Written answers

Thursday, 9 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to set out the next steps for his market-led proposals for rail.

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimates he has made of the timeframes required to (a) design, (b) consent and (c) tender for those new railway projects set out in the...

      Harrow and Wealdstone Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of Network Rail on increasing capacity at Harrow and Wealdstone station; and if he will make a statement.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many helicopter flights were used for offshore oil and gas workers in each year between 2001 and 2018.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many offshore oil and gas workers were transported (a) to and (b) from installations on the UK continental shelf in each year from 2001 to 2018.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when what the timeframe is for his Department to receive the report on the Civil Aviation Authority’s review of the CAP1145 document Safety...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assurances his Department will provide train operators over new routes as determined by the market-led proposals; and whether those assurances...

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the initial feasibility study into the reopening the Skipton to Colne rail link.

      Railways: Per Capita Costs

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

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Office: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if senior officials in his Department have accepted (a) hospitality and (b) gifts from the Post Office in the last 12...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to increase workers rights.

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy, whether local health profiles influence the allocation of public investment in health research.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the UK secures its bid to host the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Energy Company Obligation ECO3 installations have been made in each Parliamentary constituency.

      Business: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure businesses receive adequate training on risks presented by environmental...

      Individual Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will establish an inquiry into the use of Individual Voluntary Agreements as a means of exploiting low-income and...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Scope’s report Disability Price Tag 2019, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending Solar Thermal applications allowed under...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Yemeni Government on recent reports of detention of migrants in southern Yemen.

    • Ahmed Mansoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2019 to Question 245892 on Ahmed Mansoor, if he will make representations to his Emirati...

      North Macedonia: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the accession of North Macedonia to the EU.

      Albania: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the accession of Albania to the EU.

      Algeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) representations he has received and (b) meetings he has had on the transition of power in Algeria.

      Iraq: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed with his Iraqi counterpart the water pollution crisis in Iraq; and whether the Government has offered...

      Malaysia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Malaysian counterpart on respect for fundamental human rights including freedom of...

      Bahrain: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of diplomatic relations with Bahrain.

      Kiribati: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of diplomatic relations with Kiribati.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Myanmar counterpart on the Rohingya people.

      Brunei: Legal Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people convicted in Sharia Courts in Brunei since the introduction of those courts.

      Iran: Arabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential threat posed to ethnic Arabs in Iran by the Iranian Government.

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the reported mass detention of Uighur Muslims in that country.

      Christianity: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to combat the persecution of Christians abroad.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Sri Lanka.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Domestic Abuse Bill (Draft): Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2018 to Question 245778 on Domestic Abuse Bill (Draft): Northern Ireland, what pre-existing policy...

    • Families: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the number of households in Northern Ireland which have someone aged 75 or over living in them.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) raise awareness of the need for stem cell donations from people aged 16-30 and (b) encourage...

    • Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the number of people contracting the winter flu virus.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of annual check-ups for women with a history of breast cancer.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to make it easier to ensure that providers of diabetes structured education services are able to (a) upload...

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the modules are in diabetes structured education courses for patients; and what proportion of patients have (a) enrolled and (b)...

      Haematological Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for whole genome sequencing to be made available to patients with blood cancer; and what assessment he has made of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for (a) implementing policies to tackle the challenges facing the social care system and (b) the publication of the...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for the social care system.

      Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the number of (a) EU and (b) EEA nationals working in the social care sector, what plans he has to incentivise the...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Immigration White Paper, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposal to cap salaries at £30,000...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the provision of social care is based on the needs of the individual.

      Prisoners: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prisoners have been taken off prescription medication in each prison in 2018.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle obesity.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Secondment

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

      National Breastfeeding Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to mark National Breastfeeding Week 2019.

      Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the response to consultations undertaken with staff of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS...

      NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of NHS Improvement’s guidance of November 2018 that NHS Trust Boards must be satisfied that...

      Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to review the decision taken by Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to proceed with the...

      NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that any future regulation undertaken by NHS Improvement with respect to the creation of...

      Health Services: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK continues to uphold its commitment to the universal human right of access to...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of access to health services on vaccination coverage in England.

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS Digital will include the number of speech and language therapists working in (a) children and young people’s and (b)...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on (a) considering and (b) including the evidence in the report entitled Bercow:...

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the Annual and Lifetime Allowance taxation rules on rates of early...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with HIV are (a) diagnosed and (b) receiving treatment.

      Ambulance Services: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is the Government taking to reduce the number of hoax calls made to (a) the West Midlands Ambulance Service and (b) ambulance...

      Opiates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2019 to Question 248592 on Opiates: Prescriptions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

      Opiates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many investigations relating to the over-prescription of opioids have been undertaken by the Care Quality Commission in each year for...

  • Attorney General

    • National Security Council: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Attorney General, whether he has been asked by the Cabinet Office to assess whether there was any illegality involved in the Huawei leak from the National Security Council.

    • Official Secrets Act 1989

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the recent alleged disclosure of information from the National Security Council, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that schools receive equitable levels of funding under the national funding formula.

    • Church Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there are any church schools in multi-academy trusts where less than half of the schools in that multi-academy trust are church schools.

      Swimming: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to introduce a statutory requirement to provide primary school (a) teaching and (b) support staff with (i) training and...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to implement the child's right to play in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child through the establishment of a...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the recommendations of the Social Mobility Commission's report entitled State of the Nation...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to extend the number of free childcare hours for low-income families as a means of tackling social inequality.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timescale is for announcing whether students from the EU planning to study at a UK university will be subject to international student fees...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, to publish what information the Department holds on how long children who are housed out of borough have to wait for a school place at their new...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2019 to Question 239199, whether HIV PrEP will be taught as a method of HIV prevention in the new Relationships and...

      Morning Lane Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what sums her Department paid to Morning Lane Associates in each of the last six financial years.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the dates on which he has met with ministers or officials from the (a) Department for Work and Pensions, and (b) Department for...

      Pre-school Education: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that all children have access to music while in early years education.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that universities develop courses in consultation with industry professionals to enable graduates to...

      Pupils: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of holding pupils back a year at school as a result of poor (a) behaviour and (b) academic...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he can will make an assessment of the effect of OFSTED grades on the recruitment and retention of teachers.

      Children and Young People: Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference page of 32 of the Children’s Commissioner’s report, Keeping kids safe: Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officers in bands three to five in each prison left the prison service after less than a year in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018.

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April to Question 239207 on Reoffenders: Community Orders, how many offences of each type were committed by those offenders.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 230697 on prison sentences, how many community orders each of those offenders had previously been...

      Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many band three to five prison officers with less than three years’ experience left the prison service by each prison in each quarter from...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the judiciary is more representative of society.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent each year since 2010-11 on ensuring that Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme claimaints have been able to obtain the...

      Prison Officers: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training his Department has provided to prison officers on the use of PAVA spray in prisons.

      Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received from Prison Governors on mental health screening for offenders at sentencing.

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders leaving prison secured employment within four weeks of release in the last financial year.

      Ministry of Justice: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2019 to Question 235313 on Courts: Telephone Services, if he will publish a list of (a) every helpline operated by...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service spent on third-party suppliers in each financial year between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service has spent from the public purse on consultancies in each financial year between 2008 and 2016.

      Ministry of Justice: Secondment

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

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners sentenced under an imprisonment for public protection sentence remain in custody.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff in each community rehabilitation company are agency workers.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on training prison officers in 2018.

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many bids his Department has received to operate (a) HMP Wellingborough and (b) HMP Glen Parva.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's timescale is for tendering for community rehabilitation company contracts in advance of the end of existing contracts in 2020.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the extent of the use of the exceptional hardship exception for the sentencing of drivers who would otherwise be...

      Young Offenders: Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to develop a consistent pathway for (a) prison staff and (b) Departmental officials to refer young people in the justice system to...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the provision of specialist housing for older people in...

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote (a) information and (b) choice in relation to specialist housing for older people.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a housing strategy for older people.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish the statutory homelessness statistics for the third quarter of 2018.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's Building Safety Programme monthly data release, if he will publish a list of the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the funding required by the Leasehold Advisory Service to provide advice to leaseholders...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the £400 million fund for the remediation of ACM cladding on social sector high-rise residential...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much financial support his Department has given to local authorities to take action where the owners of buildings...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what date he will ensure the removal and replacement of dangerous ACM cladding on all high-rise residential blocks.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what date he plans to have assessed the number of high-rise residential blocks with unsafe, non-ACM cladding.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to announce its decision on the proposal to make permanent the permitted development right...

      Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239850, whether the figures on the number of complaints that were...

      Housing Ombudsman Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2018 to Question 161501, how many full-time equivalent (a) Adjudicators, (b) Dispute...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 192956, how many applicants were interviewed for the post of...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the recruitment panel for the new Chair of the Regulator of Social Housing did not include a tenant of...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which consultancies were involved in the recruitment of the new Chair of the Regulator of Social Housing; and how were...

      Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, where the post of Chair of the Regulator of Social Housing was advertised.

      Regulator of Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether, in the forthcoming social housing Green Paper, he will revise the definition of the serious detriment test...

      Clarion Housing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 193589, on complaints about Clarion Housing Group, whether the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his officials have been in contact with the freeholder of the Paddington Walk development about the payment by...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take to reimburse leaseholders at the Paddington Walk development who have paid...

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the validity of the research undertaken by St Mungo’s and Homeless Link on the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ammunition: Beaufort Dyke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what monitoring the Government undertakes of the munitions in Beaufort Dyke.

    • Ministry of Defence: Secondment

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

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will undertake a review the pay settlement for civilian seafarer Ratings working in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK (a) military personnel and (b) UK contractors have supervised Saudi military officials fusing bombs for operational sorties in Yemen.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 228123 on Saudi Arabia: military aid, what the function is of the staff working in a liaison capacity...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel are deployed in Saudi Arabia that are not embedded within BAE Systems and are not working inside Saudi headquarters; and what the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit claimants are lone parents (a) under 25 and (b) 25 and over.

    • 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, for what reason information on Departmental budgets for...

      Occupational Health: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to launch the proposed public consultation on improving occupational health.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2019 to Question 247977 on Universal Credit, what assessment he has made of what type of interactions with...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2018 to Question 165571 on employment and support allowance, if she will take steps to include the cost of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 February 2019, HCWS1348, whether her Department has notified local authorities of the details of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 February 2019, HCWS1348, how many additional claimants have been identified since 11 February...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2018 to Question 247596, what assessment he has made of the factors influencing the decline in views of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Rural Payments Agency is able to efficiently manage (a) Countryside Stewardship...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a strategy to manage bovine TB in the countryside without using badger culling; and if he will make a...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the fishing industry in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Nappies: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support the Government is providing for the introduction of reusable nappy schemes by local authorities.

      Lead: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 209299 on Lead: Ammunition, whether he has made an assessment of the...

      Plastic Bags: Biodegradability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that plastic bags labelled as biodegradable or compostable break down quickly...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislation proposals to force retailers to display full lists of ingredients...

  • Home Office

    • National Economic Crime Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the work plan of the National Economic Crime Centre, announced in September 2018.

    • National Economic Crime Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has allocated to the National Economic Crime Centre in financial year (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugee family reunion visas have been granted in exceptional circumstances for dependent children over 18 in each of the last five...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the review of the eligibility of adult children, who were part of the family unit when they were forced to flee, to automatically join...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of detectives in the police force.

      Immigration Controls: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that his officials do not profile people based on their race or ethnicity during immigration checks.

      Extradition: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been extradited from the UK to countries that continue to operate the death penalty in each of the last five years.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2015 changes to Police Pension Regulations on the financial wellbeing of police widows and...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to implement a quality assurance process for the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure applicants do not incur ancillary costs when applying for the EU settlement scheme.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which independent consultancy was commissioned by his Department to report on the experiences of vulnerable applicants during the private...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the EU settlement scheme made during the testing phases remain unresolved.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has plans to conduct a an equality impact assessment of the recent changes under the Police Pension Regulations 2015.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether non-UK workers entering the UK under the Seasonal Workers Pilot will be guaranteed a set number of working hours.

      Emergency Calls: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of the prosecution rate for hoax calls to the emergency services.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the restoring of natural capital stock in the Global South.

    • Developing Countries: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to (a) measure and (b) monitor the (i) standard and (ii) quality of jobs created by UK development...

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing contributions to the Green Climate Fund to support...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Christianity: Oppression

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress the Church of England has made on tackling the persecution of Christians throughout the world.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department have been seconded to a) DexEU, and b) DiT in each of the last 3 years

    • National Security Council: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the metropolitan police require a referral from the Cabinet Office in order to launch a criminal investigation into the unauthorised disclosure...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the percentage of employed individuals with long-term disablities who are employed in (a) higher managerial,...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the number of childcare workers in receipt of (a) tax credits and (b) universal credit.

      Opiates: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many death certificates contained references to opioids in each year for which data is available.

      Former Ministers: Payments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016.

  • Treasury

    • Solar Power: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it it his policy to charge VAT at five per cent on retrofit battery systems for solar panels.

    • Halifax Bank of Scotland: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the findings of the review by Jonathan Laidlaw QC on Lloyd's Banking Group's compensation scheme for the victims...

      Economic Crime Strategic Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on the implementation of the business plan for the Economic Crime Strategic Board, announced in January 2019.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of loan applications declined by the Public Loans Work Board in each local authority in each of the last 12 months.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average maturity is of the loans made by the Public Works Loan Board in the last 12 months.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many loans made by the Public Works Loan Board reached their maturity in the last 12 months; and what value of those loans was (a) repaid from local...

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of the loans from the Public Loans Work Board that were annuitised over their lifetime; and what proportion of those...

      Treasury: Emerdata

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's associated public bodies have entered into contracts with Emerdata...

      Treasury: Secondment

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

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the European Commission decision that the UK must recover illegal State aid from the...

      London Capital and Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department will play in the investigation announced by the Economic Secretary on 1 April 2019 into the events at London Capital & Finance...

      Social Security Benefits: Cohabitation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending (a) the marriage allowance and (b) other benefits to long-term cohabiting couples.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government expects to publish its policy paper on free ports.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the viability of the UK heritage rail sector of indigenous fuel...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will review the Ministerial Code of Conduct in respect of security.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress her Department has made in extending protection for people with mental health conditions; and what assessment the Government has made...

    • Employment: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what support the Government is providing to small businesses to promote awareness of what constitutes workplace harassment; and what steps she is...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Railway Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 10 April (HL14857), whether the proposed height of station platforms above rail for dedicated HS2 train...

    • Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last talked with Greybull Capital about it contributing to the costs incurred by the Government in repatriating Monarch passengers...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of all the rail franchises in England and Wales being held by companies owned and controlled in other countries;...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of electric car charging points in each county in England and Wales; and what plans they have to increase...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Steel: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with British Steel or its owners Greybull Capital in connection with the sale by British Steel of its carbon credits;...

    • Company Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission a review of the use of Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs), in particular to consider whether CVAs are used in good faith by...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guarantees, if any, they have made of the healthcare benefits available to British citizens residing in EU countries post-Brexit.

    • Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 8 April (HL14988), what proportion, if any, of the £3 billion ring-fenced...

      NHS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Manzoor on 29 January (HL12939), when they expect the NHS to publish its "clear implementation framework" of the...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Duchy of Cornwall: Leasehold

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 10 April (HL14931), why the Duchy of Cornwall was not approached as a property developer to...

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of (1) imprisoning a person under the Vagrancy Act 1824, and (2) subsidising the provision of a hostel bed.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a comprehensive cyber security assessment procedure for proposed weapon systems that operate at a high level of complexity.

    • Autonomous Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the Ministry of Defence's definition of an autonomous weapons system since the publication of the report of the House...

      Autonomous Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the relationship between increasing autonomy in weapons systems and cyber security.

      Autonomous Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings, if any, ministers and special advisers have held on autonomy in weapons systems during the last year.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 April (HL14845), whether the Ministry of Defence adheres to the advice given in the Driver and Vehicle...

      Ministry of Defence: Blackpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in determining the relocation of 370 Ministry of Defence jobs at Norcross, Blackpool, Blackpool Council has been consulted on the possibility of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain the serviceability of the UK fleet of Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles.

      India: Military Alliances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (1) tactical, (2) strategic, and (3) procurement, objectives of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the government of India.

      Cyprus: Military Alliances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on the enhancement of defence and security co-operation between the United Kingdom and Republic of...

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information leaflets they publish about female genital mutilation; and whether any of these are in an easy read format for people with limited literacy.

    • Forced Labour: Car Washes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of forced labour exploitation in the hand car wash sector in England and Wales.

      Organised Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 April (HL15089), whether organised acquisitive crime in rural areas is rising.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sources of funding for the anti-Brexit demonstrations outside Parliament; and whether any such sources are not based in the UK.

    • Committee of Permanent Representatives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) in the EU law-making process; and whether its deliberations take...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who have no form of bank account in the UK and the additional costs such people incur to access certain...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that female gambling addicts now outnumber male gambling addicts in Sweden; and what plans they have to re-evaluate and...

    • Exhibitions: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they contributed to the Great Exhibition of the North.

      Exhibitions: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the chair of the Great Exhibition of the North was appointed; and who made the final decision on that appointment.

      Exhibitions: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether one of their representatives sat on the Board of the Great Exhibition of the North; and if so, who.

      Exhibitions: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what remuneration the chair of the Great Exhibition of the North received for that role; and how much was claimed in expenses by the chair.

      Sports: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to women’s and girl’s (1) football, and (2) cricket.

      Public Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to sustaining libraries in England.

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