Written answers

Friday, 4 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the necessity of commencing planned works in preparation for High Speed 2 around Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire,...

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Reported road casualties Great Britain, main results: 2018, published on 25 July 2019, what recent steps he has taken to decrease...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the air passenger contribution charge for ATOL protection will increase as a result of the collapse of Thomas Cook.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Air Travel Trust Fund and associates insurance and reinsurance arrangements will be adequate to cover (a) ATOL and (b) non-ATOL...

      Air Travel Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Air Travel Trust Fund to be restored to a sufficient level to cover future collapses following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of repatriating non-ATOL passengers related to the collapse of Monarch Airlines.

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timeframe is in place for the award of contracts under the procurement framework for Brexit freight capacity after 31 October 2019 published by...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to study published by the International Council on Clean Transportation in September 2019, what assessment he has made of the...

      Freight: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the competition for contracts under the Freight Capacity Framework Agreement will be completed and the winning bidders announced.

      Atol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid into the Civil Aviation Authority administered ATOL scheme by UK airlines in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

      Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many public service vehicles inspected by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency were identified as having tyres that exceed the 10-year age...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make it her Department's policy to centrally record the number of workers underpaid through work trials.

    • Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the Plastics and Waste Investment Fund has been allocated to date; and which programmes have received money...

      Business: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to encourage companies operating in the UK to provide public and transparent lists of sites in other...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to support small business growth in (a) London and (b) England.

      Severn 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 Severn Power Natural Gas Power Station.

      New Businesses: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of business start-ups in (a) East Hampshire constituency and (b) Hampshire in...

      Fireworks: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to protect animals from the effects of fireworks.

      Fireworks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle the anti-social use of fireworks.

      Construction: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to reduce carbon emissions in the construction sector.

      Boilers: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 208368 on Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Scotland, how many...

      Stornoway Wind Farm: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Stornoway Wind Farm was unsuccessful in the third Contracts for Difference round.

      Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240591 on Energy: storage, when the Government plans to amend the...

      Stornoway Wind Farm: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effect of Stornoway wind farm being unsuccessful in the third Contracts for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • United Arab Emirates: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his UAE counterpart on the treatment and release of the group of Emirati prisoners of...

    • Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of (a) the United Nations and (b) another independent observer to...

      Kashmir: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the actions of Indian security forces in Kashmir.

      Amazonia: Rain Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote measures to prevent deforestation in the Amazon at (a) the UN and (b) other multilateral...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to ensure that the Chinese government complies with the terms of the 1984...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Hong Kong on the conduct of the Hong Kong police force during...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of time it will take to cross the border between Spain and Gibraltar in the event that...

      Gibraltar: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with trades unions in Gibraltar on the effect on (a) jobs and (b)...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the detention of Uighur Muslims in China.

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the persecution of Christians in that country.

      Wang Yi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the detention of Pastor Wang Yi.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made on preparations to table a UN resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire by all parties in the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Saudi-led Coalition's compliance with international law in relation to the recent attack on...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the involvement in the recent air strikes on a detention centre in Sana’a of UK...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made on the effectiveness of the Saudi-led coalition’s procedures for investigating airstrikes on...

      Yemen: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to support a full, independent UN-led inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by all sides in...

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits holding a debate on UK support for the war in Yemen.

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Finance

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the additional funding for the Crown Prosecution Service announced in August 2019, what criteria he will use to decide how to distribute that...

    • Prorogation: Legal Costs

      To ask the Attorney General, how much was spent by the UK Government in undertaking legal action in the (a) Cherry and others (Respondents) v Advocate General for Scotland (Appellant) (Scotland),...

      Prorogation: Legal Costs

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the legal cases in relation to the prorogation of Parliament.

      Exploitation: Children and Young People

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Crown Prosecution Service's complaince with legislation and guidance relating to the avoidance of...

      Exploitation: Children and Young People

      To ask the Attorney General, what support he is providing to the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that Modern Slavery Act 2015 provisions and associated guidance relating to the avoidance of...

      Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average amount of time was, in each of the last eight years, between a case's first referral to the CPS and the conclusions of that case, for all cases which...

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases have been prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last ten years.

      Unexplained Wealth Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, how many unexplained wealth orders the Serious Fraud Office has (a) applied for and (b) been granted in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) the Serious Fraud Office has entered into in each of the last 10 years.

      Fraud: Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, what the total value is of all assets confiscated by the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the supply of medicines to hospitals in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on HM Treasury’s September 2019 publicity campaign on duty free...

      Doctors and Nurses: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 286692, what equivalent data exists for the county of Hampshire and not limited to...

      Physiotherapy: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on patients of the three month waiting time to see an NHS physiotherapist in Dudley.

      Eyesight: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all patients receive sight saving treatment when they need it.

      Dentistry: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the conclusion of the discussions with the General Dental Council on increasing capacity for the Overseas...

      Dehydration and Malnutrition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England’s Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration 2015-2018 guidance, published on 8 October 2015,...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients readmitted to hospital within (a) zero to seven and (b) eight to 180 days were recorded as suffering malnutrition as a...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 6 August 2019 to Question 280423, what is the remit of the review of national standards for healthcare food for...

      Allergies: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of adrenaline auto-injectors.

      Anaemia and Gastritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to make an announcement on the updating of the NICE guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of (a) pernicious anaemia...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group...

      Dental Services: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) gross expenditure including dental charges and (b) net expenditure was in respect of NHS general dental services in North...

      Hospitals: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many finished consultant episodes there were (a) in total and (b) in each speciality at York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in each year...

      Heart Diseases: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce a national strategy for the prevention of sudden cardiac death in children and young adults.

      Mental Health Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS (a) beds and (b) full-time equivalent staff there were for mental health services provided within the City of York Council...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter from Lord O’Shaughnessy to the hon. Member for Sheffield Central on 21 December 2017, what progress...

      Ophthalmic Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve ophthalmology services.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish data relating to the final two quarters of 2018-19 of Annual Accounts Surplus or Deficit for London Clinical...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for eye care appointments.

      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 NHS providers in Cheshire and Merseyside on preparations...

      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 Knowsley Borough Council on preparations for the UK...

      Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence base his Department used for the guidance issued on (a) vaping, (b) heat-not-burn and (c) other non-smoke nicotine...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence base his Department used to produce guidance on the relative merits of breastfeeding and bottle feeding; and what changes...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable worst case planning assumptions paragraph 20, what four local authorities have...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the absence of additional funding for local authorities in connection with each additional...

      Orkambi and Symkevi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on negotiations with Vertex Pharmaceuticals on access to Orkambi and Symkevi in England.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students with SEN who have completed two years of post-16 education as part of their Education, Health and Care Plan before accessing A-level...

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were placed (a) with foster carers and (b) in residential homes out of county in each year since 2015.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in (a) City of York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England received free school meals in each year since 2015.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release dated 2 September 2019 entitled £30,000 starting salaries proposed for teachers, whether the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children accessing the (a) 15-hours free childcare scheme for three and four-year-olds and (b) 12.5-hours...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children accessing the 15-hours free childcare scheme for disadvantaged two-year-olds in (a) East Hampshire...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children and (b) families accessing the 30-hours free childcare scheme in (i) East Hampshire...

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to respond to the call for evidence on Building Bulletin 100: Design for Fire Safety in Schools, (BB100).

      Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will take steps to change reporting on criminalisation data on children in care to all children in care and not just children who...

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will undertake an independent evaluation on what the evidential basis is for his Department's proposed test standard of BS 7176 for school...

      Secondary Education: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure an adequate number of places at secondary schools in Surrey.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much apprenticeship levy was paid by levy employers in (a) May 2017 and expired in May 2019, (b) June 2017 and expired in June 2019, (c) July 2017...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons children subject to Special Guardianship Orders do not benefit from the same rights of preferential access to schools currently...

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Special Guardianship Orders have been (a) initiated and (b) terminated in each of the last ten years; and how many and what proportion of...

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proposals he has for reforming Special Guardianship Orders.

      Frontline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students participating in the Frontline programme graduated with a diploma or Masters degree in each year since that...

      Graduates: Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have graduated with archaeology-based degrees in each of the last ten years.

      Archaeology: High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the number of qualified archaeologists required for the construction of High...

      Wakefield City Academies Trust: Deloitte and Touche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 31 July 2019 to Question 280190, how much does he expect to pay Deloitte for services in relation to Wakefield City...

      Schools: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the National Funding Formula on (a) the number of school places, (b) spending per pupil, (c)...

      Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will publish data on rates of criminalisation among looked after young people by type of care placement in its annual report,...

      School Exclusions Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Timpson review of school exclusion: Government response, published in May 2019, what progress his Department has made on...

      School Exclusions Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Timpson review of school exclusions, when his Department plans to issue updated guidance on school exclusions to schools.

      Literacy: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase literacy rates of primary school students from lower income households in Dudley.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that routine decision making for a foster child is delegated to their carers as set out in The Children...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure children who are educated outside the school setting can access Relationships, Health and Sex Education...

      Foster Care: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of shortages of foster carers by region.

      Foster Care: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to share innovative practices in foster carer recruitment among local authorities.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when a new children’s commissioner will be appointed to the Northamptonshire children’s social services department.

      GCE A-Level: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the good comparative attainment of Welsh A-level students in 2019, what plans he has to commission a lessons learned review of...

      Social Media: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure young people are being appropriately educated on safe use of social media to prevent violent language...

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons his Department's plans to publish Progress 8 data do not include key data on BTEC Level 2 qualifications; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse has been on advertising in schools in relation to the UK leaving the EU in the last six months.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to schools of increasing starting salaries for teachers to £30,000.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Government makes of the effectiveness of sentences for criminal offences prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Multiple Occupation: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of local authorities using the Town and Country Planning (General...

    • Building Research Establishment: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will publish a full report on the tests undertaken by the Building Research Establishment on behalf...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in light of recent fires involving timber construction materials, whether his Department plans to issue an advice note...

      Housing Associations: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to regulate housing associations to ensure (a) better managements of estates, (b)...

      Help to Buy Scheme: East Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased through the Help to Buy scheme in the East Hampshire constituency in each of the...

      Housing Ombudsman Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applicants were interviewed for the post of Housing Ombudsman.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that previous claimants of the motability component under disability living allowance who have had their...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to extend the six months grace period that claimants of personal independence payments have while awaiting an appeal on...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have (a) had their motability cars removed before a personal independence payments appeal hearing and (b) subsequently had...

      Redundancy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to prepare for potential jobs losses in the event the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated withdrawal agreement.

      Disability: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Trades Union Congress's report entitled TUC calls on Government to make employers report their disability pay gap, what...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library (a) information for each of the benefits in respect to which Kofax Capture software is used and (b) the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken was to process a mandatory reconsideration for personal independence payment in the last 12 months for which...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish details of Access to Work spending by region.

      Disability: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to tackle the disability pay gap in the last 12 months.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of disabled adults of working age in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Scotland received support from the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees left employment in her Department due to (a) disability and (b) long-term health conditions in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017 and...

      Low incomes: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the Sustain Alliance’s report entitled, Brexit food...

      Social security Benefits: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that young people with SEND who are (a) in full-time further education and (b) aged 20 or above have...

      Occupational Pensions: Kilmarnock and Loudoun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who have (a) opted out after being...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on refreshments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of vets that will be required at ports and airports to issue export health...

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she will take to ensure adequate supplies of (a) animal feed, (b) fertilisers and (c) other crop treatments which...

      Agricultural Products: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2017 to Question 118331, what progress has been made on the programme of analytical...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to (a) protect and (b) recognise local products after the UK leaves the EU.

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the NAO report entitled Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Progress in Implementing EU...

      Schools: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mitigation funding is available to schools wanting to reduce the effect of pollution in the surrounding area.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of planned works in preparation for High Speed Rail 2 around Steeple...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on analysing the results of the consultation on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

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

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued to food transport companies on the effect on food quality and safety of delays to...

      Natural England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the funding to Natural England.

      Rivers: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure rivers in England will be compliant with water quality standards by 2027.

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to detect errors in data submitted to the UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.

      Tritium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons there has been a change to permitted levels of gaseous tritium discharges at former Magnox Nuclear Stations...

      Farm Inspection and Regulation Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Farm Inspection and Regulation Review, published on 13 December 2018.

      Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Environmental Audit Committee report, Fixing Fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability,...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the long-term environmental impacts for the Thames Valley region following the construction...

      Clean Air Zones: Leeds and Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by which date her Department will require Leeds and Birmingham City Councils’ approved Clean Air Zone proposals to be...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the national vehicle checking platform being prepared by the Joint Air Quality Unit will enable the public to obtain...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 281681, how much his Department has spent on schemes to encourage...

      Forests: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's plan is for supporting new woodland establishment and tree planting during the transition period from...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to enable the natural regeneration of trees and shrubs to support achieving the UK's...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Department has to prioritise the role of agroecological farming systems including agroforestry in future...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Department is taking to encourage farmers to engage with the tests and trials phase of Environmental Land...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department will maintain rural development funding for (a) community farms, (b) processing, (c) marketing and...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the ability of UK suppliers to meet demand for domestic food consumption in the event of...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Twitter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on promotion on Twitter in each month since January 2019; and which Twitter accounts had...

      Milk: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for the launch of the public consultation on milk supply contracts; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • VFS Global: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2019 to Question 268421, if she will publish details of the Service Levels relating to the Next Generation...

    • VFS Global: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had on whether to extend the contract for Next Generation Visa (NGOV) Services delivered by VFS Global beyond the...

      VFS Global: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints her Department has received about VSF Global each year since the start of its contract with her Department in 2013.

      Migrant Workers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reconsider the £30,000 salary threshold for immigrant workers.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of children of EU nationals living in the UK eligible for British citizenship.

      Marriage Certificates: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale is for the new arrangements to register mothers' names on marriage records under the terms of the Civil Partnerships,...

      Marriage Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals she plans to bring forward under the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act 2019 on the (a) method...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Toilet Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how long supplies of toilet paper will last in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

    • Prorogation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the length of prorogation required in order for the Government to prepare for a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Government has not responded to the letter of the hon. Member for Kingston Upon Hull...

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal from the Verify scheme of service providers on...

      Local Government: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what funding his Department has made available to (a) local authorities and (b) councils to comply with...

      Government Departments: Energy Supply

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2019 to Question 290332 on Department of Health and Social Care: Energy...

      Cabinet Office: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of staff who applied for promotion within his Department from 1 September 2018 to...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Visas: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the merits of visa-free travel between the UK and the EU for short work visits after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Musicians: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on work permits for British musicians living and working in the EU on 1 November...

  • Treasury

    • Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will direct the Chief Executive of HMRC to hold meetings with honourable Members with constituencies that (a) include and (b) are close to...

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing duty on beer.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco: Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Treasury’s September 2019 publicity campaign on duty free cigarettes and alcohol for travellers to EU countries was subject to approval by...

      Free Zones: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of peer-reviewed research on the net effect of free ports and enterprise zone schemes on employment levels.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 2.26 of the print version of the Spending Round 2019 document, whether additional funding will be made available to the (a)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children and (b) families benefiting from tax-free childcare in each year since its inception in (a) East...

      Low incomes: Food and Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate for the effect of potential price rises in fuel and food for low-income families in the North West in the...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the number of contracting roles that will be lost to the UK economy as a result of the roll-out of the off-payroll rules.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost to UK business of the roll-out of the off-payroll rules to the private sector.

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding the NHS has contributed to the Apprenticeship Levy since its introduction in 2017.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many enquiries have been conducted on the tax returns of self-assessment taxpayers excluding trusts, partnerships, charities in each financial year...

      Football Pools: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department has made an assessment of the potential benefits of reducing pools duty to 10 per cent to the industry and local economy in the North West.

      Football Pools: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a review of the effectiveness of the pools duty rate.

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to remove the VAT on all digital publications.

      Football Pools: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the tax on the football pools to bring it in line with taxation rates applying to bingo.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, when responsibility for Bridge Street subway was transferred to the Parliamentary Estate;...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Women and Equalities

    • Mermaids UK: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether Government funding of Mermaids UK will be reviewed.

    • Females: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking, in addition the £5 million centenary fund, to ensure women and underrepresented groups are better...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to support the Home Office in its internal investigation into the causes of the Windrush scandal.

      Churches: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions the Government has had with the (a) Church of England, (b) Church in Wales and (c) Church of Scotland on those bodies' exemption...

      Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans the Government has to encourage more candidates with disabilities to stand for elected office.

      International Women's Day: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much the Government spent on celebrations for International Women's day in each year since 2015.

      EnAble Fund for Elected Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many candidates have been supported through the EnAble Fund for Elected Office; how much of the £250,000 budget has been allocated; and what...

      International Women's Day

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much the Government have spent on celebrations for International Women's day in each year since 2015.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that employers use at least half of their apprenticeship levy spend on new starters.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that employers use at least half of their apprenticeship levy spend on apprentices who are under 30 years of age.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for implementing the commitment in their 2015 report A better deal: boosting competition to bring down bills for families and firms to...

      GCSE: Hearing Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the National Deaf Children’s Society to discuss its report Deaf children across England fall an entire grade behind at...

      Higher Education: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the registration process administered by the Office for Students following the denial of registration to Spurgeon's...

      Higher Education: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what access a college which has been refused registration by the Office for Students has to an independent appeals process.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to refund the £28.5 million of student loan overpayments made since 2009–10; and if so, when.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have to make it mandatory for schools to respond to surveys regarding the presence and management of asbestos on their premises; and what plans...

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