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Written answers

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment has he made of the capacity of the rail supply chain to deliver (a) Network Rail’s Control Period 6 enhancements...

    • Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference the Answer of 25 September 2019 to Question 290960, what assessment he has made of the merits for the public purse of giving a train...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 September 2019 to Question 290960, what assessment he has made of the trajectory for rolling stock leasing costs on...

      UK Trade with EU: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions exist within the contracts for freight capacity signed by his Department on 11 October 2019 for changes to the date of the UK’s...

      South Western Railway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he received the most recent report on the financial ratio measurement of the South Western Railway franchise; and what assessment he has...

      First Group: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment of the financial performance of First Group’s existing rail franchises did his Department undertake before the announcement on...

      Northern: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he received the most recent report on the financial ratio measurement of the Northern franchise; and what assessment he has made of the solvency...

      First TransPennine Express: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he received the most recent report on the financial ratio measurement of the Transpennine franchise; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Arriva: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes in the ownership of Arriva for the group’s operations in the UK (a) rail and (b)...

      Roads: North Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to encourage responsible driving and improve road safety in North Herefordshire.

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 22 of the Government's No Deal Readiness report, if he will place in the Library the list of objective criteria for assessing...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan will apply to international (a) aviation and (b) shipping; and what steps he is taking to...

      Crewe-Holyhead Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the budget for High Speed Two has been allocated to rail infrastructure improvement projects from Holyhead to Crewe.

      High Speed 2: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many former executives of HS2 Ltd are now working for consultants providing services to HS2 Ltd.

      High Speed 2: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the companies working for HS2 Ltd have no conflicts of interest.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps her Department has taken to support businesses in Crawley.

    • Health: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of time it will take to meet the Government’s ageing society target of five...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government has made on establishing a public database of conformity asssessment bodies that will be...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the proposals of the trustees of the Mineworkers' Pension...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff her Department have recruited to prepare for the UK hosting of the 26th Conference of the Parties.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when she plans to publish the eligibility criteria for companies seeking financial support as part of Operation...

      Fracking: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government remains committed to the traffic light system to regulate fracking following seismic activity.

      Climate Change: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to ensure that all cross-departmental climate change commitments are upheld in the event that the UK...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will undertake to (a) review fireworks regulations and (b) reduce the maximum permitted noise level of fireworks.

      Renewable Energy

      What steps she plans to take to ensure that the majority of energy generated in the UK is from renewable sources.

      Manufacturing Industries

      What recent assessment she has made of the effect on manufacturing industry of the UK leaving the EU.

      Environment Protection

      What steps she is taking to support the development of new clean-energy technologies.

      Climate Change

      What steps her Department is taking to help tackle the climate emergency.

      Post Offices: East Renfrewshire

      What steps she is taking to help ensure the viability of the post office branch network in East Renfrewshire.

      Post Offices: Cash Dispensing

      What steps the Government is taking to maintain universal access to cash throughout the post office network.

      Wind Power: Scotland

      What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on support for onshore wind.

      Business: South Basildon and East Thurrock

      What recent steps she has taken to support businesses in South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support children in conflict zones throughout the world.

    • Kuwait: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Kuwaiti counterpart on that country's criminalisation of human rights activists; and if he...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to UN General Assembly's First Committee on International Disarmament and International Security 2018 joint...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has a policy on the support and protection of human rights defenders worldwide.

      Papua: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) British and (b) other foreign diplomats have been prevented from entering West Papua.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294234, if he will separate the roles of modern slavery envoy and...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department’s assessment is of when the Government of Syria will assume administrative control of Al Hol and Roj...

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department’s timetable is for the evacuation of British children and their mothers from north east Syria.

      Bahrain: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief visited Bahraini prisons on his most recent trip...

      Bahrain: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Bahrain on the 8 October 2019 letter of political prisoner Ali AlHajee...

      Yemen: Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to help pursue a resolution to the conflict in Yemen.

      Foreign Relations: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date he last met the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Culture and External Affairs; and when...

      Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Mexico to improve protective measures for (a) religious leaders...

      Mexico: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Mexican counterpart on religious freedom in Mexico; and what assessment he has made...

  • Attorney General

    • Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General what steps his Office is taking to prosecute alleged frauds involving multiple persons who cannot afford to bring civil cases against the alleged perpetrators.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • MMR Vaccine: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the take up of the MMR vaccine in London.

    • General Practitioners: Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to implement the recommendation of the National Childbirth Trust's Hidden Half campaign to add a maternal...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what processes are in place to ensure complaints about the NHS are investigated.

      General Practitioners: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure GP surgeries in Southampton are not understaffed.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Duty of Care?: The impact on midwives of NHS charging for maternity care, published on 9 September...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Explanatory Memorandum to The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2019, 7.12, whether in the event of a...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Government targets for physical activity are accessible to all regardless of age,...

      Health: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to meet the Government’s ageing society target of five extra healthier, more independent years...

      Health: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to incorporate research and evidence into healthy nutrition and physical activity into the Government’s...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy for NHS England to require (a) Clinical Commissioning Groups and (b) NHS trusts that have formularies which...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the uptake of the flu vaccine among people with (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary...

      Vaccination: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of vaccines among older people.

      General Practitioners: Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage NHS England to add the maternal six week postnatal check to the GP contract so that all new mothers...

      Hyperactivity: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England's News release, NHS taskforce to drive improvements in young people’s hospital mental health,...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) student midwives there were, (b) people graduated from pre-registration midwifery training and (c) training places for...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the age profile is of NHS midwives, and how many NHS midwives in each age category are (a) UK nationals and (b) nationals of EU...

      Acanthamoeba Keratitis: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to work with manufacturers of contact lenses to educate people on how to minimise the risk of...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290332 and to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290324, if he will...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that hospitals are used to near capacity before new hospitals are built; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure safe and adequate levels of staffing across the NHS to protect patient safety.

      Social Services

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

      Air Ambulance Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he is allocating to air ambulance services.

      Blood Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using genomics in healthcare for the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) findings, (b) conclusions and (c) recommendations of the report entitled, Duty of...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) support people to enter the nursing profession.

      Health Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the risks posed to people living with disabilities by a lack of availability of (a) medicines...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure people living in the London Borough of Southwark with epilepsy can continue to get the...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost per person of participation in the PrEP impact trial.

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 17 October 2019 to Questions 271 and 282 on Out of Area Treatment: Wales, in what format information is held...

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to (a) monitor and (b) maintain standards of obsessive compulsive disorder counselling provided by...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what commitments he plans to make to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services in the UK as part of the UK’s...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients were seen within four hours in A&E in (a) 2018-19 and (b) each year since 2010-11.

      Hearing: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients waited more than six weeks for (a) an initial NHS hearing assessment and (b) a follow-up NHS hearing aid assessment in...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for the treatment of chronic heart disease.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have waited longer that 52 weeks from GP referral to treatment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that London councils are adequately resourced to deliver the additional 40 per cent of places allocated...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to increase women’s rights in developing countries.

    • Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what effect UK overseas development assistance has had on levels of female genital mutilation over the last 10 years.

      Developing Countries: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what effect UK overseas development assistance has had on the take up of primary education over the last 10 years.

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has been invited to the UK-Africa Investment Summit scheduled to take place in January 2020.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had representatives of African Union on tackling child deaths from Aids in sub-Saharan Southern Africa.

      International Conference on Population and Development: UK Delegations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) Ministers and (b) officials will attend as delegates the 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the secretary of state for international development, if he will discuss the importance of advancing adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 2019 Nairobi...

      Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the private sector to delivering sexual and reproductive health programmes in...

  • Department for Education

    • Vocational Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to increase funding for vocational further education courses; and if he will make a statement.

    • Vocational Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to reduce class sizes in vocational further education courses.

      Adult Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to extend full fee remission for adult education courses to full time carers under Adult Education Budget rules.

      Private Education: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) partial bursary places and (b) full bursary places were awarded by independent schools in (i) Edgbaston, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) the...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the £6 million of funding allocated for the implementation of Relationships and Sex Education in England’s schools in 2019-20 will...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) annual income and (b) annual payment for a PFI scheme was for each school in the Bradford district in the last year for which figures are...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which of his Department's programmes he plans to allocate funding for from the soft drinks industry levy in the next 12 months.

      Vocational Guidance: Schools and Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions his Department has taken action against a school or college as a result of providing poor or no careers guidance.

      Apprentices and Training: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the availability of (a) apprenticeships and (b) re-training opportunities in Peterborough for...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on introducing a Takaful-based university fee funding structure.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made adequacy of maintained nursery school budgets when the supplementary funding for the 2019-20 academic year ends.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the planned replacement Erasmus+ scheme for 2020-21 in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal will be open to all students across...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) membership and (b) terms of reference of the working group on sex and relationships education.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether additional funding to further education institutions in England to compensate for the increase in pension contribution under the...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding will be allocated to the Welsh Government to compensate for the additional pension contributions in the further education sector that...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the death of a baby in custody at Bronzefield women’s prison, what steps his Department is taking improve the care of pregnant...

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many dynamic purchasing system contracts for education have been entered into by each prison since 1 April 2019.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total value is of each Prison Education Framework contract entered into since 1 April 2019.

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual budget was for library services for each prison in 2018-19.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the education budget was for each prison in 2018-19.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons are in the comparator group with HMP Parc; for what reason those prisons were chosen; which of those prisons have (a) young offender...

      Cardiff Prison and Parc Prison: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department's statistics identify (a) individual episodes of self-harm and (b) episodes of self-harm by an individual in (i) HMP Parc and...

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on improving educational opportunities for young offenders.

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support his Department provides to help prisoners secure employment on release.

      Judges: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing mandatory training on memory science for judges; and whether he will...

      Remand in Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of children remanded in custody in 2018 (a) received a custodial sentence, (b) were acquitted and (c) were charged with a violent offence.

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence served by people convicted of murder was in each of the last five years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of pre-sentence reports have recommended immediate custody for (a) men and (b) women in Crown courts in each of the last three years.

      Life Imprisonment: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time served in prison by (a) men and (b) women on mandatory life sentences was for those who were released from prison in each of the...

      Prison sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of all determinate custodial sentences handed down to (a) men and (b) women were served in prison.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to delay the start of a custodial sentence for pregnant women and new mothers until a place in a mother and baby unit has...

      Ministry of Justice: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department uses ONS estimates of personal wellbeing in formulating policy; and what policies his Department has introduced to improve...

      Homicide: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to make whole-life orders mandatory when sentencing people found guilty of the murder of a child; and how many child murderers...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many band 3 to 5 prison officers were employed in each male local prison in (a) March 2010 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many repairs were outstanding in each prison in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2018.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution at the Justice Select Committee on 16 October 2019, what the total funding applied for by the Department was in...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the pay system in his Department has been changed to take account of the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on Dudley Metropolitan Borough...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what telephone discussions her Department had with representatives of the US administration between 2 and 7 October 2019 on the imposition...

    • Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department had by telephone between 2 and 7 October 2019 with representatives of the EU on the imposition of US tariffs...

      Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to support Scotland’s small single malt whisky distillers in the event of the imposition of US tariffs.

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of investments made by the UK Export Finance are provided to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Exports: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what environmental assessment UK Export Finance makes before agreements are made.

      Fossil Fuels: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps to end UK Export Finance's funding of fossil fuel industries.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Community Assets: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 14 of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy, what progress his Department has made...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department's definition of subsidy is as used in Annex 2A of the definition of affordable housing in the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for the publication of the Government response to its consultation on Permitted development for...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217590 on Buildings: Insulation, if he will publish the...

      Urban Areas: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will (a) make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the Cambridge University Bennett Institute...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the ban on combustible materials on tower blocks to (a) hospitals, (b) care homes, (c)...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many buildings have received funding from the Government’s £200 million private sector ACM cladding...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of remediation of social sector tower blocks with high-pressure laminate...

      Tenant Fees Act 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on pet owners of the implementation of the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in HM Treasury on the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for the HM Forces Railcard to include armed forces veterans.

    • Warships: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the adoption of quantum computing onboard Royal Navy vessels.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding has been allocated to Royal Navy facilities in Bahrain since 2014.

      Antisubmarine Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve the Royal Navy's anti-submarine warfare capability.

      Ministry of Defence: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291002 and to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290324, if he will introduce the same...

      Ministry of Defence: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what schemes his Department has introduced to recognise the long service of non-military personnel.

      Veterans: Housing and Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps he has taken to support veterans through (a) housing and (b) mental health services.

      Ministry of Defence: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what policies his Department has...

      Mali: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department consulted the Sub-Saharan Africa National Security Strategy Implementation Group and Whitehall Africa Group on the deployment of...

      Trident: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of maintaining the Trident Nuclear Weapons programme in (a) 2019 and (b) the lifetime of that...

      Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff in his Department based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilian staff in his Department based in...

      Veterans: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of online sales of counterfeit military veteran ID cards; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of restoring Local Housing Allowance rates to the 30th percentile.

    • Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations she has received from Peterborough City Council for financial support for local welfare services following the collapse...

      Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to tackle ageism in the workplace.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 13 September 2018 to Question 171307, what steps her Department takes to monitor the personal wellbeing of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department's policy for Jobcentre staff proactively to inform universal credit claimants that they should make a claim to...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the final report from the Young people's future health inquiry entitled A healthy foundation for the future published in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which public appointments she is responsible for.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the total cost to her Department of universal credit scams to date.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) individuals and (b) third party individuals investigated for universal credit fraud have been (a) referred for prosecution and...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase public awareness of universal credit scams.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department's policy to reinstate legacy benefits to people who have been migrated from those benefits to universal credit as...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of universal credit that were referred for investigation into fraud were referred after her Department introduced...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many equal pay reviews there have been in her Department since 2010; what the dates were of those reviews; and whether her Department...

      Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of personal independence payment claims which have been rejected in Scotland in the...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether universal credit advances fraud was noted in her Department's risk register.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nightjars: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the findings of the 2016 Joint Nature Conservation Committee review of Special Protection Areas, (a) what...

    • Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of obligating all retailers to ensure that the packaging of products...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the clarity of the information on recycling provided on the packaging of products...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her officials have had with representatives of supermarkets on the (a) presence and (b) clarity of...

      European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is seeking to remain a member of European Chemicals Agency after the UK leaves the EU.

      European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from industry on the UK’s ongoing relationship with the European Chemicals...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory and consistent (a) UK-wide logo...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to compensate property owners with septic tanks for the expense of (a) upgrading and (b)...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential financial effect on property owners of changes to septic tank regulations...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce plastic waste in fast food outlets.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ensure the enforcement of UK fishing waters in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Bottles: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce a bottle deposit scheme to increase the number of plastic bottles reused and recycled.

      Recycling: High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of high-rise accommodation without a waste shoot that allows for...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure consistency between local authorities on the waste that they collect for recycling.

      Pigs: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce incidents of swine dysentery; and if she will make a statement.

      Ragwort Control Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the effectiveness of the Ragwort Control Act 2003 is assessed; how frequently that assessment take place; what...

      Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to establish (a) a baseline for existing carbon dioxide emissions from agriculture (b)...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of setting up the IT system for UK REACH; and what estimate she has been made of...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the outcomes of the seasonal workers pilot scheme since that scheme opened; and if she...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many workers have (a) entered and (b) left the UK under the seasonal workers pilot scheme.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the geographical distribution by region is of workers that have entered the UK under the seasonal workers pilot scheme.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has received all information that operators are required to provide from the Seasonal Workers Pilot...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspections the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has undertaken on farms employing workers under the seasonal...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of (a) the cost to Natural England of monitoring sites of special scientific interest, (b) the...

      Environment Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of Environment Agency FTE staff on (a) temporary and (b) permanent contracts in...

      Environment Agency: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of site inspections carried out by the Environment Agency in each year since 2014.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many equal pay reviews there have been in her Department since 2010; what the dates were of those reviews; and whether...

  • Home Office

    • Criminal Investigation: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of video recording all investigation stages not being standard practice on (a) charge...

    • Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) US citizens have been extradited to the UK for crimes committed in the US and (b) UK citizens have been extradited to the US...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made on its review of the restrictions on asylum seekers' rights to work.

      Home Office: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many equal pay reviews there have been in her Department since 2010; what the dates were of those reviews; and whether her Department...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department uses ONS estimates of personal wellbeing in formulating policy; and what policies his Department has introduced to improve personal...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's press release, Government’s streamlined messaging service to save...

    • Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent civil servants worked on delivering the objectives of the Government...

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made on transferring Verify to the private sector.

      Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to encourage more people to vote in elections.

      Elections: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people are able to vote in elections (a) confidentially and...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the money allocated from the public purse to the Government's Get Ready for Brexit campaign...

      Public Appointments: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to increase the diversity of public appointments.

      Office for Veterans' Affairs: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of setting up the Office for Veterans Affairs.

      Veterans: Mental Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department is taking steps to incorporate mindfulness and wellbeing into support for veterans...

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the additional cost of delivering the local and Police and Crime Commissioner...

      Business: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many businesses have annual employment costs of (a) £3 million to £20 million, (b) £20...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings officials in his Department have had with EU officials in each of the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • Mobile Homes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 284157, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the UK motorhome industry of...

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what powers he has to sanction tobacco manufacturers for failing to control their supply chain and prevent contraband tobacco entering the UK.

      Bank Mellat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish (a) the amount paid to Bank Mellat to settle their recent lawsuit against the Government and (b) how much the Government spent on...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the level of local housing allowance.

      Football Pools: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing pool betting duty to 10 per cent.

      Football Pools: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce pool betting duty from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.

      Barclays: Post Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Barclays Bank on the effect on rural areas of the bank's planned withdrawal from the banking framework with Post Office Ltd.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance and support his Department provides to people experiencing problem debt.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is still the Government's policy to allocate taxes raised by the stamp duty surcharge on overseas property investors to fund programmes to...

      11 Downing Street: Operating Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the running costs of No.11 Downing Street were in each of the last ten years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when excise duty was last reduced for (a) wine, (b) beer and (c) spirits.

      Equal Pay: Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many equal pay reviews there have been in HMRC since 2010; what the dates were of those reviews; and whether HMRC plans to undertake an equal pay...

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the pay system in HMRC has been changed to take account of the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Mr G...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Third Sector: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 13 of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy, what progress her Department has made towards...

    • Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress her Department has made on the implementation of the Innovation in Democracy Programme.

      Subscriptions: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking with the Advertising Standards Authority to ensure subscription services do not mislead...

      Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made in it's proposal to reduce the duplication of citizen data across Government as stated in...

      Databases: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding her Department has allocated to the (a) creation and (b) implementation of the Government Data Strategy.

      Business: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of data flow contractual clauses which will need to be arranged by...

      Gardens: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to respond to the recommendations made by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in its Fourteenth...

      Broadband: Optical Fibres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to review requirements to obtain wayleave agreements to install broadband supporting fibre cables on...

      Charities: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of remuneration for chief executives in the charity sector in...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent from the public purse on its proposals for age verification for online pornography .

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, what recent representations she has made to social media companies on the dissemination of misinformation from fraudulent...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to protect English heritage sites from decay and neglect.

      Musical instruments: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of compensating musicians for the additional costs incurred through...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 14 September 2018 to Question 171304 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Twitter

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hon. Members have discussed with the House authorities abuse and threats that...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Politics and Government: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of appointing a caretaker devolved government in Northern Ireland.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cameroon: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of political prisoners in Cameroon in the light of the discontinuance of proceedings before military tribunals against...

    • Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) France, and (2) the United States of America, the councils of the United Nations, and the Commonwealth...

      Civil Servants: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants from each department have taken language courses at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language Centre over the past 12 months, and in...

      Bulgaria: Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bulgaria about the behaviour of spectators present at the Bulgaria vs England football match on 14 October.

      Cyprus: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of (1) the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, published...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been their assessment of the implications of the recent Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Cyprus for the Government’s role as a...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 17 June (HL Deb, col 655), whether the Ministry of Defence review of security clearance procedures for Afghan interpreters...

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the contract with thebigword to provide interpreting and translation services to the United Kingdom armed forces in Afghanistan will be reviewed.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 8 October (HL17928), why approximately 90 per cent of applications from those who apply to join the Armed...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases involving children at farms have been investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Public Footpaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 November 2016 (HL Deb, col 1532), what assessment they have made of the current state of the footpath...

    • Public Footpaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 November 2016 (HL Deb, col 1532), what was the outcome of their discussions with the chief executive...

  • Scotland Office

    • Devolution: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests from the Scottish Government for additional powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament in the last six months.

  • Treasury

    • Collateral (UK)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether when the FCA processed the FSMA full Part A application made by Collateral (UK) Limited on 23 March 2016, for which Collateral paid a fee of £1,500,...

    • Debit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review debit card charges for retailers such as vehicle retailers which deal in high value transactions.

      Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prediction by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that a no-deal Brexit would increase borrowing to £92 billion a year and...

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