Written answers

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on establishing a public transport voucher scheme to allow vouchers to be taken...

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in each region of the UK have received electric vehicle plug-in grants in each year since 2011.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of which models of electric vehicle are most popular with consumers by region; and for which of those...

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 271562, if he will publish the value for money assessment for his Department’s on-train wi-fi...

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 271564 on Railways: Telecommunications, what estimate he has made of the timescale of the delivery...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce aviation noise in the South East.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase rail freight capacity.

      High Speed Two: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of freedom of information requests received by HS2 Limited were fulfilled within the 20-day deadline in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report entitled, The state of the nation: The UK Family Business Sector 2018-19 by Oxford...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to develop local energy distribution networks to respond to a potential increase in...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether decisions on the next Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs price control period will include the...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of Ofgem’s Sector Specific Methodology on the ability of...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that Ofgem’s Sector Specific Methodology enables energy networks to deliver (a) net...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to preserve international co-operation on climate change when the UK leaves the EU.

      Small Businesses: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to support small businesses in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Haltemprice and...

      Post Office: Herbert Smith Freehills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272157, in what capacity the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is...

      Ofgem: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 19 June 2019 to Question 264294, if he could clarify where in Part 1 of the Electricity Act...

      Employment: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) trends in the number and (b) effectiveness of the use of protected conversations...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of climate mitigation and natural disaster recovery...

      Business: Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has plans to compensate printers and other businesses for costs incurred by the date change for...

      NP11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the terms of reference are for the NP11.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's consultation, Energy performance certificate in buildings: call for evidence,...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to improve the infrastructure for electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial incentives the Government is offering to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 11 of the report entitled, Net Zero, published by the Committee on Climate Change in May 2019 on...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many new models of boilers introduced since October 2017 have been tested and submitted to the BRE to comply with...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on ensuring that (a) people who purchased a defective Whirlpool tumble driers are...

      Vegetable Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses to develop new and more sustainable vegetation oils as a...

      Companies House: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people are employed at Companies House.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the contribution that (a) rooftop solar, (b) solar farms and (c) onshore wind can make...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what was the capacity of (a) onshore wind and (b) solar PV installed in the UK in (i) 2015, (ii) 2016, (iii) 2017, (iv)...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons 31.2 per cent of freedom of information requests received by his Department were not fulfilled within...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) the Post Office Ltd and (b) sub-Postmasters for...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of Royal Mail's parcel postbox expansion on the income of (a) the Post Office...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of Royal Mail's parcel postbox expansion on the sustainability of Post Office...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the article published in The Guardian on 18 June 2019 entitled The Saudis couldn't do it without us: the UK's...

    • Saudi Arabia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to The Guardian article published on 18 June entitled Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudi Arabia on US child...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Sudan.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the power-sharing agreement between military leaders and the opposition...

      Somalia: Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of (a) diplomatic relations between Somalia and Guinea, and (b) the effect of those...

      Oman: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing sanctions under Section 1(2)(f) of the Sanctions and...

      Romania: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, what steps he is taking to protect UK residents subject to deportation from Romania.

      Ghana: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to improve diplomatic relations with Ghana.

      Somalia: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Somali Government to counter the proliferation of weapons within Somalia and...

      Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the Iraqi Government to strengthen security in that country so that internally...

      Diego Garcia: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which nation the road named national highway on Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory refers.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who currently fulfils the responsibilities of the position of Minister for Asia and the Pacific.

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to announce the new ambassador to the United States.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 June 2019 from the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland requesting a meeting with the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Absent Voting: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to tackle postal vote fraud.

    • Elections: Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to tackle bribery during elections.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants working for central Government departments in each pay band were based in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK in each of...

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272302 on Huawei: 5G, whether he has met with the operators that are known not to follow Huawei Cyber...

      GovTech Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2019 to Question 274634, what cost/benefit analyses have been conducted for each of the catalyst challenges; and if...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 236381 on Clinical Priorities Advisory Group, what steps NHS England has taken to...

    • Doctors: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prevent doctors with fake qualifications working in the NHS.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the publication of the final NHS People Plan.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the upcoming NHS People Plan will include a fully costed plan for growing the cancer workforce.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of ending freedom of movement of people on the NHS workforce.

      Health Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the level of healthcare funding was per patient in Suffolk in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2018-19.

      Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to ensure that every cancer patient who would benefit from radiotherapy is able to access that treatment.

      NHS: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the procurement processes operated by NHS trusts for the purpose of...

      Insomnia: Circadin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons Circadin is available in Scotland for the treatment of insomnia caused as a result of dementia but not in England.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the Morpeth Clinic, Northumberland Sexual Health Services to not provide services to Gay and Bisexual men on the PrEP...

      Endoscopy and Radiography: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral statement of 1 July 2019, Official Report, columns 929-930, what recent assessment he has made of whether...

      Stargardt's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) adequacy of treatment options for the retinal degenerative disease...

      Doctors: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 271509, what his Department's definition is of serious or persistent failure in...

      Paramedical Staff: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of work days lost by ambulance staff as from sick leave as a result of an assault while on duty...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether postgraduate training level seven will be fully funded and mandatory for people working therapeutically with children and young...

      Weather: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the funding allocated to the NHS Help us help you to stay well this winter...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan implementation framework, how many people have carer passports; and what targets have been set...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan implementation framework system support offer, how many of the 75,000 staff to be trained on...

      Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan implementation framework system support offer, whether the Institute for Personalised Care will...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan implementation framework system support offer, what criteria will be used to determine which...

      Diets: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of diet apps on the mental health of school-aged girls; and if he will make...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of dementia diagnosis in each year of the last five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of avoidable hospital admissions of people with dementia in each of the last five years.

      Home Care Services: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of care companies operating in the UK that have collapsed in each of the last five years.

      Smoking: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of implications for his policies of the recent study published in the journal, Nicotine & Tobacco...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) NHS Trusts and (b) Care Commissioning Groups are able to deliver the objectives of...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the cessation of freedom of movement on the NHS workforce.

      Pregnancy: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272159, what assessment he has made of the merits of the recommendations made in the...

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 273333 on Stem cells: donors, what the targets are for the proportion of donors that...

      Addictions: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270773 on Addiction Services, what plans has he to increase the availability of...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) financial, (b) emotional and (c) medical implications for couples experiencing...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the UK meets its ODA obligations in the event that the UK leave the European Union...

    • Occupied Territories: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to help ensure that (a) health workers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are protected from attack and...

      Gaza: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of permit restrictions imposed by the Government of Israel on (a) medical...

  • Department for Education

    • STEM Subjects: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Education to increase gender equality in STEM subjects.

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the level of education funding was per pupil in Suffolk in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2018-19.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to (a) increase participation in sport in schools and (b) ensure that sport remains on the curriculum.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what figures he holds on the cost of music lessons for (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils per term for each local authority in England.

      Nurseries: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the average nursery costs for children under two years old in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) York in...

      Universities: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the article in the Guardian entitled A demeaning environment: stories of racism in UK universities, published 5 July 2019, if he...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the provision of free school meals to all infant school aged children does not adversely affect (a) the...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of school uniforms being gender neutral.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships were created in 2018 as a result of capital infrastructure projects.

      Manufacturing Industries: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships were created in the manufacturing sector in 2018.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who has responsibility for developing resources to teach pupils about HIV within Relationships and Sex Education.

      Literacy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the National Literacy Trust's report Children, young people and digital reading,...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor for the Exchequer on increasing funding for early years education in the forthcoming spending review.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will maintain Government funding for the 30-hours childcare policy.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the APPG for Childcare and Early Education July 2019 report entitled Steps to...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of (a) recruitment and (b) retention in the childcare sector in the last five years; and if he...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the (a) opening and (b) closure of childcare settings in (a) affluent and (b) disadvantaged areas.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support Partners in Practice has provided to each local authority to help establish (a) Trust models and (b) Community Interest...

      Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) titles, (b) amount awarded and (c) reasons for decisions were for the (i) unsuccessful and (ii) successful bids for grant funding from...

      Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to launch a Holiday Activities and Food Programme for 2020.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many solicitors that previously offered legal aid services no longer do so in South Wales, in the last five years.

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which Government Department is responsible for ensuring people due to be released from prison are released with a (a) valid photo ID, (b) bank account...

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what (a) criteria and (b) date the performance of his Department’s New Futures Network initiative supporting offenders into employment will be...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272279, how many people (a) are entitled to be and (b) have been reimbursed for employment tribunal fees.

      Probate Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Probate Service in each of the last six months.

      Probate Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff have left the Probate Service in each of the last six months.

      Probate Service: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many agency staff have been employed by the Probate Service in each of the last six months.

      Probate Service: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of service for a member of staff at the Probate Service was in each of the last four quarters.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will place in the Library a copy of the witness statement of the Head of the Export Control Joint Unit dated 27 June 2019 in his...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2019 to Question 267763 on Standard Individual Export Licences: Saudi Arabia, what the estimated value is...

  • Prime Minister

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she held with Government leaders on the situation in Yemen at the G20 Summit in Japan on 28-29 June 2019.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of levels of satisfaction amongst civilian seafarers employed by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and what the results...

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the effect of RPI inflation has been on the value of the pay of civilian seafarers in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary since 2008-09.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average age is of civilian (a) ratings and (b) officers employed by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate she has made of the gender pay gap in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of civilian staff in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are BAME.

      Veterans UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the funding available to Veterans UK.

      Armed Forces Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the armed forces independence payment in providing financial support to veterans.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the war pensions scheme for injured veterans.

      Guided Weapons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it would take, and at what cost, for her Department to procure a Brimstone missile.

      Guided Weapons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it would take, and at what cost, for her Department to procure a Trident D-5 missile.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time personnel are currently in the three branches of the UK's armed forces.

      HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the HMS Prince of Wales will be placed into the service of the Royal Navy.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the conclusion of Operation Sea Breeze.

      Marines: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Royal Marines will be ready to use the Lightweight Multirole Missile against drones.

      Estonia: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force demonstrations her Department plans to conduct in Estonia in the next two years.

      Army Reserve: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she is taking to increase the integration of Army Reserve units in training exercises.

      Army Reserve: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding her Department plans to provide for Reserve Army training in each of the next five financial years.

      Arctic: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when she plans to publish the Defence Arctic Strategy.

      Defence: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when she plans to publish the Defence Space Strategy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Wales on the roll-out of universal credit.

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she will next review the state pension age.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to protect the pensions of UK and EU citizens who have previously worked in the UK but now live overseas.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help people who have been severely affected by changes in the state pension age.

      Pension Credit: Norwich South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people of pension age are entitled to pension credit but do not receive it in Norwich South constituency.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the carer's allowance and for it to be paid for each person the carer is...

      Prisoners' release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people leaving prison in England and Wales were released in the last 12 months with (a) a valid photo ID, (b) a bank account and (c)...

      Pension Credit: Doncaster North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Doncaster North constituency that are eligible to claim pension credit do not claim that benefit.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote neuroinclusion in the workplace.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants over the age of 60 in receipt of universal credit have been sanctioned in the last 12 months.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints to the Independent Complaints Commissioner are (a) allocated to a caseworker and (b) awaiting allocation to a caseworker...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is between a case being accepted by the Independent Complaints Commissioner and being allocated to a caseworker in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints for the Independent Complaints Commissioner were received in 2018; and how many of those complaints have been allocated to...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to improve access to benefits for all people who have been diagnosed as terminally ill.

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests for spilt payments of universal credit have been (a) made and (b) accepted in each of the last three years.

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests for alternative payment arrangements of universal credit have been (a) made and (b) accepted for (i) twice monthly payments...

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 273334, if she will make it her Department's policy to mandate her Department's assessors to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Squirrels: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to control the grey squirrel population.

    • Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of banning the ivory trade in the UK.

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of banning the non-elephant ivory trade.

      Agriculture: Ammonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason agricultural ammonia emissions are not monitored from the majority of UK farms.

      Palm Oil: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of imports of products containing palm oil into the UK.

      Fish: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the (a)...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of homes have water meters in (a) England, (b) the Bywater region and (c) the North Lincs and East Riding...

      Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote alternatives to plastic packaging.

      Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made in incentivising greater reuse or recyclability in plastic packaging.

      Litter: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle coastal littering.

      Borders: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the implications for his policies of the construction of Border Inspection Posts in...

      Motor Vehicles: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will monitor the number of (a) prosecutions and (b) fixed penalty notices for dropping litter from a vehicle in...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2019 to Question 242198 on Horse Racing: Animal Welfare, what the timescale is for...

      Beef: South America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ban the import of beef from South America if it does not meet UK standards for sustainable farming...

  • Home Office

    • Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will urgently commission a national review of stay put advice in fire safety policy.

    • Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2019 to Question 271378, how many people were extradited from the UK to the United States in each year from...

      VFS Global: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints were made to his Department on the Next Generation Visa Services contract delivered by VFS Global in the most recent...

      Deportation: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to young people that were victims of trafficking after they have been returned to their country of origin.

      Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that overseas domestic workers are informed of their rights as workers in the UK; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a response to EDM 2164 on visa costs for Commonwealth service personnel.

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 263224 on Asylum: Detainees, what estimate he has made of the number of people detained...

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the former places of residence of detainees at Dungavel detention centre.

      Reagan Wamajji

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the reasons for the time taken to issue a visa for Reagan Wamajji in advance of his attendance at an event...

      Emergency Services Network: Angus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the locations are of the Emergency Service Network sites that are planned to be deployed in Angus; when those masts will become...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children applied for asylum in 2018 whose age was disputed.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has a target for the time taken to make a decision on a claim submitted to the Windrush compensation scheme.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he will publish data on the time taken between someone submitting a claim to the Windrush compensation scheme and a decision being...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people applying to the Windrush compensation scheme who request a Tier 1 or Tier 2 review will have access to the evidence or data...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people applying to the Windrush compensation scheme will be subject to the immigration exemption to the Data Protection Act 2018.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Windrush compensation scheme, what the average offer has been to an applicant and what criteria his Department uses to...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of child asylum seekers living in adult accommodation.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful appeals on grounds of age were made by asylum seekers who were found to be juveniles in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the need for safeguarding policies to support child asylum seekers erroneously placed in adult...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will allocate more funding to the fire service in the 2019-20 financial year.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for rent convergence in the social housing sector.

    • Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to support local authorities to install drinking water fountains across the UK to reduce...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of affordable homes programme funding was spent in settlements with a population of less...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes for (a) affordable rent (b) social rent and (c) other affordable tenures were (i) started and (ii)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a new and independent regulatory body to oversee...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to A connected society: A Strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change,...

      Buildings: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to (a) increase (a) building and (b) build quality throughout the country.

      Local Government Finance: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what central Government funding Newcastle Local Authority will be allocated for its 2020-21 budget.

      Anti-muslim Hatred Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which (a) persons and (b) organisations the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group has met with in the last 12 months.

      Anti-muslim Hatred Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the terms of reference of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group (a) were last and (b) are next due to be reviewed.

      Stronger Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257559, when he plans to publish further details on the operation...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Professions: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will list the professional qualifications which will no longer be automatically recognised in the EU in the event of the UK...

    • Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of UK nationals who (a) work in the Schengen area and (b) live in the Schengen area and have...

  • Treasury

    • Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on authors of removing VAT from the sale of e-books.

    • Plastics: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to introduce the plastic packaging tax announced in the 2018 Budget.

      Fossil Fuels: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he has taken to discourage investment in fossil fuels overseas.

      UK Trade with EU: Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of customs declarations which will be made by the 240,000 UK businesses that trade only with the EU and will...

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the (a) HMRC analysis underpinning its estimate that in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal the administrative burden on...

      Incinerators: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessments his Department has made of the effect of differing levels of incineration tax on the amount of waste going to (a) incineration and (b)...

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of heated tobacco product covered by the Tobacco for Heating excise category introduced on 1 July 2019 may be brought into the UK by passengers...

      Financial Services: Older People and Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that banks provide sufficient support to elderly and vulnerable customers to access their services.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been challenged by HMRC for promoting or facilitating tax avoidance schemes since 2017.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an end of year tax summary from HMRC in 2018.

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many capital infrastructure projects have been completed as part of the Government’s National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax experts HMRC's Tax Capacity Building Unit and Tax Expert Unit has trained since 2017.

      Revenue and Customs: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of checks undertaken to guarantee the accuracy of the payment of monies greater than...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of UK firms that import data from the EU that would be subject to the EU's rules on...

    • Museums and Galleries: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage more people to visit (a) museums and (b) art galleries in the East Midlands.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to A connected society: A Strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change, published...

      Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257528 on Telecommunications: Infrastructure, whether the supply chain...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the role of free to air sport on public participation in sport.

      Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 10 of the Government Transformation Strategy, how many of the 10 commitments the Government intended to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to increase the level of (a) recycling and (b) reuse to...

  • Attorney General

    • Coroners: Government Departments

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) legal advice and (b) representation at inquests for Government Departments in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the reuse of the sites of former coal-fired power stations; and whether any such plans include using those sites for (1) alternative...

    • Civil Engineering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the civil engineering sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

      Energy: Disconnections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 June (HL16573), why they do not hold data on the number of households who disconnect their energy supply...

      Energy: Disconnections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 June (HL16573), what sources of data on the number of households who disconnect their energy supplies due to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ark Group DMCC: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they paid £19 million to the ARK Group DMCC based in Dubai; and if so, why.

  • Department for International Development

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many soldiers were recruited to the Army Reserve between January 2018 and May 2019.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hunting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of "canned hunting".

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the assistance that seasonal farm workers from the Ukraine could provide in meeting the UK’s agricultural requirements; and...

  • Home Office

    • Lead: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many churches in England have had thefts of lead in each of the last five years.

    • Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are now issuing British passports without the words "European Union" on the front cover; and if so, why.

      Asylum: Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to encourage the integration of asylum seekers into communities.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many outstanding leave to remain cases are awaiting decision by the Home Office.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to engage with businesses, employers and other stakeholders before making a final decision on future salary thresholds for skilled workers...

  • Treasury

    • Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of leaving the EU on 31 October on employment levels.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Betting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 2 July (HL Deb, col 1346), on what evidence they based their claim that the Bet Regret campaign is showing...

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