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspections of game bird farms were undertaken by (a) the Animal and Plant Health Agency and (b) local trading...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Newport East constituency who are eligible to apply...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the greatest economic benefit is generated from (a) public procurement and (b) the award of contracts.

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local authorities are sending out postal ballots for the elections to the European Parliament to...

      Grenfell Tower Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's letter to Sir Martin Moore Bick of 10 May 2018 announcing her intention to appoint two additional panel members...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number EU citizens eligible to vote in forthcoming European Elections in (a) the UK, (b) London and (c) in...

      Hereditary Titles (Female Succession) Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Government objected to the Hereditary Titles (Female Succession) Bill on 22 March 2019.

      Service Industries: Exports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK nationals employed in the services export sector in the UK.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a hard border between Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has stopped planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which European defence structures the Withdrawal Agreement makes provision for the UK to remain in after the UK has left the EU.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the UK complies with the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take to help support the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendation of increasing the rate of insulation...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 121 of the report entitled, UK Housing, Fit for the Future? published by the Committee on Climate Change on 21 February 2019, if he...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's rationale was for the policy of introducing an income threshold on eligibility for tax-free childcare.

      Treasury: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the greatest economic benefit to the UK from his Department's (a) public procurement and (b) award of contracts.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of increased productivity in the economy.

      Consumer Credit Act 1974

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer 8 April 2019 to Question 239222 on Consumer Credit Act 1974, if he will make it his policy to revise the rules in the Consumer...

      Apprentices: Logistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid by logistics businesses into the apprenticeship levy fund since the introduction of that levy.

      Credit Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support victims of credit card fraud in rectifying their credit files.

      Personal Savings: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to enable older people to (a) build and (b) maintain an adequate level of savings.

      London Capital and Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 240486 on London Capital and Finance, when he plans to publish the terms of the investigation; and if...

      London Capital and Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a compensation fund for investors who lost funds as a result of the collapse of...

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to protect consumers from the loyalty penalty in the insurance market.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the £50,000 and £60,000 thresholds for the high-income child benefit charge.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the repayment terms are for loans made to local authorities through the Public Works Loan Board.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2019 to Question 244194, whether his Department makes an assessment of the national insurance contributions of SMEs; and...

      Mortgages: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of taxation and mortgage relief changes for buy to let property on the reported increase in the number...

      Treasury: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2019 to Question 244196 on Treasury: Gender Impact Assessment, whether he will publish the guidance on equality impact...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the consultation on proposals for using and allocating the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be published.

      Brexit: Credit Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's analysis concurs with the finding of credit rating agency DBRS that the UK economy could withstand the UK leaving the EU without a...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legislative time conditions are in place for employers to report employees' earnings to HMRC; and what powers HMRC has to penalise employers who do...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many promoters of tax avoidance schemes have complied with their obligations under the disclosure of tax avoidance scheme in each year since 2010.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2019 to Question 243425, what proportion of the £8.8 billion his Department estimates will be paid into the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Hampton Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met with Historic Royal Palaces to discuss the effect of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s proposals for...

    • Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government holds 3D laser maps of historic buildings to provide an accurate record of their construction in the...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his priorities are for the digital economy in the next five years.

      Music: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has allocated to support the sustainability of independent music venues in rural communities.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle harmful online behaviour; and if he will he make a statement.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to support the delivery of a full-fibre roll-out in towns and cities throughout the UK.

      Broadband: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of creating a mandated system with mandated compensation...

  • Prime Minister

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will set a date for the meeting she agreed to with bereaved Grenfell families four months ago.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Sleeping Rough: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers died on the streets in (1) 1989, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2015.

    • Intelligence Services: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the report of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's consultation on the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel on...

      Interserve

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 23 April (HL15116), what well-evidenced assessment they made when deciding to outsource public...

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support regional adoption agencies will provide for adoptive families from 2020 onwards.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the week beginning 8 April 2019, how many court buildings in the Greater London area were inaccessible to (1) defendants and witnesses with disabilities,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to have the new system for ageing lambs to be in place.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support any British citizen returning to live in the UK following the UK's departure from the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Kiribati

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards agreeing a new trade agreement with Kiribati.

    • Trade Agreements: Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards agreeing a new trade agreement with Indonesia.

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