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Written answers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that...

    • Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2019 to Question 249315 on Railways, how many proposals for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow were received...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2019 to Question 249314 on Railways, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) a Western Rail Link to...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2019 to Question 249314, what (a) meetings, (b) correspondence and (c) other engagement his Department has had with...

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has withheld consent for Govia to vary the (a) pay and (b) conditions of Southeastern staff under schedule 15.2 of the...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) the public purse of a change in the level of national insurance receipts from seafarers, (b) the...

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations Act to reduce the maximum glare permitted by automobile...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) inform the public about the effect of engine idling on public health and (b) discourage engine idling in...

      Roads: North Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding he has made available for the repair of roads in North Herefordshire.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of proposals to award five state-run Chinese companies a wholesale package to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last...

    • Construction: Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Trading Standards in protecting consumers from rogue and...

      Females: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women in senior roles at UK energy companies.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Dong Samuel Lauk and Aggrey Ezbon Idri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his South Sudanese counterpart on the (a) kidnapping and subsequent death of opposition...

    • South Sudan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of detentions of political activists in South Sudan; and what representations he has...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of child soldiers actively deployed in the conflict in South Sudan.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Sick Leave

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what...

    • Pathology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of adequate levels of NHS staff in cancer pathology units.

      Baby Care Units: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of long-term mental health support given to parents of babies discharged...

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to respond to Asthma UK's stop unfair prescription charges campaign.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the current prescription charging regime on access to medication for asthma patients.

      Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce unplanned hospital admissions resulting from urinary tract infections.

      Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve the (a) reporting and (b) tracking of urinary tract infections in the NHS; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage fairer pricing by pharmaceutical companies for drugs supplied to the NHS.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the affordability of medicines as a result of the redrafted WHO resolution entitled, Improving the...

      Bowel Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of young people developing bowel cancer.

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of access to NHS support for sufferers of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

      Roaccutane: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential health risks and psychiatric side-effects of the drug Roaccutane.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) he (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with AET on the benchmarking exercise for AET...

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the review of post-18 education and funding will assess the way in which the student finance system is communicated to (a) current and (b)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the review of post-18 education and funding is planned to report before the parliamentary summer recess.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2019 to Question 250743 on Special Educational Needs: Finance, how many and what proportion of children and young...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to (a) reverse the closure of children's centres and (b) publish a strategy for the long-term expansion of the provision...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the long-term benefit to the economy of early intervention and prevention work provided by local authority...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by how much local authorities overspent on the provision of children’s social care in the year ending 31 March 2018; and what assessment he has...

      Pupils: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the NAHT survey entitled Embarrassed and Ashamed - The Impact of Austerity...

      Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on (a) creating a body image and media literacy toolkit and (b)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Ofsted report entitled, Exploring the issue of off-rolling published on 10 May 2019, what steps he is taking to reduce the...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the oral evidence taken by the Education Committee on 30 April 2019, HC 341, Question 2041, if he will publish in full the...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish a response to the report published by the Social Mobility Commission entitled, State of the Nation 2018-19:...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that...

    • Youth Justice System Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which of the recommendations made by the Taylor Review of the Youth Justice System, published in December 2016, have been (a) fully, (b) partially and...

      Young Offenders: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) young offenders institutions, (b) secure training centres and (c) secure children’s homes do not have a formal written procedure for...

      Trials: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) BAME and (b) white defendants who enter guilty pleas.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will make and publish an urgent assessment...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 249214 on Buildings: Insulation, what evidence he has received that...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 249313 on Buildings: Insulation, when the BS 8414 test of a High...

      High Rise Flats: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) private tower blocks and (b) social housing blocks in Birmingham have been identified as requiring the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he could clarify upon which expert authority the Permanent Secretary to his Department wrote to local authority...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the names of the (a) individuals and (b) organisations that have been invited to witness the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in her Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments or (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations...

    • Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many marmosets at DSTL Porton Down were culled on the grounds they were deemed to be (a) surplus animals and (b) unsuccessful breeding animals in...

      Armed Forces: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of medical measures to protect members of the armed forces against nerve agents following the...

      Clyde Naval Base: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of safeguards for submarines relating to drone activity when entering or leaving Faslane.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the process is for her Department when it considers an application for an advance payment for universal credit.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of regional job centre closures on trends in the level of homelessness in those...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of officials in her Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 243315, how many universal credit claimants in the central London broad rental market area...

      Independent Case Examiner: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the 158 complaints about the Independent Case Examiner in 2017-18 were on the length of time it took to investigate a complaint.

      State Retirement Pensions: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 242790 on State Retirement Pensions: Reciprocal Arrangements, which non-EU countries have...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of whether there is a need for transitional protection for mixed-age couples that will see eligibility for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of additional accredited vets that will be required in the event that the UK leaves...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12...

      Private Rented Housing: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation in accordance with the Minister's Mandate preceded changes in the policy of letting dwellings in the New...

      Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2019 to Question 249947, whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislation to...

      Cats and Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure compliance with the Balai Directive to protect the UK from disease in relation...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of legally binding targets for reducing air pollutants; and if he will make a...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that local authorities have the resources to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

  • Home Office

    • CCTV: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of facial recognition in CCTV.

    • Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196233 and with reference to page 14 of the Memorandum of Understanding between HMRC...

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of visa applications that have been delayed as a result of his Department's investigations into Life...

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve his Department's ability to assess asylum applications made on the grounds of religious or belief-based persecution.

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2019 to Question 249833, how many students who have taken the TOEIC English language test since 2016 sat...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2019 to Question 245932, how many EU foreign national offenders have been deported from the UK following...

      Forced Marriage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to protect young adults from arranged and forced marriages.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has estimated the cost to the public purse of paying survivor pensions to all police widows and widowers regardless of remarriage...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that unaccompanied child refugees will continue to be transferred under the Dubs scheme in the next twelve...

      Crimes of Violence: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported instances of far-right violence have been recorded in each of the past 10 years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that...

    • Prime Minister: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of officials in the Prime Minister's office took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what...

      Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the top ten firms by value of sales that have purchased government land and property since 2010.

      Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many sites identified for sale from the government estate are currently in use.

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria are used to evaluate whether Government-owned land and property should be made available for purchase.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contingent workers are working on IT projects across government.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many workers hired through supplier resource are working on IT projects across government.

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of consultancy fees as recorded on the Cabinet Office Spend Analytic Database for each Department in each...

      Cybercrime: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the functions and responsibilities of the Principal Cyber Security Risk Consultant will be similar to the functions and responsibilities of the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Treasury

    • Small Businesses: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the amount of tax revenue accrued was from UK small businesses in 2017-18.

    • Treasury: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the contribution has been from the public purse to the EU since 29 March 2019.

      Electronic Publishing: VAT Zero Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the amendment to the EU VAT Directive agreed in October 2018, whether there is any impediment preventing the UK from zero-rating VAT on...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse per annum of all (a) UK pensioners residing abroad who do not receive a yearly increase in state...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps is he taking to ensure that social media companies tackle the advertising of online sales of knives and other...

    • Social Media: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that social media companies respect freedom of speech when regulating content.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the gross value added by the design sector in each region of the UK.

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) steps he is taking and (b) funds he is allocating to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the design sector.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the protections for children and young people proposed in the Online...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people whose online parental controls could be affected by the adoption of DNS over...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Design: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of exports linked to design; what estimate he has made of the number of...

    • Coal: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his Department's policy is on the maintenance of UK Export Finance support for coal-related projects.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Women and Equalities

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many civil servants in the Government Equalities Office have been seconded to (a) the Department for Exiting the European Union and (b) the...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to help ensure that employers provide reasonable adjustments to the workplace so that people with hidden or invisible...

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Bus Services Act 2017: bus open data consultation response, published in January, why the provision of accessibility information “would be...

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation that requires all electricity used at charging points for electric vehicles to be from renewable sources.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether FirstGroup has met all Department of Transport criteria on railways pensions as a shortlisted bidder for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect (1) funding to be approved, and (2) an application for a Development Consent Order to be made, for a Western Rail Link to Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce the next stage of the process for selecting a preferred developer for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow Airport.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the study Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate,...

    • Furniture: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Office for Product Safety and Standards has spent on product compliance testing under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988...

      Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to their 2016 consultation on updating the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the increase in demand for power as a result of any growth in electric vehicle use by (1) 2030, and (2) 2040; and what plans they...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the automotive sector of recent announcements by Honda and other car manufacturers of expected job losses in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 February (HL13010), what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute of Development...

    • Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case of the Pakistani Christian woman, Shagufta Kauser, who, with her disabled husband, Shafqat Emmanuel, was sentenced to...

      Sri Lanka: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian assistance they have sent, or intend to send, to the communities affected by the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the ecological damage caused by the recent escalation of hostilities in Gaza.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused by the recent escalation of hostilities in Gaza, in particular to public facilities and services, and...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the number of attacks on Palestinian civilians by Israeli settlers including hit and run...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Israeli settlers have poisoned water supplies used by shepherds in the West...

      Gaza: Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the restrictions faced by fishermen in Gaza; what assessment they have made of the (1)...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 May (HL15420), what steps they intend to take to ensure that books, particularly educational books,...

      Taiwan: World Health Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the World Health Organisation about Taiwan being excluded from the World Health Assembly; and what plans they have to...

      Gaza: Animals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the loss of (1) farm, and (2) pack, animals as a result of the blockade and the escalation of hostilities in the...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to assess any negative impact on Palestinians of the policies of business operating in, or with, Israeli settlements in the Occupied...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to reduce the infant pneumococcal vaccination schedule...

    • HIV Infection: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve vaccination coverage for people living with HIV.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the number of NHS staff recruited from EU member states after Brexit.

      Dental Health: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 4 December 2018 (HL11750), how many antibiotic prescriptions were issued by general dental...

  • Department for Education

    • Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of policies and programmes to tackle social inequality in the UK; and what evidence exists to demonstrate that...

    • Young People: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to date, excluding the cost of officials’ time, of the Longitudinal study of young people in England: cohort 2, wave 1, including (1)...

      Maintained Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of mainstream maintained schools in England offered Key Stage 4 alternatives to GCSEs, suitable for children with special educational, health or...

      School Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by the UCL Institute of Education School break times and young people’s social lives: A follow-up national study, published in May,...

      History: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of revising the history curriculum to provide an honest and critical portrayal of the UK’s colonial history.

      Climate Change: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in 2002 and Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change Laudato Si: On Care for Our...

      Arts: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that businesses continue to have access to a workforce with sufficient creative and design-linked skills.

  • Treasury

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the basis for their estimate in the consultation by HMRC Protecting your taxes in insolvency, published on 26 February, that the reintroduction...

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposals in the consultation by HMRC Protecting your taxes in insolvency, published on 26 February, to reintroduce preferential status for any...

      Banks: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to update competition law to allow for shared banking hubs in areas where local bank branches have been closed.

      Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have modelled the systemic risk impact of growth in instructional, non bank, lending.

      Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any increase in complaints regarding short-term and payday lenders related to those suffering with problem debt.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 7 May (HL Deb, col 1140), with regard to combined authorities in England with directly elected mayors...

    • Private Rented Housing: Labour Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of their announcement of 15 April on changes to the private rental sector on labour mobility.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foxes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of potential secondary uses of the estimated 400,000 foxes killed each year in Britain, including as a source of biofuel.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in cooperation with the government of France, they will seek to widen the terms of reference of the Joint Coordination and Information Centre from...

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have had their visas revoked or curtailed for allegedly cheating in Government-approved English proficiency tests in each year since 2014; how...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of a Brexit scenario where the UK stays in a customs union with the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to develop the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with Germany.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 14 May (HL15424 and HL15425), which are the 27 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities on plans to hold a festival of innovation and creativity in 2022.

    • Sports: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 9 May (HL15351), what support they are giving to women's and girls' (1) basketball, and (2)...

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