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Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Pedestrian Areas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support visually impaired people through reducing street furniture.

    • Railways: Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent the growth of knotweed along railway lines.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's policy paper, Rail network enhancements pipeline: autumn 2019 update, published on 16 October 2019, when he plans...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason his Department has not encouraged the use of approved automated traffic cone machine, Conemaster, on the strategic road network.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 293525 on Bicycles: Electric Vehicles, what information his Department holds on the...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the introduction of National Minimum Standards on disability awareness training for drivers of taxi and private hire vehicles.

      Department for Transport: Health

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

      Department for Transport: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ratings were trained on tonnage tax qualifying vessels in 2018-19.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 70, how many full impact assessments for measures greater than £5 million his Department...

      Department for Transport: Equal Pay

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

      Department for Transport: Pay

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

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all payments to WS Atkins for work (a) on and (b) about High Speed Two made by (i) his Department and (ii) HS2 Ltd.

      A15: Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from (a) local highway authorities and (b) other stakeholders on allocating funding to enable the A15 North of...

      Transport

      What steps his Department has taken to implement Operation Yellowhammer in the transport sector.

      Railways: North of England

      Whether it is his policy to include services to and from Bradford in Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      Railways: Gloucester

      What steps he is taking to increase rail capacity in Gloucester.

      Taxis

      What steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) safety and (b) regulation of taxis.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of cases heard by the Grocery Code Adjudicator (a) were successfully proven (b) were...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has received from the Committee on Climate Change an estimate of the costs of achieving net zero...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in each year...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Jainism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will invite representatives of the Jain community to national events organised by her Department; and if he will...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of making (a) Diwali and (b) Eid national public holidays; and...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with representatives of Hays Travel on re-employment of former staff of Thomas...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sanctions her Department has introduced for landlords that do not lift their properties out of (a) G and (b) F...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in her Department have had with representatives of (a) building societies, (b) banks and (c)...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) support her Department provides and (b) regulations apply to landlords to enable them to lift their properties...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293680 on Solar Power: Statistics, what assessment his...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 30 September 2019 to Questions 290348 and 290347 on Housing: Insulation, if she will make an...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 292977 on Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent...

    • Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 291141 on Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent...

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made as pen holder of UN Security Council Resolution 2487 of the implications for its...

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Kurdish authorities on the evacuation of British children from north east Syria.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Ilois: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the £40 million fund for Chagossians has been allocated to date by his Department; for what purposes that...

      Syria: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with the Kurdish authorities on their ability to deliver repatriated children to the...

      Nigeria: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress that the National Security Council has made in developing the...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the report of the Pakistani Minorities and Freedom of...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Pakistan Government to encourage the invitation of the UN Special...

      Pakistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to work with his Pakistani counterpart to ensure that child offenders are not executed in Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Pakistani Government on ensuring that child and adult detainees are...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will appoint a specialist officer to work on (a) forced marriage, (b) forced conversion and (c) other issues relevant to...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy for all Government staff working (a) on or (b) in Pakistan undergo (i) religious and (ii) freedom...

      Germany: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with her German counterpart on the effect on a UK citizen marrying a German national who may move...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to investigate allegations of Turkish backed armed forces committing war crimes against the...

      France: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution when Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 20...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports by the National Indigenous Association of Colombia that 97 indigenous...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff of his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Anne Sacoolas was protected by diplomatic immunity (a) in her own right and (b) as a dependent of her husband (i) since...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish (a) correspondence and (b) records of (i) meetings and (ii) phone calls between his Department and...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he was notified of Anne Sacoolas’ departure from the UK in advance of her leaving the country.

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether officials from his Department (a) met with Anne Sacoolas and (b) communicated with Anne Sacoolas by (i) letter, (ii)...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was notified that Anne Sacoolas was intending to leave the UK; and when his Department passed on that...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date his Department was informed by Northamptonshire Police of the alledged involvement of Anne Sacoolas in the death...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish guidance his Department issued to Northamptonshire Police on the treatment of Anne Sacoolas after the death...

      Anne Sacoolas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with his counterpart in the US Administration on death of Harry Dunn in the three weeks after 27 August...

      Armed Conflict: Children

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

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on reports of the use of white phosphorus by that country on...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on reports of that country's use of Jihadi proxies in the capture...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census: Sikhs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291409 on Census: Sikhs, what estimate he has made...

    • Cervical Cancer: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women under the age of 25 died from cervical cancer in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018 and (d) 2019.

      Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Employment: Romford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were in employment in Romford constituency in each year since 2000.

      European Parliament and Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the report entitled,...

      Cabinet Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether all staff of the Prime Minister's Office are paid the London Living Wage; and whether it is a...

      10 Downing Street: Catering and Cleaning Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what arrangements the Government has with contractors for (a) cleaning and (b) catering in 10 Downing Street.

      Cabinet Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of civil servants employed directly or indirectly by each...

      Cabinet Office: Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 904, what the campaigns and initiatives referred to in...

      Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the rules that govern the use of offshore bank accounts by (a) Government Ministers, (b)...

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 359 on Electronic Government: Proof of Identity, for...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in her Department have had with patient groups on the right of referral to research that NHS England committed...

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the adequacy of the provision of essential medicines in the event that the UK leaves the EU on...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the new minimally invasive hip replacement operation will be available on the NHS.

      Visual Impairment: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of stem cell therapy treatment to restore sight.

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of specialist prostate care (a) nurses and (b) doctors in the NHS.

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with psoriasis.

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance on the duties of (a) statutory health providers and (b) local authorities in meeting the care needs of adults...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) women and (b) men have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 within 24 hours of their release from prison in each...

      Hearing Impairment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every deaf child has access to an education, health and care plan.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the progress made in research and response to cystic fibrosis in the last five years.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of reimbursement arrangements for Vertex Pharmaceuticals products for cystic fibrosis in...

      Hearing Aids: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of deaf children have access to radio aids to help them communicate in their early years.

      Hearing Impairment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether audiology Departments are required to collect data on the number of children identified as having hearing loss.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the security of personal data created by genomic sequencing.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons parents and children of people who have died after being infected by contaminated blood products do not receive on-going...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to maintain free health care provision for British citizens living in the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Surgery: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on patient outcomes of the decision of East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Barts Health NHS Trust: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Barts NHS Foundation Trust spent on legal fees in relation to the case of Tafida Raqeeb v Barts NHS Foundation Trust and others...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance the Central Booking Service issued to women in Northern Ireland between the 22 October 2019 and 31 March 2020.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether women from Northern Ireland considering an abortion are able to receive a similar level of counselling as women in England and...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that abortion guidelines issued by professional bodies in Northern Ireland will be the same as...

      HIV Infection: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many men have contracted HIV while waiting to be placed on the PrEP impact trial.

      Autism and Learning Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 293513, on Children in Care, how many and what proportion of children with (a)...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to review the adequacy of mental health services provided by (a) local authorities and (b) mental health...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were seen in Northwick Park's accident and emergency unit in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list in numerical order what the top ten accident and emergency departments were by number of patients seen in each of the...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of critical care and intensive treatment beds at Northwick Park hospital; and if he will make a...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 July 2019 to Question 280282, on HIV infection, if he will place in the Library the number of finished...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of the backlog of maintenance work at Northwick Park hospital; and if he will make a...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for cancer test results in each hospital trust in England in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each subsequent year.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's revised mandate to NHS England for 2017-18, what progress NHS England has made on meeting (a) A&E...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent impact assessment his Department has conducted on the potential effect of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that companies producing and selling tobacco products do not circumvent the Standardised...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women born in (a) 1965, (b) 1966, (c) 1967, (d) 1968 and (e) 1969 have (i) been invited for breast cancer screening and (ii)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Uganda: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of for-profit organisations that deliver education in Uganda.

    • Developing Countries: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 3 July 2019 to Question 272862 on Developing Countries: Third Sector, what proportion of the £1.3...

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 11 July 2019 to Question 272858 on Developing Countries: Human Rights, what plans he has to raise...

      Sub-saharan Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times the Sub-Saharan Africa National Security Strategy Implementation Group has met since its formation.

      Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the membership is of the Sub-Saharan Africa National Security Strategy Implementation Group and Whitehall Africa Group.

      Developing Countries: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support the provision of affordable micro-level insurance services in developing countries.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the HIV epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's programmes in reducing the global incidence of HIV/AIDS;...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to integrate a life cycle approach that reaches older women and men into its work to help disabled...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to meet the Government commitment that all Departments be graded good or very good for the transparency of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of official development assistance spent in the least developed countries.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of bilateral official development assistance spent on education.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation in north east Syria.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 2 October 2019 to Question 290326 and to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290324, if he will introduce the...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help businesses make effective use of the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

      Further Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to close the pay gap between staff teaching further education in further education colleges and staff teaching further...

      Education: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of post-education destinations of deaf young people.

      Department for Education: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to review agency fees in relation to supply teachers.

      Apprentices: Romford

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

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a requirement for school buses to have (a) seat belts and (b) sufficient seats for...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of looked after children in children's homes in each year since 2015.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support improved provision of services by local authorities for vulnerable children.

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of unconditional university offers on the motivation of students.

      Apprentices: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices there have been in arts, media and publishing in each of the regions of England in each of the last five years.

      Corporal Punishment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ban the physical punishment of children.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adjudications there were per 100 (a) male and (b) female prisoners by reason for the adjudication in the latest year for which information is...

    • Prisoners: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of men in prison who have been victims of domestic violence.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to produce a Green Paper on a presumption against shorter sentences.

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of outstanding prison repairs over the next three years.

      Rape: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were in weeks for trials where the defendants entered a not guilty plea for a rape charge in each Crown...

      Burglary: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were in weeks for trials where the defendants entered a not guilty plea for a burglary charge in each...

      Crimes against the Person: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were in weeks for trials where the defendants entered a not guilty plea for an assault charge in each...

      Stalking: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were in weeks for trials where the defendants entered a not guilty plea for a stalking charge in each...

      Religious Hatred: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were in weeks for trials where the defendants entered a not guilty plea for a racially or religiously...

      Firearms: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were in weeks for trials where the defendants entered a not guilty plea for a possession of weapons...

      Legal Representation: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure greater equality between the amount spent on legal representation by (a) families who are publicly funded and (b)...

      Resomation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing resomation to be used as an alternative to flame cremation.

      Ministry of Justice: Ystradffin Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what interest his Department has in Ystradffin Farm, Rhandirmwyn, Llandovery SA20 0PG; and what use is intended for that land.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the letter from hon. Member for Enfield North of 27 August 2019 on the Government's urgent sentencing review.

      Ministry of Justice: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what the reported ethnicity of...

      Legal Aid Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) key performance indicators are for the Legal Aid Agency and (b) average annual performance of the agency has been against those indicators.

      Offenders: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total number of offender work placement hours spent on maintenance tasks was in each year for which information is available, by prison.

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reactive repair limit is under the prison maintenance contract with Amey.

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of six month prison sentences for criminals on re-offending rates.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great...

    • Arms Trade: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a suspension of arms sales to Turkey as a result of Turkish operations in northern...

  • Leader of the House

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Baker Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) undertake a review of the building quality at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island and (b) outline plans to ensure accommodation for serving...

    • Veterans: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans receive an armed forces occupational pension in (a) Mansfield and (b) Nottinghamshire.

      Defence: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase the UK's defence representation throughout the world.

      Army: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether lessons learned from recent urban operations in Raqqa and Mosul where the UK provided non-combat training and advice to partner forces have...

      Ministry of Defence: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what policy changes his Department has made as a result of the declaration of a climate emergency.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Defence: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to modernise defence strategy to ensure the UK can address hybrid threats.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Red Arrows will go on tour to foreign countries in the next three years; and what recent assessment he has made of the effect on UK based...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of new recruits to the armed forces came from the North East of England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving military officers of each rank used the Continuity of Education Allowance for pay for UK-based school fees in the last 12 months for...

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claimants there were in each military rank of continuity of education allowance for placements at (a) Eton, (b) Charterhouse, (c) Harrow, (d)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding from the public purse she is allocating to provide former employees of Thomas Cook with immediate financial assistance.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that universal credit claimants have access to support throughout the application process; and...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 375 on Thomas Cook: Insolvency, how many permanent staff are based at Peterborough...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many errors there were in the processing of universal credit applications in (a) the UK, (b) London and (c) Bethnal Green and Bow in 2018-19.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the estimated number of working days required to process a claim for maternity allowance has changed in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290669 on Social Security Benefits: Suicide, if she will place in the Library a...

      Social Security Benefits: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the effect of delays at Wolverhampton Mail Handling site on the processing of applications for benefits.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Parks: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 8 October to Question 293611, what specific funding for National Parks is included under...

  • Home Office

    • Musicians: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status of visiting musicians from EEA countries to the UK will be after December 2020.

    • Burglary: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of burglaries were committed in the (a) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (b) North Wales Police area in each year...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether European Firearms Passes currently held will be valid in the weeks immediately after the UK leaves the EU.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the number of firefighters.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what the reported ethnicity of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Food Poverty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of food poverty in Scotland of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

    • Police Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for the effectiveness of Police Scotland of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Scotland Office: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what the reported ethnicity of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statement by the Irish Taoiseach on 15 October 2019 that British...

    • Abortion and Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to (a) reform abortion laws and (b) extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Office: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what the reported...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to improve accessibility to the mortgage market for (a) self-employed people and (b) small business owners.

    • Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will made an assessment of the potential merits of waiving tax on generic versions of lifesaving cystic fibrosis drugs entering the UK from Argentina...

      Economic Growth and Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the effect on (a) economic growth and (b) withheld investment as a result of recent developments on the proposals for the...

      Forests: North of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support the work of the Northern Forest in the next Budget.

      Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of revenue lost to the public purse as a result of incorrect filings of dormant companies in each year...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received Specified Adult Childcare Credits in each of the last three years.

      Offshore Funds: Government Controlled Companies and Government Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rules his Department has implemented in relation to payments made by (a) Government Departments and (b) Government-controlled companies to offshore...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which public appointments she is responsible for.

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent from the public purse on influencing public policy...

      Public Buildings: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to replace the flag of Europe with the Union Flag on all public buildings after 31 October 2019.

      Data Protection: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2019 to Question 74 on Government Departments: Data Protection, if she will place in the...

      Badminton and Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Football Association on racism in football and (b) Badminton England on racism...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is Government policy to deliver full fibre broadband to to all premises by 2025.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the underspend of the National Citizen Service was in each of the last five years.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse was of developing policy on Age Verification for online pornography since 2015.

  • Attorney General

    • Prison Sentences: Hampshire

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of requests to his Department in relation to a custodial sentence from people in Hampshire fall outside of the unduly lenient sentence scheme.

  • Department for Education

    • Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase literacy levels in England

    • National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the role of the National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the schools built under (1) the Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme, and (2) the Second Consortium of Local Authorities building...

      Overseas Students: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent supporters from mainland China bullying and intimidating fellow students from Hong Kong in British universities who are...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to reform the provision of support for children with special educational needs; and when they intend to introduce...

      Students: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to increase the amount of support offered to university students who have been victims of sexual assault.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund a UK-wide replacement for the Erasmus+ scheme if the UK cannot associate with the next programme in 2021–27.

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making to enable those adults whose first language is not English to learn the language to a reasonable standard; and what resources they...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to launch the new national strategy for English Language learning announced this autumn; and whether that strategy will include an assessment of the...

      Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they will make in response to the report by Ofsted Exploring moving to home education in secondary school, published on 15 October, regarding...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that children are able to attend school wearing the correct uniform.

      Academies: Accountancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions they intend to apply to those academies who fail to file their accounts on time.

      Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to roll out a home-schooling program with regular checks and tests.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the continuing unrest in Hong Kong, what plans they have to follow the example of the Magnitsky Act legislation of the government of the United...

    • Zimbabwe: Economic Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met with the government of Zimbabwe at ministerial level to discuss the economic crisis in that country.

      Zimbabwe: Economic Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of South Africa about the economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

  • Treasury

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of revenue that may be lost as a result of the implementation of the UK proposals for a new Protocol on Ireland/Northern...

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