Written answers

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department and the Civil Aviation Authority will consult on removing the ban on pilots who are over 65 years of age and otherwise fit and...

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish guidance for bus operators relating to disability equality training.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line and East-West Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet Colleagues on a potential intersection between East West Rail and High Speed 2; and what plans he has to...

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 285402 and the 2019 Spending Review, what additional funding will be allocated for (a) walking...

      Rolling Stock: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to encourage the modernisation of train carriages.

      Portsmouth International Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of Operation Transmission on the operation of the Port of Portsmouth in the event that the UK...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to monitor projected changes in the environmental costs of a third runway at Heathrow airport.

      London Airports: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the construction of a second runway at Gatwick airport; and what comparative assessment he has made of...

      Air Travel Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was in the Air Travel Trust Fund in each of the last ten years.

      High Speed Two: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has he made of the stake held by (a) BlackRock and (b) Vinci in HS2 Ltd’s major contractors; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications of the expected increase in passenger numbers following the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport on...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the trajectory for the leasing costs of the new rolling stock on the East Midlands Railway over the course of the asset...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the financing arrangements for the new fleet of rolling stock on the East Midlands Railway; and what...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the long-term health effects of the construction of Heathrow Airport's proposed third runway on...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the cost of flights from (a) an expanded Gatwick Airport with a second runway and (b) an expanded Heathrow Airport with...

      London Airports: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the most recent estimate is of the forecasted cost to the taxpayer of surface infrastructure to (a) an expanded Heathrow with the proposed...

      London Airports: Social Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the social costs of an expanded Heathrow Airport with a third runway compares with the social cost of an expanded Gatwick with a second runway.

      Lower Thames Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Highways England on funding for infrastructure upgrades to existing road infrastructure related to the Lower Thames...

      High Speed Two: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the number of archaeologists required for the construction of HS2; and what discussions he has had with archaeologists'...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for tackling the issue of taxi drivers licensing in a local authority with less stringent standards to the local authority for...

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of the aviation industry to carbon emissions; and what plans his Department has to reduce...

      Roads: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has had from Suffolk County Council on the proposed North Ipswich Route in the last 12 months.

      A14: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on disruptions to freight traffic on the A14; and what estimate he has made of the cost of those disruptions to...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average length of time was for his Department to respond to funding requests for new roads from local authorities.

      Roads: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Highways England on the Ipswich northern route.

      Tyres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban tyres aged 10 years and over on (a) public service and (b) other vehicles.

      Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many inspections into the age of public service vehicle tyres have been carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in the last 12 months.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any distributional analysis has been undertaken by (a) the Government and (b) HS2 Ltd of the passenger benefits that will accrue to towns in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Working Links: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support he can provide to charities and other organisations who have not been paid money owed to them as a result of Working Links going into...

    • Judiciary: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to reform the process for making judicial appointments, including to the Supreme Court.

      Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent progress has been made on implementing the commitment in the Queen's Speech 2017 to introduce an independent public advocate who will (a)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which provider supplies energy to her Department; how much CO2 was emitted through her Department’s energy...

    • Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effect on the energy supply of the downgrade in the forecast for oil demand growth...

      Chippenham 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 Chippenham Natural Gas Power Station.

      Fuels: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure fuel supplies for London and the South East in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure people on low-incomes will not be adversely affected by increased fuel prices in the event...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether customers will have the right to refuse the installation of smart meters in their homes after 2024.

      Carbon Emissions: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department plans to include carbon emissions from UK Overseas Territories in its carbon accounting...

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has made an assessment of the potential risk to the UK's future fuel security should the UK become reliant...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the potential effect on fuel prices of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions, what assessment she has made...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Indonesia: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has provided to help tackle the fires on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia.

    • China: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of which risk factors can cause a person to receive a (a) yellow and (b) red designation under...

      China: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the extent of detention on the basis of allegations made against family members among the...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for (a) human rights and (b) the rule of law of the risk assessment system...

      Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many requests have been made for consular assistance by UK citizens since 2014.

      Kashmir: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Indian counterpart on reports that 13,000 boys have been detained in Kashmir since...

      Kashmir: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to work towards the de-escalation of tensions over the situation in Kashmir; and if he will make a...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with his international counterparts on the situation in Yemen at the UN General Assembly.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage other countries to support greater accountability for violations of (a)...

      Bahrain: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart on reports of violent incidents at the British Embassy in that country.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the availability of documents on the gov.uk website in alternative digital...

    • Government: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make all documents on the gov.uk website available in alternative digital formats.

      Office for Veterans' Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff will be allocated to work for the Office for Veterans' Affairs.

      Rapid Response Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Rapid Response Unit is involved in the Get ready for Brexit campaign.

      Civil Servants: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what sanctions apply to civil servants on the offence of misconduct in public office.

      Cabinet Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how information and data in the Cabinet Office or Government Digital Service which is collected centrally or...

      Government Communication Service: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government Communications Service is taking to ensure that (a) transparency and (b) the values...

      Cabinet Office: Anomaly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has (a) awarded a commercial contract to and (b) purchased digital services from (i)...

      CDL Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is (a) the nature of services purchased by the Government from CDL Group, (b) the value of the contract,...

      Census: Sikhs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Sikhs who did not identify themselves as either...

      Government Chief Digital Information Officer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the working relationship will be between the Chief Digital Information Officer and the Chief Data Officer.

      Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings his Department has had with Liverpool City Council on preparations for the UK leaving the EU...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the postcodes where adverts for the Get Ready for Brexit campaign have been placed.

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of the Get ready for Brexit advertising campaign...

      Tees Valley: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on (a) Stockton-on-Tees and (b) Teesside of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission's report entitled Accuracy and completeness of the electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission's report Accuracy and completeness of the electoral registers in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission's report Accuracy and completeness of the electoral registers in...

      Conservative Party: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any funds from the public purse (a) have been and (b) will be spent on transport to or from the 2019...

      Electronic Government: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will (a) publish the memorandum of understanding between the Government Digital Service and Government...

      Government Departments: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much is being spent by each Department in the Get ready for Brexit campaign; and whether the media buying...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Antibiotics: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of prescriptions for antibiotics issued in the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years; and what...

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which provider supplies energy to his Department; how much CO2 was emitted through his Department’s energy consumption in the...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of benefits of the use of (a) prebiotics and (b) probiotics in the NHS.

      Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of NICE's process of medicines appraisal for new cell and gene therapies.

      Measles: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the UK regains its measles free status.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 287463 tabled on 5 September 2019 by the hon. Member for Halton.

      Biological Standardization Expert Committee: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Report No. 1016 of the WHO Technical Report Series, what the timeframe is for the publication of Report No. 1015 to be...

      Whipps Cross University Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on the need to redevelop Whipps Cross Hospital.

      General Practitioners: Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the GP to patient ratio in the London Borough of Redbridge; and if he will make a statement.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of women with a disability attended cervical cancer screening in the NHS in the last period for which...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September to Question 286636 on HIV infection, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of people...

      British Nationals Abroad: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions paragraph 11iii, what additional funding his...

      Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: Sexual Dysfunction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken, in light of the European Medicines Agency formally declaring that it recognises Post SSRI Sexual...

      GP Surgeries: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding for capital investment is being made available for GP surgery expansion and refurbishment by (a) constituency, (b) local...

      Food: Charities and Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) attendees and (c) topics of meetings his Department has had with representatives of food and drink...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which provider supplies energy to his Department; how much CO2 was emitted through his Department’s energy consumption in the...

    • Developing Countries: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding his Department has allocated to programmes supporting the payment of living wages in global value chains; and whether...

      Developing Countries: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his Department's Economic Development Strategy, what steps he is taking to track progress towards the achievement of...

      Kashmir: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Kashmir following the earthquake on 24 September 2019.

      Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to reports of the army expelling international NGOs from Nigeria, what assessment he has made of the ability of...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement on education funding at the UN General Assembly, what steps he is taking to ensure that the most...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department provides to schools on preventing pupils vaping on school premises; and what estimate his Department has made of the...

    • Schools: North East Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 9 September 2019, HCWS1828, what estimate his Department has made of the additional funding that schools in...

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount his Department has spent on the Getting Ready for Brexit campaign since 23 July 2019; which companies have been awarded contracts by his...

      Home Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of secondary school teachers that have taken on private tuition outside school in the last two years.

      Home Education: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of secondary school children who receive private tuition.

      School Exclusions Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Timpson Review of School Exclusion, what progress has been made on updating guidance for head teachers on their powers to...

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children aged five-years old and under with a special educational need arising from autism or autism spectrum disorder had (a) an Education,...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring that universities throughout the UK adopt system-wide planning process in addition to...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he is making to increase the recruitment and retention of childcare professionals.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of exclusions of young people from mainstream education.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information the Department holds on the real-terms changes to Special Educational Needs budgets by (a) constituency and (b) local authority since...

  • Prime Minister

    • Hacker House: Grants

      To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the grant of £100,000 made to Hacker House in 2019; and if...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to develop fair and ethical trade.

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure that the NHS is not included in a trade deal with the US Administration; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the requirement for electric vehicle charging points on new developments is.

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate his Department has made of proportion of homes purchased under the right to buy schemes that are...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589, for what reasons his Department did not include timber...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September to Question 286248, whether his Department attempted to procure (a) non-fire...

      Hotels: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to extend the ban on combustible building materials to high-rise hotels.

      Future High Streets Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria was used to select successful bids under the Future High Streets Fund; and if he will publish the...

      LGBT People: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the findings from the Government’s research into homelessness in the LGBT community, as...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prevent a potential rise in hate crime in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the ability of local authorities to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a deal;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to row K of the table entitled, Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits on page 46 of the Central Government Supply Estimates...

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 284825 on Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Tankers, when the first refit periods for RFA TIDESPRING and...

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a proportion of the additional £2.2 billion announced in the Spending Round 2019 for the armed forces can be allocated towards increasing...

      Army: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Army recruits who take sick leave return to work to complete their training; and what the average length of absence is.

      Stonehouse Barracks: Royal Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish new basing arrangements for the Royal Marines based at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth.

      Aircraft Carriers: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Scottish shipyard industry on future maintenance of the HMS Prince of Wales.

      Ministry of Defence: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which provider supplies energy to his Department; how much CO2 was emitted through his Department’s energy consumption in the latest period for...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Army bomb disposal units were called out in Northern Ireland between 1 January 2019 and 1 July 2019.

      Conservative Party: Photographs and Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times (a) photographers and (b) videos produced by the (i) Ministry of Defence, (ii) No.10, (iii) Government Communications Service, (iv)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work of 8 July 2019, Official Report, Column 321, if...

    • Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to prevent cases of third-party universal credit fraud taking place during managed migration.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her oral contribution to the Work and Pensions Committee of 24 July 2019, how many of the 1,400 cases to have undergone...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what point during the universal credit claim process her Department checks claims for potentially fraudulent details.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working age people employed in her Department have left work as a result of a (a) disability and (b) long-term health condition in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking taken to encourage the retention of disabled people working in her Department.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department decided to close the Post Office Card Account; and whether her Department has plans to introduce a replacement...

      Social Security Benefits: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what alternative financial provision his Department has made available for young people with SEND who are (a) in full-time further education...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free television licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in (a)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 24 July 2019, reference DL3066.

      Occupational Pensions: Airdrie and Shotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Airdrie and Shotts constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the financial effect on disabled people of the replacement of six income-related benefits with universal...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to prevent third-party universal credit fraud.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that personal independence payment rejection letters are empathetic.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many administrative penalties her Department has levied on individuals who have reported they have been a victim of universal credit fraud.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many interviews under caution have individuals who have reported they have been a victim of universal credit fraud had a legal...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many administrative penalties her Department has levied on victims of universal credit fraud who attended interviews under caution and who...

      Social Security Benefits: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing NHS-funded care home residents with long-term health conditions to claim benefits.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to (a) pilots and (b) cabin crew affected by the liquidation of Thomas Cook.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on reductions to deductions for claimants of universal credit in latest period for which data is available.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit received a (a) budgeting loan and (b) deferral period in the latest period for which data is available.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 285165 on Children: Maintenance, for what reasons she has not made an assessment of the...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect of ending the five week wait for the first universal credit payment on (a) levels of poverty and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of replicating the policy of the Scottish Government to require full medical records to be available...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the merits of only having face-to-face medical assessments for disability benefits if that is requested by...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to publish its report into the factors driving the use of food banks.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 195110 on data protection, what the subject matter was of each of...

    • Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) farms, (b) packing stations and (c) wholesalers in the egg sector do not breach...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on developing a UK fisheries policy after the UK leaves the EU.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the control of genetically modified organisms after the UK leaves the EU; and if she will make a statement.

      Cereals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to support exporters of (a) wheat and (b) barley in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Animal Feed: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to support the import of animal feed in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Eggs: Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of scheduled tests for salmonella in eggs that were (a) carried out behind schedule...

      Food: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to avoid food shortages in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Seas and Oceans: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the findings in the IPCC’s Special Report entitled the Ocean and Cryosphere...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to improve flood defences in (a) rural, (b) coastal and (c) urban areas in response to rising...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on food prices in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a...

  • Home Office

    • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the merits of reintroducing citizenship by birthright.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the effect on international student numbers by country of the decision to extend UK work visas for foreign...

      Borders: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mitigating methods he has planned to provide continuous access to the (a) SIS II database and (b) ECRIS for UK law enforcement and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces have been requested to provide contingency resourcing for Operation Yellowhammer.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that British citizens with properties in EU member states maintain their rights in the event of the...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department spent on refreshments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that workers undertaking fixed-term work have their rights maintained following the...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 4 September 2019, official report, column 175, what the timescale is for the review into...

    • Local Government: Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ensure a level playing field in local economies by making local authorities subject to corporation tax on commercial activity.

      Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an inquiry into delays in resolving the dispute between HMRC and the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust.

      Oil: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to reduce excise duty on UK produced petroleum.

      Airports and Ports: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions, what assessment he has made of potential delays for UK citizens...

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable worst case planning assumptions paragraph 16, what estimate he has made of the proportion of...

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the 95,000 non VAT registered companies estimated to need EORI numbers have registered for them.

      Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of nuisance calls to UK numbers.

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on implementing small-scale DAB radio.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the BBC's decision to change the eligibility criteria for free TV...

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech to the UN Assembly on 24 September 2019, what steps she is taking to develop a...

      Culture: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made on its assessment of the merits of establishing a Town of Culture award.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Northern Ireland Office will make it its policy to support Invest NI in hosting visits by Ambassadors to the UK to the Causeway Coast.

    • Business: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adopting the system used in England and Wales by which businesses can make claims...

      Northern Ireland Office: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department made a cash payment to a civil servant as a result of offence allegedly caused by a royal portrait on display in the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Assistance Animals

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Equality Act 2010, what steps the Government is taking to inform businesses and the service sector of the rights of assistance dogs.

    • Assistance Animals

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to assistance dogs.

      Gender Recognition Act 2004: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 consultation.

      Service Industries: Assistance Animals

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Equality Act 2010, what steps the Government is taking to inform businesses and the service sector of the rights of assistance dogs.

      Assistance Animals

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to assistance dogs.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what the timeframe is for her Department to table the regulations enabling opposite sex civil partnerships under the terms of the Civil...

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what progress is being made on proposals to allow married partners to convert to an opposite sex civil partnership without divorce under...

  • Department for Transport

    • M42

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their criteria for the introduction of Smart Motorways on (1) journey time reduction, (2) number of accidents, (3) reduction in emissions, and (4)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff of Her Majesty's Prison Service have been granted early retirement on medical grounds having been diagnosed as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Eritrea about (1) ending indefinite conscription, and (2) parliamentarians who have been detained...

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the support of Commonwealth countries to provide Hong Kong citizens with a second citizenship and potential place of abode...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to (1) raising concerns about the erosion of democracy and human rights, and (2) encouraging Commonwealth countries to provide...

      China: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of the United States and China about the impact on the world economy of their current trade dispute.

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about the Presidential Order on 5 August which made Article 370 of the Constitution of...

      Russia: G7

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the possible readmission of Russia to the G7.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 July (HL16789), whether any British Armed Forces personnel participated in the chain of...

      Geneva Conventions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how violations of the Geneva Convention should be addressed; and whether any such assessment includes provision for the handling...

      Gaza: Weedkillers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about drift from herbicide sprays, aimed at the buffer zone, but affecting crops and population...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the dismissal of elected mayors and other officials in Kurdish majority areas of Turkey...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about the future of the Rohingya refugees, further to Foreign Minister Abdul Momen’s...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take as a result of the report of the UN Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts Yemen: Collective Failure,...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Foreign Secretary made during his discussions with European partners in Helsinki at the informal meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs...

      EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 August (HL17479), what information on (1) how many times the UK has voted against legislation in the...

      EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 August (HL17479), whether the UK has successfully blocked any proposed EU legislation in the Council...

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 August (HL17479), how many EU laws have been approved by the Council of Ministers since 2009.

      Unrwa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East's mandate is aligned with their...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities are using the approval of new settlement housing units in the West Bank as collective punishment...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities intend to extend the closure of Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem and prohibit any...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran.

      Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) impact of the EU's sanctions on Syria since their imposition in 2012 on (a) the behaviour of the government of Syria, and...

      Zimbabwe: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome of those...

      Nassim Abu Roumi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has decided to withhold the body of Nassim Abu Roumi from East...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding the breaking up of a Palestinian soccer team in East Jerusalem on the grounds that the...

      Jerusalem: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding the recent break up by Israeli forces of a Palestinian Bar Association conference on...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding the taking over by Israeli settlers of dozens of Palestinian-owned springs in the West...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Minister for Asia and the Pacific on 26 March (HC Deb, col 61WH) on forced live organ extraction that they "need to...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Minister for Asia and the Pacific on 26 March (HC Deb, col 61WH) on forced live organ extraction, what conclusions they drew from...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make, if any, to the government of China about reports of forced organ extraction in that country; and what work is being...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 July (HL Deb, col 816), whether the Minister has met Sir Geoffrey Nice, Chair of the Independent...

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the inquiry into the leaking of confidential messages from Sir Kim Darroch will conclude.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Art Works

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who made the decision to put a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen back on display at Stormont House; who was consulted before that decision was taken; on what date...

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