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Written answers

Thursday, 16 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to reopen train lines in North Cornwall.

    • Harrow and Wealdstone Station: Parking

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

      Railways: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements he has put on Network Rail to liaise with Harrow Council to increase access underneath the railway line from the new housing...

      Harrow and Wealdstone Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with train operators to increase the number of trains that stop at Harrow and Wealdstone station; and if he will...

      Gatwick Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on re-opening the Harrow and Wealdstone to Gatwick service; and if he will make a statement.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 May 2019 to Question 247080, for what reason he is unable to state whether or not Arriva submitted a compliant bid for the...

      South Eastern Rail Franchise: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will immediately implement Delay Repay 15 compensation on the South Eastern franchise.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Abellio bid for the East Midlands Trains franchise was fully compliant with the terms set out by the Department for the evaluation of bids.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of legislating to make it illegal for taxis and private hire vehicles to turn away guide dogs.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a direct train service operates from West Malling and Borough Green to London Bridge from December 2019.

      Ebbsfleet Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of passenger numbers using Ebbsfleet station.

      Ebbsfleet Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of future passenger numbers on Southeastern services to and from Ebbsfleet station.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the contribution of home and flexible working to reducing congestion on (a) rail and (b) road networks.

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the current contract for the Great Western franchise includes a requirement for a trolley-only catering service on trains.

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the current contract for the Great Western franchise allows for the catering provision to be provided via a buffet café-bar counter...

      Great Western Railway Line: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department was consulted on the decision to remove the buffet café-bar service from all Great Western Intercity Express trains.

      Great Western Railway Line: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the level of customer demand for a trolley-only catering service on Great Western Intercity Express trains.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ecologists HS2 Ltd has employed to monitor tree and hedge netting along the route of High Speed Two; on what dates and at which locations nets...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of HGV lorry accidents caused by improperly secured cargo moving within a vehicle.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that health and safety checks are carried out to ensure that all HGV lorries carry cargo that is...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to update the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's health and safety guidance on load securing for HGV lorries.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that cargo transported from abroad adheres to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's health and...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that non-UK based hauliers comply with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's health and safety...

      Airports: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) legal (b) other costs to the public purse of the judicial review of the Airports National Policy Statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • China: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether army personnel have been issued with (a) mobile handsets and (b) other devices (i) manufactured by Huawei and (ii) manufactured by Huawei but...

    • Defence: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which defence contracts were granted exemption from the single source regulation regime in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18; and what was the...

      NATO: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister in her Department authorised UK participation in Exercise Joint Warrior; and what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 250787, what information his Department holds on whether BAE Systems supervised the (a) fusing of bombs...

      War Graves: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment her Department has made of the accuracy of media reports on 7 May 2019 that war graves on the Falkland Island are being disrespected;...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Living Wage and Minimum Wage: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 248059, when the review of the NMW Naming Scheme began; and whether it...

    • Cars: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory membership group for car hire...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the level of coal-generating electricity supplied to the national grid.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has spent on TV and radio advertising to promote smart meters.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Data Communications Company will install upgraded communication...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of conducting a new cost-benefit analysis of the smart meter...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support increased (a) home and flexible working and (b) provision of co-working...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the contribution to the economy of home and flexible working.

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of rooftop solar panels deployed on domestic homes since the closure of the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has been monitoring the deployment of new (a) rooftop solar power since 1 April 2019, (b) ground...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government contributed to the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme prior to the privatisation of the scheme...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many onshore wind turbine applications have been referred to and (b) approved by his Department in each year since 2015.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many onshore wind turbine applications have been approved in each region since 2015.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the closure of the feed-in tariff scheme to new applicants, what proportion of Levy Control Framework...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed with his Pakistani counterpart land grabbing from members of religious minorities in that country.

    • China: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to improve relations between China and Taiwan.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had on the situation in Yemen in his meeting with his counterpart in the US Administration on 8 May 2019.

      Iran: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the effect of Iranian water policies on the Ahwazi Arab...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to enforce international sanctions on North Korea.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Former Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991...

      France and New Zealand: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) French and (b) New Zealand counterpart on reducing the amount of violent and terrorist...

      Palestinians: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives of the Government’s diplomatic and political policy on Palestine are for 2019; and if he will make a...

      Hungary: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives of the Government’s diplomatic and political policy on Hungary are for 2019; and if he will make a...

      Poland: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives of the Government’s diplomatic and political policy on Poland are for 2019; and if he will make a...

      Italy: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives of the Government’s diplomatic and political policy on Italy are for 2019; and if he will make a...

      Sri Lanka: Nature Conservation and Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on (a) their security concerns in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday...

      Israel: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits Government Ministers have made to Hebron since 2010.

  • Attorney General

    • Rape: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on victims of rape of CPS rape and sexual offence legal guidance in relation to disclosure of medical records and...

    • Attorney General: Former Ministers

      To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the availability of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in (a) Bristol and (b) England.

    • Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of years a person would need to spend in a residential care home before benefitting from an (a)...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to encourage (a) Morrisons, (b) Tesco, (c) Asda, (d) Sainsburys and (d) other supermarket chains to promote the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mental health support is available to the families of (a) victims and (b) perpetrators of violence.

      Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on levels of (a) self-harm and (b) suicide among victims of violence.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the cost of violent crime to the NHS.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include abortion providers among those organisations which must provide a disclosure statement when responding to...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the article entitled When Ethics and politics collide in donor funded global health research, published in the Lancet...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the article entitled When Ethics and politics collide in donor funded global health research, published in the Lancet...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Alzheimer’s UK May 2019 report entitled Fix Dementia Care and that report’s identification of a dementia...

      Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what structures and procedures are in place to (a) monitor and (b) assess the effectiveness of the work of the Royal College of...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of planned transfers under the Transforming Care programme specify that the person will move into another in-patient facility.

      Homelessness: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 244122 on Homelessness: Death, what definitions of abuse and neglect are...

      Prisoners: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a pilot to trial screening for traumatic brain injuries on entry into prison.

      Social Care: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the trends in the level of (a) abuse directed towards patients in social care and (b) the number of...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that parents are given adequate advice and information on vaccination programmes.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) dementia and (b) Alzheimer’s are diagnosed (i) correctly and (ii) as quickly...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology in each Clinical Commissioning Group.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring it is made clear whenever health research is commercially funded.

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to establish a cross-departmental taskforce to address the issues and recommendations outlined in the report of the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to staff in his Department (a) in their transition to retirement and (b) to (i) maintain and (ii)...

      Foetuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 6 February 2019 to Question 214478 on Foetuses: Analgesics and of 26 February 2019 to Question 223137 on...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether stocks of insulin will continue to be stockpiled to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of insulin procured before 29 March 2019 as part of preparations for the UK leaving...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he had with (a) the British Medical Association, (b) the Royal College of General Practitioners and (c) other...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding to GP practices to enable the recruitment and appointment of Primary Care Network...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 231428, since what year his Department has used that single source of data on...

    • Sierra Leone: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government’s policy is on the cancellation of debts owed by Sierra Leone; and what steps the Government is taking (a)...

      Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects with a value of more than £1m his Department has commissioned in Sierra Leone; and (a) what those projects are and...

      Hebron: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions Ministers in her Department have visited Hebron since 2010.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the aid budget is used to influence overseas governments to make policy changes.

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) information his Department holds on and (b) what estimate his Department has made of the number of abortions in other...

  • Department for Education

    • Vocational Training: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to allocate additional funding to vocational training in order to improve social mobility in North Cornwall.

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the English Baccalaureate on UK performance within international league tables.

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce disruptive behaviour in the classroom.

      STEM Subjects: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage students to study STEM subjects at university.

      Schools: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle racist behaviour in schools.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of school days missed by pupils due to (a) gang involvement and (b) incidents of violence in...

      Universities: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with representatives of universities on the sharing of applicants’ pupil premium status and ethnicity directly with...

      Literacy: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to raise levels of literacy in Essex.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle abuse directed at teachers from parents (a) online and (b) in person.

      Universities: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a reduction in tuition fees for English students on Universities in Northern Ireland.

      Children in Care: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the application of the statutory guidance entitled Promoting the health and well-being of looked-after...

      Pupil Premium: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils received the pupil premium in each primary school in Leeds City Council area in 2017-18.

      Morning Lane Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 250518, what the individual payments were; and what work they were (a) for and (b) who they were...

      Secondary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students qualify for free school meals in each secondary school in (a) Ashfield constituency; and what the average...

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to promote international programmes of exchange in higher education after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Social Security and Child Support Tribunal appeals have taken longer than 52 weeks for a determination, in each of the last five years.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Courts and Justice plans to respond to the letter of 14 March 2019 from the hon. Member for Lincoln on...

      Sexual Offences: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, under what circumstances in cases involving historical sexual abuse are victims entitled to legal representation.

      Criminal Proceedings: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, under what circumstances in cases involving historical sexual abuse are victims entitled to have character references used in their defence.

      Sexual Offences: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what protections exist for victims of historical sexual abuse where the perpetrator remains living in the victim's locality.

      Criminal Proceedings: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance and training barristers receive on the cross-examination of victims of historical sexual abuse.

      Domestic Violence: North West Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support (a) under the Litigants in Person Support Strategy and (b) through the additional grant funding announced in February 2019 will be offered...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase trade opportunities with Anglosphere countries.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to implement a data collection exercise system of similar quality to the Greater London...

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to use planning policy to support the provision of co-working spaces outside London.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in England awarded a local business rates discount in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19; which...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the UK is able to leave the EU without a deal before 31 October 2019.

    • Free Movement of People: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport on the effect of freedom of...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers after...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timeframe is for the bringing forward the transitional protection payments under schedule 2 of the Universal Credit (Managed...

    • Social Security Benefits: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure continuity of receipt of benefits when the claimant gets married or experiences another change in circumstances.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to extend the Tell Us Once service to the 10 local authorities where it is not currently available.

      Universal Credit: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2019 to Question 212664 on Universal Credit: Domestic Violence, what recent discussions her Department...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 9 May 2019 on Labour Market Policy Update, HCWS1545, whether people currently serving a sanction...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will establish an independent inquiry on the reasons his Department and Natural England decided on the proposal to...

    • Furosemide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning the medication Furosemide from being used by trainers in...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department takes to protect vulnerable people, including older people, children and people with health...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what monitoring of air quality takes place in each local authority area in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) adults and (b) children who were exposed to high levels of air pollution...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the wind speed required to disperse (a) PM 0.1 and (b) PM 1 particles from the place where...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what channels of communication his Department uses to alert the general public to a pollution episode.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the reference to article 43(3) of the TFEU and the relative stability keys referred to in Article 130 of the...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants are (a) fully and (b) partially employed in (i) rural policy development and (ii) checking rural...

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support apprenticeship schemes in the agri-food sector.

      Seafood: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland executive on the potential effect on the Northern Irish seafood...

      Moorland: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the recent wildfires, what discussions he has had with representatives of conservation groups on the...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to review his Department's policy on pesticides.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long farmers will continue to receive subsidy from the public purse in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission an assessment of the effect of proposals in his Department's consultation on cleaner domestic burning...

      Coal: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions staff in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Department of Communications, Climate...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the (a) level of and (b) type of toxins released as a result of the...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on air quality of the the number of journeys taken by bicycle.

      Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on which occasions he requested legal advice on the revocation of General Licences 04/05/06 in the last year; and if he will...

  • Home Office

    • İyad el-Baghdadi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to cooperate with the Governments of (a) Norway and (b) five eyes partner countries to offer protection to Iyad...

    • Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported to Sri Lanka from the UK in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) to date in 2019.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the decision was made to abandon the six-month target for processing straightforward asylum claims.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the potential effect of planned increases to the employer contributions of the police pension scheme on...

      Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was allocated to (a) individual police forces in England and Wales, (b) individual government departments, (c) individual local...

      Stop and Search: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Metropolitan Police Service used stop and search in the London borough of Lewisham in 2018.

      Stop and Search: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of conducting stop and search to (a) the Metropolitan Police Service and (b) police forces...

      Immigrants: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people living in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency and (b) the London borough of...

      Homicide: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to the police of conducting a homicide investigation.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to allocate additional resources to the Migrant Help phone line to respond to asylum accommodation calls from September 2019.

      European Arrest Warrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants have been issued under the European Arrest Warrant for prosecution in Northern Ireland by member state of origin in each...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of new asylum applications breached the six month resolution target threshold in 2018.

      Organised Crime: Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the income that organised crime groups have made from criminal activity by (a) supplying and/or selling illegal...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to HL13583, how much of the £170 million reserved for the development and delivery of the EU...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to meet the access needs of disabled people who wish to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Early Intervention Youth Fund: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects by London Borough have received funding for the Early Intervention Youth Fund as set out in in the Serious Violence Strategy...

      Knife Crime Community Fund: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects by London Borough have received funding from the anti-knife crime Communication Fund as set out in in the Serious Violence...

      Home Office: Former Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Missing Persons Register will be published.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to promote Refugee Week 2019; and if he will take steps to ensure his Department promotes the value of...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to include adult and child safeguarding in the Life in the UK Test.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce demand for class A drugs.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken is for a decision on an application for asylum.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum claims are decided within the Home Office’s service standard that 98 per cent of straightforward claims will...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to allow individuals who have not received a decision on their asylum claim after six months the right to work.

      Deportation: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the 13th edition of the ILGA State Sponsored Homophobia Report, how many people were deported to each of the 71 countries...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what standards his Department used in the digital verification of people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Asylum: Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons his Department is unable to provide an essential interpreter for Namibian nationals undertaking a substantive asylum interview.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help ensure that there is no increase in knife crime in Newcastle.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Unemployment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the unemployment rate for people with epilepsy.

    • Cabinet Office: Former Ministers

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

      Cabinet Office: Retirement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support his Department provides to staff in his Department (a) in their transition to retirement and (b) to (i) maintain and (ii) increase the...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the job densities of (a) Newcastle Central, (b) the North East, (c) London and (d) the UK; and what...

  • Treasury

    • Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the Romanian Presidency on progressing its negotiations on abolishing VAT on sanitary products.

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) total revenue and (b) levels of beer consumption of the decision to freeze beer duty last year.

      Pensioners: Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to exempt pensioners from Stamp Duty when they downsize their homes.

      Assistance Animals: Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons VAT will be charged on food for assistance and therapy dogs.

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Defence on the annual tapered allowance...

      Treasury: Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department provides to staff in his Department (a) in their transition to retirement and (b) to (i) maintain and (ii) increase the...

      Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that musicians can transport instruments and equipment to EU27 countries after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to enable BT to charge more for Openreach network broadband connections in rural areas than in urban...

    • Social Media: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure free speech on social media platforms.

      Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what definition of fake news is used by his Department.

      Service Industries: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the hospitality sector on supporting working spaces within hotels and cafes.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on online protections for children and young people of the Internet...

      Internet: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many internet browser providers have informed his Department that they will not be adopting the Internet Engineering Task...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish an up-to-date cost estimate and business case for HS2 Phase 1; and whether they will table a motion for approval of each in both...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish an up-to-date cost estimate and business case for HS2 Phase 2A at least two weeks before the High Speed Rail (West...

      A1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the 11 planned road building schemes announced by Highways England in April as being paused indefinitely affect the A1; and if so, which parts.

      Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reconsider their decision to not reopen the Uckfield to Lewes railway line.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there are continuing weekend closures of the railway lines between Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Hastings and London; and by which date such closures...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the variation between train operating companies in the percentage of compensation claims from passengers which...

      Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of smart motorways; and how many penalty notices have been issued for non-compliance with smart motorway...

      Channel Ferries: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the recent decision to cancel the remaining contracts with no-deal Brexit ferry operators on supply chains in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth: Midwives and Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be raising the proposal that 2020 be designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting on 19 May.

    • Israeli Settlements: Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the plans of Mekorot Water to build a water pipeline through the West Bank (Area C) province...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about their current withholding of tax revenues which are due to be paid to the Palestinian...

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ending of a hunger-strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israel affiliated to Hamas, and of the provision of access by the...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to assist Pakistani Ahmadi and Christian refugees, fleeing persecution in Pakistan and awaiting determination of their asylum...

      Sri Lanka: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of school textbooks in promoting a negative view of religious and ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka; what discussions they...

      Asia Bibi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 May (HL15272), what was the most recent response they received from the government of Pakistan about...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 30 April (HL Deb, col 857), to what period the “huge progress on child poverty” refers.

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 30 April (HL Deb, col 857), how many children have (1) moved out of poverty, and (2) moved into poverty, in each...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken against those schools who are illegally off-rolling their pupils.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Tribunals Service intends to proceed with the introduction of Continuous Online Resolution for personal independence payments and employment and support...

    • Youth Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are being applied to young offender institutions and secure training centres to make them safe and secure for staff and offenders, and appropriate...

      Prisons: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that a delegation headed by the director of Bahrain’s Jau Prison, Brigadier General Abdul Salam al-Araifi, visited correctional...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cattle have been tested positive for bovine tuberculosis and then following slaughter have been negative on post-mortem testing; and what progress has...

    • Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of eggs produced in the UK for enriched colony systems in 2019.

      Peat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce regular reporting on the proportion of peat being sold in compost and used as a growing medium in horticulture.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 3 April (HL Deb, col 165), what is their definition of "indefinite" as applied to the term...

    • Motorways: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of time that has been spent on giving type approval for the cameras needed to enforce regulations on smart motorways.

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 April (HL14728), what were the findings of their investigation into reports which indicated...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations they have commissioned to provide support to applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Forced Marriage: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in 2018 the Forced Marriage Unit provided advice or support on  forced marriage to (1) a person aged 15 or under, and (2) a person aged 16...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Electoral Commission about putting in place safeguards to ensure that political parties do not receive donations from...

    • Political Parties: Limited Liability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which registered political parties in the UK have the status of also being companies with limited liability.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Fairs: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK construction and professional firms they expect to attend the Erbil International Fair in northern Iraq in June.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Heritage Lottery Fund: Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 24 April (HL Deb, cols 600–602) on records held by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that the fund took...

    • Heritage Lottery Fund: Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 24 April (HL Deb, cols 600–602), what specific steps the National Lottery Heritage Fund will take to...

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 24 April (HL Deb, cols 600–602), whether records held by the National Lottery Heritage Fund were...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

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