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Written answers

Thursday, 23 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure on motorways; and if he will make a statement.

    • A1: Newark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the northbound carriageway of the A1 south of Newark was last inspected for potholes and other surface imperfections; and when that stretch of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to High Speed Two to date; and what the total cost of that project is estimated to be by 2021.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the EU on the continued implementation of the provisions of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation Order 2007 as...

      South Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent (a) discussions and (b) meetings (a) ministers and (b) officials in his Department has had with representatives of (i) First Group and...

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 352 on South Western Railway, what aspects of the 27 days of industrial action between South...

      South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 352 on South Western Railway, who was in attendance at those meetings.

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives from South Western Railway on the potential for future strikes following the 27-day period of...

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on local businesses of the 27-day period of industrial action by the RMT Union on South Western Railway.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Companies: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to bring forward regulations on the amount that companies can charge when their services automatically...

    • Fireworks: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effect of fireworks used in public displays on levels of climate change.

      Fireworks: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the effect on the environment of fireworks used in public...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the loss of research funding from the EU emissions trading system on the...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of businesses that went into administration as a result of the cashflows of...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made in tackling the late payment of invoices by businesses.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many small and medium-sized enterprise start-ups there were in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c)...

      Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will publish the payment request of 3 January 2020 to her Department from the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance.

      Public Houses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to prevent pub closures in the West Midlands.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to encourage greater uptake of rooftop solar PV.

      Employment: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to end maternity discrimination; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading her Department's application of the...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will include a policy on reducing the effect of carbon monoxide poisoning in the updated Fuel Poverty Strategy...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the effect of climate change on the work of her Department; and what steps she is...

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will take steps to secure associate membership of Horizon Europe at the same time as the Multi-Annual...

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the quantity of domestic rooftop solar PV installed in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d)...

      Solar Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what has been the cost reduction in (a) rooftop solar PV and (b) ground-mount PV since 2010.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the quantity of ground mount solar PV used in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and...

      Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential economic effect of the development of gigafactories.

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect of banning the geographical restriction by sellers on deliveries...

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information her Department holds on the number of instances that businesses have been (a) warned and (b) fined for...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to support the deployment of rooftop solar PV; and if she will make a statement.

      Solar Power: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage (a) innovation and (b) product development in the UK solar PV industry.

      Energy: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has had any discussions with representatives from the Libyan National Army on energy policy.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her timescale is for publishing the response to the Corporate transparency and register reform consultation which...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to deliver the recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change that large-scale solar PV...

      Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of steel procured by her Department was produced in the UK, in each of the last five years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when her Department plans to publish the outcomes of the review of the National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme announced in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Tanzania: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the UK's diplomatic relations with Tanzania.

    • Iran: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help prevent an escalation of conflict in Iran.

      Hong Kong: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on reports of trespassing on the territory of the British Consulate in...

      Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Cabinet plans to consider the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro's Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of...

      British National (Overseas): Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of detainees abroad who hold a British National (Overseas) passport who...

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make an assessment of the current effectiveness of the Budapest Memorandum.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Hong Kong counterparts on democratic rights in Hong Kong.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much money from the public purse was allocated to the Integrated Activity Fund in the financial year 2018-19; and how much...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Integrated Activity Fund’s (a) allocated budget and (b) projected spending is for the financial year 2019-20.

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) organisations (a) delivering and (b) benefiting from training funded through the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the planned (a) duration and (b) budget is for the Integrated Activity Fund after financial year 2019-20.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking with his counterparts in the (a) Chinese Government, (b) US Administration and (c) EU on...

      Giulio Regeni and Shaimaa al-Sabbagh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) attend the vigil marking the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Giulio Regeni on 25 January 2020 and (b)...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support UK citizens detained abroad who dispute the criminal charge against them.

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

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

      Indonesia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided any support to the Indonesia Government for (a) military training, (b) internal security...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Families

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

    • Cabinet Office: Climate Change

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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.

      Universal Credit: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which voluntary organisations were consulted as part of the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit’s research on the effect of universal...

      Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an updated list of Ministerial responsibilities.

      Polling Stations: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of schools that closed for polling the 2019 general election in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) Stevenage, (c) England...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has allocated to preparation for leaving the EU without a deal (a) since 2016 and (b) since March 2019.

    • Loneliness: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle social isolation in relation to elderly residents in (a) the City of York and (b) the UK.

      Primary Health Care: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that homeless people have access to primary health care.

      Degarelix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the continued supply of Degaralix for the treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle delays in the supply of HRT medications.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the nationwide HRT shortage on the health of the transgender community; and if he will...

      Irlen Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve recognition of Irlen Syndrome within the NHS.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions for medical cannabis were issued by the NHS in 2019.

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for a GP appointment in (a) the London Borough of Romford, (b) Greater London and (c) England in each...

      General Practitioners: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to maintain the level of out-of-hours GP cover in Romford constituency.

      Joint Replacements: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to meet the NHS's 18-week maximum waiting time for planned hip and knee joint replacement surgery.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer.

      General Practitioners: Hertford and Stortford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the additional 50 million GP appointments outlined in the Queen's Speech will be in Hertford and Stortford constituency; and...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons epilepsy is allocated one point in the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment)...

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the annual allowance for pension growth on senior doctors and consultants in the...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has forreplacement for the four-hour A&E target time to improve the efficiency of (a) health services and (b) patient care.

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to sufferers of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the future of the Learning Disability Mortality Review programme LeDeR.

      Social Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether EU nationals living in the UK will be eligible to receive social care services after the UK leaves the EU.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to devolve increased employer pension contributions to local clinical commissioning groups.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed Innovative Medicines Fund does not adversely affect funding available for cancer drugs.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices in (a) Easington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) the North East have adopted the care for young carers...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to support the fulfilment of the UN sustainable development goal of...

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on improving bilateral trade with developing...

      Department for International Development: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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...

      Marie Stopes International: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to Marie Stopes International in each of the last two years.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) CDC and (b) other organisations' investment decisions.

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of his departmental budget was allocated to funding accommodation for attendees of the UK-Africa...

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the UK has allocated from the public purse in Official Development Assistance to projects for mining, transporting or...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what members of African civil society attended the UK-Africa investment summit.

      Developing Countries: Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on supporting (a) coal-mining and (b) coal-fired power stations in developing countries in each of...

      Somaliland: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) other support his Department has provided in the last three months to enable parliamentary elections in...

      Developing Countries: Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) coal-mining projects and (b) countries will be affected by the policy announced on 20 January 2020 by the Prime Minister...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of contextual safeguarding.

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce a new funding round for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will (a) ensure that the implementation guidance on Relationships and Sex Education is clear that the inclusiveness of such education is...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children with special educational needs are able to access support services close to home.

      Schools: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were subjected to the use of physical restraint in schools in each of the academic years (a) 2017-18, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2015-16.

      Learning Records Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the privacy of young people of the Learning Records Service's provision of access to their data...

      Learning Records Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to conclude its investigation into the reasons why an unauthorised third party was given access to data held by the Learning...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for maintained nursery schools.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to introduce free school meals for all primary schoolchildren.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on the number...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on SEND funding of the recommendations of paragraph 15 of the Local Government...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Crime: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders issued with (a) a fixed penalty notice and (b) an out of court disposal for a crime committed on a retail premises was a...

    • Legal Aid Scheme: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) applied for and (b) were granted civil legal aid in York in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each subsequent year.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service and Ministry of Justice: Public Relations

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

      Prison Sentences: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many custodial sentences were handed down at (a) York Magistrates' court and (b) York Crown court in each year since 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on (a) civil and (b) criminal legal aid in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in (A) England and (B) York in each year since 2010; and...

      Justice and Security Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 11 April 2019 to Question 240976 on the Justice and Security Act 2013, whether he has appointed a reviewer to undertake...

      Ministry of Justice: Families

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

      Ministry of Justice: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Crown court sitting days there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Disability and Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that facilities in prisons in (a) Wales and (b) England are accessible to (i) elderly people, (ii) elderly disabled...

      Ministry of Justice: Iron and Steel

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

      Administration of Justice: Czechia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with his Czech Republic counterpart on the criminal justice system in that country.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Adoption

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to review support for adopters who have been affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge.

    • Funerals: Pre-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to publish the results of his Department's consultation entitled, Regulation of pre-paid funeral plans: consultation on a policy...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the rate of VAT for retrofitting costs of residential housing.

      Housing: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce a surcharge on purchases of property in the UK for overseas buyers.

      Treasury: Families

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

      Treasury: Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

      National Insurance :Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential contribution to the public purse if National Insurance was payable by individuals over the state pension age.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make VAT on female sanitary products zero-rated.

      Motorhomes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will publish an assessment of the potential effect on the hospitality and tourism sectors of the introduction of vehicle excise duty on...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Air Passenger Duty on inter-regional trade outside London.

      Occupational Health: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the Treasury and the NHS working together to review the tax treatment of workplace occupational...

      Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much duty is paid by cider makers.

      Financial Services: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure the sustainability and (b) increase the export opportunities of the financial services sector in Wales.

      Coastal Erosion: Fairbourne

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the representatives from (a) Crown Estate Commissioners and (b) Natural Resources Wales on the responsibility for...

      Capital Investment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the (a) Welsh Government and (b) Scottish Government on the £1 billion of new resource and capital spending announced...

  • Leader of the House

    • House of Commons: Bullying

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will open an inquiry into historical charges of bullying in the House of Commons; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of his Department's advertising for High Flying Entertainment on Channel 4's (a) Film 4 (b) E4 and (c) More 4...

    • Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 293678 on the Junior Entry Review, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Junior Entry...

      Military Aircraft: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of (a) irresponsible and (b) reckless flying have been reported (a) on the Machynlleth Loop and (b) in Wales in each of the last five...

      Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, recent assessment he has made of the effect of potential delays to the Crowsnest radar system on the ability of Carrier Strike to operate (a) safely and...

      Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the timely completion of the (a) Carrier Strike project and (b) Crowsnest radar function.

      Libya: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has received a request for the UK to join a peacekeeping force in Libya.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223964, Unmanned Air Vehicles, whether similar mechanical issues have been reported on...

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the document entitled New Decade, New Approach, published on January 2020, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 27 of the report entitled Managing infrastructure projects on nuclear-regulated sites, published by the NAO on 10 January 2020,...

      Household Cavalry: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department did not meet the planned date for delivering Ajax armoured vehicles to the Household Cavalry; and whether that delay will...

      Firing Ranges: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of expanding the capability of the military firing range at Fingringhoe, Colchester Garrison to accommodate the...

      Rosyth Dockyard: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for asbestos-related diseases his Department has settled with apprentice electricians and electricians or former apprentice electricians...

      Dockyards: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many compensation claims for asbestos-related disease from employees or former employees who were employed as Electrical Overseers and who allege...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the Child Maintenance Service has handled under (a) direct pay and (b) collect and pay in each year since 2013.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will amend the universal credit (a) application form and (b) online journal to enable applicants to consent to their data being used to...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 January 2020, HCWS29 on Welfare, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Climate Change

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the monthly assessment period for universal credit takes into account a claimant’s...

      Social Security Benefits: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the freeze in working-age social security benefits on levels of poverty.

      Food Banks: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of food parcels distributed by food banks in (a) Salford and (b) Worsley and Eccles South in 2018-19.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 1893 on Maternity Allowance, by what date she plans for her Department to meet its...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who have had a (a) waiver and (b) reduction in deductions to their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the value of universal credit deductions made to repay administrative errors in the latest period for which...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library the (a) code of practice and (b) decision-making process governing universal credit deductions.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit deductions were made to repay over-payments made in error in the latest period for which...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce air pollution levels (a) throughout the UK, (b) in inner city communities and (c) in the...

    • Inland Waterways: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to support the regeneration plans being developed by the Chesterfield Canal trust.

      River Hipper and River Rother: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) proposes to take to reduce flooding from (i) the River Rother and (ii) the...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the formation and adoption of a code of practice on flooding by (a) local authorities,...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a revised impact assessment before the Government publishes its response to the consultation on cleaner...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on the application of the Family Test.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of climate change on the work of her Department; and what steps she is taking in...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has plans to bring forward legislative proposals in relation to the Hunting Act 2004.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the World Health Organisation's air pollution limits on...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her plans are for the future use of the Roundup 360 herbicide in the UK.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) guidance and (b) support her Department provides to local authorities to help tackle with fly-tipping.

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential economic effect on the chemicals industry of regulatory divergence from the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of the Windrush scandal have received compensation in (a) England and (b) the East of England.

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 20,000 new police officers have been recruited since that target was announced in July 2019; and how many of those officers...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of illegal migrants who have entered the UK by crossing the English Channel and (b) proportion...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department will take to alert EEA citizens whose pre-settled status is about to expire to apply for settled status.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the procedure is for EEA citizens who have lived in the UK before 1 January 2021 and not gained (a) settled and (b) pre-settled status,...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of EU citizens resident in the UK that have not applied for (a) settled (b) pre-settled...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether European Arrest Warrants will continue to be valid after 31 January 2020.

      Stop and Search: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop and searches were carried out in the London Borough of Havering in each year since 2010.

      Stop and Search: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of cases where Section 60 is used result in (a) an illegal object being found and (b) a crime being detected in...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals currently reside in (a) the City of York local authority, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the UK; and what...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on recording identify theft as a crime.

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Border Force budget was in each financial year since 2012-13; how many full-time equivalent staff were (a) planned for and (b)...

      Home Office: Families

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

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the additional 20,000 police officers have been recruited; how many of those 20,000 will be allocated to Hertford and Stortford...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) Ministers and (b) representatives from African countries that had their application...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will implement all of the recommendations of the 13 January 2020 Law Commission publication entitled Simplification of the...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the timeframe is for the appointment of a new independent reviewer of Prevent; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the report...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has been invited to attend the Department for International Trade's Ministerial Forum for Trade with the devolved administrations planned for...

      Capital Investment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the £1 billion of new resource and capital spending announced for Northern...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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.

    • Stronger Towns Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress he has made on to ensuring Scotland benefits from the Stronger Towns Fund launched in March 2019.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Trade Unions

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

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

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

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether there will be checks and controls for (a) people and (b) goods entering the island of Ireland from Great Britain after the UK...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Trade Unions

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

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

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

      Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value was of export credits awarded to projects relating to mining, transporting or generating electricity from (a) coal, (b) oil...

      Department for International Trade: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade experts have been (a) recruited and (b) trained by her Department since its establishment.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in her Department have more than (a) one (b) three and (c) five years experience in negotiating trade deals.

      Department for International Trade: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of his Department's staff have been trained as trade negotiators by the Diplomatic Academy; and what his timescale is for that...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to promote global free trade.

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase trade and inward investment with Commonwealth partners.

      *No heading*

      What discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on opportunities to promote Welsh produce abroad.

      *No heading*

      What assessment she has made of the potential economic opportunities for the UK of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

      *No heading*

      For what reasons her Department is prioritising trade deals with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether a foundation providing financial support towards private medical cannabis prescriptions for patients where clinically...

    • Listed Events

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will add the Six Nations rugby union championship to the category A list of events not permitted to be...

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will undertake a trial of safe standing areas in football stadia in England for the next football...

      Football

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to enable a fan-led review into football club ownership and management.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with representatives of the BBC on reinstating the TV licence concession for the over-75s.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless people in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Hertfordshire and (d)...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether fire risk assessments were carried out on the Cube building in Bolton that caught fire in 2019.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has met with any leaseholders facing bills for the remediation of combustible non Aluminium-Composite...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the classification was of the (a) cladding and (b) insulation on the Cube student halls building in Bolton which...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on whether any remedial fire safety work was carried out on the Cube building in...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much additional funding his Department plans to allocate to the Health and Safety Executive for the establishment...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of buildings that are operating (a) waking watch and (b) other interim fire...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the Building Safety Bill.

      Flats: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the (a) fire safety, (b) building quality and...

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Abuse: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Attorney General, what plans he has to increase the amount of time victims of domestic violence are given with the Crown Prosecution Service before being called as a witness at trial.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) had with Whirlpool in advance of the company issuing a product recall of its Hotpoint and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of genocide against minorities in Northern Iraq and Kurdistan; and whether NATO military personnel will continue to...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions have been made, if any, for UK citizens to stay for longer than 90 days in any 180 day period in the Schengen area after Brexit.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to find a short-term solution to overcrowding in hospitals, following reports that hospitals are redeploying nurses from wards to...

    • Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the ‘treatment gap’ for young people who are referred to mental health services but rejected for not meeting...

      Broadmoor Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for the now-closed hospital at Broadmoor; and where the former patients are now held.

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with mental illness presented to Accident and Emergency departments in each of the last five years.

      Sunbeds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 25 April 2019 (HL15227), what progress they have made in considering whether current...

      Prescriptions: Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 18 February 2019 (HL13524), when they plan to publish the revised version of the F10...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with mental illness who presented at an accident and emergency department were admitted into hospital within (1) three miles, (2) five miles, (3)...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a White Paper on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983, following the announcement in June 2019 that such a White Paper would be...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) nursing homes, and (2) nursing home beds, were registered with the Care Quality Commission at the end of September in the financial years from 2015/16...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allocate funds over the next four financial years for the increase of "step down care" nursing home beds to relieve pressure on acute care...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliament: Correspondence

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2019; and of those, how many were received in the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reform the leasehold sector.

    • Holiday Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of the Deregulation Act 2015 on short-term lettings, and (2) the proposal by the Mayor of London in April...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beavers: Devon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to assess the results of the five-year River Otter Beaver Trial, led by the Devon Wildlife Trust.

    • Tree Planting: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (HL64), how many trees they intend to plant in towns and cities between 2020 and 2025.

  • Home Office

    • Extinction Rebellion: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the property seized before, and during, the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London in October 2019 has been returned to its owners; and if not,...

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of asylum cases were reversed on appeal in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Cabinet Office

    • House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the all-party consensus, reached in 1999 when the House of Lords Act was passed, that no single political party would in...

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