Written answers

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made an estimate of the cost of electricity in the steel sectors in (a) the UK, (b) Germany...

    • EDF Energy: East Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that EDF contribute to road and rail infrastructure in east Suffolk in advance of the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to respond to the inclusion of shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contracts his Department has awarded in each of the last five years that were positively assessed on criteria for...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ensuring that the housing stock in each local authority...

      Ofgem: Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to introduce a Policy and Strategy Statement in relation to strategic guidance on Ofgem's...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans to support local community (a) ownership and (b) control of onshore wind farms.

      Musicians: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has received on protecting musical groups from having their names registered by third...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260713 on Minimum Wage, whether the Director of Labour Market...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the names and locations of the land and buildings owned by his Department that are (a) sitting empty and (b)...

    • International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen the rules-based international order.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the last official from his Department ended their secondment to IMS Ltd.

      Libya: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the conflict, stability and security fund has provided to tackle irregular migration through Libya.

      Sudan: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with his European counterparts on the EU's role in supporting border security and migration control...

      Libya: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether an Overseas Security and Justice Assessment has been undertaken for any of his Department's activity that supports the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions her Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on her Department's presentation and use of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the rise in the incidence of cancer in young people under 25.

    • Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to inform Parliament about his Department's response to NHS England's proposals on amending the Health and Social Care...

      Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the term lead provider is defined and whether organisations other than the NHS may be lead providers.

      NHS: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to commissioners of NHS services on how commercial confidentiality affects answers to freedom of information...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the UK Government’s response to the resolution on improving the transparency of markets at the 72nd...

      Care Homes: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) residents of care homes and (b) the families of those residents in England are aware of...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Ministers have had with the Care Quality Commission on (a) the care home inspection regime and (b) the...

      Care Homes: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many reports of abuse there have been in care homes in (a) Bury, (b) the North West and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care homes have been closed in England as a result of (a) complaints and (b) a Care Quality Commission inspection rating of poor...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the availability of medicines after the UK leaves the EU.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle shortages of (a) Adalat, (b) Nifedipine and (c) other common medicines.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle obesity.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS has the staff it needs for the long term.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support global patient safety.

      Mental Health Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money each Clinical Commissioning Group in the East Midlands allocated to mental health services in the last 12 months for which...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many companies are licensed to sell cannabis products to the NHS.

      Speech Therapy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Children's Commissioner published 11 June 2019 entitled We need to talk: Access to speech and...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on ensuring that medical cannabis is available to people who need it.

      Lung Diseases: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits for his Department's policies of the recommendation by the Committee on Climate Change in its...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the name and location of the land and buildings owned by his Department that is (a) sitting empty and (b) in the...

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Cuban-trained (a) doctors and (b) nurses are employed by the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices in Leicester have joined the NHS Primary Care Network.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve NHS waiting times for cancer patients.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the requirements for primary care networks to engage with the local community will be.

      Mental Health: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study entitled Recession, recovery and suicide in mental health patients in England: time trend analysis, published...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients that will benefit from whole genome sequencing in the first year of its introduction;...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing to internally displaced people in Yemen.

    • Humanitarian Aid: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Wilton Park statement on assisting religious...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will reintroduce maintenance grants to ensure that disadvantaged students are not discouraged from entering higher education owing to concerns...

    • Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of university tuition fees on the finances of graduates.

      Languages: GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to grade foreign language GCSE and A-level subjects in accordance with the common European framework of reference for languages after...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support to schools that are in deficit.

      Truancy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many parents have been fined as a result of the truancy of their children in each of the last two years.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential soft power benefits of the UK's full association with the next Erasmus+ programme after the UK...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if it is Government policy that well performing schools shall not be made to convert to academies.

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to consult the higher education sector before implementing the recommendations of the Review of post-18 education and funding.

      Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the healthy pupils capital programme; and what data his Department holds on the projects that were...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to rehabilitate offenders.

    • Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the prison operator competition to date; and what estimate he has made of the projected...

      Offences Against Children: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy (a) to toughen sentencing guidelines for people found to have watched videos of child abuse and (b) to not implement the...

      Ministry of Justice: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the name and location of the land and buildings owned by his Department that is (a) sitting empty and (b) in the process of being...

      Courts: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cumulative number of years of experience held by courts staff was in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018 by bands (i) a, (ii) b, (iii) c, (iv) d, (v) e and...

      Randox Testing Services: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on whether damages have been paid to people as a result of manipulation of forensic toxicology results at Randox.

      Race and Ethnicity Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are members of the Race and Ethnicity Board that was established as a result of the Lammy Review; how many hours the members of that...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether cases involving the risk of homelessness fall under the scope of legal aid.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent research her Department has commissioned on the threat environment.

    • Small Businesses: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much her Department has spent on SMEs in (a) the UK, (b) each region of the UK and (c) each constituent part of the UK in last 12 months.

      Belize: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which international partners the British Army Training Support Unit Belize has offered training to in the last year.

      Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2019 to Question 252480, if he will publish the name and location of each of the 47 sites which are empty and being...

      Ministry of Defence: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings she held with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recommendations by the Service Complaints Ombudsman were included in its annual report in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018; and if she will...

      Small Businesses: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what responsibility his Department has for protecting SMEs from cyber threats.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261264 on Children: Maintenance, how many of the 75 rejections related to serving members of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to publish its joint review with Her Majesty’s Treasury on survivor benefits in occupational pension schemes.

    • Universal Credit: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 260559 on universal credit, what assessment she has made of the average length of time...

      Department for Work and Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on advertising in the last 12 months; and what proportion of that spend was on advertising for universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) increased data sharing with social landlords and (b) other enhancements of the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the name and location of the land and buildings owned by her Department that is (a) sitting empty and (b) in the process...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 8 and 29 April 2019 to Questions 239928 and 245887, what progress she has made on revision of form ESA65B and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent from the public purse on defending legal cases in relation to people formerly in receipt of severe...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on legal costs in the case of R (Johnson and Ors) v SSWP [2019] EWHC 23 (Admin) as of 14 June 2019.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 July 2018 to Question 166515 on Universal Credit, what the latest estimate is that she has made of the (a) number...

      Statutory Sick Pay: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish a consultation on reform of statutory sick pay.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deductions of earnings (a) orders and (b) requests were issued by the Child Maintenance Service to the Ministry of Defence's Defence...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much compensation his Department has paid out as a result of late payments of universal credit; how many claimants have received...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what separate workstreams his Department has established to develop (a) agricultural policy and (b) operational delivery...

    • Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the National Audit Office report Ensuring food safety and standards published 12 June 2019, what steps is...

      Tree Felling: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Forestry Commission plans to publish the results of its investigation into street tree felling in Sheffield.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the names and locations of the land and buildings owned by his Department that are (a) sitting empty and (b) in the...

    • Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many active investigations into individuals for conspiracy to commit offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 there are in relation to...

      Home Office: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on his Department's presentation and use...

      Offensive Weapons Act 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the resources required to conduct the additional enforcement activity provided for in the Offensive Weapons...

      Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of cases of erroneous testing results at Randox laboratories that resulted in a...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to local authorities to provide services to meet the needs of asylum...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 258941, on Visas: Migrant Workers, what guidance his Department has provided to Sopra...

      Biometrics Commissioner: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans lay before the House the Biometrics Commissioner’s Annual Report for 2018.

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report, An inspection of the Home Office Borders,...

      Migrant Workers: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how language competency will be taken into account as a key skill in the skilled workers route under a new immigration framework.

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to extend the proposed transitional measure of a time-limited route for temporary short-term workers from 12...

      Slavery: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the National Crime Agency has provided to (a) security forces and (b) law enforcement to address modern slavery in Libya in...

  • Attorney General

    • Randox Testing Services:

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate his Department has made of the number of prosecutions dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service as a result of data manipulation of forensic toxicology...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2019 to Question 255390, Cabinet Office: Public Appointments, when he expects to appoint a Chief Data Officer.

    • Cabinet Office: Empty Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the name and location of the land and buildings owned by his Department that is (a) sitting empty and (b) in the process of being...

      Cabinet Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he held with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 261279 on Huawei: 5G, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of assessing 5G equipment for...

  • Treasury

    • Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed cap on research and development tax credits for SMEs in the life sciences sector; and...

    • Income Tax: South Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax payers for each rate of income tax there are in (a) Newport East constituency, (b) Newport West constituency, (c) Monmouth constituency, (d)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • American Football: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of London-based NFL American football games on the level of tourism to the UK.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to implement section 36 of the Equality Act 2010; and will she make a statement.

    • HIV Infection: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with HIV are not discriminated against when seeking tattoo, piercings and other similar services.

      Civil Servants: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people have been employed at each civil service grade in the (a) Government Equalities Office and (b) Civil...

      Government Equalities Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to respond to Question 251971 on Equal Pay, tabled by the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion on 8 May 2019.

      Government Equalities Office: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will provide the (a) full cost breakdown and (b) agreed programme of work and outcomes of the contract her Department has tendered with the...

      Women's Business Council

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the merits of the work of the Women's Business Council; and what its forthcoming work programme will be.

      Career Breaks: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many women have returned to the labour market as a result of funding from the Women Returners programme.

      Career Breaks: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) disabled and (b) black, Asian and minority ethnic group women who have returned to the labour market...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they provide to encourage operators of public service vehicles, including taxis, to switch to electrically powered vehicles, in order to meet their...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Steel: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate they will cease to provide financial support to British Steel; whether a specific event will trigger the end of that support; and whether that...

    • British Steel: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take any action to persuade Greybull Capital and its associates to contribute any gains made from its (1) investment in, and (2) loans to,...

      Takeovers: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 May (HL15640), whether they have reviewed the decision-making processes in investment institutions...

      Registration of Overseas Entities Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce the Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.

      Shopping Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support businesses increase footfall in shopping centres.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by KPMG 2018 Global CEO Outlook: UK, published on 11 June, in regard to business investment in the UK after Brexit.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 17 April (HL15078), when they will publish the details of the projects that have been successful as part of the...

      Energy: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the responsible development of materials for new energy technologies.

      Solar Power: Faversham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposed construction of a solar farm near Faversham by Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd, in particular the impact of that...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to prevent combatant forces in Idlib Province, Syria, from killing more civilians and children.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Rheumatology: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the British Society for Rheumatology Specialist Nursing in Rheumatology: the State of Play, published on 30...

    • Rheumatology: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Health Education England, (2) NHS Education for Scotland, (3) Health Education and Improvement Wales, and (4) Health and...

      NHS Trusts: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to individual NHS Trusts in England on succession planning for specialist posts.

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 5 June (HL Deb, col 87), what statistics the Department of Health and Social care keep on the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the number of (1) cases reported, and (2) deaths, as a result of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking with international partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in response to the Ebola outbreak, to ensure (1) safe and...

      Pakistan: Textbooks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) ensure that schools in Pakistan, supported by the Department for International Development, do not use textbooks with content...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department for International Development (1) supports marginalised religious communities, and (2) evaluates the success of existing projects, without...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training they provide to (1) Pakistani minority groups, and (2) non-governmental organisations, on how to organise, campaign, and lobby for minority groups;...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that modules which promote freedom of religion or belief and religious tolerance are included in all future Department for...

      Eritrea: National Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by the Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans for the EU to cease funding aid projects in Eritrea that involve the use of...

      Pakistan: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will provide to the government of Pakistan to help incentivise parents from marginalised religious minorities to send their children to school,...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to require verification of how UK aid to Pakistan is used, in particular to establish whether non-Muslims receive a fair share of aid; and...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address regional inequalities in the take-up of modern foreign languages at GCSE and A-level.

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a reduction in tuition fees in England to £7,500 per year on the lifetime student loan repayments of graduates.

      Foundation Courses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of withdrawing financial support for foundation years attached to degree courses on access to higher education for...

      Maintained Schools: Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether collaboration between maintained and independent schools will increase as a result of the Education and Skills...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the cash reserves held by local authorities in England that are not ring-fenced; and (2) whether those reserves are...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are currently involved in the negotiations over the Permanent Structured Cooperation and the European Defence Fund; if so, which government...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Money Purchase Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 5 June (HL15876), whether they intend to legislate to introduce collective defined contribution schemes...

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed (1) low and insecure incomes, (2) issues emerging from the rollout of Universal Credit, and (3) increased demand for food banks, with...

      Universal Credit: Repayments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for modifiying the repayment of Universal Credit advance payments in order to take into account individual circumstances...

      Arcadia Group: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review (1) decisions taken by the trustees of the Arcadia Group Pension Scheme which may have contributed to an aggregate deficit of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they gave to local electoral returning officers regarding the posting of postal votes for the recent elections to the European Parliament.

    • Absent Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the regulations regarding the posting of ballots were last reviewed.

  • Treasury

    • Credit: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the credit insurance market to ensure that insurance cover adequately protects the supply chain of product-based businesses.

    • Credit: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the credit insurance cover available to the supply chain of product-based businesses.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of revised figures on the uptake of the Marriage Allowance by HMRC, whether they have a revised budget for the Marriage Allowance for...

      Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the market liquidity in the subprime sterling bond market in the context of increased bond issuance.

      Lendy: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish an independent review into the FCA’s supervision of Lendy and the actions taken by the FCA once it had raised questions about the...

      Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for depositor protection and financial stability from the number of lenders offering residential property...

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