Written answers

Thursday, 20 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycleways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what target the Department has set for the construction of segregated cycle routes; and whether the metric for that target will be miles or kilometres.

    • Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the projected cost to the public purse of the proposed Western Rail Link to Heathrow Airport.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps is he taking to ensure a uniform method for electric car drivers to access public charging points.

      Tyres: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the re-sale of illegal second-hand automobile tyres; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on national minimum standards for (a) walking and (b) cycling infrastructure.

      HM Coastguard: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether projected staffing level figures for the HM Coastguard national network for this summer 2019 period meet the minimum levels to function...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road safety for cyclists.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Answers of 2 February 2019, 12 March 2019, 14 March 2019, 7 May 2019 and 9 May 2019 to Questions 252470, 251220, 232503, 231454 and 220057...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pusuant to the Answers of 5 June 2019 to Questions 257798 and 257799, and in the format of the Answer of 11 April 2019...

    • Government Departments: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment each Department makes of the implications for climate change when making policy decisions.

      Electric Vehicles: Vans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is undertaking with industry to support the production of electric vans in the UK.

      Zero-hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people employed on zero-hours contracts are able to take advantage...

      Post Office: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to Question 257663, what the total cost was of the hospitality received from Post Office Ltd to his Department.

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261273, what the outcomes of the HMRC investigations that were...

      Offshore Industry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is providing to assist skilled offshore oil and gas workers who were made redundant after...

      Offshore Industry: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to protect (a) employment and (b) skills in the North Sea drilling industry since January 2015.

      Whirlpool Corporation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Office for Product Safety and Standards inquiry into Whirlpool; and...

      Restaurants: Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that restaurants are prevented from making deductions from money left for...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 263213 on Conditions of Employment, whether the employers subject to...

      AQUIND interconnector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on an application from Aquind to join the list of projects of common interest for an...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Statistics

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

    • Christianity: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the persecution of Christians abroad.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the UN to prioritise the protection of (a) people with disabilities and (b)...

      Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent protests in Hong Kong.

      Hong Kong: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for human rights in Hong Kong of the proposed new Chinese extradition law that...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he was informed that there was dissent among Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team members on 14 March 2019 when the...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he instructed the UK's permanent representative on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)...

  • Attorney General

    • Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of cases of forensic manipulation at Randox that resulted in a conviction being overturned; and in how many...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the table headed Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits on page 129 of the Central Government Supply Estimates...

    • Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health nurses there were in NHS in England in each year since 2009.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the provision of community mental health services.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support NHS providers in deficit.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce waiting-time targets for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women who self referred for an abortion in a (a) British Pregnancy Advisory Service and (b) Marie Stopes International clinic...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have been referred for an abortion by a GP in each of the last five years.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which topics have been identified for inclusion in the upcoming review of the appraisal methods used by NICE.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Statistics

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

      Department of Health and Social Care: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to increase the Minimum Income Guarantee.

      Infectious Diseases: Fungi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the risks to patient health posed by fungal infections; and what steps he is taking to tackle those...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Children's Commissioner for England on early access to mental health support published in April 2019,...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department plans to use to assess Primary Care Networks’ engagement with local communities.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the diagnosis of dementia.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Learning from Deaths Programme.

      Autism: Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of safe accommodations for children with severe forms of autism.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contingency plans his Department has put in place in the event that Vertex declines NHS England’s latest offer for the supply...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of cases of melanoma.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have received whole genome sequencing through the NHS; and how many of those patients had a type of blood cancer.

      Pathology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the level of vacancy is in histopathology departments.

      Pharmacy Integration Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the current balance of the pharmacy integration fund is; and what initiatives have been supported by that fund since its inception.

      Steroid Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure continuity of supply for steroid treatments in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to (a) ensure patient safety and (b) support pioneering medical research to tackle (i) rheumatoid...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government will extend the commitment to reimburse EU Member States for the cost of providing healthcare to UK nationals in...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what impact assessment his Department has conducted of the effect on people with disabilities of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment of the effect on the UK's future participation in future EU Research Programmes in (a) medical research and (b) drugs of...

      Clinical Trials: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what effect the UK leaving the EU without a deal will have on funding of clinical drug trials; if he will make a statement.

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of missed (a) GP and (b) hospital appointments.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department disagreed with the Public Accounts Committee in their report into mental health services for children and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the welfare of children living in Gaza.

    • Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

      Palestinian Authority: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261075, whether the wages of any UK-funded Palestinian Authority public servants...

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261277 on Department for International Development: Public Expenditure, from which...

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261277 on Department for International Development: Public Expenditure, what...

      Emergencies: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of his Department’s spending is currently allocated to gender-based violence services in emergencies.

      Emergencies: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to close the funding gap, estimated by the International Rescue Committee at US $ 104.2 million,...

      Emergencies: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the recent Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in...

      Emergencies: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if his Department will commit to increasing funding for gender-based violence services at the Preventing sexual violence initiative...

  • Department for Education

    • Adventure Learning Academy Trust: and Bright Tribe Multi-academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11th June 2019 to Question 261231 on Bright Tribe Multi-academy Trust and Adventure Learning Academy Trust, whether the...

    • Department for Education: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many undergraduates are currently studying courses for (a) veterinary surgery, (b) architecture and (c) web design.

      English Language: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the forthcoming strategy for ESOL will ensure that all refugees can access a minimum of eight hours a week of formal, accredited English...

      Literacy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the National Literacy Trust Report entitled Children, young people and digital reading, published April 2019, what assessment he has...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to establish a children’s centre outcomes framework.

      Refugees: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of access to English language classes to reduce levels of loneliness among resettled refugees.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of a potential correlation between (a) reductions in real-terms school budgets, (b) shortages of...

      Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 189627 on the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, how much of the £62 million of the Healthy...

      English Language: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all refugees who come to the UK are provided with English language education at the earliest...

      Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was allocated from the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund for projects on (a) mental health, (b) physical health and (c) other purposes.

      Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the funding allocated through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in 2018-19 has been spent on approved projects as of 17 June 2019.

      Children in Care: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children have been placed in children’s homes (a) in borough and (b) out of borough by each local authority in each year...

      Selective Schools Expansion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the £700,000 not allocated from the Selective Schools Expansion Fund for 2018-19 will be returned to the Exchequer or used for other...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of applications for legal aid in cases involving homelessness have been been accepted in each year since 2012.

    • Courts and Probation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much money has been recovered from IT systems suppliers since the probation and courts IT systems failures in January 2019.

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the procedure was for (a) public and (b) press access to the extradition hearing for Julian Assange; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the frequency with which courts are closed to the public and press without an order having been granted by the judge.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of HMCTS staff were agency staff by staffing band in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fracking: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much money UK Export Finance has invested in overseas fracking operations.

    • UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much money has been spent on the Breakfast Briefings for MPs on UK Export Finance since 2017.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of green (a) roofs and (b) spaces in new housing developments.

    • Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to increase the standard and quality of social housing for tenants.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to place on a statutory basis the good practice guidance to local authorities in relation to their use...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for publishing the details of the £1.5 million fund for local authorities to enforce...

      Affordable Housing and Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the price of land on affordable housing provision; and what...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's publication entitled, Building Safety Programme: monthly data release, if he will...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date the UK Holocaust Foundation commissioned the CBRE to search for a suitable site for the Holocaust...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to respond to the permitted development for shale gas exploration consultation which closed...

      Business Premises: Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of (a) small unit sizes, (b) windowless rooms, (c)...

      Affordable Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the proposal by the Town and Country Planning Association that...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 March 2019 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on behalf of her...

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Lewisham Borough Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the per capita funding allocated to Lewisham Council.

      Social Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the establishment of a new regulator for social housing.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will provide additional funding to replace highly combustible material on balconies of blocks of flats.

      Social Rented Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will provide funding to enable social housing providers to remediate high pressure laminate cladding.

      Lakanal House: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence his Department has had with Kensington and Chelsea tenant management...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any (a) current and (b) former Ministers in his Department have been questioned under caution by the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of local planning authorities setting requirements for a specific...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of wheelchair accessible homes be built by 2030.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase the provision of wheelchair accessible housing.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of accessible homes built for (a) older and (b) disabled...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214560 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the bespoke testing has...

      High Rise Flats and Public Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the date on which all flammable cladding will have been removed from all tower blocks and public buildings.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Explosives: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to her Department's archived document entitled British Isles Explosive Dumping Grounds, what records her Department holds on explosives...

    • Marines: Persian Gulf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department plans to send a Royal Marines task group to the (a) Persian Gulf and (b) the Strait of Hormuz to protect British commercial vessels.

      Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 57728 on Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel, what information his Department holds on the derivation...

      Veterans: Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of recent reports that veterans participating in the osseointegration surgical pilot are not able to access...

      Veterans: Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans participating in the osseointegration surgical pilot have received treatment at DMRC Stanford Hall since that establishment opened;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimates he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of uprating state pensions for pensioners who live overseas.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on advertising the state pension age increase for women.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to help ensure that there are adequate (a) parking facilities and (b) public transport connections for staff working in her...

      Personal Income: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will take steps to monitor the roll out of a universal basic income pilot by Sheffield City Council; and if she will make a...

      Universal Credit: Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit received payments into a Post Office Card Account in each of the last 12 months.

      Carers: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to single adult carers of adult dependants to re-enter work.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time to carry out a mandatory reconsideration for personal independence payments is in each administrative area.

      Personal Independence Payment: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been tasked with conducting mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payments in County Durham in each of the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department uses to determine performance-related awards for officials in her Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on performance-related awards for officials in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017, (e) 2018 and (f) January...

      Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 263062 on Universal Credit: Overpayments, if she will place in the Library an estimate of...

      Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257458 on Universal Credit: Overpayments, how many overpayments were waived in (a) full and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood in England, if he will deposit in the...

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect offshore foraging areas for cliff nesting seabirds.

      Agriculture: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to provide additional support for farmers in England to plant trees.

      Eels: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional steps he plans to take to tackle the illegal trade in eels and elvers.

      Dogs: Steroid Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure continuity of supply for steroid treatments for dogs in the event that the UK leaves the...

      Air Pollution: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on planting (a) grass, (b) trees and (c) plants in...

  • Home Office

    • Iran: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision there is for entry clearance for visitors from Iran in that country.

    • Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many digital forensic laboratories are accredited by UK Accreditation Services.

      Police: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) full-time equivalent police officers there were in each local authority area in the Liverpool City...

      Stop and Search: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop and searches were carried out in each local authority area within the Liverpool City Region in each year since 2010.

      Right of Abode: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2018 to Question 186245 on Right of Abode: Veterans, when his Department plans to announce a decision...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261104 on Extradition: USA, how many UK citizens that have been arrested following...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the timetable for the independent review of the Prevent programme.

      Deportation: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the guidelines for people facing deportation to Sudan have changed as a result of the current unrest in that country.

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases his Department has deemed a (a) visa and (b) settlement application to be invalid while the applicant is waiting for an...

      Slavery: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the introduction of the new victim care contract to support to victims of modern slavery under the National...

      Offences against Children: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take urgent steps to deport non-UK nationals who have completed custodial sentences for the grooming of young people in Rochdale.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times his Department has informed a visa applicant of an incorrect right to work status (a) in person, (b) in writing and (c)...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is to process Surinder Singh applications, and how that compares with other types of applications made under the EU...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Statistics

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

    • Scotland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the child infant mortality rate in each National Statistics socio-economic classification category in each of the last 10...

    • Absent Voting: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to prevent postal vote electoral fraud.

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to safeguard the electoral process in respect of postal voting.

      Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including in the Consolidated Guidance on rendition and torture the removal of persons to other...

      VE Day: Anniversaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Minister has considered the potential implications for the delivery of scheduled Police and Crime Commissioner, London Mayoral and...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260725 on European Parliament: Elections, which local authorities and electoral administrators he or...

  • Treasury

    • Nutrition: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has under assessment for the implementation of a tax on unhealthy food.

    • Treasury: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on his Department's presentation and use of statistics...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to assist customers of payday loan companies that have gone into insolvency.

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what instructions he has issued to the Financial Conduct Authority to obtain confidential information on investors and their financial positions.

      British Steel: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the £120 million Government loan to British Steel in May 2019 on that company's viability; and...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Border Delivery Group last met with representatives of (a) ports and (b) airports in Northern Ireland.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction of an automated loans and decision programme for credit unions to support the...

      Help to Save Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people enrolled in a (a) help to save and (b) maximum help to save savings scheme in the first six months of the scheme's introduction.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of PFI contracts in operation by region.

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of firms have signed up to the no-deal customs facilitation scheme.

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of offices of transit that will be required for full customs formalities in the event that the UK...

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of forms hauliers travelling from the UK to the EU would be required to submit daily to maintain...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, why recipients of carer's allowance with adult dependants are not eligible for (a) child tax credits and (b) working tax credits; and if he will review his...

      Solar Power: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposals to increase VAT on solar panels by 20 per cent of the affordability by households of solar...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee of 4 June 2019, what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 7 March 2019 on the effect of public sector pensions schemes on...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Location

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, for what reason the Authority did not consider locations for its...

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Offices

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257645 on...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the system...

      Members: Email

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what estimate he has made of the number of emails from hon....

      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Working Hours

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what steps he is taking to help ensure that IPSA has sufficient...

  • Department for Transport

    • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 June (HL15955), what is the estimated cost of the study by the CH2MC consortium comprising...

    • Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a Strategic Environmental Assessment will be undertaken in relation to the choice of a preferred corridor of land for the construction of the planned Oxford...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a Habitats Regulation Assessment will be undertaken in respect of the ancient woodland, wildlife and conservation areas which will be affected by the planned...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to carry out an assessment of the effect of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge expressway on flood risks and watercourses.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the one million extra homes planned for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc on traffic in that area; and whether they will...

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 May (HL15602), whether they would drop a stated qualifying condition for a bidder for the...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what account they took of contractual paths held by freight operators before announcing their support for the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce's "Norwich in...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the performance of Transport for London in relation to the frequency and reliability of the shuttle service between Heathrow Central...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for an appointment to have a MOT test in England.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Steel: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 May (HL15809), whether the review and assessment process followed by the British Business Bank also applied to...

    • British Steel: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 6 June (HL15957), whether the placement of British Steel in receivership on 25 May (1) disqualifies that...

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 May (HL15733), what progress has so far been made by the Faraday Institution research project...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ilois: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Ambassador for Human Rights will take to promote the human rights of people who...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Emergency Response and Assessment Team has predicted that the...

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage international partners to establish dialogue with (1) Libya, (2) Syria, (3) Yemen, and (4) the Gulf States, to search for...

      Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that action on Cameroon is included in the work of the Commonwealth.

      Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the successes which can be attributed to their sanctions policies.

      North Korea: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Transitional Justice Working Group’s Mapping the Fate of the Dead: Killings and Burials in North Korea,...

      Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, both multilaterally and unilaterally, to respond to abuses and human rights abuses by the government and separatists in Cameroon; and...

      Ivan Golunov

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Russia about Ivan Golunov who is under house arrest in that country.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what ministerial meetings, if any, they have recently held with their counterparts in the government of Russia.

      Darfur: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Amnesty International stating that forces of the government of Sudan, including the Rapid Support Forces and allied...

      Darfur: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of continued reported human rights abuses in Darfur, whether they will oppose (1) the withdrawal of all the remaining United Nations African Union...

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan carried out more than 70 rapes during an attack on a...

      Eritrea: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Eritrea about the recent arrests and police raids on homes, schools and other facilities operated by...

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recent close naval encounter and near collision of United States and Russian ships in the East China Sea, whether there has been any reassessment of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Young of Cookham on 5 June (HL Deb, cols 110–14), how many European Parliament Voter Registration (UC1) forms they received...

    • By-elections: Peterborough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 July 2017 (HL3), 15 September 2017 (HL1448), and 13 October 2017 (HL1671), and by Lord Duncan of...

      Opening up Public Appointments to Disabled People Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement the recommendations of the review conducted by Lord Holmes of Richmond Opening up public appointments to disabled people,...

      Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Government consultations there have been in each of the last five years; and to how many of those they published a formal response within 12 weeks of the...

      Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to invest in the digital transformation of government services.

      Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Inter-Ministerial Group on Family support from Conception to Age Two to report.

  • Department for Education

    • Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) music teachers, (2) GCSE music students, (3) A-level music students, and (4) degree level music students, there were in each of the last five years;...

    • Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which English local authority areas fewer than 10 students are studying music at publicly funded schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current mean waiting time for Personal Independence Payment appeals; how that differs from the mean waiting time for the previous year; and, if...

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK-Peru Infrastructure Task Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing a joint UK–Peru Infrastructure Task Force; and which minister, or ministers, have policy responsibility for...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, with the EU, to ensure that European businesses which trade with the UK are prepared for a no-deal Brexit.

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for support were approved by UK Export Finance in each of the last five years; and for each such application what was its (1) value, (2)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • AWACS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how robust in terms of (1) price, and (2) delivery, the approved business case is for the procurement of the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail.

    • Wildcat Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the performance, endurance and range of Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters by the introduction of (1) tactical data links,...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether EU defence initiatives are driving an EU-exclusive approach to security; what assessment they have made, if any, of...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people illegally entered the UK by sea since January.

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who entered the UK illegally by sea since January have (1) applied for asylum, (2) been detained pending further enquiries, and (3) been...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what costs have been incurred from (1) intercepting, (2) processing, and (3) housing and maintaining, people who have illegally entered the UK by sea since...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the failure rate is for the automatic scanning of ePassports at (1) London Stansted airport, and (2) other UK airports.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal migrants arrived in the UK by sea in the last 12 months; what proportion of them were trafficked women and children; and of those, what proportion...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they provide the independent anti-slavery commissioner with regular information on new arrivals in the UK who may be victims of trafficking, whether...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • NHS: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the NHS of the Apprenticeship Levy.

    • Cash Dispensing: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decline in the number of free-to-use cash machines on rural communities.

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