Written answers

Thursday, 11 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) list of stations nominated for the latest round of Access for all funding and (b) final weighted score of all stations in...

    • Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to allow the Northern Rail franchise to be publicly run.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons his Department ceased to use a multiplier of 1.9 for the radiative forcing or non-CO2 effects of air travel in 2011 for Departmental...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pedestrians were involved in road traffic accidents while using a mobile phone in the last year for which figures are available.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Clean Air Strategy 2019, what guidance he has issued to ports on developing effective and targeted air quality strategies; and...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total amount of funding through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles' workplace charging scheme was in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire, (c)...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) total number and (b) number of publicly available charge-points for electric vehicles there were in (i) Barnsley, (ii) South Yorkshire,...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that his Department's plans announced in June 2019 to increase freight network capacity in the event that the UK...

      Northern Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timescale is for permanently ceasing operation of Pacer trains on Northern Rail franchise routes.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic growth in the Humber since the 2012 decision to halve tolls on the Humber Bridge.

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of ECMT permits (a) required by UK haulier operations and (b) that will be made available in the event that...

      Gatwick Airport Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much new rail capacity will be provided at Gatwick airport railway station under the £150 million upgrade to that station which he announced...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times signalling problems between Paddington and Swindon have caused delays in passenger journeys in each month since January 2018.

      Driving Tests: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been sent to prison for impersonating someone else at a (a) driving test and (b) driving theory exam in the last 10 years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Office: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Subpostmaster Pay review will include provisions for Subpostmasters to join the Post Office pension scheme.

    • Trading Schemes Act 1996

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Government Department is responsible for enforcing The Trading Schemes Act 1996.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the whether hydrogen is a green, zero carbon fuel, if carbon capture...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the UK biomass energy industry to be completely sustainable.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential carbon reductions if hydrogen combined with carbon capture...

      Marketing: Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure job seekers are not targeted by multi-level marketing companies.

      Cars: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with car manufacturers in the UK on creating a battery gigafactory to make the UK less...

      Musicians: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 264735 on Musicians: Intellectual Property, what steps the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 08 May 2019 to Question 249959 on Tobacco, if his Department will establish a publicly accessible...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.

      Burma: Internet

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

      Republic of Ireland: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the 8 July 2019 Irish Times article entitled Dublin and Berlin move closer as Brexit barney continues, what...

      Jamaica: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage his Jamaican counterpart to promote LGBTQ+ rights in Jamaica.

      Syria: Demilitarized and Neutral Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) monitor the demilitarised zone in Idlib and (b) ensure that civilians, rescue...

      Mohammed al-Roken

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Emirati counterpart on the political prisoner Mohammed al-Roken.

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the effectiveness of prosecution authorities of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Birds: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many orders to stop or suspend the operation of a production or shackle line because birds were showing signs of consciousness before...

    • Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public health funding is increased as part of the Government’s spending review.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to bring forward legislative proposals on the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings in England.

      Lighting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of LED streetlights on public health.

      Naloxone: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the (a) accessibility and (b) provision of take-home naloxone in County Durham to help...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

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

      Preventive Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Green Paper on Prevention will include and assessment of the level of funding required to implement the contents of that...

      Genito-urinary Medicine and HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Prevention Green Paper will include (a) commitments on additional resources to tackle HIV and (b) targets to improve sexual...

      Prisoners: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272160 on Prisoners: Depressive Illnesses, if he will make it his policy to centrally...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) amount of revenue raised and (b) effect on public health of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

      Physician Associates: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on plans to introduce legislative proposals on the statutory regulation for physician associates.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff in an NHS pension scheme that have received their pension statement on time in each...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has made to Capita on the provision of pension statements to staff in NHS pension schemes in the last...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to ensure that human rights are prioritized within his Department's approach to achieving the (a) SDGs and (b) other...

    • Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s support to human rights defenders on the ground; and what...

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he will take to ensure that, in line with the UN Statement of Common Understanding, a human-rights based approach is...

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to ensure that his Department's strategic decision-making is explicitly guided by human rights principles and...

      Developing Countries: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will take steps to make funding more accessible to civil society organisations in his Department's partner countries.

      Department for International Development: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.

      South Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing to farmers in Bultfontein, South Africa, who are facing eviction due to droughts.

      Rain Forests: Conservation

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

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.

    • Adult Education: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote the benefits of adult learning in the East Midlands.

      Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of undertaking baseline assessments in each financial year from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide (a) a list of maintained schools that have been the subject of directive academy orders resulting in them becoming sponsored...

      Apprentices: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the amount of apprenticeship levy money that was (a) paid by and (b) spent on apprenticeships by screen industry...

      Classroom Assistants: Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 8320 on Classroom Assistants: Average Earnings, if he will publish that salary data for (a)...

      Care Leavers: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities house care leavers in an area close to their foster parents, should both parties wish, even...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the sharing of information between the two Departments to inform decisions on recall following...

    • Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 263187 on Prisons: Contracts, what estimate he has made of the cost of the (a) staffing and (b)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of exposure to prison violence on re-offending rates.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of prison officers in post was in each of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b) the...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total additional capital spend was on physical security in each of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project in (a) the last six months of 2017 and...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders in each Police Force Area were convicted but not sentenced to immediate custody who had (a) 26 to 50 previous convictions, (b) 51 to...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence length in months was for people who received an immediate custodial sentence and had (a) zero, (b) between one and four, (c)...

      Ministry of Justice: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to (a) disseminate and (b) monitor the implementation of the police guidance entitled Managing vulnerability: women, fact pack.

      Law Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of law centres in each local authority area since 2010.

      Sentencing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what statistics his Department holds on trends in the proportion of people who receive a custodial sentence as a child and then go on to receive a...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total number of days of detached duty worked was in each of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b)...

      Prisoners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether each prison is required to maintain a record of the courses offered to prisoners.

      Prisons: Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to staff working in prisons on (a) reporting and (b) not reporting injuries sustained at work.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sentences were reduced on appeal because they were manifestly excessive in each of the last five years.

      Council Tax: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women, and (b) men have been given a custodial sentence for the non-payment of council tax in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the concerns of export and import businesses in North east England on the UK leaving the EU...

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which weapons and equipment were licenced for sale to Israel on 18 May 2018.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2019 to Question 268564, if he will publish the (a) number, (b) type and (c) item code for (i) all extant...

      Trade Agreements: China and India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his (a) Chinese and (b) Indian counterpart on a trade deal after the UK leaves the EU.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Court of Appeal ruling on 20 June 2019 in R (on the application of Campaign Against Arms Trade) v. The Secretary of...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to use the Board of Trade to ensure that the constituent parts of the UK benefit from UK trade policy after the UK leaves...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of foreign direct investment in the UK tech sector.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2019 to Question number 268957 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, what non-ACM cladding...

    • Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure new builds are meeting fire safety requirements.

      Hospitals and Schools: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether there are specific planning requirements for building (a) schools and (b) hospitals in air pollution hotspots.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to ensure that higher accessibility standards for elderly people are incorporated into...

      Planning: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Health and Social Care on integrating health and care...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government remains on track to achieve its target of 300,000 new homes a year by 2025.

      Homelessness: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in funding for local government on housing provision for...

      Homelessness: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to support homeless migrants living in the UK.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many contracts his Department has awarded to Serco since July 2013; and what the value is of those contracts.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of private landlords who refuse to rent accommodation to...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of leaseholders in England who have been asked to pay for...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of payment of council tax in (a) England, (b) Scotland...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the number of aircraft in the RAF fleet.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she is taking to reduce the affordability gap between the equipment plan and her Department's budget.

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269014, how many sorties have Hawk T2 aircraft have undertaken in the advanced jet training role from...

      Veterans UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans has met with trade union representatives to discuss the future of...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date she plans to agree the 2019-20 pay settlement for Royal Fleet Auxiliary staff with the relevant trade unions.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date she plans to agree the 2019-20 pay settlement with the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average age was of a Royal Fleet Auxiliary apprentice in each year between 2008-09 and 2018-19.

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Northern Ireland Office on a resolution to the matter of the prosecution of army...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will place a copy of the most recent UK National Implementation Plan under the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy in the Library; and...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions she has had with the UK Permanent Representative EU on the EU Council meeting on security and defence on 17 June 2019.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disability: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what specific qualifications are required to operate as a disability assessor for her Department.

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the proportion of single room properties that were affordable for local housing allowance claimants in each...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of claimants who received advance payments (a) below the value of, (b) the same value as and (c)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the number of applications for social security payments that are discontinued due to the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Processed Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support large scale food processing.

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparative data and analysis his Department holds on (a) operational practice and (b) waste content in municipal waste...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on his Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to set up tree planting schemes (a) nationally and (b) in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a...

      Birds: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of birds slaughtered without stunning under a shackle line system are required to be individually assessed...

      Forests: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for (a) tree-planting and reforestation and (b) the prevention of deforestation...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to promote (a) reforestation and (b) prevent deforestation in each region and nation of...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the maintenance of animal welfare standards in relation to live animal exports when the UK...

      Trees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to give greater protection to ancient trees.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has made to his EU counterparts on the EU's proposed movement of testing for TB on all cattle that...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to advise local authorities against opting for commingled recycling to avoid the hgh risk of...

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of banning thiacloprid, which is harmful to (a) bees...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) undertake a review of the Government's litter strategy to ensure greater effectiveness at tackling littering...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the meeting he is hosting in August 2019 with representatives from faith communities on changes to the immigration rules for (a)...

    • Lancashire Police: Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the additional costs incurred by Lancashire Constabulary due to the delay in the roll-out of the Emergency...

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his Department’s policy to end the cap on Tier 2 visas for highly skilled migrants.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his Department’s policy to exclude scientific research occupations from proposals in the immigration White Paper...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that the UK’s visa charges remain competitive with those of other countries.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what type of education provision is being provided for non-UK nationals who are children at (a) Dungavel and (b) other immigration removal...

      Sleeping Rough: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported from the UK as a result of information supplied by the Rough Sleeper Support Service (a) in the last year...

      Police: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure the criteria used for Police watch lists does not intrude on individual privacy.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding he plans to allocate for fire service training in each of the next five financial years.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library a list of all (a) estimates, (b) reviews and (c) briefings his Department has (i) prepared or conducted and (ii)...

    • Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent progress the Government has made on the future of the proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant.

  • Cabinet Office

    • GovTech Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 271623 on the GovTech Fund, whether (a) business cases and (b) budgets were produced for each of the...

    • Early Years Ministerial Group On Family Support

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government is making on implementing the recommendations of the cross-Whitehall Inter-Ministerial Group on Early Years Family Support.

      Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2019 to Question 255390 on Cabinet Office: Public Appointments, what relationship the Chief Data Officer will have...

  • Treasury

    • Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints have been submitted to the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the last three years; what the average wait was for a final decision...

    • Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to increase protection for small businesses taking out finance.

      Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking through the business rate system to support large retailers that act as anchor stores.

      Funerals: Pre-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve the protection of funds held by companies for prepaid funerals.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of disapplying the 2019 Loan Charge to loans made before the Finance (No. 2) Act 2017 received...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the supply of materials for an energy saving materials installation is included under VAT Notice 708/6 defined under 2.3.2 as ancillary...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 49 of Budget 2018, what progress he has made on the establishment of a UK-wide Anti-Illicit Trade Group.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK businesses have obtained an EORI number in each month of 2019; and what estimate he has made of the number of businesses with an EORI number...

      Share Fishermen: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2019 to Question 270381 on Share Fishermen: Taxation, what the timeframe is for HMRC to confirm the new scheme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sportsgrounds: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has received representations from health experts on the health risks of rubber crumbs from artificial...

    • Mobile Phones: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with mobile phone network operators on improving coverage across Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Broadband: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that all households in South Northamptonshire constituency have access to super-fast...

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce a decision on increasing the society lotteries sale limit.

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272302 on Huawei: 5G, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a)...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made on the roll out of superfast broadband to rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272248, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) businesses...

      Holidays: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the Family Holidays Association on providing financial support for domestic holidays...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union to the Committee on...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 8 of the February 2019 report Implications for Business and Trade of a No Deal Exit on 29 March 2019,...

  • Department for Transport

    • Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 26 June (HL16302), whether they will publish an estimate of the costs of the decision not to...

    • Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of inter-city trains on the Midland Main Line are more than 30 years old; and what is the cost of converting those trains to full electric operation.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the next Energy White Paper.

    • Supermarkets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit uncertainty on any decline in retail sales in the UK supermarket sector.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 18 June (HC264373), whether the training provided by the UK to a...

    • Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Goudie on 27 June, what repercussions the UK has indicated to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would follow should...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of apprenticeship levy money that was (1) paid, and (2) spent, by creative industry companies in the 2018–19...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a strategy for English for speakers of other languages for people living in England.

      Chartered College of Teaching

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Chartered College of Teaching.

      Department for Education: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they undertook, and with whom, before they decided to convert the communal visitors’ area toilets in Sanctuary Buildings to unisex...

      Students: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the results of the Student Loans Company Assistive Technology Equipment and Training Tender.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any estimate of the number of prosecutions of people over the age of 75 that may arise from non-payment of TV licences from June 2020.

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional support to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service in order to deal with any increase in cases of non-payment of...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any estimate of the number of prosecutions of people over the age of 75 that may arise from non-payment of TV licences from June 2020.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of current levels of funding provided to local councils on councils' ability to provide statutory services.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who are entitled to claim (1) pension credit, and (2) a TV licence from June 2020, but currently do not, take up...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Southern Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they were advised that Southern Water had been allowing sewage and waste water to spill into the environment.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the cost of intra-company transfer business visas for staff and their families applying to work in the UK for more than three years;...

    • Electric Scooters: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the police can enforce the legal speed limits for road users on the users of electric scooters especially those that...

      Metals: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unlicensed scrap metal sites have been closed by local authorities in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have suspended the issuance of new export licences for the sale of arms to Bahrain.

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