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Written answers

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Instruction: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department provides incentives for driving instructors to use electric vehicles.

    • South Western Railway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Pursuant to the Answer of 22 October to Question 231 on South Western Railway: Finance and with reference to the financial performance data received...

      Northern: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October to Question 238 on Northern: Finance and with reference to the financial performance data received by his...

      First TransPennine Express: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October to Question 239 on First TransPennine Express: Finance and with reference to the financial performance data...

      Abellio Greater Anglia: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the financial performance data received by his Department from Greater Anglia on 27 September 2019, whether Abellio Mitsui is fully...

      UK Trade with EU: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October to Question 230 on UK Trade with EU: Freight, what estimate he has made of the cost of terminating...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many woodland clearances have been (a) proposed and (b) undertaken by Highways England since 2015; and what estimate he has made of the total...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the of accidents on smart motorways.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 374, how much funding from the public purse Cambridgeshire and...

    • Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of establishing a business growth zone for Peterborough following...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of protections for whistleblowers; and if she will make...

      Post Offices: Tenbury Wells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make representations to Post Office Limited to ensure that Tenbury Wells Post Office is open for the peak...

      Business: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to help businesses expand through the use of digital platforms.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's loneliness strategy, how many employers have committed to the Campaign to End...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 39 of the Government's loneliness strategy, what recent discussions she has had with businesses...

      Retail Trade: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent job losses in the retail industry.

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to support discussions between local governments and the retail industry to help...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to support (a) women and (b) people from ethnic minorities that want to set up businesses.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to promote (a) social enterprise and (b) other alternative forms of business.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent from the Continuity of Education Allowance on placements at (a) Eton, (b) Charterhouse, (c)...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of continuity of education allowances for placements at (a) Fettes (b) Gordonstoun (c)...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many diplomatic staff claimed Continuity of Education Allowance in 2018-19 for UK-based private school fees; how many of...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the legal implications of the UN resolution on the future of the Chagos Islands.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to hold discussions with his Mauritian counterpart on proposals for co-management of the British Indian Ocean...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on claims the Maldives have made on the seabed around the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      India: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will raise the deteriorating military and security situation on the India Pakistan border at the next meeting of the...

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that families whose loved ones are murdered abroad have access to interpreter and translation...

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will announce the name of the successor to Sir Kim Darroch as British Ambassador to the USA.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Attorney General, 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.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Palliative Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated to palliative care in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in...

    • Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to allocate to end of life care in each of the next five years.

      General Practitioners: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many practising GPs there were in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for a patient to see a GP in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the...

      Health Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for NHS services in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress his Department has made on negotiations between NHS England and Vertex pharmaceuticals on making Orkambi available...

      Lighting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between LED lighting in offices and (a) migraines and (b) other health conditions.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what share of new funding under the NHS Long Term Plan is being assigned to increasing the capacity of NHS dental services.

      Secure Accommodation: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people with autism placed in secure accommodation in England in 2018-2019 were held in seclusion.

      Secure Accommodation: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people with autism were placed in secure accommodation in 2018-19.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to allocate to the routine commissioning of PrEP.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of health visitors in England in each year since 2010.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the level of health visitors in England on children's health.

      Intensive Care: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications of his Department’s policy of outsourcing healthcare for patients in need of...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities have access to adequate data on air pollution and its associated...

      Health Professions: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answers of 9 September 2019 to Question 286692 and 4 October 2019 to Question 290772 on Health Professions:...

      NHS and Social Services: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the (a) NHS and (b) social care system of (i) fees, (ii) markups and (ii) commissions to supply...

      Social Prescribing: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 27 of the Government's Loneliness strategy, what progress his Department has made on piloting a new accredited...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293621 on Hospitals: Construction, if he will publish the business cases.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293626 on NHS: Disclosure of Information whether the FOI (Civil Procurement) Policy...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) update GP guidance and (b) increase GP awareness of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) introduce a national sexual health strategy to tackle increases in the levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)...

      Derriford Hospital Plymouth: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to the rebuilding of Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of residential places in therapeutic communities available in each (a) clinical commissioning...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 3 October 2019 to Question 294220 on Children: Mental Health, if he will make it his policy to collect...

      Blood Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to ensure that GPs follow NICE guidance on blood cancer.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people paying the immigration healthcare surcharge required healthcare in the 2018-19 financial year; and...

      Incontinence: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his Department's policy that continence challenges should be (a) considered and (b) treated by NHS England to be a...

      Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to introduce needle and syringe exchanges for drugs users.

      Sepsis: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whats steps he is taking to improve public awareness and understanding of sepsis.

      General Practitioners: Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the medical effectiveness of post-natal physical and mental health checks for new mothers, carried out by GPs.

      General Practitioners: Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including maternal post-natal mental health checks in the next GP contract.

  • Wales Office

    • Foreign Students: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) current level of funding available for study abroad programmes and (b) level of funding for study abroad...

  • Department for Education

    • Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications were made under the first round of the new voluntary-aided schools capital scheme which closed in February 2019.

    • Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce a second round of the new voluntary-aided schools capital scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 11 of the Government's Loneliness strategy, whether he has issued guidance to schools on using their grounds as public...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 1024, on Schools: Asbestos, if his Department will publish the names of the schools that were...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 39 of the Government's strategy for tackling loneliness, what records his Department holds on the number of schools that allow...

      Apprentices and Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to promote (a) vocational qualifications and (b) apprenticeships to students and young people.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers in the screen industry use more of the apprenticeship levy funding they receive.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of extending student loan eligibility to people in prison who have more than six years to run on their sentence.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the looked-after children who were cared for in a friends and family foster placement were placed there under a section 20 of the Children...

      Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will extend the Holiday Activities and Food programme to cover school holidays in 2020.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) key performance indicators are for Amey under the prison maintenance contracts and (b) average annual performance of Amey has been against...

    • Pleural Plaques: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to re-establish the right to compensation for people in England and Wales who developed pleural plaques as a result of exposure to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce costs across the prison estate.

      Prison Officers: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing the eligibility criteria for prison officer long service medals to enable officers...

      Ministry of Justice: Sodexo

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

      Ministry of Justice: Serco

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

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days (a) recorders and (b) judges have sat in each of the last 12 months.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) court rooms and (b) courts were sitting on each day from January 1 2019 to 20 October 2019 in all criminal courts.

      Criminal Proceedings: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been adjourned due to a lack of translation or interpreting services in each week since the start of 2019 in all criminal courts.

      Courts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will increase funding for (a) magistrates courts and (b) county courts to prevent court closures.

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what data his Department holds on the performance of companies with which his Department holds contracts against key performance indicators.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of prison officers.

      Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of employment conditions for prison officers on retention of prison officers.

      Prisons: Restraint Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in each prison are deployed with rigid handcuffs.

      Prisoners: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population is estimated to have been eligible for free school meals while they were in education.

      Prisoners: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population left school without any formal qualifications.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the population of (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England has received a (i) custodial prison sentence and (ii) suspended...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sitting court days there have been in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 43 of the Government's loneliness strategy, what progress his Department has made on funding...

    • Muslims: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Integrated Communities Action Plan published in February 2019, whether his Department has...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what equality impact assessment his Department has undertaken on the selection of staff for normal hours day time...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of staff his Department will need to work on a (a) two and (b) three shift...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes that will be built in each of the next five years.

      Local Plans: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Oxfordshire County Council officers on that council potentially taking over...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department have been internally reassigned to preparations for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the six-month limit on the easement of work-related requirements for universal credit for...

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government response to the Work and Pensions Committee’s Nineteenth Report of Session 2017–19, Benefit...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the debt incurred by individuals as a result of being scammed into claiming an advance for universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 8 October to Question 293612, what air quality programmes and deliverables are included...

    • Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Questions 292921 and 292922, what specific programmes, projects and...

      Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support the Government will provide to farmers in Northern Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Jainism and Zoroastrianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when representatives of the (a) Jain and (b) Zoroastrian community were invited to national events organised by his...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent comparative assessment she has made of the number of racehorse fatalities (a) in the first nine months of 2019...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to set up new independent welfare body to protect race horses from abuse.

      European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to approve the final national call for applications to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development;...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the potential annual (a) costs and (b) savings accruing to local authority finances of a...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she had made of the implications for her policies of the Impact Assessment entitled, Introducing a Deposit...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements her Department places on...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) updating and (b) consolidating the regulations on dog control.

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Life in the UK citizenship test questions are intelligible and accessible to...

    • Immigration: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend Family Immigration Rules for Dependent Relatives to include British Citizens intending to return to the UK with...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions her Department has had with the office of Wendy Williams on a timetable for taking delivery of the final report of...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of elderly and vulnerable applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme; and what recent assessment...

      Police Interrogation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to make it a requirement for police forces to adhere to a structured interview protocol.

      Home Office: Pay

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

      Immigrants: Glasgow Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Glasgow Central are designated as having no recourse to public funds.

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what use is made of the £1,012 fee when an application to register a child as British is rejected.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the £9 million funding for voluntary organisations to support vulnerable EU nationals applying to the EU Settlement Scheme...

      Police: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking in addition to her urgent review of the safety of police officers to protect officers on the front line.

      Hampshire Constabulary: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of Hampshire police service's new contact management platform on the effectiveness of...

      Hampshire Constabulary: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of the budget of Hampshire police has been allocated to the implementation of its contact management platform...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the extent of the fulfilment of pledges of humanitarian aid by British allies towards the...

    • Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his department has made of (a) the implications for his policies of the WHO report entitled Global Tuberculosis Report...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on the Get ready for Brexit communications campaign as of 25 October 2019.

  • Treasury

    • Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the implications for its policies of the recommendations made by the Institution of Civil Engineers in its paper...

    • UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with businesses in Northern Ireland on the requirement to fill out declaration forms to trade with the rest of the UK under the...

      Research Fund for Coal and Steel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the use of the £225 million UK share of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel after the UK leaves the EU.

      Financial Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Financial Services Ombudsman has adequate resources to (a) conduct thorough investigations and (b)...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date his Department plans to implement proposals of the Mineworkers' Pensions Scheme on the long-term protection of pension bonuses for members of...

      Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many bank accounts are held offshore by (a) central Government, (b) local government and (c) Government controlled companies.

      Funerals: Pre-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timeframe is for publishing the outcome of his Department's consultation on a policy proposal for the regulation of pre-paid funeral plans.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Citizen Service Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the validity of the decision by the National Citizen Service Trust to withdraw NCS contracts...

    • Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the £500 million youth investment fund includes money allocated from her Department's budget.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Local Growth Deals and City Region Deals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his timescale is for making city and growth deals payments for Northern Ireland in the event of (a) restoration of devolution and (b)...

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the consultation on section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 will be launched; and what the terms of the...

      *No heading*

      What progress has been made on restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland.

      *No heading*

      What recent discussions he has had with the Irish Government on ensuring that there is no hard border on the island of Ireland.

      *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of the economic importance of the tech sector to Northern Ireland.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the then Prime Minister’s Written Statement of 4 November 2015 on the Wilson doctrine, what his policy is on the Wilson doctrine.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Science: Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of uncertainty regarding Brexit on the UK science industry.

    • Science: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Royal Society that British science has lost approximately €500 million in EU funding as a...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote access to, and services provided by, rural post offices; and wwhether they will provide an update on the status of the Post...

      Perfume: Chemicals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the chemicals contained in perfume and fragrance products, and any potential risks to human health.

      Perfume: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements are placed on producers of perfume and fragrance products to list their ingredients on product packaging.

      Perfume: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements are placed on perfume and fragrance manufacturers (1) to test, and (2) to demonstrate, the safety of their products for human health.

      Perfume: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to change product safety and labelling requirements relating to perfume and fragrance products if the UK leaves the EU.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Smart Export Guarantee Tariff per kilowatt hour as proposed will be the same for (1) small commercial, (2) household, and (3) community-owned...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of Smart Export Guarantee Tariff that will be necessary to give communities a viable route to market for the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on 10 October which banned the publication of any details regarding certain...

    • Gaza: Breast Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of, and access to, urgent treatment for breast cancer by women in Gaza.

      Chile: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Chile.

      Palestinians: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported detention of (1) Adnan Ghaith, (2) Shadi Mutawar, and (3) Yasser Darwish;...

      Guyana: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since the joint statement by the UK High Commissioner, the United States Ambassador, and the EU Ambassador, to Guyana, published on...

      Iran: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which areas Iran has breached the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; and why Her Majesty's Government have not withdrawn from that Plan.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to establish mandatory annual health screenings.

    • Dental Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in respone to the shortage of National Health Service dentists.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of food served in English hospitals is (a) organic, and (b) locally sourced; and what plans they have, if any, to increase that percentage.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by the Universities of Tehran Medical Sciences and Birmingham into the effectiveness of the polypill in reducing the...

      Counselling and Psychiatry: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation to regulate the qualifications and training of psychotherapists and counsellors.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about licensing the polypill in the absence of applications by...

      Dental Health: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include oral health in pre-registration training for all public health professionals, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last three years, (1) what was the total cost of clinical negligence cases to the NHS, (2) how many cases were resolved prior to going to court,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the Pakistan Public Services Commissions about ways in which to support the training and professional development of...

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include modules on freedom of religion or belief in all existing and future Department for International Development capacity building...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support the government of Pakistan to develop financial incentives for parents from marginalised religious minority communities...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require organisations that receive UK aid funding for projects in Pakistan to hire at least 5 per cent of any in-country staff from...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the safe and voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide sexual and reproductive health and rights services to Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting those refugees.

      Bangladesh: UN Population Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have committed to support the UN Population Fund’s work in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support host communities of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations contained in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rights of the Rohingya's report A New Shape of...

      Bangladesh: Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) support, and (2) funding, they provide to the Better Work programme in Bangladesh to improve working conditions in the garment industry in that country;...

      Bangladesh: Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) support, and (2) funding, they provide to the Mothers@Work initiative in Bangladesh to promote maternity rights and good working conditions for women in...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to prioritise marginalised people and communities in regard to sexual and reproductive health and rights; and what plans they have...

  • Department for Education

    • History: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the causes and consequences of the Irish famine are part of the current curriculum in English schools; and if not, whether they intend to add this to the...

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit to funding (1) the Erasmus+, and (2) the Horizon research, programme beyond 2020.

      Sugar: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage all schools to become sugar free, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery's report The state...

      Special Educational Needs: Visual Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support is provided for children and young people with visual impairment in (1) early years settings, and (2) schools.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Restaurants

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the cost of this year's refurbishment of the House of Lords' River Restaurant.

    • Peers: Harassment

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what representations, if any, the House of Lords Administration has made to the Metropolitan Police regarding protestors intimidating Parliamentarians leaving the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to their statistics and reports on the English Indices of Deprivation 2019, published on 26 September.

    • Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 8 October (HC294199), when the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to amend the legislation relating to the calculation of child maintenance so that such calculations are based on a parent's gross...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the interests of children of European citizens who are resident in the UK in the event of Brexit taking place (1) with, and...

    • Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why organisations that received Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) support through the UK Responsible Authority are not covered by the funding guarantee...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to determine whether an applicant for section 4 asylum support should be considered particularly vulnerable; what is the target...

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that British citizenship is granted to stateless persons who fulfil the conditions of paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 to the British...

      British Nationality: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in responding to the request of ex-Hong Kong servicemen for British citizenship for service to the Crown, following their meeting with...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to prevent criminals exploiting a no-deal Brexit.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take in more Syrian refugees if President Erdogan ejects them from Turkey.

      Racial Discrimination: Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many football-related racist incidents were recorded in each year since 2009.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Visual Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that their proposals to "protect the integrity of the electoral system" include provisions to ensure people with...

    • Elections: Visual Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment by the High Court in May which ruled that the current method used in elections to make ballot papers accessible for blind and partially...

      Elections: Visual Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that any introduction of a photographic ID requirement for voting will not have a disproportionate effect on blind and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat racism in football.

    • Social Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce legislation concerning the application of augmented reality filters by social media networks.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of food served in English prisons is (a) organic, and (b) locally sourced; and what plans they have, if any, to increase that percentage.

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