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Written answers

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to allocate funding to City Regions for the improvement of their (a) bus, (b) tram and (c) train services; and what...

    • M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department undertook a public consultation before to the decision to proceed with the conversion of Junctions 34-35A of the M1 to an all...

      Railways: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to fund the project to unblock the Croydon Bottleneck in Control Period 6.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of retrofitting Stopped Vehicle Detection systems to existing stretches of All Lane Running motorways in 2019; and if he will make a...

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of retrofitting new emergency refuge areas to existing stretches of all lane running motorways in 2019; and if he will make a statement.

      Electric Vehicles: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many electric car charging points have been installed in (a) Worcestershire, (b) Malvern Hills District Council area and (c) Wychavon District...

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding is available to Transport for Greater Manchester for the expansion of the Metrolink network.

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of tram-train services in Greater Manchester.

      TransPennine Express Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions officials of his Department has had with representatives of TransPennine Express on the future of that franchise following the...

      Railways: Pennines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on (a) the electrification of, (b) the introduction of new rolling stock to and (c) other improvements to TransPennine services on...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is the Government's policy to support a third runway at Heathrow airport; and what assessment he has made of the potential cost of that...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department uses to determine rail operators compliance with their franchise obligations; and what recent assessment he has made of...

      South western rail franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the financial performance data on South Western Railway published on Companies House on 3 January 2019, what assessment his...

      South western rail franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to provide clarity to South Western Railway passengers on the future of that company's franchise.

      South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to require South Western Railway to compensate passengers for the services lost during strikes in December 2019 based on the...

      South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 353 on South Western Railway: Strikes, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish new standards for cycle infrastructure design.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to extend Tyne and Wear Metro Services into Easington constituency.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its recent research on the investment needed to deliver Government cycling and walking targets.

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for the (a) long-term revenue and (b) long-term capital funding for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support the tidal energy sector.

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her timetable is for publishing the UK’s increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her policy is on the extent of deployment of solar PV in 2020; and if she will make a statement.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has in place to develop UK offshore wind generation capacity that meets net zero emissions targets and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason solar PV and onshore wind are excluded from the Contract for Difference auctions.

      Smart Export Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she will consider introducing a minimum floor price to the Smart Export Guarantee.

      Solar Power: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people were employed in the UK solar industry in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer to Question 119263 of 18 December 2017 on Fireworks: Antisocial Behaviour, to Question...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many incidents of security breaches involving (a) unescorted visitors and (b) visitors with inadequate security clearance...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports of (a) uncompleted cleanliness tasks and (b) rodents were reported to Interserve at his Department's...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many planned preventative maintenance issues were missed by Interserve at his Department's main building in each month from...

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpoint in the US on shared intelligence and Huawei's proposed role in...

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations made to his Indian counterpart on protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 in that country.

      Russia: Subversion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the report from the Intelligence and Security Committee on Russia.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the prescription of hormone blocking medication to minors.

    • HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that Kings Brooks, iCaSH Bedfordshire reopens recruitment for gay and bisexual men on the PrEP impact trial.

      North Middlesex University Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to improve performance and safety at the North Middlesex University hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients per GP there have been in (a) Edmonton and (b) Enfield borough in each year since 2010.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to expedite access to the whole-plant extract of prescribed medical cannabis containing cannabidiol and...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS prescriptions for whole-plant-extract prescribed medical cannabis containing cannabidiol and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol...

      Tranquillisers: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions were issued for tranquillisers in each year from 2015 to date, which exceeded the Committee on Safety of Medicines...

      Smoking: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ban smoking at the entrances of public...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) parents, (b) adoptive parents and (c) kinship carers of young people requiring...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the effective use of community resources to promote children’s mental health and...

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish his White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act 1983.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will convene a meeting between NHS England, Public Health England, the Local Government Association, London Councils and HIV...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will publish the full allocations for the Public Health Grant for 2020-21; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what level of funding his Department has made available for drug addiction treatment in (a) the UK (b) Bristol.

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of naloxone for preventing death caused by heroin overdose.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will undertake a review of the adequacy of dedicated perinatal mental health services.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the potential savings to the NHS of the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy services by...

      Nurses: Hertford and Stortford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 50,000 more nurses outlined in the Queen's Speech will be allocated to Hertford and Stortford constituency; and when will...

      Hospitals: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) his Department and (b) the NHS has issued guidance on the use of Dyson bladeless fans in clinical areas of hospitals.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish his proposals for the future of social care.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with representatives from Croydon University Hospital in relation to the pause in recruitment for (a) gay and...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce an (a) access and (b) waiting time standard for adults with eating disorders in England.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the effect of the NHS pension scheme on staffing in the (a) NHS and (b) primary care sector.

  • Department for International Development

    • Angola: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support people affected by recent droughts in Angola.

    • Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with...

      Department for International Development: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in his Department to...

      Africa: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the compliance of the TradeConnect initiative with Official Development Assistance requirements.

      Africa: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect on development impact of the TradeConnect initiative.

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the UK Africa Investment Summit 2020; and what proportion of that cost...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will publish the (a) invitees and (b) attendees of the January 2020 UK-Africa investment summit.

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will publish the names of the members of African civil society that were invited to the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020.

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether representatives of CDC will be present at the UK-Africa Investment Summit.

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school places were available in (a) Edmonton constituency and (b) Enfield borough in each year since 2010.

    • Schools: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department issues to schools on the (a) use and (b) recycling of plastics.

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Mental Health Support Teams Trailblazers in London.

      Sex and Relationship Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of relationship and sex education at the north west London early adopter site.

      Youth Endowment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the promotion of the Youth Endowment Fund to (a) schools and (b) providers of...

      Crime Prevention: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government response to the Consultation on a new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling...

      Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard in policy making; and if he will make a statement.

      Children and Young People: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the effect on vulnerable children of the reduction in central Government funding for children and young...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to increase funding for sixth form students to at least £4,760 per year; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mental health support teams in schools established by the trailblazer programme.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the new Relationship and Sex Education curriculum at the early...

      Alternative Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to (a) expand alternative provision and (b) ensure that alternative provision provides education at a (a) Good or...

      Care Leavers and Children in Care: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) children in care and (b) care leavers were EU nationals in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of effective financial education for young people.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the level of the attainment gap between pupils (a) in receipt and (b) not in receipt of free school meals in (i) the...

      Children and Young People: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Education Policy Institute's Annual Report on access to child...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the block allocations for (a) individual maintained schools and (b) academies for 2019-20; and for what reason the...

  • Prime Minister

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle the mis-selling of leasehold properties.

    • Leasehold: Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to end the use of escalating ground rents on leasehold properties.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effectiveness of extending the December 2019 deadline for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of grants awarded by Homes England to modular housing...

      Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people have been sleeping rough in (a) Edmonton constituency, (b) Enfield borough and (c) Greater London in...

      Housing: Sheffield Hallam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet representatives from Sheffield Students Union to discuss (a) housing and (b) the number of rented...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure that empty buildings designed for use by the elderly are brought back into use as soon as...

      Private Rented Housing: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to (a) review the national model tenancy agreement and (b) publish the reviewed national model tenancy...

      Private Rented Housing: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to include a consultation process in his review of the national model tenancy agreement.

      Buildings: Insulation

      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...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government requires each responsible entity to follow a section 20 procurement process under the 1985...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the costs of the sections 20 process in respect of cladding remediation will be met by the ACM cladding fund.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to respond to the letter of 18 December 2019 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central to the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 2550 on Flats: Fire Prevention, what assessment has he made of...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of high-rise buildings with flammable cladding.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's funding for research and development he allocated to firms in Wales in 2018.

    • Artillery:: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the report published in November 2019 by RUSI entitled, The Future of Fires, what plans he has to allocate funding from the public...

      Firing Ranges: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK firing ranges have closed since 2015.

      Ministry of Defence: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on his Department's application of the Family Test.

      Ministry of Defence: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 47 on Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement, how much from the public purse has been spent on the...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Crowsnest radar system will be operational when the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier deploys.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff have worked for the Child Maintenance Service in each year since 2013.

    • Universal Credit: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has been made of the effect of the roll out of universal credit on the number of people in employment in (a)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of unsuccessful claims for personal independence payments were overturned at the mandatory reconsideration stage...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Child Maintenance Service's policy is when a non-resident parent has overpaid child maintenance; and whether that overpayment is (a)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Child Maintenance Service includes inheritance received by non-resident parents in their maintenance calculations.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's policy is for the collection of child maintenance where a person has been detained in medical care due to their mental...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many passports have been confiscated due to unpaid child maintenance under the Child Maintenance Service in each month since that power...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to undertake a public consultation on changing the sequence by which deductions from benefits are ordered to...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on her Department's application of the Family Test.

      Occupational Health: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on making (a) early intervention mental health support and (b) physiotherapy...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mobility payments were awarded following an initial personal independence payment assessment scoring between zero and four points and...

      Food Poverty: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on the inclusion of food insecurity questions in the Family Resources Survey; and what the timeframe is for...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employers are signatories of her Department's Disability Confident scheme.

      Personal Independence Payment: Torfaen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Torfaen constituency were refused personal independence payment in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Office for Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timeframe is for establishing the new independent Office for Environmental Protection; and what consultation...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of (a) beer, (b) gin, (c) whisky, (d) made-wines and (e) cider produced in the UK was exported in each...

      Food: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to support the food and beverage sector in the West Midlands.

      Agricultural Products: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential effectiveness of a campaign entitled Brand UK to promote British agri-food...

      Fireworks: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the effect of fireworks on the local environment.

  • Home Office

    • Crime: Retail Trade

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

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit's report entitled Not so straightforward, published 8 November 2019, what...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of people arrested for violent offences in each of the last 10 years have previously served a prison term.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish its response to the Violence and abuse toward shop staff: call for evidence, which was published on 5...

  • Wales Office

    • Borders and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of customs and border checks between Northern Ireland and Great Britain on (a) Wales and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • *No heading*

      What estimate he has made of the number of voters at risk of becoming disenfranchised as a result of the proposals for voter ID requirements contained in the Queen’s Speech.

    • *No heading*

      What plans he has to move public sector jobs out of London and the South East.

  • Treasury

    • Living Wage

      What steps he is taking to ensure Departments have adequate funding to the pay the increase in the National Living Wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019.

    • Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made in digitalising fully the Retail Export Scheme to reduce the administrative burden to travellers, as announced in the...

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many organisations responded to HMRC's consultation entitled VAT Retail Export Scheme: Improvements, which closed on 6 September 2019; and when the...

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure a level playing field on tax free shopping between UK and EU retailers in relation to UK consumers after the UK leaves the EU.

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether UK citizens will be entitled to shop tax free in EU member states at the end of the transition period on 31 January 2020.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Air Passenger Duty tax collected is ring-fenced for climate change policies.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of funding allocated from the public purse to education in each region on the level of productivity...

      Infrastructure: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 3 September 2019 to Question 281813 on Infrastructure, when the Government plans to publish its National Infrastructure...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Islam: Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to include steps to tackle Islamophobia in the forthcoming online harms Bill.

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to review the (a) TV licence fee and (b) BBC Charter; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading her Department's application of the Family Test.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the BBC on its decision not to provide free TV licences to people aged over 75 that are not...

      Databases: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he is making with the National Data Strategy; and what the timeframe is for its publication.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of New Philanthropy Capital's report entitled,...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Leeds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of train cancellations between Leeds and London in both directions in 2019.

    • TransPennine Express: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Transpennine Express have cancelled up to 40 per cent of trains on some routes; what are the reasons for those...

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL62), what assessment they have made of the impact of the South Western Railway...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights DRC: inter-ethnic violence in...

    • Burma: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with Portia Management Services about its management of TMT Port in Yangon, which is owned by the Burmese...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of the trial of Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa in Bahrain, following the statement by the Minister for the...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel that large amounts of Palestinian children have been arrested since the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli forces shot live rounds at Palestinian children in Al-Jalazun refugee camp, injuring two, on 17 November 2019.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made the government of Israel about Palestinian tax revenues being withheld.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that Jagjit Kaye was kidnapped and forced to convert from Sikhism to Islam, and (2) the Pakistan Centre for Social...

      India: Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of India's Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 on the (1) persecution, and (2) displacement, of the six minority...

      Uzbekistan: Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite the President of Uzbekistan to visit the UK; and if so, what (1) dates, and (2) topics for discussion, are being considered.

      Russia: COE Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the position of the UK's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in regard to the suspension of the Russian...

      Iran: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of triggering the dispute settlement mechanism under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, following the...

      Iran: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the President of the United States about his government’s assessment in 2018 that Iran was in breach of the Joint...

      Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek evidence on whether the existing sanctions on Syria impede the reconstruction of essential civilian infrastructure and services.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the criteria by which the NHS assesses the merits of clinical negligence claims prior to litigation.

    • Pregabalin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the experience of patients who have been prescribed Pregabalin, in particular the (1) side effects and withdrawal...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many clinical negligence claims involving the NHS were litigated because of issues in dispute involving breach of duty or causation in the last year for which...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of schools in England identified by Ofsted as "stuck", having underperformed for the last 13 years.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many buildings in London with Aluminium Composite Material cladding do not comply with building regulation requirements; and what was the figure for each of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of defence spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (1) currently spent by members of NATO, and (2) spent by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Deductions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, under Universal Credit to stop the automatic deduction of a claimant’s debts from the standard rate of Universal Credit if...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Malaysia: Plastics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the illegal shipment of plastic waste from the UK to Malaysia, following the decision by the government of China to ban any...

    • Plastics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards reducing the production of unnecessary plastic and encouraging the development of alternatives to plastic.

      Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections they have made of future waste arisings broken down by (1) region, and (2) waste authority, in England and Wales.

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new trees have been planted in the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 January (HL2), when they expect to complete their considerations of the implications...

    • Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 April 2018 (HL6553), what is the current status of the investigation of the Independent...

  • Treasury

    • Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the impact of business rates on the viability of the UK retail sector.

    • Freezing of Assets: Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the findings of an investigation into the unexplained write-down by an unidentified financial institution of up to £840 million of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Media: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce tougher advertising legislation for celebrities who do not clearly state that their social media posts include branded...

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to achieve an EU–UK data protection agreement; and whether any such agreement will include continuing participation in the...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what multilateral regimes they intend to (1) continue to participate in, or (2) join, to ensure a legal and smooth data transfer regime between UK and EU companies...

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to collaborate with the EU on matters with a transnational impact, in particular (1) data transfer, (2) cyber security, (3) fake news, and (4)...

      Alberto Salazar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Athletics has, at any time, sought advice from either UK Sport or UK Anti-Doping about the ban imposed on Alberto Salazar by the United States...

      Alberto Salazar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have contributed to the independent review currently being undertaken by UK Athletics over the handling of the Alberto Salazar scandal; and what...

      Commonwealth Games 2022

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) methodology, and (2) baseline level of physical activity, they are using in their capacity as the Physical Activity and Wellbeing lead on the Legacy...

      Facebook: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dangers that may arise from Facebook not strengthening regulation of political advertisements.

      Public Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission a review of the importance of access to public libraries in all parts of England, including consideration of the...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they envisage for the voluntary and community sector in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the Football Association to combat racism in football.

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of remarks by senior officials in the United States that adopting Huawei technology in the UK's 5G network presents a security risk.

      Internet: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Norwegian Consumer Council, Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising...

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