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Written answers

Monday, 13 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatalities there have been on the rail network in each year since 2010.

    • Cycling and Walking: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to the West Midlands for projects relating to his Department's cycling and walking investment strategy...

      Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the work to electrify the Midland Mainline will commence.

      West Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the performance of West Midlands Railway services between Birmingham and Great Malvern station.

      West Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the performance of West Midlands Railway between Birmingham and Malvern Link.

      West Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers he has to require West Midlands Railway to compensate passengers for cancelled services.

      Railway Stations: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for the Office of Rail Regulation to approve the opening of Worcestershire Parkway station.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of innovation in the delivery of bus services funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made (a) of the performance of the current franchise with Northern Rail and (b) the level of service provided by...

      Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the proposed investment in the Hope Valley train line.

      Tintwistle, Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an update on the planned Mottram bypass and Glossop Spur.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list (a) the members of the HS2 Review Board who attended Board meetings of HS2 Ltd, (b) the dates of those Board meetings and (c) whether...

      High Speed Two: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Board minutes for HS2 Ltd have not been published since the September 2019 meeting; and if he will publish them immediately.

      Railways: Walkden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase access to rail services in Walkden.

      Roads: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of new funding for road maintenance will be allocated to (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Salford City Council.

      Railways: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve toilet facilities on coastal rail routes in the South East.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve staff support for rail passengers with mobility challenges.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail ticketing services (a) in stations and (b) online.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to introduce automatic compensation for rail passengers in respect of (a) delays and (b) poor service.

      Railways: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to introduce flexible season tickets for rail passengers.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Denham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what compensation schemes for Denham residents have been put in place by HS2 Ltd.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report on HS2 published by Lord Berkeley on 5 January 2020, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the accuracy of the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport of 10 July 2019, official report, column...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies on High Speed Two of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Report...

      High Speed 2 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he plans to publish the Oakervee Review into High Speed Two.

      Roads: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of new funding for road maintenance will be allocated to (a) Liverpool City Region and (b) Wirral council.

      Maritime UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to allocate funding from the public purse to Maritime Research and Innovation UK.

      South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the future of South Western Railway; and what plans he has for the future funding of the Island Line railway.

      Aviation: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice his Department has provided to (a) UK civilian airlines and (b) airlines operating in and out of UK airports on flying over (i) Iran, (ii)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the recall of washing machines by Whirlpool on Tuesday 17 December 2019 is being carried out at the request of...

    • Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contact her Department has had with online marketplaces on the recall of washing machines issued by Whirlpool on...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the recall of washing machines by Whirlpool on Tuesday 17 December...

      Consumer Goods: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to increase the uptake of product registration of electrical products.

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of (a) a central recall database for electrical...

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the number of recalled second hand electrical goods being sold on online marketplaces.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make it her policy to abolish LEPs.

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will bring forward proposals for a new financing model for the nuclear power industry to increase levels of...

      Hydrogen: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is providing to the development of hydrogen technologies.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to her Written Statement of 7 January 2020, Official Report HCWS20, whether an equality impact assessment was...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress her Department has made in its assessment of the use of fireworks in the UK.

      Cosmetics: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the selling of cosmetics products in the UK will require a non-UK EU Responsible Person during the transition...

      Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the UK cosmetics portal to go live.

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make it her policy to introduce a support framework for low-carbon heating after March 2021.

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will undertake a review the Standard Assessment Procedure to ensure that it includes the carbon savings that can...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to implement a nationwide training programme to develop high professional standards and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to 2019 Unicef data recording more than 170,000 grave violations against children in war zones since 2010, what...

    • North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the December 2019 missile tests by North Korea.

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the violence used against students protesting against the...

      Qassem Soleimani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in response to the US killing of Qassem Soleimani.

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the number of people killed in connection with protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act...

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the role of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state, in the Republic of India...

      Armenia: Gold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 285002 on Armenia: Gold, whether UK public money in Lydian...

      Hong Kong: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to provide British National Overseas passport holders in Hong Kong with (a) full UK citizenship and (b) a...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the imposition of Magnitsky sanctions against (a) Government officials and (b) police officers...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Gulf states on the relocation of UK military personnel out of Iraq.

      Jawaharlal Nehru University: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has held discussions with representatives of the Indian government on violence at New Delhi's...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on China's claims that Uighur Muslims have been released from...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports that Uighur Muslims who have been released from re-education camps have...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the International Court of Justice on the case of The Gambia v. Myanmar.

      Hong Kong: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports of the arrest and abuse of medical personnel at recent protests in Hong...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports that Uighar Muslims have been released from re-education camps in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cardiovascular System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will allocate new funding to tackle unmet needs in provision of vascular services in (a) England and (b) Hull...

    • Lung Diseases: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the shortage of prescription inhalers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Chief Executive of NHS England plans to respond to the letter of 26 September 2019 from the hon. Member for Harrow West on the...

      Health Services: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of conduct of Telford Council in relation to the Future Fit process.

      Doctors: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on individuals of the level of fees charged by doctors to certify health prior to offers of...

      Vaccination: Older People

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

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is Government policy to introduce a call and re-call system for shingles vaccinations to increase consistency with the...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will work with the devolved Administrations to help ensure a consistent approach to GP item of service fees for vaccinations and...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce a HPV vaccine catch-up programme for boys in 2020-21.

      Chromosome Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of BP deletion syndrome among healthcare professionals.

      Mental Health Services: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase access to and (b) improve the delivery of mental health services in Easington constituency.

      Royal Bolton Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of changes in waiting times at A&E at (a) Salford Royal Hospital and (b) Royal Bolton Hospital since 2010.

      Salford Royal Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients at A&E at Salford Royal Hospital have had to wait over four hours to be seen in each of the last four financial years.

      GP Surgeries: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of trends in NHS recruitment and retention on the ability of Hanway Medical Centre to...

      NHS Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and which NHS Trusts are failing to meet all four priority clinical standards for seven day services.

      NHS Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and which NHS Trusts are failing to meet standard 2 (time to first consultant review) of the priority clinical standards for...

      NHS Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out (a) how many and (b) which NHS trusts are failing to meet clinical standard 5 (access to diagnostic tests) of the...

      NHS Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and which NHS Trusts are failing to meet standard 6 (access to consultant-directed interventions) of the priority clinical...

      NHS Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and which NHS Trusts are failing to meet standard 8 (Ongoing review twice daily if high dependency patients, daily for others)...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to undertake a public awareness campaign to educate people on PrEP.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the number of GP partners taking on roles in surgeries on the ability of...

      Continuing Care: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications using the NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track Pathway tool have been made in the Dorset CCG area in each of the...

      Royal Bournemouth Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the annual capacity of the new accident and emergency department after the merger of the Royal Bournemouth...

      Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the budget was for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Arrowe Park Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients at A&E at Arrowe Park Hospital have had to wait over four hours to be seen in each of the last five years.

      Physician Associates: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the regulation of physician associates.

      Physician Associates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to consult on prescribing rights for physician associates; and whether that consultation will run in...

      Strokes: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on 6 January 2020, what recent...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on rolling out the routine commissioning of PrEP from April 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities do not have a PrEP impact trial site.

      Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of recruitment of doctors after the UK has left the EU.

  • Wales Office

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on levels of child poverty in Wales.

    • Trade Agreements: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefit to the Welsh economy of new free trade deals with developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) adding the teaching of basic English Sign Language to the curriculum and (b)...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the national funding formula for schools on levels of socio-economic inequality (a) in Sedgefield...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to increase the funding streams of all schools in England.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) school students and (b) disabled school students were excluded from school in 2019.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to invest in continuing professional development for middle leaders in schools, as recommended in the National Association of Head...

      Breakfast Clubs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's news story of 4 January 2020, Free meals and summer holiday activities for children, what estimate he has made of...

      Pre-school Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many maintained nurseries have closed in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the numbers of teachers in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Wirral and (d) Wallasey.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all mainstream schools can offer an inclusive education to all children with special educational needs.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release, Raising expectations of children and parents, high standards for teachers and tackling bad...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to introduce Sharia compliant student loans.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to introduce regulations for empowering coroners to investigate stillbirths under the terms of the Civil Partnerships, Marriage and Deaths...

    • Burial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of burials in England could be classified as natural burials for the most recent period in which figures are available.

      Family Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on his Department's review of domestic abuse and the family courts.

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve courtroom availability through court estate restoration and renewal.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service in (a) Glasgow South West, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) Great Britain for (i) personal...

      Duty Solicitors: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that adequate numbers of criminal duty solicitors are available in (a) the North West, (b)...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of people able to access early legal advice.

      Paternity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether she has plans to undertake a review of the terms of the Legitimacy Act 1976 in relation to the registration of children born to parents who...

      Prisoners: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will collate statistics on the religious affiliations of the prison population.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the granting of licences by her Department to UK companies to export items to third countries...

    • Raytheon: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has issued arms export licences for the export of items on the UK strategic export control list from Raytheon UK to...

      Trade Agreements: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential for changes to product standards in respect of trade agreements with (a) Australia and (b) New...

      Exports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to promote Welsh exports at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in January 2020.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether there are trade working groups or equivalents with all the countries that his Department is or has been negotiating trade continuity...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to protect social housing tenants from unreasonable service charges levied by social...

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of planning permissions granted that were for affordable housing units in...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of affordable housing units were built by (a) housing associations and (b) private developers in...

      Shared Ownership: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to introduce a right to shared ownership for housing association tenants; and what...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of properties that have HPL cladding in (a) Leeds and (b) England.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he issues to local planning authorities on the consideration of controversial planning applications...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) council houses and (b) housing association houses have been built in each of the last 10 years.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on supporting people who are ready to move on from...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the referenced...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the height was for fire regulation purposes of the Cube building in Bolton that caught fire in 2019.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is making an assessment of the potential merits of lowering the threshold at which combustible...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation, which companies are...

      Mobile Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to change the pitch fee review inflationary index...

      Non-domestic Rates: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the Government's timescale is for completion of the review of business rates; and what effect undertaking that...

      Care Homes: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is making an assessment of the potential merits of adding care homes to the list of buildings...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 117, on High Rise Flats: Safety, whether any other mailboxes were...

      High Rise Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 117, on High Rise Flats: Safety, how many residents have used the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to publish the findings of his Department's review of council tax collection methods.

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) total value of council tax arrears referred to bailiffs by...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of homes in respect of which planning permission for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities are using the powers in section 94(1)(a) of the Town and...

      *No heading*

      What recent assessment the Government has made of the effect on local communities of second home owners using council tax avoidance schemes.

      *No heading*

      What recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of local government funding on the most deprived areas.

      *No heading*

      What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved Administrations on the UK shared prosperity fund.

      Urban Areas

      What steps his Department is taking to support towns.

      *No heading*

      What his Department’s policy is on the One Yorkshire devolution proposals.

      Social Services: Children

      What discussions he has had with local authority leaders on future funding of children’s social care.

      *No heading*

      When his Department plans to publish the Fair Funding review.

      *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of the effect of Help to Buy on the number of homes purchased by first time buyers.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to ensure the equity of local government funding in order to tackle rural disadvantage.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's procurement contracts exceeded the value of £1 billion in financial year 2019-20.

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's current US dollar contract liability is.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to work his (a) Iraqi and (b) Turkish counterparts to tackle the insurgent threat posed by ISIS.

      Iran; Israel and Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) Israel and (b) Saudi Arabia to help ensure the adequacy of defences against the increased military...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223964, Unmanned Air Vehicles, for what reasons his Department did not disclose information...

      Defence: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 105, Defence: Labour Turnover, what plans his Department has to collect data on the number...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on the procurement of Fleet Support ships; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve UK armed forces battlefield ambulance capabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on procurement under the (a) MRVP, (b) MIV and (c) Challenger 2 Life Extension programmes; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the risk of cyber-attack in the UK from Iran as a result of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani.

      Iran: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to protect the UK from Iranian-backed cyber-attacks.

      Iran: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on the risk of cyber-attack from Iran.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to introduce free wraparound childcare for armed forces families.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the media buying brief for the 2020 army recruitment campaign.

      HMS Dauntless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for HMS Dauntless to return to active duty.

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current timeframe is for the conclusion of the Major Life Extension (LIFEX) programme for the Type 23 frigates; and what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on jobcentre users of the closure of Easterhouse Jobcentre.

    • Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to improve digital access for jobcentre customers in areas previously served by Easterhouse Jobcentre.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce child poverty.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons her Department is increasing working-age benefits in line with the rate of inflation from April 2020 rather than an earlier date.

      Social Security Benefits: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been sanctioned in York in the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make the assessment period for universal credit coterminous with HMRC deadlines.

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans to (a) end the benefits freeze and (b) uprate the value of (i) universal credit and (ii) other social security payments...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free television licences to people over 75 for qualifying residents in (a) Glasgow South...

      Occupational Pensions: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons under 10m fishing vessels in England are being required, under new licence conditions, to report all fish...

    • Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether European Court of Auditors reports have raised specific concerns on the information provided to the Marine...

      Tree Felling: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations were conducted with Burley Parish Council in advance of Forestry England commencing felling at Slap Bottom.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the powers available to local authorities to prosecute people...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to (a) reduce plastic pollution and (b) increase plastic recycling.

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the amount of recyclable plastics going to landfill.

      Air Pollution: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional steps her Department is taking to improve air quality in inner-city areas.

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will respond to the Wild Bird Populations in the UK 1970-2018 Report; and what steps his Department is...

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the Prevent programme to ensure (a) its effectiveness and (b) that it has support from the communities it is seeking to...

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme to allow the recruitment of seasonal labour for work in the non-edible...

      Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to provide independent legal guardianship for (a) separated, (b) unaccompanied and (c) trafficked children in the UK.

      Migrant Workers: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the NHS Visa will be applicable to physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals who are employed by independent providers...

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of developing a secure digital death certification service.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the seasonal agricultural workers scheme before the 2020 harvest; and if she will ensure that the parameters of any limit...

      John McCafferty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the findings of any review that has been carried out by the Home Office, or other public authority within her...

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her timescale is for completion of the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention ​on combating violence against women and...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the prevalence of illicit trade in (a) black market vaping liquid and (b) cannabis and THC vaping...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to inform UK citizens of the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood; and if she will make a statement.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in Rother Valley.

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of identity theft in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Knives: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the level of knife crime in Slough constituency.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the availability of youth services on the level of violent crime committed by young people.

      Gun Sports: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of disabled recreational target shooters that have given up their licence since the introduction of...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that male victims of rape and sexual violence receive adequate support when they contact the police.

      Deportation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation her Department paid to people wrongly (a) detained and (b) deported by her Department in each of the last six months.

      Dorset Police: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to maintain the Police council tax precept in Dorset being increased by more than the level of inflation in...

      Police: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police officers in the Thames Valley area.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made on the effect of the recent tensions between the US and Iran on the provision of humanitarian support in Iraq.

  • Scotland Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will agree to the section 30 order requested by the Scottish Government for a Scottish independence referendum; and what assessment he has made...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brexit: : Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 7172, if he will publish the evaluations for the...

    • Subversion: Russia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the report of the Intelligence and Security Committee on Russia will be published.

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the gender pay gap has been in each of the last 20 years.

      Equal Pay: Disability

      To ask the Cabinet Office, what the pay gap for disabled people has been in each of the last 20 years.

      Contingencies Fund

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Written Statement of 20 December 2019, Official Report HCWS15, to which specific programmes and for which specific purposes he plans to...

      Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission will require legislation to be established.

      Census

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risk of delay to the census 2021 after 21 March 2021.

      Census: Sikhs

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to R (Gill on behalf of the Sikh Federation) v The Cabinet Office [2019] EWHC 3407 (Admin), what assessment his Department has made of the...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the lending requirements for mortgages to ensure the affordability of rents and repayments in relation to the current salary multiplier...

    • Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the proposed review of the changes to IR35 will (a) begin and (b) conclude.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to (a) review the proposed changes to IR35 and (b) support people who are self-employed.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support people affected by the closure of Equitable Life.

      Pension Funds: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government has taken to prevent the closure of pension companies since the closure of Equitable Life.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 7187 on Revenue and Customs: Staff, if he will estimate the number of HMRC staff employed at...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in her Department work on projects relating to (a) digital, (b) culture, (c) media and (d) sport.

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants were employed by her Department in each year between 2017 and 2020.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on grassroots football for (a) men, (b) women and (c) in total in each of the last three years.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on tackling loneliness in each (a) region and (b) constituent part of the UK in each of the...

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Prime Minister on hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup in the North of England.

      Football Association: Bet365

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Football Association on its partnership with Bet365.

      Religion: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) all lottery funding support bids and (b) successful bids for lottery...

      National Lottery: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the National Lottery on releasing information on the geographical location of where...

      S4C: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to announce the appointment of the Chair of S4C.

  • Prime Minister

    • SPAC Nation

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether any officials of Number 10 met with SPAC Nation at Downing Street on 9 May 2018.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of India about the proposed National Register of Citizens; and in particular reports (1) that the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Qassem Soleimani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the government of the United States' drone strike on 3 January constituted defensive action under international law.

    • Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enhance protection of UK service personnel currently based in Iraq.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants have been moved on to Universal Credit under the managed migration pilot being undertaken in Harrogate.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so when, they intend to lay orders for new parliamentary constituency boundaries before Parliament; and if not, what other proposals...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sales Promotions: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce further regulation in regard to the online promotion of products by celebrities.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation has been made of the decision to implement mandatory gender pay gap reporting.

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to hold a consultation on their proposal to outlaw gay conversion therapy; and if so, when.

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