Written answers

Thursday, 13 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the average time it takes from the reporting of untaxed and unlicensed vehicles to their removal by the DVLA from the...

    • P and O Ferries: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on British seafarers’ jobs in the Irish sea of P&O Ferries’ sale of the roll-on roll-off...

      Passenger Ships: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with cruise lines on pollution.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the rail freight capacity for the economy.

      Department for Transport: Living Wage

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

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many anonymous fitness to drive complaints were received in 2018; and how many of those complains were investigated.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers were sent for assessment following anonymous fitness to drive complaints, and what the outcomes of those assessments were in 2018.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage employers to be more flexible in their employee working hours.

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of existing coal stocks to meet expected needs for electricity generation...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral answer of the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility on 4 June 2019,...

      Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department has made available for renewable energy generation in each nation and region in the UK...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans does the Government have for the (a) future and (b) funding of the renewable heat initiative.

      Carers: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of providing a statutory entitlement to up to 10 days...

      UK Research and Innovation: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the diversity of UK Research and Innovation grant recipients by (a) gender, (b)...

      Paternity Leave: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to prevent workplace discrimination against fathers taking parental leave.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies.

      VJ Day: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating an additional bank holiday to...

      Ford Motor Company: Bridgend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with representatives of Ford UK on that company meeting 50 per cent of the tax deductions...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's timeframe is for the publication of the energy white paper.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions has he had with (a) university groups and (b) UK Research and Innovation on the sustainability of...

      Technology: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK economy of the Government's Industrial Strategy proposals to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the use of pellet guns in Indian Administered Kashmir.

    • Honduras: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to enhance diplomatic relations between the UK and Honduras.

      Mozambique: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to improve diplomatic relations with Mozambique.

      Indonesia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to his Indonesian counterpart on ending virginity tests for women applying to the...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the protection of civil society groups and human rights...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in China in (a) 2019 comparative to (b) 1989.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support Christians on death row in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy.

      Cyprus: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on recent diplomatic relations between Turkey and Cyprus.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to his Sudanese counterpart on the cases of (a) Mohamed Esmat, (b) Ismael Jalab and (c)...

      Colombia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the UK embassy in Colombia spent on each of its projects and programmes in that country in 2018.

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Lebanon on the proposed destruction of Syrian refugees’...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Sudanese authorities on its response to pro-democracy protesters in that...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the statement by the Prime Minister of Mauritius at the UN general Assembly on 22...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the political parties that UK Embassies and High Commissions overseas have a policy not to engage with.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Living Wage

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

    • Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2010.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on the provision of detailed information to businesses, schools and other public institutions on...

    • Community Health 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...

      Health: Disadvantaged

      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...

      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...

      Midwives

      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: Medical Records

      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...

      Doctors: Parental Leave and Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 May 2019 to Question 256964, what assessment he has made of the effect of NHS Employers’ decision to...

      NHS: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the risk register for the NHS Ten Year Plan.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of NHS Trusts in (i) London and (ii) the rest of England employ at least one dedicated specialist MS...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure operational changes in his Department support the approach of integrated care systems.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative estimate his Department has made of the average cost of (a) caring for a dementia patient at home with care provided by...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the removal of bursaries for undergraduate nurses on the level of nursing...

      St Andrew's Healthcare: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many placements NHS England has commissioned at St Andrew's in-patient Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service in Northampton in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices consist of (a) one, (b) two, (c) three to five, (d) six to ten, (d) 11-15, (e) 16 - 20 and (f) more than 20 GPs in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs have been (a) permanently employed and (b) employed as locums for a continuous period of more than six months in each...

      Social Services: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of days taken as sick leave by care workers who were attacked by patients in 2017-18.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of support for children and young people with mental health needs who are not...

  • Department for International Development

    • Benin: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he plans to support the International Fund for Animal Welfare's initiative to provide detection dogs in Benin which can sniff...

    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of whether the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has adequate resources to successfully treat 40...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking with international counterparts to promote the allocation of additional funding for the sixth replenishment of...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of strengthening TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment on (a) rates of...

      Indonesia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he plans to make aid to Indonesia conditional on the removal of virginity tests for women applying to the Indonesian military.

      Department for International Development: Living Wage

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

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Official Development Assistance is allocated to (a) ethical, (b) sustainable and...

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) weekday evenings, (b) Saturdays and (c) Sundays are classified as normal school hours for the purposes of the Government's consultation...

    • Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to issue guidance to schools about the application of school uniform and other potentially gender distinctive policies.

      Bright Tribe Multi-academy Trust and Adventure Learning Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for its policies of the September 2018 Panorama programme on Bright Tribe Trust and...

      Children in Care: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on (a) inspection and (b) regulation of semi-independent accommodation for looked-after 16 and 17 year-olds.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the impartiality of Ofsted of that organisation being responsible for the inspection of the quality...

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) schools and (b) children are participating in the National School Breakfast Programme each day.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy was spent in 2018-2019.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school-age children whose parents or guardians have requested a school place have been out of school for more than a term in the (a) UK and...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment his Department’s has made of adult literacy levels in each of the last five years.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of adult education providers in each of the last five years.

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the value for money of the national school breakfast programme.

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provides to EU universities wanting to send non-EU students to UK universities on exchange programmes.

      GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number schools teaching GCSEs over three years; and what assessment he has made of the effect of this practice on A...

      Migrant Workers: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Immigration Skills Charge in increasing skills provision in England.

      Wakefield City Academies Trust: Deloitte and Touche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much Wakefield City Academies Trust spent on services provided by Deloitte from 1 September 2017 to 31 May 2019.

      Wakefield City Academies Trust: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time staff were employed by Wakefield City Academies Trust; and what the cost was of those staff, in each...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many multi-academy trusts have collapsed since the introduction of such trusts.

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make it mandatory for universities to provide 365-day...

      Pupil Premium: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2019 to Question 231556, what assessment he has made of changes in the level of take-up of pupil premium in Oxford...

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will publish the analysis of graduates that will be net beneficiaries from the proposed changes under the post-18 education and...

      Students: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will change the measure of disadvantage used in the Student Premium to capture individual-level socio-economic disadvantage as recommended in...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to consult on a new National Plan for Music Education; and what the timetable is for the publication of that plan.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to Music Education Hubs in local authority areas in (a) Merseyside, (b) the North West and...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on which dates the National Plan for Music Education monitoring board met since 2011; and if he will publish the minutes of those meetings.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Holloway Prison: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will allocate the proceeds of the sale of HMP Holloway to support the female offender strategy.

    • Prisons: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many occupational health assessments have been carried out in each prison in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons have adopted the Health and Safety Executive Management Standards approach to tackling staff stress; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has commissioned research into the effects of second-hand intoxication of prison staff by new psychoactive substances; and if he...

      Courts: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Failure to Appear warrants were issued (a) in each year between 2014 and 2018 and (b) from 1 January to 30 April 2019.

      Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257595, what the estimated cost is of establishing how many women were released from prison into...

      Rehabilitation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason all accredited programmes run by (a) prisons and (b) the Probation Service have not been subject to an impact and outcome evaluation.

      Prisoners' Release: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of courses for prisoners to demonstrate safety for release.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria his Department uses to assess the suitability for courses for prisoners.

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports on the health of Julian Assange while in custody in the UK.

      Family Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Ministry of Justice press release of 21 May 2019 entitled Spotlight on child protection in family courts (a) if he will list the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on encouraging local authorities to invest more of their reserves in local communities.

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with community groups affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on the potential reform...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are waiting for permanent housing.

      Housing: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department is taking to encourage the retro-fitting of sprinklers in housing developments.

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what fees are being charged for HMO Licences by each Council.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of people sleeping rough in the (a) UK and (b) London Borough of...

      Council Tax: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to widen his Department’s review into council tax collection to include how local...

      Help to Buy Scheme: Wolverhampton North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of homes purchased using the Help to Buy equity loan scheme...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of implications for his policies on the design of the Shared Prosperity Fund of the report...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether ThermoWood class D cladding is permitted on buildings below 18 metres in height.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department commissioned the Building Research Establishment to carry out any tests on High Pressure...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the increase in council tax arrears since 2014.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Centre of Excellence for Human Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the planned centre of excellence for human security will be based, on what date it will start; and if she will make a statement.

    • Centre of Excellence for Human Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding her Department plans to allocate to the centre of excellence for human security; what the (a) priorities and (b) objectives of that centre...

      Intelligence Services: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there is a pre-approved list under section 22 of his Department's November 2018 policy on the passing or receipt of intelligence relating to...

      Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people from (a) state and (b) independent schools were accepted to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claims under universal credit for the (a) standard allowance, (b) carer element, (c) child element, (d)...

    • Social Security Benefits: Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she is discussing reciprocal social security agreements with her Bulgarian counterpart.

      Pensions

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

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on encouraging local government...

      Social Security Benefits: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she is discussing reciprocal social security agreements with her Irish counterpart in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to sections five and six of the evaluation of the Young and Successful programme, published by Groundwork Greater Nottingham in...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 5 June 2018, on Personal Independence Payments, HCWS733, if she will provide an update on the progress of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the process is through which eligibility for child maintenance payments is verified.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people whose personal independence payment has (a) increased, (b) decreased, (c)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260085 on Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Policy Advisers, for what reason...

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to provide advice to farmers on the potential dangers of mixing slurry.

      Pensions: Consumer Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Association of British Insurer's report: Principles for tailoring retirement risk warnings, published in May 2019, what...

      Employment Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is for an award of employment support allowance to be made to an applicant suffering from cancer.

      Pension Credit: Glasgow South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many residents in Glasgow South West constituency (a) applied for and (b) received pension credits in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote the uptake of Pension Credits; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

      Livestock Industry: Ammonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to manage ammonia emissions from dairy and beef farming.

      UK Wild Camp: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much Government funding was provided to UK Wild Camp.

      Tree Planting: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what body is responsible for monitoring progress against the 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment to plant 1 million trees...

  • Home Office

    • Marriage Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the implementation of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 and the provision...

    • Police: Spit Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been published for police services on the use of spit guards for arrested persons.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the opportunities for the police to seek financial redress when police...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254186 and with reference to page 9 of the Memorandum of Understanding between his...

      Offences: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time it takes to charge a person after an offence has taken place within the constabulary...

      Asylum: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department uses when assessing asylum applications in cases where a substantive interview with an applicant has not been...

      UK Border Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time by Border Force in Northern Ireland.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259015, if he will centrally collate the data on anti-social behaviour case review requests.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many academics have been refused visas to travel to the UK for work-related purposes by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Immigrants: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that adequate safeguards will be included in the Domestic Abuse Bill to protect migrant...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of recorded hate crimes by each protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act 2010 in each...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce alcohol-related crime.

      Domestic Abuse: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle domestic abuse of (a) adults and (b) children that is linked to excessive alcohol consumption.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2017 to Question 257442 on Biometrics: Applications, what the timeframe is for (a) reviewing SSL's...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of statements reportedly made by the French authorities that the nine unaccompanied children who...

      Home Office Response to the Mandating of DNA Evidence for Immigration Purposes Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to publish on his Department's website (a) the Darra Singh review of the Home Office response to the mandating of DNA for...

      Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether it is safe to deport nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo to that country.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Living Wage

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 259013, how many affordable homes have been built by the Church...

    • Archbishops Council: Grants

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners have the authority to make grants to the Archbishop's Council.

      Church of England: Scotland

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the Church of England's landholdings are in Scotland.

      Church of England: Scotland

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church of England has made of the profits from its operations in Scotland in the last 12 months...

      Church of England: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what EU funding the Church of England has received in each of the last ten years.

      Churches: Coal

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment she made of the economic effect on churches and vicarages of the ban on house coal.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257533 on Huawei: 5G, what recent assessment he has made of the risks to the (a) security and (b)...

    • Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June to Question 257533, when the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre plans to begin its assessment of 5G equipment.

      Distributed Ledger Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using distributed ledger technology across the public sector.

      Centenarians: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in Northern Ireland have reached their hundredth year in the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what key performance indicators his Department uses to assess the performance of Open Banking; and what recent assessment he has made of the performance of...

    • Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that people without internet access can continue to receive paper bills and statements from their banks.

      Personation: Credit Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help ensure the credit ratings of victims of identity fraud are protected.

      Treasury: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) investment choices available to workplace pension customers are regularly reviewed by Independent...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential conflict of interests in the business model of vertically integrated companies offering retail...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what processes his Department uses with further education institutions to verify a child's full-time attendance in education in relation to the eligibility...

      Personal Income: Kingston upon Hull North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Hull North have annual incomes of £80,000 or more.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) St Helens borough, (b) Liverpool City Region, (c) the North West and (d) the UK paid tax in the tax bands (i) up to £8,632,...

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that insurance companies do not unfairly discriminate against consumers with (a) historical and (b) current mental health...

      Ford Motor Company: Bridgend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to issue a waiver for the tax due on redundancy payments to be received by Ford Bridgend workers.

      Pension Funds: Consumer Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of advice given to retirees accessing their pension funds for the first time.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate the Government has of the effect of the alcohol duty freeze on (a) public health and (b) alcohol-related deaths.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the No Recourse to Public Funds condition on local authority budgets by local authority area.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 5G: Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to introduce electromagnetic white zones in relation to 5G technology.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that alcohol is marketed responsibly.

      Television: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government held with pensioner groups prior to his Department's decision to transfer responsibility for...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will be affected by the BBC's decision to charge people aged over 75...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Poultry Meat

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether all chicken served on the Parliamentary estate is free range.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the findings of the 2019 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey, published by the Asphalt Industry Alliance in March, which reported that the...

    • Bicycles: Hire Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to give local authorities greater powers to control the establishment of bicycle hire schemes and to set standards on...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reason the drink drive limit in England and Wales was set at 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood; and what scientific studies, if any, were the...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date they aim to remove all petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles from the UK’s roads.

      Aviation: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 June (HL15919), whether they will now answer the question put.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Unfair Practices: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the number of cases submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority.

  • Department for Education

    • Breakfast Clubs: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make a decision on funding for the National School Breakfast Programme.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, as a result of international conventions and bilateral agreements on the transfer of sentenced persons, how many people have (1) returned to the UK from any such...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that teachers, nurses and social workers can afford to live in areas of high cost housing.

    • Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of business rates on high street businesses; and whether they have any plans to make UK town centres free-trade zones.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Global Coalition Against Daesh carried out airstrikes on ferries owned by the government of Syria transporting...

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 May (HL15373), whether the Ministry of Defence will adhere to paragraph 5.2 of the Driver and Vehicle...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of tyres fitted in single formation which are in use on vehicles used by the Ministry of Defence; and what estimate they...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that heavy goods vehicle tyres used by the Ministry of Defence that are more than 10 years old are not exported for use in...

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Boeing E-7 production line for the conversion of Boeing 737NG aircraft to come back into service.

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that the conversion of a Boeing 737NG aircraft to the E-7 configuration can be accomplished in two years; and what steps they are taking to...

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the failure of Boeing to deliver the KC–46 tanker programme and the removal from commercial service of 737...

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact deferring contracting training, infrastructure and other services for E-7 Wedgetail aircraft will have on their ability to negotiate competitive prices.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 10 May (HL15426) and 22 May (HL15708), what are the sectors in which the UK trades with the...

    • EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 10 May (HL15426), how many of the countries with which the UK trades solely on World Trade...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the distribution of grant-in-aid funding; and what plans they have to increase the number of museums which are in...

    • Design: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the value of UK exports to (1) EU, and (2) non-EU, countries are linked to the design sector.

      5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Nominet 5G spectrum sharing, published in September 2018, which explores dynamic spectrum access possibilities for 5G.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware that the BBC is charging licence payers £16.50 to record a change of address online; and whether they consider this to be a fair...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to strengthen UK defences against new threats posed by (1) misinformation campaigns, and (2) cyber warfare.

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