Written answers

Thursday, 3 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Shared Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to issue new guidance on shared spaces.

    • Northern: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation Northern Rail has paid to passengers for delays and cancellations since the start of the current franchise.

      Northern: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Northern Rail has been fined for cancellations and partial cancellations since the start of the current franchise.

      Railways: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the TfL Oyster fare zones scheme will be extended to cover Berkshire stations beyond West Drayton following the commencement of (a) the TfL...

      A34: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 284860 on A34: Oxfordshire, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaths and (b)...

      Railways: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail connectivity between Wallasey and Liverpool.

      Bypasses: Ipswich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the environment of an Ipswich Northern Bypass; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for a Felixstowe to Nuneaton freight rail link; and if he will make a statement.

      West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to retain a safety critical guard on each train on the First Trenitalia West Coast franchise.

      A34: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290458 on A34, if his Department will take steps to ensure that the environmental impact...

      Department for Transport: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the memorandum of understanding sent from the Cabinet Office to his Department governing the sharing of GOV.UK user data with the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • All Star Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has commissioned an investigation into whether the Directors of All Star Lanes which went into...

    • Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps she has taken to encourage companies operating in the UK to ensure that workers throughout its supply...

      Collective Bargaining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to encourage companies operating in the UK to ensure workers throughout its supply chain are able to...

      Small Businesses: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps she has taken to support businesses in Woking constituency.

      Small Businesses: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that small businesses in East Yorkshire are prepared for the UK leaving...

      Fusion Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of leaving Euratom on the (a) cost to the public purse of...

      Green Deal Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2019 to Question 246545 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, how many of the 107 outstanding...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to (a) promote truth and reconciliation and (b) prevent the re-emergence of conflict...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the UK's international reputation in relation to (a) the rule of law and (b) the...

      Yemen: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with his counterparts in (a) the Government of Saudi Arabia and (b) the Government of Yemen...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to open direct talks with the Houthi leadership in Sana’a to find a solution to the conflict in...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with his (a) Saudi Arabian, (b) Emirati and (c) Government of Yemen counterparts to facilitate...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the recent report by the Royal United Services...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the review of the Protection of Civilians Strategy, if he will include civilian (a) casualty recording and...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) Saudi Arabian and (b) Emirati counterparts on the airstrike on a mosque in Al Sawad,...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to support the renewal and strengthening of the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on Iran's involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

      Eritrea: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of religious freedom and tolerance in Eritrea.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Eritrean troops fighting in Yemen.

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the RUSI and Save the Children report...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that the review of the UK’s Protection of Civilians Strategy includes (a) the vulnerabilities faced by...

      Georgia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to continue its co-operation with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia after the UK leaves the EU.

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the review of the UK Protection of civilians strategy will consider the distinct vulnerabilities faced by children in...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the perpetrators of attacks on civilians in conflict zones are not supplied...

      Zimbabwe: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the British consulate in Zimbabwe is taking to compile accurate inflation data on the price of goods in that country.

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policies of the report entitled, The UK strategy on...

      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 violence at the Bahraini Embassy in the UK on 26 July 2019.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on strengthening protections for the human rights of non-Muslims in...

      United Arab Emirates: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Emirati counterpart on supporting (a) religious freedoms and (b) right to enjoy a place of...

      British Nationals Abroad: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of instances of UK citizens using a non-UK EU consulate in 2018.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Sudanese counterpart on the removal of their troops from Yemen.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the confidence and supply agreement between the Conservative Party and Democratic Unionist Party is allocated to each...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the longest time is that an applicant has had to wait for the renewal of an S1 form in 2019.

    • Psychiatry: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapists in (a) England, (b) the West...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its Green Paper on improving social care.

      York Hospital: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent (a) medical consultants, (b) other doctors, (c) nurses and midwives and (d) other health professionals were...

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many in-patient discharges from beds in York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were delayed because of the unavailability of...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives from Liverpool City Council on preparations for the UK leaving...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that every person whose health makes them more vulnerable to flu is able to receive the winter flu...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of preparations for the roll-out of the aTIV flu vaccine.

      Insulin: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what measures are in place to support the import of insulin from Denmark (Nova Nordisk) and Germany (Sanofi) in the event of the UK...

      Infectious Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who for medical reasons cannot be vaccinated against certain infectious diseases remain...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many individual Healthy Start vouchers have been used in each of the last 10 years for which data are available.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the full NHS People Plan will tackle shortages in the imaging and diagnostic workforce in order to...

      Mental Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to (a) improve standards and (b) ensure patient safety in privately-run mental health units.

      Dementia: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all adult social care workers caring for dementia patients are trained to level Tier 2 of the...

      Ipswich Hospital: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many clinical staff were employed by Ipswich Hospital in each year since 2010.

      Health Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the annual commissioning budget for East Suffolk and Ipswich CCG was in each year since 2012.

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the NHS mental health nursing workforce in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs were recruited to the NHS under the GP International recruitment scheme in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019; and what the cost to the...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Plant Milks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Healthy Starts Voucher Scheme to include the purchase of fortified...

      Opiates: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of deaths related to opioid usage and (b) rates of opioid addiction.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the provision of treatment for (a) opioid and (b) other prescription drug addiction.

      Analgesics: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of regulations on the (a) sale, (b) marketing and (c) proscribing of opioids...

      Drugs: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has his Department made of the effectiveness of regulations on (a) donations from and (b) lobbying by pharmaceutical...

      NHS: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Health of 30 September 2019, on the Health Infrastructure Plan, what...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) level of use and (b) ward occupation rate of NHS hospitals in advance of new NHS hospitals being...

      WiFi: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk to the health of children posed by wi-fi systems in the home; and if he will make...

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the Government is offering to the Government of Pakistan following the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Azad Kashmir.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to require countries in receipt of Official Development Assistance for the health sector to commit five per cent of...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on developing countries of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in his Department are deployed to other Departments and working on the UK leaving the EU.

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, to which Departments staff in his Department are seconded and transferred as a result of preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to establish a requirement for countries in receipt of Overseas Development Assistance for health to make measurable...

      Yemen: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the operability of urban water and sanitation plants by each governorate in Yemen.

      Yemen: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the proportion of Yemeni Government workers by each Governorate in receipt of salary payments; and what...

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) tonnage of commercial imports of (i) food, (ii) fuel, (iii) medical...

      Pakistan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support he is offering to provide for relief and reconstruction for people affected by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake near the town...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all UK aid projects are environmentally sustainable.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian effect of the recent escalation of military activity in Al-Daleh province,...

      Sustainable Development: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Government's report on Investing in a better world: results of UK survey on financing the SDGs, what steps he is...

      Developing Countries: Education

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

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 on zero hunger.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart on an international alliance for achieving Sustainable Development Goal...

      Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Nigeria on the closure of humanitarian international NGOs in...

      Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations the Government has made to the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom on the closure of humanitarian...

      Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations the Government has made to the United Nations on the expulsion of humanitarian international NGOs operating in in...

      Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the humanitarian situation in North-East Nigeria of the closure of international...

      Department for International Development: Crispin Odey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will publish (a) the outcome of all meetings and (b) all call logs between Ministers of his Department and Mr Crispin Odey.

      Overseas Aid: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will commission a review of the conditions attached to Official Development Assistance to ensure that aid recipients follow...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Energy Supply

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

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to make LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education compulsory in all schools.

      Pupil Exclusions: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of pupils who have been excluded from private schools in (a) Lewisham, (b) London and (c) England...

      Pupil Referral Units: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department holds information on the number of pupils attending pupil referral units who were previously educated in the private sector.

      Voluntary Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department will announce whether two further voluntary aided schools are receiving state funding to open.

      Adoption: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department is required to publish data on the number of (a) referrals and (b) matches made by Link Maker for all agencies in England and Wales.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2019 to Question 278348 on Pupils: Disadvantaged, whether he has made an assessment of trends in the level of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2019 to Question 278350 on Children: Day Care, how many short breaks local authorities provided for disabled...

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) regulation of purpose-built student accommodation providers and (b) safeguards for...

      Dance: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the take-up of dancing in schools to help tackle childhood obesity.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the implications for his Department's policies are of the finding by the Children's Commissioner for England in her report, Growing Up North,...

      National College Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who the directors will be of the company limited by guarantee to run the National College of Creative Industries.

      Free Schools: Hampstead and Kilburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent on the proposed Abacus Free School project in Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.

      Apprentices: Barnsley

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

      Adoption: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the security of data on children referred to Link Maker for adoption matching services.

      Adoption: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on ensuring that the most vulnerable children previously matched through the statutory Adoption Register are found adoptive parents.

      Special Educational Needs: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the mean funding is per pupil for SEND provision in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each year since 2015.

      Sixth Form Colleges: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase funding for sixth form colleges in England in 2019-20.

      Children in Care: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of applying Ofsted regulation to semi-independent accommodation for 16 and 17...

      Climate Change: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that environmentalism is in the National Curriculum; and what guidance his Department provides on...

      Financial Services: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of teaching of financial literacy in secondary schools.

      Primary Education: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of primary school places in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey.

      GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of grade inflation in (a) GCSEs and (b) A Levels since 2010.

      Special Educational Needs: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in funding for high needs support on mainstream SEND provision in the Garston and Halewood...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much Apprenticeship Levy funding was drawn down by the NHS on a monthly basis in the financial years (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20 to date.

      Stem Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many women have started courses in STEM subjects at colleges in Dudley in each of the last five years.

      University Technical Colleges: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the take-up of apprenticeships through university technical colleges.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to address the disparity in the provision of SEND support for children between different areas and local...

      Apprentices: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there were in (a) East Yorkshire constituency and (b) Yorkshire in each year since 2015.

      Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish a list including the postcode locations of the Sure Start children’s centres that have closed between 2010 and the most...

      T-levels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the £25 million funding for T levels announced in the Spending Round 2019 will be allocated.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 to give legal recognition to...

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons the Law Commission is undertaking a review into humanist marriages.

      Marriage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding has been allocated to the Law Commission review of the law on marriage.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to undertake a review of the Parole Board guidance on remorse shown by an offender following the release of Vanessa George.

      Trials: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what legislation or guidelines determine who should pay the cost of counsel when a court case is adjourned the night before that trial is scheduled to...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many referrals from Independent Reviewing Officers to CAFCASS on behalf of children in care have resulted in legal action in each of the last 10 years.

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of testing for the use of Gamma-hydroxybutyrate in postmortems when the cause of death is unclear.

      Judiciary: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the guidance issued to Ministers on relations with the judiciary.

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service will publish (a) weekly data on the number of probate grants issued in England and Wales and (b) up to...

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when waiting times for probate grants issued in England and Wales will return to below the historical average of three weeks.

      Courts and Tribunals: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish a list of the courts and tribunals, including the postcode locations, that have closed between 2010-11 and the most recent financial...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been convicted of a serious assault on a prison officer in each of the last five years; and what additional sentence those...

      Homicide: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of homicide did not receive a custodial sentence in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners' Release: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders released from prison following a murder conviction have been on life licence in each year since 2007.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Iran: International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government pursues any export credit guarantees in relation to IMS Ltd’s operations in Iran as sovereign debt.

    • Department for International Trade: Crispin Odey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish (a) the outcome of all meetings and (b) all call logs between Ministers of her Department and Mr Crispin Odey.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • North West: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent meetings Ministers and Official in his Department have had with (a) businesses and (b) public authorities...

    • Sleeping Rough: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department have made of the average life expectancy of rough sleepers in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults...

      Community Land Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to create new community land trusts.

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing financial support for provisions of the...

      Empty Property: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of empty shops on high streets in England and Wales.

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the criteria was for the selection of the 100 places to benefit from the recently announced new Towns Fund.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether each local authority in (a) England and (b) Wales (i) exceeds, (ii) meets or (iii) fails to meet their...

      Port of Tyne: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Port of Tyne has not received grants from the Brexit Readiness Fund.

      Parking: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made in the preparation of a Code of Practice under the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019; if...

      Stronger Towns Fund and Towns Fund: Leigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 291138, on Stronger Towns Fund: Leigh, if he will publish (a)...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the Towns Fund prospectus.

      Digital Technology: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support the digitalisation of high streets in small towns and villages.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to increase the capacity of the UK’s marine patrol vessels to patrol fishing waters in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the mandate of the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, created by the UN General Assembly in December 1996,...

      Ministry of Defence: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he he has taken to ensure the preparedness of the British Army for the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women affected by the increase in state pension age for women born in the 1950s died before receiving their state pension.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support her Department provides to claimants of personal independence payments who have had their motability car removed...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received the enhanced mobility rate of personal independence payments after a successful appeal in the Garston and Halewood...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the disability employment gap is in her Department.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the return envelopes provided for UC50 and ESA50 forms are first class envelopes and the envelopes provided for personal...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many paying parents are in maintenance arrears through the Child Maintenance Service; and how much unpaid maintenance remains outstanding...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason Regulation 4(1) of the Child Support (Child Support Maintenance) Calculations Regulations 2012 provides that a relevant tax...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the time taken for benefit claimants to receive decision letters containing a four week deadline for appeal by...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Child Maintenance Service income challenges by paying parents were as a result of private pension payments not...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many interviews under caution have been held with victims of universal credit fraud.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the processing times for applications made for statutory maternity pay.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the disability employment gap in her Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has implemented the voluntary reporting framework on disability, mental health and well-being in the workplace...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to review universal credit assessment periods when claimants receive two paychecks within the same...

      Health and Safety Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure the Health and Safety Executive receives adequate resources to undertake its enforcement responsibilities.

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment she has made of the average length of time for a claimant to receive their first (a) legacy benefit payment and...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of whether households have reduced their expenditure on non-essential items in order to avoid debt...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a policy of backdating universal credit payments.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her timescale is for the completion of managed migration to universal credit.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 285165 on Children: Maintenance, what assessment he has...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has for Access to Work to fund communication support for disabled people who are required to undertake work-related activity as...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what standards are in place to ensure that disabled people are effectively supported when making a claim to the Access to Work scheme.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) formal and (b) informal referrals to food banks have been made by Jobcentre Plus in each of the most recent 12 months for which...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2018 to Question 141857, approach on sign language, what lessons have been learned from the Scottish...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to answer Question 287927 tabled on 6 September 2019 by the hon. Member for the City of Chester.

      Jobcentre Plus: Interpreters and Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of Job Centre Plus offices that have (a) British Sign Language and (b) language interpreters.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of women affected by changes to the stage pension age, in (a) St Helens, (b) Liverpool City Region...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tree Planting

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

    • Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the keeping of primates as pets.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Committee on Climate Change scenario is being used to calculate any costs associated with afforestation and tree...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

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

      Inland Waterways: St Helens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) restoring sections of and (b) extending the Sankey Canal to join...

  • Home Office

    • Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to restrict the sale of toy knives.

    • Knives: Toys and Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to restrict the sale of toy knives.

      Children in Care: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Section 20 rules to apply to stay in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, what support her Department is providing to...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers he plans to recruit in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK in each year until 2024-25.

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers that will leave the service in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK in...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date his Department plans for the 20,000 new police officers to have completed training at the National College of Policing at Hendon.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers from (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) non-geographic forces were deployed to support the Police Service...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on votes for life for British citizens living abroad.

    • Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, under what authority Special Adviser Dominic Cummings has the ability to (a) hire and (b) dismiss staff from...

      Food Supply: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Operation Yellowhammer document, what plans are in place for the adequate supply and...

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an updated List of Ministerial Responsibilities online.

      Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Ministerial Code.

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the results of the Government's stress testing of the effect of the UK leaving the EU...

      Cabinet Office: Crispin Odey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish (a) the outcome of all meetings and (b) all call logs between Ministers of his Department...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290970 on Brexit, when he plans to publish the costs...

      Food Supply: Ilford North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 286311, tabled on 3 September 2019 by the hon....

      Drugs: Ilford North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 286312, tabled on 3 September 2019 by the hon....

      Business: Ilford North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 286313, tabled on 3 September 2019 by the hon....

      Business: Ilford North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 286314, tabled on 3 September 2019 by the hon....

      Holidays: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 286315, tabled on 3 September by the hon. Member for...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) bidders and (b) successful candidates for tender for the Get Ready for Brexit...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money has been spent from the public purse on placing the Government's Brexit notifications in newspapers.

      Cabinet Office: Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017.

      Cabinet Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on refreshments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Ballot Papers: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken since the judgment issued by Mr Justice Swift in May 2019 that the tactile...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Body Bags: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many body bags have been stockpiled for use in Wales as part of contingency planning for the UK leaving the EU without a...

    • Science: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure adequate supplies of scientific equipment in the event of the UK leaving the EU...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when Ministers and officials of his Department last met with representatives of the UK automotive sector; and what assessment he has...

      Brexit: Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what are the (a) titles and (b) dates of transmission to the EU of all documents prepared for submission to the European Union on...

  • Treasury

    • Low Incomes: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the cost of living for low-income families in Garston and...

    • North West: Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the fiscal effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the (a) automotive industry, (b) pharmaceutical industry...

      Funerals: Pre-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the results of the regulation of pre-paid funeral plans consultation.

      Financial Institutions: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage financial institutions to adopt investment policies which consider (a) human and (b) labour rights.

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to avoid a recession in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions paragraph 8, if he will list all cross-border financial services...

      NoteMachine: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on access to cash of NoteMachine's plans to convert approximately 3,000 of its 7,000 free-to-use machines to...

      Solar Power: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the environment of the increase in VAT on materials used for solar installations to 20 per cent.

      Fossil Fuels: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on the environment of an increase in VAT on fossil fuels.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will instruct the Payment Systems Regulator to take the necessary steps to prevent further reductions in access to free-to-use cash machines.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Official Report...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Official Report...

      Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what licences have been granted by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation with regard to transactions between (a) the UK Government and (b) UK...

      Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his announcement of 28 September 2019 of £16.6 billion to guarantee funding for organisations in receipt of EU programme funding in...

      Banks: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of high street bank branches that have closed in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside and (c) Wallasey...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290754, whether the Government met, held discussions or corresponded with the management of the...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the funding for preparations for the UK leaving the EU have been allocated to preparations for leaving (a) with and (b) without a deal.

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the housing sector of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • YouTube: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the New York Times report, entitled How YouTube Radicalised Brazil, published 11 August 2019, if she will...

    • Children and Young People: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of social media on vulnerable children and young people.

      101 Calls: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessments he has made of the barriers to 3 network customers connecting to the 101 service due to tariff issues.

      Public Libraries: Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether reference copies of statutory instruments are available in hard copy via the public library service; and if she will...

      Tourism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase tourism in the West Midlands.

      Hacker House: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the application from Hacker House for funding from the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund mentioned a trade mission...

      Johnny Mercer: Crucial Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department received oral or written representations from the hon. Member for Plymouth Moor View on the awarding of...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish a list including the postcode locations of the public libraries that have closed between 2010 and the most...

      *No heading*

      What recent steps she has taken to tackle fake news and disinformation online.

      Broadband and Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      What steps her Department is taking to increase (a) broadband and (b) mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

      Youth Centres

      What steps her Department is taking to increase the provision of youth centres.

      Mobile Phones: Scotland

      What recent steps she has taken to increase the (a) strength and (b) reliability of mobile phone signals in Scotland.

      Sports: Tickets

      What recent assessment she has made of the effect on spectators of ticket touting for sporting events.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Bullying

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the number of violent threats made against hon....

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Crispin Odey

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish (a) the outcome of all meetings and (b) all call logs between his office and Mr Crispin Odey.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks for schools of a no-deal Brexit.

    • Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have made to ensure that schools are not adversely affected by a no-deal Brexit.

      Students: Rents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rents levied by developers of student accommodation.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish guidance about how people can reduce their carbon emissions.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the objectives listed in the departmental plan for the Department for Work and Pensions makes no reference to (1) reducing poverty, and (2) the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food and Water: Rationing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for rationing to prevent potential food and water shortages post Brexit.

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