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Written answers

Monday, 20 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • A68: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) plans are in place and (b) the timescale is for improvements to the A68 in County Durham, Teesside and Northumberland.

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will amend the Airports National Policy Statement to include any change in the evidence base that supports expansion at Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise's report entitled Review of the Survey of Noise Attitudes 2014, published in...

      Heathrow Airport: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of the (a) road and (b) rail improvements required as a result of the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to assess the effect of the three year delay to Heathrow's third runway on the economic benefits of that scheme.

      Borders Railway Line: Carlisle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to progress the feasibility study for the extension of the Borders Railway to Carlisle.

      South Fylde Rail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from Blackpool Council on the economic benefits of increasing rail services into Blackpool South through the...

      Department for Transport: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation has affected the right of recognised unions in his Department to bargaining...

      Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her 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 Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that roads are (a) accessible to and (b) safe for electric scooters.

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to extend the application and enforcement of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 for seafarers.

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for his Department to bring forward legislative proposals to extend the application of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the statutory minimum number of seats for disabled people required on public bus transport.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of ensuring that all railway staff have access to travel facilities; and if he will make a...

      London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of ticketing infrastructure on the Essex Thameside trainline.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to announce additional access for all funding for railway station accessibility; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to support the creation of carbon capture and storage clusters; and if she will make a statement.

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department is compliant with the requirement in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that...

      Driverless Vehicles: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the 2018 Automotive Sector Deal, what steps her Department is taking to (a) allocate and (b)...

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the current regulatory framework on the sale and use of...

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations she has received from members of the public and civil society groups on tighter restrictions on...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has plans to diverge from the EU on employment rights after the UK leaves the EU.

      Nissan: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will publish the guarantees offered to Nissan with respect to tariffs upon the UK's exit from the EU.

      Nissan: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate her Department has made of the tariffs that will be imposed on Nissan's UK operations after the UK leaves...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions she has had with British Gas on their decision to raise the minimum top up amount for customers...

      Fujitsu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Ministers in her Department have met representatives of Fujitsu in the past five years.

      Post Office: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions she has had with representatives from the Post Office following the settlement with sub-postmasters...

      Post Office: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has received a payment request from the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance regarding the...

      Fireworks: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage suppliers to stock fireworks with a noise level of less than 90 dB for...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the expansion rate of offshore wind deployment.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what protection the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong is able to provide to demonstrators in Hong Kong that are British...

    • Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Hong Kong Government on that Government's decision to deny entry to (a) Mr Kenneth...

      China and Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to introduce Magnitsky sanctions to officials in (a) Hong Kong and (b) China that are responsible...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to prevent further human rights violations against the Rohingya.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the UK Government has had with Aung San Suu Kyi on the detention of political prisoners in Burma.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Syrian Government on recent attacks on schools and civilian...

      Qassem Soleimani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with his US counterpart on Iran prior to the assassination of Qasem Soleimani; and whether the...

      Iran: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with the UK's allies to (a) reduce tensions and (b) return to diplomacy with Iran.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sanctions against the Iranian regime.

      Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there was a Government representative at the coronation of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman.

      Oman: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Oman’s proposed project to develop a natural gas pipeline between Oman and Iran...

      Australia: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether financial support has been (a) requested by and (b) provided to the Australian Government by the UK Government as a...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the re-imposition of the death sentence for Bahraini prisoners, Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa, if he...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports he has received from Interserve about a potential break-in at a confidential waste room in his Department's...

      Palestinians: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with his EU counterparts on Palestine ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 20...

      Unrwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to provide support to the UN Relief and Works Agency.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Homes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) unexpected deaths and (b) serious injuries have occurred in residential care homes among people with learning difficulties...

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of ultra fine particles from aircraft on the health of the population of (a) London and...

      Urgent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which cities in England do not have an urgent treatment centre.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with health professionals to ensure that gay and bisexual men in Peterborough constituency have access to...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) update the national guidance issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups on fertility treatments to restrict that treatment to...

      Tranquillisers: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure specialist withdrawal services are available to support patients dependent on prescribed benzodiazepine...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what further steps he will take to tackle the high significant risk maintenance backlog at Northwick Park hospital; and if he will make a...

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care home operators have permanently ceased trading in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of revenue local authorities will raise through the social care precept in 2020-21.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether all student nurses in England beginning their studies in September 2020 will be eligible for the nursing bursary.

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with learning disabilities covered by the transforming care programme are receiving care in inpatient units or hospitals...

      Speech and Language Therapy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for assessments for children's speech and language therapy.

      Hospitals: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS Trusts that have outsourced their (a) pharmacies and (b) outpatient pharmacies.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of VAT charges on medication on the finances of NHS Trusts.

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the average waiting time for an autism assessment in the most recent period for which figures...

  • Attorney General

    • Dangerous Driving: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of appeal and review processes for dangerous driving cases on access to justice for victims and their families.

    • Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the effectiveness of the CPS in prosecuting cases involving domestic violence.

      Forced Marriage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS is taking to improve the prosecution rate of people responsible for forced marriages.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the protection of human rights in the UK.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he has taken to ensure that his Department's funding for Sittwe General Hospital, Rakhine State, Burma, is not being used...

    • Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their hourly pay...

      Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions he is...

  • Department for Education

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what level of cooperation the Government will seek to negotiate with the EU on (a) Erasmus, (b) Creative Europe and (c) Horizon Europe after the UK...

    • Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce dedicated capital expansion and maintenance funds for sixth form providers in England.

      Children in Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of mental health assessments for looked after children.

      School Exclusions Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what is the timeframe is for the implementation the undertakings given by the Government in its response to the Timpson Review of School Exclusion,...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating additional funding to children's services in the forthcoming Budget.

      Schools: Worsley and Eccles South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of school provision in Worsley and Eccles South constituency.

      Pupils: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his has taken to tackle the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in the City of York.

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department allocated to the City of York Council for school capital spending in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each subsequent year.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to change the School Admissions Code to allow summer-born children to automatically start reception at five years old.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he is having with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how local sexual health services can be utilised to...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children eligible for free school meals are not registered to receive them.

      Special Educational Needs: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent surveys his Department has undertaken with young people on their educational needs.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential effect of the Government's proposed immigration legislation on tertiary education.

      Further Education and Higher Education: Standards

      What steps his Department is taking to improve quality and choice in the provision of (a) further and (b) higher education.

      Special Educational Needs: Primary Education

      What estimate he has made of the number of primary school children receiving specialist educational support following an acquired brain injury.

      Special Educational Needs

      What steps he is taking to ensure that children with special educational needs are able to access support services close to home.

      Children: Social Services

      What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of local authority funding for children’s services.

      Special Educational Needs

      What steps he is taking to support children with special educational needs.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      What plans the Government has to increase the level of per pupil funding.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) applied for and (b) were granted civil legal aid in family law cases in Romford constituency (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii)...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 7113 on Prosecutions, what proportion of trials were cracked on the first day of the trial...

      Legal Ombudsman: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assurances his Department has received from the Office for Legal Complaints in relation to the Legal Ombudsman’s (a) governance and...

      Fixed Penalties: Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of fixed penalty notices of under £100 were issued for shop theft offences in each of the last five years for which...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of violent crime in prisons.

      Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to increase the retention of prison officers.

      Refuges: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues to help ensure that victims of domestic abuse have access to women’s refuges.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence given to drivers whose negligence led to the death of a child was in each of the last five years; and what the sentencing...

      Courts: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adjournments took place in (a) Crown courts and (b) Magistrates' courts in each month of 2019.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service and Ministry of Justice: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on consultancies by (a) HM Courts & Tribunals Service and (b) his Department in each month of 2019.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were cracked in (a) Crown courts and (b) Magistrates' courts in each month of 2019.

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days judges sat in total in England in each month of 2019.

      Recorders: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorder hours were (a) sat in each month of 2019 and (b) are expected to be sat in 2020.

      Magistrates' Courts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Magistrates' court hearings have been cancelled in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City Region and (c) Wirral in each year from 2010 to date.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the HM Courts & Tribunals Service in (a) Wallasey, (b) Wirral, (c) Merseyside and (d) the North West for (i) personal...

      Crown Courts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time was for a Crown court case to be heard from offence to completion in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside and (c) Wirral in each of...

      Legal Profession: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the status of legal services in the future UK-EU relationship.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Raytheon: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1036 on Raytheon: USA, whether any of those arms export licences were for munition...

    • Department for International Trade: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many official visits abroad have been made by the Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser in each of the last 12 months; to which countries...

      Department for International Trade: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many official meetings the Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser has attended with (a) senior UK civil servants and (b) politicians in each of...

      Department for International Trade: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many official meetings she has had with the Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser in each of the last 12 months.

      Trade Promotion: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1337 on Exports: Wales, what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Government...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1337 on Exports: Wales, which Welsh companies will be represented at the UK-Africa...

      Overseas Trade: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has met representatives of the Welsh Government to discuss Welsh trade with India.

      Laser Guided Bombs: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will list the current extant arms export licences for Paveway bombs issued to Raytheon UK, including the (a) end-user nations, (b)...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department plans to publish the court-ordered independent review of the compliance of past licences issued to Saudi Arabia and its...

      Trade Agreements: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress she has made with her (a) Australian and (b) New Zealand counterpart on trade deals after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support local authorities increase their provision of local welfare assistance schemes.

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the effect of reductions in funding for local government...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what date the Government will publish a draft bill on leasehold reform.

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of children in temporary accommodation.

      Care Homes: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1399, on Care Homes: Insulation, whether his Department is...

      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...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any (a) current and (b) former officials in his Department have been questioned under caution by the...

      Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he is providing support to local authorities to mark the day on which the UK leaves the EU by (a) flying the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the Fair Funding Review of local government funding.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EWS1: External Wall Fire Review industry-wide valuation...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to assist owners of new build properties with structural defects when insurance...

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2020 to Question 1749, on Flats: Fire Prevention, what information his Department...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter from David Metcalfe and Dr Stephen Ledbetter of the Centre for Window and Cladding...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Clyde Naval Base: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unauthorised incursions there have been at (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport naval bases in each of the past ten years.

    • Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will include a land sector strategy in its Defence Industrial Strategy refresh.

      Army: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his Department's policy to ensure that future vehicle procurement programmes for the British Army are awarded through open competition.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish representations his Department has received on value for money in relation to Armoured Fighting Vehicle procurements.

      Army: Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking in response to the coroner's report of 30 December 2019 that linked the deaths of two Army recruits on military...

      Australia: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen the UK's defence relationship with Australia.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has held discussions with the Prime Minister on withdrawing UK military personnel from Iraq.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 175 on Armed Forces: Pensions, whether he has plans to review the process by which members...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to publish (a) Defence Space Strategy and (b) Defence Arctic Strategy.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Army Reserve: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether former Army Reserve Soldiers who left the service prior to 2015 are entitled to an armed forces pension.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to include people aged under 25 in the shared accommodation rate exemption for homeless...

    • Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to exempt under-25s from the shared accommodation rate local housing allowance provided to homeless people who have stayed...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will maintain targeted affordability funding for local housing allowance from April 2020.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 January 2020, Welfare Update, what estimate he has made of the proportion of properties in each broad...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on the review of the benefits system for people nearing the end of their life.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to (a) expedite access to benefits by terminally ill people and (b) ensure the...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing secondary legislation to include people aged under 25 in the shared...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to allow postgraduate university students to claim universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Torfaen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Torfaen constituency claim universal credit.

      UN Convention On the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will put into statute the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

      Housing Benefit: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to exempt all care leavers from the shared accommodation rate for housing benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Service's powers to disqualify non-compliant parents from (a)...

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to make unmarried persons eligible for the bereavement support payment.

      Access to Work Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will take steps to ensure that Scotland is allocated a proportionate share of the Access to Work budget.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) average and (b) median waiting times were for decisions on applications for people who have applied for support from her...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase participation in the Access to Work programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for universal credit were paid in full and on time by (a) child element, (b) limited capability for...

      Universal Credit: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are claiming universal credit in Romford constituency.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of offences under the Badgers Act 1991 in (i) 2018 and (ii)...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which towns and cities have the worst levels of air pollution in England.

      Farmers: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support farmers in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of banning the use of the whip in horse racing.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions...

      Forests: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to support the Northern Forest initiative.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Queen's Speech of December 2019 and background briefing notes, what plans she has to bring forward...

      European Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to seek membership of or co-operator country status with the (a) European Environment Agency...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Polo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the merits of granting special visas to foreign polo team players.

    • Visas: Polo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of special visas issued to foreign polo team players that have been utilised by low-skilled migrant...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to protect the rights of families to reunite under the Dublin Regulation when the UK leaves...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking in response to the High Court judgment in Project for the Registration of British Citizens as Children and others v...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the increase in the National Living Wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions he is having with private...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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...

    • Scotland Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation has affected the right of recognised unions in her Department to bargaining...

      Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their hourly pay rate was (a)...

      Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the increase in the National Living Wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions he is having with private...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their hourly pay rate was (a)...

    • Schools: Propaganda

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the social media team in his office has contacted an MP about the existence of anti-Government messages displayed by children in schools (a)...

      Zero Hours Contracts: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of the workforce in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York local authority area were employed on zero hours...

  • Treasury

    • European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential cost of contingent liabilities faced by the UK in relation to the operations of the European Investment Bank.

    • Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make publish unredacted (a) marketing documents and (b) information memoranda provided by (i) HM Treasury, (ii) UK Asset Resolution and (iii)...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish unredacted data on (a) the interest revenue produced by the former Northern Rock mortgage book in public ownership, (b) the overall...

      Air Passenger Duty: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of reducing Air Passenger Duty on domestic flights on the UK's carbon emissions.

      Forests: North of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allocate funding to the Northern Forest initiative in the forthcoming Budget.

      Customs Declaration Services Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all traders were transferred to the Customs Declaration Service by 1 January 2020; and whether that service is fully operational.

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the settlement award of £57.75 million with sub-postmasters announced on 11 December 2019 will be subject to VAT.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage consumers to drink lower ABV beverages; and whether he plans to change the rates of taxation on alcohol.

      Unpaid Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy for HMRC to record the number of complaints it receives on unpaid work trials.

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a zero-rate of VAT for e-publications.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • UN Convention On the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to meet the requirements of Article 30 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with...

    • Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish her Department’s response to the consultation on Digital Identity that closed on 19 September 2019.

      Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has made on implementing the recommendations of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s...

      Broadband: Optical Fibres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of homes that will have full-fibre broadband by 2025.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the policy to no longer fund free TV licences for people aged over 75 on...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the legacy benefits of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether funding has been allocated to local authorities to support vulnerable (a) homeless and (b) elderly EU citizens in applying...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they respond to the assessment of Lord Berkeley, former deputy chairman of the Oakervee Review into HS2, that (1) Parliament has been misled about the cost of...

    • Railways: Japanese Knotweed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last five years, (1) how many instances of infestation by Japanese Knotweed were recorded on Network Rail land and property, (2) how many...

      Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on airport expansion.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect HS2 to extend to (1) Newcastle, and (2) Edinburgh.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chief of Cabinet to the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons played any role in redrafting the experts' report...

    • Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Mayday Rescue Foundation, in its role as a UK-implementing partner, was involved in choosing witnesses for interview by the Organisation for the...

      Palestinians: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take, including in conjunction with other countries, to ensure that the first Palestinian elections in 13 years are held; and in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about (1) the convictions of 4,519 persons during the five years ending in June 2019 for failing to...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their understanding of the current situation in Hong Kong.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the prosecution of Daesh fighters by the Iraqi courts, and (2) the state of due process in Iraq.

      Hebron: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel intends to demolish the Palestinian wholesale market in the centre of Hebron in order to...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Palestinian homes that have been demolished in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to build housing for...

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay with the government of the United States; what was the outcome of that discussion; and whether...

      Philippines: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Philippines about the four Roman Catholic bishops and four priests charged with sedition, cyber libel,...

      Egypt: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to prevent children in Egypt from being included in mass trials and sentenced to death.

      Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have ensured that the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief maintains total independence following the government of Bahrain's funding of his...

  • Attorney General

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many council officials have been (1) charged with, (2) convicted for, and (3) are awaiting trial for, dereliction of duty for failure to support victims of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Amazon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what length of contract has been agreed with Amazon to provide health data from the NHS.

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the NHS to meet its target of referring patients for treatment for cancer within 62 days.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what clinical, or other follow up, is being undertaken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority of children born after (1) embryo biopsy and...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many misdiagnoses have been recorded by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority following IVF with preimplantation diagnosis for a specific...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK clinics have been granted a licence by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to undertake screening and treatment for mitochondrial...

      Gender Recognition: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that clinicians at the Tavistock Centre have been too quick to give children and young people gender reassignment...

  • Wales Office

    • Infrastructure: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote infrastructure projects in Wales.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Business Interests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 4 November 2019 (HL380), whether they intend to instruct local authorities to maintain a public register...

    • Travellers: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given, if any, to the extension of legislation combating hatred to give specific protection to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK Overseas Development Aid focuses on poverty alleviation and building the capacity of recipients.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of having a dedicated department staffed with personnel with experience in development to ensure (1) that aid is...

  • Cabinet Office

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