Written answers

Thursday, 6 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing government support to subsidise bus services in Staffordshire.

    • Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to allocate additional funding to the railways to reduce the level of overcrowding on train services.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many roads managed by Highways England as part of the Strategic Road Network have illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) new railway stations have been opened and (b) railway stations have been completely refurbished by region since 2010.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many additional staff have been employed at DVLA Swansea since 2014; what comparative assessment he has made of the average processing time for...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to review the adequacy of legislation on the use of battery-assisted micro-scooters on public highways.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support rural post office branches.

    • Financial Services: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for the publication of the Green Finance Strategy.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2919 to Question 246964 on Post Office, which Ministers met with Tim Parker in the last...

      Post Office: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 246968 on Post Office: Corporate Hospitality, which Senior officials...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 246965 on Post Office: Civil Proceedings, which Ministers met with...

      National Federation of SubPostmasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether the Public Grant Funding Agreement between the Post Office and the NFSP Ltd...

      National Federation of SubPostmasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits that the use of public grant funding between Post Office and NFSP...

      National Federation of SubPostmasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Public Grant Funding offered by the Post Office to NFSP Ltd was also offered to other organisations to bid for.

      National Federation of SubPostmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many postmasters (a) are company members of NFSP Ltd and (b) have been registered as voting members with Companies...

      National Federation of SubPostmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there is currently a policy of auto-enrolment to NFSP Ltd for postmasters.

      Post Office: National Federation of SubPostmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times the CEO of Post Office met with the CEO of NFSP Ltd in the last 12 months.

      National Federation of SubPostmasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the grant funding agreement between Post Office and NFSP Ltd was sanctioned by (a) the Board of Directors of...

      National Federation of SubPostmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the ability of NFSP Ltd to act as an Independent representative body for sub-postmasters.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK steel and steel products procured by his Department in (a) 2017 and...

      Short Time Working: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the merits of working shorter hours to tackle climate change.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on the closure of Crown Post Offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity (Connection Offer Expenses) Regulations 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of updating the Electricity (Connection Offer Expenses) Regulations...

      Delivery Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of excess delivery charges on people in the far north of Scotland; and...

      Delivery Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure business accountability to online guarantees of delivery costs.

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that research and innovation activities carried out under Horizon 2020 comply with...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his Department's consumer white paper; and whether the white paper will include proposals on...

      Solar Power: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on planned future VAT increases on solar panel...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that solar energy is (a) accessible and (b) affordable to all households.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his Department's policy to restore immediately the policy of naming of employers for National...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of the public contacted the Office for Product Safety and Standards as a result of its review of...

      Energy: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Prospering from the energy revolution: An overview of government’s challenge to industry and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procurement policies his Department has put in place to ensure that (a) the Foreign Office and (b) UK embassies promote UK...

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has an access to justice unit within its consular directorate.

      Botswana: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Botswana on that country's decision to lift the elephant hunting ban.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a response to EDM 2425 entitled UN Condemnation of UK occupation of the Chagos Islands.

      International Assistance: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for Overseas Security and Justice Assistance have required Ministerial approval from his Department in...

      International Assistance: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a cross-departmental electronic database system for collating Overseas...

      Yasir Arman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he will make to his Sudanese counterpart to ensure the safety of Yassir Arman of SPLM-N and Foreign...

      Kenya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Kenyan counterpart on the recent decision of a court in that country to repatriate 22...

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) direct (b) indirect support provided by his Department to UK peace building and...

      Sri Lanka: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the importance of protecting the rights of (a) Muslims and (b)...

      Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indian and Pakistani counterparts on human rights violations in Kashmir since the...

      Libya: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to Answer of 23 May to Question 256340, how many refugees were resettled; and whether those resettled places were...

      USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse is of the state (a) banquet and (b) visit of 3 to 5 June 2019 by the President of the...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral contribution of 14 May 2019, Official Report column 75, how many of those 226 arms export request refusals...

  • Attorney General

    • Rape: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Attorney General, if the Government will review the CPS guidance given to victims of rape on seeking therapy.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Sickle Cell Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of potential levels of inequality in (a) the life expectancy and (b) NHS service provision...

    • NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding (a) is currently available and (b) will be made available for pilot projects trialling new digital innovations in the NHS;...

      Mental Illness: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to record the number of children of parents with mental health problems.

      Measles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on making the measles vaccination compulsory before children start...

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to avoid detaining students with autism and learning disabilities in Assessment and Treatment Units.

      Medical Equipment: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the quality of medical devices being delivered to the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the NHS of the change in the number of Health Tech product suppliers on...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the savings to the public purse of the Nationally Contracted Products initiative run through...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of suppliers that are supplying each product purchased through the Nationally...

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many instances of mumps there were in the first quarter of (a) 2019, (b) 2018, (c) 2017 and (d) 2016.

      Antibiotics: Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the concentration of antibiotics in UK rivers.

      Radiation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased microwave and radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on public health.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people whose elderly care is funded via a local authority can top up their care home fees from (a) personal and (b) family resources.

      Department of Health and Social Care: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the countries currently hosting cloud-based data as contracted by his Department.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been awarded for dementia care in each of the last five years; and how much of that funding has been allocated to...

      Pneumoconiosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new diagnoses of pneumoconiosis there have been among ex-miners in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the Green Paper on social care funding.

      5G: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits of the decision by the Belgian authorities to halt the roll out of 5G because of health concerns.

      Gender Recognition: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average length of waiting time for patients wishing to access appointments at gender identity clinics in...

      Gender Recognition: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to open more NHS gender identity clinics in England.

      Gender Recognition: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to change the guidelines that state that trans patients who seek private healthcare as a result of long...

      Mental Health Services: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of mental health support for people who (a) are deaf and (b) have a hearing impairment; and...

      Counselling: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of deaf-focused NHS counselling using British sign language as the first language in...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Government spent on cancer (a) research and (b) treatment in 2017-18.

      Radiotherapy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Government spent on radiotherapy treatment in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of the NHS cancer budget was spent on (a) surgery, (b) drugs, (c) chemotherapy and (d) radiotherapy in each...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost to the public purse was of making and publishing the video published at 9.40pm on 31 May 2019 with his Department's...

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Interim People Plan, what baseline his Department will use in assessing progress against the target of...

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Interim People Plan, what his Department's timeframe is for achieving the target of 25,000 more staff working...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to promote the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception methods.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that spending on sexual health services reflects local levels of need.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the rising incidence of (a) syphilis and (b) gonorrhoea.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government’s decision to not support the World Health Assembly's resolution on...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing aid to Sierra Leone to offset the interest payments on that...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starters were eligible for free school meals in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in...

    • Higher Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of people entering higher education by age 19 in (a) 2018-19 and (b) each of the last five academic years were eligible for free...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many businesses in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England pay the apprenticeship levy; and how many of these businesses...

      Primary Education: Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what sources of funding from the public purse are available for new outdoor play equipment for (a) Foulds Primary School in High Barnet and (b) other...

      Independent Reviewing Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to strengthen the Independent Reviewing Officer service for children in care.

      Pre-school Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2019 to Question 226665, whether his Department plans to start collecting information on the effect of the closure...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Save the Children report entitled It all starts here and pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214547, what...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) women and (b) men in each local authority area in England started an apprenticeship in each sector subject area in 2017-18.

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the current minimum requirements is for provision of mental health services in schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of subject access requests made to the Subject Access Team of the Ministry of Justice have been responded to within the correct...

    • National Probation Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in the London division of the National Probation Service.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost of a personal independent payment appeal at the first-tier tribunal in the most recent period...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which of the 18 recommendations contained in the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse Interim Report his Department has implemented.

      Offences Against Children: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department has allocated to the provision of therapy services for victims of child sexual abuse under the age of 13 in each year...

      Prisoners: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of prisoners with fewer than five GCSEs at grade A* to C in the latest period for which figures are...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of whether the National Probation Service has adequate resources to undertake work effectively in the London Division.

      Prisons: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what statistics his Department holds on the number of (a) perinatal women in custody and (b) babies born on prison estates.

      Leeds Prison: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious assaults on prisoners there have been at HMP Leeds in each of the last 12 months.

      Leeds Prison: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm there have been at HMP Leeds in each of the last 12 months.

      Leeds Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of random tests returned positive results for psychoactive substances at HMP Leeds was in each of the last 12 months.

      Leeds Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents there have been where drugs were found at HMP Leeds in each of the last 12 months.

      Moorland Prison: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff there have been at HMP Moorland in each of the last 12 months.

      Ministry of Justice: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2019 to Question 256353, Ministry of Justice: Brexit, how many officials in his Department have been seconded to work...

      Family Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the proportion of cases where domestic abuse was alleged or proven in initial safeguarding where (a) a Cafcass...

      Prisoners' Release: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children were released from custody into homelessness in each year since 2010.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department conducted or commissioned before the decision to introduce 11 new probation regions.

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what data his Department holds on the frequency of self-harm incidents among (a) the general prison population and (b) IPP sentenced prisoners.

      Prisoners: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many IPP sentenced prisoners have been refused access to a therapeutic community in each year since 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will exempt back payments of employment support allowance from the capital means test for legal aid eligibility.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timescale is for the Government review of the thresholds for legal aid entitlement.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Government will include people with autism as part of its review of the thresholds for legal aid entitlement.

      Family Courts: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve support for people with autism in the family courts.

      Probate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to speed up the issuance of (a) grant of probate and (b) letters of administration; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release of 21 May 2019, Spotlight on child protection in family courts: A panel of experts will review how the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Export Credit Guarantees: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the UK’s international commitments to the Paris Agreement, if he will confirm that UK Export Finance will not be...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to M/V Bahri Yanbu which moored at Tilbury docks around 7 May 2019 carrying cargo destined for Saudi Arabia, whether the...

      Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) direct and (b) indirect subsidy provided by the Defence and Security Organisation to the arms...

      Overseas Trade

      What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the maintenance of the rules-based system for international trade.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to address Islamophobia in the UK.

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 249217 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, how much of that £259...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he made of the (a) number of blocks, (b) cost per block and 9c) cost per dwelling when calculating the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which housing associations have been allocated funding as part of the £400 million cladding remediation fund for...

      Coastal Communities Fund: North East Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many jobs linked directly to the Coastal Communities Fund have been created in North East Lincolnshire.

      Buildings: Insulation

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

      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 Building...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution on 9 May 2019, Official Report column 687 on Buildings with ACM Cladding, by...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the 2017 White Paper entitled Fixing our broken housing market, when he plans to launch a...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the difference in spending per head between 2009-10 and 2017-18 by local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2019 to Question 254199 on Buildings: Insulation, if his Department will publish a...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2019 to Question 254199 on Buildings: Insulation, if his Department will release the...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Government Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the appointment of a Chief Scientific Adviser; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with which councils and combined authorities is the Government currently consulting on devolution.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had deductions under universal credit paused; and what the average length of the pause was in the last (a) month and (b)...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with underlying debts resulting in deductions under universal credit had those debts written off in the last (a) month and (b)...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2019 to Question 254799, on Working Links, for what reasons Working Links Ministry of Justice Permitted...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households with three or more children made a new claim for universal credit during the period between April 2017 and January 2019 on...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who claimed an advance on their first universal credit payment were placed in the limited capability for work related activity...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on introducing video or audio recording of personal independence payment assessments as standard.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deduction from earnings requests were issued by the Child Maintenance Service in the last 12 months by local authority area; and how...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support employers to improve workplace health.

      Small Businesses: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to increase access for small businesses to occupational health advice.

      Department for Work and Pensions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will list the countries hosting cloud-based data as contracted by her Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide an update on plans to relocate jobs in her Department from Merthyr Tydfil to a new hub north of Cardiff.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on the economy of Merthyr Tydfil town centre of the proposal to move 250 jobs...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the demographic of (a) universal credit claimants and (b) universal credit claimants that have taken...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254733, what information her Department uses to verify the statement that if a claimant is in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit have been found to have limited capability for work through a work capability assessment.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to collate and publish data which includes all of a claimants’ disabling conditions.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Disability Confident employers have employed a disabled person since achieving Disability Confident status.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the average time between mandatory reconsideration and appeal for personal independence payment claimants.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will review the merits of the higher deduction from universal credit payments for maternity allowance than for maternity pay.

      Plumbing: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for the publication of the white paper on the plumbers’ pension scheme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have lost severe disability premiums as a result of transferring to universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to announce the conclusions of the review into universal credit recipients affected by the loss of the severe disability premium.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure her Department stops sending correspondence after a claimant has died.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horseracing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what discussions with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on the number of racehorses that die in BHA-monitored races.

    • Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to publish a regular progress report on the operation of the Environmental Land Management Scheme’s...

      Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for funding for rural development after the end of the LEADER programme and when the UK ceases to have...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to public purse of sending waste to landfill sites in each of the last...

      Peat Bogs: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his oral contribution of 9 May 2019, Official Report Column 653, when and by how much the budget for peatland...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to support local authorities to create a national network of clean air zones.

  • Home Office

    • Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the operations of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK of the decision by the US...

    • Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will proscribe the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group; and if he will make a statement.

      Migrant Workers: Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to exclude (a) dentists and (b) dental nurses from the cap on Tier 2 visas.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2019 to Question 255697, what the timescale is for considering whether the standards set by the...

      Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to publish the results of its review into air weapons which was launched in October 2017; and if he will make a...

      Burglary and Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to encourage the installation of alley gates to restrict access to private driveways behind terraced housing to...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times he has met a() Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Policing, (b) the Chief Executive of the College of Policing, (c) the (i)...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the age of child asylum seekers is assessed accurately.

      Passports: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many valid British national (overseas) passports there were on 31 December 2018.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Community Trigger cases have been activated in each year since 2014 by local authority.

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Sopra Steria in handling UK visa applications for migrants living and working in...

      Immigration: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British National (Overseas) Citizens have been refused leave to remain and how many of those refusals were due to applicants...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what different categories may shoplifting be recorded; and whether there are regional differences in that recording.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much central Government funding Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service received in each year since 2010.

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Yazidis and (b) Christians from Iraq were granted asylum in the UK in each year since 2014.

  • Treasury

    • Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide more funding for rural housing in the forthcoming spending review.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to review the adequacy of childcare funding in England and Wales.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to invest in technological improvements to the UK's ATM network.

      Solar Power: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will keep VAT to five per cent on new solar panel installations.

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to enable mortgage customers who were trapped when their mortgages were sold to vulture funds to take advantage of lower...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department has in assessing the awarding of rail franchise tenders.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage more people to visit museums.

    • Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the hosting of major sporting tournaments in the UK.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Heritage Lottery funding has been allocated to First World War commemoration events in each of the last three years.

      Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with television companies on the risk to participants' mental wellbeing of participating in tv...

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to request information from mobile operators on the localised effects of the installation of 5G on (a) people...

      Video Recordings: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on deepfake videos.

      Mass Media: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve media literacy.

      Mass Media: Disinformation and Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his Finnish counterpart on media literacy and tackling disinformation.

      Charities: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase the diversity of charity trustees.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Universal Service Obligation, that by 2020 everyone across the UK will have access to high speed broadband,...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his announcement on 18 May 2019 of a £62 million fund to support historic high streets, whether the...

      5G: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the EU Commission on the effect of 5G on human health.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his announcement of 18 May 2019 entitled High streets to benefit from £62 million heritage boost, if he...

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to protect vulnerable customers from exploitation by premium rate text services.

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of antennae required to facilitate the rollout of 5G.

      House to House Collections Act 1939

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many appeals are waiting for a decision under the House to House Collections Act 1939; what the waiting time for a...

      House to House Collections Act 1939

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the House to House Collections Act 1939, how many applications for a national exemption order have been made...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Pensions

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the parliamentary pension fund plans to divest itself of investments in fossil fuels.

    • Parliament: Magazines

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission funds the Parliamentary Review magazine.

  • Prime Minister

    • USA: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she formally asked President Trump to reconsider the United States' withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 21 May (HL Deb, col 1863), what consideration they have given to providing (1) separate waiting facilities for the...

    • Courts: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision, if any, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service has made for courts to sit in prisons when a prisoner refuses either to attend court or to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to decrease waiting times for Personal Independence Payment tribunal appeals.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Marshall Scholarships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing the number of students who can participate in the Marshall Scholarship programme to 100; and what...

    • EU Countries: Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what upgrades and enhancements they have made to (1) staffing, and (2) facilities, at embassies in the EU27 nations since the EU referendum.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations to improve information provision for Universal Credit claimants in the report by the Child Poverty...

    • Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 21 May (HL Deb, col 1858), on what evidence they base their statement that “inequality has fallen”; and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a national dementia strategy for beyond 2020; and if so, when.

    • Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards meeting the aims of the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia.

      Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to invest in the development and use of artificial intelligence in the UK healthcare sector.

      Malnutrition: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to offer screening for malnutrition at GP surgeries and pharmacies in England.

      Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of appointing a clinical lead for nutrition for the NHS in England.

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance Contributions: Pensioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an estimate of the revenue which could be raised if the exemption from employee and employer's national insurance contributions for people...

    • Banks: Hacking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the advice of the government of Sweden to its citizens to keep cash on hand against the possibility of a hacking attack on the...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last 24 months for which data is available, (1) what was the total stock of ATMs and how many of those were free to use; (2) how many free to use...

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