Written answers

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on guidance for local authorities to on the administration of the expanded Blue Badge scheme to people who have...

    • Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) job creation, (b) support for the UK supply chain and (c) UK content are in the criteria for the provision of rolling stock in the award...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239970 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, what guarantees the Government has received in addition of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 9 April 2019 to Question 239967 and Question 239968 on High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock, for what reason his...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on the offshoring of train manufacturing after a contract has been awarded.

      Blue Badge Scheme: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage local authorities and other parking providers to use standard signage for Blue Badge holders.

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is Government policy to support the safeguarding of land in the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council area to allow for the possibility of...

      East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2019 to Question 257748, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of aligning the track and the operator...

      East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2019 to Question 257748, what proportion of rail services on the east coast mainline are operated by the East Coast...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received all of the bids for the West Coast Partnership franchise competition; how many of those bids his Department has (a) evaluated...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has he made of the optimum number of bidders required for the West Coast Partnership franchise to provide value for money.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has he made of the number of companies that hold pre-qualification passports to bid for rail franchises in the UK; and how many...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial stability of the bidders for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of page 20 of the First Group financial results published on May 30 2019 which states...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) seafarer employment and (b) the maritime cluster in the UK of the UK Ship Register’s decisions...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account his Department took of the financial performance of First Group on the (a) South Western Railway and (b) Transpennine railway when...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s resources of the UK Ship Register’s decisions to (a)...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the number of vessels qualifying for the tonnage tax scheme in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21 of the UK...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has been made of the number of merchant vessels beneficially owned in (a) the UK and (b) outside the UK that will be...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which international shipping registers were used as a basis for the introduction of the UK Ship Register’s system of bareboat charter-out.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of merchant ship survey work that will be carried out by accredited Recognised Organisations on behalf of...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the adequacy of the eligibility criteria used by the UK Ship Register and those used by open...

      Channel Ferries: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to procure additional roll-on roll-off ferry capacity at UK ports before 31 October 2019.

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of any increases in track access charges for High Speed 1 on the financial viability of the (a)...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what due diligence his Department has undertaken on the shortlisted bidders for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise to ensure that (a) the board...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on flight paths into and out of RAF Northolt of a third runway at Heathrow.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is responsible for determining the terms of (a) rail franchise tenders and (b) rolling stock provision within rail franchise...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken on the manufacture of rolling stock being offshored following the publication on 26 April 2012 of its response to...

      Roads: Horse Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including horse riders on the roads in any amendments to the Highway Code.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential environmental merits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

      Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase the accessibility of private hire vehicles for wheelchair users.

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential economic benefits to the UK of the (a) manufacture and (b) use of autonomous vehicles.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will update the Survey of Noise Attitudes 2017 report to incorporate the most recent WHO guidance on the lowest acceptable level of noise.

      Driving: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many D4 medical examination reports have been completed during (a) each of the five years prior to December 2014 and (b) each year since December 2014.

      Driving: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many D4 medical examination applications have been refused during (a) each of the five years prior to December 2014 and (b) each year since...

      Driving: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many DVLA centres are licensed to complete D4 medical examination reports.

      Railway Stations: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259184, how many railway stations have been (a) opened and (b) closed in the north of England since 2010.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 909885 on the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, what progress...

    • Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the security of supply of rare earth metals required by industry.

      Smoke and Chimney Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2019 to Question 257639 on Smoke and Chimney Gases: Heating, to what date as soon as...

      Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what roles the Government defines as green collar jobs; and what the criteria are for defining a job as green collar.

      Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many green collar jobs in the UK are (a) full-time, (b) part-time, (c) minimum wage, (d) in the public sector and...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Office card accounts were (a) active and (b) opened in each of the last five years.

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the amount UK Research and Innovation has spent on research into (a) physical...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy if he will publish all the (a) evidence and (b) assessments provided by the (i) Building Research Establishment and (ii)...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the implications are for his policies of the February 2019 Committee on Climate Change advice that carrying...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on (a) finalising the Smart Export Guarantee and (b) providing support for community energy...

      Labour Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the public consultation on proposals for a single labour market enforcement body.

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies have gone into liquidation in each of the last five years.

      Redundancy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the publication of the Government’s response to the public consultation on extending...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan on recent trends in the level of violence in that country; and what...

    • Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether an assessment has been made of the implications for the 12 March 2019 statement by the UK delegation to the...

      Gaza: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the human rights implications of travel permit restrictions between Israel and (a) Gaza and...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that prefabricated classrooms in the Occupied Palestinian Territories funded by EU aid...

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take following the reported killing of peaceful protesters and the use of violence by Sudanese security...

      Sudan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take with the US Administration and the Government of Norway to help tackle recent violence in Khartoum.

  • Attorney General

    • Sexual Offences: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Sub-Group to the Criminal Justice Board and Review of the Criminal Justice Response to Rape and Serious Sexual Offences plans to make an assessment of the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions of (a) individual benzodiazepine drugs and (b) individual antidepressants were dispensed in the community in 2018.

    • Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department's Green Paper on Prevention is better than cure will include the role of (a) employers in supporting good health...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has made available to promote the Healthy Start Voucher Scheme to (a) eligible recipients and (b) retailers;...

      Acrylamide: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the threat of cancer from acrylamide in (a) food and (b) tobacco smoke.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there is a Barnett consequential to the existing Northern Ireland infected blood payment scheme.

      Ophthalmology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are on the waiting list for appointments for (a) diabetic retinopathy and (b) glaucoma in each NHS hospital.

      Ophthalmology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies are there in the NHS for (a) ophthalmic clinicians and (b) ophthalmic nurse specialists in each NHS hospital.

      Diabetes: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies are there for (a) diabetologists and (b) specialist diabetes nurses in each NHS (i) hospital and (ii) clinic.

      Ophthalmology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of waiting time was between appointments for people with (a) retinopathy and (b) glaucoma in each NHS (i)...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time was between appointments for people with (a) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes in each NHS (i) hospital and...

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) digit and (b) limb amputations have been undertaken for people with (i) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes in each NHS (A)...

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will add the six-week maternal postnatal check to the GP contract.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase access to the Freestyle Libre monitoring device for diabetes patients.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what NHS England’s procurement policy is for tumour profiling tests to guide adjuvant chemotherapy decisions in early stage breast...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library information on the number of people that have been diagnosed with early breast cancer in each Care...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recommendation of Action on Hearing Loss in its...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale is for the planned methods and processes review of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      Urgent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made against...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      Cancer and Rare Diseases: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Planning Guidance commitments for 2019-20, what progress his Department has made on...

      NHS Trusts: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether an assessment has been made of the effect on NHS trusts of their limitations on capital spending compared with the different...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to allocate funds to integrated care systems for increases in market rent.

      Wigs: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce minimum standards for wigs required by people.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the full key data on young people's access to mental health services, as requested by the Public Accounts Committee in...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on the NHS app before NHSX announced plans to scale back development of that App on 31 May 2019.

      NHSX: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on setting up and running NHSX to date.

      NHSX: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff have been (a) transferred from his Department or other public bodies to NHSX and (b) recruited externally.

      Glaucoma: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a response to Early Day Motion 2173, on World Glaucoma Week and access to effective treatments.

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in mumps cases in the last five years.

      Health Professions: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help promote flexible working for (a) doctors and (b) nurses in the NHS.

      Doctors: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve mental health support for NHS doctors.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with industry on the use of packaging on junk food designed to appeal to children.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to the (a) the Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service and (b) the NHS...

  • Wales Office

    • Radio Frequencies: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what start-up funding the Government has allocated to new National Spectrum Centre in Aberystwyth to (a) enable UK wireless technology innovation and (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department holds a copy of Electrical Services Project Management Ltd invoices to (a) Bright Tribe Trust and (b) Adventure Learning...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies do not have a sponsor.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) morning prayer meetings, (b) afternoon bible studies and (c) evening youth group meetings are included in the scope of education settings...

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) museums, (b) art galleries, (c) sports clubs, (d) National Trust and English Heritage properties, (e) leisure centres and (f) Parliament...

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the post-18 education sector in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland on the proposals set out in...

      Bright Tribe Multi-academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what reports Bright Tribe Trust has submitted to his Department since 1 July 2018.

      Universities: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has published on suicide prevention strategies for universities.

      Universities: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage pay restraint among university vice chancellors.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will bring forward plans to reduce university tuition fees to £7,500.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish information on the responses to the asbestos management assurance process at responsible body and school level.

      Emslie Morgan Academy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Regional Schools Commissioner for Yorkshire and Lancashire on the closure of Emslie Morgan Academy.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Joseph McCann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who took the decision not to refer the question of Joseph McCann's release to the Parole Board.

    • Joseph McCann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who took the decision not to refer the question of Joseph McCann's release to the Parole Board.

      Joseph McCann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) scope, (b) timescale and (c) remit is of the urgent review into the reported mistaken release of Joseph McCann.

      Joseph McCann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date was his Department informed of the release from prison of Joseph McCann.

      Prisoners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish a list of the courses provided for prisoners in each prison.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the accessibility of legal aid by claimants of universal credit.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) availability and (b) quality of education for adult prisoners.

      Custodial Treatment: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who started their custodial sentences in England and Wales in 2018 are in prisons which are over 30 miles from their previous address.

      Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many individuals serving custodial sentences were released homeless in 2018.

      Courts: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on finalising the location of the Problem Solving Courts across England and Wales.

      Prison Officers: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to provide mental health support for prison officers.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded knife crime offences were disposed of with a conviction in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the overall budget of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme was for covering the costs of acquiring medical evidence for applicants in each...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Free Trade: Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to support free trade between the UK and Jamaica.

    • Free Trade: Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he has taken to promote free trade with Mali after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for International Trade: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review planning requirements with regard to the rollout of 5G technology to ensure that safety...

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date his Department plans to write to building owners eligible for the aluminium composite material cladding fund.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department is using to determine whether building owners should be sent a letter regarding the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for (a) the testing regime for non-aluminium composite material cladding to be completed and (b)...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take in cases where building owners eligible for the aluminium composite material...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate she has made of the number of recommendations in the (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018 Service Complaints Ombudsman's annual report have...

    • Armed Forces: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) the RAF have been (i) investigated by and (ii) discharged from the services as a...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) nature and (b) purpose is of the Special Instructions Intelligence Networks workshops provided by his Department to the Saudi military.

      Veterans: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of total spending on veterans' support services in each region of the UK in each year since 2010.

      Aged Veterans Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by the Aged Veterans Fund in each year since 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consideration has been given to providing employers with information and support on mental health in the workplace.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons maternity allowance and statutory maternity pay are classified differently under the universal credit rules.

      Personal Independence Payment: Flintshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Flintshire who previously received disability living allowance care component at the (a) lower, (b) middle and (c)...

      Pensions and Social Security Benefits: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the volume of (a) benefits and (b) pensions incorrectly refused to Windrush generation claimants.

      Pensions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the pensions sector on increasing transparency in respect of charge cap levels.

      Pensions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of consumer understanding of pension product charge cap levels.

      Universal Credit: Self-Employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the relationship between rent arrears and the roll out of universal credit for self-employed claimants.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has paid into Post Office card accounts in each of the last five years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with representatives from the pensions industry on (a) the divestment of pensions funds from carbon-intensive...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enable a claimant be able to make an application for industrial injuries disabled...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of child poverty (a) before and (b) after housing costs have been taken into account in...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of housing costs on the level of child poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women born in the 1950s and affected by the change of the state pension age received less than five years notice of that change.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Inland Waterways: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's policies of the conclusion of the 2011 post-legislative...

    • Inland Waterways: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 30 May 2018 to Question 256982 on Canoeing: River Derwent, of 23 May 2019 to Question 254720 on...

      Air Pollution: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2011 to Question HL14975, what the timeframe is for his Department to conclude its...

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to introduce a nationwide diesel scrappage scheme; and what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Plastics: Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the level of plastic particles in rivers.

      Salmon: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency will take to ensure the control of water borne disease and infestations within farmed...

      Wrasse: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) safeguard the Cornish Wrasse population and (b) better manage the removal of...

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) solitary bees, (b) honey bees and (c) bumblebees.

      Agriculture: Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of cellular agriculture on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if will bring forward legislative proposals on animal re-homing before the ban on the third party selling of puppies and...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department's contract with Post Office Ltd for check and send services is due to expire; and whether he has plans to extend that...

    • Home Office: Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's contract with Post Office Ltd for Check and Send services in...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether test centres have submitted the same voice recording clips for all students even when the Toeic...

      Rape: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported instances of rape led to a criminal charge in each year since 2010.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) countries and (b) regions of those countries have Ebola outbreaks; and what support his Department is providing to (i)...

    • Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to help tackle counterfeit anti-malaria medication in Africa.

  • Church Commissioners

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department takes across Government to calculate social value in the award of central government contracts.

    • Marriage: Children and Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people below 18 years of age who are married.

  • Treasury

    • Health Insurance: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the rate of Insurance Premium Tax on the sustainability of the health insurance market.

    • Revenue and Customs: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason his Department stopped people from being able to make payments to HMRC at post office branches.

      Revenue and Customs: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was paid by people to HMRC at post office branches in each of the last five years.

      Cash Dispensing: Wolverhampton North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many free to use ATMs are located in Wolverhampton North East Constituency; and how many free to use ATMs there were in that constituency in (a) 2010...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help couples claim the marriage allowance.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mermaids UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the charitable status of Mermaids UK will be reviewed.

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of coverage of the (a) national and (b) local DAB network as at 1...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the target for energy suppliers to have taken all reasonable steps to install smart meters in all homes and small businesses in the UK will be met by 2020.

    • Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the UK's electricity is currently imported from other EU countries via interconnectors; and what percentage is forecast for 2030.

      British Steel: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether civil servants expressed any concerns about the loan made to British Steel to enable it to meet its emissions trading compliance costs; and whether...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact that a no-deal Brexit could have on the UK manufacturing sector.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 February (HL13715), when they propose to publish the White Paper referred to; and whether any public...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Foreign Secretary’s Mansion House speech on 6 May, whether they will conduct a review of defence spending; and whether they will commit to...

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