Written answers

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Crossrail Line: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department allocated in Control Period 5 to the Crossrail station upgrade works at (a) West Ealing, (b) Ealing Broadway and (c) Acton...

    • Crossrail Line: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work is being done by Network Rail to value engineer the scope of station designs at the upgraded Crossrail stations at (a) West Ealing, (b)...

      Crossrail Line: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate has been made of the costs of the station upgrades as part of the Crossrail programme for (a) West Ealing, (b) Ealing Broadway...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of greenhouse gas emissions of the Government's decision of June 2017 to cancel the planned...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for announcing the next stage of the process for selecting a preferred developer for a southern rail link to Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation his department has undertaken with (a) local authorities, (b) Local Enterprise Partnerships and business organisations, (c) trades...

      Aircraft: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to ask the Civil Aviation Authority to review the safety of the Sukhoi Superjet 100.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of instructing UK airlines to adopt turbulence-dodging technology to reduce emissions.

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the South Eastern rail franchise.

      Department for Transport: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in each of the...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend the system of financial support for the installation of electric car charging points to people living in flats and apartments.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to limit vehicle speed to 20 miles per hour in residential areas.

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether all lanes closed as part of Operation Brock on the M20 are now open.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding available for Road Investment strategy 2 is (a) already committed to schemes and (b) not committed to schemes.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Written Question 232503, what the timeframe is for the Government to bring forward primary legislation to...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) targets, (b) timescale and (c) funding is in place to deliver the objectives of the (i) Port Connectivity Study and (ii) Maritime 2050 strategy.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the cycle to work scheme guidance to support a greater uptake of electric bikes.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase use of the cycle to work scheme by (a) employers and (b) employees.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the performance markings for (a) equality groups and (b) grades in his Department for each quarter of the last financial year.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the distribution of Local Recognition Awards for each equality group in his Department was in the last financial year.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the distribution of performance markings were by each (a) equality group and (b) grades in his central department in each quarter of the last...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Boilers: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2019 to Question 245593 on Boilers: Natural Gas; what the evidence base is for the...

    • Boilers: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May to Question 245593 on Boilers: Natural Gas, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Space Technology: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage investment in the space industry in (a) the UK and (b) rural areas.

      Electrical Engineering: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to research and development in the field of power electronics throughout the UK in...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in...

      Fracking: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of effect of hydraulic fracturing operations on the economy.

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of whether Whirlpool has (a) implemented adequate product safety checks and (b)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that the national minimum wage is enforced.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Colombia on the UN Human Rights Council report on human rights...

    • Colombia: Politics and Government

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

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Turkish Government on the (a) Kurds, (b) UK citizens and (c) members of...

      Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of threat to the (a) Hindu and (b) Christian communities in Afghanistan.

      North Macedonia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to lay before Parliament the Accession Protocol relating to Northern Macedonia's membership of NATO; and if he...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the international community on helping to ensure human rights...

      Poland: Ethnic Cleansing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2019 to Question 246491, whether he has raised the comments of Senator Grzegorz Bierecki...

      Christianity: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help extend protections for Christians from persecution internationally.

      Egypt: Chrisitanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the extent of the (a) destruction and (b) closure of places of religious worship for...

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of Christians in India during the current elections from reported actions...

      Ukraine: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of destruction of churches in Russian-occupied Eastern Ukraine.

      China: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports of the (a) repression of Christians (b) arrest of Pastor...

      China: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Chinese Government on the arrest of over 100 members of the Early Rain...

      Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to reports of prison sentences given to Victor Bet-Tamraz, Shamiram Issavi, Amin Afshar-Naderi and Hadi Asgari...

      China: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the extent of demolition of Islamic religious sites in Xinjiang, China in each of the last five years.

      China: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Chinese Government on the demolition of Islamic religious sites in...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the implementation of the Stockholm agreement by all parties to the war in Yemen.

      Burundi: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Burundi authorities on violations of fundamental freedoms in that country.

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the effect of laws restricting the construction of churches...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps the Government plans to take with its allies in Syria to minimise the risk of a large scale assault and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136367 on Fuels: Tax Evasion, whether any legal action followed those arrests.

    • Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the gold reserves of the Bank of England were on 30 June (a) 1998, (b) 2008 and (c) 2018.

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the quantity was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by (i) Cabinet Office, (ii) 10 Downing Street, (iii) the Crown Commercial Service,...

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by (i) Cabinet Office, (ii) 10 Downing Street, (iii) the Crown Commercial Service,...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he will publish the legal advice on the effect of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement on the Belfast Good Friday Agreement; and if he will make a...

      Government: Loans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that all loans under UK law given to governments or with government guarantees are disclosed publicly at the time...

      Civil Service: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to increase the size of the civil service in Scotland.

      Cabinet Office: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in each of the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve (a) early diagnosis and (b) treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

    • Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that haemophilia patients receive (a) appropriate access to physiotherapy, (b) a regular clinical...

      Haemophilia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy that NHS England include haemophilia as a condition area in the Getting It Right First Time programme.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 231466 on Hospitals: Infectious Diseases, whether work of Public Health England will...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 231467 on Ophthalmic Services, whether he has made an assessment of the ability for...

      Health Education: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department is making on producing a public information campaign to educate the general public on the health impacts of...

      Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for bringing into force the provisions of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018.

      Phenylketonuria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to extend free prescriptions to people with phenylketonuria; and if he will make a statement.

      Phenylketonuria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NICE appraisal of Kuvan will consider the increased prevalence of neuropsychiatric comorbidities in adults with phenylketonuria.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a dataset for (a) pancreatic cancer and (b) gastrointestinal cancer NHS waiting times.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the administration of medicines in NHS trusts.

      Maternity Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to address staff shortages in maternity units; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that long term adult social care funding settlements take account of the number of working-aged...

      Asthma: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of prescription charges on the ability of people with a diagnosis of asthma to...

      Pregnancy: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) identification and (b) treatment of perinatal mental illnesses; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children have waited for over six months for mental health treatment following a referral in West Yorkshire.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for children receiving initial mental health treatment in West Yorkshire.

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timetable is for the national roll-out of non-invasive prenatal testing, as recommended by the UK National...

      Genetics: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to undertake a public consultation with stakeholders on the development of the National Genomic Healthcare Strategy.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of the sugar reduction progress report by Public Health England.

      Health Professions: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of clearing a medical students student debt in return for that student committing...

      Mental Health Services: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the (a) causes of, (b) prevention measures for and (c) relief available for (i) depression and (ii) poor mental health...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated from the public purse to dementia research in 2017-18.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more people to participate in dementia research.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to upskill more healthcare professionals to signpost patients with dementia to dementia research opportunities.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he intends to make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to allocate more funding to dementia research in the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the costs recovered from foreign nationals who received treatment on the NHS in (a) Mid Essex, (b) North...

      NHS Scotland: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the progress by NHS Scotland in securing supplies of Orkambi and Symkevi.

      England Infected Blood Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from which budget in his Department the increase in funding for the England Infected Blood Support Scheme has been allocated.

      Radiology: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase recruitment of radiologists.

      Mental Health Services: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS mental health support for university students.

      Pharmacy: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that patients have adequate access to pharmacy services.

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to engage with BAME communities on stem cell donations.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Bullying

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the (a) British Council and (b) European Commission on ensuring Erasmus+ bids for 2019-20 are ratified as soon as...

    • Ofsted: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has provided to Ofsted in each financial year since 2010.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities currently without any educational psychology service.

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote double degrees.

      Students: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made a comparative assessment of the number of UK students studying in the EU and the number of EU students studying in the UK in the...

      Schools: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have designated police officers in (a) London and (b) the UK.

      Free School Meals: Wolverhampton North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils received free school meals in Wolverhampton North East constituency in each year since 2010.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding for special educational needs and disabilities services in the...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of unauthorised school absences in (a) Witham constituency, (b) Essex and c) the UK in the last...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average waiting time was for a SEND assessment after a child was referred by a teacher in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the change in the level of spending on SEND provision per pupil with special educational needs or disabilities has been since 2015.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the (a) fee status and (b) loan eligibility of EU undergraduate students commencing courses at UK higher education providers...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

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

      Education and Skills Funding Agency: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timeframe is for the Register of Training Organisations be open to new organisations.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the expenditure by local authorities on the provision of free rail passes for pupils (a) up to the age of 16...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the expenditure by local authorities on provision of (a) free or reduced cost rail travel for young people...

      Pupil Exclusions: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of school exclusions for each ethnic group.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offender Institutions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) numbers and (b) performance of specialist staff trained in therapeutic and welfare-based...

    • Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2019 to Question 243526 on Prisons: Contracts, if the criteria for the qualitative evaluation of operational...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page three of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, if he will place...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page five of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, whether staffing...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page five of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, if he will place a...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 10 of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, if he will place a...

      Wellingborough Prison: Kier Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 11 of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, when the decision to...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 11 of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, what steps are taken...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 15 of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, whether Contract...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 15 of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, if he will place a...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 16 of the House Commons Library Deposited Paper, DEP2019-0490, Prison Operator Competition Contract Summary, how his Department...

      Birmingham Prison: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the increase in full-time equivalent officers at HMP Birmingham has been after HM Prison and Probation Service (a) stepped in and (b) took over the...

      Ministry of Justice: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in each of the...

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women the Metropolitan police force area received an immediate custodial sentence of (a) less than and (b) more than six months for each...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of applications for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme have been decided within 12 months from initial...

      Family Courts: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that single mothers receive adequate support and advice in the family courts division.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish a list of the creditors who will benefit from the Working Links Ministerial direction made on 8 May 2019.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of demand for 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 effect of trends in the level of under-occupation of larger houses on the supply of...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's Housing Delivery Test: 2018 measurement, what the requirements are for the...

      Grenfell Recovery Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timetable is for publishing the fourth report from the Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce.

      Community Relations: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how Sudanese people in the UK are being supported through the Government's integration and engagement strategies.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the 65,000 homes set to be built on public land by 2020 under the public land for housing programme will...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the National Audit's Office press release of 2 May 2019, Investigation into the government’s...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Public Land for Housing programme, what meetings he has had on that programme involving (a)...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of paperwork required for the Community Infrastructure Levy.

      Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to reassess the threshold for affordable housing on rural exception sites.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the number of new homes built on flood plains in each of the last eight years.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2019 to Question 245803 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the testing of...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to publish the results of the testing of non-aluminium composite materials.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what date was originally specified in the contract with the Buildings Research Establishment for the completion of...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the the number of dwellings in the 108 social sector residential blocks with ACM cladding...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) existing and (b) proposed commitments the Government has made to the European defence union; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ministry of Defence: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will publish a list of (a) land and (b) buildings that her Department is in the process of selling and/or disposing of; how many of those...

      Type 31 Frigates: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the export strategy for the Type 31 frigate following increases to the construction costs of that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been deducted from universal credit claimants' standard allowance in each month since April 2017.

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make automatic payment of the housing cost element of universal credit directly to the landlord.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of claims for advance payments since the inception of universal credit.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what regular appraisals her Department undertakes of the performance of Capita in assessing claimants of personal independence payment.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2019 to Question 217138, what designation has been assigned to those complaints.

      Universal Credit: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the information for British Sign Language users to contact the universal credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons general licences for controlling certain species of bird were revoked before the Government was legally...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department provided to (a) schools, (b) nurseries, (c) hospitals, (d) care homes and (e) GP surgeries on...

      Low Emission Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make available funds from the Air Quality Grant Program to support local investment in ultra-low emission zones...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to compensate circus owners who will no longer be able to use wild animals in their circuses under the...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of an inspector appointed under the Wild Animals in Circuses (No...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential fate of the animals that may no longer be used in circuses under the Wild...

  • Home Office

    • Proscribed Organisations: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending Section 63A of the Terrorism Act 2000 to extend extrajudicial jurisdiction...

    • Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question HL314 on Migrant Workers: Domestic Service, how many trafficking cases have been...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help tackle knife crime using public health methods.

      Migrant Workers: NHS and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure effective recruitment from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries to meet demand for NHS and social care workers...

      Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 5 temporary religious worker visas were (a) made and (b) granted in the last five years.

      Dangerous Dogs: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to instruct police forces in England and Wales to record dog attacks on livestock.

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what lessons his Department has learned from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi on potential risks to (a) UK citizens and (b) persons residing...

      Nuisance: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 May 2019 to Question 247670, if he will provide guidance to the Metropolitan Police Service on the enforcement...

      Home Office: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in...

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recourse is available to people who have a right to work in the UK when they have lost their job as a result of an employer failing to...

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's funding of the protection of places of worship.

      Deportation: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people killed within a year of deportation from the UK.

  • Wales Office

    • Business: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent steps he has taken to engage with businesses throughout Wales on preparedness for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

    • Origin Marking: Wales

      What recent assessment the Government has made of the economic effect on producers of protected geographical indications for Welsh products.

      Tourism and Foreign Investment in UK

      What recent steps the Government has taken to promote (a) inward tourism and (b) foreign direct investment in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Origin Marking: Wales

      What recent assessment the Government has made of the economic effect on producers of protected geographical indications for Welsh products.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will publish his Department's detailed country policy analyses pertaining to the Effectiveness Evaluation of the Prevention of...

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that there is (a) robust decision making in respect of reducing illegal abortions...

      Azerbaijan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance his Department was allocated to Azerbaijan in 2019.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Union: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many of the protocols or joint interpretive instruments annexed to EU treaties to which the UK is party have been the subject of...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his...

  • Treasury

    • Help to Buy Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have benefited from the Help to Buy ISA and how much this is in monetary terms in (a) Scotland and (b) Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk.

    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of including an interface to automatic number plate recognition systems for the new computerised transit system.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the key dates by which government departments need to submit future funding requirements as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) removing and (b) raising the lifetime pension cap for public sector employees.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence of the taxation of carried interest has been annually since 2005.

      Public Sector: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many public sector organisations paid workers through disguised remuneration loans.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the open letter of 11 April 2019 on the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme ;and if he will meet with the signatories of that letter.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Women and Equalities

    • Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect of identity politics on (a) political discourse and (b) the effectiveness of political processes.

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government has taken to help ensure that people with disabilities receive help and support to identify and challenge discriminatory...

      LGBT People: Monuments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government plans to commission a memorial for LGBT academics who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • BeoutQ

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any threat posed by beoutQ, a pirate TV and streaming service based in Saudi Arabia; and whether any retail outlets selling the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many properties that they own abroad have been sold by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its agencies since 2015; and what is the total revenue that they...

    • Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the government of Saudi Arabia has permitted access to British Embassy staff to the trial of those accused of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi...

      Burundi: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of financial sanctions relating to Burundi.

      Burundi: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with other EU member states on the (1) imposition, and (2) maintenance of, sanctions against named individuals in Burundi.

      Burundi: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue financial sanctions on named individuals in Burundi after the UK has exited the EU.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the communiqué from the government of Mauritius on 30 April that the UK’s actions over the Chagos Archipelago are...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase investments made in nutrition made by the World Bank's International Development Association.

    • Palestinians: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet with Medical Aid for Palestinians and other non-governmental organisations working in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Lebanon and...

      Gaza: Contamination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contamination by heavy metal weapon remnants in Gaza since 2009; and whether any research has been conducted into any...

      Developing Countries: Childbirth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 7 May (HL15313), when they expect the World Health Organisation will complete its review on the extent of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Rights: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to address the findings in the Children’s Rights Alliance for England report on the State of Children’s Rights in England in...

    • Children's Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 30 April (HL Deb, col 857), why they have not introduced a statutory obligation to conduct a child...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the education benefits for children and their families of the introduction of tests for children aged four.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the implications of introducing tests for children aged four; and what their response has been to such representations.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Court of Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made to the Court of Protection in each of the last three years; and what was the average time between the application being...

  • Treasury

    • London Capital and Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Treasury ministers or officials have been in discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) about the establishment by the latter of an...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 165 per cent increase in rough sleeping since 2010; and what are the causes of this increase.

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support rough sleepers with (1) alcohol, and (2) drug, dependency

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, through data collected from brownfield land registers, of the number of homes that could be built on brownfield sites.

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve "brownfield first" policies to ensure that suitable brownfield land is prioritised over greenfield sites in (1) local and...

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of homes that could be built on brownfield sites in England.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many social rented council houses have been converted to "Affordable Rent" in England since 2015; whether there has been a subsequent reduction in the housing...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with parliamentary authorities about the construction of a Holocaust Memorial within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Brunei: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the introduction by the government of Brunei of stoning as a punishment for gay sex, whether British military personnel proposed for secondment to...

    • Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what legal obligation, if any, they are required to procure the building of the new Royal Navy supply ships through open international competition.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Pest Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal basis for the withdrawal at one day’s notice by Natural England of the general licences for bird control.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how much they have paid, to date, out of the UK's commitment of £45.5 million under the Sandhurst Treaty; (2) to whom any such payments have been made;...

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of knife crime offences in England and Wales in 2018.

      Detection Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in the number of crimes solved by police.

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 February (HL Deb, col 1428), whether they have conducted a full security assessment of the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade solely on WTO terms without any (1) bilateral, or (2) regional, trade agreements.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many countries the UK currently trades solely with on World Trade Organization terms without any additional bilateral or regional trade agreements.

  • Women and Equalities

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