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Written answers

Monday, 28 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the Highways England Innovation Fund has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on developing of automated traffic cone machines and...

    • Train Operating Companies: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s regulation of the (a) finances, (b) performance, (c) public interest...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Government innovation funds for automated traffic cone technology, how much funding has been awarded to date; and on what date each...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the designated Innovation Fund for development of automated traffic cone machines and associated technology, which recipients are...

      Crewe-Holyhead Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1588 on Crewe-Holyhead Railway Line, what recommendations were made on the strategic outline...

      Department for Transport: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors to pay the...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of local authority commitments to introduce reduced rate bus passes for women affected by the Pensions Act 1995;...

      West Midlands Trains: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 May 2003 to Question 113237 on rail strikes, whether West Midlands Trains has an indemnification clause in its...

      West Midlands Trains: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 May 2003 to Question 113237 on rail strikes, whether (a) he or (b) his Department has had any correspondence with...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of extending the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme to peak-time travel.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the 16-25 Railcard in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Domestic Appliances: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make it her policy to introduce regulations comparable to EU right to repair regulations for appliances...

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has been made of the advantages and disadvantages of appointing the role of President of the 26th...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she plans to establish an advisory board to support her Department’s preparations for hosting the 26th...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department plans to submit a new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which is separate from the EU's...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings officials in her Department have had with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

      Rain Forests: Amazonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 2 October to Question 290776 on Rain Forests: Amazonia, if she will make an assessment...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 14 September 2018 to Question 171303, what progress her Department has made in its...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to ensure (a) competitive and (b) fair market tariffs are available under the Smart...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on average household energy bills of the UK leaving the EU.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the cost of electricity to consumers.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps she has taken to encourage Government Departments to sign the UK Steel Charter.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of her Department's policies have been formulated with reference to research from the Behavioural Insights...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 1123, what additional public funding has been made available to...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 740, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of...

      Heating: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her Department’s policy is on the decarbonisation of heating in Scotland.

      Heating: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the level of funding required to decarbonise gas distribution networks in Scotland.

      Natural Gas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the role of investment in gas distribution networks in tackling fuel poverty in Scotland.

      Natural Gas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made in the role of gas distribution networks in Scotland in achieving Scotland’s...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate has been made of the number of Thomas Cook employees who were based at the company's headquarters in...

      Wind Power: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions she has had with devolved Administrations on ensuring that warning lights on onshore wind turbines do...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effects of (a) low-frequency sound and (b) amplitude...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with the devolved Administrations on distribution density of onshore wind...

      Wind Power: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking with devolved Administrations to address negative perceptions of the effects of onshore wind...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) help ensure that all parties to the conflict in north east Syria uphold their obligations under...

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that all parties to the conflict in Yemen comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2451.

      Yemen: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of discrimination against members of the Baha’i faith by Houthi...

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support democratic processes in Bangladesh to ensure fair and transparent elections in...

      Bangladesh: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the safety of journalists in that country.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help ensure the safety of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; and if he will make a...

      Bangladesh: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on enforced disappearances of opposition party members in that country.

      Bangladesh: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the safety of LGBT+ activists in that country.

      Tunisia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Tunisian counterpart on the outcome of the elections of 15 September 2019 in that country.

      Saudi Arabia: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the drone attacks on oil refineries in that country.

      Lebanon: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Lebanese counterpart on tackling drug trafficking in that country.

      Egypt: Economic Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on that country's economic objectives.

      Egypt: Zionism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Defence and (b) his Egyptian counterpart on that country's...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help resolve the situation in the Kurdish controlled territory of northern...

      Cameroon: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Cameroon.

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whom he plans to recommend Her Majesty appoints as her ambassador to the United States of America.

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to recommend the appointment of a new ambassador to the United States of America.

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to repatriate all British children and their mothers from North East Syria to the UK.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Islam

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

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of reports of the use of white phosphorus on Kurdish civilians in north east Syria.

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his timescale is for publication of the outcome of his Department's review of the Government’s approach to...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the protection of civilians agenda during the UK...

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the repatriation of British children and their mothers...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to comply with UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/73/295 of 22 May 2019 which demands that the UK...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to provide psychological support to UK children returning from northern Syria; and if he...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on the detention in that country of writers, opposition...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 115, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of...

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

      1 Carlton Gardens: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the annual running cost of 1 Carlton Gardens was in each of the last 10 years.

      1 Carlton Gardens: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on repairs and maintenance of No. 1 Carlton Gardens in each of the last 10 years.

      Chevening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on its (a) use, (b) maintenance, (c) enhancement and (d) repair of Chevening House in the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 707 on Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma, how many proposed...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of acquiring goods and services from Burmese military-owned companies...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations to his Indian counterpart on the continuing detention of Jagtar Singh Johal.

      Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations to his Indian counterpart on the human rights of the people of (a) Jammu and (b) Kashmir.

      India: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve relations between different faith groups in India and Pakistan.

      Syria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the decision taken at the National Security Council in 2012 to collect and store evidence of breaches of...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the status of the Stockholm peace process for Yemen.

      Yemen: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths on a new UN Security Council resolution on Yemen.

      Yemen: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for the production of UN Security Council (a) statements and (b) other documents on Yemen during the UK...

      Yemen: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen mechanisms to hold perpetrators accountable for violations of international...

      Burma: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with this Gambian counterpart on a potential case of genocide against Burma being brought to the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which public appointments his Department is responsible for.

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on women's safety and well-being in Northern Ireland of the change in law on...

      Hillsborough Castle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was allocated to the (a) running, (b) repair and (c) maintenance of Hillsborough Castle from the (i) Historic Royal Palaces fund and...

      Hillsborough Castle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been allocated to Historic Royal Palaces for the (a) management, (b) maintenance, and (c) running of Hillsborough Castle...

      Human Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the provision in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, enables the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland on the introduction of...

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on extending the HPV vaccine to boys.

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis, (b) treatment and (c) support provided to people with secondary breast...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of waiving tax on generic versions of lifesaving cystic fibrosis drugs entering the UK from...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure equity of access to NHS fertility treatment.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by his Department in each of...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commit to a national sexual health strategy to address the rise of sexually transmitted infections in England.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the financial implications for the NHS of the level of damages payments issued to resolve clinical...

      NHS: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of paying NHS lawyers regardless of case outcome on (a) incentivising deny-delay-defend...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) pharmaceutical companies and (b) companies in related fields has his Department entered into non disclosure agreements with in...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which health sector trade associations has his Department entered into non disclosure agreements with in relation to preparations for the...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many requests have been made to transfer to local ownership NHS properties currently owned and managed by NHS Property Services.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the terms of reference for the periodic review of NHS Property Services Limited referred to by Sir Chris Wormald in...

      NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the review of the Addendum to the transactions guidance, for trusts forming or changing a subsidiary, will include an assessment...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293621 on Hospitals: Construction, what estimate he has made of the amount...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment the Government has made of the equity of provisions regulating providers of private abortion services in...

      Royal Liverpool Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to call an inquiry into the demolition of construction by Carillion at the new Liverpool Royal Hospital; and if he will...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a transfer to his Department of responsibility for drug and alcohol policy.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the (a) the roll-out and (b) publication of progress reports on the Genomic Healthcare Strategy.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been tested at each Genomic Laboratory Hub in each month since October 2018.

      Colonoscopy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of patients waited more than six weeks for a colonoscopy in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made in the renegotiation of the GP contract with the British Medical Association.

      Mental Illness: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle maternal mental illness.

      Mental Illness: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether there is a link between maternal mental health and children's outcomes.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times ambulance services have been called to (a) a school and (b) other locations for an incident in relation to vaping fluid...

      Vaccination: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what regulations apply to the sale of vaccinations by private companies.

      NHS: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what review his Department has undertaken of the (a) business cases for primary care infrastructure improvements planned as new Local...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Islam

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

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent impact assessment his Department has conducted on the potential effect of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by his Department in...

      Brexit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has made an assessment of the potential economic effect of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill on the North...

      European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish a detailed impact assessment for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on...

      Manufactured Goods: Rules of Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to page 7 of the Political Declaration, whether the appropriate and modern rules of origin proposed will apply to UK...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish a list of the stakeholders consulted in advance of the publication of the European Union Withdrawal Agreement Bill...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: After School Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he will allocate funding to the teaching of (a) Gujarati, (b) Farsi, (c) Punjabi and (d) Urdu at clubs taking place (i) at the weekend and...

    • Educational Institutions: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the contract summary of the Period Product provision to schools and post-16 education institutions across England, which company was...

      Department for Education: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by his Department in each of the last two...

      Special Educational Needs: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many councils have reduced funding for educational support for visually impaired children in England in the last three years.

      Special Educational Needs: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled Left out of learning: FOI 2019 report published by RNIB in October 2019, what steps he is taking to ensure (a)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children that will be eligible for an education health and care plan in (a) 2019-20, (b)...

      Special Educational Needs: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 31 of the Government's Loneliness strategy, what progress he has made on encouraging employers to offer work placements and...

      Universities: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that universities investigate all complaints made by students and staff about racism at universities.

      Special Educational Needs: Employment and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the (a) quantity and (b) quality of employment and training opportunities for SEND students over the age of 16.

      Social Media: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the statutory guidance for 2020 on (a) Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and (b) Health...

      Universities: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's report entitled, Tackling harassment:...

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide guidance to schools and colleges on good SEN support for children and young people who are on the autism spectrum.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 378, what estimate he has made of the number of apprentices employed by Thomas Cook, and how...

      Selective Schools Expansion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of funding was allocated from the Selective Schools Expansion Fund since that fund has been established; and how much such funding...

      Football and Rugby: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the level of access to high-quality coaches for girls in (a) football and (b) rugby in (i) single sex and (ii) mixed...

      School Exclusions Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many departmental staff are working on implementing the recommendations of the Timpson review of school exclusions; and which directorate is...

      GCE A-level: Gujarati

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people took A-level Gujurati in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of prisoners who leave custody each month who (a) are eligible for universal credit and (b) apply for that...

    • Prisoners' Release: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on arrangements for prisoners to apply for universal credit (a)...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the non-payment of TV licence fees (i) in total and (ii) of women in each year from 1999 to...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) people and (b) women have been imprisoned by Magistrates’ Courts in England and Wales for the non-payment of TV licence evasion fines...

      Committal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many committal orders were made by Magistrates’ Courts in England and Wales against women for default of payment of fines (a) in total (b) in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of TV licence fee evasion cases have been dealt with under the single justice procedure in each year since 2015.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants charged with TV licence fee evasion entered (a) a guilty plea, (b) a not guilty plea and (c) no plea in each year since 1999.

      Ministry of Justice: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff in (a) each section within his Department and (b) each body overseen by his Department were agency staff in each year for which...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reactive repair in-month completion rate was for each prison in (a) 2010 (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Crimes of Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been under sections (a) 18, (b) 20, (c) 2a, (d) 47 and (f) 58 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861.

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-molestation orders have been issued in each year since 2010.

      Non-molestation Orders: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) people who applied for non-molestation orders were not eligible for legal aid in each year since 2010.

      Bail: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) people have sought bail restrictions against an alleged domestic abuser in each year since 2010.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has plans to close more (a) crown and (b) magistrates' courts.

      Sentencing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children were sentenced to custody for a sentence of six months or less (a) in total, (b) for sexual offences and (c) for violent offences in 2018.

      Ministry of Justice: G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) fines and (b) other financial penalties have been paid to his Department by (i) G4S and (ii) G4S subsidiaries for failures to meet contractual...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many witnesses have received support from the court-based witness service in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ending private sector involvement in the prison system.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of overcrowding in prisons on rates of recidivism.

      Barristers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date he plans to visit Northern Ireland to confirm the appointment of new Queen's Counsel.

  • Treasury

    • Mobile Homes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reclassifying motorhomes as private cars for the purpose of vehicle excise duty.

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of introducing (a) fuel duty or (b) VAT on aviation fuel.

      Treasury: Islam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will make it mandatory for all public infrastructure owners to undertake a should-cost estimate as a reference point, as recommended in...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to prevent major infrastructure projects from exceeding their budgets and completion schedules (a) now and (b) in the...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government will take a systematic approach to the UK's infrastructure in the proposed National Infrastructure Strategy as advocated by the...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what provisions are goods leaving the EU’s customs territory required to submit exit summary declarations.

      UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what paperwork and declarations will be required under the new Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in respect of goods moving from Northern Ireland to the...

      UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what paperwork and declarations will be required under the new Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in respect of goods moving from the rest of the UK to...

      UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what international obligations under the new Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol will require firms exporting goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 293714, whether he makes an equality impact assessment on people that HMRC contacts in for tax...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 15 of and schedule 3 to the Finance (No.3) Act 2018, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of the...

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of scrapping VAT on the purchase of new electric cars.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether universal credit (a) repayments and (b) deductions will be included in the criteria for the Breathing Space Scheme.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question 236421 on Coinage, whether a date has been agreed with the Royal Mint on which the 50 pence coin...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1587 on Sleeping Rough, what assessment he has made of the effect of increasing the Stamp Duty Land...

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has requested approval from the Privy Council for the minting of 50 pence coins to mark the UK's exit from the EU.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his Department on the minting of coins to mark the UK's exit from the EU; and how many of those coins are in circulation.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on pay rates of the roll-out of the off-payroll rules.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Financial Transactions Capital funding Northern Ireland Government Departments have (a) requested and (b) received since the inception of that...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulation in the cryptocurrencies in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of stamp duty land tax returns filed from 31 October 2017 to June 2019 included a (a) claim for group relief, (b)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on tax-free childcare since the inception of that programme.

      Cars: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on affordability in the car finance market.

      Cars: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure lenders in the motor finance sector comply with FCA rules on assessing (a) creditworthiness and (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 291003 and to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question...

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the private rented sector.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the regulation of leasehold properties.

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring solar energy systems to be installed on all new dwellings.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many staff his Department has requested to loan from the Ministry of Defence to assist with preparations for the...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many staff from the Ministry of Defence are working in his Department to assist with preparations for the scenario...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what agreement his Department has reached with the Ministry of Defence on the length of time staff can be loaned from...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what tasks in preparation for the scenario of the UK leaving the EU without a deal staff from the Ministry of Defence...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department will cover the staff costs of civil servants loaned to his Department by the Ministry of...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to include requirements for new homes to be built to M4(2) and...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are...

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for (a) his Department to issue guidance on the (i) operation and (ii) management of private...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by his...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prepare the homeless population for the winter months.

      Children: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on increasing local authority provided...

      Supported Housing: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much capital funding has been allocated to (a) new supported housing and (b) improvements to existing supported...

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for a statutory minimum ballot turnout under the Local Government Act...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward his legislative proposals on building safety standards.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) advice and (b) correspondence that his Department has received on the estimated number of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 October 2019 to Question 287578 on Navy: Fisheries, what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of (a) Royal...

    • Ministry of Defence: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on military research and development of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on the development of future combat air systems of the UK leaving the EU.

      Defence: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of steel sourced from the UK was used in defence infrastructure organisation programmes in each of the last five years.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 292879 on Defence: Expenditure, if he will provide the information requested in that Question.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 222573 on Nuclear Weapons: International Law, whether (a) he and (b) officials in his...

      Defence Privilege Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Defence Privilege Cards have been issued in the last five years.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to public purse is of the delay to the delivery of HMS Audacious and other Astute-class nuclear submarines; and whether funding will be...

      Military Aid: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for military personnel to provide support at ports in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Railways: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of the HM Forces Railcard in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) ease and (b) effectiveness of mechanisms for prisoners applying for universal credit prior...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what departmental pilot projects are active in (a) Birkenhead and (b) Wirral.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much unpaid child maintenance has been written off since the implementation of Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Shettleston Jobcentre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on which date (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department last visited Shettleston Jobcentre in Glasgow East constituency.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Citizens Advice Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date she last met representatives of Citizens Advice Scotland; and what issues were discussed during that meeting.

      Housing Benefit: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the total change in the amount deducted from the housing benefit of claimants in Glasgow East constituency as...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) arrears-only and (b) arrears cases the Child Support Agency has involving a current liability for a child in Glasgow East...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) parents with care and (b) non-resident parents with a Child Support Agency case there were in Glasgow East constituency in the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount of child maintenance arrears was in (a) Glasgow East constituency and (b) Scotland in the latest period for which...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by her Department in each of the...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to promote the attendance allowance to people entitled to claim it.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of claimants of personal independence payment who made journeys by public transport to be assessed...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on levels of food poverty in (a) St Helens (b) Merseyside and (c) England of the UK...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of applicants for personal independence payment request that their assessment is recorded.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report by the Resolution Foundation entitled A fraying net, what steps the Government is taking to (a) reform and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking in response to the findings of her Department's In-work progression trial: further impact assessment and cost benefit...

      Job Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average caseload was for jobcentre work coaches in each constituency in the most recent period for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her predecessor's speech to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation on 9 May 2019, what steps her Department is taking...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 903 on 22 October 2019 on Department for Work and Pensions: Health, what assessment she...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants of universal credit manually reported their wages in each of the last 12 months.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what monitoring is undertaken of errors arising from the RTI system leading to overpayment of universal credit due to lack of notification of...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in her Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements her Department places on contractors to pay...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportions of claimants of universal credit that would found guilty of advance payment loan fraud have been moved back to...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help prosecute people accused of fraud involving the universal credit advance payment loan.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been assigned to the dedicated team investigating universal credit advance payment loan fraud.

      Social Security Benefits: St Helens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of staffing levels for each of the benefits administered in St Helens; and what assessment she has made of...

      Maternity Allowance: Merseyside and Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long maternity allowance has been administered at (a) Birkenhead, (b) Walsall and (c) St Helens.

      Universal Credit: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library copies of (a) risk registers relating to the (i) policy and (ii) administration governing universal credit...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 903 on Department for Work and Pensions: Health, on how many occasions her Department's...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 290620 on Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control, what steps she is...

    • Sulphur Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of sulphur dioxide was in the UK in each of the last ten years.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to research published by Recoup on recycling rates of plastic plant pots, what steps she is taking to...

      Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the egg industry.

      LIFE Programme: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has plans to replicate the EU LIFE funding programme and apply it to the UK Overseas Territories...

      Eutrophication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of recent trends in local authority funding on the ability of councils to combat eutrophication.

      Dynamic Food Procurement National Advisory Board: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria were used to appoint members from Devon to the Dynamic Food Procurement Board.

      Water: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the most recent classification by chemical status of the UK's surface water bodies.

      Water: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of surface water bodies have been tested for chemical status using a biota sampling methodology; and of...

      Water: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the proportion of unmonitored surface water bodies that would be classified as having a good...

      Water: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to use a biota sampling methodology to assess the chemical status of surface water bodies in the...

      Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she will provide funding for local authorities in outer London to introduce their own separate Ultra Low Emissions...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1779 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, whether her Department plans to...

  • Home Office

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle knife crime in the UK.

    • Harassment: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a fixed penalty offence for harassment.

      Home Office: Islam

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

      Home Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff her Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements her Department places on contractors to pay...

      Asylum: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are resident in Glasgow East constituency.

      Offshore Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will outline any (a) new and (b) existing initiatives from her Department on reducing the risk of corruption in offshore payments and...

      Young Offenders: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the (a) July 2018 Howard League for Penal Reform publication, Know your numbers: using data to monitor and address...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were per capita in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK in each year since 2010.

      Asylum: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time spent is (a) waiting to get through to and (b) on hold on a telephone call to Migrant Help.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officer posts (a) have been removed since 2010 and (b) are planned to be introduced each police force in England and Wales;...

      Drugs: Decriminalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to launch a consultation on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use.

      Ports: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are for police officers to provide support at ports in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of additional police recruits announced by the Government will be assigned to (a) territorial forces and (b) national...

      Assaults on Police: Body Fluids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing compulsory blood tests for people who assault police officers with their...

      Police: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce needle-resistant gloves for use by police officers who conduct searches.

      Smuggling: Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether enhanced security checks are applied to vehicles entering the UK from Bulgaria for the detection of illegal immigrants and contraband.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the time-limit for pre-charge bail; and if she will make a statement.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the length of time an extradition would take under the (a) Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill...

      Extradition: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which EU member states have constitutional bar on the extradition its nationals to non-EU countries.

      Extradition: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from EU member states on Article 185 of the Withdrawal Agreement; and which countries have notified...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 433, on Hate Crime, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the increase in...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the protection of (a) unaccompanied and (b) separated (i) refugee and (ii) asylum seeker...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1779 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, whether her Department plans to publish data...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent guidance she has issued to police forces on the use of stop and search.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times police forces used stop and search powers in each of the last 12 months; and what the (a) ethnicity and (b) gender was of...

      Knives: Crime

      What steps her Department is taking to tackle recent increases in knife crime.

      Immigration

      What plans she has for the UK’s future immigration system.

      Vagrancy Act 1824

      If she will repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824; and if she will make a statement.

      *No heading*

      What steps she is taking to ensure that police officers have adequate powers and protection.

  • Department for International Development

    • Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to provide humanitarian assistance to religious minority communities in conflict areas.

    • Developing Countries: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the use of Official Development Assistance to help communities in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on development aid.

      International Development Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the UK's contribution to the World Bank International Development Association will be over the next 12 months.

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department provides to developing countries to support off-grid electricity generation from renewable sources.

      Department for International Development: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors to pay the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Regeneration: Birkenhead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding was (a) awarded and (b) allocated to Birkenhead under neighbourhood and community renewal...

    • Cabinet Office: Islam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are...

      Cabinet Office: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral statement of 21 October 2019, Official Report, column 746, on Preparations for Leaving...

      Cabinet Office: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contingent workers were hired through the Contingent Labour One framework in each year that the...

      Cabinet Office: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of October 21 to Question 888 on Cabinet Office: Temporary Employment, what the total...

      Government Departments: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Government contracts were awarded to Amazon Web Services in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Elections: 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 618 on Elections: Proof of Identity, what the...

      Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 5 February 2019 to Question 215222 on Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions, whether the Government has since...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government document entitled Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning...

      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 that are paid below the Living Wage as...

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's response to the letter of 24 July 2019 from Church leaders, what steps...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on (a) mugs, (b) badges, (c) pens, (d) t-shirts and (e) jumpers to be provided to...

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many drug-related deaths there were in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade missions her Department has led to each country in each of the last five years.

    • Department for International Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294091, how many of her Department's staff are based at the Deputy High...

      UK-India Joint Economic and Trade Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294091 on overseas trade: India, when the Joint Economic Trade Committee met in...

      Department for International Trade: Islam

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

      Iron and Steel: UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to negotiate tariff-free quotas for UK steel after the UK leaves the EU.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 295 on Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia, how many of the licences were for goods that could be...

      Imports: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied...

      Department for International Trade: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in her Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements her Department places on contractors to...

      Renewable Energy: Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what date representatives of UK Export Finance last met renewable energy developers in Argentina.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sustainable Development

      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...

    • Broadband: Optical Fibres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons fibre cables used for bringing superfast broadband to businesses and homes are taxed at the same rate as...

      Members: Twitter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the steps taken by Twitter in response to complaints made by the...

      Biometrics: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) effect of increased use of facial recognition software on personal privacy and...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in her Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Jainism and Zoroastrian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by her Department...

      Treasure Trove: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish her response to her Department's consultation entitled Revising the definition of treasure in the...

      Government Departments: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has awarded Government contracts to Amazon Web Services in the last five years.

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to prevent young people spending excessively on loot boxes in computer games.

      Youth Services: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total annual capital expenditure for local authority youth services was in each year since 2010 by local authority.

      National Citizen Service Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the NCS Trust's annual report and accounts 2019 will be published.

      Young People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Government has allocated for the National Citizens Service for 2020-21.

      Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of a new £500 million youth investment fund, what the...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on...

      Exercise: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of any differential in the level of exercise by girls and boys on the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Sanitation

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many male toilets there are in the Palace of Westminster; and how many male toilets...

    • Members: Twitter

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many MPs have contacted the House authorities about anonymous abuse or threats on...

      Members: Social Media

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff Parliament has employed to deal with social media companies in respect of...

      Members: Twitter

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effectiveness of Twitter's response to...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors to pay the London...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) with Network Rail to ensure that wildlife habitats on Network Rail land are preserved, and (2) to ensure that habitat value is taken...

    • M4: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what calculations, if any, they have made of the savings that would result if the speed limit in roadworks on the M4 was increased from 50 to 60 miles per hour.

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many matters are outstanding in calculating the cost to taxpayers of repatriating Monarch Airlines passengers to the United Kingdom; whether independent...

      Parking Offences: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to make obstructive pavement parking a civil offence enforced by local authorities.

      Parking Offences: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to deal with issues relating to pavement parking.

      Parking Offences: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of pavement parking on the safety of pedestrians.

      Road Traffic Offences: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remind the public that driving on the pavement is illegal.

      Buses: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or intend to have, with Transport for London about the restrictions and limitations which exist for sight-seeing buses and coaches,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the actions of financial and other advisers to Thomas Cook Group in seeking the payment of fees before the Group collapsed; what...

    • British Business Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of loans made by the British Business Bank and sourced from peer-to-peer platforms have defaulted.

      Individual Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess the adequacy of regulations in regard to Individual Voluntary Arrangements.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Li Ming-Che

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the case of Lee Ming-Che, a Taiwanese citizen, who was sentenced to five years in prison for...

    • Li Ming-Che

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, and intend to make, to the government of China about the (1) treatment of Lee Ming-Che in, and (2) conditions of, Chishan...

      Syria: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist other national partners in planning an exit strategy for Christians, Yazidis and other minorities in north east Syria who may...

      Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the 2,285 persons detained since 29 September, mostly without trial, who are being held in...

      Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking about the case of Mr Alaa Abd El Fattah and his lawyer Mr Mohamed El-Baqer, both arrested in Egypt on 29 September.

      Egypt and Iraq: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the simultaneous protests and demonstrations in Egypt and Iraq, the latter of which has resulted in 100 civilian deaths.

      Algeria: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Algeria following the closure of a Christian church at Boghni, the eighth such closure since 2017.

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on revolutionary guards commanders to prepare themselves for “big...

      Palestinians: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning Palestinians who live on the Jerusalem side of the separation barrier, are denied entry...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the letter from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights to Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, on 24...

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding allegations of torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli Administrative Detention...

      Gaza: Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect fishermen in Gaza from nonproportional force being used against them by the Israeli navy for transgressing the Israeli imposed...

      Palestinians: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the prospects for Palestinian Christians living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the plan by Israeli authorities to relocate 36,000 Israeli Bedouin into camps.

      Genocide: Srebrenica

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica.

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the joint report by the APPG for the Pakistani Minorities and the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief...

      Mozambique: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conduct of the recent elections in Mozambique.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure justice in Myanmar for Rohingya refugees.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to imposing sanctions on Myanmar until perpetrators of human rights abuses against the Rohingya have been brought to justice.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that women's safety and well-being are protected should decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland lead to unregulated abortions.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Bevacizumab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, if Avastin is approved for safe use, whether it could be privately purchased for use by a patient being treated on the NHS.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the Kurdistan Regional Government about the blockade of the Maxmur refugee camp; and what discussions...

    • Department for International Development: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 October 2018 (HL10805), whether their review of language capability and skills throughout the Department...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Translators Without Borders The Language Lesson: What we’ve learned about communicating with...

  • Department for Education

    • English Baccalaureate: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to drop their targets for the uptake of modern foreign languages as part of the English Baccalaureate; and if so, why.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the funds pledged to the Integration Areas Programme in the September spending round will be used for the provision of childcare services for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Assistance Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding, if any, they allocated from the Defence Assistance Fund to (1) Saudi Arabia, (2) Kuwait, (3) Qatar, (4) the United Arab Emirates, (5) Oman, and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their projections of sea level rises around the UK coast have been updated to reflect the findings of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward legislation to ensure that all holders of British National Overseas passports have the right to enter the United Kingdom to...

    • Knives: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to prevent young people from carrying knives.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who attends on their behalf meetings of the Joint Ministerial Committees with the (1) Scottish and (2) Welsh Governments.

  • Treasury

    • Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to formally recognise and protect the interests of future generations

    • Musical Instruments: Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ATA Carnets would be required for musicians who are travelling to perform in multiple EU countries for their musical...

      NHS: Vat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the review of the application of VAT as applied to the NHS.

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