Written answers

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the UK rail network is electrified.

    • Radar: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department's proposed aviation strategy will include the potential effect of the operation of radar on the implementation of the offshore...

      Radar: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government's offshore wind sector deal, published in March 2019, whether his Department has allocated funding to help the...

      Radar: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has issued strategic guidance to (a) NATS and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority on the future procurement of aviation radar...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, and (c) motorcyclists have been fatally injured on English roads in each of the last five years for which...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Network Rail's emergency maintenance on the rail network in the past five years.

      Maritime Safety Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 267283, if he will set out the areas of maritime safety policy where advice was provided to the...

      Maritime Safety Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 267283, for what reasons Apax Partners was given a seat on the Government’s official...

      Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

      Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK Steel charter.

      Dangerous Driving: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of prosecution of dangerous foreign drivers.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the effect on road safety of excessively bright car headlights.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of e-bikes.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department are working primarily on (a) fossil fuels, (b) renewables, (c) energy efficiency and...

    • Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce trends in the number of pubs closing each year.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of investment in carbon capture usage and storage to help reach the...

      Incinerators: Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the locations of waste incinerators that supply energy for district heating.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the organisations from the (a) medical sector and (b) scientific community that have contacted his...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 25 June 2019 to Question 266626 on Climate Change, whether any of those councils have set a...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps (a) he is taking and (b) proposes to take to ensure that energy efficiency in buildings is adequate to...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to pages 141 and 142 of the report entitled, Net Zero, published by the Committee on Climate Change in...

      Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2019 to Question 266628 on Business: Carbon Emissions, if will he publish the names...

      Green Deal Scheme: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households with active green deals are in receipt of universal credit.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to promote the installation of heat pumps in domestic properties.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to require that the flow temperature of new heating systems in...

      Sharing Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support contracting and the flexible economy.

      Russia: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it Government policy to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 in accordance with the recommendations of the...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans to reduce the minimum time served as an employee before entitlement to statutory...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department first became aware that HM Treasury had received tax receipts derived from the interest on frozen Libyan...

    • Syria: Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps the Government is taking to support a peaceful conclusion to the conflict in Syria.

      USA: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support a diplomatic resolution to the stand-off between the United States of America and the...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for bilaterial relations of the report of the people's tribunal into forced...

      USA: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his US counterpart on (a) the human rights of (i) children and (ii) others held without...

      Northern Cyprus: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the conservation of Christian heritage in the Turkish controlled part of Cyprus.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Gatt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the EU chief negotiator has stated that the EU is willing to agree to the implementation of Article XXIV of the GATT in the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the introduction of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland on the level of...

    • Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the provision of healthcare for UK citizens in the EU of the UK leaving the EU...

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that veterans with mental health problems receive the treatment they need.

      Public Health: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) improve the quality of and (b) increase access to public health care in (i) Stevenage and (ii) Hertfordshire.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on Government expenditure on mental health provision for children and young people (a) under the age of...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS appointments have been missed in each of the last five years.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefit to the welfare of doctors of limiting the number of night shifts a...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that ensure that patients diagnosed with eating disorders begin treatment within four weeks.

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average time people waited to begin treatment for eating disorders in 2018-19.

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of early intervention services to treat eating disorders before patients are...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy of the number of GPs in the UK per capita, (b) time it takes to obtain an...

      Medical Treatments Abroad: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK citizens residing in the EU receive free healthcare under the S1 scheme.

      Medical Treatments Abroad: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps UK citizens visiting Spain and Portugal will have to take to prove that they are entitled to healthcare under the bilateral...

      Autism and Learning Disability: Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the number of people in the Newcastle-under-Lyme constituency with (a) learning disabilities and (b)...

      Japan: Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has made to his Japanese counterpart to encourage the Japanese government to re-establish its HPV vaccination...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the uptake of the HPV vaccination in each of the constituent parts of the UK since that vaccination...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services and Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will conduct a review of hospital (a) food and (b) cleaning contracts to assess the potential merits of bringing those services...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer of 26 June 2019 to Question 266189 NHS: Debts and with reference to NHS Improvement’s Quarterly performance...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential link between mental well-being and the risk of developing physical illnesses.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with representatives of the World Food Programme on the suspension of aid in Sana’a and other areas...

    • Yemen: World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support he is providing to the World Food Programme to (a) import equipment into Yemen and (b) secure visas for that country its...

      Yemen: World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing to the World Food Programme to operate in Government-controlled areas in Yemen.

      Yemen: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to prevent pollution from the transport of barrels of oil along the coast of Hodeidah.

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the level of bureaucracy that impedes the operations of UN agencies and other...

      Developing Countries: Antivenom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of work to support the distribution of snake anti-venom products in developing...

      Rain Forests: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect old-growth rainforests and (b) support the communities that live in them.

      Developing Countries: Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support the establishment of HPV vaccination programmes in developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what standards his Department uses to set acceptable levels of (a) vibration, (b) noise and (c) dust and air quality in construction projects funded...

    • Universities: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what monitoring is taking place on university campuses to ensure compliance with the International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of...

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Research and analysis entitled, Supporting mental health in schools and colleges conducted by his Department, what steps the...

      Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that schools in Yorkshire and the Humber achieve the England average for the number of Ofsted schools...

      Further Education: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has allocated to further education colleges in low-income communities in each of the last five years.

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that pupils are aware of the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pupils attending secondary schools in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on people's long-term earnings potential of completing an intermediate level apprenticeship compared with...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students qualify for free school meals in each secondary school in St Helens North constituency; and what the average...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260548 on Sure Start Programme, what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of local...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the construction of Ealing Fields High school, what his Department's policy is on provision of compensation for (a) structural and...

      Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make available the scoring data of the respective bids for grant funding from the Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2019.

      Home Education: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been withdrawn from school to be home educated in Gloucestershire in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department allocated from the apprenticeship budget to (a) apprenticeship levy paying employers, (b) top up payments to...

      Assessments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools and colleges follow guidance on exam procedure to minimise the risk of security breaches.

      Pupil Exclusions: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term exclusions from secondary schools.

      Pupil Exclusions: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of secondary school exclusions in Sunderland in 2017-18.

      Children in Care: Missing People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March to Question 229651 on Children in care, how many looked-after children placed in children's homes inside and...

      Children in Care: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2019 to Question 265439 on Children in care, how many looked-after children have been placed in children’s...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of progress in reducing the women’s prison population since June 2018 publication of the Female Offender Strategy; and...

    • Ministry of Justice: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2019 to Question 253551 on Ministry of Justice: telephone services, on what date that helpline was set up; how many...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people convicted of violent offences did not receive an immediate custodial sentence in each year since 1993.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, since 2010 how many claims have been rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority because the application was made more than two years...

      Hull Prison: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the proportion of staff turnover has been in HMP Hull in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Committal Proceedings: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many committal proceedings have been started against people for council tax non-payment in each year between 2010 and 2018.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of cases where a female was sent to prison and her children were subsequently taken into local...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints his Department has received from witnesses and victims on a failure to provide separate entrances and waiting areas in courts in...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what redress a victim or witness has if special measures are requested in court but are not subsequently provided.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence, (b) type of drug, (c) method of importation and (b) health risks to (i) prisoners and (ii) staff of...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of homicides were committed by people on (a) parole and (b) a life licence in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners' Release: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people released from prison on a home detention curfew were subsequently returned to prison as a result of a breach of...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were released from prisons in England and Wales (a) before and (b) after their official release date in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 248641, what criteria the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority uses to determine who cannot afford...

      Offences against Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to include sports coaches in the Position of Trust law.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff were deployed on detached duty in each month of 2018.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults and (b) serious assaults on staff were recorded in each prison in each quarter from 2010 to 2018 by the type of weapon used.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of applying the same exemption for back payments of employment support allowance from the capital...

      European Arrest Warrants: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Approved Enforcement Agencies will be paid for carrying out warrants of arrest work on behalf of his Department.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266835, HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance, for what reason the figure for the sum paid by the...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266835, HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance, why the Department for Work and Pensions...

      Prison Officers: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans in place to ensure the urgent availability of immunisation against Hepatitis for all prison personnel; and if he will make a statement.

      Investigatory Powers Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the appointment of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • 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, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a)...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to reduce homelessness in lower layer super output areas.

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much money from the public purse was spent by local authorities in England on services (a) promoting and (b)...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) private and (b) social sector buildings have not started work on removing and replacing ACM cladding.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of fire doors in high-rise social housing blocks provide 30 minutes protection in...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

      Coastal Areas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications from (a) Scotland and (b) Angus have been made for grant funding from the Coastal Revival Fund.

      Help to Buy Scheme: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased through the Help to Buy scheme in each Nottinghamshire parliamentary constituency...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of creating a defence diversification agency to ensure the sustainability of the defence sector.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if her Department will review the right to preserved pensions for members of the armed forces who retired before the introduction of the armed forces...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships and submarines of each type are in service in each branch of the armed forces; and where each ship and submarine is based.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the training available to Army personnel.

      Armed Forces: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of cyber security training in the armed forces.

      Warships: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps her Department is taking to deter foreign military vessels from entering UK territorial waters.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the time taken to dispose of retired nuclear submarines.

      US Air Force: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what restrictions cover flights by United States Air Force planes over south Lincolnshire to protect residents against disturbance caused by (a) noise...

      US Air Force: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what safety measures have been implemented to protect (a) pilots and (b) local residents when United States Air Force planes fly over south Lincolnshire.

      US Air Force: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the United States Air Force is accountable for accidents caused by its planes in UK airspace.

      US Air Force: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department plans to facilitate a dialogue between the United States Air Force and local residents on the frequency of flights over south...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of universal credit on armed forces veterans.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the changes in a claimant's circumstances that would result in natural migration from legacy benefits to universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Alyn and Deeside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unsuccessful claims for universal credit there were in Alyn and Deeside constituency in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of unsuccessful claims for universal credit were as a result of (a) a claimant's lack of digital skills and (b) inadequate...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of natural migrations to universal credit from legacy benefits were as a result of (a) a trigger for natural...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil penalties relating to failure to undertake tasks required for universal credit compliance have been issued in each of the last...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many payments of the child element of universal credit have been ceased due to a child being in hospital for over six months in each of...

      Employment: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help people recently recovered from long-term illness find and return to work.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that everyone who is entitled to pension credit receives it.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2019 to Question 267343 on Universal Credit, if her Department will (a) investigate the practice of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding the Government allocated to charities that work with older people to support them in promoting the take-up of pension credit...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department's policy that pension schemes can already invest in funds with performance fees.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her Department's policy to continue to include performance fees within the pensions charge cap.

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on young people who are (a) homeless and (b) experiencing...

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the childcare element of universal credit is not an economic barrier to work.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 250471, what information her Department has provided to London Borough of Tower Hamlets on...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 250471 on Employment and Support Allowance, how many claimants in each London borough were...

      Shared Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266836 on Shared Accommodation Rate, what standard deduction rent officers make for fuel...

      Pension Funds: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she is taking steps to ensure that pension companies declare investments in the fossil-fuel industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of people in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Nottinghamshire, (iii) the East Midlands and (iv) England who are...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the frequency of assessment for recipients of employment support allowance and personal...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the exemption from the Shared Accommodation Rate to people under the age of...

      Universal Credit: Harrogate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the universal credit managed migration pilot is planned to begin in Harrogate.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment and support allowance assessments undertaken...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment there has been of the risk that A24 traps pose to hedgehog populations.

    • Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the accuracy of the data in relation to tree (a) felling and (b) restocking and the...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase (a) the transparency of the UK timber market and (b) the publication of data on timber...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the maximum sentence available under the Animal welfare (Service...

      Sharks: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning shark fin imports.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his Department's policy to protect remaining areas of peat moss in the UK from development.

      Animal Housing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authority checks have been undertaken on non multi-boarding dog boarding hosts since the Animal Welfare...

      Nature Conservation: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the roll-out of 5G on the sustainability of (a) insects, (b) other animals and...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2019 to Question 267306 on Immigration: EU Nationals, what estimate he has made of the number of...

    • Fraud: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services report entitled Fraud: Time to Choose: An...

      City of London Police: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding he has made available to the City of London Police in their capacity as the national lead for fraud to support a...

      Business: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to open more economic crime victim care units.

      Trading Standards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding he has allocated for the National Trading Standards local multi-agency hubs.

      Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with banks on the retrospective application of the Authorised Push Payment Scams voluntary code.

      Telecommunications: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of targeted automated phone scams reported in 2018.

      Yazidis: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of level of safety of Yazidis relocating to (a) Mosul, (b) Basra and (c) Baghdad.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle the under-reporting of crime to the police.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261210, how many applicants who have asserted in their application that they have been...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to pages 9-10 of the Memorandum of Understanding between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions and to pages...

      Speed Limits: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many speeding fines were issued in the (a) North Wales, (b) Dyfed Powys, (c) South Wales and (d) Gwent Police areas in the 2018-19...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status is of his Department's internal investigation into the causes of the Windrush scandal; and when he plans to publish the...

      Fire and Rescue Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fire incidents, (b) rescues and (c) total incidents firefighters in the North West have attended in each year since 2010.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK Visas and Immigration policy is to consider all claims within six months.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2019 to Question 250458, in what exceptional circumstances there is discretion to grant visas outside the...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department’s policies in relation to the definition of applicable crime in...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Tourism

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England has taken to promote tourism to its churches and cathedrals.

    • Church of England: Community Development

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to encourage parishioners to support the local economy.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the economic effect of the suspension of the Northern Ireland Executive on (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the UK.

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Irish Government on preventing the implementation of a hard border between Northern Ireland and...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has plans to publish its correspondence with (a) tax payers and (b) agents.

    • Capital Gains Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the application of Capital Gains Tax relief on trees from which private owners of established conifer woodland benefit after the first 10 years.

      Tax Avoidance: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes to IR35 off-payroll rules on the public sector.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether the Check Employment Status for Tax tool is fit-for-purpose ahead of the roll-out of the off-payroll rules to the...

      Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on reducing air passenger duty on domestic flights from Northern Ireland's airports; and if he will make a statement.

      Freezing of Assets: Libya

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax was taken by HM Treasury on the interest accrued on Libyan assets frozen in UK banks in each of the years since 2010; and if he will make a...

      Banks: Foreign Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to foreign-owned banks trading in the UK on the regulation of the use of bank accounts by people on the UN...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Check Employment Status for Tax Tool ahead the roll-out of the Off-Payroll rules to the private...

      VAT: Private Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the money retained by private schools as a result of the VAT exemption on private school fees in 2017-18.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the adequacy of central government funding for schools.

      Treasury: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) financial services and (b) the wider service economy of the UK leaving the EU without an...

      Dementia: Social Services

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

      Dementia: Social Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the level of funding for dementia care.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives from the BBC on the BBC's decision to charge people aged over 75 for TV licences.

    • Technology: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the growth of technology firms in the event of the UK leaving the EU without...

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has consulted on safe standing in English football stadiums.

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote coastal tourism in the UK; and what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what change there has been in the number of nuisance calls being reported since the banning of cold calls from personal injury...

      Travel Information: Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve tourist information facilities at Gatwick airport and other entry points to the UK.

      Victoria Tower Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens after the construction of the proposed Holocaust...

      Victoria Tower Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements he plans to put in place in Victoria Tower Gardens for periods in winter when the Holocaust Memorial and...

      Gambling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to safeguard children against exposure to gambling opportunities associated with (a)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to her oral contribution of 26 June 2019, Official Report, column 650, what the evidential basis is for her statement that the Labour party in the House...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate, if any, they have made of the number of deaths in England and Wales involving personnel deployed to provide roadside assistance and repairs services...

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide further hazard warning and safety assurance for personnel providing roadside assistance and repair services.

      Trains: Lincolnshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any implications arising from replacing single car class 153 diesel trains with two car class 156 units on services in...

      British Transport Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the role, and (2) the total complement, of the British Transport Police.

      Aviation: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases the Civil Aviation Authority referred for criminal prosecution for illegal flights since the Piper PA-46 Malibu crash on 21 January.

      Aviation: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether existing legislation in relation to illegal flights has been the subject of a review since the Piper PA-46 Malibu crash on 21 January; and what...

      Aviation: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to counter the prevalence of illegal flights.

      Aviation: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of any potential conflict of interest arising from the Civil Aviation Authority conducting its own review into illegal flights...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 26 June (HL16465), what was the (1) shortest, and (2) longest, time taken by the...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Select Committee Reports (Government Responses)

      To ask the Leader of the House how many, and which, reports from House of Lords select committees published since January 2018 have not received a substantive Government response within two...

    • Government Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Government Bills since May 2015 have been published in draft and referred for pre-legislative scrutiny by a joint committee or committee of either House;...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 May (HL15847), what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of Honda's decision to close its Swindon...

    • Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 May (HL15847), what recent estimate they have made of the number of job losses that will result from...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 May (HL15847), what recent assessment they have made of the impact of (1) Honda's decision to close its...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 May (HL15847), what recent estimate they have made of the number of job losses in the wider supply...

      Construction: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact on the ability of the construction industry to recruit skilled workers from the EU of the UK leaving the EU...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are, or will be, in place to enforce their proposed new powers for the Small Business Commissioner to tackle late payments through fines, announced...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how companies which are too small to have boards will be held accountable for supply chain payment practices under the proposed new powers for the Small Business...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the imprisonment and treatment of former President Morsi before his death in court; and what...

    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which programmes they are funding to support the actions agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 broken down by (1) the budgeted amount, (2)...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms will be used to evaluate the UK funding used to support the actions agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Records: Archives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the arrangements for preserving departmental archives; and when the Cabinet Secretary last reviewed record management practices.

    • Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for appointing a minister for children at Cabinet level.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include housing associations and tenant management organisations.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people had venous leg ulcers in each of the last three years in England.

    • Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by NHS England to treat venous leg ulcers in each of the last three years.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people had surgery to treat venous leg ulcers in England in each of the last three years.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is issued to (1) hospitals, and (2) GPs, in England about treating venous leg ulcers.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why NHS England promotes compression dressings as the treatment for venous leg ulcers.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent (1) representations they have received, and (2) discussions they have had, about the treatment of venous leg ulcers in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Education

    • English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills on 18 March (232096), when they expect to publish plans for the additional...

    • Pupil Premium: Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adopted children currently receive pupil premium plus.

      Further Education: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made ahead of the spending review of the effect of trends in the level of (1) pay, and (2) workload, on the recruitment and retention of...

      Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to mitigate the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the economic sustainability of the further education sector.

      Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive the Early Intervention Foundation's review Children's centres and beyond: understanding the changing face of integrated local...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact on overseas student numbers wishing to study in the UK of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that no children are off-rolled by schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the target times for (1) approving, and (2) completing, applications for Release on Temporary Licence for each prison in England and Wales.

    • Offenders: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the number of people being released homeless from prisons in England

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they approve export licences for the supply of arms to Saudi Arabia.

    • Overseas Trade: India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to advance UK trading relations with India post-Brexit.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those eligible for Pension Credit are taking up that benefit.

    • Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any lessons to be learnt for improving the environmental, social, economic and cultural well-being of people in all regions of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Trees: Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last 12 months to pursue the possibility of a quarantine system for all imported trees.

    • Trees: Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase public awareness at all points of entry into the UK of the dangers of introducing tree disease on plants of any kind brought...

  • Home Office

    • Oppression

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what constitutes persecution of groups of people.

    • Home Office: Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their personnel policies and procedures would allow ex-offenders to be employed in the Home Office for duties involving immigration or border control.

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of victims of grooming gangs in England and Wales; what proportion of the perpetrators involved in such gangs they...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 August 2018 (HL9879 and HL9880), what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to date to address terrorism in Northern Ireland under the Defence and Security Review of 2015.

  • Treasury

    • Gambling: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what gambling activities are subject to (1) value-added tax, and (2) gross profits tax; and how much value-added tax was collected from adult gaming centres in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Digital Economy and Society Index 2019, published by the European Commission in June, in particular its finding that the UK...

    • Broadband: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the implementation of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband; what recent assessment they have made of whether a...

      Telecommunications: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much automatic compensation has been paid to broadband and home phone customers by members of Ofcom’s voluntary code of practice since that code...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Departmental Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where the historic records of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its predecessor departments are stored and kept other than in the...

      Disinformation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat advances in digital technology to counter difficult-to-detect digital manipulations of audio or video recordings.

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