Written answers

Monday, 22 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's news story, Competition opens to create community facilities as Pacer trains retire from passenger service,...

    • Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2019 to Question 273804 on Freight, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the freight network...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2019 to Question 273804 on Freight, what comparative assessment he has made of the value for money of the plans for...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress Highways England have made towards its target of ensuring that the majority of roads with a (a) 1* and (b) 2* safety rating under the...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal for the aviation industry on (a) the passage of flights...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many charging points for electric vehicles there are in England; and how many of those are located in each region.

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to commence negotiations with the First Group on the terms of an extension to the Great Western franchise after March 2020.

      Great Western Railway: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the standard of catering services on the new Class 800 trains operated by First Group under the Great Western...

      Great Western Railway: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on passengers of the decision by the First Group to discontinue its buffet car facilities and replace them...

      Great Western Railway: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to make it a condition of any future extension of the Great Western franchise that an operator must provide full buffet car catering...

      Rail Accident Investigation Branch: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the investigations undertaken by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch since 2010 have involved people working under a zero hours contract.

      Aviation: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of deploying sustainable alternative aviation fuels.

      Luton Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to improve accessibility at Luton station.

      Severn Beach Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is the cost to the public purse is for the maintenance work on the Severn Beach line planned for July and August 2019; and what additional...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road will be subject to a strategic environmental assessment.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) major routes and (b) feeder roads are classified as (i) projects or (ii) programmes for the purposes of determining whether they require...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the benefit to cost ratio of the Oxford to Cambridge expressway road is; and whether that ratio is comparable with other transport proposals...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the benefit to cost ratio of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road includes the (a) cost and (b) effect of (i) new feeder roads and (i)...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project on the Government's greenhouse gas emissions targets.

      Railways: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse...

      Heathrow Airport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential reduction in emissions from aviation as a result of reduced stacking in the event of the completion of a...

      Shipping: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 275205 on Shipping: Exhaust Emissions, what estimate has he made of the capital expenditure...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Clean Maritime Plan, published 11 July 2019, whether the zero-emission shipping target applies to international or domestic shipping.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the recommendations in the Report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing the Government plans to adopt.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the Government's implementation of the recommendations in the Report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of the term non-physical to refer to people with hidden disabilities in the new Blue Badge...

      Community Transport: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether community transport operators relying on the exclusively non-commercial exemption to holding a public service vehicle operators' licence will...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the commitment, in the loneliness strategy to encourage organisations across the transport sector to develop...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the commitment in the loneliness strategy to increase the numbers of drivers trained to support older and...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department’s has made on the commitment in the loneliness strategy to explore with seven mobility centres in England how the...

      Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the UK has plans to be a signatory to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 274560, what the driving test centre service standard travel distance criteria is; what the...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of electric car charging points (a) throughout the UK and (b) in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a...

      Railways: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, what the (a) start and (b) end time was the gathering of information...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the number of deaths and serious injuries per mile travelled experienced in (a) motor cars, (b)...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using drones to detect defects in roads.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal was imported for use in (a) UK coal fired power stations (b) UK steel works and (c) other industrial...

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the equity of the distribution of research and development spending for areas with poor...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Government's target of increasing research and development funding to...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many workers employed by his Department are paid less than the Living Wage Foundation London living wage.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to gain Living Wage Foundation accreditation as a living wage employer.

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ask the Office for Product Safety and Standards to (a) undertake an urgent review of and (b) support...

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that recalled products are not subsequently available to purchase online.

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to participate in the Horizon Europe programme after the UK leaves the EU.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the loneliness strategy 2018, what progress has been made on his Department’s commitment to...

      Avara Avlon Pharma Services: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with AstraZeneca about the collapse of Avara Avlon and enhanced redundancy pay for employees.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility has made in strengthening the...

      Avara Avlon Pharma Services: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Avara about the collapse of Avara Avlon and the enhanced redundancy pay for employees.

      William Hill: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect on trends in the level of high street footfall of William...

      Avara Avlon Pharma Services: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Astrazeneca and Avara Avlon about the (a) three year guarantee on enhanced redundancy...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to provide (a) advice, (b) support and (c) services for small business owners...

      Small Businesses: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support small businesses in towns and small cities.

      Parental Leave: Self-Employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his oral contribution of 16 July 2019, Official Report, column 663, what the timeframe is for his...

      Novartis: Great Grimsby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which ministers he has appointed to the taskforce to find a new buyer for the Novartis site in Great Grimsby.

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost of a UK global navigation satellite system.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many additional staff his Department plans to recruit to Companies House to monitor the verification process...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's public consultation on corporate transparency and register reform published on 5 May...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July to Question 273388 and with reference to the 2015 report of the Department for...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 273388, what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) advice he has...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to work towards finding a political solution to the conflict in Libya.

    • Libya: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support calls for a UN Investigation into the recent airstrike on a migrant detention centre in Tripoli.

      Libya: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on arms sales to combatants in the conflict in Libya.

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sudanese counterpart on the reports of the killing of peaceful protesters in Sudan in June.

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the findings of the BBC Africa Eye investigation that the killing of protesters...

      Mali: Politics and Government

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

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

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

      South Africa: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his South African counterpart in the (a) recent trends in the level of violence and murder...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the evidence of torture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo submitted to his Department by...

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has recently worked with the US Administration on tackling racism globally.

      South Africa: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his South African counterpart on potentially changing the travel advice for UK nationals in...

      North Macedonia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to hold discussions with his North Macedonian counterpart on that country's application to join NATO.

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his Iraqi counterpart and (b) his counterpart in the Kurdistan Regional Government on...

      Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on the safety and security of internally displaced people...

      Rain Forests: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps his Department has taken to help preserve rainforests.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Musicians: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress he has made on ensuring reciprocal mobility agreements between the UK and the EU for people in the music industry that...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many technical notices on ensuring that citizens and businesses have the information they require to prepare for the UK leaving...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hearing Impairment: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2019 to Question 269620 on Hearing Impairment, what steps his Department has taken to (a) issue and (b)...

    • NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help fill vacancies for medical staff in the NHS.

      Dental Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children aged 4 and under were admitted to hospital for a tooth extraction as a result of decay in (a) Coventry North East...

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of NHS hospitals have had vacancies for medical staff unfilled for more than (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and...

      Diabetes: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to use pharmacists to help improve care for people with type 2 diabetes.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the long-term workforce plan for the NHS will consider how many diagnostic professionals are needed to meet the ambition to...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK companies have been issued with a licence to sell cannabis products for the NHS.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he is having with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a long-term and sustainable funding package for the extension of...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 170 of his Department's Annual Report 2018-19 on the increased NHS resource budget and to the Written...

      Sugar: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to public health of stopping the advertising of high sugar milk and...

      Cancer: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to reduce the number of emergency cancer diagnoses in County Durham.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commission a fully-funded long-term cancer workforce plan for the NHS to help ensure increased patient demand is met.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure funding for Clinical Commissioning Groups is equitable and protects patient outcomes.

      Loneliness: Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made against his Department’s commitment, as set out in the 2018 Loneliness Strategy, to test methods that...

      Loneliness: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made against his Department’s commitment, as set out in the 2018 Loneliness Strategy, to improve knowledge...

      Loneliness: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made against his Department’s commitment, as set out in the 2018 Loneliness Strategy, for Public Health...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2018 Loneliness Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to work with the Loneliness Action Group to share...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with (a) sickle cell disease and (b) sickle cell disease and (i) stroke, (ii) chronic kidney disease, (iii) end-stage...

      Hyperactivity: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 15 May 2018, Official...

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many apprenticeship starts in England were funded by the NHS in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19 at each apprenticeship level.

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of waiting time targets achieved by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in each of the...

      Construction and Furniture: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential health benefits of adding an assessment of fire toxicity to fire safety tests for...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 09 July 2019 to Question 275188 on Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services, on what date NHS England plans to...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on the joint scoping exercise carried out by NHS England and NHS Improvement on the review of...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2019 to Questions 242132 and 242133 on Ophthalmic Services, what assessment he has made of the merits...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275828, what the timeframe is for the full withdrawal of the Windows XP operating...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to add universal credit as an option on prescription exemption forms.

      NHS Business Services Authority: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many penalty charge notices have been issued by the NHS Business Authority in each year since 2010.

      NHS Business Services Authority: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many penalty charge notices issued by the NHS Business Authority have been overturned due to wrongly identified benefits on...

      Post-polio Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people with post-polio syndrome.

      Health Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to item 9 of NICE’s public board meeting agenda, 17 July 2019, how will membership of the (a) task and finish groups...

      Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access, how many opportunities there have been for...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral evidence at the Health and Social Care Committee on 9 July 2019, what the expiration date is for the options...

      Drugs: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the stockpiling of goods for sale at Christmas on warehouse capacity for...

      Smoking: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of public health funding for smoking cessation services in County Durham.

      Cancer: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England's Commissioner-based Cancer Waiting Times for May 2019 (Provisional), published on 11 July 2019, for what...

      Continuing Care: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for Standard NHS Continuing Healthcare were completed in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18 and (d) 2018-19.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) practices participating in and (b) children who have benefitted from the Starting Well...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of children under the age of five were seen by an NHS dentist in England in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure all local authorities in England take part in Public Health England’s Oral Health Survey of...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many computers are operating Windows 7 across the NHS.

      Continuing Care: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the assessment process for eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare; and whether he has any plans to...

      Social Security Benefits: Haemochromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to improve her Department's support for people with haemochromatosis in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire and...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to improve support for ex-military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NICE’s multiple technology appraisal process can be applied to treatments evaluated through NICE’s highly specialised...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Clinical Commissioning Groups adhere to the guidance on patient needs to provide...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate additional funding to the NHS in increase spending on (a) infrastructure, (b) the NHS workforce and (c)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated for contingency plans in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights has to (a) promote to partner countries and (b) publicly reinforce the...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make an assessment of the implications for the Government's policies of the finding of the UN Special Rapporteur on...

      Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in eradicating polio globally.

      Amin al-Husseini

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department...

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement by the French Development Agency of €1 billion in equity and €1 billion in loans being...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to monitor, track and publish the proportion of its education spending allocated for delivery by (a)...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support developing countries' national plans to deliver universal health coverage.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has plans to encourage governments of developing countries to invest five per cent of GDP in primary healthcare.

      Poliomyelitis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to make a commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at its pledging conference in Abu Dhabi...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that humanitarian workers globally can carry out their roles without risk of attack.

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272127, which organisation completed the evaluation; and if he will place a copy of...

  • Department for Education

    • School Meals: Vegetarianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on encouraging schools to expand vegetarian options for school meals.

    • Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money has been spent by each school in England on children with special educational needs in each year since 2010.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment he has made of the opening and closing rates of childcare settings in (a) wealthy areas and (b) disadvantaged areas.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Early Years Alliance Minds Matter survey, published 2018; and what steps his...

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of teaching staff currently signed-off from work with a stress-related illness in (a) England, (b)...

      Universities: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the level of financial support available to university students.

      Religion and Sex and Relationship Education: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what role Ofstead will play in ensuring that primary schools comply with (a) relationships education, relationships and sex education and (b)...

      Religion and Sex and Relationship Education: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions his Department has had with OFSTED on the teaching of (a) relationships and sex education and (b) religious education in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether part-time students studying undergraduate courses using distance learning will be eligible to apply for maintenance loans for the 2019-20...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to assist local authorities to increase the (a) provision and (b) affordability of childcare for disabled children in the...

      Information Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of compulsory teaching of information technology until the age of 16.

      Apprentices: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to reintroduce young apprenticeships.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of teachers of the deaf in teaching deaf children.

      Special Educational Needs: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding for special educational needs his Department has allocated from the public purse to schools in Barnsley in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2019 to Question 273502, whether primary legislation is required to place his Department's guidance on school...

      Department for Education: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to (a) increase transparency of the amount of apprenticeship levy spent on different types of apprenticeship and (b) help ensure...

      Apprentices: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2019 to Question 274454, whether his Department plans to collect data which would enable an assessment of the amount...

      Schools: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the financial imbalance in donations received by state schools in affluent areas and those in poorer areas.

      Further Education: Yorkshire and Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to further education colleges in Yorkshire and Humber in each year since 2010.

      GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on pupils using private tutors as scribes in (a) GCSE and (b) A level exams.

      Free School Meals: Norwich South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) children and (b) children eligible for free school meals reached a good level of development at age five in Norwich South in...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve local authority support for vulnerable children.

      Adult Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of adults without qualifications in (a) London and (b) Hounslow Borough.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Recorders sat in each court that was open on the 1 May 2019.

    • Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mediators there are in England; and how many mediations by subject have taken place in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the tribunal service in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in relation to (i) personal independence...

      Youth Custody: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of hours per week was that a (a) child and (b) young adult aged 19 to 21 in custody spent playing sport in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department paid in overtime payments to (a) directly employed and (b) agency staff in each year since 2010.

      Prison Service: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many calls have been made to his Department's body fluid exposure and sharps Injury telephone helpline in each month since December 2017.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of prison staff who are signed-off from work with stress or other work-related illnesses.

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps he has taken to improve the health and safety of prison staff.

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has he made of the adequacy of (a) funding for and (b) access to specialised services for (i) people and (ii) BAME people experiencing...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to (a) raise the maximum penalty for causing death by (i) dangerous driving and (ii) careless driving...

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 270730 on Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety, whether all prison staff who are not directly...

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 270730 on Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety, what assessment he has made of risk to prison staff...

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 270730 on Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety, what steps he is taking to support the physical,...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of uprating the financial thresholds for legal aid eligibility.

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sentenced to imprisonment for (a) 1 month or less, (b) 3 months or less and (c) 6 months or less for each of the offences listed in...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Leadership Magistrates there were by (a) gender, (b) age, (c) ethnicity, (d) socio-economic background and (e) who have declared a disability...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what total Government expenditure on legal aid has been since 1989 in (a) nominal and (b) real terms.

      Prisoners: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 231895, whether prison governors have assessed all new prisoners for learning difficulties and/or...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the review of the definition of positions of trust in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 will conclude in the summer.

  • Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue (a) capital gains tax and (b) stamp duty have raised for the Exchequer (i) in total quantum terms and (ii) as a proportion of total UK...

    • Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the process for allocating a case to an investigator by the Financial Ombudsman Service to reduce the time taken for that process.

      Roads: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of UK Guarantees Scheme guarantees issued to date have been allocated to road projects in Northern Ireland.

      National Productivity Investment Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding was allocated to (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales from the National Productivity Investment Fund in (i) 2017-18, and (ii)...

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Guaranteed Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of credit guarantees provided by the Government to the manufacturing industry in each of the last 10 years.

      Retail Trade: Tax Burden

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) reducing and (b) simplifying the tax burden for independent retailers.

      Government Securities: Islam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Mansion House speech of 20 June 2019, when he plans to issue a second sovereign sukuk; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of using Islamic financial certificates, sukuk to finance infrastructure projects without...

      Bank Services: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) consumers and (b) businesses of the September 2019 deadline for the introduction of...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the role of free ports in tackling global tax avoidance and evasion.

      Incinerators: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) financial and (b) environmental merits of an incineration tax for household waste.

      Raw Materials: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on revenue of a tax on virgin materials including on plastics.

      Corporation Tax: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to lower the corporation tax rate for small businesses.

      Business: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of scrapping quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000.

      Treasury: Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Business and Consumers: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of two-factor payment authentication on (a) consumers and (b) businesses.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of companies that need economic operator and registration identification numbers have them.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent staff, including Revenue and Customs Digital Technology Services Ltd employees, does HMRC have.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that more homes are built to accessible and adaptable standards for older and...

    • Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) quantum and (b) proportion of greenbelt land in England has been built on in each year since 2010.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of houses that have been built in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) Bedfordshire, (c)...

      Professions: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support (a) architects, (b) engineers, (c) approved Inspectors, (d) quantity surveyors and...

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of families with children living in temporary accommodation in (a) Coventry,...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report entitled Capital grant required to meet social housing need in England 2021 – 2031,...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of suitable homes for the elderly.

      Green Belt: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications on Green Belt land in (a) Walsall South constituency and (b) England have been referred...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government remains on track to meet its target of ending rough sleeping in England by 2027.

      Shared Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the shared ownership model for housing development.

      Refuges: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of women's refuges that have closed since 2010.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date he plans to publish the consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which projects currently in receipt of EU funding will continue to receive the same level of funding under the UK...

      Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions the rough sleeping advisory panel has met since its inception, (a) when and (b) where those...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the company Big Ideas was appointed in a contested competitive process to work on the proposed UK Holocaust...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many views on the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial were submitted by the company Big Ideas to the Westminster City...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the company Big Ideas described the alternatives to the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial project to the groups and...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Local Plans that include a requirement on new homes to be accessible...

      Housing: Disability and Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve access to housing for (a) older and (b) disabled people.

      Private Rented Housing: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from pensioners on the challenges they have faced when renting a home from a...

      Devolution: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans for devolution in Greater Lincolnshire.

      Social Services: Finance

      What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding allocated to local authorities for adult social services.

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      What recent progress has been made on the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

      Homelessness: Families

      What recent representations he has received on the effect of the out-of-area placement of families by borough councils on receiving local authorities.

      Housing: Insulation

      What steps he is taking to ensure that unsafe combustible cladding is removed from homes.

      Social Rented Housing

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of new homes for social rent since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure the safety of those who serve on HMS Queen Elizabeth.

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of fixing the (a) propulsion problem and (b) leak on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the ability of HMS Queen Elizabeth to protect UK military interests.

      Veterans: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps her Department has taken to ensure that service members are directed to support services if required when leaving the armed forces.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) procurement and (b) life-cycle costs are for a Royal Navy Astute Class submarine.

      Defence Medical Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned in-service date is for the cortisone IT programme for the Defence Medical Services; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether restrictions have been imposed on the type of stores that are carried by the A400M as a result of vibration problems with that aircraft.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of the programme of work being undertaken by Airbus to increase the (a) serviceability and (b) reliability of the...

      Type 31 Frigates: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which radar system will be attached to the Type 31a frigate.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department has plans to modify the missile systems of P-8 aircraft.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts of a value of equal to or more than £1 billion have had the provisions of Chapter 6 Section 10 of the Green Book applied to them...

      Torpedoes: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it remains her Department's policy to take the Sting Ray lightweight torpedo out of service between 2026-2030; and what plans her Department has...

      Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the 3,865 animals used in scientific procedures at DSTL Porton Down in 2017 were experimented upon under a multiple generic licence.

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence of 25 March 2019, Official Report, column 5, what the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to (a) promote and (b) fund local welfare assistance.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Wales and (d) England (i) made new applications for...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Wales and (d) England that were in receipt of disability...

      Mesothelioma: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference the report entitled, Asbestos-related diseases in Great Britain, 2018, published in October 2018, how many deaths from...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in each of the last ten years.

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment applications by people with multiple sclerosis have been returned by decision makers to assessment...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis have requested a copy of their personal independence payment assessment report following a...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department holds on the number of applications for personal independence payments that were (a) refused and (b) reduced based on...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase access to statutory sick pay for low-paid workers.

      Industrial Accidents: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of recorded workplace deaths in Scotland in each of the last three years.

      Pension Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to the pension credit claim line in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase the (a) provision and (b) affordability of childcare for children of working parents in school summer...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the liability for the whole rent of a property is reflected in the calculation of universal credit in cases where a claimant of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure people liable under the Child Maintenance Service's Direct Pay category pay (a) in full and (b)...

      Child Maintenance Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff worked (a) for the Child Maintenance Service and (b) in the financial investigations unit of that Service in each...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of employment support projects that are funded by the European Social Fund.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of personal independence payment reports completed by ATOS that were categorised as (a)...

      Disability and Society Inter-ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions the Inter-Ministerial Group on disability and society has met in each of the last two years; and which ministers...

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the permanent secretary of the Department of Communities in Northern Ireland on the extension of the review...

      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 rate of the carer’s allowance to match the rate of...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275665 on universal credit: fraud, what recourse is available to people who without their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of universal credit that have taken an advance payment have seen payments reduced by (a) up to 20 percent (b)...

      Termination of Employment: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the proportion of ill-health related job losses that have been attributed to (a) mental ill and (b) physical...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees will be planted in order to reach the Government’s target of 11 million trees in each year from July...

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential increase in the number of Export Health Certificate that will be required in...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to penalise (a) local authorities and (b) companies found to be illegally exporting...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the amount of woodland there was in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      A127: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under which statutory provisions his Department is able to direct Basildon Council and Essex County Council to reduce the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the equity of the transition to environmental land management payments for farms of...

      Construction and Furniture: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to air quality of introducing fire toxicity assessments to fire safety...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the farming and agriculture industry in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c)...

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on salmon stocks in English rivers of seals.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research programmes on the decline of salmon stocks in English rivers his Department is currently allocating funding to.

      Sheep Meat: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Department for International Trade's draft tariff schedule, Temporary rates of custom duty, published...

      Eutrophication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help local authorities tackle eutrophication.

      Wildlife: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the creation of national recovery network maps to identify (a) the...

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the rearing and sale of lamb and mutton of the UK leaving the EU...

  • Home Office

    • Education and Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July to Question 269825, what steps she has taken to implement recommendation 36 (e) of the UN Convention on the...

    • Children: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy of the recommendations of the Children’s Society report, Counting...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrant detainees were referred to the National Referral Mechanism in each year since 2015.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 274616 on the Rough Sleeping Support Service, how many (a) charities and (b) local...

      Biometrics: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the closure of the Crown post office in Luton on the accessibility to biometric...

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of police officers who are signed-off from work with stress and...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2019 to Question 276277 on Immigration: Windrush Generation, what the criteria of proportionality will be...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2019 to Question 276276, whether the reasons for a decision sent to a claimant will include HMRC and DWP...

      Metropolitan Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the Government has allocated to the Metropolitan Police Service in each year since 2015.

      Electric Scooters: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty fines have been issued to electric scooter riders by police in each of the last two years.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria are for exclusion on medical grounds for police recruitment.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to tackle the domestic operations of Hezbollah since its full proscription.

      Deportation: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure UK residents deported to Romania, and subject to detention, are held in conditions that are of an...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 122667 on Hezbollah, whether his policy on not collecting that data has changed since...

      al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he holds on the number of Al Qaeda (a) members and (b) supporters in the UK.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he holds on the number of Daesh (a) members and (b) supporters in the UK.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of the number of illegal seaborne migrants that have crossed the Short Straits (a) from 1 October to...

      101 Calls: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2019 to Question 251240 on 101 Calls: Fees and Charges, whether (a) that review has concluded and (b) he...

      Home Office: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much time off in lieu has been taken staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Sleeping Rough: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rough sleepers there are in Havering; and how many have been deported by his Department's Rough Sleeper Support Service in each of...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the algorithms citizen matching layer and business logic.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will include data on administrative reviews in his Department’s monthly statistics report on applications made to the EU...

      Crime: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether misogynistic crimes targeted at women should be treated as hate crimes by the police.

      Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale is for bringing forward proposals to make acts of deliberate trespass a criminal rather than a civil offence.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a national definition for rural crime.

      Police: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help support police officers who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2019 to Question 229177 on visas: married people, if he will collate and publish figures for (a) the...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union,...

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of applications received in each of the last twelve months for Leave to Remain extension application...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative estimate he has made the proportion of non-UK EU citizens who have applied to the settled status scheme in (a) Wales and...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Gambling

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to tackle problem gambling.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brexit: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) unique visitors, (b) page views and (c) impressions from (i) the UK and (ii) other countries there have been for each of the no-deal...

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on public sector contracts at the (a) NHS, (b) Passport Office, (c) Department for Work...

      Cabinet Office: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the names of the firms his Department has hired contractors from in each of the last three years.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he had made of the number of (a) male and (b) female perpetrators of domestic violence who have also been victims of domestic violence.

      Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of goods procured by the Government were manufactured in the UK in the last 12 months for which information is available.

      Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value of trade (a) exports and (b) imports between the UK and the Irish Republic in each of the last three years.

      Cabinet Office: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Public Sector: Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of computers in the public sector that are using Windows 7; and whether his Department has set a deadline for...

      Public Sector: Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Microsoft on support for Windows 7 operating systems used by the public sector; and whether he has requested an...

      Cabinet Office: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse was (a) of his Department's legal team and (b) in legal fees to the appellant for his Department's defence...

    • Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Defence and Security Organisation core markets are for 2018-19; and if he will make a statement.

      Open Individual Export Licences: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to paper (a) DEP2019-0710 and (b) DEP2019-0711 that were placed in the Library, what the expiry dates were for each of the...

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the role of Scotch whisky as an export product in increasing UK access to high-value overseas markets.

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what opportunities he has identified for further bilateral trade co-operation with Israel after the UK leaves the EU.

      Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what criteria were used to select India, the Philippines, South Africa and Nigeria as the main target countries for his Department's...

      Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what consultation his Department conducted to inform the design of the Investment Promotion Programme.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is his Department's policy that food which meets the standards of the US Food and Drug Administration’s food defect levels...

      Drugs: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the European Commission press release entitled EU-U.S. trade talks: milestone reached in mutual recognition on...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of negotiating as part of a trade agreement between the UK and...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of average price reduction on non-EU goods into the UK from setting a new UK tariff schedule on exit from the EU.

      Department for International Trade: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Import Duties: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential response from the EU on the Government's plan to maintain zero tariffs...

      UK Trade with EU: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of tariffs imposed by the EU on the competitiveness of the UK's export of...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to protect foreign investment in the UK ahead of the the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department allocated to projects to support grassroots sports facilities in Coventry in each of the last five...

    • Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the contribution of pubs to (a) local economies, (b) local employment and (c) the Industrial...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce a 9pm watershed on advertising of junk food products on (a) TV and (b) on-demand services.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the BBC on requiring people in care homes to purchase TV licences; and if he will make...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the cyber security implications of permitting DNS over HTTPS resolvers operating in the...

      Internet: Cryptography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on online safety of the (a) DNS and (b) HTTPS protocol.

      Bookmakers: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to limit job losses as a result of (a) further William Hill (b) other bookmakers branch closures.

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the use of loot boxes in online games aimed at children.

      Rugby: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has allocated from the public purse to wheelchair rugby in each of the last five years.

      Hockey: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to increase funding for hockey at grassroots level across the UK.

      Cultural Heritage: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the French Government's approach to returning African cultural artefacts to their countries of origin,...

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the jurisdiction of the (a) Information...

      Cricket: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cricket pitches that have been sold for (a) housing development and (b)...

      Football Association and Premier League

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many times he has met with the (a) Premier League and (b) Football Association to discuss improving (i) financial...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Transport

    • Traffic Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are conducting a review into the role of the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain; if so, (1) whether they will place copy of any such review's...

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Highways England holds a schedule of rates for (1) damage to Crown Property, and (2) unplanned and emergency works; and if so, whether they will...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Muslim children are being separated from their families, faith and language in schools in Xinjiang; and what...

    • China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that in one township in Xinjiang more than 400 children have lost both of their parents to some form of internment in...

      Eritrea: Health Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 4 July (HL16637), whether they can now provide an assessment of the impact of the...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions and recommendations of the report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Situation of...

      Turkey: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Turkey is planning to establish a permanent military base in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq; and whether...

      USA: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of the United States about the case for independent inspections of detention centres for refugees and...

      Philippines: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the government of the Philippines has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); and what plans they have to discuss with...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about reports of (1) forcible separations, and (2) re-education, of Uighur children...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 July (HL16673), whether they have assessed training provided to the Saudi Arabian...

      Intelligence Services: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people whose first language is not English are employed by each of the intelligence agencies; what languages they speak; and what assessment they have...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that members of the Transitional Military Council were guaranteed immunity from prosecution for the actions of the...

      Omar al-Bashir

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made in bringing Omar al Bashir to trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC); what assessment they have made of the proposal that any...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Sudan about that country becoming a signatory to the Convention on Torture; and whether they will...

      Sudan: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about (1) restoring access to the internet to its citizens, and (2) allowing the dissemination...

      Whitehall History Publishing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the last two publications in the series Whitehall Histories: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Publications previously edited by Gill Bennett and Keith...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that a mother of a wanted Palestinian child was abducted and...

      Israel: Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 4 July (HL16619), whether they expect the government of Israel to join the Nuclear...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities are withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces until certain...

      Jerusalem: Excavation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any damage to Palestinian homes and the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem caused by tunnels created by...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports that Israel’s High Court of Justice refused to hear an Israeli...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that it allowed a settler organisation to acquire the home of a Palestinian...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in Libya, following the removal of pro-Haftar militias from Gharyan by the government of National Accord;...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the United States-led Peace to Prosperity workshop, held in Bahrain on 25 to 26 June, has advanced...

      Iran: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the government of Iran’s announcement on 8 July that it had exceeded the stockpile limit of its...

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the government of Israel about (1) the demolition of Palestinian properties in East Jerusalem, (2) tunnelling in East...

  • Attorney General

    • Criminal Proceedings: Evidence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes, if any, they plan to make to disclosure procedures operated by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that (1) trials are not...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how nationality and country-of-birth data have been used by (1) the Department for Education, and (2) any other third party, since their collection from...

    • Ofsted: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, with Ofsted, in the implementation and training of Her Majesty's Inspectors who are subject specialists.

      Languages: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the 2019 Language Trends Survey, published by the British Council in July, in particular its findings that (1) disadvantaged pupils are...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support (1) the introduction of financial education, and (2) the understanding of consumer products, in secondary schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they introduced community resolution orders as informal punishments for low-level offences in 2014; who was responsible for their introduction; and whether...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Mefloquine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 10 July (HL16834), what steps the Ministry of Defence has taken to address the...

    • Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the action information system in the Type 31e frigates will be compatible with that in the Type 26 frigates in terms of operations room training and...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether contingency work has occurred with BAE Systems to ascertain whether the T26 programme could be accelerated in a time of national emergency or for any other...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disadvantaged: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the report by Barnardo’s Overcoming Poverty of Hope, published on 8 July; and what steps they intend to take to...

    • Pension Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provided to charities that work with older people to support the take-up of Pension Credit in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, and (3)...

  • Home Office

    • Emergency Services: Sirens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 15 November 2007 (HL80), what action they are taking to ensure that drivers of emergency service...

    • Emergency Services: Counselling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce mandatory weekly counselling sessions for (1) frontline police officers in England and Wales, and (2) ambulance staff in England.

      Police: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in technology provided to police officers.

      Crime: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crimes have been recorded as committed by drivers of private hire vehicles in each year since 2013.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 July (HL16591), how many people who have joined police forces through (1) the Direct...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether government departments or agencies use the term “domestic extremism” in any capacity; and, if so, what assessment they have made of its (1)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Bain and Company

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 15 July (HL16911), whether they will cease using Bain and Company for consultancy work.

  • Treasury

    • Parcels: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure more foreign companies sign up to the new parcel tax scheme in preparation for a possible no-deal Brexit.

    • Doctors: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revisit the 2016 rule changes to tax relief for medical practitioners, in order to resolve the current staffing crisis.

      Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 8 July (HL16704), whether they will carry out a cumulative impact assessment of tax and spending...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Commonwealth Games 2022: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the capital costs of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham; and how those costs will be split among (1) central...

    • Commonwealth Games 2022: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether staffing and other running costs of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be covered by (1) admission charges, (2) sponsorships, (3)...

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