Written answers

Thursday, 23 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of unofficial Dartcharge websites.

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will run a public information campaign to raise awareness of the effect of engine idling on public health.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many extra emergency refuge areas have been added to existing stretches of all lane running motorways.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many additional emergency refuge areas he plans to add to existing stretches of all lane running motorways in the next twelve months.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timescale is for all lane running motorways to have emergency refuge areas spaced at no more than one mile apart.

      Traffic Officers: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department collects on the number of Highways England traffic officers who are injured while on duty each year.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the relative safety of breaking down in a live lane on an all lane running motorway and a...

      Driving Tests: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving test appointments were rearranged as a result of the temporary closure of Bournemouth driving test centre.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to prevent taxi drivers from refusing to take passengers with guide dogs.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to reduce carbon emissions in aviation.

      Railways: Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the fine is for trespassing on national rail lines; whether his Department plans to increase the penalties for such trespass; and what steps his...

      Railways: Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many successful prosecutions there were of people trespassing on national rail lines in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Railways: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to reopen the Okehampton to Exeter train route.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Road Collision Investigation Project has made; and what the timetable is for that project to report and make recommendations to...

      Driver Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to improve provision of information about (a) road safety, (b) suitability of roads for heavy good traffic and (c) speeding area...

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) how many and (b) in which locations are office premises to accommodate HS2 staff (i) owned, (ii) leased and (iii) rented; and what the (A) length...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the numbers of properties acquired by HS2 to enable the construction; and how many of those properties (a) are empty and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest estimate is at today's prices of the value of the properties that HS2 Ltd have purchased to facilitate the construction of High Speed Two.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of train cancellations in 2018.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for bringing forward secondary legislation to introduce audio-visual information on all buses; and if he will make a statement.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department was responsible for conducting the East Midlands Trains franchise competition; and if this administration of the process...

      Cycleways and Pedestrian Areas: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing horses to use pedestrian and cycle paths as shared paths.

      Great Northern Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the cancellation of trains on the Great Northern Line at Oakleigh Park.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the 2019 changes to Blue Badges are implemented at local authority level.

      Network Rail: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has he made of the (a) level of Network Rail's debt and (b) cost of servicing that debt in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021, (d) 2022 and...

      Network Rail: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the £1.46 billion generated by Network Rail's property sale was used to (a) fund rail upgrades and (b) cover a funding shortfall in...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line: Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations the UK Government has made to the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission on regulatory approval for the installation...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK's contribution to tackling...

    • York Energy (UK) Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether a guarantor or bond has been offered by or sought from York Energy (UK) Holdings or Alpha Energy (UK) or its...

      York Energy (UK) Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether regulatory approval has been granted for the transfer of onshore licences held by Third Energy Onshore Limited...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the volume of rooftop solar that has been deployed since the closure of the Feed-In...

      Minimum Wage: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to respond to the Low Pay Commission's report entitled Non-compliance and enforcement of the national...

      Minimum Wage: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2019 to Question 252048, Living Wage and Minimum Wage: Non-payment, whether his...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on requiring companies using continuous payment authorities to contact customers...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the sustainability of the Post Office Network.

      Work Experience: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that interns are paid at least (a) the national minimum wage and (b) the...

      Royal Mail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Department has made of the performance of Royal Mail in relation to the (a) number of deliveries,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

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

    • Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking in response to media reports on 6 May 2019 that Argentine nationalists have travelled to the Falklands...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Bahraini ambassador on that country's laws on human rights.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 25 March 2014 on Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, what...

      Libya: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to resettle vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers from Libya; and what support his...

      Turkey: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has has with his Turkish counterpart on political prisoners participating in hunger strikes in that...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officials in her Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what...

    • Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of placing reform of the legal definition of terminal illness which determines...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the (a) new NHS pension scheme in 2015, (b) reduction of the annual...

    • Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of (a) school nurses and (b) health visitors.

      Pathology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of pathologists that can carry out post-mortem examinations for coroners.

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to additional funding for children’s palliative care announced in the NHS Long-Term Plan, whether he plans to...

      Older People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the abuse of older people in social care; and if he will make...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer in advance of the spending review on increasing funding for social care...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will develop a national action plan to (a) provide all NHS hospitals with automated dispensing cabinets integrated with ePMA to...

      Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding has been allocated to (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) Food Standards Scotland for preparations for the...

      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 departments in England.

      Animals and Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that businesses are prepared to transition from the EC abbreviation health mark on...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children are not unnecessarily admitted to mental health hospitals.

      Nurses: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to retain nursing staff.

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Far less than they deserve published by the Children’s Commissioner on 20 May 2019, what...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 135010 on Sickle Cell Diseases, if he will provide updated estimates of the costs to...

      Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on social prescribing.

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to increase the number of care home places for people with dementia.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking with with other donor countries help ensure the funding gap for the 2019 humanitarian response to the crisis...

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has to increase the amount of humanitarian aid for Yemen in 2019.

      Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help people displaced within their country of origin as a result of (a) conflict and (b)...

      Ethiopia: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with his Ethiopian counterpart on the involuntary return of displaced people from Gedeo to West Guji.

  • Department for Education

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the financial sustainability of local government children’s services.

    • Schools: Notice Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will reclassify school notice boards as wall linings in his review of fire safety in schools.

      Higher Education: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) average length of time and (b) longest time was for a higher education establishment to receive their registration from the Office for...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of women who made superannuation contributions to the Teachers Pension Scheme prior to 6 April 1988.

      Schools: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of comprehensive primary school funding which comes from donations by parents or guardians of pupils.

      Further Education: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) he and (b) any Ministers in his Department visited a further education college on or between 13 and 17 May 2019.

      Schools: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department took to alert (a) schools and (b) nurseries to pollution episodes in England during April 2019.

      Students: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have died by suicide at each UK university in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of schools in England and Wales that have opened foodbanks on their premises.

      Academies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of whistleblowing policies throughout academy trusts.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the amount of bursary funding available to people training to be religious education teachers to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were taken into immediate custody from (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts for sentences of (i) less than and (ii) more than six...

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adult women with no previous convictions were taken into immediate custody from (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts for sentences of...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Welsh language speakers are able to correspond with Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service in England through the medium of the Welsh language.

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials in his Department have been seconded to work in other Government Departments; and in which Department were they seconded to, in each...

      Taxis: Assistance Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2019 to Question 248758, how many people were convicted under sections (a) 168 and (b) 170 of the Equality Act 2010 for...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of applicants were refused legal aid in 2018.

      Prisons: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sexual assaults have been committed in prison in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for the purpose of recording the number of assaults in prison, whether his Department records information on the number of (a) incidents, which could...

      Courts: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the cumulative number of years of experience held by all courts staff in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average expected spend on commissioning for each of the 11 areas under the new probation model is.

      Prisons: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, at which private prisons have directors shared data on staffing levels with on-site controllers in each of the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of a rise in excise duty on wine sales.

    • Football Pools: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the appropriateness of the level of tax on the football pools industry.

      Bingo and Football Pools: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rate of gross profits tax levied on (a) bingo clubs and (b) the Football Pools; and for what...

      Football Pools: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the revenue that could accrue to the public purse from a redeveloped football pools industry.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to ring-fence funding for mental health services.

      Treasury: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what effect that...

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UK’s official reserves are of (a) gold, (b) foreign currency and (c) other assets as at 31 March 2019.

      Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on requiring companies using continuous payment authorities to contact customers in advance of the automatic renewal...

      London Capital and Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the directions, as listed under section 78(5) of the Financial Services Act 2012, which the Treasury has given to the Financial Conduct...

      London Capital and Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department taking in relation to unregulated mini-bonds following the collapse of London Capital & Finance.

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total income received by the Government from north sea oil and gas was in each of the last five years.

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to tackle excessive credit card charges.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support the Government’s cross-departmental commitment to prioritising a public health approach in the forthcoming...

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2019 to Question 241464, what opportunity for appeal exists for economic operators in the event that the compensation...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have received funding to remediate aluminium composite material cladding; and how much funding...

    • Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons why there has been an increase in hate crimes towards the...

      Housing: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes are planned to be built on public land in the East Midlands under the Public Land for Housing Programme...

      Buildings: Insulation

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

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) individuals and (b) organisations that attended the large-scale tests conducted on systems...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any determinations and appeals were made prior to 14 June 2017 under the Building Act 1984 on the meaning of...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing more long-term funding to tackle youth...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Military Police: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours the Ministry of Defence Royal Military Police Centre on Upper Tulse Hill SW2 2RS is used per week.

    • Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) soldiers and (b) contracted staff work to support air radar systems in Saudi Arabia in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tests her Department has carried out on (a) blood and (b) urine samples taken from people who served at UK nuclear tests between 1952 and 1991.

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will release all F Med 12 and F Med 29 forms that were completed during the UK's nuclear weapons testing programme for analysis by the British...

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what records her Department holds on the civilian (a) women and (b) children who travelled to Christmas Island on troop ship Dunera in 1958.

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what records her Department holds on military equipment contaminated by radiation during (a) UK and (b) US nuclear tests; and (i) where and (ii) how...

      Republic of Ireland: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase defence and security co-operation with the Republic of Ireland.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations made in the report entitled, National Ship Building Strategy, published by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has set targets for the performance of personal independence payment assessors.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of personal independence payment have had their payments stopped as a result of employment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May to Question 249845, what proportion of universal credit claimants who had not fully repaid their advance as...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the introduction of collective defined contribution schemes.

      Independent Assessment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to audits requiring amendments to be made to Independent Assessment Service health assessment reports, in what circumstances...

      Independent Assessment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the minimum training requirements are for auditors of Independent Assessment Service health assessment reports.

      Independent Assessment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many audited Independent Assessment Service health assessment reports were graded as (a) acceptable, (b) unacceptable and (c) acceptable...

      Independent Assessment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure Independent Assessment Service assessment centres accommodate the needs of people with...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to ensure child maintenance payments are made on time by employers.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is provided to parents who do not receive child maintenance payments on time.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants have had their mobility payments (a) reduced and (b) stopped when transferring from disability living allowance...

      Pensioners: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of pensioners who forewent heating as a result of a lack of funds in the last four...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Village Halls: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that grants from the village hall improvement grant fund are able to be allocated to (a) Collingham...

    • Barbecues

      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...

      Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 May 2019 to Question 247567 on Canoeists, what recent voluntary agreements between landowners,...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to introduce the Environment Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 237159 on Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment,...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on (a) ensuring adequate support for local authorities to tackle...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure horse owners comply with his Department's tethering guidelines.

      Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) locations by region of each of the Environmental Land Management Scheme pilots.

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the unlawful smuggling of dogs and puppies.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of continued use of peat from UK peat bogs on environmental degradation.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of CO2 produced by processing and removing peat produce from UK peat bogs in 2018.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of air pollution on...

      Balloons and Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential risks of (a) helium balloon and (b) sky lantern releases; and if he will...

      Birds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning the practice of caging agricultural birds; and if he will...

      Birds and Eggs: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle the theft of (a) wild birds and (b) wild bird eggs in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Civil Partnerships Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of registrar preparedness to perform civil partnerships for opposite sex couples from December 2019.

    • Civil Partnerships Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been issued to registrars on taking bookings for civil partnerships for opposite sex couples from December 31 2019 in...

      Deportation: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential risks facing people who have been deported from the UK to Afghanistan.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of survivors of torture detained in the UK for immigration purposes.

      North Wales Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254750, how much and what proportion of core grant funding for territorial police forces...

      Home Office: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of asylum decision makers left their jobs within the first 12 months of employment in Asylum Operations Offices...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Audit Office's 2 May 2019 report entitled Investigation into the Government’s land disposal strategy and...

    • Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Audit Office's 2 May 2019 report entitled Investigation into the government’s land disposal strategy and...

      Cybercrime: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department made of the viability of appointing an individual with appropriate skills and experience from within the civil service...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of EU citizens living in the UK who are not registered to vote in the upcoming European...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of voters and (b) proportion of the electorate that were turned away in areas taking part in...

      Public Bodies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any public bodies have paid workers through disguised remuneration schemes in each of the last three years.

      Cabinet Office: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent in each of the last twelve months on polling the general public on their perception of the strength of the union.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Sick Leave

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

    • Poultry Meat: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) UK farmers and (b) poultry welfare standards of the importation of poultry...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to ensure businesses have increased access to international procurement markets after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Cyber Essentials programme.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many businesses have been certified under (a) Cyber Essentials and (b) Cyber Essentials Plus.

      Social Media: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the (a) addiction to and (b) anxiety caused by social media among young people.

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support UK museums that are not in receipt of grant-in-aid funding; and whether he has made a...

      OnSide Youth Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Home Secretary of 15 May 2019, Official Report, column 274, how much Government...

      Lotteries: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the nfpSynergy report entitled Small...

      Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to remove the construction and maintenance of bridges from the list of allowed charitable...

      Third Sector: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of organisations set up by the Government to provide capital to (a)...

      National Lottery Community Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the geographical equity of funding provided by the National Lottery Community Fund.

      Electronic Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of pieces of legislation that are not up-to-date on the legislation.gov.uk website.

      Tourism: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport how much funding from the public purse was allocated to support tourism in the East Midlands in 2016-17.

      Motor Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote women’s participation in motorsport.

      Sports Competitors: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is adequate support for sportswomen dealing with the effect of periods.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, on how many occasions falling debris has been recorded at the Palace of Westminster in...

    • Parliamentary Estate: Food

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of food stuffs sourced for food outlets on the Parliamentary estate were...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Vox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met with representatives of the Spanish political party Vox.

  • Department for Transport

    • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 25 January, whether they have commissioned the further studies into the possible...

    • Heathrow Airport: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the facial recognition technology proposed for use at Heathrow airport; who has the regulatory responsibility for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take, if any, in the next Spending Review to ensure that councils can continue to meet their statutory duties towards those with...

    • Students: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the Office for Students Evidence and Impact Exchange in promoting best practice in universities to address the attainment gap between BAME and...

      Students: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Race Disparity Audit in addressing inequalities in higher education.

      Students: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for university funding of the disparity of outcomes for BAME students in higher education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions were made by Trading Standards for offences under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 between 2014 and 2019; and how...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following an election that has changed the political composition of a local authority, that authority is able to withdraw a submission made to the Local...

    • Social Science: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Government-funded social science research on deprived communities.

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 May (HL15404), how many new homes were constructed, whether as new-builds or by conversion...

  • Home Office

    • Thames House: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 April (HL14894), whether the Security Service sought permission from Westminster City...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 May (HLWS1504), whether they expect local authorities will offer extra placements to...

      British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK nationals have returned from Syria in the last three years for which figures are available.

  • Treasury

    • Company Cars: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce the benefits in kind rate for company cars for the years after 2021; and what assessment they have made of the impact on car owners of...

    • London Capital and Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed independent review of the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) supervision of London Capital and Finance will be supported by (1) an...

      Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue is raised from tariffs on products not grown or produced in the UK.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs to businesses of (1) completing movement certificates, and (2) having those certificates stamped at borders, if the UK...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telephones: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cap on the cost of phone calls between EU member states will apply to UK consumers until the end of any transition period, in the event that a...

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