Written answers

Monday, 30 September 2019

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Clostridium: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating patients with recurrent C-difficile infection.

    • Antibiotics: Diarrhoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of patients on antibiotics who developed (a) AAD and (b) CDI/CDAD.

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding the Government allocated to cancer research in each financial year since 2009.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the roles of the members of the (a) steering group, (b) working group and (c) each of the task and finish groups for...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on access to epilepsy medication.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on access to cancer treatment of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Eatwell Guide of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is rationing the supply of medical isotopes in advance of the UK potentially leaving the EU without a deal; and...

      Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of HRT patches; and whether stock levels of HRT patches have been affected by...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Plant Milks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including plant milks in the Healthy Start voucher scheme.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions paragraph 6, what steps his Department is taking...

      Microplastics: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research her Department has commissioned into the effect on human health of ingesting (a) micro- and (b) nano-plastics that have...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all mental health units provide their vulnerable patients with a good level of care.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to deliver Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV.

      NHS Business Services Authority: North East and North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 285061, how many offices the NHS Business Service Authority has in the (a) North...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Single People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the NHS on NHS spending following media reports on 8 September 2019 that the NHS is to review the ban on...

      Health Visitors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in health visitor recruitment in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) his Department's and (b) others liability should medicine shortages, outlined in the Yellowhammer...

      Medical Treatments: Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech to the UN on 24 September 2019, what assessment he has made of the regulatory framework for...

      Maraviroc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has had made of the effectiveness of Maraviroc in patients with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).

      Cystic Fibrosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the stabilisation of cystic fibrosis is part of the NICE quality of life measurement...

  • Prime Minister

    • Government Assistance

      To ask the Prime Minister, which (a) people and (b) businesses applying for Government funding he has provided advice to in each of the last five years; and what advice he has provided.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what instructions UK Border Force staff have been given on EU citizens travelling to the UK on ID cards after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service has met representatives of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to avoid potential delays to passengers because of increased immigration checks at UK borders in the event of the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of applications for settled status that have resulted in (a) an award of pre-settled status and...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of take-up of the EU Settlement Scheme among naturalised EU citizens of non-EU origin.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme who are resident in Luton who have (a) been granted...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s response to the 10th report of the Home Affairs Select Committee 2017-19 HC 515: Policing for the...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional police officers she plans to fund through the Uplift operation for each policy force by 31 March 2021.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what formula her Department plans to use to allocate (a) the initial 6,000 officers and (b) subsequent officers to territorial policing as...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Spending Review 2019, 1.4 Tackling Crime, how many and what proportion of the 2,000 officers planned to be recruited...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2019 to Question 282339, in what circumstances would a prisoner serving a sentence be eligible to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2019 to Question 252533, when her Department will publish the Data Protection Impact Assessment and Policy...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government guidance entitled How the automated check calculates the period of residence, for what reason caseworkers...

      Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service has met representatives of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to extend the eligibility for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens who have been in the UK...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 284212, how her Department plans to treat late applications to the EU Settlement...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to establish a dedicated enquiry line for members' offices to discuss applications made by constituents to the EU...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the average time for calls to the EU Settlement Resolution Centre to be answered.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions paragraph 13, what assessment she has made of which...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions paragraph 13, what assessment she has made of the...

      Gloucestershire Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will increase her Department's grant to Gloucestershire constabulary to pay for the cost of additional police officers recruited as a...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Police Officers and (b) Police employees are subject to (i) suspension from duties and (ii) a restriction on duties on an...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the time taken by Police Constabularies to resolve complaints involving police (a) officers and (b)...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when new guidance for the operation of Police Information Notices will be issued.

      Police: Basingstoke

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the investigation into allegations of discrimination at the North Hampshire Police Investigation Centre in Basingstoke that commenced...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Import Duties: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions paragraph 18, what assessment he has made of the...

  • Treasury

    • Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether guarantor loans will be included in the Breathing Space Scheme to increase protection for the (a) borrower and (b) guarantor and provide and ensure...

    • Banks: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of high street bank branches that have closed in the last five years.

      Bank Services: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that elderly people have access to a bank branch.

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that free to use automated teller machines are available throughout the country.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had with the management of the Royal Bank of Scotland on Thomas Cook UK between 14...

      Personal savings: Fees and charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of capping (a) all charges, (b) custody charges and (c) transfer charges on (i) SIPPs and (ii) ISAs.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of rises in income tax thresholds on income distribution in the last 10 years.

      Low incomes: Food and Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Operaton Yellowhammer HMG reasonable worst case planning assumptions chapter 17, what steps his Department is taking to protect low...

      Bank of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on when the Governor's term of office ends.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will suspend the 2019 Loan Charge while the review of that charge is ongoing.

      Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of UK companies are not required by HMRC to submit tax returns.

      Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of dormant companies in the UK.

      Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what cooperation and sharing of information takes place between HMRC and Companies House on dormant companies.

      Tax Allowances: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual revenue raised by Clause 16 and Schedule 4 of the Finance Act 2018.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the additional revenue that would be generated by including corporation tax in the extension of offshore time limits.

      Gambling: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timeframe is for five-year review of remote gaming duty set out in the 2014 HMRC draft note on Remote Gambling Taxation Reform.

      Dover Port: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of non-compliant trucks arriving at Dover per day for Calais in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Entertainers: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish guidance for musicians and other performers on (a) travelling and (b) working in EU countries in the event...

    • Musicians: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the findings by the Incorporated Society of Musicians that musicians will...

      Business: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of businesses which need to arrange standard contractual clauses.

      Cybercrime: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's announcement entitled New boost to increase diversity in nation’s cyber security...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2019 to Question 277853, whether her Department has set a timescale for the publication of...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to meet the Prime Minister's pledge for full-fibre broadband for all by 2025, including in...

      Hacker House: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the documents held by her Department in relation to the (a) process and (b) decision to grant Hacker House...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there is a requirement that insulation installed under the Energy Company Obligation scheme be of limited...

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there was a requirement that any insulation installed under the now closed (a) Carbon Emissions Reduction...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department plans to include the aviation and shipping sectors in the net zero emissions target.

      Fuel Poverty: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in (a) York Central constituency, (b) City of York local authority area and (c) North Yorkshire are...

      Kilroot Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) generation capacity and (b) estimated decommissioning date is of Kilroot GT Power Station.

      Drax Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) generation capacity and (b) estimated decommissioning date for Drax GT Power Station is.

      Climate Change: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for a UK-wide high profile publicity campaign to raise awareness of the climate emergency.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has been made of the potential effect on the domestic fuel industry of the UK leaving the EU without a...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is her Department's policy to develop new nuclear power stations.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many energy smart meters in the UK are currently operating in dumb mode.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with the bioethanol industry to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU...

      Aviation: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding was allocated to research into electric aviation in the last five years.

      Electric Vehicles: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech to the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2019 in support of electric...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Refuges: Ringfenced Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government provides ring-fenced funding to local authorities to spend on supporting women's refuges.

    • Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of women's refuges operating in England in each year since 2010.

      Stronger Towns Fund and Towns Fund: Leigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department made of the eligibility of towns in Leigh constituency when issuing funding from the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the procurement of new land platforms (a) MRVP and (b) MIV; and if he will make a statement

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that drone safety regulations are maintained when the UK leaves the EU.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to row Q of the table headed Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits on page 46 of the Central Government Supply Estimates 2019-20:...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces will be used to police civil unrest in the event that the scenarios outlined in Operation Yellowhammer: HMG Reasonable Worst...

      Navy: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress the Royal Navy has made on the development of the NavyX project; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh East of 25 July 2019 requesting a meeting with the Secretary of State.

    • Food Banks: Glasgow South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to visit a food bank in the Glasgow South West constituency in October 2019; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to visit a food bank in October 2019.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of Government adherence to the rule of law regarding the issuance of arms export licences to...

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Secretary of State’s letter of 16 September 2019 to the Chair of the Committees on Arms Export Controls, what...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many Equality and Human Rights Commission staff are responsible for assessing the accuracy of employers’ gender pay gap data.

    • Members: Maternity Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with IPSA on their rules on funding for maternity leave.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of obligating all major employers in the UK to publish their gender and ethnicity pay...

      Disability: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the extent of enforcement of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 on discrimination on the basis of disability.

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to update regulations on taxi and private hire vehicles.

    • East-West Rail Link: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to electrify East West Rail.

      A34: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway project on the ability of Highways England to carry out...

      A34: Repairs and maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of improvement works to the A34 (a) overall and (b) in Oxfordshire.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2019 to Question 251432, on Roads: Construction, what assessment his Department has made of whether the...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to (a) bring forward legislative proposals and (b) amend the Charging Standard to (i) further protect cyclists and (ii)...

      High Speed Two: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the salary is for the vacant post of HS2 Ltd Chief Operating Officer.

      High Speed Two: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff have received redundancy payments in each of the last six months; and what the amount of each of those payments was.

      High Speed Two: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd personnel have received bonus payments in the last two years; and what the amount of each bonus payment was.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the final package of support was that Thomas Cook UK requested from the Government prior to its collapse.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle number plate cloning.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how frequently the regulatory framework for drone safety is (a) reviewed and (b) updated in the UK.

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to update the Highway Code; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he has provided to local authorities on the effect of speed bumps on air pollution; and if he will make a statement.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 285042 on Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries, which historic bilateral agreements are (a) most...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to allow rail season ticket holders to reclaim a sum calculated by applying the basic rate of tax to the cost of their...

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional cycling infrastructure funding; and what steps he is taking to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Brazil: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 284857 on Brazil: Climate Change Convention, what discussion he has had...

    • Forests: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps his Department has taken to promote the objectives of the Amsterdam Declaration.

      China: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the level of use of variables on (a) ethnicity and (b) religion in (i) visual identification...

      China: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the number of forced confessions for terrorism-related offences in detention camps in Xinjiang,...

      China: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the extent of the involvement of UK companies in the development of (a) visual identification...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the letter of 16 September 2019 from the Secretary of State for International Trade letter to the chair of...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Secretary of State for International Trade’s letter of 16 September 2019 to the Chair of the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has make of the accuracy of the Saudi Press Agency release of 14 September 2018 that stated that...

      Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department is playing in promoting religious diversity in Iraq.

      West Africa: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle religious oppression against (a) Christians and (b) other religious groups...

      Georgia: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to designate Russia's presence in South Ossetia and Abkhazia as an occupation by that country.

      Emigration: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with other EU member states on ensuring a positive environment for UK citizens wishing...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on UK citizens living in the EU of the UK leaving the EU without a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help strengthen tax systems of developing countries.

    • Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the conclusions of the report published on 23...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make it a condition of Official Development Assistance for the health sector that developing countries allocate five...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to increase Official Development Assistance spending on education.

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help strengthen the tax systems of developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to increase Official Development Assistance spending on education.

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help strengthen the tax systems of developing countries.

      Department for International Development: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional staffing resources his Department has received in the last 12 months to support learning on managing Official...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Save the Children report entitled Transformative Aid.

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help strengthen the tax systems of developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help strengthen the tax systems of developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the conclusions of the Save the Children report,...

      Africa: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Prime Minister's support for solar technology in African countries in his speech to the UN General Assembly on...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in primary schools in Barnsley were eligible for free school meals in each year since 2010.

    • Free School Meals: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in secondary schools in Barnsley eligible for free school meals went on to higher education in each year...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to extend the (a) teaching and (b) use of British Sign Language (BSL) in the (i) classroom, (ii) workplace and...

      Class Sizes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average pupil to teacher ratio was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in York in each year since 2010.

      Education: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the eligibility of EU citizens without settled status to receive state-funded education up to...

      Apprentices: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships starts there were in Wallasey constituency in each year since 2010.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2019 to Question 281567 on Children: Day Care, to which constituencies the £9.1 million was allocated.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2019 to Question 281570 on Children: Day Care, how many local authority areas did not meet the duty to provide...

      Schools: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2019 to Question 278353 on Schools: Charitable Donations, how the income generated by schools is distributed across...

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with the Office for Students on the publication of the results of the subject-level Teaching Excellence...

      Music: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to increase the number of pupils taking GCSE music.

  • Leader of the House

    • Prorogation

      To ask the Leader of the House, when he or his office first communicated to the Private Secretary to HM the Queen the request of the Government to prorogue Parliament.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Supply: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has support water companies in the supply of purification chemicals in the event that the UK...

    • Plastics: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage (a) ports and (b) transport companies involved in the movement of plastic...

      Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent from the public purse on tackling poor air quality in each of the last five years.

      Environment Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on resolving the pay dispute at the Environment Agency.

      Fracking: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of fracking on trends in the level of methane emissions.

      Waste Management: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) residential, (b) commercial and (c) industrial waste originating in England has been sent for processing in...

      Northumbrian Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department has had with Northumbrian Water to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to Policy Connects report entitled Plastic Packaging Plan: achieving zero 'waste' exports, published January...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure the UK meets targets as set out under the European Union Packaging and Packaging Waste...

      Waste Management: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on the environment of vehicle and HGV emissions associated with waste processing...

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: Travel

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much money has been claimed by Members for travel costs to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2019 to Question 252551, Answer of 10 July 2019 to Question 273770 and Answer of 29 July 2019 to Question 280263, on...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was for personal independence payments claimants awaiting an appeal on their claim to be heard in the Garston and Halewood...

      Prisons: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of violence in prisons.

      Prison Officers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the retirement age for prisons officers.

      Universal Credit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays in universal credit tribunal hearings on claimants seeking an appeal; and what the average waiting...

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest waiting time was in weeks for a trial where the defendant entered a not guilty plea for rape in each Crown Court in England and Wales...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to publish the repair completion rate for each prison in each year for which figures are available.

      Prison Officers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were employed in each high-security prison in each quarter since 2010.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list and place in the Library all research his Department has undertaken into short sentences in the last two years.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether existing enforcement orders against companies registered in EU countries will be enforceable; how UK citizens will be able to enforce judgements...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women received a custodial sentence of (i) six months or less and (ii) more than six months in 2018.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British Constitution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will consult on a process by which a written constitution for the UK could be determined; and if he will...

    • Civil Servants and Ministerial Policy Advisers: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers are required to declare whether they have ever been...

      Advertising: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse is of the get ready for Brexit advertising campaign to date.

      Elections: Campaigns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to bring forward the technical proposal for the digital imprint regime.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answers of 25 July 2019 to Question 280367 and 17 July 2019 to Question 276193 and with...

      Census: Jainism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he will hold discussions with the Office of National Statistics on the potential merits of introducing...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has received legal advice on the compliance of the Get ready for Brexit campaign with the European...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal that cannot be...

      Malnutrition: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in England with a (a) primary and (b) secondary cause of...

      General Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has recently conducted a risk assessment of its own capabilities to support a snap election.

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason parts of Operation Yellowhammer: HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions, published on...

      Government Chief Digital Information Officer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the newly created role of Chief Digital Information Officer will replace the unfilled role of Chief...

      Civil Servants: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what advice is provided to senior civil servants on the proper disciplinary approach to take towards civil...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Conduct

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any exemptions to the Cabinet Office Code of Conduct for Special Advisers have been granted to any...

      Government Departments: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to announce the next wave of Government hubs.

      Prime Minister: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Cabinet Office's transparency data on ministerial gifts, what estimate he has made of...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Prorogation: Costs

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost has been to the taxpayer of the unlawful prorogation of Parliament.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students who have overpaid their student loans since 2009–10 have yet to be refunded.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve dementia care research and support for carers of people with dementia across the UK.

    • Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the additional £25 million announced for hospice and palliative services by the Prime Minister on 20 August will be (1) an annually...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with NHS England to ensure that any contracts between the NHS and the providers of hospice and palliative care services will...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to direct the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London to withdraw their prohibition on single women receiving fertility...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement contained in page 34 of the South East London Treatment Access Policy Document 2019/20 that "because of the known...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London to publish the evidence it relied on in developing its policy of not...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 7 August (HL17449), in what format the data are available for average annual waiting...

      Medical Treatments: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took to ensure that board members of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London read the South East London Treatment Access Policy...

      Food: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a snack tax to help reduce obesity.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by the Social Metrics Commission Measuring Poverty 2019, published in July, and the appointment of the new Prime Minister...

    • Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a statutory requirement for public buildings and offices to provide appropriate disposal bins for the disposal of stoma and other continence...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing the (1) scope, and (2) total amount, of housing benefit, including any resulting savings on...

      Food Banks: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that there has been an increase in the number of food banks set up in UK schools.

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