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Written answers

Thursday, 31 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the letter of 11 October 2019 from the Minister of State for Transport to the Rail industry on smart ticketing, what assessment he...

    • South Western Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average speed was of South Western Railway trains operating between (a) London and Portsmouth and (b) Southampton and Woking in the last 12...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake an assessment of the (a) effectiveness and (b) safety of all-lane running on motorways.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to his Department's consultation entitled Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information, which closed on 16 September 2018;...

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of (a) rail journeys and (b) passenger miles were undertaken in (i) electric powered and (ii) diesel powered trains in the last 12...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department uses to assess which train stations are eligible for disabled access upgrade.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether match-funding was a criterion for the value for money assessment of bids for 2018 Access for All programme funding.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the successful nominations to the 2018 Access for All Programme had undertaken an Option Selection Assessment (GRIP 2-3); and what assessment...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the successful nominations to the 2018 Access for All programme had not undertaken an Option Selection Assessment (GRIP 2-3).

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether priority was given to bids to the 2018 Access for All programme from local authorities.

      Electric Vehicles: St Helens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 1062 on Electric Vehicles: Charging Points, what grant funding his Department has allocated to...

      Railways: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail infrastructure to ensure that services are not cancelled during adverse weather.

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of delays to train services in the West Midlands.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to pay compensation to passengers on Pacer trains up to May 2020.

      Northern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place to support Northern Rail in retiring all Pacer trains by the revised date of May 2020.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Age: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding is being invested by UKRI in understanding the biological mechanisms of ageing.

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to reduce electricity costs for the steel sector.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she plans to respond to the recommendations in the report, The Energy Price Gap, published by UK Steel in...

      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 financial support is available for businesses in a...

      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 737, how many of the (a) 7,186 and (b) 462 former Thomas Cook...

      Natural Gas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her Department’s policy is on delivering investment in gas distribution network innovation in relation to...

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is being provided to elderly or frail Barclays customers to withdraw cash once their ability to use the...

      Green Deal Scheme: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department has taken to compensate people who have been detrimentally affected by the Green Deal Scheme.

      Green Deal Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many appeals her Department has received under the Green Deal Scheme in the last 12 months, and in which...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the global perception poll...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to oblige banks and building societies to sign an agreement with the...

      Company Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of incentives for directors to apply for voluntary strike-off to...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of checks on company registrations in England and Wales.

      Asda: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure there is agreement between (a) Asda’s owners, (b) Asda’s employees and...

      Unpaid Work: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Brighton and Hove City Council’s public...

      Business: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effect of share-buy-back schemes on business investment.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what future plans she has to set targets to increase BAME representation on local enterprise partnership boards.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of restricting firework use to (a) licensed public displays at...

      Economic Growth: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Midlands Engine policy focuses on the densely populated areas that surround...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: International Men's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans her Department has to mark International Men's Day on 19 November 2019.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next meeting of the Yemen Quad is scheduled to take place.

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preparations his Department is making for the 2020 UN High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports of fighting in Najran, Al Dhale and Hajjah governorates of Yemen.

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he is taking steps to help ensure that UK nationals detained at Kurdish-run detention facilities in Northern Syria are...

      Bahrain: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of diplomatic relations between UK and Bahrain.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) human rights issues and (b) human rights abuse cases the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa raised...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the Middle East peace process.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to help to find a political solution to the conflict in Libya.

      Eswatini: 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 Swaziland.

      Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding has been allocated to the implementation of the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Review into the...

      Iran: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Iranian authorities on the treatment of Christians in that country.

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring his Department has undertaken of prison sentences imposed on Christian ministers and other religious figures by...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria the Government uses when deciding whether to freeze funds of Yemeni institutions and individuals.

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the situation in Kashmir.

      Chile: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of allegations of human rights abuses during the ongoing protests in Chile.

      Chile: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chilean counterpart on the number of minors arrested during the ongoing protests in Chile.

      Chile: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chilean counterpart on the ongoing protests against the Chilean Government in...

      Chile: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of allegations of sexual violence involving police and military agents...

      USA: Open Skies Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his US counterpart on the importance of that country's continuing co-operation under the...

      Turkey: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Turkey on its desire to acquire nuclear weapons; and if he will make a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conservative Party-DUP Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative and Unionist Party...

    • Government Departments: Consultants

      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 427, how much money has been spent from the public purse...

      Voting Methods: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure blind and partially-sighted people are guaranteed privacy when...

      Office for Veterans' Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the salary is of the Director of the Office of Veterans' Affairs.

      Electorate: Personation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been found guilty of voter impersonation in the last 10 years.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether an impact assessment was undertaken on the potential effect of voter ID requirements on minority and...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many individuals are at risk of becoming disenfranchised as a result of voter ID requirements.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates the online register to vote service has been offline as a result of scheduled maintenance; and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates the online register to vote service has been offline as a result of (a) non-scheduled...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent from the public purse by each supplier on the Get Ready for Brexit campaign as of 28...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of members of the public his Department plans to inform through the...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Get Ready for Brexit campaign remains operational.

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the business case for the Get Ready for Brexit campaign.

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many complaints have been made to the Advertising Standards Agency about the Get Ready for Brexit campaign.

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which (a) print, (b) broadcast and (c) digital media outlets advertising space has been purchased for the...

      Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1565, how many civil servants co-ordinate the work of...

      Government Departments: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1565, how many of those 17,000 Digital, Data and...

      Civil Servants and Ministerial Policy Advisers: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 30 September 2019 to Question 290323 on Civil Servants and Ministerial Policy...

      Cabinet Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 2834 on Cabinet Office: Living Wage, what the evidential...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 1712, in which EU countries his Department is running...

      Campaigns: Disinformation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to tackle online deep fakes in political campaigning.

      Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to publish the recommendations of the inter-ministerial group on early years family support.

      Immigration: Venezuela

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of Venezuelan nationals living in the UK in each year since 2015.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Autism: Health Services

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

    • Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the role of the life sciences industry will be in delivering the Genomic Healthcare Strategy.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) build and (b) renovate hospitals over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the Shaping the healthier future bid, Strategic Outline Case 1 from London North West University Healthcare Trust was...

      Speech and Language Therapy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Children's Commissioner entitled We need to talk: Access to speech and language therapy, published in...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the criteria by which the NHS assess the merits of clinical negligence claims prior to litigation.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of childhood vaccination rates in England.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of access to health services on trends in the level of vaccination rates in England.

      Hospitals: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what each hospital's annual (a) income and (b) payment for a PFI scheme was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Disability: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the link between ageing populations and disability as part of the Government response to...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce a national exam for all medical students in England upon graduating from medical school.

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to make it easier for secondary breast cancer patients to make use of compassionate access schemes.

      Psychiatry: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of progress against the April 2016 NHS England General Practice Forward View plan to recruit an...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2019 to Question 1906, what assessment his Department has made of the most appropriate test for...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, what progress his Department has made on the commitment to introduce waiting time targets...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to bring forward proposals requiring all NHS trusts and foundation trusts to abolish all charges for disabled car...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of his civil servants have been deployed to other Departments from his Department's (a) London office b) Scotland office and...

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will discuss advancing the sexual health and rights of older women at the 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on...

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department's climate and agriculture teams will take to ensure that the development of more climate resilient crop...

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to develop stronger health systems which integrate malnutrition prevention...

  • Department for Education

    • Care Leavers: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on recruitment of supported lodgings carers for 16 and 17 year-olds in care.

    • Curriculum: Renewable Energy and Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the national curriculum includes the knowledge and skills needed for work in (a) the renewable...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 235, on Sex and Relationship Education: Finance, how much funding he plans to allocate to a...

      Weald of Kent School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions and for how long the (a) headteacher and (b) other members of the Senior Leadership team based at the original school site at...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of extending 30 hours' free childcare to 52 weeks a year.

      Schools: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what records his Department holds on sexual offences in schools.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to limit the use of isolation booths in schools.

      UTC Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial viability of UTC Warrington; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the trend in the level of use of medication to treat behavioural issues in young children.

      UTC Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will hold discussions with representatives of (a) Warrington Borough Council and (b) hon. Members representing Warrington on UTC Warrington in...

      UTC Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils are currently on the roll at UTC Warrington.

      UTC Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure has been spent on UTC Warrington since its inception.

      UTC Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) qualified teachers, (b) support staff and (c) other staff are employed by UTC Warrington.

      Further Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average level of per pupil funding is for (a) 16 and 17-year-olds and (b) 18-year-olds undertaking (i) academic and (ii) vocational courses.

      Academies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the salaries of executives of academy schools earning more than £150,000 a year.

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cost of learning British Sign Language on take-up of those courses among parents of deaf children.

      Apprentices: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentice (a) starts and (b) completions there have been in each sector of the maritime industry since 2014-15.

      Apprentices: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average length of time is for agreeing standards for apprenticeships in the maritime industry through the Trailblazer working group model.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse has been of free and subsidised nursery places in (a) London and (b) England in each year since 2015.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of current hourly rates for free and subsidised childcare; and what plans his Department has...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of childcare providers and nurseries of the increase in free childcare to 30 hours per...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the 25 October 2019 decision of the Information Commissioner, if he will publish his Department's calculations of funding for free...

      Pupils: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in England aged (a) 11 (b) 16 and (c) 18 did not have Entry Level 3 levels of literacy in each of the last five...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total interest paid on student loans was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of adults in the UK who were (a) below OECD literacy Level 1, (b) at OECD literacy level 1 and (c) at OECD...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women gave birth in prison in each year since 2010.

    • Prisoners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether in-cell digital training is in use in HM prisons; whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of in-cell digital training in other...

      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 in 2018 by ethnicity.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (a) court maintenance and repairs, (b) staff costs and (c) public...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the provisions of the Civil Liability Act 2018 in relation to children and protected parties injured in road...

      Courts: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been listed as outstanding in the (a) criminal, (b) civil and (c) family courts in each week of 2019.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have taken their own life whilst serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection in each year since 2010.

      Mentally Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection have served (a) all and (b) part of their sentence at (i) Ashworth, (ii)...

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time is between approval of a prisoner’s request for transfer to another prison and transfer taking place.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost is of transporting prisoners using (a) private contractors, (b) the police and (c) the Prison Service.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 944 on Reoffenders, how many offenders in each category were supervised by (a) the National...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 944 on Reoffenders, how many offenders in each category were (a) male and (b) female.

      Trials: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions a video link failure led to the (a) delay and (b) postponement to another day for a (a) trial and (b) hearing in each of the last...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Crown (b) magistrates' courts closed in each year since 2010.

      Occupation Orders: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of domestic violence have been refused legal aid in relation to an application for an occupation order in each year since 2010.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts that closed since 2010 have yet to be sold; and what the costs to the public purse have been of each of those court premises since the they...

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the financial deductions levied against companies with which his Department has contracts.

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding repairs across HM Courts and Tribunals estate there were in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2018.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential economic merits of a trade deal between the UK and (a) the United States, (b) Australia and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to devise a new funding formula for local authorities which (a) adequately reflects need and (b) does...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Turkey: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the potential effect of Turkish missile systems on UK air operations against Daesh.

    • Turkey: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Turkish counterpart and (b) NATO counterparts on Turkey's acquisition of Russian anti-air missile systems.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK armed forces are undertaking urban training exercises in preparation for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that UK defence priorities are not subordinate to EU capability development priorities.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the UK's defence capability being subject to the EU's Coordinated Annual Review on Defence after the UK has left the EU.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to ensure the UK does not enter into permanent binding commitments within the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation after...

      European Defence Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy for the UK not to participate in the European Defence Fund after the UK leaves the EU.

      NATO: Open Skies Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to NATO on the importance of continued cooperation under the Open Skies Treaty.

      Falkland Islands: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops have been recalled from the Falklands to assist with preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October to Question 2694 on Maternity Allowance, on what date her Department's messaging changed; and what the...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are participating in (a) the Work Programme and (b) Work Choice; and on what date the final participants will complete those...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to publish easy-to-read guidance on making a non-digital claim for universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an online universal credit claim can be converted into a non-digital claim.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangements for fortnightly payment of universal credit were (a) requested, (b) rejected and (c) accepted in the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangements for weekly payment of universal credit were (a) requested, (b) rejected and (c) accepted in the most...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangements have been arranged with universal credit claimants; and what the reasons were for those arrangements...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reasons have been given by her Department for rejecting alternative payment arrangement requests for universal credit in the most recent...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available to parents who are returning to work from parental leave who have to pay childcare costs upfront and get reimbursed...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to change the calculation of universal credit payments to take account of when earnings are scheduled to be paid to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to provide an update on the universal credit managed migration pilot that began in Harrogate in July 2019.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on payments of universal credit advances to claimants in each month since advances were introduced.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claimants with children are not eligible for a budgeting advance to pay for upfront childcare...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether imports of trophy hunting can arrive in the UK via other countries to those in which the trophies originated.

    • Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is his policy that payments to farmers in Northern Ireland will be comparable to Common Agricultural Policy...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking with the devolved Administrations to provide for a consistent household recycling and waste...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the impact assessment entitled, Introducing a deposit return scheme on beverage containers, included an assessment...

  • Home Office

    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals given sentences of imprisonment for public protection have been deported from the UK in each year since 2010.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens living in the UK have (a) applied and (b) yet to apply for settled status; and if she will publish the data she holds...

      Visas: South America

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending visa-free entry to the UK to citizens of (a) Colombia, (b) Ecuador...

  • Scotland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Living Wage

      To ask the Attorney General, how many staff of his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors to pay the London Living Wage...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill for...

    • Business: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings on the UK leaving the EU his Department has had with businesses with supply chains connected to the EU in (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessments were undertaken on the negative effects on smaller, rural businesses of Making Tax Digital.

    • Financial Services: International Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to establish a new global platform agreement for financial services.

      Unpaid Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints HMRC has received on employers advertising unpaid work trials in the last 12 months.

      Bank Services: Post Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Lloyds Bank, (b) HSBC, and (c) RBS on their continued commitment to the banking framework with the Post Office.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the University of Sheffield's October 2019 report entitled Modelling the impact of alcohol duty policies since 2012 in England &...

      Freezing of Assets: Yemen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Yemeni institutions and individuals have funds frozen in the Bank of England.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received representations on minting a coin with a date different from 31 October 2019 to commemorate the UK leaving the EU.

      Automated Credit Transfer: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support people experiencing bank transfer fraud.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his letter of 21 October 2019 to the Interim Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, what recent assessment he has made of the potential...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to exempt homeowners seeking to sell a property but who are unable to do so until unsafe cladding has been removed from the 3...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what provisions are in place to reimburse communities which have had to self-fund superfast broadband schemes as a consequence...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 2799 on broadband, to what (a) proportion and (b) number of premises...

      Railways: Stockton and Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what preparations her Department are undertaking to celebrate the opening of the first public railway in Stockton and...

      Cultural Heritage: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that children with special needs are able to enjoy and access all parts of heritage sites.

      Cultural Heritage: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase awareness among staff at heritage sites of invisible disabilities such as autism.

      National Lottery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the equity of the distribution of National Lottery funding throughout the UK.

      Hacker House: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department's review of the decision to award public funds to Hacker House will include whether the requirement for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Women and Equalities

    • Period Poverty

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress has been made by the joint taskforce on period poverty on bringing together (a) public, (b) private and (c) third sector organisations...

    • Males: Research

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish research commissioned into the stereotypical expectations of men and boys announced on 19 November 2018.

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Equality Act 2010, what assessment she has made of the effect of leaving the EU on people in the UK in respect of (a) age, (b)...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Equality Act 2010, what records the Government holds on the potential effect on equalities of (a) the UK leaving the EU without...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Works: Utilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 September (HL17697), what plans they have to review the legal framework under which public...

    • Official Cars: Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of vehicles used to convey Cabinet, and other ministers, are all-electric.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure that there is a competitive and fair purchasing process for Thomas Cook's former airline routes.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the costs to the public arising from the collapse of Thomas Cook as a result of (1) the repatriation of passengers, and (2) the...

      Tour Operators: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the collapse of Thomas Cook, what steps they intend to take, if any, to help protect tour operators from bankruptcies.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a review of the collapse of Thomas Cook; and if so, to what timescale.

      Cycleways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve and extend the cycle network since the publication of their Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in 2017.

      Silver Jubilee Bridge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Silver Jubilee Bridge in Runcorn will reopen.

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support bus franchising in England.

      Road Traffic Control: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local newspaper revenue of any proposal to remove the requirement on local authorities to advertise Traffic...

      Road Works: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in their consultation Street and road works: Street Manager and updates to permit schemes, published on 20 July, why the placement of new apparatus underground...

      Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council that the Council will not pay for the repairs to Hammersmith Bridge, whether they intend...

      Roads: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the road network between East Lancashire and Yorkshire, in particular of congestion at the Colne end of the...

      Preston-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the passenger usage statistics for each station on the East Lancashire line between Blackburn and Colne, for each of the last five years.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the costs resulting from private finance initiative road maintenance contracts agreed by Highways England; and what assessment...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the details of all private finance initiative contracts that were agreed by Highways England, including the (1) costs, (2) scope, and (3)...

      South Western Railway: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial position of the South Western Railway franchise; and how much they have received in premium payments from that...

      Bicycles: Hire Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consult on changing the law around the ability of members of the public, councils and any other organisations (1) to remove, (2) to take,...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review of Bus Service Operators Grant announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer will include the allocation of new money for the bus industry.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their following commitments amount to new money allocated to buses: (1) £20 million for bus priority measures in the West Midlands, (2) up to £50...

      A34: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatal and serious injury accidents there have been on the A34 between junction 9 with the M40 and junction 9 with the M3 over the last five years; and how...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the loss of fuel duty revenue is taken into account when evaluating the benefits of modal shift from road to rail.

      Bus Services: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming national bus strategy will include provision to make buses affordable for families in temporary accommodation.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050, made on 27 June, what plans they have to require that all new (1) policy, (2)...

    • Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement in June that the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) will come into force from 1 January 2020 and that there will be five...

      Design of UK Funding Schemes for European and International Collaboration Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they (1) received, and (2) will publish, the report by Sir Adrian Smith and Prof. Graeme Reid Future frameworks for international collaboration on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Greece: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure the provision of essential healthcare and mental healthcare for unaccompanied minors in Greece.

    • France: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult Médecins Sans Frontières about the ways in which healthcare for unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people in France can...

      Hong Kong: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any international initiative to send independent observers to monitor the local district council elections in Hong Kong due to be held on 24...

      Catalonia: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Spain about that government's treatment of protesters in Catalonia and Barcelona.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the political and social situation in Zimbabwe.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which UK–Russia cooperative activities in (1) Moscow, and (2) other regions of the Russian Federation, they have provided funding for over the past year.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland's opposition to an amnesty for members of the security forces who served in the Troubles.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Pregnancy, Fertility, Breastfeeding, and Alcohol Consumption: An Analysis of Framing...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that they meet the deadline to remove the out-of-date Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines from alcohol product labels.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether women in Northern Ireland considering an abortion between 22 October 2019 and 31 March 2020 will be offered counselling equivalent to that offered to women...

      General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ending the charging of victims of domestic violence by some GPs for letters confirming their injuries in order to get access...

      Essential Tremor: Ultrasonics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress NHS England has made to commission MR-guided focused ultrasound for patients with essential tremor.

  • Department for Education

    • School Meals

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

    • Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education report, published on 18 October.

      Alternative Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are in Alternative Provision.

      Pre-school Education: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to attract recruits into early years provision.

      Pre-school Education: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the turnover of staff in early years provision has been in each of the last five years in England, Wales and Scotland.

      Pre-school Education: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons can be learned from the recruitment of teachers and social workers for the recruitment of staff to early years provision.

      Universities: Racial Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they will make in response to the report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged,...

      Universities: Racial Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Universities UK about the steps it is taking to reduce racial abuse on campuses.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Medical Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many medical examinations an applicant for the army is required to attend, broken down by (1) officers, and (2) other ranks; how long those examinations remain...

    • Army: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they learned from their decision to award Capita a contract to manage army recruitment; and what steps they are taking in response to that learning.

      Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 22 October (HL21, previously HL18069), what is the new policy relating to threats to and intimidation of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the tonnage of UK fruit and vegetables that were not harvested and left in the fields as a result of a shortage of seasonal...

  • Home Office

    • Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to encourage the reporting of hate crime, and (2) to achieve successful prosecutions for hate crime.

    • Extinction Rebellion: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent events relating to the Extinction Rebellion protests in London, what assessment they have made of the balance between the rights of freedom...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the application process for any free alternative form of electoral ID is well publicised and accessible.

    • Fraud: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the level of online fraud in each year from 2015 to 2019; whether that level has increased; and if so, how any increase compares to...

      Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create an outsourcing regulator with powers to intervene to prevent the waste of taxpayers' money, as advocated by the Reform think tank.

      Brexit: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the advert placed in Le Monde on 23 February entitled Brexit—31st October cost.

      Brexit: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adverts they have placed in newspapers in EU27 countries alerting businesses to Brexit on 31 October; and what was the total cost of those adverts.

      Brexit: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on (1) motorway advertising, (2) newspaper advertisements, and (3) other public information campaigns, in the past 12...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much it cost to place the advert in Le Monde on 23 October entitled Brexit—31st October.

  • Treasury

    • Customs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many qualified customs agents there are; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of that number.

    • Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the regulations concerning credit unions.

      Funding Secure: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an independent inquiry into the failure of peer-to-peer lender Fund Secure; and on which date they first became aware...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated loss of revenue to HM Treasury as a result of the sale and distribution, within the UK, of laundered fuel, in each of the last three years...

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