Written answers

Thursday, 2 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's consultation, Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information, which closed on 16 September 2019, when his Department...

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received from bus operators on the Accessible Information Requirement for buses.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) encourage and (b) support UK companies to bid to be the West Coast Mainline provider.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of the use of the exceptional hardship exception for the sentencing of drivers who would otherwise be...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase passenger journeys on public transport in the regions to reduce CO2 emissions.

      Heathrow Airport: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when facial recognition technology for security checks for all passengers travelling through Heathrow Airport will be fully rolled out.

      Airports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date facial recognition technology for security checks will be rolled out to airports that serve less than five million passengers per year.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the new Abellio train franchise for the East Midlands will deliver improvements in (a) seat capacity, (b) fares and (c) connectivity north...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      What steps he is taking to improve charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made in progressing its proposed reforms to the corporate insolvency framework; and...

    • Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his oral contribution of 23 April 2019, Official Report column 626,, what the level of cross-subsidisation...

      Post Offices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to help retain Post Office branches where the Network Transformation Programme...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met international counterparts to discuss climate change; and if he will make a statement.

      Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the scope is of the Oil and Gas Authority’s scientific analysis of the data gathered during the shale gas...

      Offshore Industry: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times the Oil and Gas Authority has carried out scientific analysis of data from UK oil and gas operations in...

      Post Offices: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2019 to Question 242045 on Post Offices: Costs, what the strategic parameters set by...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Ministers in his Department met the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited in the last 12 months.

      Post Office: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) Ministers or (b) senior officials in his Department made representations to the Honours Committee on the...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the current reporting mechanism is between the Government and the Post Office.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has developed a strategy for the implementation of new on-shore wind farms.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April to Question 242927, how the Government is ensuring the exclusion of regulatory...

      Post Offices: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office branches have received investment in addition to that awarded through the Network Transformation...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Rakhine State Advisory Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the Burmese Government to adopt the recommendations made by the Advisory...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received a copy of the repatriation agreement between Burma and Bangladesh for Rohingyan refugees.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Rohingyan refugees are not repatriated to Burma against their will.

      South Asia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the recent bombings in Sri Lanka, what steps the Government is taking to promote religious tolerance in (a)...

      Diplomatic Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the Government has in the appointment of ambassadors to the UK.

      Israel: Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on reports that the Israel Defense Forces recently exposed a Hezbollah...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

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

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking in relation to the Turkish Government which is violating international human rights...

      Armenia: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Armenian counterpart on the rights of LGBT people in Armenia.

      Somaliland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 25 April 2019 to Questions 245922 and 245923, how he measures the success of the UK's support for...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel in response to the UN independent Commission of Inquiry’s...

      Gaza: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure there is an (a) independent, (b) transparent and (c) thorough investigation into each...

      Israel: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the reported firing of tear gas into an elementary school...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations she has made to her Israeli counterpart on the reported destruction of three water connections supplying...

      Press Freedom: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, as part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2019 Media Freedom Campaign, what steps he is taking to address Amnesty...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Aortic Aneurysm: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many men have died as a result of an Abdominal aortic aneurysm in the last five years.

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to increase voter (a) registration and (b) turnout at European Union Elections in 2019 in the event that the UK has...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from (a) electoral registration officers, (b) the Local Government Association and (c) local authority leaders on...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) his Department and (b) the Electoral Commission have received complaints in relation to the EC1/UC6 form process for the 2019 European...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what instruction the Electoral Commission was given following the Government announcement that the UK was not intending to participate in the 2019...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has received any representations from local authorities advocating for an extension to the voter registration deadline.

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the written statement of 8 October 2018, Official Report, column 3WS on GOV.UK Verify Programme, whether non-Gov.UK Verify identity...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2019 to Question 246989 on European Parliament: Elections and the Answer of 18 May 2018 to Question 143730 on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to continuing professional development for the clinical NHS workforce in England in each...

    • X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether hospitals frequently need to rely on the family members of patients to assist in x-ray...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-disclosure agreements (a) NHS England and (b) NHS Improvement have entered into with staff in each of the last five years...

      Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from the medical profession on confidence in the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’...

      Health Services and Social Services: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) discussions and (b) meetings (i) he, (ii) Ministers of his Department and (iii) officials of his Department have had with trades...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect of changes to the NHS Pension Scheme and tax...

      Mental Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) civil society groups on Government policy in...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to encourage school leavers to enter nursing.

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that clinicians follow NHS guidance and best practice on child twin and triplet delivery.

      Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to implement the recommendations in the report by the all-party parliamentary group on Heart and Circulatory...

      Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHSX will take to ensure that patients are (a) informed about and (b) engaged in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

      Primodos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the robustness of procedures to avoid conflicts of interest in the setting up of the Expert Working group...

      NHS: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce incidences of bullying and harassment in the NHS.

      Autism: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the diagnosis of autism in women.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) augmented reality headsets and (b) innovative technologies to deliver...

      Caxton Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the level of reserves held by The Caxton Foundation were, prior to their winding up in 2018; and how those reserves were distributed.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to allow patient-led and third sector organisations to obtain patient data free of charge in order to...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial incentives are available to his Department to help increase the number of people applying for medicine courses.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase (a) access and (b) referral rates for genetic services.

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential effect of proposed changes to the...

      Lung Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of diagnoses of lung cancer before it has reached stage 3 or 4.

      Lung Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the misconception that only people who smoke are at risk of developing lung cancer.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rules are on blood donations for men who have sex with men who also use PrEP.

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on including information on the need for stem cell donation in the...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to agree a multi-year funding commitment with community pharmacies to help ensure they can help achieve the...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to use community pharmacies to reduce pressure on urgent care services across England as part of the NHS...

      NHS: Cost Benefit Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made a cost-benefit analysis of advancing the development of (a) better diagnostics and (b) new antibiotics.

      Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he holds information on when the hon. Member for West Lancashire will receive a response to correspondence sent to Lancashire...

      Opiates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of opioid prescription rates per 100,000 people in each local authority area in England in each...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral contribution of 7 January 2019, Official Report, column 69, for what reasons the Social Care Green Paper was...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether more UK aid will be provided to Sudan in response to the military coup.

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's priorities are for the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Change summit.

      Weather: Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance has been allocated to humanitarian aid projects as a result of extreme weather events since 2015.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to secure international action on tackling climate change.

      African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to support partner Governments in Africa to implement the conditions of...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to create a national strategy on migration and forced displacement.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to monitor whether the closure of camps for Rohingya internally displaced persons in Myanmar is taking place...

      Iraq: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the empowerment of women in Iraq.

      Gaza: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of Palestinian health workers in Gaza allegedly killed by Israeli Defence Force actions in...

      Gaza: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Israeli blockade of Gaza on (a) infant mortality rates, (b) levels of malnutrition,...

      Libya: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will support the urgent humanitarian evacuation out of Libya of refugees and migrants held in detention centres in...

      Libya: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support vulnerable migrants in Libya.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department provides to (a) the democratic process in Sudan and (b) help ensure participation in that process by...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the number of schools (a) offered support under Opportunity North East’s ONE Vision programme and (b) that have indicated...

    • Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the potential benefits of (a) additional funding for training chairs of governance and (b) careers pilots in primary schools in Opportunity...

      Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Opportunity North East Strategic Board, if he will appoint (a) a North East based headteacher as the Board’s co-chair; and...

      Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps Opportunity North East will take to smooth transitions from primary to secondary education.

      Young People: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps Opportunity North East will take to partner with local businesses to improve job prospects for young people across the region.

      Opportunity North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will list meetings (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had to discuss the Opportunity North East initiative outside of Opportunity North East...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the results of Government-funded schemes to encourage more people to enter the teaching profession.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funding available to support teacher recruitment beyond 2024.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils who (a) were and (b) were not eligible for free school meals in their last year of compulsory secondary school...

      Females: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps she has taken to promote entrepreneurship among female pupils in school.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set up an independent inquiry into school exclusions, pupil referral units and their links to serious violence.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department holds data on hidden exclusions.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate funding in SEND provision in schools.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money was allocated from the public purse towards the provision of free school meals in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to provide statutory guidance to schools on the use of isolation rooms for students.

      Pre-school Education: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide meals for children accessing (a) free childcare and (b) pre-school provision.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Funerals: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures are in place to (a) monitor and (b) prevent local authorities charging burial and cremation fees that above inflation rates.

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of (a) employment terms and conditions, (b) levels of violence, (c) overcrowding and (d) staffing levels at...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average timescale is for the conclusion of a judicial review.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2019 to Question 225506 on Prisons: Education, how many offenders were engaged in learning and skills in prisons in...

      Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many band three to five prison officers who left the prison service in each year from 2010 to 2018 had been assaulted (a) zero to four weeks, (b)...

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

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

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made recent representations to the Sentencing Council to ensure that (a) repeat weapons offenders who are found guilty of murder or...

      Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the rate of attrition of prison officers.

      Prisons: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost has been to date of creating facilities for cases to be heard digitally at (a) Pentonville prison, (b) Wormwood Scrubs prison and (c) HM...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of reoffending.

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) more than five governors or acting governors in post since 2010.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases involving sexual assault were granted compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each year since 2010-11.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Next of Kin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many qualifying relatives have been awarded compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each year since 2010-11.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) child, (b) dependency, (c) funeral and (d) bereavement compensation payments were made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of payments provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were (a) child, (b) dependency, (c) funeral and (d) bereavement...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of claims under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were rejected as a result of the injury not qualifying for...

      Taxis: Assistance Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted under section (a) 168 and (b) 170 of the Equality Act 2010 for refusing to take an assistance dog in a taxi or private...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2018 to Question 198912 on HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement, what the cost to the public purse has...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

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

    • Overseas Trade: East Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress he has made on increasing the level of trade with east Asian countries.

      Overseas Trade: Caribbean and Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to build on existing trade relationships with Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, for what reasons the deadline for EU citizens to change their status to...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission reviewed the efficacy of the voter...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

    • Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of discrimination on trends in the level of people from ethnic minorities in the armed forces.

      Cyprus: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Memorandum of Understanding with Cyprus on UK defence and security.

      India: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and India, what further steps he is taking to strengthen bilateral security and...

      Ministry of Defence: Brexit

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

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is currently or has been part of a trial for the EU’s Coordinated Annual Review on Defence.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the Government plans to ensure that the UK does not become part of the EU’s military unification project in the event that the UK remains in...

      Saudi Arabia: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what joint military exercises the UK armed forces plan to undertake with Saudi Arabia.

      Brunei: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what joint military exercises the UK armed forces plan to undertake with Brunei.

      Saudi Arabia: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he signed the memorandum of intent with Saudi Arabia for 48 Typhoon aircraft in March 2018; and what the name was of the Saudi counter-party to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been submitted by Ministers in the Department on behalf of their constituents for each of the last five years.

    • Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with officials in Northern Ireland on ensuring that older people in difficult financial circumstances are...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases have been raised with her Department since the commemoration of the Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether rights under the UN Convention on Rights of Disabled People will continue to have primacy in UK law after the UK leaves the EU.

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a comprehensive consultation process (a) has or (b) will take place with disabled people and their representative groups, as required...

      Pensioners: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people of pensionable age have had disability living allowance removed since 2010.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Local Welfare Assistance Schemes; and if will he make a statement.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on Local Welfare Assistance Schemes in each of the last nine years.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of unprocessed change in circumstance notifications which led to the over-payment of carer's allowance.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what safeguards are in place to ensure reasonable rates of repayment from recipients of carers' allowance who have been overpaid through no...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what grounds can child maintenance be written off by the Child Support Agency.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had child maintenance payments written off by the Child Support Agency in 2018.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she publish guidance on what triggers a natural migration to universal credit.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department took in response to the increased number of complaints to the Independent Case Examiner from women affected by the...

      Food Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Food Foundation's Children’s Future Food Inquiry report published on 24 April 2019, what steps the Government is...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 243355 on Pension Credit, how many times was the online pension credit toolkit accessed in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Porpoises: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to protect harbour porpoises from being trapped in gillnets.

    • Livestock: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to introduce a legal definition of the term grass-fed in relation to livestock raised on pasture all of...

      Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to further protect county farm smallholdings from precipitant sale; and what recent discussions he has had...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has advertised the EU settlement scheme in languages other than English; and if he will make a statement.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when local authorities will be able to access funding for services to support residents applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Educational Testing Service: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial settlement his Department reached with ETS after terminating in 2014 its licence to deliver the TOEIC test in the UK; and if...

      Visas: Religious Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with faith leaders regarding the Tier 5 religious worker visa.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people receive prompt repayment of the NHS Health surcharge for failed spousal visa...

      Speed Limits: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to enable local communities in cooperation with the police to use information accrued from ANPR to prosecute drivers who...

      Biometrics: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the use of facial recognition technology, including at airports.

      Serious Violence Taskforce: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been allocated to the Serious Violence Implementation Task Force programme in each region.

      Crime Prevention: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his 15 April 2019 speech on protecting young people's futures, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the...

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the recently announced funding for protecting places of worship has been allocated.

      Independent Office for Police Conduct: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints against the actions of the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been made since its inception in January 2018.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) (i) staff employed by, (ii) vacancies as of 31 December in and (iii) investigations conducted...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Brexit

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

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Freehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government's proposals to reform the rules on charges levied on freehold home owners for maintenance of...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2019 to Question 213368, when the Government plans to publish its consultation on...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Higher Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with officials in Northern Ireland on the criteria for admission into third-level education for students...

  • Treasury

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to focus on expanding the economy through the (a) technology, (b) manufacturing or (c) exports sectors; and if he will make a statement.

    • Railways: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of (a) train manufacturing and (b) rolling stock contract awards on (i) job creation and (ii)...

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Beverage Containers: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2019 to Question 226084 on Beverage Containers: Taxation, upon which particular submissions made to the Government's call...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance schemes have been closed by HMRC in the last 10 years.

      Digital Technology: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) guidance he has provided to (i) micro and (ii) other small businesses providing digital services in the EU27...

      Tour Operators: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has consulted UK tour operators operating in the EU27 on the process for transferring to VAT payment in individual countries from the Tour...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2019 to Question 247049 on Manufacturing Industries, what proportion of the £4 billion allocated to preparations on...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on grassroots funding for the arts of the widespread theft of the UK...

    • Mayflower: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Buckingham Palace on promoting the Mayflower 400 celebrations in September 2020.

      Mayflower: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an estimate of the number of US tourists who will visit the UK in 2020 as part of the Mayflower...

      Mayflower: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to put in place a strategy to attract tourists to the UK during the Mayflower celebrations in 2020.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made with the Rural Connected Communities Project; and if he will make an assessment of the potential...

      Broadband: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to obligate internet broadband companies to be more transparent on achievable speeds.

      Telecoms Supply Chain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he plans to publish the response to the Telecoms Supply Chain Review.

      Public Libraries: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on Essex county council's proposed closure of its libraries.

      Sports Competitors: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to assess the level of racism directed at sports players by spectators.

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK data security is protected in respect of the involvement of Huawei in the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House: Cleaning Services

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many times on average on a working day each bathroom or lavatory was cleaned in...

  • Attorney General

    • Terrorism: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 910352 on Terrorism: Prosecutions, if he will (a) review the type of data that the CPS collates and (b) introduce...

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption Support Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the Adoption Support Fund has had on rates of adoption disruption since its inception in 2015.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Vagrancy Act 1824

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were serving a period of imprisonment under the provisions of the Vagrancy Act 1824 in (1) 1989, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, (4) 2015, and (5) 2017.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific on 3 April (HC237139), what are the objectives of the Integrated Activity Fund.

    • Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the remarks of the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 10 April that Asia Bibi would be leaving Pakistan very soon but that there was a complication, what...

      Sri Lanka: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) assist the government of Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday killings, (2) establish who funded and armed the...

      Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Sri Lanka in the last six months about concerns in relation to freedom of religion or belief.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia in response to the torture and execution of 37 citizens; and if they intend to take no action, why not.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have in regard to the international sources of funding to Libyan warlord Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar; and in particular whether he is...

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United States' draft resolution at the United Nations, as announced by United States Vice-President Mike Pence on 10 April,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of each of the electoral integrity and voter ID pilots in the local elections on 2 May in England this year; what is the estimated...

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