Written answers

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many direct train services there were per day between (a) Edinburgh, (b) Glasgow, (c) Newcastle, (d) Birmingham, (e) Nottingham, (f) Derby, (g)...

    • Railways: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the net cost to the public purse was of subsidising the running of services not including enhancements or repairs on the railways in (a) the year...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether High Speed Two will be delivered (a) on time and (b) on budget.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, at what stage in the franchise process the decision was taken to exclude Stagecoach from bidding for the East Midlands franchise.

      East Midlands Trains: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assurances Abellio have provided his Department in relation to the pensions of staff employed on the East Midlands line.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of accidents involving (a) personal injury and (b) death on (i) permanent all-lane running sections and (ii)...

      Motorways: Laybys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department uses for the spacing of emergency refuge lay-bys on (a) permanent and (b) dynamic all-lane running sections of smart...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the timing of the implementation of dynamic all-lane running on smart motorways.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the locations of (a) permanent and (b) dynamic all-lane running sections of smart motorways.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the disqualification of Stagecoach from three rail franchise bids, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of the rail...

      Virgin Trains: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the disqualification of Stagecoach from three rail franchise bids, what steps is he taking to help protect the (a) jobs and (b)...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a train guard will be retained on every train in the next West Coast Main Line franchise contract.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the current catering provision will be (a) maintained and (b) expanded in the next West Coast Main Line franchise contract.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the current ticket office provision will be (a) maintained and (b) expanded in the next West Coast Main Line franchise contract.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the current level of provision of station staff will be (a) maintained and (b) expanded in the next West Coast Main Line Franchise contract.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the disqualification of Stagecoach from three rail franchise bids, whether Virgin Trains will retain the West Coast Main Line...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the disqualification of Stagecoach from three rail franchise bids, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the compliance of...

      Stagecoach Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with the Pensions Regulator on the decision to disqualify Stagecoach from bidding on three rail...

      Stagecoach Group and Virgin Trains: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to help safeguard the pensions of rail workers employed by (a) Stagecoach and (b) Virgin Trains.

      Roads: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to support improving key roads that are official diversion routes for motorways that are not in the major road network.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many lorry movements would be required to move Euston approaches excavated material by HGV; and what estimate he has made of the cost of moving...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Government has made on improving transport infrastructure in areas with a high number of new build homes.

      Low Emission Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to enable local authorities to introduce ultra-low emission zones; and if he will make a statement.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from representatives from oil and gas companies on (a) safety and (b) regulatory standards in the offshore...

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 237684 on Offshore Industry: Helicopters, what the timeframe is for the publication of the Civil...

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 237686 on Offshore Industry: Helicopters, what changes have been made to the Civil Aviation...

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the level of (a) current and (b) future demand for pilots in the offshore helicopter transport sector.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what penalties have been imposed on Volkswagen in the UK since the scandal on excessive emissions levels.

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the arrangements are for the governance and accountability of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency; and what plans there are to review those...

      Driving Tests: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what policies and guidance there are to ensure that people living in rural areas have adequate access to driving centres through the Driver and...

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the last date was on which the Civil Aviation Authority conducted a campaign to (a) raise awareness of the dangers of illegal public transport...

      Railways: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of trains between (a) Sheffield and London and (b) London and Sheffield arrived on time between (i) April 2017 and March 2018 and (ii)...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2019 to Question 245609 on Railways: Franchises, whether the recent bidders for the East Midlands Trains franchise...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2019 to Question 244025 on East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock, what type of train will replace existing...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that disabled people are able to access rail travel (a) in the absence of second safety critical member of staff and...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on disabled passenger access to the rail network of (a) driver-only operations and (b) unstaffed...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received from (a) organisations representing disabled people and (b) disabled people on the accessibility of...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full-time equivalent (a) civil servants and (b) contractors in his Department are working on matters in relation to accessibility (i) on...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in Nottinghamshire.

      Airports: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent introduction by the Civil Aviation Authority of Flight Restriction Zones around protected...

      Bus Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the average price-per-mile for bus travel in (a) each region of the UK and (b) each bus franchise operating in the UK.

      Department for Transport: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants in his Department have been seconded to (a) the Department for Exiting the European Union and (b) the Department for...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effect on trends in the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to increase consumer awareness of the risks associated with unmodified Whirlpool tumble...

    • Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage householders to change from gas heating to (a) electric heating, (b)...

      Post Office

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

      Post Office: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Ministers in his Department have met Post Office (a) directors and (b) officials to discuss the ongoing...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Ministers in his Department have met the Chief Finance & Operations Officer of Post Office Limited...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Ministers in his Department have met each of the four Non-Executive Directors of Post Office Limited in...

      Post Office

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

      Fracking: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on when in hydraulic fracturing operations the operator knows which type of water...

      Artificial Intelligence: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to train and prepare workers for the impact of artificial intelligence.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to protect customers from the potential negative effects of collapse of energy retail companies.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Natural Gas: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the number of customers who switched suppliers of (a) LPG and...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the regulation of the LPG market by the Competition...

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to promote the retail industry through the Government's Industrial Strategy.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the affordability of electrical smart meters.

      Carbon Emissions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth of 23 April 2019, Official Report,...

      Drax Power Station: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sums have been paid in subsidy in each of the last five years to Drax power station for burning wood pellets.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the environment of carbon capture technology.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean for people trying to flee Libya.

    • Democracy and Human Rights: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to publish the next annual Human Rights and Democracy report.

      Firearms: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote stronger gun control laws throughout the world.

      Malaysia: Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports that the British High Commission in Malaysia provided financial support...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that officials of his Department comply with his Department's guidance on support in relation...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children born under Isis in Iraq are formally recognised.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Emerdata

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's associated public bodies have entered into...

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions: West Midlands

      To ask the Attorney General, in how many cases did the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service decide not to charge a suspect on the grounds of (a) the evidential test and (b) the public interest...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the process evaluation being undertaken by the NHS on prescribing cannabis-based products for medical use; and...

    • Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the National Institute for Health Research will identify patients with severe intractable epilepsy to use as a placebo in research...

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Prevention is better than cure vision published by his Department in November 2018, whether the forthcoming...

      European Reference Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assurances he has (a) sought and (b) received from the European Commission that the UK will be allowed to continue to participate in...

      Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that the UK will (a) be able to continue to participate in European Reference Networks and (b)...

      NHS: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans in the 2019 spending review to allocate funding to provide for the work required on NHS critical infrastructure; and if...

      NHS: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what type of NHS positions were vacant in Lancashire as of 31 March 2019.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what major hospital redevelopments are planned in the next 24 months; and whether those redevelopments include the centralisation of...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the Independent Chief Inspector of...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the (a) equity and (b) effectiveness of the immigration health surcharge.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether local authorities have a duty to identify the role of companion animals in an individual’s care and support plan and needs...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2019 to Question 245610, how many forms of cancer have no maintenance drug available at any stage in...

      Four Seasons Health Care: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contingency plans his Department has made for the maintenance of the provision of services as a result of Four Seasons Care Homes...

      Four Seasons Health Care: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on NHS Trusts of the announcement that Four Seasons Healthcare has gone into administration;...

      Four Seasons Health Care: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department took to monitor the financial viability of Four Seasons Healthcare before that company entered administration;...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the FCTC 2030 group of countries implement the provisions of the World Health Organization...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to promote the child-obesity strategy developed by Leeds City Council to improve levels of nutrition among...

      Vaccination: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the sharing of misinformation...

      Pathology: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure pathology service standards are protected in the event of a successful private bidder...

      Pathology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department and NHS England have to consult with the public on (a) plans to merge pathology services in South East London...

      Pathology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish any (a) impact and (b) risk assessments his Department has carried out on the proposed pathology network for South...

      Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of pathology networks on (a) patient care and (b) NHS England’s finances.

      Vaccination: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the misinformation on vaccination on digital and social media platforms.

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the prevention is better than a cure Green Paper; and whether that Green Paper will include provisions to...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent MacMillan Cancer Support Survey, what steps is he taking to ensure that there is adequate care and support...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the recycling of plastic throughout the developing world.

    • Developing Countries: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase the level of English language training in under-developed countries.

      Pakistan: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to programmes in Pakistan to promote control of the tobacco industry.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid is always delivered based on need and not used as a tool for other political...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all Official Development Assistance spending is aligned with the Paris climate...

      Mozambique: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcome was of her meeting at the World Bank to attract donors to make long-term reconstruction investments in Mozambique...

      Developing Countries: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's spending on improving global vaccination rates in each year for...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants in his Department have been seconded to (a) the Department for Exiting the European Union and (b) the...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of a reduction in per student funding for universities on their ability to collaborate and...

    • Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the Disabled Students' Allowance assistive technology procurement proposal on students...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the list of approved equipment for Disabled Students' Allowance.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of children's services in Northamptonshire.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the outcomes of children with special educational needs and disability.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the level of per pupil funding for each child in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in Warrington in each year since...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) quality, (b) number and (c) adequacy of the content of local authority play strategies...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2019 to Question 243378 on Children: Social Services, what analysis has been (a) carried out and (b) commissioned...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains the Government’s policy to guarantee (a) Erasmus+ bids approved in May 2019 and (b) cover students’ study costs for the...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussion (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with education sector stakeholders on a potential domestic alternative to...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether postgraduate (a) loans and (b) other financial assistance will be included in his Department's response to the review of post-18 education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions his Department has had with the higher education sector on potential future (a) immigration policies and (b) student exchange...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to fund the two per cent pay increase for teachers in 2019-20; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that pay increase on...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) which and (b) how many safeguarding boards are currently without a permanent chairperson.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days prisoners were locked in cells for 22 hours or more in each prison in each month of (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, and (d) 2019.

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the availability of courses for prisoners serving Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences to prepare to demonstrate...

      Segregation of Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences are currently held in segregation units.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted for selling drugs in the last two years.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2019 to Question 225506 on Prisons: Education, what proportion of the prison population was engaged in offender...

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sent to immediate custody from the (a) Crown Court and (b) Magistrates' Courts for sentences of (i) less than and (ii) more than six...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

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

      Rape: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to enable allegations of rape committed abroad by UK...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to ensure that the probation reports required for the parole hearing of Liam Vare A9035AH scheduled for 10 May 2019 are...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been cautioned for stalking in each of the last five years.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many notices were issued by coroners in England and Wales under Schedule 5 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 requiring the production of...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to extend the position of trust law to sports coaches and youth justice workers with positions of influence over children.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that reductions in the interchange rate do not result in free ATMs becoming pay ATMs.

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming tax credits who have an overpayment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the £6.9 billion of tax credit debt has been held by HMRC (a) for more than seven years, (b) between two and seven years and (c)...

      General Anti-abuse Rule Advisory Panel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases have been referred to the GAAR Advisory Panel since 2015.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many penalties related to off-shore activities HMRC collected in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many late filing penalties HMRC collected in 2018 from small and medium-sized businesses.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of (a) tax credits and (b) child benefit to which claimants were entitled but did not claim in each year since 2010.

      101 Calls: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the contribution has been to the public purse from levying VAT on the 101 non-emergency police phone line.

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of companies which claimed the group financing exemption to the controlled foreign company rules in each of the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Fracking: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help ensure the (a) interests and (b) safety of local communities is fully considered in...

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239872, for what reason the Prime Minister’s announcement on...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239870, on what dates the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation first...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 7 March 2019 to Question 229626 and 10 April 2019 to Question 239872, on what date in...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239868 on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, for what...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239869 on the location of the National Holocaust Memorial Centre...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is the Government’s policy that all the existing entrances to Victoria Tower Gardens will continue to...

      Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the business rates exemption for <50kW solar systems will be maintained under the smart export guarantee scheme.

      Leasehold: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps is he taking to tackle unfair practises in the leasehold system.

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what deterrents are in place to stop rogue landlords illegally evicting a tenant.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 25 March 2019 to Question 234774 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, if he will provide a...

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many children there were in temporary accommodation in another local authority district, for each local authority...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2019 to Question 238377, whether he plans to make mitigation payments to lower-paid MoD personnel based in England in...

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase the effectiveness of the UK’s offensive cyber capabilities.

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) army personnel resided in Wales before assuming active service in the last five years.

      France: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2019 to Question 234103 on France: Military Decorations, how many surviving British veterans who fought for the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit payments were subject to deductions above the maximum cap of 40 per cent in the last month...

    • Construction: Silicosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on trends in the number of people with Silicosis in the construction industry.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons not all UK pensioners living overseas receive annual pension uprating.

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of severe disability premium (SDP) who claimed universal credit before 16 January...

      Food Poverty: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of disabled people in food poverty.

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of a potential link between the rollout of universal credit and use of foodbanks in (a) Wales...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people who are digitally excluded are not missing out on benefits to which they are entitled.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the amount of (a) jobseeker’s allowance, (b) universal credit, (c) personal independence payment and (d)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to promote the use of benefits calculators to help ensure that people claim the benefits to which they are entitled.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to make prospective parents aware of the two child limit on entitlement to tax credits and the child element of...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) seriously ill and (b) disabled people are no longer eligible for severe disability premium as a result of (i) natural and (ii)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 243330 on Universal Credit, what assessment her Department makes of other repayment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of universal credit claimants that have debts in addition to a universal credit advance.

      Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 243334 on Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing, whether she has plans to classify...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that future bans on the use of pesticides are based on scientific research; and if he will...

    • Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to set up a new pesticides as a result of the resignation of key members from the Pesticides Forum and...

      Agriculture and Waste Disposal: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce emissions in agriculture and waste management.

      Circuses: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many wild animals of each species are currently licensed for use in travelling circuses in England; and which of those...

      Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) pest control, (b) agriculture and (c) animal welfare of Natural...

      Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the (a) value and (b) amount of the agricultural damage done by wood pigeons in England.

      Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of woodpigeons in England.

      Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he met with the interim Chair of Natural England to discuss the recent withdrawal of General Licences in England.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of police officers who have taken their own lives in each of the last ten years.

    • Fire and Rescue Services: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of fire fighters who have taken their own lives in each of the last ten years.

      Cash Dispensing: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is his Department taking to tackle gangs using diggers to rip out ATM machines from rural shops.

      Cars: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cars were reported stolen in the last two years.

      Offensive Weapons: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon in 2018.

      Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle prank calls made to the emergency services.

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the overall cost to the police service of policing football matches in each of the last three years.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recent shooting at the San Diego synagogue, what urgent steps he is taking to provide additional funding for security...

      Asylum: Dublin Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases remain outstanding in the Third Country Unit in her Department.

      Genocide: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to (a) apprehend and (b) bring to justice people living in the UK who took part in the Rwandan genocide...

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Mears Group plans to rule out the use of lock-change evictions when it commences the contract for providing housing for asylum...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken is for a spousal visa appeal to be considered by UK Visas & Immigration.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department is making on reducing the use of animals in experiments and replacing such experiments with machine learning.

      Stalking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to support victims of stalking.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of paying pensions to police widows and widowers for life in the event of their...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many ministerial requirements have been issued by the Cabinet Secretary in each year since 2010.

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the last Boundary Commission reviews for (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales cost the public purse.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many public procurement contracts were awarded to foreign companies in 2018.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many public infrastructure contracts were awarded to foreign companies in the last 12 months.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what enforcement and review mechanisms are in place to ensure 30-day payment clauses are in place for suppliers and subcontractors contracted to work...

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the 5G operators which (a) use and (b) do not use the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has contracted Ipsos Mori to carry out polling on the public perception of the state of the union in the last six months.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has commissioned any research on the public perception of the state of the union in the last three months.

      Cabinet Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to Question 237584 on Departmental Responsibilities, tabled on 27 March 2019 by the hon. Member for Liverpool West Derby.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase food and drink exports from Northern Ireland to (a) Asia (b) South America and (c) Africa.

    • Drugs: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions has he had with his counterparts overseas on the export of UK pharmaceutical products.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland.

      Free Trade: Dominica

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to enable free trade with Dominica after the UK leaves the EU.

      Free Trade: Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to enable free trade with Lesotho after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for International Trade: Emerdata

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether (a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's associated public bodies have entered into contracts with...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what conditions he has (a) imposed and (b) indicated an intention to impose on the planned use of part of Victoria Tower...

    • Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with broadcast media on ensuring balanced coverage of people who claim benefits.

      5G: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on helping to ensure that the next auction of 5G spectrum promotes coverage of rural...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many private organisations have been found in breach of General Data Protection Regulations by the Information...

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment on the effect of banning Huawei equipment from non-core components...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her response is to the call by the Leader of Sinn Fein on Easter Sunday 2019 for a joint authority over Northern Ireland between the Irish...

    • Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assurances she can provide that the resumption of the talks process between political parties in Northern Ireland will not further delay...

      Northern Ireland Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants in her Department have been seconded to (a) the Department for Exiting the European Union and (b) the Department for...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 2 April (HL14846), whether they will also monitor the results of the December 2014 reduction in the legal...

    • Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many drivers using mobile phones while driving have been convicted of causing death or serious injury in the last five years; and what assessment they...

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that four foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports in March after failing...

      Channel Ferries: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 14 March (HL14167), whether the Accounting Officer issued an Accounting Officer Statement on no-deal ferry...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about reports of ongoing attacks by Muslim Fulani herders on Christian communities in the northern...

    • Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether representatives from the UK High Commission in Abuja have visited Christian farming communities in northern and central Nigeria attacked by Muslim Fulani...

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the arrest and proposed repatriation of seven North Korean escapees, including a nine year-old...

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of the North Korean refugees due to be repatriated from China to North Korea being sent to one of North...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate the UN-sponsored Libyan National Conference originally scheduled to take place in Ghadames on 14 April will now take place; if so, when;...

      Russia: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the purpose and outcome of the summit meeting which took place between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korean leader...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to concerns over extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by Egyptian security forces raised by UN human rights experts in the OHCHR statement...

      Gaza: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 April (HL15124), what steps they are taking to ensure that accountability for all violations of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 April (HL15129), what steps they intend to take to encourage the government of Israel to ensure...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 April (HL15172), what positive steps the government of Israel has taken in relation to the...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations are they making to the government of Israel about that government restricting books being brought into Gaza.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding the Department for International Development has allocated to the promotion of Universal Health Coverage.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that countries supported by the Department for International Development are investing in their healthcare systems through...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 29 April (HL15269), what existing forums they were engaged with on the design of the feasibility test...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Japanese Knotweed: Weed Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate glyphosate to continue to be available for treating Japanese knotweed; and if not, what steps they are taking to ensure that effective...

  • Treasury

    • Asset Life

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, are investigating the activities of Asset Life and the suitability of its directors.

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