Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Wokingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to limit aircraft noise over Wokingham constituency.

    • Railways: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with East Midlands Trains on northbound services that fail to stop at (a) Luton and (b) Luton Airport...

      Golborne Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Transport for the North on the feasibility of reopening (a) Golborne North and (b) Goldborne South...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses producing calendars of the alteration of the date of the 2020 early...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government’s commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, whether the Government...

      Clean Growth Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Ministers are permanent members of the Environment and Clean Growth Inter-Ministerial Group.

      Research: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether EU nationals will be eligible for UKRI PhD studentships in the academic year 2020-21.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) the United Arab Emirates on ceasing funding...

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent an escalation of violence in al-Hodeidah Governorate.

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to discuss human rights issues in Hong Kong at the next G20 meeting.

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the recommendation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a fact-finding...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that people guilty of human rights violations and abuses in relation to...

      UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on establishing a UN permanent forum on people of African descent at the 41st session of the UN...

      International Decade for People of African Descent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps they have (a) taken (b) plan to take as part of the UN Decade for African People in support of the theme entitled...

      Philippines: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for human rights of the Philippines Government's policy on illegal drugs; and...

      Saudi Rapid Intervention Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has received from the Saudi Government that the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group has not been active in the UK.

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the UK's strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia as a result of that country's use of detention as a means...

      South Sudan and Sudan: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of oil exports from (a) Sudan and (b) South Sudan in the last two years; how much oil...

      Saudi Arabia: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the provision of capacity building programmes for the...

      Saudi Arabia: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to review the trade relationship with Saudi Arabia as a result of the detention of political detainees and...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has received from his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the health and well-being of political detainees in that...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the publication of proof of life evidence on political...

      Guatemala: Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Guatemalan Government in response to reports of threats against human...

  • Attorney General

    • Terrorism: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on ensuring more effective prosecutions of cases involving individuals supporting...

    • British American Tobacco

      To ask the Attorney General, what the status is of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into British American Tobacco that was opened in 2017.

      Cybercrime: Rule of Law

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the application of the rule of law to cyber activities.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mechanical Thrombectomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of Medical Directors responsible for neuroscience units designed to deliver mechanical thrombectomy.

    • Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the recruitment of doctors from overseas through the Medical Training Initiative.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the speciality staff workforce in the NHS (a) throughout the UK and (b) in regions with...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of current staffing levels in the NHS.

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the safe level of exposure to (a) PM0.1, (b) PM1 and (c) PM2.5.

      Smoking: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the smoking ban in bus shelters.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2019 to Question 264727 on prostate cancer, how many people received a prostate-specific antigen score...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the outcomes for people suffering with eating disorders following the reduction in the waiting time target...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has committed to spend on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking in 2019-20.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase rates of vaccination of young people against the human papillomavirus.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the recent outbreak of group A streptococcal bacterial strain.

      Dental Services: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of dental support for elderly people in care homes.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the merits of NHS plans to ask hospital cleaners to feed patients meals.

      NHS England: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the total payments made by NHS England to private providers in each of the last five years.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to regulate the cannabidiol market; and whether he plans to create a new medical model for the (a)...

      Doctors: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) mitigate against any conflict of interest by NHS consultants referring...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure (b) specialist roles and (b) Parkinson’s nurses are included in the NHS workforce plan.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant of his Answer of 16 May 2019 to Question 252526 on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, what steps his...

      Spina Bifida: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 217544 on Spina Bifida: Surgery, what estimate he has made of the average cost of...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the (a) thorough and (b) objective scrutiny of the recommendations submitted by abortion...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 268980 on Health: Children, to which published research that Answer refers.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's Abortion Statistics for England and Wales in 2018, how many of the 111 selective terminations were as...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's Abortion Statistics for England and Wales in 2018, what assessment he has made of the implications for...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward plans to improve access to intermediary services for adopted children seeking to contact their biological relatives.

    • Schools and Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the June 2019 Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission report Elitist Britain 2019: the educational backgrounds of Britain's...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Youth Justice Board: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value was of the Youth Justice Board grant to each local authority in each year from 2010.

    • Prison Officers: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of protection available to prison officers who are not trained in the use of PAVA spray.

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 262421 on prisoners: education, how his Department assesses the range of courses that should be...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264474 on prisons: private sector, how he defines funded posts.

      Courts and Probation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2019 to Question 263817 on Courts and Probation: ICT, if he will publish the cost to the public purse of the IT...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264474 on Prisons: Private Sector, how many sufficiently trained and experienced (a) prison custody...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2019 to Question 256426 on Prisons: Crimes of Violence, how many (a) assailants, (b) suspected assailants and (c)...

      Ministry of Justice: Iron and Steel

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

      Injunctions: Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of civil injunctions sought by and granted to shale gas companies on the rights of communities to protest...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of re-allocating the funding for legal aid for immigration cases to domestic family law mediation cases.

      Offences against Children: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adults were convicted of offences involving the grooming of children in Lancashire by age profile in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the penalties incurred for knife crime.

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of previous (a) cautions and (b) convictions offenders had in each year since 2007 before being sentenced to an immediate...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were given an immediate custodial sentence for possession of an offensive weapon in each year since 2007; and of those people how many...

      Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of court cases rescheduled due to problems with interpreting or translating services and (b) additional cost...

      Assaults On Police and Prison Officers: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people received a (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentence for assault of a (i) police officer and (ii) prison officer in each year since...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264474 on Prisons: Private Sector, how many of the funded posts for Prison Custody Officers at each...

      Powers of Attorney: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the susceptibility of the lasting power of attorney process to fraud.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment of the effect of reduced access to cash among vulnerable groups including (a) disabled people,...

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he is having with fin tech providers on delivery of financial services to people and businesses affected by lack of access to cash.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK has financial liabilities to the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with representatives from Post Office Ltd on expanding the provision of banking services in post offices in rural...

      Banks: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) high streets, (b) businesses and (c) communities of the closure of local bank branches.

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing (a) a minimum dwell time and (b) prompts that require active demonstrations of consumer...

      Poverty: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Wales on the adequacy of the level of funding for tackling poverty in Wales.

      Dementia: Social Services

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

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Autonomous Weapons: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training her Department provides on the operation of weapons systems.

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the training available to those working in the arms industry.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what methods (a) HM Paymaster, (b) the Defence Council and (c) an authorised officer determine the amount payable by a member of the armed forces in...

      Arms Trade: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264428, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of the use of weapons...

      Armed Forces: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269662 on Armed Forces: Heart Diseases, what criteria clinicians follow when seeking to detect...

      Ministry of Defence: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if her department offers employees a payroll deduction service to enable staff to join a credit union; and if she will make a statement.

      Syria: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions RAF personnel landed in Syria in each year from 2013 to 2019.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the publication of the master trust and GPP defaults report by Corporate Adviser magazine, whether her Department plans to...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of people working in the gig economy that are in receipt of universal credit.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long on average it takes to (a) agree and (b) allocate the Social Fund funerals expense payment.

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans to increase awareness among the relatives of deceased people of (a) direct funerals and (b) other funeral options; and...

      Public Health Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pauper funerals were held in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and whether local authorities...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an EU national granted settled status in the UK is classified as having a right to be habitually resident for the purposes of applying...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 5 March 2019, Official Report column WS1376, what the implementation dates are for the new stipulations...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the suitability of the application process for personal independence payments for applicants with agoraphobia.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the application process for personal independent payments for applicants that are homeless and...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment underpayments were recorded in (a) Newport East and (b) Wales in 2018-19.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259406, what further action is being taken following the meeting on 14 May...

    • Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Second report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of Session 2015–16, Greyhound...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a peer-reviewed analysis of the effectiveness of badger culling in reducing the incidence of Bovine...

      European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications were (a) received and (b) granted by the Marine Management Organisation for funding from the European...

      European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money was spent on (a) administration and (b) funding for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in each of the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the fishing policy for the UK based on the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what agreements the Government has in place for UK fishing vessels to continue to access non-EU distant waters in the event...

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the effect of poor air quality on the level of demand...

      Climate Change: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect on the NHS of rising...

      Brixham Harbour and Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to direct the £10 million funding allocated to the South West announced in the 2018 Budget to (a)...

  • Home Office

    • Private Rented Housing: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of right to rent on the ability of BAME tenants to access the rental market.

    • Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to implement the recommendations in the report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue...

      Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion in the report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of...

      Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the findings in the report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services’ on Fire...

      Suffolk Fire Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of Suffolk Fire Service’s (a) fire engine crewing levels, (b) emergency...

      Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the day crewing plus duty system in place at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter of 19 June 2018 from the hon. Member for Sheffield Central in respect of Written Parliamentary...

      Visas: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas have been (a) applied for, (b) granted and (c) refused for footballers where the sponsoring organisation was in Scotland in...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were extradited from the UK to the United States in each year from 2013 to 2019.

      Domestic Appliances: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of electrical fires in the home.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of applications that have been (a) received, (b) concluded and (c) turned down for the EU Settlement...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many locations in Wales provided UK Visas and Immigration biometric services in (a) 2016 and (b) 2019.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in the availability of appointments at UK Visa and Immigration biometric services in each year from...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the university sector on the demand for UK Visa and Immigration biometric services by international students...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for local spikes in applications for UK Visa and Immigration biometric services by...

      Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential implications the proposed cuts to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service will have on the...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to ensure that police officers receive training on understanding autism.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

    • Cabinet Office: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has had discussions with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK Steel charter.

      Civil Service: Pension Funds

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) financial and (b) practical feasibility of divesting Civil Service Pension Funds from (i) fossil...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens resident in the UK and eligible to vote who were disfranchised from the European parliamentary...

      Hereditary Peers: Succession

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to end male primogeniture for hereditary titles.

      Plastics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that procurement processes reduce the use of single-use plastics.

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to commission and investigation into the the potential disenfranchisement of EU citizens resident in the UK in the 2019 European...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 268457 on European Parliament: elections, whether the Government received such legal advice after 23...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2017 to Question 268970, whether his Department received proposals from the Electoral Commission on the implementation...

      GovTech Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269128 on GovTech Fund, how many of the 11 challenges have been fulfilled; and what the cost-benefit...

      GovTech Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269128 on the GovTech Fund, how many of the (a) 416 bidding suppliers and (b) 55 selected suppliers...

      Senior Civil Servants: Resignations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials at (a) grade six, (b) grade seven and (c) SCS1 and above, have left his Department in each quarter of each year since July 2016.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he has taken to enhance UK trade with Montenegro after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel

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

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has put in place a timeframe for negotiations on the UK joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the number of EU free trade agreements which will have novated to the UK when the UK leaves the EU.

      Iron and Steel: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he is making to the European Commission on quotas for UK steel exports into the EU, in the event that the UK leaves the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to regulate online activity to bring it into line with activity that would be considered to be illegal if it...

    • Greyhound Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to establish a statutory greyhound race betting levy to improve the welfare of racing greyhounds.

      BBC: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC on proposals to reduce the availability of BBC 3 and BBC 4 television channels for...

      Cricket: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to (a) support village cricket clubs and (b) help reverse the decline in the number of registered...

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to raise the annual turnover limits for Society Lotteries as outlined in the Government's consultation document.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the kit for the Team GB Olympic squad is produced sustainably.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the withdrawal of free TV licences for over-75s on the (a) well-being...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for devolving greater infrastructure powers to the Welsh Government, in particular powers over rail services.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by Whirlpool UK to recall 500,000 unsafe tumble dryers, what steps they are taking to ensure that there is a regularly updated database of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Egypt: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Egypt about (1) establishing an immediate independent inquiry into the circumstances of the collapse in...

    • Commonwealth: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries the UK Commonwealth Envoy has visited since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.

      Commonwealth Secretariat: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made in reforming the Commonwealth Secretariat.

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a Bahraini court’s decision to reject the application for alternative sentencing of the human rights defender, Nabeel...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis their Human Rights and Democracy report, published on 5 June, “welcomed continuing progress in and commitment to the democratic process”...

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL16049), whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will continue the Gulf Integrated...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL16049), whether Yemen was (1) considered as part of the original Gulf Strategy, and (2) a...

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL16051 and HL16050), what they estimate of the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund’s budget...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by the Earl of Courtown on 20 June (HL Deb, cols 899–900), what action they have taken as a result of the report of the United...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on their ability to make representations to other countries about...

      Eritrea: Health Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Eritrea following the closure of health centres managed by the local Catholic Church; and what assessment...

      Nicaragua: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political prisoners due to be released in Nicaragua; whether they intend to call for the release of those still...

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Turkey has begun to fill the reservoir of the Ilisu Dam; and how they assess the prospects for negotiations on water...

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) SIPRI Yearbook 2019, Armaments, Disarmaments and...

      China and Iran: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the respective Nationality Acts of (1) China, and (2) Iran, on British dual nationals, in particular their impact on...

      Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 June, whether they can provide examples of the evidence on which they based their answer; and...

      Eritrea: Health Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the letter of 20 June from Lord Alton of Liverpool to Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon and to the Minister of State for Africa about...

      Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Burundi following the failure of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue; and what action they are taking at the UN...

  • Department for International Development

    • Commonwealth: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the funding they announced to support the actions agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 will be provided by the Department...

    • Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid they have given to agencies working in Yemen over the last 12 months.

      Libya: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 18 June (HL16009), whether they will seek to divert refugees and migrants away from detention centres...

  • Department for Education

    • Speech and Language Therapy: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Children's Commissioner We need to talk: Access to speech and language therapy, published on 11 June; and...

    • Pupil Premium: Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the availability of Pupil Premium Plus funding for adopted children among parents and schools.

      Pupil Premium: Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the use of Pupil Premium Plus funding for adopted children is properly scrutinised.

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their assessment of the review of post-18 education and funding will take into account regional variations in salaries when examining the personal economic...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people currently in UK prisons are not EU citizens.

    • Civil Servants: Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in (1) HM Treasury, (2) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (3) the Ministry of Defence, have been convicted in open court and...

      Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current size of the (1) general population, and (2) prison population of England and Wales; and what proportion of each of those populations were...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent consideration they have given to making it a requirement that all new homes be fitted with solar panels.

    • Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any high street building can be converted into a building for residential use under permitted development rights.

      Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of permitted development rights in allowing the use of high street buildings for residential use on their plans to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Cybercrime: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to recruit Junior Soldiers to cyber apprenticeships.

    • Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the programme to ensure that the Navy's fleet of destroyers are fully fit for operations.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • River Mersey: Plastics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Environment Agency are taking to prevent plastic factory waste from polluting the River Mersey.

    • Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of air pollution on public health; whether they intend to introduce legislation to implement World Health Organization...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Departmental Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where the historic records of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessor departments are stored and kept other than in the National...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 31 May (HL15807), in what circumstances they withhold from Parliament the names of civil...

    • Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration An inspection of the policies and practices of the Home Office’s Borders,...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead on 9 January (HL 12726), whether the Trade Commission Regional Trade Plans include recommendations for...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Young People: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support youth services working to deter young people from crime, and violent crime in particular.

    • Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact on the creative industries of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to regulate technology companies to improve online safety protection measures for children.

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