Written answers

Friday, 28 June 2019

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Government obligations to monitor the implementation of the principles established in the...

  • Attorney General

    • Sexual Offences

      To ask the Attorney General, whether he has had discussions with the CPS on removing reference to the merits-based approach from (a) guidance and (b) training materials on rape and sexual offences.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Permanent Secretary to the Northern Ireland Department of Health on that Department's working with...

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients are on a waiting list to receive mental health treatment in (a) Lancashire and (b) England.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2019 to Question 238669 on mental health services: veterans, what the outcome was for the armed forces...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the June 2019 Children's Society report on mental health, what plans he has to narrow the gap between the number of...

      Suicide: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths of patients in the care of each mental health NHS trust in the North West were attributed to suicide in (a) 2017, (b)...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

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

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase spending on low-level mental health support for children to enable the provision of preventative and early...

      Abortion: Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the release of the Abortion Statistics for England and Wales in 2018 that show a 19 per cent increase in abortions at...

      Abortion: Cleft Lip or Palate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent release of Abortion Statistics for England and Wales 2018 showing that at least 15 unborn babies were...

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide counselling for women who have had an abortion performed in a private clinic.

      Mental Illness: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute that 46 per cent...

      5G: Pollinators and Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the roll out of the 5G network on wildlife and pollinators.

  • Wales Office

    • Agriculture: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he will take to support the farming sector in Wales after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 5 June, 2019, Official Report, Column HL122. what the...

    • Pupil Exclusions: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school pupils were suspended due to violence-related issues in the last two years.

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will adopt the recommendations relating to fire safety and classroom notice boards submitted by the British Educational Suppliers Association to...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of young people aged 16 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training.

      Academies Enterprise Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the annual top slice has been for each school in the Academies Enterprise Trust multi-academy trust (a) in total, (b) for operating costs, (c)...

      Schools: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to implement a national bereavement policy for schools to help assist children who have experienced the death of a member...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much apprenticeship levy was paid by levy employers in (a) May 2017 and expired in April 2019 and (b) June 2017 and expired in May 2019 because...

      Foreign Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage more people from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn foreign languages.

      Teachers: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to make the teaching profession a more popular choice for graduates.

      Climate Change: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote learning about climate change in schools.

      Adoption: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to extend the adoption support fund to also cover pre-adoption support and transitional support for prospective adopters and adoptive...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Neighbourhood Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support he is providing to local communities (a) in the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans and (b) facing legal...

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people in (a) Preston constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England are waiting to be rehoused with a...

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether solar energy and storage will be mandated in all new homes before 2025 when building regulations Part L are next reviewed.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the flats in (a) Barandon Walk, (b) Testerton Walk, (c) Hurstway Walk, (d) Treadgold House and (e) Bramley...

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what algorithm is used by local authorities to process council house waiting lists.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to restore local housing allowance rates to cover the cheapest third of local rents.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit claimants who applied for a budgeting advance (a) received the maximum available advance and (b) chose to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit have been successful in an application for a budgeting advance.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department issues guidance or criteria to its staff on the circumstances in which a request from a universal credit claimant for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase financial support for vulnerable claimants of universal credit to ensure that the amount of benefit they...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many vulnerable claimants received a benefits sanction without (a) receiving a home visit and (b) notifying a third-party agency in 2018-19.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rivers: Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) track and (b) reduce the volume of microplastics in rivers; and whether his...

    • Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the powers provided for the Caravan and Motorhome Club under the...

      Livestock: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what welfare protections will be put in place for caged animals as part of the Agriculture Bill.

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the UK's plastic waste has been shipped to other countries since 2010.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effects of the dumping of radioactive waste in Hurd Deep and...

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is reviewing the planning regulations on the installation of wood burning stove chimneys near...

  • Home Office

    • Evidence: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent review of the Home Office response to the mandating of DNA evidence for immigration purposes and pursuant...

    • Immigration: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue accrued to the public purse as a result of fees levied on citizenship applications for...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of the priority service is for visa applications to the UK in each country in which they are issued.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the production of firearms and offensive weapons using 3D printers.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been charged with the distribution of heroin in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 258958 on Solar Power: VAT, which energy saving products will be subject to the proposed rise in VAT.

    • Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is planning to extend mandation of Making Tax Digital to other taxes.

      Imports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has plans to introduce postponed accounting for VAT for importers in the event that the UK leaves the EU with a deal.

      Cryptocurrencies: Facebook

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of plans by Facebook to launch its own crypto-currency, Libra, on the stability of the financial system.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take to ensure that dementia care is adequately funded in the next Spending Review.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to identify and deliver efficiencies in the pharmacy sector.

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a lower earnings threshold exemption for exit payments in the public sector.

      Departmental Coordination: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure cross-departmental spending decisions support the transition to a net zero economy.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to help protect vulnerable older people from prosecution for unpaid TV licences.

  • Department for Education

    • English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review the provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) for recognised refugees, and (2) issue guidance on funding and...

    • Pupil Premium: Intercountry Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the eligibility for Pupil Premium Plus funding to include children adopted from overseas.

      Universities: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the effect of Vice Chancellors being present at meetings of universities' remuneration committees.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Peers: Writs of Summons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many writs of summons were sent to Peers in (1) each region of England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in 2017.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Satellite Communications: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the Service Delivery Wrap, and (2) the Global Interconnect Network, still form part of the Skynet acquisition and tender process.

    • Bahrain: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 June (HL15900), whether the British Armed Forces have provided training to the Royal Guard of Bahrain at any time...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Every Child Protected Against Trafficking UK, Anti-Slavery International and the Pacific Links Foundation,...

    • Terrorism: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why no public statement was made at the time of, or shortly after, the seizure of three tonnes of explosive materials allegedly linked to Hezbollah terrorists in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what is the percentage breakdown of public sector employees by (1) gender, and (2) ethnicity, for each region of the United Kingdom.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include tendering contracts for prisons and probation services to American providers in any post-Brexit trade agreement with the government...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place for the BBC to receive information about those in receipt of Pension Credit; and whether they are satisfied that any such measures...

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish details of the agreement reached with the BBC about the TV licence fee arrangements for those who are 75 or over, in particular how...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to enforce the proposed new licence fee arrangement for those aged 75 or over, in the event of non-payment.

      Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, further to the Law Commission’s Scoping Report on Abusive and Offensive Online Communications published on 1 November...

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