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Written answers

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the conclusions of the Oakervee review into HS2 were reached following a full debate and voting by all members of the review panel.

    • Aviation: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department and the Civil Aviation Authority will consult on removing the ban on pilots who are over 65 years of age and otherwise fit and...

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to require South Western Railway to compensate passengers for the heavily disrupted service from Woking Station into London...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) potential merits and (b) implications for his policies of Oslo's Vision Zero programme and its...

      Aircraft: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require airlines to display the level of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions a flight generates...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the surface land transport upgrades which are necessary to facilitate a new runway...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Airport Commission's final report on airport capacity, published in 2015, what recent estimate he has made of demand for airport...

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the Crossrail 2 project; and what the status of that project is.

      Department for Transport: Pay

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

      Roads: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving horses on public highways were recorded in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) the last 12 months.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the all lane running system became operational between Junctions 34 and 35A of the M1.

      Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of (a) suicide and (b) non-suicide fatalities on the mainline railway network in Great Britain.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of breakdowns on motorways that do not use (a) all lane running and (b) dynamic hard shoulder take place (a) in a live...

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential safety benefits to roadside rescue and recovery operators of being permitted to use red...

      Roads: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for receiving an application from Highways England for a Development Consent Order for the Mottram Bypass element of the...

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291096 on Cycling and Walking: Finance, what additional funding will be allocated for (a)...

      Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of steel procured by his Department was produced in the UK, in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Conditions of Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will maintain the UK's levels of (a) maternity leave and (b) other employment rights in the event that the EU...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation has affected the right of recognised unions in her...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 11 January 2017 to Question 58968 on Employment Tribunals Service: Fines, how many (a)...

      Disability: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if her Department will bring forward legislative proposals to replicate the European Accessibility Act when the UK...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to negotiate access to EU markets for UK (a) professional and (b) legal services...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effect of renewable energy guarantees of origin certificates regulations on the...

      Copyright: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the EU Copyright Directive in UK law.

      Business: Stoke On Trent

      What recent steps she has taken to support businesses in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Non-domestic Rates

      What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on reducing business rates for firms.

      Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of business rates on high street businesses.

      Business: Leicestershire

      What steps the Government is taking to support local businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth.

      Non-domestic Rates

      What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on reducing business rates for firms.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Exports

      What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on support for UK alcoholic beverage manufacturers to export their products.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Bahrain on preventing the death penalty for two pro-democracy activists.

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative conference is planned to take place; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding his Department has allocated to grassroots organisations for the (a) prevention and (b) tackling of sexual...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is compliant with the requirement in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off...

      Hong Kong: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for diplomatic relations with China of the actions of the Hong Kong Police...

      Hong Kong: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Hong Kong Police Force was called by the Consulate General to the democratic protest outside the UK Hong Kong...

      Hong Kong: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) the well-being of and (b) access to legal representation for the teenage girl arrested by...

      Overseas Trade: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, what advice the UK Government provides to British companies on entering into business relationships with the Burmese military.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

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

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of hostilities in South Sudan in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

      Jawaharlal Nehru University: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1339 on Jawaharlal Nehru University: Violence, what representations he...

      Christianity: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the persecution of Christians overseas.

      Tanzania: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of religious freedom and tolerance in Tanzania.

      Ukraine: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in achieving justice for the victims of flight MH17.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, 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 Exiting the European Union: Pay

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

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dementia: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children have been diagnosed with dementia in the last five years.

    • Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage middle-aged people to eat healthily.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase the numbers of non-smokers and (b) reduce the incidence of smoking-related cancer.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on introducing artificial intelligence on the NHS to identify brain tumours.

      Shropshire Community Health Service NHS Trust: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to recruit a new CEO for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

      Hospitals: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional capital funding is being made available to hospitals affected by changes in PFI rules.

      Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the working relationship will be between social prescribing link workers and (a) her Department's work coaches and (b) non-NHS...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the NHS digital (a) integrated and (b) shared record pilots in (a) Hampshire (b) the UK.

      General Practitioners: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of GP appointments missed each day and (b) cost to the public purse of those missed...

      General Practitioners: Blackpool South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of missed GP appointments in Blackpool South constituency in each of the last three years.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of medicinal cannabis prescriptions prescribed on the NHS in 2019.

      Eating Disorders: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to implement NICE guidelines on the diagnosis of eating disorders.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether adult and paediatric incontinence is classified as a long-term medical condition by the NHS.

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training is provided to GPs to ensure that they have adequate knowledge of the (a) causes and (b) health management of adult and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Trade Unions

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

      Brain and Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the rate of misdiagnosis of (a) brain and (b) spinal injuries.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is on course to meet its 2024 target of a maximum four-week waiting time for children and young people who are...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 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...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Pay

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

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is is taking to reduce waiting times for mental health treatment.

      Mental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to assess the mental health of (a) primary and (b) secondary school aged children.

      Suicide: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding he plans to allocate to the prevention of child suicide over the next five years.

      Paramedical Staff: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his plans for restoring bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students will include Paramedic Science BSc students.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 22 October 2019 to Question 686 on Social Services, whether he plans to include proposals to reform child...

      Endometriosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve healthcare for women with endometriosis.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for children and young people's mental health services in (a) the Vale of...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to local child and adolescent mental health services in each year since 2010-11; and what...

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes in the annual allowance tax on the (a) retention rate and (b) hours worked of...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to reduce outpatient waiting times for adults with eating disorders.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to monitor the delivery and spending of UK Official Development Assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK official development assistance to the Palestinians facilitates peace-building with Israel.

      Unrwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the long-term viability of the UN Relief and Works Agency.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential for devolved institutions to further their commitment to climate change...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage people to study foreign languages.

    • Sex and Relationship Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support he is providing to enable schools to allocate sufficient time in their timetables to teach high-quality Relationships and Sex Education.

      Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, 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: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the affordability of school uniforms; and if his Department will take steps to increase the affordability of those uniforms.

      Pre-school Education: Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for early years childcare providers in Hove.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 1081 on Erasmus+, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the UK's...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 1918 on the Erasmus+ Programme, whether it is his preferred option to seek associate membership...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Trade Unions

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

    • Prisoners: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that inmates found to have used social media in prison are punished appropriately.

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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)...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

      Alternatives to Prosecution: Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many out of court disposals were issued for shop theft offences in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Crimes of Violence: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of convictions there were for offences of violence against the person committed (i) on retail premises and (ii) against...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including hon. Members in the Parole Board's decision-making process for parole for people...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to reduce the demand on the family courts by diverting private law cases from court where it is safe to do so.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many publicly-funded providers of legal aid for housing cases there are in (a) Newport and (b) Monmouthshire.

      Child Maintenance Service: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is for a Child Maintenance Service appeal to be heard under Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service in (a) Wales...

      Children: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure that children who have been subjected to unlawful restraint in Medway Secure Training Centre are informed of their right...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

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

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

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

      Free Zones: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations she has received from the Welsh Government on the development of freeports in the UK.

      Trade Promotion: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1338 on Overseas Trade: Wales, whether she has met representatives of Trade and Invest...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the publication of the negotiation objectives for a US trade deal.

      Raytheon: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to extant licences for the export of controlled goods from Raytheon UK to Saudi Arabia, if she will set out (a) the type of...

      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, how many licences have been issued by her Department since 20...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans the Government has to support UK companies based in the UK teaching English to overseas students after the UK leaves the EU (a)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of affordable housing units built in England in the last 12 months for which...

    • Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the role of professional freeholders in managing building (a) safety, (b)...

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to assist councils that plan to impose and enforce a 90 day cap on properties let out on (a)...

      Buildings: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date his Department commissioned the Building Research Establishment to produce the report External Fire...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the insertion of the term filler material into Approved Document B of the Building Regulations was intended as...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of the Future Homes Standard on the UK’s commitment to...

      Housing: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on monthly housing costs as a proportion of income (a) in each region, (b) among different...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of Housing Infrastructure Fund funding has been allocated to each of the English regions...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to change building regulations to mandate all new-build homes to be eco-friendly through the...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the application for Liverpool City Council to be re-designated as an area for selective licensing of...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1016, on Buildings: Insulation, what his timeline is for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure that developers take responsibility for structural defects on new build properties.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2019, Official Report, col 373, how many owners of buildings...

      Buildings: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require owners of buildings registered as assets of community value...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Trade Unions

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

    • Ministry of Defence: Pay

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

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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)...

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

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

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was received by his Department from the Commercial Exploitation Levy in the financial years (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18 and (d)...

      Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of steel procured by his Department in 2019 was produced in the UK.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the average per hour maintenance cost for the (a) AgustaWestland Apache AH1, (b) AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat, (c)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the timeframe for each category of recipients of (a) legacy benefits and (b) tax credits that will be migrated to universal...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants did not receive their December payment before Christmas day 2019.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what conditions cases under the Child Maintenance Service will be moved onto collect and pay.

      Attendance Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in (a) the City of York and (b) York Central constituency were in receipt of the (i) higher and (b) lower rate of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases in which work capability assessments received zero points on initial assessment had benefit subsequently awarded (a) on...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases in which personal independence payment assessments received zero points on initial assessment for the daily living allowance...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance arrears is owed through (a) the Child Maintenance Service and (b) the Child Support Agency.

      Social Security Benefits: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants for (i) personal independent payment, (ii) employment and support allowance, (iii) universal credit in (a) Wallasey, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the mental health of claimants during the assessment process for (a) personal independent...

      Local Housing Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Written Statement of 13 January 2020, Official Report HCWS 29, whether she has additional plans to reduce the gap between...

      Universal Credit: Torfaen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people transferred onto universal credit in Torfaen constituency in the last 12 months.

      Personal Independence Payment: Torfaen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were refused personal independence payment had that decision changed at mandatory reconsideration in Torfaen constituency...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) recent discussions she has had with farming unions on and (b) funding she plans to allocate to help in reducing...

    • Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect marine life in the UK; and what steps the Government is taking with (a)...

      Developing a National Food Strategy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many responses have been received to the National Food Strategy’s Call for Evidence; and if she will make a...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what organisations the Government Food Waste and Surplus Champion has met with; and if she will make a statement on policies...

      Floods: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has in place to support rural communities affected by flooding where cost-benefit calculations make it more...

      Recycling: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) funding and (b) other resources are available to local authorities to enable the provision of recycling at schools.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in her Department...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time...

      Coal: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the effects of a potential ban on house coal on former coalfield communities as part of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the recycling rates were in (a) the City of York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the UK in each year since 2010.

      Agricultural Products: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a revised no-deal tariff schedule for agricultural products during a transition period after the UK...

  • Home Office

    • Extinction Rebellion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the name of any school pupil involved with the Extinction Rebellion protests was passed to (a) the Police and (b) the Prevent programme.

    • Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department holds information on the satisfaction levels of retailers with the police response to crime on their premises.

      Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department holds data on the satisfaction levels of retailers on the police response to crime on their premises.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the wave 2 police officer recruitment targets for each police force area in England and Wales for 2021-22 will be published.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her timescale is for responding to the April 2019 consultation on Violence and abuse toward shop staff.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last had discussions with the European Commission to discuss security and intelligence cooperation after the UK has left the EU.

      Law Enforcement Data Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on the development of the LEDS database in each of the last 12 months.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect of the General Data Protection Regulation on the right of recognised unions to access bargaining information in...

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of his Department's compliance with the requirement in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census: Sikhs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking in response to the 12 December 2019 judgment of the High Court in R (Gill on behalf of the Sikh Federation) v The Cabinet...

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation has affected the right of recognised unions in his Department to bargaining...

      Elections: Personation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many convictions there have been for in-person voter fraud in (a) London, (b) the North West, (c) Chester and (d) the UK in the last five years.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the UK’s June 2019 Voluntary National Review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be implemented by his Office to reflect the...

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has adequate funds to pay the increase in the National Living Wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019.

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the blog post entitled Two hands are a lot, published by Dominic Cummings on 2 January 2020, with...

      Zero Hours Contracts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) York Central constituency, (b) the City of York and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber were employed on a zero-hours contract in (a)...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the recruitment of civil servants can be delegated to special advisers by a minister.

      Weather: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many excess winter deaths there have been in England in each year since 2010.

  • Treasury

    • Northern Ireland Executive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Northern Ireland Executive will receive the full £1 billion extra funding agreed in the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the...

    • Freezing of Assets: Burma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the assets frozen under EU sanctions on targeted Burmese military and security personnel.

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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)...

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to implement the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive of the EU.

      City Region Deals: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Audit Scotland's report on Scotland's City Region and Growth Deals, published 16 January 2020, what steps his Department is taking to...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits to (a) the environment, (b) regional airports and (c) regional economies of replacing Air Passenger...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1349, with reference to the tax on the production and import of plastic packaging, what criteria his...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Child Trust Fund accounts were taken out between their introduction in September 2002 and their replacement by junior ISA's in January 2011; and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their...

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) reasons for the underspend of the funding allocated to the National...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of recent trends in the level of young people participating in the National Citizen Service.

      Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department plans to develop a cross-government strategy for children and young people.

      Conference Centres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department will take to promote (a) Wales and (b) the International Convention Centre in Newport, as a venue...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • ICT: Parliamentary Estate

      To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps Parliament is taking to (a) protect and (b) improve the rights of workers in the global information and...

    • Parliament: Disability

      To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will enable the introduction of a parliamentary internship scheme for disabled people to improve their...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

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

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on (a) retaining and (b) ring fencing under the proposed new financial package for the...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to ensure that the new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland do not go further than those laid out in section 9 of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will replicate the Scottish Government's Access to Elected Office Fund to increase the inclusion of candidates with disabilities at the next...

  • Department for Transport

    • London North Eastern Railway: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were consulted by London North Eastern Railway in relation to changes in the system of off-peak return tickets which have increased fares on the East...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the deployment of (1) offshore, and (2) onshore, wind energy.

    • Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the departure of the UK from the EU, they will remain a part of the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX); and, in this context,...

      Domestic Appliances: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, consideration is being given to registration of white electrical goods at the point of sale.

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, recent advice has been given to local authorities on regulating the sale of second hand electrical goods.

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, if any, prevents the (1) selling, and (2) re-selling, of recalled electrical goods.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide legal enforcement for the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment “to ensure high standards of workers’...

      Compassionate Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the entitlement to one week’s leave for unpaid carers included in the Queen's Speech December 2019: background briefing notes, published on 19...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya and Niger: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conditions under which migrants detained in Libya and Niger are held; and in particular, what steps they intend to take to...

    • Qassem Soleimani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the government of the United States of America first informed them of their military operation on 3 January which killed General Qasem Soleimani.

      Tunisia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the present state of relations between the UK and Tunisia.

      Occupied Territories: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to give evidence to the International Criminal Court’s proposed investigation into war crimes allegedly committed in the occupied...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current assessment of the findings of the report Gaza in 2020: a liveable place?, published by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Human Rights Watch report Born without civil rights: Israel’s use of draconian military orders to repress Palestinians in the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Amazon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits are anticipated to be accrued by the NHS as a result of the contract with Amazon to provide health data from the NHS.

    • NHS: Amazon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the artificial intelligence system used in relation to the contract with Amazon to provide health data from the NHS; and how that...

  • Department for International Development

    • Tunisia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) economic, and (2) security, assistance they intend to make available to Tunisia in 2020.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Public Bodies: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve participation in public bodies by members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

    • Stronger Towns Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used to choose the towns which may receive funding of up to £25 million each under the Stronger Towns Fund; whether there was a long list...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost savings resulting from the use of pooled investment funds in the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost savings resulting from the 2014 reforms to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of permitted development rights for the deployment of ground mounted solar arrays which rotate to track the movement...

      Landscape Design

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all local authority planning departments are required to employ or use landscape architects when assessing new housing or commercial developments that are...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the essential differences between the existing legislation for Starter Homes and the new First Homes Initiative announced in the Queen’s Speech; and...

      Housing and Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what aspects of housing and planning reform announced in the recent Queen's speech they plan to introduce legislation; and whether they have a timetable for the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to encourage local authorities to deliver the required number of new homes; whether the Housing Delivery Test will continue; and if...

      Religion: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that criticism of any religion is not regarded as a hate crime.

      Affordable Housing: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions are placed on the disbursement of funds through affordable housing grants from Homes England.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of (1) temporary, and (2) emergency, accommodation in England and Wales.

      Mayors: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to devolve powers to (1) the Mayor of London, and (2) elected mayors in England and Wales.

      Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless people sleeping rough in the Greater London area during the recent Christmas period; and of those, how...

      Students: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 January (HL15), whether their 30 November 2019 figure for the 53 student accommodation buildings...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate the 446 buildings identified as not meeting building regulation requirements in relation to Aluminium Composite Material cladding will all...

      Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 30 October 2019 (HL178), whether (1) their interim review, and (2) the Valuation Office...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Air Force: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many command appointments there are in the Royal Air Force at one star and above, broken down by role.

    • Defence Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the next Defence Equipment Plan.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of lethal drones and their commitment to the rule of law internationally.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the availability of Royal Air Force combat aircraft.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full crews are available for P-8 Poseidon aircraft being procured for the Royal Air Force.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of full crews available to operate P-8 Poseidon aircraft when they are introduced.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for introducing P-8 Poseidon aircraft to front line service.

      Australasia: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to send an aircraft carrier on detachment to Australia and New Zealand.

      Trident Submarines: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the first of the new Dreadnought-class submarines to go to sea; and when they expect it to go into service.

      Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase the number of frigates in the Royal Navy; and if so, when they intend to start expanding that fleet.

      Type 26 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the remaining five Type 26 frigates of the planned purchase of eight will be ordered.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the agreement on the EU Concept for Military Command and Control, agreed by the EU Military Committee on 23 April 2019, has any application to the UK.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of fly-tipping in England; whether it has increased over the last five years; and whether local authorities...

    • Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trees have been planted in (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, in each of the last three years; and what were the respective acreages of...

      Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they promote and develop (1) food security, and (2) self-sufficiency, in the production of UK food.

  • Home Office

    • Extinction Rebellion: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrests were made at the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London in October 2019, how many of those arrested were (1) held overnight; (2)...

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the overall number of migrants coming to the UK following the end of free movement.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the pledges by EU member states to re-settle 30,000 refugees in 2020, what steps they intend to take to encourage non-EU member states to make similar...

      Greek Islands: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to Greece to speed up the movement of refugees and migrants from camps on the Aegean islands to the mainland.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of illegal immigrants living in (1) England, (2) Northern Ireland, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales.

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of women and girls raped by Muslim men involved in grooming gangs since 1997.

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had, and with whom, about the investigation of whether any police officers, social workers and council officials failed to fulfil...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people (1) applied, and (2) were accepted on to, the Civil Service Fast Stream, in each of the last three years; and how many of the successful...

  • Treasury

    • Royal Family: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the Royal family receive free travel in connection with (1) their royal duties, and (2) for private purposes; what was the source of the funding...

    • Transport: Royal Family

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is given to the level of carbon emissions to the mode of transport made available from public funds to any member of the Royal Family.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the interim report by the Competition and Markets Authority Online platforms and digital advertising, published on 18...

    • Age: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by United for All Ages Together in the 2020s, published on 7 January; and what action, if any, they plan to take...

      Video Recordings: Disinformation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce legislation to ban deepfake videos which promote misinformation.

      Technology: New Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support technology start-ups.

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