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Written answers

Monday, 27 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether staff employed by the Oakervee Review secretariat were seconded from (a) his Department, (a) other Government Departments and (c) executive...

    • South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to South Western Railway of the recent strike action.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of Smart motorways on trends in the number of fatal motorway accidents on those motorways.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of rail passenger journeys that take place on vehicles exempt from compliance with...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the consultation entitled Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information that closed on 16...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capability of the Operator of Last Resort to manage additional rail franchises.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the recommendations of the Government's Task and Finish Group on Taxi and...

      Cars: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of bringing forward the ban of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how TUPE regulations apply to staff at different grades where a rail franchise has transferred to the Operator of Last Resort.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been (a) paid to and (b) is due to be paid to under contract provisions (i) Atkins, (ii) BAM Nuttall, (iii) Balfour Beatty, (iv) Rivault...

      Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the report of the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Task Force, entitled Final report to the Minister for Rail, published on...

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on developing market-led proposals for rail infrastructure investment.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of rail replacement services that take place on vehicles that are compliant with the Persons of Reduced Mobility...

      Port Glasgow Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated from the Public Purse to Port Glasgow Train Station through the Access for All scheme.

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timeframe is for the publication of the Williams Rail Review.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) devolution of powers over rail infrastructure and (b) increased rail infrastructure funding for Wales will be considered in the Williams...

      A1: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the completion of the roadworks and temporary lower speed limit on the A1 south of Grantham; and what steps he has taken to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Parental Pay: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the the level of statutory paternity...

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to review the moratorium on fracking.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to put into statute the traffic light system on seismicity...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a levy on shale gas companies to pay for the cost...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential economic merits of Local Enterprise Partnerships for...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has plans to commission an inquiry into fracking in the next six months; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 3684, on Post Office: Compensation, when the Minister for Small...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 3683, on Post Office: Compensation, when her Department...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Oral Contribution of the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility on...

      Maritime Enterprise Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether any Government representative sits on the Maritime Enterprise Working Group.

      Maritime Enterprise Working Group: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Maritime Enterprise Working Group receives funding from the public purse.

      UK Research and Innovation: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will undertake an equality impact assessment of the work of UK Research and Innovation.

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what equality impact assessment she has made of health related funding allocated by her Department in respect of the...

      Housing: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to help connect off-grid households to the electricity network.

      Fuel Poverty: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of households in fuel poverty in Easington constituency.

      Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral statement of 16 January, Official Report, column 1141, on the EU Copyright Directive, what (a)...

      Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral statement of 16 January 2020, Official Report, column 1141, on the EU Copyright Directive, what...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Australia: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made by the team of specialists from defence, health and fire sent by his Department to Australia to...

    • St Helena: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the population was of St Helena in each of the last 10 years; and what assessment he has made of trends in the level of...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the decision of the Government of India on 5 August 2019 to...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of threats faced by Christian communities in Nigeria; and what assistance his Department is...

      Sudan: Lions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has offered any assistance to Sudanese authorities with respect to the five African lions in...

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 963 on India: Nationality, if he will make an estimate of how many...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN expert report to the Bahraini Government on the cases of Nabeel Rajab, Hajer Mansoor and Medina Ali,...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the joint statement published on 8 October 2019 by Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights...

      British Overseas Territories: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations on the Overseas Territories (a) negotiating a devolution settlement similar to those...

      British Overseas Territories: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the future governance of the Overseas Territories; what assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

      British Overseas Territories: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the future governance of the Overseas Territories and the potential...

      British Overseas Territories: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Overseas Territories on the future governance of those territories and the potential...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the 8 January 2020 UN Security Council Mission to...

      Colombia: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the violence against (a) social activists and (b) FARC former...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart on the safety and security of the 9,000 FARC members living...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that British citizens illegally imprisoned in Iran have (a) adequate food and (b) warm...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times (a) he and (b) his Department have made representations to the Government of Iran on the inadequacy of...

      Iran: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to take forward with Iran the policy of diplomatic protection invoked in the case of Nazanin...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of using Magnitsky sanctions on people in Iran who have arbitrarily...

      Chile: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Chilean Government’s response to protests in that country.

      Chile: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chilean counterpart on engaging in peaceful dialogue with protestors.

  • Attorney General

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the UK will remain a party to the European Convention on Human Rights after the UK leaves the EU.

    • European Court of Justice: Judgements

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the provisions in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will enable the UK to determine the circumstances in which lower courts will have regard to rulings of...

      Hate Crime: Social Media

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the CPS has adequate resources to tackle hate crime on social media.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases in which the CPS has made a decision to charge are waiting to be (a) completed and (b) resolved.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of supplies of the HRT drug Evorel Conti.

    • Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for his Department's consultation on eligibility criteria for free hospital parking.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3669, what the average waiting time was from (a) referral to first assessment and...

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) psychiatrists and (b) trained mental health nurses have rejoined the NHS in each of the last two years.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have accessed augmentative and alternative communication devices funded from the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Africa: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support the delivery of health improvements in Africa.

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure children with disabilities progress under the 12 years’ quality education for all girls by...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Africa-UK Investment Summit will be an annual event.

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcomes of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 were; and what plans he has to support to grassroots partnerships developed...

      Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that young women in developing countries who (a) unmarried and (b) are mothers can access...

      Developing Countries: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, UK will step up efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born...

      Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, UK will step up efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has allocated to the UK-Africa Investment Summit; and whether that funding was classified as Overseas...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is on contributing to the Global Survivors Fund to support survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is his Department's policy to make a financial commitment at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth 2020 summit.

      Developing Countries: Food Supply and Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people at risk of (a) malnutrition and (b) food scarcity as a result of climate...

      Infant Foods: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to help enforce of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to include nutrition objectives in his Department’s investments in (a) health, (b) social protection,...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to incorporate the OECD policy marker for nutrition into his Department’s reporting systems.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding for the provision of early years childcare.

    • Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to tackle teacher shortages.

      Secondary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce the pupils per teacher ratio in secondary schools.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to (a) update and (b) consult on guidance for head teachers on their powers to exclude.

      Special Educational Needs: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to (a) revise and (b) consult on the SEND Code of Practice.

      Teachers: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many qualified teachers are employed in schools run by (a) the local education authority, (b) free schools and (c) academies in Lancashire; and...

      Academies: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies are rated by Ofsted as (a) inadequate and (b) requires improvement in (i) Preston constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the North...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the costs incurred by local education authorities as a result of schools becoming academies; and what criteria his...

      Special Educational Needs and Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities to gain (a) internships, (b)...

      Schools: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in England have Aluminium Composite Material cladding on them.

      Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Parliamentary constituencies were allocated funding for the free holiday activities and meals for disadvantaged families scheme; and how much...

      Art and Design: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many art and design teachers there were in (a) England and (b) each Local Education Authority in each year since 2010.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children in care placed in homes more than 50 miles from their home are in provision rated (a) Outstanding, (b) Good, (c) Requires...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many designated Sure Start Children's Centres there were in each local authority in England in (a) 2010 and (b) 2019.

      Local Government: Speech and Language Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many speech and language therapists were employed by local authorities in each financial year since 2010.

      Higher Education: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Barnsley East constituency commenced study at a higher education institution in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Police Cautions: Retail Trade

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

    • Segregation of Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many episodes were recorded of segregation of (a) women and (b) men in custody in England in each of the past three years.

      Children: Maintenance

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

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 20 January to Questions 3722 and 3721, whether a timetable has been set by when the correct statistics will be made available...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were listed in each court in England in each month in 2019.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings have taken place between Ministers in his Department and the Law Commission on the review of hate crime legislation.

  • Treasury

    • Coastal Erosion: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the provision of compensation for (a) individuals and (b) businesses affected by coastal erosion.

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when and where the next meeting of the Northern Ireland Borders Steering Group is scheduled to take place.

      EU Law: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of regulatory divergence from the EU on (a) foreign direct investment into Wales, (b) the Welsh...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the staffing complement is of the HMRC national minimum wage compliance unit; and how many posts in that unit were unfilled as of 20 January 2020.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of NHS pension rules on trends in the level of recruitment...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of how many people will be affected by changes to the off-payroll working rules in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Newport East.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much has been paid out from the ACM private sector remediation fund for cladding replacement as 21 January 2020.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to tackling rough sleeping and homelessness.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support local authorities in setting targets for lowering carbon emissions that go beyond...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the relative fire safety danger posed by Fire Resistant Aluminium Composite cladding...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the paper entitled Fire behaviour of modern façade materials – Understanding the Grenfell...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3274 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, whether it his policy to...

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

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

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of (a) the Future Homes Standard and (b) housing policy to...

      Housing Infrastructure Fund: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of the Housing Infrastructure Fund funding has been allocated to (a) the North West and...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 2 October 2019 to Question 291442, if he will publish the data used to assess the EU...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the Accelerated Planning White Paper.

      Buildings: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2020 to Question 1897 on Buildings: Fires, what steps his Department took in...

      Social Rented Housing: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people living in social housing have been denied the right to succeed a tenancy after the death of their...

      Social Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's consultation entitled, Consultation on changes to the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2020 to Question 1657 on Brexit, what contingency plans the Government has in the event that the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Prisoners and Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) serving prisoners and (b) people remanded in custody do not receive social security benefits...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to maintain the Local Supported Employment scheme.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) disability employment adviser leaders and (b) disability employment advisers are employed by her Department in (a) Scotland and...

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2019 to Question 8582 on maternity allowance, what the average working day turn around for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the value of deductions to universal credit payments under each reason for deduction in the latest period for...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in Worsley and Eccles South constituency were categorised under section 4 (a) (1)(a), (b) (1)(b), (c) (1)(c) and (d) (1)(d)...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 317 on Poverty: Children, if she will take steps to lift the two-child limit for (a)...

      Universal Credit: Severe Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of universal credit claimants previously in receipt of employment and support allowance...

      *No heading*

      What steps she is taking to (a) reduce the number of assessments undertaken by people with disabilities and (b) ensure adequate support for those people.

      *No heading*

      What steps she is taking with the Secretary of State for Justice to reduce the waiting time for welfare benefit tribunal appeals.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward legislative proposals for the introduction of statutory targets to (a) reduce and (b) end child poverty.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the intensive work search regime that were (a) in and (b) out of work have been sanctioned in each month in each of the...

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of claimants of legacy benefits who will naturally migrate to universal credit...

      Universal Credit: Severe Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on a claimant's (a) mental health and (b) financial situation of the roll-out of universal credit...

      Jobcentres: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many computers are available for public use in Jobcentres in (a) each region of England and (b) the UK.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by the Access to Work scheme in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • 216 Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's timetable is for making a decision on the future location of 216 Squadron.

    • 216 Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects 216 Squadron to become operationally capable.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people from each part of the UK applied to join the British Army in each of the last five years.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to make an announcement on the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Reserve Forces and Cadet Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the review of Reserve Forces and Cadet Associations.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to bring forward legislation to provide a statutory duty to implement the Armed Forces Covenant as outlined in New Decade New Approach.

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will consult on establishing a military federation to represent serving armed forces personnel on pay, pension and conditions similar to the...

  • Home Office

    • Emergency Services: Sirens

      To ask the Minister for the Home Department, whether guidance has been issued to the emergency services on the use of directional sirens on their vehicles.

    • Police Custody: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people spent time in a police station as a place of safety due to a mental health condition in each of the past five years.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances the Government is able to remove the citizenship of a UK national who does not have access to a secondary citizenship.

  • Wales Office

    • UK-Africa Investment Summit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3175 on UK-Africa Investment Summit: Wales, what discussion he had with the Board of Trade on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people under 24 years of age that are in (a) training, (b) employment and (c) education in (i) York...

    • Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to consult people affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal on the (a) effect of infection on their health and (b) adequacy of the...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to change the National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021.

      Government Departments: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) Government Departments, (b) agencies of Departments and (c) Non Departmental Public Bodies are permitted to sign up to the Trades Union...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Free Zones: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans the Government has to create a free port in Aberdeen.

    • Trade Promotion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3171 on Trade Promotion: Wales, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 2476, what businesses invited to the January 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit (a)...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) chlorinated chicken and (b) foods that do not meet UK food standards are not included in future...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to maintain UK food production standards in future trade deals.

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that imported food meets UK standards as a condition of entry after the UK leaves the EU.

      Bombs: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government has issued arms export licences for finished bombs to Raytheon UK in the last five years.

      Trade Promotion: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to promote bilateral trade between (a) the UK and Iraq and (b) the UK and the Kurdistan Region;...

      Iron and Steel: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many bilateral meetings her Department has had on trade in steel or steel products at (a) ministerial and (b) official level since...

      Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she will make the removal of Section 232 tariffs for steel a pre-condition of a free trade agreement with the United States.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade negotiators are employed by her Department.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Queen's Speech of December 2019 and background briefing notes, what discussions her Department has had...

    • Arts: North East

      To ask the Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which arts organisations in the North East of England his Department plans to allocate funding to in 2020.

      Betting: Children and Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of in-game betting on the development of gambling problems among...

      Sculpture: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

      Music: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the South Yorkshire music industry.

      Sports: Homophobia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle homophobia in sport.

      Sports: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle racism in sport.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the potential effect on BBC revenues of decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee.

      Musicians: Travel Requirements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on the creation of a musicians passport to help...

      Public Libraries: Computers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of computers in public libraries to enable...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made on its review of youth work; and if he will make a statement.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the restitution of antiquities from national museums to their country of origin.

      Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 3229 on Children and Young People, which Department will be...

      Rugby: Finance

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

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

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many trade advisory committees his Department has established; and who the members of each committee are.

      Arts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of existing schemes to promote the creative industries in the regions...

      Arts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) support and (b) guidance he has made available to creative businesses on preparing for the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of steel procured by her Department was produced in the UK, in each of the last five years.

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties in (a) Fairbourne, Gwynedd, (b) Dwyfor Meirionnydd and (c) Wales have access to affordable flood...

      Flood Control: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve flood defences in South Yorkshire following the floods in November 2019.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the three most recent areas of outstanding natural beauty to be designated in the UK were; the dates of those...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce legislative proposals to ban best before labels on food items.

      Alabama Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help prevent the spread of alabama rot in dogs.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which local authorities have been awarded an air quality grant for 2019 to 2020; and how much each local authority has been...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 8 January 2020, Official Report, column 383, how many meetings he has held with his (a) French and (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who they have contracted to operate the Nottingham to Liverpool railway service from December 2021; and what estimate they have made of the financial implications...

    • Shipping: Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are monitoring the UN International Maritime Organisation 2020 regulation on the reduction of sulphur levels for marine fuels for most coastal and...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the main terms of the contract held by Ecotricity for the provision of electric charging points at motorway services; who are the parties to this...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Whirlpool Corporation: Washing Machines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice has been given by the Office for Product Safety and Standards to online marketplaces following the product recall of Hotpoint and Indesit washing...

    • Parental Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the consultation on parental leave and pay, which closed on 29 November 2019.

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what annual standing charge on the consumer has been permitted by Ofgem to the owners of the Western Link interconnector between Hunterston and Deeside; and for...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what comparison they have made of the impact on the maintenance of global temperatures until 2100 of adopting (1) net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, (2) net-zero...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 11 April 2019 (HL15230), how many agencies employing careworkers are paying the costs of such workers for their...

      Fracking: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 9 January (HL Deb, col 302), whether those who hold a licence from the Oil and Gas Authority which allows...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the (1) expiry of UN authorisation for cross-border humanitarian access to areas of Syria outside government...

    • Aho Bilicen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the reported arrest of Father Aho Bilicen a Syriac-Orthodox monk, at Mor Yakoub church in...

      Libya: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the governments of Libya and Turkey are close to signing a memorandum of understanding in regard to compensation to...

      Libya: IRA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have lodged a claim with the government of Libya on behalf of those UK citizens who suffered losses resulting from Libya’s support for IRA...

      Hajer Mansoor Hassan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that Hajer Mansoor, a Bahraini political prisoner, is (1) not held in solitary confinement, and (2) excluded from non-custodial...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the medical treatment of political prisoner Hassan Mushaima, particularly in respect of...

      Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that Dr Abduljalil al-Singace (1) receives the medical care he requires, (2) is free to attend hospital appointments without...

      Bahrain: Technical Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the reimposition of the death sentences against Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa, whether they intend to reconsider their provision of technical...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims by Addameer, published on 23 December 2019, that they have collected evidence of torture and ill-treatment of...

      Russia: Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the involvement of Russia in the internal affairs of Libya.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its decision to allow Israeli citizens to register land deeds in Area C of the West...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vote in the Israeli Security Cabinet on 29 December 2019 to withhold $43 million of tax funds from the Palestinian Authority,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of assaults on Palestinian growers, thefts of olives and vandalism of olive...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in response to the publication of data by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the demolition of...

      Jerusalem: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported attacks by Israeli police on Muslim worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on 7 January.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the Palestinian economy of Palestinian tax revenues being withheld by Israel.

      Hevrin Khalaf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have take to establish the identity of, and to bring to justice, the killers of Hevrin Khalaf in North East Syria; and what assessment they have...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan’s interview with France 24 on 12 January, in which he warned of the re-establishment and rise of IS in...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any (1) advantages, and (2) disadvantages, that are likely to be experienced by each of the Overseas Territories after the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to help them diversify from sugar production.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHS has paid out, in total, for clinical negligence claims in each of the last ten years for which figures are available; what were the five main...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Frontline and the Centre for Public Impact A Blueprint for Children's Social Care, published on 20...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the 24-month period during which levy-paying training providers can spend Apprenticeship Levy funds.

      Further Education: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of student teaching hours in further education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Arbitration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of using a model of University Cum Court Annexed Arbitration for civil disputes to aid those who are unable to afford legal fees.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by The Times, published on 23 November 2019, of the loss in value of new build retirement homes as a...

    • Leasehold: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings, published by The Times on 23 November 2019, of the loss in value of new build retirement homes, whether they intend...

      Leasehold: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that new proposals to reform leasehold law should include new retirement homes.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Empty Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence dwellings are currently lying empty in each of (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales; and what plans they have, if any, to...

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a fleet solid support ship will be available for HMS Queen Elizabeth's first operational deployment East of Suez.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people with epilepsy they have supported into employment since October 2016.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lighting: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of light pollution in the UK; whether light pollution in the UK is decreasing; and if so, at what rate.

    • Lighting: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of wasted energy from light pollution; and what assessment they have made of the impact of light pollution on (1)...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 July 2019 (HL Deb, col 232), what advice they received from the Regulatory Policy Committee concerning the...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International, The Refugee Council and Save the Children Without my Family, published on 10 January,...

    • British Nationality: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about offering eligible Hong Kong citizens full British citizenships; and what was their response to any such representations.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the British Red Cross, (2) the Refugee Council, (3) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and (4) any other...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the errors made by the Home Office in the case of Saiful Islam, originally from Bangladesh and now living in Cardiff; whether they...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data sharing measures they have considered for UK and EU companies whose commercial model requires such sharing in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    • Commonwealth Games 2022: Gun Sports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the proposal from the National Rifle Association of India to host a Commonwealth Games shooting medal event before the Commonwealth Games, due...

      Internet: Privacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Google's "privacy sandbox" technology on market fairness and safety.

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