Written answers

Thursday, 27 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Road to Zero, published by his Department in July 2018, what steps is he taking to ensure the installation of...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will allocate additional funding to (a) encourage and (b) support people to purchase electric vehicles.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the target date to fully electrify the UK rail network is.

      Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans in delivering their goals.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the increase in use of electric scooters on roads.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) traffic incidents and (b) fatal traffic incidents there have been on (i) traditional motorways, (ii) motorways running a Smart Motorway...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to public transport for people who have difficulty climbing stairs.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out a timetable for a decision on the Crossrail 2 scheme’s future following TfL's submission of a revised Strategic Outline...

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to review the safeguarding directions for Crossrail 2.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the regulation of the sale of drones.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Whirlpool on its online system for the reporting by consumers of tumble dryers which...

    • Mass Media: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of unpaid overtime in the TV, film and radio production industries; and...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with (a) Ofcom, (b) Ofwat and (c) Ofgem on incentives for innovation and research and...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies previously registered as non-resident for corporation tax purposes in countries other than...

      Pregnancy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has any plans to increase legal protections from redundancy for pregnant employees, and if he...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's diplomatic representations to the Government of Saudi...

    • Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the protection of (a) the LGBT community and (b) religious...

      Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Brazilian counterpart on the release from detention of former Brazilian President, Luiz...

      Council of Europe: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will oppose any proposal at the Council of Europe to decrease the budget for youth activities.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with international partners on the merits of creating and upholding no-fly zones over Idlib, Syria.

      EU Countries: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there are political parties within the EU with which it is the UK Government's policy not to engage with.

      Uganda: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Ugandan Ambassador to the UK on press freedom and civil liberties in that country.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the written statement of 23 May 2018, HCWS716, on Saudi Arabia, whether the information, advice and...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the escalation of tensions in the Gulf does not damage the Stockholm peace...

      Gulf of Oman: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help support a diplomatic solution to potential military action in the Gulf region following the...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the maintenance of Iran Nuclear Deal.

      Kashmir: Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric project on the population of (a) the...

      India: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in (a) India and (b) Pakistan on compliance with the Indus Waters Treaty.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with which EU member states the UK has concluded a reciprocal agreement on the right of each other's citizens to (a) vote and (b)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to include the vaping industry in the annual Stoptober campaign; and if he will make a statement.

    • Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits of working with representatives of the vaping industry to help spread the Public Health England...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 230615, and with reference to evidence demonstrating a reduction in rates of Group B...

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prevent tooth decay in (a) children and (b) adults.

      Breast Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the timescale for licensing the pill to identify breast cancer.

      Cancer: Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has discussed the potential link between consumption of vitamin D supplements and reduced risk of developing cancer with (a)...

      Headaches: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the NHS has to introduce new drugs to tackle migraines in the next six months.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to table 4 on page 29 of the Health Foundation's report of 18 June 2019, Investing in the NHS Long Term Plan, if he will...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether patients whose prescription for a cannabis-based medical product is blocked by an NHS trust can appeal that decision.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) NHS England, (b) drug manufacturers and (c) the National Institute for Health and...

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of asthma sufferers that are unable to access medication as a result of the cost of prescription...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the annual cost to the public purse of abolishing parking fees for staff at NHS hospitals.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many licences have been issued for the prescription of medicinal cannabis.

      NHS: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) NHS Trusts and (b) other public sector bodies have been enabled to receive 100 per cent renewable energy through Crown...

      National Cancer Screening Programmes in England Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Sir Mike Richards’ review of cancer screening programmes, whether the findings from that review will be...

      East London NHS Foundation Trust: Crown Commercial Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what lessons for residential property can be learned from the relationship between Crown Commercial Services and the East London NHS...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that an adequate number of doctors are trained to meet future needs.

      Tinnitus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has committed to research into Tinnitus.

      Lung Cancer: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has identified a link between air pollution and lung cancer in non-smoking persons.

      Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings on recruitment of the Royal College of...

      Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on Warrington and Halton NHS Trust offering operations as private procedures which used to be free...

      Surgery: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the additional costs incurred by the NHS as a result of the postponement of operations that are not...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to reinstate bursaries for UK nursing, midwifery and medical students to ensure an adequate supply of qualified staff in...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has received legal advice on whether practices established by Supply Chain Coordination Limited have breached...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risks to the continuity of supply of vital NHS HealthTech products as a result...

      Dementia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of the Global Alzheimers and Dementia Action...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commit to bringing forward a national sexual health strategy.

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how rates of testicular cancer diagnosis in the UK compare with ratse in other G20 countries over the last five years.

      Diabetes: Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the continued smooth import and export of continence products and similar medical devices in the event...

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department will publish the Green Paper on prevention.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new NHS hospital facilities specifically for secondary and acute care in England (a) have been built, (b) are under construction...

      Smoking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children under the age of 16 that smoke who smoke in each year since 2003.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of doses of flu vaccine required in winter 2019-20 and (b) proportion of those doses which...

      Emigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications have been received for the Government's ex gratia payment scheme for former British child migrants as of 24 June 2019.

      Emigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to continue funding the Family Restoration Fund for former child migrants following the end of the current...

      Loneliness: Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on (a) establishing regional social prescribing steering groups, (b) holding regional social prescribing...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of care homes are rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission in (a) Liverpool, (b) the North West and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if his Department will take steps to publish detailed country policy analyses pertaining to the Effectiveness Evaluation of the...

    • Uganda: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the UK spends in Official Development Assistance in Uganda; and to what projects that funding is allocated.

      Food: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the international alliance on Sustainable Development Goal 2...

      Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the humanitarian effect of the situation in Sudan; and what steps his Department is taking to support...

      Developing Countries: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle human trafficking in developing countries.

      Palestinian Authority: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2019 to Question 265408 on Palestinian Authority: Pay, whether his Department's disbursements to the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Transfers: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents have there been of pregnant women being transported in cellular vehicles since the introduction of the Women’s Policy Framework...

    • Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on increasing the pay of civil servants in his Department.

      Hull Prison: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of service is for a prison officer at HMP Hull.

      Council Tax: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much debt was outstanding in relation to individuals sent to prison for council tax non-payment in each year between 2010 and 2018.

      Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of housing provision for discharged prisoners.

      Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has evidence that tents have been given to prisoners on release in (a) South Wales and (b) Yorkshire in the last 12 months.

      Offences against Children: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were serving a sentence for sexual offences against a child in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has any plans to consult on the possibility of a statutory definition for vexatious applications in the court system in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff have been disciplined for bringing contraband into prisons by role in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of X-ray body scanners in prisons in England and Wales.

      Residential Women's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release of 27 June 2018 entitled Secretary of State launches dedicated strategy to break the cycle of female...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the (a) termination of the 21 contracts for Community Rehabilitation Companies and (b) return of the management of offenders...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) level of risk of illegal mobile phone use in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of x-ray body scanners in prisons in England and Wales .

      Probation: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of probation work following the merging of the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies will be the subject of...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the non-payment of TV licence fees (i) in total and (ii) of women in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners' Release: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support offenders that are veterans of the armed forces (a) before and (b) after release from prison; and if he...

      Prisoners' Release: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 262419 on Prisoners' Release: Education, what information his Department collects in order to keep...

      Reoffenders: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners given a custodial sentence for domestic violence have reoffended within a year of their release since 2015.

      Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals on humanist marriages.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the findings of the June 2019 report by the Prison Reform Trust, Prison: the facts, what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264316 on Television Licensing, how many of the people committed to prison since 2014 for non-payment...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of overcrowded prisons in England and Wales.

  • Treasury

    • Economic Crime Strategic Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will be attending the economic crime strategy board meeting on 10 July 2019.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to include funding for homelessness services in his forthcoming spending review.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of the all-party parliamentary group on wellbeing economics' report...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the numbers of (a) people with closed tax years who have been found liable for the 2019 Loan Charge and (b)...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will suspend the 2019 Loan Charge and associated settlements and launch an independent review of the effects of that charge on people subject to it;...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Transport, (b) Secretary of State for Business, Energy...

    • Parking: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward plans to draft the parking code of practice.

      Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to implement the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019.

      Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for stakeholder engagement on the development of the secondary legislation code of practice in...

      Council Tax: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure consistency in the application of the use of custody to recover council...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the regularity of reviews of debt collection practices undertaken by local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 262396, whether his Department is aware of any fire safety tests...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 262396, whether the Government provided information on the failed...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the allocation of additional funding to local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 262396 on Buildings: Insulation, what steps his Department took...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the statement by his Department in the newspaper article entitled, Labour blasts government for not...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the 10 local authorities with the greatest real terms reduction in central government funding since 2010.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to publish a social housing White Paper.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to tackle alleged sexual harassment in the Armed Forces.

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) period and (b) cost is of the contract between his Department and NP Aerospace in relation to Protected Mobility Engineering and Technical...

      Anduril: Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) period and (b) cost is of the contract between the Royal Marines Commando force and Andurial Industries.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she is taking increase the proportion of her Department's procurement with SMEs.

      Army: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the employment destinations of junior soldiers who leave the Army before completing their phase two training are.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Army policy on admitting new recruits with a history of ADHD is; and whether Medical Officers have discretion on that matter.

      Army: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of (a) new Army recruits and (b) recruits leaving the Army before completing Phase 2 training were subject to a care order in each of...

      VJ Day: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has made to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day in 2020.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons there have been delays in the Astute Programme; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of providing free TV licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents...

    • 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) Luton North...

      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) Dwyfor...

      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...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on a universal credit claimant’s health and well-being of the ability to repay...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter of 26 April 2019 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL3281.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2019 to Question 264333, how many and what proportion of individual claims for universal credit were not...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2019 to Question 264335, how many of the 77,952 calculations that were disputed by claimants related to late...

      Job Seekers Allowance and Universal Credit: Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of applications for (a) universal credit and (b) job seekers allowance were rejected on the Habitual Residency Test in each of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the date of a universal credit claim is protected in the contract Citizen's Advice have with her Department to support such claims.

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have been sanctioned in universal credit at (a) Shettleston and (b) Laurieston Jobcentres in each of the last 12 months;...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who will be moved on to universal credit through natural migration in 2019.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the Child Maintenance Group has not used its powers to make an administrative liability order without the permission of a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been spent from the public purse on lodging liability orders through courts by (a) the Child Maintenance Service and (b)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the Child Maintenance Group has not used its powers to require a non-resident parent in arrears to make penalty payments to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the Child Maintenance Group has registered the maintenance debt of a non-resident parent with credit rating agencies for each...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 Jun 2019 to Question 264329, of the 749,000 claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 264329, of the 749,000 claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 264329, of the 749,000 claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to improve animal welfare standards for live exports.

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, what discussions he has had with animal welfare organisations on changing the...

      Agriculture: Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing more support for farmers to control weeds without using...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to increase the...

      Tree Planting: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees have been planted between Leeds and Hull in the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests for a change of conditions of leave granted on the basis of family or private life were (a) received, (b) granted, (c)...

    • Visas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where the assisted digital locations in Scotland will be; and what type of visa applicants will be able to use that service.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many first-time passport applications his Department has received since 23 June 2016.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders are awaiting deportation from the UK by (a) nationality and (b) type of offence.

      Police: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of occasions police officers have provided first aid when responding to a violent incident.

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mental health support his Department provides to police officers who have responded to a violent incident.

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have (a) taken time off work and (b) accessed mental health support after responding to a violent incident in the...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) charged and (ii) convicted of child sexual abuse offences in each of the last five years in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans to fund the Metropolitan Police Service's intervention programme Divert after 2020.

      Slavery: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people entering the national referral mechanism in England that require translation support in...

      Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with (a) representatives of the Scottish Government, (b) Scottish local authorities (c) the...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people referred to the Prevent programme in 2017-18 were (a) male and (b) female.

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to increase support for early intervention to reduce the number of young people requiring secure settings.

      Fires: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires have occurred in new build houses in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the rate of stop and search policing in response to the increase in acid attacks.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the facial recognition technology being trialled by the police.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department continues to pursue deportation proceedings in cases in which people have been found to have been trafficked under...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether out-of-country appeals are appropriate for students to challenge visa revocations as a result of...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for his receiving a report from the University of Bristol on prostitution in the UK.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, May 2019: Experimental Statistics, how any applications have been received from the West...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum in the UK were made by unaccompanied minors that arrived in the UK by their own means since 2016.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serious crime detectives were employed by each territorial police force in 2010; and what estimate he has made of the number of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money his Department has spent on social media advertising in each month since February 2019.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Food Banks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of Government Departments that plan to set up foodbanks in their offices.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many reports of anti-social behaviour have been recorded in (a) Cumbria Constabulary, (b) Lancashire Constabulary and (c) Merseyside Constabulary...

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) meetings, (b) correspondence and (c) other communication occurred between former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Baron Saville of Newdigate (i)...

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Interserve has cancelled any public sector contracts since January 2019.

      Kier Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he (a) has carried out or (b) plans to carry out under section 40 of the Small Business and Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 an investigation...

      Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he (a) has carried out or (b) plans to carry out under section 40 of the Small Business and Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 an investigation...

      Cabinet Office: Amazon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings each Minister in his Department has had with Amazon Web Services in each month in the last two years.

      Cabinet Office: Amazon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) the purpose was of and (b) matters were discussed at the lunch meeting between Amazon Web Services and the Minister for Implementation held on...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to give prisoners in England the right to vote.

      Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266866 on Cabinet Office: Public Appointments, for what reason that Answer does include information...

      Homelessness: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the 10 local authorities with the greatest number of recorded homeless deaths since 2010.

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has received legal advice on its recent performance of its obligations under Article 20(2)(b) TFEU to guarantee EU citizens...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress he has made in carrying over the existing EU trade agreement with Syria.

    • Trade Agreements: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress he has made on a free trade deal with the United Arab Emirates.

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) legal and (b) regulatory framework for UK arms exports.

      Standard Individual Export Licences: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Single Individual Export Licences where the end-user is Saudi Arabia remain extant.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 265577 on UK Export Finance, how many hon. Members attended each of those briefings.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 265577 on UK Export Finance, whether his Department plans to hold further breakfast briefings.

      Arms Trade: Bahrain and United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the recent Court of Appeal ruling on arms exports to Saudi Arabia and criterion 2c of the Consolidated EU and National...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the (a) number, (b) type and (c) item code for (i) all extant licences for military goods to Saudi Arabia and (ii)...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to paragraph 141 of the 20 June 2019 Court of Appeal Judgment for what reason the Government stopped considering Saudi...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Abram Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will allocate funding to support proposals for a permanent home for the collection of designer, Abram Games.

    • 5G: Pollinators and Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what research his Government has conducted on the potential effect of the roll out of the 5G network on wildlife and pollinators.

      Fairgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the fairs and showmen industry.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost incurred to the public purse has been of the CyberEssentials programme in each of the last five years.

      Small Businesses: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses using .eu domain names of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Prime Minister

  • Women and Equalities

    • UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to implement the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s (CEDAW) conclusions from...

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 261477 on Equality Act 2010, when she plans to start the consultation with local authorities; and...

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Keir

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the restructuring of infrastructure and development company Keir, particularly in relation to concerns over their financial position.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Indigenous Peoples

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when representatives of the UK High Commission in Islamabad last visited members of the Kalash community in Pakistan.

    • Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the role and influence of the Rapid Support Forces in the new government of Sudan, and (2) the impact this has had on the...

      Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alleged role of the interim leader of Sudan, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, in any genocide or war crime committed by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make public advice available to prepare for the threat of a category one cyberattack.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction's European Drug Report 2019: Trends and Developments, published in...

    • Patients: Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with care providers following the abuse of patients with learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall hospital filmed by the BBC's...

      Yellow Card Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) encourage pharmacists and clinicians to make full use of the Yellow Card Scheme to report adverse drug reaction to the...

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 11 February (HL13173) which stated that the "Social Care Green Paper remains a...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, of the 15 per cent of schools in England who excluded at least one child in 2016–17, what percentage of those schools were (1) maintained schools, and (2)...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Bullying

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many complaints regarding bullying and harassment have been received since the report by the Committee on Privileges and Conduct Independent Complaints...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security vetting procedures in place for suppliers of components for Ministry of Defence procurement contracts.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total budget of the Department for Work and Pensions for reducing parental conflict for 2019–20.

    • Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those in receipt of state pensions also receive other means-tested benefits.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Import Controls: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to enact the provisions of the Official Controls (EU) Regulation 2017/625 when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the post of Independent Reviewer of Prevent, provided for by section 20(8) of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, will be (1) classified as...

    • Surveillance: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the commitment in the Home Office Biometrics Strategy, published in June 2018, to update the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 June (HL15866), whether they will now answer the question put; whether they have conducted a...

      Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the adequacy of financial resources available to police forces in England and Wales to enable those forces to fulfil their...

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek evidence from each police force in England and Wales about any changes those forces may have made to operating decisions on their...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of every police force in England and Wales to investigate historic allegations of child sexual abuse.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the development of a common policy amongst European countries to enable orphaned children who are citizens of those countries,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Smart Devices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the use of interconnected sensor technology in the UK private sector.

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) use of, (2) effectiveness of, and (3) compliance with the information required by, the register of information sharing...

      Social Media: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support social media companies to eradicate online bullying.

      Sports: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the levels of global corruption in sport.

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