Written answers

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of cycling to (a) physical health, (b) mental health and (c) the environment.

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of traffic offences in each year since 2010.

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential economic benefits to the South West of the proposed improvements to the...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to introduce the new alcohol limit for drivers.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 243444 on East Coast Railway Line, what progress his Department has made in identifying and...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to confirm the level of funding available to Network Rail for control periods (a) 7 from 2024 to 2029 and (b) 8 from 2029 to 2034.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the merits of confirming Network Rail budgets (a) earlier and (b) over a...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on improving (a) journey times, (b) capacity and (c) reliability on the east coast...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to tackle the effects of the east coast main line reducing from four tracks to two north of Northallerton.

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on seafarers’ entitlement to the...

      London International Shipping Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department provided to the organisers of London International Shipping Week 2019 from January 2018 to 20 June 2019.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the future of the tonnage tax scheme.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much capital funding from the public purse has been allocated to transport infrastructure projects in each region of England for 2018-19 to...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to introduce mandatory disability equality training for (a) minicab and (b) taxi drivers.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether HS2 Hybrid trains will travel through Wigan station.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Universal Credit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to review the mitigation measures which apply to universal credit claimants which are due to expire in 2020 in the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 258963 on Boilers, how the variables to which he refers affect the...

    • Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 258963 on Boilers, what steps he is taking to ensure that domestic...

      Boilers: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the statement in the Answer to Question 255264 on 24 May 2019 that...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 259850, which parties were shown the results of the standard...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 259850, which manufacturers of flue gas heat recovery systems have...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the finding that there is therefore an increased risk that boilers will in fact be non-compliant, in...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 259850 on Waste Heat Recovery, if he will publish the standard...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU with no deal on his...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU with no deal on his...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 262224, which councils have (a) declared a climate emergency (b) set...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 262226, which (a) organisations from the medical sector and (b)...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 258961, which body determines the tests on domestic boilers, and...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 258965, how test conditions for domestic boilers differ from real...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 258965, whether test conditions for domestic boilers allow for any...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of reports that the Sudanese security and...

    • Sudan: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for human rights in Sudan of reports of a block on internet access in...

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to send a diplomat from Sudan to press for an end to the violence against demonstrators in Sudan.

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Government's policies on (a) the protection of civilians and (b) atrocity prevention are...

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on targeted sanctions against members of the Transitional Military Council in Sudan.

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking at the United Nations to establish an independent investigation into the attacks on protesters in...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help support a peaceful transition of power from the military in Sudan.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 28 March 2019 in relation to Mr...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department will be represented at the Bahrain Middle East conference on 25 and 26 June 2019.

      Sudan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department will be making extra resources available to support his staff in Sudan.

      Papua: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of West Papua on the displacement of civilians and children from the Nduga...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the transitional military council of Sudan acts in good faith during its negotiations...

      Council of Europe: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the plans of the General Secretary of the Council of Europe to decease the budget...

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has formally responded to the findings of the 31 May report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, following his...

  • Attorney General

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate additional funding for the provision of sexual health services in the next four years.

    • NHS: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS has access to faster digital technology systems to enable practices to be run more efficiently.

      Body Modification: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses offering tattooing or piercings possess the appropriate training and qualifications.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of funding allocated to (a) NHS Trusts and (b) Clinical Commissioning Groups for...

      North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report of 12 June 2019 entitled Missed opportunities: What lessons can...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the annual Stoptober campaign in getting smokers (a) to switch to vaping and (b) to...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the findings by Public Health England that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent less harmful to health than traditional cigarettes...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people who seek mental health support through the NHS qualifying to...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of provision of local (a) services and (b) for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

      Sedatives and Hypnotics: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to provide sedation services at all NHS Trust for children and young people with phobias to needles.

      Dental Services: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June to Question 261175 on Dental Services: Bradford, how many out of hours NHS dentists were available in...

      Arthritis: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NICE Guideline CG91, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with rheumatoid arthritis have access to (a)...

      Arthritis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that primary care professionals are adequately trained to spot the early signs of rheumatoid arthritis.

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to introduce mental health support in schools in relation to the effect of social media.

      Gambling: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of treating gambling addictions in 2017-18.

      NHS: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of complaints of sexual (a) harassment and (b) abuse made by NHS staff against (i)...

      Smoking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the merits of a regulatory environment in which (a) advertising rules, (b) taxes and (c) other...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward the commencement date to before 2021, of the review of the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of hospital beds in the NHS.

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to commence the proposed pilot schemes of four-week waiting time targets for adult eating disorder treatment.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between reductions in public health funding and increases in rates of (a)...

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with his counterparts in the devolved administrations on the variation in rates of children diagnosed with...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the prevalence of alcohol related deaths in the 10 (a) most and (b) least deprived local authorities in the...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of UK citizens experience mental ill health at some point in their lives.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of diagnosed mental health conditions in each National Statistics Socio-economic...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of adults with mental health conditions who were diagnosed before their 18th birthday.

      Anxiety: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) mindfulness-based and (b) other NICE recommended interventions in...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU with no deal on his Department’s...

    • Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the timetable is for the publication of the Government's plan to achieve the sustainable development goals.

      Pakistan: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to support the international response to the recent HIV outbreak in Pakistan.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce gender inequalities in HIV diagnosis in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has plans to review its approach to HIV and AIDS in response to the UN goal to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

      Marie Stopes International: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has allocated funding to Marie Stopes International for advocacy on laws on abortion in (a) Malawi, (b) South...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2019 to Question 252496, which institutions his Department relied on for estimates of illegal...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what opinion surveys his Department has commissioned on the views of (a) UK taxpayers and (b) people who live in the countries which...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has provided to the International Planned Parenthood Federation in the last five years; and how much...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure refugees are consulted on the development of the medium-term response plan for Rohingya...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of (a) opportunities for self-reliance and (b) access to education and livelihoods for...

      Papua: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding his Department has allocated to programmes to support internally displaced people in West Papua.

      Developing Countries: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to tackle opposition to the use of vaccination in developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Literacy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recent National Literacy Trust findings on the literacy benefits of...

    • Literacy: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the conclusions in relation to reading in (a) print and (b) digital formats of the...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of good school places in England.

      Higher Education: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the Higher Education Policy Institute entitled Pressure Vessels: The epidemic of poor mental health among higher...

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the common core tables 2017 to 2018 in the document DfE consolidated annual report and accounts 2017 to 2018, published by his...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid applications for domestic violence have been made in each year since 2010.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of decisions on intentional homelessness have been challenged in each year since 2012.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was for a response from each HMCTS divorce centre (a) on 17 June 2019, (b) in 2015 and (c) in 2010.

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average length of time between death and cremation by region in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19; and what...

      Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to legally recognise humanist marriages in England and Wales.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timeframe is for his Department to bring forward legislative proposals to increase the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May to Question 246971 on Reoffenders: Community Orders, if he will publish the offences included under the Miscellaneous...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 260706 on Prisons: Drugs, which 20 prisons are included in the post-exposure testing programme.

      Offences Against Children: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260612 on Offences Against Children: Compensation, if he will name the judge in each of the 26 cases.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations on the conduct of bailiffs in protecting children and families from the harm of aggressive...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value was of contracts awarded by his Department to third sector organisations for the provisions of services in prisons in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid from the public purse to Staffline Group Plc for the provision of education services in prisons in each of the last three years.

      Public Inquiries: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure ensure that public inquiries in relation to major incidents do not (a) hinder and (b) delay criminal prosecutions.

      Magistrates' Courts: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of days taken from court listing to completion in each magistrates’ court in South Yorkshire in each year since 2010 was.

      Sheffield Crown Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of days taken from court listing to completion at Sheffield Crown Court in each year since 2010 was.

      Law: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the Government and the Law Commission to agree on the terms of reference for the Law Commission’s full review of the law...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders sentenced to custody have served less than half their full sentence term due to early release in each year...

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people who received a custodial sentence for council tax debt were women in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many former armed service personnel who have declared their membership of those services are serving a sentence in each prison in South Wales.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure victims of discrimination are able to access the legal representation they require.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family court advisers were employed by Cafcass in each year from 2010 to date.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 248641, what the average cost was of obtaining the medical evidence required for an application for...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 248641, for how many applications for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme the...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 262418, what the threshold for the number of participants is in an accredited programme below which...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to reduce the average time taken to conclude a claim before an employment tribunal.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications were granted or part granted on behalf of bereaved families for Exceptional Case Funding for legal representation under the public...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much Housing Infrastructure Fund funding has been allocated by Homes England to Forward Fund projects, by region.

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the homes being unlocked by the Housing Infrastructure Fund are expected to be affordable homes,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 2 May 2019 on new build homes.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of retrofitting sprinklers to all high-rise buildings.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the response of Homes England to freedom of information request reference RFI2673, whether his...

      Mobile Homes: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress the Government has made in implementing the proposals outlined in the Government response to the Review...

      Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the implications of the Caravan Sites and Control of...

  • 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 monitoring her Department undertakes of...

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate she has made of the number of cross-border rocket strikes from Yemen in 2019.

      Saudi Arabia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate she has made of the number of casualties as a result of strikes on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport on 12 June 2019.

      Aviation: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding her Department has allocated to mitigating the effect of aviation radar on the development of future offshore wind sites.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to commemorate the scuttling of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in June 1919.

      Estonia: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times RAF aircraft have been scrambled as part of Operation Azotize.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of additional claims that will be made for pension credit following the limiting of free TV...

    • Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a freephone number that universal credit claimants can use when attempting to make phone contact with her Department from abroad.

      Unemployment: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of youth employment in Nottinghamshire since 2010.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free television licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in Norwich...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free television licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in (a)...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free television licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in (a) the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on promoting pension credit to people affected...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure people over the age of 75 are supported financially to afford the TV licence fee.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pieces of unstructured white mail have been directed to the Derby contact centre to deal with since the creation of the team...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free TV licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in (a) Cardiff...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of personal independence payment for additional costs that claimants have as a result of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit are subject to deductions as a result of a fixed penalty notice for an environmental offence; and if he...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been collected through the (a) four and (b) 20 per cent charge under the Child Maintenance Service’s Collect and Pay...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases administered by the Child Maintenance Service were on (a) Direct Pay and (b) Collect and Pay in each quarter of the last three...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount of uncollected child maintenance payments was under the Child Maintenance Service in each quarter of the last three years.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parents under the Child Maintenance Service were paying child maintenance using a Deduction from Earnings order in each quarter of...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free TV licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in (a) Easington...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to support women who have needed to stay in the workforce for longer because of changes to the state pension age.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to prevent loansharks applying on behalf of an individual for a universal credit advance payment which is then issued...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish a Pensions Bill before the summer recess.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Greyhound Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what steps he is taking to improve welfare standards in greyhound racing.

    • Greyhounds: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of greyhounds exported from the UK to Ireland in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

      Veterinary Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a maximum, standardised prescription charge...

      Veterinary Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was raised by veterinary surgeries in prescription charges in each of the last five years.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264330, when his Department plans to publish an update on the...

      Clothing: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government is making on implementing the amendments to the Waste Framework Directive which requires...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Environmental Land Management scheme pilots have been identified and agreed; what the names are of those pilots;...

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Scotch Whisky industry to (a) rural employment and (b) investment.

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been employed by the Scotch Whisky industry in the last five years.

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to minimize the effect of human-made noise pollution on animal habitats where it affects...

      Agriculture: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the role of Natural England in helping farmers to improve...

  • Home Office

    • Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to press release of 6 December 2018 by the National Police Chiefs Council, National operation to re-test manipulated forensic...

    • Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in each police force area have attended the Disaster Victim Identification training programme at Dundee University...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for fire and rescue services.

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of waiving the fees for super priority service for a replacement biometric residence...

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal investigations have been undertaken into (a) students and (b) other people who were alleged to have cheated in the TOEIC...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 263906 on Police: Disciplinary Proceedings, what steps he is taking to ensure that the...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) released under investigation and (b) released on police bail in cases of rape in each year since 2010.

      Vagrancy Act 1824: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made under the Vagrancy Act 1824 in each year since 2010.

      Refugees: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle homelessness among newly recognised refugees who are unable to secure housing in the 28 days provided by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Meningitis: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have died from meningitis in each of the last five years.

    • Kier Group: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions his Department has had with Kier on the financial situation of that company.

      Kier Group: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assurances his Department has received from Kier that any job losses will not affect public services or projects delivered by Kier.

      Kier Group: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions the Government has had with Kier on the effect of job redundancies at Kier on delivery of public services by that company.

      Kier Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Kier has indicated to his Department that it plans to terminate any of the public sector contracts it holds.

      Kier Group: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assurances Kier has given to the Government that Kier's financial situation will not affect its ability to fulfil the public sector contracts it holds.

      Kier Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the new rules to prevent government suppliers from winning government contracts if they do not pay their suppliers on time are now in force;...

      Serious Youth Violence Ministerial Taskforce

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the Ministerial taskforce on knife crime has met.

      Sikhs: Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many representations he has received on the inclusion of Sikh as a separate ethnicity on the census.

      Electoral Register: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons EU citizens were not issued with an EU election voter registration and declaration form when they voted in local elections.

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support he provided to local authority electoral registration officers to ensure that EU citizens had sufficient time to return their declaration...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason his Department decided not to extend the deadline for EU citizens to return their voter registration and declaration forms for the 2019...

  • Treasury

    • Employment: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage employers to (a) raise awareness of debt issues among employees and (b) support employees to access free debt advice.

    • 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 16 April 2019 on Sharia-compliant home purchase plans.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU with no deal on his Department’s ability to achieve...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 264384 on Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, whether reference was made to the Motion passed in the House on...

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 236246, how many Economic Operator Registration and Identification numbers have been issued by HMRC to...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the contributions the UK would be legally required to pay into the budget of the European Union in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020 in...

      Peat Bogs: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259082 on Peat Bogs: Environment Protection, when the 2019 Spending Review will take place

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 261211 on Immigration: EU Nationals, for what reason the information requested is not recorded in a data...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of social care funding for people living with dementia.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the press release of 1 April 2019 entitled Government to harness power of sport to tackle youth violence,...

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what estimate his Department has made on the potential cost...

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the franchise arrangements concerning the shuttle service between Heathrow Central and Terminal 4.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of HS2 Phase One being delivered on time and on budget.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the viability of HS2; and if so, what are those plans.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to legislate to reform the regulations governing the taxi and private hire trades; and if so, when.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to Creating a responsible payment culture: a call for evidence on tackling late payment, which closed 29 November...

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 16 April (HL15075), what proportion of their £8.6 million Greenhouse Gas Removal research programme with UK...

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that Brexit could have on the ability of UK business schools to (1) recruit academic talent, and (2) attract research...

      Computers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to develop supercomputer technology in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the allocated budget for the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund for the 2019/20 financial year; and which countries will receive support from that Fund.

    • Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for Kosovo and Serbia to reach an agreement to normalise relations between those countries; and whether they will...

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to review and strengthen the effectiveness of conflict resolution policies of the UK to address persistent and accelerating conflict,...

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to review and strengthen the effectiveness of conflict resolution policies of the UK to address persistent and accelerating conflict,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the joint open letter sent to High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 4 June highlighting concern...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dental Health: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the frequency of the Children's Dental Health Survey, currently conducted every ten years.

    • Dental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include specific measures to prioritise good oral health in the forthcoming Green Paper on prevention.

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the range of vaccination sources that could be provided in community pharmacies through the NHS.

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the role of community pharmacies (1) in promoting self care, and (2) as a first point of contact recognised in contractual...

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to build on the benefits of the Healthy Living Pharmacy framework and to increase the role of community pharmacies in the prevention of...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many single-handed GP practices there are in each Clinical Commissioning Group area in England.

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the preparations of the Food Standards Agency regarding implementing any new legislation that may be required for imported...

  • Department for Education

    • Refugees: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on their commitments given to co-ordinate and fund community-based English language provision made in their Integrated Communities...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Serious Case Reviews published by the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board on 5 June, and (2) the report by...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that comprehensive support is available in England to enable all refugees to learn English; and when they plan to match the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: South America

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve post-Brexit trading ties with South American countries.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to start the pilot of Universal Credit managed migration in July; if so, when in July; and what meetings they have held with stakeholders to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking in relation to dog attacks on guide dogs.

    • Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards meeting the pledge to plant 11 million trees between 2015 and 2020; and whether those trees are additional...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the target of restoring 50 per cent of Sites of Special Scientific Interest by 2020 has been dropped; and if so, why.

      Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-departmental actions are being taken to develop an integrated food policy addressing nutrition, food inequalities and good farming practice.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they supported the resolution on improving solar radiation management governance recently put before the UN Environment Assembly by Switzerland, before...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 May (HL15688), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what assessment they...

    • Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development: Conferences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many visa applications were (1) made by, and (2) refused for, participants and speakers in the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development...

      Police: Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Police Support Volunteers there were working for police forces in England and Wales in each year from 2014 to 2018.

  • Treasury

    • Personal Income

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 21 May (HL15607), whether the figures given for total take-home pay, child benefit and tax credits for a...

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to provide to departments other than the Department for Work and Pensions for the purpose of reducing parental conflict in (1) in...

      Exchange Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for (1) sterling losing nearly five per cent of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of May this year,...

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