Written answers

Thursday, 16 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of street lighting on trends in the level of road traffic accidents.

    • Airports: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of water fountains at UK airports to reduce reliance on single-use plastic bottles.

      Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to replace EU Regulation EC 261 on the compensation for airline passengers when the UK leaves the EU.

      Roads: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the pothole fund he plans to allocate to Worcestershire County Council in each of the next five financial years.

      Lifeboats: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for (a) continuation and (b) replacement of the Rescue Boat Grant Fund after March 2020.

      Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of victims of motorcycle road deaths were working for (a) food and (b) other delivery services in each of the last five years.

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet with (a) the hon. Member for Lichfield and (b) officials from the West Midlands Rail Executive to discuss the re-opening of the...

      Trains: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to curtail the use of diesel trains on the rail network.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to make rail travel more affordable.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with TfL on extending TfL Oyster fare zones to Berkshire stations beyond West Drayton.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of the decision not to extend TfL Oyster fare zones to Berkshire stations beyond West Drayton once the...

      Tyres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the outcome is of his Department's consultation, entitled Banning tyres aged 10 years or older, published in June 2019 on public service vehicles...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to increase the levels of funding allocated to roads in the English regions to similar levels to those allocated to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people paid below the Real Living Wage in (a) London and (b) the...

    • Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when her Department plans to (a) respond to the 2016 consultation on tips, gratuities, cover and service charges and...

      Fireworks: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has made on developing a fact-based evidence base...

      Small Businesses: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support small businesses in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) Yorkshire and...

      Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to bring into force the provisions of the Easter Act 1928 to fix the date of Easter.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which employers underpaid the National (a) Living and (b) Minimum Wage in 2018-19.

      Heating: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will allocate new capital grant funding for the installation of heat pumps after March 2021.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2019 to Question 8232, when the proposals for the long-term protection of...

      Business: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available to commercial businesses not currently on the electricity grid to gain access to it.

      Iron and Steel: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it remains her policy to deliver the lowest energy costs in Europe to reduce the disparity between the UK and...

      Research Fund for Coal and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure that the UK steel industry will continue to benefit from the Research Fund for Coal...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Metropolitan Police: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information she holds on when the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command plans to complete its investigation into...

    • Iran: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to US President Trump requesting him not to authorise military attacks on Iran’s...

      Qassem Soleimani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the late General Qasem Soleimani's involvement in Lebanon.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Bahrain Government on the reimposition of the death sentences for...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to end UK assistance to Bahraini justice and security institutions and if he will maintain that...

      Fires: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government is providing humanitarian aid to assist Australia in tackling its bushfire crisis.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with reference to the Prosperity Fund's Global Trade Programme, what criteria was used to decide which countries would be chosen for the programme.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with reference to the Prosperity Fund's Global Trade Programme, what steps he is taking to ensure that aid funding allocated under this...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to undertake a review of the Government's support for (a) Bahrain’s Special Investigations Unit and (b)...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation has affected the right of recognised unions in his...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the average weekly gross earnings of (a) men, (b) women and (c) people working full-time in York in each year...

    • EU Nationals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) non-UK EU and (b) Republic of Ireland nationals moved from (i) the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and (ii) Northern Ireland to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's 2017 response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care, what progress his Department has made on...

    • Psychiatric Patients: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children aged 17 years old and under received inpatient care in NHS hospitals for mental health reasons in each of the last five...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the mental health hospitals currently rated as (a) inadequate and (b) requires improvement are (i) independent mental health...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the effective transition of employment terms and conditions for NHS staff from the EU after the UK...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department plans to allocate in 2020 to support expanding training places in general practice.

      General Practitioners: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce GP waiting times in Wallasey.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent from the public purse on substance misuse services in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City Region, (c) Wirral...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to children’s mental health services in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool...

      Mental Health Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated from the public purse to preventative mental health programmes in Cumbria in each year from 2010 to 2020.

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to introduce the specialist one-to-one eating disorder service for young people in south Cumbria.

      Mental Health Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to commission 24-hour specialist emergency services for mental health patients; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the aid budget goes to projects which work to fulfil the UN sustainable development goal of 12 years of education...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to help achieve UN sustainable development goal of 12 years of education for every girl worldwide.

      Developing Countries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) grants and (b) other funding his Department has allocated to international re-greening projects in each of the last three years.

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what amount of funding his Department has invested in (a) renewable and (b) non-renewable energy projects in the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support and improve stuck schools; and what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the...

    • Students: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of students who had personal confidential data distributed by the Office for Students to third parties since...

      Universities: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government is proactively encouraging universities to divest from fossil fuel based activities.

      Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the additional funding from the Arts Premium that will be allocated to primary schools.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to bring forward proposals for long term reform of the children's social care system as set out in the December 2019 Queen's Speech.

      Foster Care: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department is taking steps to introduce workers' rights and protections for foster carers classed as self-employed; and if he will make a...

      Free School Meals: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that schools cater for all dietary requirements for students entitled to free school meals.

      Special Educational Needs: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide more school places for children with complex special educational needs.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the average per-hour cost of childcare (a) in a nursery and (b) with a childminder in (i) Wallasey, (ii) Liverpool city...

      Nurseries: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many nursery places were available in Wallasey in each of the last 10 years.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that teachers have the training necessary to teach the new Relationships and Sex Education...

      Pupil Exclusions: Battersea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) school students and (b) BAME school students were excluded in Battersea in 2019.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that dangerous prisoners are not (a) released early and (b) allowed into contact with the public.

    • Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the effectiveness of the sentencing, (b) the length of sentencing or (c) the effect of custodial...

      Police Cautions: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many police cautions were issued for crimes committed on retail premises in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to establish an independent public advocate.

      Young Offenders: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of criminal records acquired by minors on their life opportunities.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with which countries the UK has (a) trade working groups, (b) trade policy dialogues and (c) trade and investment working groups that (i)...

    • UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2019 to Question HL9 on UK-Africa Investment Summit, if she will publish a list of all businesses and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of houses have been built in (a) Huddersfield constituency, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England...

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses in (a) Huddersfield constituency, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England were unoccupied in 2019.

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average waiting time is from application to moving date for (a) social and (b) council housing in (i)...

      Landlords and Letting Agents: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that landlords and letting agents meet contractual obligations to tenants.

      Housing: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to establish the Single Housing Infrastructure Fund; and to what timescale planning rules and...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish proposals on energy efficiency standards for work carried out in existing dwellings.

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an estimate of the amount of money spent by leaseholders on interim fire safety measures in blocks...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 290851 on Buildings: Insulation, for what reasons the...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to figure five in his Department's publication entitled Data update 30, Building Safety Programme:...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 120 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, how many local authorities...

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the remaining six pilot locations to receive funding and support from the High Street Task Force will be announced.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of home ownership.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the number of (a) shared ownership and (b) other low-cost homes...

      Freehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 31 October 2019, Leasehold update, HCWS55, what steps his Department is...

      Leasehold: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the handling of disputes by (a) housing associations and (b) property management companies...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the evidential basis was for his Department not including the provisions of section 80(4) of the Housing Act 2004...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many properties with ACM cladding have yet to have it removed; and how many residents live in those properties.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many properties in the (a) public and (b) private sector still have each type of cladding which is not of limited...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to review the warranties offered on new build housing in cases where the warranty provider will not...

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the status is of planning approvals for fracking following the announcement of a moratorium on that process.

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has issued to local authorities on dealing with fracking applications since the announcement of a...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the level of (a) the resurgence of Daesh in Iraq and (b) the threat posed by Daesh on the stability in the...

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the four BAe 146 aircraft based at RAF Northolt will be retired from service; when replacements for those aircraft will be procured; how many such...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all of the flights flown by (a) No. 32 squadron since May 2016 and (b) all of the flights flown by aircraft ZZ336.

      Iraq: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential increase in the risk to UK military personnel in Iraq following the attacks on Al Asad and Erbil air...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps he has taken to enhance the security of military personnel based in Iraq following the attacks on Al Asad and Erbil air bases on 8...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to make an assessment of the effectiveness of the rules on access to benefits for terminally ill claimants; and if she will...

    • Unemployment: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the level of unemployment in Romford constituency.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what stage her discussions have reached with the Office for National Statistics on including the number of autistic people in work as a...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost to her Department is of undertaking a work capability assessment.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on amending the Special Rules for Terminal Illness fast-track process in relation to illnesses that qualify under...

      Employment: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 318 on Employment: Poverty, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on...

      Employment: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 07 January 2020 to Question 318 on Employment: Poverty, what steps she is taking to reform to the welfare system to...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to allow all people with a terminal illness to access welfare benefits quickly and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to reduce the five-week wait for universal credit.

      Personal Independence Payment: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former disability living allowance claimants living in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency receive (a) a reduced...

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of increasing the national living wage on people's potential to exceed the weekly income limit for...

  • Home Office

    • Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps Fujitsu has taken to ensure the reliability of the (a) police national computer database and (b) digital policing command...

    • Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much financial assistance she has made available to improve security for people attending (a) Hindu Temples, (b) Synagogues, (c)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statistics her Department holds on the (a) ethnic and (b) religious affiliation of police officers in post in England and Wales in the...

      Counter-terrorism: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been stopped under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at British airports in each of the last three years.

      Counter-terrorism: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) racial and (b) religious identification was of those stopped under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at British airports in...

      Counter-terrorism: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent and from which initiatives by the Prevent programme in Romford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Religiously Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the religion of victims of religiously aggravated hated crime.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the British Retail Consortium on the findings of City, University of London's...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the proportion of firearms licensing applications and renewals completed within eight weeks of the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect on NHS staffing levels of the...

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on taking a sector-by-sector agreements approach to negotiations on the...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the representatives of the Welsh Government on (a) Wales and (b) the UK participation in (i)...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is proactively encouraging businesses and investment funds to divest from fossil fuel based activities.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of applying vehicle excise duty based on CO2 emissions recorded under laboratory conditions at...

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is compliant with the requirement in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety...

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to increase the uptake of electric cars by removing VAT on the purchase of zero emission vehicles.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to respond to the 18 September 2019 report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, An Update on...

    • Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure the accuracy of content loader information on social media.

      Museums and Galleries and Public Libraries: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support (a) local libraries and (b) regional museums in Crawley constituency.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase the availability of youth services.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on opportunities for swimming for (a) club members and (b) the general...

      Lotteries: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timeframe is for the proposed increase in charity lottery limits announced on 16 July 2019 to come into force.

      Gambling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to include in the Online Harms Bill provisions to tackle the potential risk of problem gambling to children...

      Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent from the public purse on preparations for the Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to be...

      Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the cost effectiveness of proposed spending on the Festival of Great Britain and...

      Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) artists and (b) acts have been confirmed to perform in the Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

      Orchestras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support orchestras in the UK.

      Orchestras: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to support UK orchestras to tour throughout the world.

      Arts Council: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of relocating the Arts Council outside of London.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she had with the (a) Premier League, (b) Football League and (c) Football Association on introducing...

      Sport England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding her Department has allocated from the public purse to Sport England in each of the last three years.

      Rugby: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding her Department has provided to grassroots rugby league in each of the last three years.

      Broadband and Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      What steps her Department is taking to improve (a) broadband and (b) mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

      *No heading*

      What plans the Government has to introduce a music strategy.

      Broadband: Bosworth

      What steps her Department is taking to improve broadband connections in Bosworth constituency.

      *No heading*

      What steps her Department is taking to support further growth of the creative industries in the North West.

      *No heading*

      What steps her Department is taking to increase sports coverage on free-to-air television.

  • Leader of the House

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will allocate a three hour debate in Government time, on a motion, That this House has considered Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, before the end of January 2020.

  • Attorney General

    • Dangerous Driving: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will commission an inquiry into the adequacy of support services for families of victims of dangerous driving during prosecutions for that offence.

    • Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Government is taking to improve conviction rates for rape and sexual offences.

      Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to increase the number of reported rape and sexual offences that are brought to trial.

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of cases of suspected rape were given No Further Action as a result of insufficient evidence to proceed in each of the last three years.

      Rape: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2015.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will extend the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme to include additional offences.

      Cybercrime: Prosecutions

      What recent progress the CPS has made on tackling online crime.

      Asylum: Children

      What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the legal implications of Clause 37 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      If he will hold discussions with the Home Secretary on defining the term Reasonable Excuse for missing the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

  • Department for Transport

    • Bridges: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to local authorities and the Greater London Authority on the (1) closure of bridges, (2) factors to be considered when deciding to close...

    • Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the fund for re-opening railway lines closed by the Beeching Cuts will be administered; how decisions will be made on which lines it will be used for; how that...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rates of (1) deaths, and (2) injuries, are recorded on roads, per capita, broken down by (a) region, (b) speed limit, and (c) mode of transport.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the incidence of road deaths and injuries.

      Transport for Wales: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the planned asset transfer between Transport for Wales and Network Rail has now been approved by the Secretary of State; and whether that was done in time...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the 0.3 per cent improvement in UK productivity over the last decade; and why UK productivity is below...

    • Fireworks: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide local licensing authorities with greater powers to control the use of fireworks by members of the public at all times of day and...

      NHS: Amazon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that Amazon staff working on the contract with Amazon to provide health data from the NHS will receive a living wage and be...

      Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their response to the Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting Consultation, first published on 18 October 2018.

      Thomas Cook: Archives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Thomas Cook historical archives will be (1) preserved, and (2) made accessible.

      Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Whirlpool’s washing machine recall, how the Office for Product Safety and Standards will contact affected Whirlpool customers to ensure that...

      Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Whirlpool’s washing machine recall, whether the recall was enforced by the Office for Product Safety and Standards or whether it was...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the incentives for firms to comply with paying the National Minimum Wage.

      Cobham: Advent International

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they (1) sought, and (2) received, from Advent International in regard to the acquisition of Cobham plc, that Cobham plc would not be stripped of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Smoking: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken into the correlation between reductions in Public Health England's anti-smoking budget and the number of smokers in England; and...

    • Osteoporosis: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been any increased incidence of osteoporosis in women who wear the Burka.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suggestions in the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences Transforming health through innovation: integrating the NHS...

      Prescription Drugs: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reduce the environmental impact of NHS prescribed pharmaceuticals.

      Pregnancy Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will respond to the freedom of information request, made by Marie Lyon, Chair of the Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of section 63 of the Children and Families Act 2014 in ensuring that parents of children with special...

    • Schools: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the restriction on Ofsted's inspection of schools which teach for less than 18 hours a week.

      Universities: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the remuneration of vice-chancellors of universities is at an appropriate level.

      Universities: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote freedom of speech on campuses at universities.

      Universities: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat hate crime at universities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Disasters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to establish an independent public advocate.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Strait of Hormuz: Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the UK naval presence in the Strait of Hormuz.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation for the Armed Forces over the next three years.

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the availability of Royal Navy warships.

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the budget for ensuring the availability of Royal Navy warships in each of the last three years.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the availability of armoured vehicles for the army.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the budget for ensuring the availability of armoured vehicles for the army in each of the last three years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the email account ideasfornumber10@gmail.com has been approved as an official means of recruiting staff to work as special advisers or civil servants; and...

    • Subversion: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the report from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament on Russian influence in UK politics will be published.

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